Congress returned from Thanksgiving and began decorating for the holidays (inside and outside the Capitol Building), prepping for office moves for the 115th Congress and deciding where freshman House members’ will have their offices.
In addition to housekeeping items, the House Democratic Caucus re-elected Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi of California, as its leader following a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.
Mike Pence was on the Hill to meet with his Republican colleagues.
Here is the week in photos:
Workers from the Architect of the Capitol unload the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, an Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho, on the West Front of the Capitol, on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Ben Bergstrom, from the office of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., puts a Santa hat on a mountain lion on loan from North Dakota’s Kenner Simmental Ranch, while decorating for Christmas in their Russell Building office, on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, meets with fellow committee member and Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in his Capitol Hill office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, talk in the Capitol’s Senate Reception Room before the Senate Policy Luncheons, on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Staffers in Rep. Sam Graves′ office go about regular business surrounded by moving boxes on Wednesday. The congressman is moving his Longworth House Office Building office down to the first floor as the 114th Congress comes to a close. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Shaquille O’Neal is wanded by U.S. Capitol Police after he set off the metal detectors while arriving in the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday. Shaq was on the Hill to host the “Recognizing Law Enforcement’s Critical Role in the Fight Against Impaired Driving” briefing with Responsibility.org. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked by Democratic House leaders, speaks to reporters following the House Democrats’ leadership elections in the Longworth House Office Building on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, waves to the media near the Ohio Clock after a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) From left, Reince Priebus, incoming White House Chief of Staff, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., conduct a photo-op with the media before a meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Rep.-elect Anthony Brown, D-Md., strikes a pose during the lottery draw for office space. Brown drew number 34. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Rep.-elect Lou Correa, D-Calif., left, gives Rep.-elect Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., a fist bump in the basement of the Longworth House Office Building after the New Member Orientation Room Lottery Draw for office space at the Capitol on Thursday. Correa won first pick of office space while Kiuhen got the 30th pick. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., checks his watch upon arriving late for his weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)