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Budget Cover Draws Attention to Denali

Ueland handed out copies of the budget early Tuesday morning, hours ahead of public release. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The fine print of the president's budget was still under wraps as print copies were distributed to Senate staff on Tuesday, but even the cover image was designed to tell a story.  

The printed volumes feature Denali — "the Great One" — which President Barack Obama restored to its traditional name from Mount McKinley last year as part of his travel to Alaska -- much to the irritation of some congressional Republicans . As Eric Ueland, the GOP majority staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, was passing out copies, the White House was announcing that the budget's proposed benefits for Alaska go beyond the surface.  

Photos From the D.C. Blizzard

About a dozen sledders, young and old, took to the slopes of the West Front of the Capitol after the first few inches of snow blanketed Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Calm Before the Storm: #Snowmaggedon2016

The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore broadcasts news about the impending blizzard in Washington in front of the U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 The DC area is bracing for blizzard conditions over the weekend. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Washington is bracing for a winter storm that's expected to bring high winds and somewhere between 12 inches and 24 inches of snow to the city, starting Friday and going through the weekend.  

The Lighting Before the Storm

A worker installs lights in the Capitol's Statuary Hall in preparation for Tuesday's State of the Union address. Media will be set up in Statuary Hall to interview members before and after the speech. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Traffic in the Capitol's Statuary Hall was altered Tuesday as lighting technicians installed a canopy to make sure media outlets had sufficient light throughout their stand-up interviews after Tuesday's State of the Union address.  

The historic hall fills with members of Congress and the media after the president's speech every year, all eager to provide their take on the speech. As techs installed lights in the middle of the hall, many people traversing the Capitol altered their routes. Instead of going straight through the hall, walkers went around the canopy, as if not to tempt fate by walking under a ladder.  

Roll Call's Feature Photos of the Year

Bridges, right, struck a pose with Sen. Debbie Stabenow. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Winter Is Coming (With Sledding Space for All)

Twin sisters Charlotte and Kendall Adams, 8, sled during a snow storm on the West Front of the Capitol in early March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Temperatures may have soared to near 60 degrees this week, but it is December, which means the may be snow on the ground at some point. As though on cue, Congress reminded us of the joys of the season Wednesday, when it came to our attention that a sledding provision was tucked into massive, year-end, $1.1 trillion appropriations bill.  

Gliding By | Capitol Lens

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 

Rich and Christyne Brennan of Capitol Hill take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather Monday, taking their 4-year-old son Adien for a skate at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink.

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Schank prepares to transport the Capitol Christmas tree to the West Front Friday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Christmas tree has arrived on the Hill. John Schank from Fairbanks, Alaska, drove the 74-foot Lutz Spruce tree to the West Front of the Capitol Friday.  

It's the first Capitol Christmas tree to come Alaska and also the first tree to be transported by sea, according to the Capitol Christmas Tree website . It was cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska, and sent on a 4,000-mile expedition by land and by sea. The tree will be decorated with about 2,000 ornaments that reflect the Last Frontier State's natural and cultural resources made by kids and community groups from Alaska.  

Marine Corps Celebrates 240th Birthday

Marines across the nation celebrated the 240th birthday of the corps Tuesday. Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Sen. Pat Roberts, who was a Marine captain, toasted service members at a reception in the Russell building on Nov. 3.  

   

Behind the Photo: Catching Ryan's Family in Media Mayhem

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., announced in a news conference on Oct. 20 that not sacrificing family time was part of requirement to seek the candidacy for the position. When it was clear he was going to be the 54th speaker, I knew I wanted a shot of him and his family when they were on the Hill for the ceremony.  

During the event on the House floor his wife and three children were recognized at their seats in the gallery.