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Word on the Hill: Muslim Group Advocacy Day Focuses on Refugees
Senate majority leader has birthday on Presidents Day

Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern will address the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA before its advocacy day on Capitol Hill on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The seventh annual “Day on the Hill” for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA today will highlight its “True Islam” campaign and “#MuslimAlly” hashtag.

The group maintains it is the oldest Muslim organization in America, and 75 chapters from across the country are expected to meet with hundreds of congressional offices. Its focus this year is on discussing threats to homeland security and refugee processing.

A Stuffed Bear, a Trump Air Kiss and More: 33 Photos That Defined 2016
The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

1. Jan. 5: Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern has his shoes shined by Vinson Gales in the basement of the Cannon Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Bill Clark and Tom Williams
CQ Roll Call

With 2016 almost in the books, Roll Call is taking a look through its photo archives for some of our best images of the year.

‘Cures’ Research Package Draws Strong Bipartisan Vote
Measure’s Senate prospects deemed positive

Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Diana DeGette of Colorado high-five Max Schill, 6, from Williamstown, N.J., after the House voted in favor of an earlier version of the 21st Century Cures Act in July 2015. Upton and DeGette spearheaded the bill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Wednesday night approved, 392-26, a sweeping biomedical research package that also aims to overhaul the mental health system and make targeted changes to Medicare.

Representatives passed an earlier version of the legislation, known as 21st Century Cures, last year, only to see it get delayed in the Senate over disagreements on mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, among other things.

Word on the Hill: Aging Presidents
New gallery comes to D.C. this weekend

(Photo courtesy of maxcdn.bodylogicmd.net)

President Barack Obama is the butt of many jokes about how much he has aged over the last eight years.

BodyLogicMD took a look at how presidents, presidential hopefuls and first ladies have aged. They found that Obama’s perceived age has almost always been much lower than his actual age, both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were always perceived as older than their actual age, and Hillary Clinton’s perceived age was more than 10 years younger.

Democrats Take to House Floor on Gun Violence (Again)

Democrats lined up at the podium Wednesday seeking unanimous consent on a bill that would expand background checks for firearm purchases. After several attempts to bring votes on gun control to the House floor this summer, did Republicans budge?

House Democrats Renew Push for Gun Bill on Floor
Lawmakers disrupt floor time to ask for expanded background checks, 'no-fly, no-buy'

Georgia Rep. John Lewis is flanked by colleagues following the House Democrats' June sit-in demanding votes on gun safety legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Dozens of House Democrats took to the floor of the chamber Wednesday to renew their push for gun safety legislation and to demand a bill expanding background checks be brought to the floor.

The lawmakers also asked for a "no-fly, no-buy" bill that would prevent individuals on terrorist watch lists from obtaining firearms.

Take Five: Sen. David Vitter
Louisiana Republican recalls 'alligator hunting' with his daughter

Football helmets in Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's office reflect his favorite football teams - the New Orleans Saints and LSU. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. David Vitter, 55, talks about his rescued dog, alligator hunting, and interning on Capitol Hill.

Q: You have a bunch of football helmets in your office, what are your teams?

What's Next for Sanders Backers? Replace the Entire Congress!
Former campaign staffers have launched "Brand New Congress"

Some Sanders supporters are looking at congressional races. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA -- The thousands gathered at the Democratic convention this week are focused on the upcoming presidential election. But a small cadre of Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters are setting their sights on the 2018 midterm elections.  

Roughly 20 volunteers with the new group "Brand New Congress" are on the ground in Philadelphia for the convention. Their mission is to spread the word about their goal to replace most members of Congress in two years. That means Democrats, as well as Republicans.  

House Rejects Call for New War Powers Resolution to Fight ISIS
Lawmakers adopt amendments to prevent transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees

( Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

The House on Thursday rejected two amendments to a defense spending measure that would have effectively called on Congress to pass a new war powers resolution.   

The votes show that Congress is no rush to approve a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, despite a longstanding debate about whether Congress should rewrite the 15-year-old war authorization approved after the 9/11 attacks.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

Sessions likes to thank the committee's "awesome stenographers." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”