Richard Gere brings star power to Capitol Hill: Washington Photos of the Week

Actor Richard Gere shakes hands with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) before a bipartisan press conference on Tibetan Rights on Capitol Hill, on March 28, 2023, in Washington, DC.
Actor Richard Gere shakes hands with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) before a bipartisan press conference on Tibetan Rights on Capitol Hill, on March 28, 2023, in Washington, DC.

Richard Gere brings star power to Capitol Hill: Washington Photos of the Week

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Hollywood actor Richard Gere traveled to Capitol Hill this week to fight for freedom for the people of Tibet from Chinese oppression.

The Pretty Woman star railed against Chinese “cruelty” against the Tibetan people and urged the United States to unite around Tibet’s autonomy. The longtime human rights advocate joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), for a press conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday.

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Inside the Capitol, Republicans scored legislative victories this week with the Senate passing legislation to end the COVID-19 emergency as President Joe Biden had to soften his stance on a veto threat. House Republicans also passed a major piece of legislation, HR 1, to counter Biden’s energy agenda and to increase domestic production. Four Democrats joined Republicans in passing the Lower Energy Costs Act, while centrist Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) voted against the bill.

A flurry of Biden Cabinet officials testified before Congress this week, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who was grilled by Republicans about border security.

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Here’s a look at scenes from Washington captured by Washington Examiner photographer Graeme Jennings during the week of March 27, 2023.

Gere advocates freedom for Tibet on Capitol Hill

House GOP passes HR 1 energy bill

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) rallies to protect entitlement programs

Mayorkas grilled on Capitol Hill about border security

Freedom Caucus members propose steep spending cuts in exchange for lifting debt ceiling

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