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Photos of the Week: House Recess Begins — But See You Monday, Senate

The week of July 23 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at the Summer Intern Lecture Series in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium on Wednesday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

The House has dashed out of town for its annual five-week summer recess, with plenty of work left on the table for when members return Sept. 4.

Of course, the Senate plans to be in session for four out of the five coming weeks thanks to a plan from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to chip away at backlogged legislative and executive business (with the side benefit of preventing Senate Democrats in tough races from going home to campaign.)

Here’s the entire week in photos:

UNITED STATES – JULY 23: A tourist takes a photo of the Capitol dome Monday July 23, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
A tourist takes a photo of the Capitol Dome on Monday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 20: Former Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is interviewed in Russell Building on July 20, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Former Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., is interviewed in Russell Building on July 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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 Rowan Toman, 7, from Lakeland, Fla., uses a poncho while walking in the rain toward the East Front of the Capitol July 24, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rowan Toman, 7, from Lakeland, Fla., uses a poncho while walking in the rain Tuesday toward the East Front of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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UNITED STATES – JULY 24: A tattoo reading, "be kind be positive be happy" is seen on the ankle of a survivor of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar in the USA gymnastics during a press conference in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building Tuesday July 24, 2018. Over 80 victims were joined by Senate Democrats to discuss ways to prevent further abuse. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
A survivor of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar sports a  tattoo that reads “be kind be positive be happy” as she joined over 80 other victims at a press conference with Senate Democrats on Tuesday to discuss ways to prevent further abuse. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on a monitor, are seen during a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing titled "James Webb Space Telescope: Program Breach and its Implications," in Rayburn Building on July 25, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on a monitor, are seen during a committee hearing titled “James Webb Space Telescope: Program Breach and its Implications,” in the Rayburn Building on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES – JULY 25: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., is seen in her office viewed through former Sen. Thad Cochran's piano in her Dirksen Senate Office Building Wednesday July 25, 2018. Sen. Hyde-Smith took over Cochran's office after his retirement earlier in the year. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., is seen in her Dirksen Building office Wednesday from behind the piano of her predecessor, former Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Hyde-Smith took over Cochran’s office after his retirement earlier in the year. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., hands out pistachios that Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., brought from his district, during a House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in Rayburn Building on July 25, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., hands out pistachios that Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., brought from his district, during a House Appropriations markup Wednesday of the fiscal 2019 Homeland Security appropriations bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Rep. Alan Lownthal, D-Calif., left, speaks with Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, on the House steps after the last vote in the Capitol before the August recess on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., left, speaks with Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, on the House steps Thursday after the last vote in the Capitol before the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 26: Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for his last news conference before the House leaves for the August recess on July 26, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Ryan arrives Thursday for his last news conference before the House leaves for the August recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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