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hatch-senate-052616.jpg Reflecting Republican intransigence on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, reacted to a meeting with the federal appeals court judge before it had taken place.

congress-image-052616.jpg An energy and water spending bill was blocked in the House on Thursday due partly to the inclusion of a Democratic amendment to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The House voted 305 to 112 against the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act.

wyden-052516.jpg With Donald Trump still refusing to release his tax returns, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation requiring the presidential nominee of a major political party to release the information.

melissagilbert-052516.jpg Citing advice from her doctors, "Little House on the Prairie" actress Melissa Gilbert revealed Tuesday that she is ending her bid for a congressional seat in Michigan. Gilbert was set to face off against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., in Michigan's 8th District.

capitol2-052016.jpg In a rare scene in the typically subdued U.S. capitol, the House floor erupted in chaos on Thursday after Republicans narrowly blocked an amendment to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. The amendment failed by a vote of 212 to 213 after several Republicans changed their votes.

capitol-052016.jpg A broad appropriations bill including $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus received bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday. The Senate voted 89 to 8 in favor of the legislation, which provides funding for transportation infrastructure, veterans programs and military construction.

MapOfPuertoRico-051916.jpg Compromise legislation intended to address Puerto Rico's ongoing debt crisis was introduced in the House late Wednesday evening. The bill known as the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA, was introduced by members of the House Natural Resources Committee.

scotus-051016.jpg With Senate Republicans still refusing to hold hearings on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will instead hold a forum to tout the federal appeals court judge's qualifications.

USCapitol-051316.jpg A bipartisan package of bills to address the nation's ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic was overwhelmingly approved in the House on Friday. The House voted 400 to 5 in favor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which consolidates 18 pieces of legislation passed earlier in the week.

ReidDauster-051316.jpg Ahead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ken., meeting with likely Republican presidential Donald Trump on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., took to the Senate floor to offer harsh criticism of his GOP counterpart.

SpeakerRyan-051216.jpg While House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., described his meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday as "encouraging," he stopped short of endorsing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Ryan said he talked with Trump about their differences but also about how to unify the Republican Party.

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