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Photos of the Week: Confirmation Hearing Frenzy on Capitol Hill
The week of Jan. 9 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, and Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, prepare for Sessions’ Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A total of seven confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks kicked off on the Hill this week. Meanwhile, a back-and-forth erupted between the parties over a student painting being taken down from the Cannon House Office Building.

Senate Adopts Budget Opening Door for Obamacare Repeal
Democrats take unusual step of standing and announcing why they voted no

Senators voted 51-48 early Thursday to adopt the budget resolution. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

BY JENNIFER SHUTT AND RYAN McCRIMMON/CQ ROLL CALL

The Senate early Thursday took a first step toward repeal of the health care law by adopting a fiscal 2017 budget resolution following a seven-hour voting session.

Obamacare Replacement Preoccupies GOP as Budget Votes Near
McHenry: House has enough GOP votes to adopt resolution triggering repeal

A plan to replace the 2010 health care law will emerge after Georgia Rep. Tom Price is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary, President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Republicans’ struggle to take the first step toward repealing and replacing the health care law using a fiscal 2017 budget resolution intensified Wednesday, as they debated how soon to roll out a replacement and defended their coordination with their incoming president.

President-elect Donald Trump suggested in a press conference Wednesday that the repeal and replacement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law will occur simultaneously or nearly simultaneously. While that timetable appears to defy what Republicans in the House and Senate have set out to do, top Republicans and their aides insisted that the incoming president and Congress are not at odds and that repeal and replacement will succeed.

Corker Concerned About Repealing Obamacare Taxes Without Replacement
Could force Republicans to raise taxes later

Sen. Bob Corker is expressing concern about repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Bob Corker says Republicans need to be wary of a potential “box canyon” if they repeal Obamacare without a replacement in the queue.

The Tennessee Republican said Friday morning that he wants his colleagues to pay more attention to the fiscal issues with the effort to repeal Obamacare.

Senate Foreign Relations Divided Over Tillerson Tax Returns
Cardin, the ranking Democrat, has requested three years of filings

Corker, left, and Cardin, right, are the top senators on Foreign Relations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are squaring off over whether the committee should examine Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s tax returns as part of the confirmation process.

Tillerson, the chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, is set to face the committee in January and, following tradition, will submit financial disclosure forms and ethics documents. But the committee’s ranking Democrat has also requested to see the nominee’s tax returns.

Trump Picks Tillerson For Secretary of State
Concerns arise about ties to Vladimir Putin

Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for secretary of State. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team early Tuesday announced that he would nominate ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of State.

“His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State,” Trump said in the announcement. “He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States.”

Trump Rejects Russian Hacking Report as Senators Launch Probe
President-elect says his kids will run business but won’t be cutting deals

Then-Republican nominee Donald Trump addresses Fox News anchor Chris Wallace at an Oct. 19 debate  in Las Vegas. Wallace interviewed the president-elect in a segment that aired Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Donald Trump rejected a CIA finding that Russia intervened in the general election on his behalf, even as senior Senate Republicans and Democrats launch a joint review of Moscow’s actions.

Trump dismissed reports of an intelligence agency assessment that found hackers linked to the Kremlin had interfered in the U.S. election with the goal of helping Trump win, calling the notion “ridiculous.”

Reports: Oil Exec Tillerson Is Trump’s Pick for Secretary of State
President-elect: He ‘knows many of the players,’ including in Russia

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is said to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of State. (William Munoz/Creative Commons CC BY 2.0)

By Rachel Oswald and John T. Bennett CQ Roll Call

President-elect Donald Trump is said to have selected ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of State, The New York Times and NBC News reported Saturday, citing two sources close to the transition.