Warm weather punctuated the spring recess in Washington. As congressmen took two weeks back home in their states and districts, some Hill staffers were able to enjoy the sun on lunch breaks and head early to happy hours.
But it wasn’t all that quiet on the congressional front.
A Tax March on Saturday, April 15 brought protesters to Capitol Hill to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. CQ Roll Call hit the road to Atlanta for the special election to fill Tom Price‘s seat. And back in Washington, the recess neared its end as a 4/20 event resulted in seven arrests for marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute near the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Here’s the entire two weeks in photos:
Kellyanne Conway, aide to President Donald Trump, sits at the outdoor patio at BLT Steak restaurant in Washington, D.C. on April 10. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call). A worshipper walks on the Mall during the annual Way of the Cross procession from St. Peter's on Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument to commemorate Good Friday on April 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) From left, Annie, Gabby, Henry, and Eddie, Golden Retrievers from Long Island, N.Y., take a break on the Mall on a sunny Friday, April 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) President Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik, attends the Tax March rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol before a procession to call on Trump to release his tax returns. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) People gather for the Tax March rally. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Rosa Hernandez attends the Tax March rally. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., right, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., attend the Tax March rally. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Volunteers for Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for the Georgia 6th Congressional district, arrive in his campaign office in Atlanta, to canvass the district on Monday, April 17, one day before the special election to fill Tom Price's seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Democrat Jon Ossoff at his election rally the day before the special election in Georgia's 6th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Karen Handel, candidate for the Georgia 6th congressional district, speaks with diners during a campaign stop at Rhea's restaurant in Roswell, Ga., on Monday, April 17. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Handel in Roswell, Ga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., is seen on a monitor while addressing a meeting of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors in Stafford, Va., on April 18. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) RachelRamone Donlan is arrested after handing out joints during 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession pot giveaway to credentialed Hill staff and the media at Constitution Ave., and First St. NE on April 20. The joint handout commenced shortly thereafter. The event was held by the DCMJ to call on Congress to reauthorize an amendment that prevents federal legal intervention in the District's marijuana laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)