The business of the 114th Congress is coming to a close. Vice President
Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, who served in the Senate for 36 years, visited the Hill several times including to preside over a health care vote. A live nativity took place in front of the Supreme Court complete with camels. And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada saw the unveiling of his portrait, which prompted the first Hill appearance by Hillary Clinton following the election.
Here is the week in photos:
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stops to speak with reporters in the Senate Reception Room following the cloture vote on the “21st Century Cures Act” in the Capitol on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Vice President-elect Mike Pence stops to talk with 4 year old tourist Victoria Cruz of Orlando, Fla., as he leaves the Senate Republicans weekly policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday. Victoria and her mother Elena were in the Rotunda on a tour of the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Incoming Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speak to reporters in the Capitol on Tuesday. With Sen. Reid retiring, this was likely his last press conference in the Ohio Clock Corridor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) From left, Jeffrey Bewkes CEO of Time Warner, Mark Cuban, Chairman of AXS TV, and Gene Kimmelman, CEO of Public Knowledge, prepare to testify during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing in Dirksen Building on the merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Faith and Action in the Nation's Capital holds its annual “Live Nativity on Capitol Hill,” with actors portraying Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, a donkey and two camels in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Trump's HUD Secretary pick Ben Carson waits for his meeting with incoming Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Michael D. Crapo, R-Idaho, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) From left, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and John Boozman, R-Ark., discuss cheese during contest in the Capitol, pitting Arkansas Cheese Dip against Texas Queso, on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) U.S. Capitol Police investigate an unidentified man pulling a Trump-decorated trailer parked on the west side of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday where he and other members criticized many of President-elect Donald Trump's choices for cabinet positions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, speaks with reporters Thursday while workers prepare for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) The sun sets at the U.S. Capitol as the 114th session of Congress comes to a close on Thursday. The House passed a spending bill to fund the government through April before heading home for the holiday recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) From left, Biden, Schumer, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Reid, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pose in front of Reid’s portrait after it was unveiled during a ceremony in Russell Building, on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)