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Photos of the Week: Rotunda Reopens, Kaine Lunches with Democrats and House Marks 9/11

Congress returned to Washington and Roll Call's photographers were there

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lead the procession of members of Congress for the ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is back in the nation's capital for at least a few weeks after a summer recess.

This week, the Capitol Rotunda reopened to the public after being closed for a portion of the summer to remove the interior scaffolding that shrouded the room for the better part of the building's renovation phase. 

On Wednesday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia came to town to meet with members of his caucus during the weekly policy lunches.

Members of Congress concluded the week on the steps of the Capitol to mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Here is a look at the week in photos:

The statue of George Washington stands in the newly restored U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2016, as the area is reopened to the public following the restoration of the iconic space. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The statue of George Washington stands in the newly restored U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, 2016, as the area is reopened to the public following the restoration of the iconic space. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Firas Nasr of WERK for Peace, dances along Independence Avenue near Longworth Building to draw attention to deaths by gun violence that occurred while Congress was in recess, Sept. 6, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Firas Nasr of WERK for Peace, dances along Independence Avenue near Longworth Building to draw attention to deaths by gun violence that occurred while Congress was in recess, Sept. 6, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., right, points to the ceiling of the newly restored U.S. Capitol Rotunda as he gives a tour on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, walks to the Senate chamber on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, as the Senate's summer recess comes to an end. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, walks to the Senate chamber on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, as the Senate's summer recess comes to an end. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is interviewed by Roll Call in his Hart Building office, Sept. 6, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is interviewed by Roll Call in his Hart Building office, Sept. 6, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Three T-6 Texan aircraft flyover the graveside service for Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 7, 2016. Citing space issues, WASPs were initially ineligible for inclusion at Arlington but after a petition challenging the rule, President Obama signed legislation that reversed it. Elaine Harmon passed away last year at age 95. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Three T-6 Texan aircraft flyover the graveside service for Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 7, 2016. Citing space issues, WASPs were initially ineligible for inclusion at Arlington but after a petition challenging the rule, President Obama signed legislation that reversed it. Elaine Harmon passed away last year at age 95. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., center, and former Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Shutsy Reynolds, 93, right, watch a flyover before a graveside service for WASP Elaine Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 7, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., center, and former Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Shutsy Reynolds, 93, right, watch a flyover before a graveside service for WASP Elaine Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 7, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Pierson Kennedy, 4, and his sister Charlotte, 2, play with Navy covers after a graveside service for Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 7, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Pierson Kennedy, 4, and his sister Charlotte, 2, play with Navy covers after a graveside service for Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon, at Arlington National Cemetery, Sept. 7, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Air Force Cpt. Jennifer Lee, salutes after presenting an American Flag to Terry Harmon, daughter of Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon on Sept. 7, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Air Force Cpt. Jennifer Lee, salutes after presenting an American Flag to Terry Harmon, daughter of Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) Elaine Harmon on Sept. 7, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
From left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., hold a sign which reads "Day 175" before their press conference on Sept. 7, 2016, to call on senators to give Supreme Court nominees Judge Merrick Garland a hearing and vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
From left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., hold a sign which reads "Day 175" before their press conference on Sept. 7, 2016, to call on senators to give Supreme Court nominees Judge Merrick Garland a hearing and vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives in the Capitol for the Senate Democrats' policy lunch on Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives in the Capitol for the Senate Democrats' policy lunch on Wednesday morning, Sept. 7, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Democratic nominee for vice president Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., leaves after meeting with Senate Democrats during the their weekly policy lunch in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Democratic nominee for vice president Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., leaves after meeting with Senate Democrats during the their weekly policy lunch in the Capitol on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland, left, arrives to meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland, left, arrives to meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., holds his weekly press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., holds his weekly press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, talks with Somali immigrants in Lewiston, Maine, Sept. 8, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Emily Cain, Democratic candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, talks with Somali immigrants in Lewiston, Maine, Sept. 8, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., walks down the House steps at the Capitol following a vote on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., walks down the House steps at the Capitol following a vote on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, and Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., walk down the House steps at the Capitol following a vote on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, and Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., walk down the House steps at the Capitol following a vote on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Emily Cain, right, Democratic candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, talks with Fatuma Hussein from Somalia, in Lewiston, Maine, Sept. 8, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Emily Cain, right, Democratic candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, talks with Fatuma Hussein from Somalia, in Lewiston, Maine, Sept. 8, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
A member of the U.S. Army Chorus leads members of Congress in the singing of God Bless America at the conclusion of the ceremony on the House steps to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
A member of the U.S. Army Chorus leads members of Congress in the singing of God Bless America at the conclusion of the ceremony on the House steps to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
From left, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., talk at the House steps after the conclusion of the ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
From left, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., talk at the House steps after the conclusion of the ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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