Photos of the Week: Congress Dashes to Campaign Trail, National Gallery Wing Reopens
The week of Sept. 26, as captured by Roll Call's photographers

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds her weekly press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016;  the day before, House members had cast their final floor votes before Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress averted a costly (politically and financially) government shutdown this week after both chambers on Wednesday passed a stopgap funding measure to keep federal lights on through Dec. 9. The president signed it into law Thursday.

Earlier in the week, some in the district watched the first presidential debate at the Capitol Lounge, where two impersonators dressed up as Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

White House's Last TPP Pitch to Congress: ‘What's the Alternative?’
McConnell, however, says vote will wait for next president

Delegates supporting Bernie Sanders wave Trans-Pacific Partnership signs during opening proceedings at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser says the White House will make a last-ditch sales pitch to Congress about his proposed trade deal with some Asian countries: “What’s the alternative?”

Obama administration officials continue pressing lawmakers to take up the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election, but Jason Furman, chairman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters Friday that they know the proposed pact “absolutely faces challenges.”

Blunt and Kander to Have First Debate
Senate race in Missouri has become more competitive

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander is giving Sen. Roy Blunt a competitive race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt will face his Democratic opponent, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, in their first debate Friday.

The debate will likely be the only one between the Republican incumbent and his insurgent challenger, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

Poll: California Senate Race Tightens Slightly
Loretta Sanchez leads Kamala Harris among Latino voters

Rep. Loretta Sanchez is narrowing the gap against state Attorney General Kamala Harris in the California Senate race, a new poll shows. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Loretta Sanchez closed the gap slightly but California Attorney General Kamala Harris still holds a large lead, according to a new poll of the state's all-Democrat Senate race.

The SurveyUSA poll shows Harris in the lead with 40 percent support among likely voters, compared to Sanchez's 29 percent. But Harris is down 4 points from an identical poll three weeks ago, while Sanchez is up 2. 

Democrats Say Patrick Murphy Can Still Win — But Will He Have the Money?
Florida Democrat faces tough Senate battle against Marco Rubio

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., walks down the House steps at the Capitol following the final votes of the week in Congress in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Patrick Murphy is down in the polls, running against one of the Republican Party's biggest stars, and beset by uncomfortable questions over his worthiness for higher office.

And yet Democrats say the biggest problem facing their Senate nominee in Florida is more fundamental: He isn’t well known — and he might not have the money to change that.

Michigan Delegation Joined Leadership at Negotiating Table
Flint Rep. Dan Kildee helped secure language on water bill that led to CR deal

From left, Rep. Dan Kildee, Sen. Gary Peters and Rep. Sander Levin, all Michigan Democrats, leave a news conference in the Capitol. Funding for the Flint water crisis was not included in the 10-week stopgap spending bill passed by Congress on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Eleventh-hour government funding deals are usually negotiated between the leaders of both parties in the House and Senate and the White House. This year, there were some extra players at the table.

Members of the Michigan delegation were heavily involved in securing aid for the city of Flint, which has been stricken by a water contamination crisis for more than a year.

Democratic Poll: Hassan Leads Ayotte Narrowly in New Hampshire
Hassan opens up a slight lead while Clinton's edge has tightened since July

Gov. Maggie Hassan greets guests during an event with Tessa Gobbo, right, Olympic gold Mddal winner in rowing, at the New Hampshire State House earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan narrowly leads incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the New Hampshire Senate race, according to a poll commissioned by End Citizens United, a Democratic PAC. 

Hassan had a 47 percent to 44 percent edge over Ayotte, a slight improvement for the Democrat since GBA Strategies last polled the race in July and found it tied 47-47. Libertarian Brian Chabot took 7 percent — up from 4 percent in July.

Sources: White House Not Heavily Involved in CR Endgame
Obama, aides worked closely with key lawmakers in August

President Barack Obama, left, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan had a few conversations during the last stretch of the recent stopgap spending bill talks, sources say. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sources describe President Barack Obama and his top aides as laying down their cards and then walking away from the table before congressional leaders really began seriously negotiating a stopgap spending measure

Talks on Capitol Hill took a key turn Tuesday afternoon after Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-crafted measure that included Louisiana flood relief but not funding for the troubled Flint, Michigan, water system.

Independent Candidate Sues to Get in Florida Senate Debates
Steven Machat says it's his right to debate as a "proper" candidate

Independent Florida Senate candidate Steven Machat wants to be allowed to participate in the two debates in October along with Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Courtesy Steven Machat Facebook page)

An independent Senate candidate in Florida has sued the Federal Communications Commission and news organizations to allow him to participate in debates with Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy.

Steven Machat said organizers have unfairly blocked him and other candidates with no party affiliations from the two scheduled debates, the Tampa Bay Times reported. 

Post-Debate Polls Show Millennials Turn Toward Clinton
Surveys in battleground states show younger voters say Clinton won debate

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has struggled to win over young voters who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton received a boost among voters under 30 in key battleground states, according to a poll conducted after Monday's first presidential debate.

A poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling shows the Democratic presidential nominee with a large lead among voters under 30, a group she has struggled with, in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Obama, Netanyahu Take Icy Relationship to Peres Funeral
3 times the 'frenemies' publicly – and privately – clashed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber on March 3, 2015, as House Speaker John A. Boehner, left, and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin G. Hatch, look on. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When President Barack Obama lands in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres, that country’s former leader, he will be face-to-face one last — and unexpected — time as president with a leader some have called his best “frenemy.”

That would be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom Obama has had perhaps the iciest relationship. Even as Obama and Netanyahu pay tribute to Peres, one of Israel’s founding fathers, many will be keeping a close eye on their interactions — or lack thereof.

Early Voting Tilts Toward Democrats So Far
More people are acting to vote before Election Day this year

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr is facing a competitive re-election race against former state Rep. Deborah Ross. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An Associated Press survey of early voting in certain battleground states shows promising trends for Democrats in Florida and North Carolina, where two Senate seats are being contested.

In Florida, where Republican Sen. Marco Rubio faces a challenge from Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, Republicans are ahead 43 percent to 38 percent in advance voting requests. But that's a much smaller gap than in 2008, when the GOP led 51 percent to 32 percent in requests. Democrats welcomed the narrowing deficit, saying it freed them up to focus on undecided voters in the remaining weeks before Election Day, The AP reported. 

Poll: Republican Tenney Leads Race in New York's 22nd District
Trump holds an 11-point edge over Clinton among likely voters

New York Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney leads in a new poll in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Richard Hanna. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Claudia Tenney is leading in the race to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Richard Hanna in New York's 22nd Congressional District, according to a new poll.

Tenney, a state assemblywoman, had the support of 35 percent of likely voters in the Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll, ahead of Democrat Kim Myers, the daughter of the founder of Dick's Sporting Goods, who drew 30 percent. Upstate Jobs Party candidate Martin Babinec trailed with 24 percent.

Democratic Group Slams Blunt for 9/11 Bill Tobacco Provision
Ad charges he acted at the behest of the tobacco industry

A new ad in the Missouri Senate race alleges that Sen. Roy Blunt inserted a tobacco-backed provision into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic outside group and a prominent labor union have launched a $1.3 million ad buy accusing Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of using a bill after 9/11 to help donors and lobbyists.

The ad, released Thursday by Majority Forward and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, says that at the behest of tobacco companies, Blunt tried to add a provision to prevent the smuggling of contraband cigarettes into the bill that created the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.

Portman Not Letting Up on Ads Despite Strickland Decline
Latest commercial features Gold Star family

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, second from right, has opened up a large lead against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his re-election race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite the downturn in support for his Democratic opponent, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman is not letting up on his ad blitz in his race for re-election.

In his latest ad, which will run statewide, Portman features the father of Staff Sgt. Matthew Maupin, who was captured and killed in Iraq.