After months of negotiation, the bipartisan congressional panel announced on Nov. 21 that it had failed to agree on a debt-reduction plan.
Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), Democratic co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, fends off reporters’ questions before a last-minute meeting with committee colleagues. “We remain hopeful that Congress can build on this committee’s work and can find a way to tackle this issue in a way that works for the American people and our economy,” Murray and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), the panel’s GOP co-chairman, in a statement.Melina Mara/The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.