The Biggest Moments on Capitol Hill in 2015

2015 was an eventful year in Congress!

— -- As the clock ticks down to midnight on Dec. 31, members of Congress are probably hoping for better approval ratings in 2016. A new CNN/ORC poll shows just 14 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing.

NUMBER 5: CONGRESS GOT SOME BIG STUFF DONE Despite Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid calling it “the most unproductive Senate in the history of the country,” this Senate – and House – actually passed a bunch of major bills, including a yearlong spending bill to avert a government shutdown, a five-year transportation bill, a replacement of the No Child Left Behind Act and a key trade bill that makes it easier for President Obama to complete a massive pacific trade deal, which he’s said is at the top of his 2016 agenda.

NUMBER 3: FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER HASTERT BECOMES FELONDennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican House Speaker, pleaded guilty to evading bank reporting requirements by withdrawing $3.5 million in small amounts in order to pay hush money to allegedly cover up past sexual misconduct. While Hastert served as Speaker from 1999-2007, he spoke often about family values and sex scandals involving other members.

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