Congress has left town for the 4th of July recess week. As the jet fumes fade, the heat is up in the swamp with temperatures expected in the high 90s. We hope your air conditioner is functioning properly.
Before lawmakers left, the Senate passed several appropriations bills, but the process could slow as the
chamber’s focus will presumably shift toward a possible Supreme Court nominee. (President Donald Trump is reportedly considering names now.)
Immigration remains front and center, with hundreds of protesters arrested and charged in the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday
and another immigration bill that failed to pass the House this week. GOP leadership is hoping to resuscitate the issue when they return July 10.
Here’s the entire week in photos:
Protesters call for a vote on the NIFLA v. Becerra case outside of the Supreme Court on Monday. The case involves pro-life pregnancy centers and the requirement by California law to provide information on abortion. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Activists dressed in eagle costumes to call attention to reduced funding for national service programs in President Trump’s 2019 budget as Hill staffers make their way from Union Station to the Capitol complex on Tuesday morning. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., are seen after a meeting of the of House Democratic Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Robert Wilkie, nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, meets with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the Russell Senate Office Building on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, talks with a reporter before the Senate policy luncheons in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Republican Senators from Mississippi Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker talk before the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose for a photo before their meeting on Tuesday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call) A young girl participates in a CASA in Action rally at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C. organized to protest the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that separates children from their families at the southern border on Wednesday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call) Hundreds of women crowd the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building to protest Trump’s immigration policy Thursday. Capitol Police moved in to make arrests to clear the area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)