Congress was still technically on recess, but there was plenty of action. The new session of the Supreme Court kicked off, marijuana activists held a rally, impeachment proceedings continued, and two members of Congress held a joint town hall meeting.
Anti-abortion protesters, with red tape over their mouths, stand in silent protest on the first day of the new session of the Supreme Court on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff speaks to reporters in the Capitol after learning the State Department had blocked Ambassador Gordon Sondland from testifying to the committee on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, right, Lee Zeldin of New York, left, and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania conclude remarks to the media in the Capitol Visitor Center after Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was blocked by the State department from appearing for a deposition about President Trump’'s dealings with Ukraine on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) A marijuana activist vapes in front of a 51-foot inflatable joint during a rally at the Capitol to call on Congress pass cannabis reform legislation on Tuesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)