Madam Speaker: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the U.S. Speaker of the House (January 8–11, 2019)

The second week of session in Congress has signaled a new direction for our country. Speaker Pelosi had a busy week at the U.S. Capitol, from signing legislation guaranteeing back pay for furloughed federal employees and responding to the Presidential Address on the #TrumpShutdown to introducing #HR8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and even receiving an unusual gift of over 10,000 roses to her personal office.

Speaker Pelosi smiles as she waits for the House Committee Chairs to arrive for a group photo. January 11, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi answers reporters’ questions after signing legislation guaranteeing back pay for furloughed federal employees. January 11, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi speaking with Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas who delivered 10,000 roses courtesy of an online fundraiser. Speaker Pelosi decided to donate the roses to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. January 9, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
A meeting of firsts: Speaker Pelosi welcomed former Minority Leader of the Georgia State House of Representatives and the first African American woman to be a major-party gubernatorial nominee in the history of the U.S., Stacey Abrams to the U.S. Capitol. January 11, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
Speaker Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer respond to the Presidential Address on the #TrumpShutdown. January 8, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)
At an event to mark the introduction of #HR8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Speaker Pelosi spoke with families and survivors who have been affected by the epidemic of gun violence in our country. January 8, 2019 (Photo by Julio Obscura)

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