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47 Images of the Wild Ride That Was 2017 in Congress

The year in photos as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

1. January 6: Carrying the Electoral College ballot boxes, Senate pages lead a procession through the Capitol Rotunda into the House chamber, where Congress certified the results of the 2016 presidential election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With 2017 coming to a close, Roll Call sorted through its photo archive for some of our best images of the year.

From Washington to the special election trail, here is the year in photos:

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., center, President-elect Trump's nominee for attorney general, and Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, second from right, prepare for Sessions' Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Building's Kennedy Caucus Room, January 10, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
2. January 10: Chairman Charles E. Grassley, center right, prepares for the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, in the Russell Building’s Kennedy Caucus Room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: A U.S. Capitol Police officer takes a photo as a Marine helicopter carrying former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama lifts off from the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol following the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
3. January 20: A Capitol Police officer takes a photo as a Marine helicopter carrying former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama lifts off from the East Plaza of the Capitol following the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: From left, First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Major General Bradley Becker, Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife Karen Pence prepare to review the troops following the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
4. January 20: First lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Major General Bradley Becker, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence prepare to review the troops on Inauguration Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 21: Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington holding signs during the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
5. January 21: Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington holding signs during the Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: Passengers from a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah are greeted by protesters as they arrive at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Protests erupted at airports around the country following President Trump's executive order restricting travel from several Islamic countries. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool)
6. January 29: Passengers from a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah are greeted by protesters as they arrive at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. Protests erupted at airports around the country following Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: From left, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., (not pictured here) speak to the press and protesters about possible detention of travelers and legal access at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Protests erupted at airports around the country following President Trump's executive order restricting travel from several Islamic countries. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
7. January 29: Reps. Donald S. Beyer Jr., D-Va., John Delaney, D-Md., Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. (not pictured here), speak to the press and protesters about possible detention of travelers and legal access at Dulles airport. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 09: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, center, is pictured with Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., second from right, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Vice President Mike Pence, second from left, during a mock swearing-in ceremony for Strange in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, February 9, 2017. Strange filled Sessions' senate seat. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
8. February 9: Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch rehearse for the swearing-in ceremony of Alabamian Luther Strange, second from right, in the Capitol’s Old Senate Chamber. Strange was appointed to fill Sessions’ Senate seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 28: President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after delivering his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
9. February 28: Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 16: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., arrives for town hall meeting at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., after his windshield was shattered by a piece of ice,March 16, 2017. Much the discussion was regarding the American Health Care Act, the Republican's plan to repeal and replace the ACA. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
10. March  16: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III arrives for a town hall meeting at West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Martinsburg after a piece of ice shattered his windshield. Manchin fielded questions about the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 21: President Donald Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price arrive in the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
11. March 21: Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who would later resign amid criticism of his use of taxpayer-funded charter flights, arrive in the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 21: Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch fist bumps his nephew, Jack, on the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Hart Building, March 21, 2017.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
12. March 21: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch fist-bumps his nephew Jack on the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in the Hart Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 22: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., makes his way from the committee's offices to the microphones to hold a news conference in the Capitol on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
13. March 22: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes of California makes his way from the committee’s offices to the microphones to hold a news conference in the Capitol. The Ethics Committee later opened (and closed) an investigation into whether he made unauthorized disclosures of classified information. He was cleared of the claims. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 24: Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., makes his way to a meeting of the House Republican Conference where Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced the vote for American Health Care Act had been canceled, March 24, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
14. March 24: New Jersey Rep. Christopher H. Smith makes his way to a meeting of the House Republican Conference, where Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced he was pulling legislation aimed at repealing the 2010 health care law because he didn’t have the votes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 6: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gives a thumbs up after the Senate invoked the "nuclear option" which will allow for a majority vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice nominee, April 6, 2017. The vote for nominee Neil Gorsuch is scheduled for Friday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
15. April 6: McConnell gives a thumbs-up after the Senate invoked the nuclear option, which allows for a majority vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice nominee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: People gather for the Tax March rally on the west lawn of the Capitol to call on President Trump to release his tax returns, April 15, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
16. April 15: People gather for the Tax March rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol to call on Trump to release his tax returns. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 17: Karen Handel, candidate for the Georgia 6th Congressional district, walks past an American flag as she arrives for a campaign stop at Rhea's restaurant in Roswell, Ga., on Monday, April 17, 2017, one day before the special election to fill Tom Price's seat . (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
17. April 17: Karen Handel, Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, walks past an American flag as she arrives for a campaign stop at Rhea’s restaurant in Roswell, one day before the all-party primary in the special election to fill Tom Price’s seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
18. May 4: Protesters wait for members of Congress on the East Front of the Capitol while the House passes a GOP bill repealing the 2010 health care law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 28: David Letterman and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., off camera, meet with climate change activists in the atrium of Hart Building on April 28, 2017, ahead of tomorrow's Peoples Climate march. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
19. April 28: David Letterman and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., meet with climate change activists in the atrium of the Hart Building ahead of the People’s Climate March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 8: Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducts a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing in Dirksen Building titled "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election," featuring testimony by former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on May 8, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
20. May 8: Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducts a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing in the Dirksen Building titled “Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election,” featuring testimony by former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 11: An aide prepares to open the door to a meeting between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., Ranking Member Mark Warner, D-Va., after a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Hart Building titled "World Wide Threats" on May 11, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
21. May 11: An aide prepares to open the door for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Chairman Richard M. Burr and ranking member Mark Warner after a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in the Hart Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 18: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol to brief all 100 Senators on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
22. May 18: Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol to brief all 100 senators on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: The crowd gathered at The Partisan bar Comey watch party in Washington watch as former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
23. June 8: A crowd gathers at The Partisan bar in Washington to watch as former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 14: Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, center, and his sons, board the Rayburn subway in the basement of the Capitol after a shooting at the Republican's baseball practice in Alexandria on June 14, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
24. June 14: Texas Rep. Joe Barton and his sons board the Rayburn subway in the basement of the Capitol after a shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 15: Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., tags out Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., at second base as Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, watches during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
25. June 15: Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., tags out Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., at second base as Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, looks on during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Supporters watch from outside the packed final campaign rally for Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th Congressional district Jon Ossoff at his campaign office in Roswell, Ga., on the final day of campaigning on Monday, June 19, 2017. Ossoff is facing off against Republican Karen Handel in the special election to fill the seat vacated by current HHS Secretary Tom Price will be held on Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
26. June 19: Supporters watch from outside the packed final campaign rally for Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th congressional district, at his campaign office in Roswell, one day before the special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 20: Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., attends a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in Dirksen Building featuring testimony by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the department's FY2018 budget request on June 20, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
27. June 20: Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken attends a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in the Dirksen Building featuring testimony by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the department’s fiscal 2018 budget request. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 20: Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., dances on stage with two boys before speaking at Jon Ossoff's election night watch party in Atlanta on June 20, 2017. Democrat Ossoff faced off against Republican Karen Handel in the special election to fill the seat vacated by current HHS Secretary Tom Price. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
28. June 20: Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia dances onstage with two boys before speaking at Ossoff’s election night watch party in Atlanta. Republican Karen Handel bested Ossoff in the special election that evening. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 19: Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., takes a bite during the American Meat Institute's annual Hot Dog Lunch in the Rayburn courtyard on July 19, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
29. July 19: Virginia Republican Rep. Dave Brat takes a bite during the American Meat Institute’s annual hot dog lunch in the Rayburn courtyard. (Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Senate pages ride the subway to deliver copies of H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, to the Senate document room on July 28, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
30. July 28: Senate pages ride the subway to deliver copies of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, to the Senate document room. The bill failed to pass the Senate earlier that week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., covers herself with a newspaper as she runs down the House steps in the pouring rain following the final votes as Congress leaves town for their summer recess on Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
31. July 28: Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Kansas Republican, covers herself with a newspaper as she runs down the House steps in the pouring rain following the final votes before summer recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 02: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., returns after a phone call to a news conference on the east lawn of the Capitol to unveil a new economic agenda titled "A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs" on August 2, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
32. August 2: After taking a phone call, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer returns to a news conference on the East Lawn of the Capitol to unveil a new Democratic economic agenda titled “A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 4: Judge Roy Moore campaign worker Maggie Ford collects campaign signs after the U.S. Senate candidate forum held by the Shelby County Republican Party in Pelham, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Moore is running in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
33. August 4: Maggie Ford, a campaign worker for former Alabama judge Roy Moore, collects campaign signs after the Senate candidate forum held by the Shelby County Republican Party in Pelham, Alabama. Moore was running in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 19: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., raises his fist as rally attendees chant "Bernie" following his speech to the rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Senate Democrats held the rally to oppose the Senate Republicans's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the Graham-Cassidy proposal. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
34. September 19: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raises his fist as rally attendees chant “Bernie” following his speech at a rally at the Capitol. Senate Democrats held the rally to oppose the proposal by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to repeal the 2010 health care law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 19: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks with reporters in the Capitol after the Senate Policy luncheons on September 19, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
35. September 19: Graham talks with reporters in the Capitol after a Senate policy lunch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: A protester is taken out of a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Dirksen on the proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, on September 25, 2017. The hearing went into recess while the Capitol Police cleared the room. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
36. September 25: A protester is taken out of a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy proposal in the Dirksen Building. The hearing went into recess while the Capitol Police cleared the room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 26: Roger Stone, advisor to President Trump, arrives in the Capitol to speak with the House Intelligence Committee on possible Russian interference in the 2016 election on September 26, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
37. September 26: Roger Stone, adviser to Trump, arrives in the Capitol to speak with the House Intelligence Committee on possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 28: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and his wife Jennifer, walk through the Capitol's Statuary Hall on September 28, 2017, his first day back to the Hill after being injured in the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in June. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
38. September 28: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his wife, Jennifer, walk through Statuary Hall on Scalise’s first day back to the Hill after being severely injured in the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: A protester throws Russian flags towards Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and President Donald Trump as they arrive for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
39. October 24: A protester throws Russian flags toward McConnell and Trump as they arrive for a policy lunch with Senate Republicans in the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and his wife Cheryl, leave the Capitol on the day he announced he will not be running for re-election on October 24, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
40. October 24: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and his wife, Cheryl, leave the Capitol on the day he announced he will not be running for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Samantha Yeider of the Senate Press Gallery, keeps a path clear for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in the basement of the Capitol on October 24, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
41. October 24: Samantha Yeider of the Senate Press Gallery keeps a path clear for Franken in the basement of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., boards the Senate subway in the Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
42. October 25: Arizona Sen. John McCain boards the Senate subway in the Capitol, three months after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 31: Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, is questioned by the media in the Capitol on October 31, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
43. October 31: Moore visits the Capitol weeks after winning the Republican primary runoff race in Alabama’s special Senate election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 2: Every Thursday Rita Warren, aka Jesus Lady, sets up a mannequin dressed as Jesus at the Capitol. One of her helps is shown wheeling the mannequin to the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
44. November 2: Every Thursday, Rita Warren, also known as Jesus Lady, sets up a mannequin dressed as Jesus at the Capitol. One of her helpers is shown wheeling the mannequin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 9: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks back to his office from the Senate floor in the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
45. November 9: McConnell walks back to his office from the Senate floor in the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
DECEMBER 11: Judge Roy Moore rides away on his horse after voting at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department in Gallant, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
46. December 12: Moore rides away on his horse after voting at the Gallant Volunteer Fire Department on election day in Alabama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
December 12: Alabama Democrat Doug Jones and his wife celebrate his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Jones is faced off against Judge Roy Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions' seat in the U.S. Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
47. December 12: Alabama Democrat Doug Jones and his wife celebrate his victory over Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham. Jones faced off against Moore in a special election for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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