As a resignation and withdrawn Cabinet nominee rocked the White House this week, Congress was at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue proceeding through consideration of several other Cabinet nominees, debating Obamacare alternatives and much more.
On the lighter side of this Valentine’s Day week, some pets up for adoption stopped by the Capitol to bring love to staffers and members alike.
Here is the week in photos:
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talk during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in Dirksen Building on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to reporters as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Vice President Mike Pence stops to speak with tourists in the Capitol Rotunda on his way to the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and his wife former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., attend the “Paws for Love,” Valentine'’s Day animal adoption event in Rayburn Building to draw attention to the plight of rescue animals. The event was hosted by the ASPCA and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., leaves the Senate Republicans’ policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., actor Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., talk as they arrive for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success” on Wednesday7. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks with reporters in the Senate subway. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., meet with constituents in the Capitol's Senate Reception Room on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., talk during the House Democrats' news conference “to hold President Trump accountable for his failed vision for America that has weakened our national security and dishonors our values as a nation” in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., left, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., along with members of the House Freedom Caucus hold a news conference on Affordable Care Act replacement legislation on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., seat Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee, for her confirmation hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Striking federal workers are seen in Upper Senate Park after a rally to celebrate Andy Puzder’s withdrawal as secretary of Labor on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for his weekly news conference in House Studio A on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Tom Carper, D-Del., talk before holding their news conference on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be administrator of the EPA on Thursday, . (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds a news conference in the Capitol on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)