Kirk, with the help of Biden and Manchin, returned to the Senate by walking up the steps to the Senate door Thursday.
Many members of Illinois’ House delegation, of which Kirk was a member for 10 years, crossed the Capitol to watch their former colleague make his return. At the top of the stairs, Kirk was met by dozens of hugs.
But more than the love for his return, Kirk, like any sitting senator, was also met by the challenges of the 113th Congress, and the looming legislative fights ahead. And though those may be difficult, they are challenges he is probably happy to face.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.