COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 6: Photographs of election day activity on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joel Prince for The Washington Post)
Gas is flared off from a flame boom aboard offshore oil and gas platform Edith in the Beta Field off the coast of Long Beach, California, U.S.  Senators from California, Oregon and Washington introduced legislation to ban offshore oil drilling off the West Coast amid mounting concern about the BP Deepwater Horizon rig spill spreading in the Gulf of Mexico.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
James B. Alcorn, at right, chairman of The Virginia State Board of Elections certifies the results in the contested 28th and 88th House of Delegates Districts elections. Getting the nod in the 28th, Republican  Robert M. Thomas Jr. was selected to replace retiring GOP Speaker William J. Howell and in the 88th, incumbent Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania) will return in January. At left is board member Edgardo Cortes and Vice-Chair Clara Bell Wheeler. The board met in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, November 27, 2017.
President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks to reporters during an event on federal regulations in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Doug Jones, second from left, the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter century, is administered the oath of office by Vice President Mike Pence as his wife Louise holds the Bible, joined at far left by their son Christopher Jones, and son Carson Jones, center, during a ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Jones, 63, will represent one of the most conservative states in the nation and is stressing his desire to work with both parties. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election to take the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, right, looks on as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., flanked by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., left, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., updates reporters on the GOP tax bill following their weekly policy meeting, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks with the media after Senate Republicans met with President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Senate Passes $1.4 Trillion Republican Tax Overhaul
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives for a caucus meeting as the Republican majority in Congress prepares to vote on the biggest reshaping of the U.S. tax code in three decades, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, responds to questions about the poison gas attacks and ongoing “war crimes” in Syria, during a television news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Kaine blasted blasted President Donald Trump for relying on his criticism of former President Obama’s approach to Syria now that he’s in charge, adding, “He’s got to put on his big boy pants and own up to the job.”   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
With the deadline looming to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, meets reporters following a closed-door strategy session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Donald Trump participates in the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Quantico, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, arrives for a closed-door strategy session with House Republicans as the deadline looms to pass a spending bill to fund the government by week's end, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)