The Post-Pelosi Era Begins in the House of Representatives: Washington Photos of the Week

A A new era began in the House of Representatives this week as House Democrats elected the next generation of leaders For the first time in 20 years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will not be there.

In recognition of her pledge to step down from leadership, Pelosi, 82, resigned and endorsed Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), 52, to become the next Democratic leader when the new Congress begins in January. Jeffries made history Wednesday when his peers elected him the first black lawmaker to lead a party in Congress.

On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate made history by passing the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday. The bill would provide federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. Despite lingering concerns about religious freedom, 12 Republicans joined all Democrats in passing the bill, which will go to the House of Representatives for a final vote.

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Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) could be on the verge of losing his outsize influence in the Senate. With the Senate split 50-50, Democrats cannot afford to lose Manchin’s vote on anything, meaning the White House has had to bow to centrist Democrat demands for the past two years. Tuesday’s Georgia runoff will determine whether Democrats have a 51-seat majority if Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) wins, giving Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) a small cushion.

At the White House, President Joe Biden hosted his first state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron, with the Maine lobster menu drawing criticism for Whole Foods’ ban on selling lobster due to the risk of whales getting caught in fishing gear .

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Here’s a look at scenes from Washington the week of November 21st, captured by Washington Examiner Photographer Graeme Jennings.

House Democrats elect a new generation of leaders

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, exits a Democratic caucus meeting after being elected by House Democrats to form the new leadership when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, votes in the new Congress under the Republican majority steps aside Capitol Hill, Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Clark will become the Democratic whip and Aguilar will chair the Democratic caucus.

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, along with Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA, left, and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-CA, speaks to reporters after being elected by House Democrats to appoint the new leadership as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, will step aside in the new Congress under the Republican majority on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 on Capitol Hill.  Clark becomes the Democratic whip and Aguilar takes over as chair of the Democratic caucus.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, along with Rep. Katherine Clark, D-MA, left, and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-CA, speaks to reporters after being elected by House Democrats to appoint the new leadership as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, will step aside in the new Congress under the Republican majority on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 on Capitol Hill. Clark becomes the Democratic whip and Aguilar takes over as chair of the Democratic caucus.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, exits a meeting of the Democratic parliamentary group on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.  Pelosi resigns in new Congress under Republican majority.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, exits a meeting of the Democratic parliamentary group on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Pelosi resigns in new Congress under Republican majority.

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Senate passes Respect Marriage Bill with 12 GOP votes including Senator Susan Collins of Maine

Senate Republicans arrive for a press conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Senate Republicans arrive for a press conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

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Senator Susan Collins answers reporters' questions on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Collins said Monday that former President Trump should not have met and dined with white supremacist Nick Fuentes in Mar-a-Lago .

Senator Susan Collins answers reporters’ questions on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Collins said Monday that former President Trump should not have met and dined with white supremacist Nick Fuentes in Mar-a-Lago .

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Sen. Joe Manchin risks losing influence if Democrats win the Georgia runoff

Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, takes a call Tuesday, November 29, 2022 before a Senate Democrats luncheon on Capitol Hill.  Manchin expects a rough re-election in 2024 as Congressman Alex Mooney announced earlier this month that he had a bid against Manchin.

Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, takes a call Tuesday, November 29, 2022 before a Senate Democrats luncheon on Capitol Hill. Manchin expects a rough re-election in 2024 as Congressman Alex Mooney announced earlier this month that he had a bid against Manchin.

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Biden hosts his first state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emannuel Macron and President Joe Biden attend a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, December 1, 2022

French President Emannuel Macron and President Joe Biden attend a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, December 1, 2022

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