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JM Rieger


JM Rieger oversees video production for Roll Call. He began his career as an editorial intern for Roll Call in 2013 and started full time as Roll Call's video editor in September 2013.

Prior to joining Roll Call, he interned at Fox Sports in Los Angeles, NBCs Meet the Press" and Performics, a Chicago-based performance-marketing company.

JM graduated with honors from Miami University with degrees in journalism and political science. At Miami he worked as an editor for The Miami Student, covering higher education, campus life and sports, and also worked as a broadcaster and producer for the campus television and radio stations.

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Boehner Rebuts Susan Rice on Netanyahu Visit

Feb. 26, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner fired back at the Obama administration Thursday after National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice earlier in the week called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next week "destructive." Boehner said he "couldn't disagree more."

"The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel. Nothing, and no one, should get in the way of that," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. "But what is destructive in my view is making a bad deal that paves the way for a nuclear Iran."

11 Months Later, Boehner Reminds Members Again to Dress Appropriately (Video)

Feb. 26, 2015

Eleven months to the day after Speaker John A. Boehner reminded members to wear appropriate business attire on the House floor, the Ohio Republican was singing a familiar tune Wednesday.

Jim Inhofe Throws a Snowball

Feb. 26, 2015

Sometimes you just can't resist the urge to start a snowball fight.

In discussing recent reports of 2014 being the warmest year on record, Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe pulled out a snowball on the Senate floor and tossed it at the presiding officer, Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, to demonstrate how cold it is outside.

For what it's worth, Inhofe said the snowball was formed from snow outside the Capitol.

Reid: Democrats Will Not Block Separate Immigration Defunding Bill

Feb. 26, 2015

At a joint news conference Thursday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid guaranteed Senate Democrats would not block consideration of legislation sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, defunding President Barack Obamas immigration executive orders.

When we finish fully funding Homeland Security, if the Republicans want to go to immigration, any part thereof, well go to them, Reid said. "They wont need a motion to proceed, well just do it.

Boehner Defiant on DHS Funding: 'Not a Fight Amongst Republicans'

Feb. 26, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner struck a defiant tone Thursday when addressing reporters about a pending shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security: The House acted six weeks ago and it is waiting for the Senate to act.

Were waiting to see what the Senate can or cant do, and then well make decisions about how were going to proceed, Boehner said, a refrain he has echoed numerous times this week. We passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security six weeks ago. Six weeks ago! Its time for the Senate to act How many times do I have to say it?

When pressed about public knowledge of the Senates plans to pass a clean DHS bill, Boehner simply replied with air kisses.

When we make decisions Ill let you know.

Reid, Pelosi Point Finger at GOP on DHS Funding

Feb. 26, 2015

Amid calls from Speaker John A. Boehner for Senate Democrats to stop blocking Homeland Security funding, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid pushed back in a joint news conference Thursday, blaming Republicans for the spending impasse.

Its like eighth grade civics class, I mean what is going on in the House? Reid asked. We have the two leaders who havent talked to each other in two weeks. This is not a very good situation, and were not going to be part of their petty games.

Reid would not get into hypothetical games as to whether Democrats would support a short-term continuing resolution to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded, adding the Senate would not go to conference with the House on a bill with riders blocking President Barack Obamas immigration executive orders.

"I think what their demonstrating though is that immigration was not the reason they're shutting down government, it was the excuse they were using, because now they have an out from what the judge said in Texas and now they still want to shut down government, Pelosi said. So understand, shutting down government is their motive.

DC Will Legalize Marijuana Despite Congressional Warnings

Feb. 25, 2015

As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials.

Our government is prepared to implement and enforce Initiative 71 in the District of Columbia, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a briefing Wednesday, where D.C. officials presented a united front against congressional opposition. Bowser was joined by District Attorney General Karl Racine, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, and eight members of the D.C. Council, including Chairman Phil Mendelson.

We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned about overturning what 7 out of 10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia, Bowser later added.

House Republicans Accuse Fed Chairwoman of 'Partisan Politics'

Feb. 25, 2015

House Republicans accused Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen of working in concert with the Obama administration Wednesday, as they attacked her opposition to greater congressional oversight of the central bank.

I hear you taking a Democrat line, Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., told Yellen in an especially heated exchange during the Fed leaders semi-annual appearance before the House Financial Services panel.

The Republicans were taking on Yellens opposition to legislation nicknamed Audit the Fed, that would set up new reporting responsibilities on internal monetary policy discussions. Yellen and other Fed officials have said the measures would undermine the central banks independence.

11 Months Later, Boehner Again Reminds Members to Dress Appropriately

Feb. 25, 2015

Eleven months to the day after Speaker John A. Boehner reminded members to wear "appropriate business attire" on the House floor, the Ohio Republican was singing a familiar tune on the House floor.

"Members should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearance on the floor may be. You know who you are," Boehner said Wednesday, a reminder he has issued in each of the past three years.

One day after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sported a pair of shades, Boehner's speech covered member conduct and procedure on the House floor, similar to his 2014 address.

Gowdy Warns Democrats on Obama's Immigration Orders

Feb. 25, 2015

In his opening statement at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on President Barack Obamas immigration executive orders, Rep. Trey Gowdy again hammered the administration for ignoring the rule of law while warning Democrats of the long-term consequences of Obamas actions.

You may benefit from the presidents failure to enforce the law today, but Ill make you this promise: there will come a day where you will cry out for the enforcement of the law, Gowdy said. There will come a day where you long for the law to be the foundation of this republic. So you be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever.

Gowdys comments come as Congress debates fiscal 2015 funding for the Department of Homeland Security and whether to tie-in language defunding Obamas immigration executive orders.

Dick Durbin Touts 25th Anniversary of Airplane Smoking Ban

Feb. 25, 2015

Everyone who flies on a commercial airliner has heard the announcement that tampering with an airplane's lavatory smoke detector is a federal offense.

But as Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin reminded the Senate, until 25 years ago today it was legal to light up cigarettes on short-haul flights. As a House member, the Illinois Democrat had championed the ban, joining with the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., on an effort that earned plaudits in no shortage of Lautenberg obituaries.

"My staff thought I was crazy," Durbin said of the effort. "No one had ever beaten the tobacco lobby at anything."

But when it came to smoking on airplanes, Durbin, Lautenberg and their supporters ultimately prevailed, as of 25 years ago today, and as Durbin said on the floor it was the first of many prohibitions on smoking indoors or in confined spaces that have taken place since then.

Boehner: 'Were in Wait-and-See Mode' on DHS Funding

Feb. 25, 2015

House Republicans emerged from their closed-door meeting Wednesday morning in agreement theyll wait and see what the Senate can pass in regards to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security.

That is, however, where the strategy ends, at least in terms of whats being articulated publicly.

Members left the hour-long gathering in the basement of the Capitol unclear what their next move would or should be in the event Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., succeeds in getting the votes in his chamber to advance a clean bill to prevent a DHS shutdown on Friday.

GOP Leader Slams FCC Ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

Feb. 24, 2015

Sen. John Thune hammered the Federal Communications Commission ahead of a vote on net neutrality rules Thursday, which the South Dakota Republican termed a partisan-line vote.

This will be the first time where the Internet is going to be subject to the heavy-hand of regulation as opposed to the light touch thats been utilized for so long up until this point, Thune said. "And I hope that Feb. 26 doesnt go down in history as the time when the Internet moved from something that was driven by free-market innovation to something thats driven by bureaucratic decision making.

Harry Reid Sports His Sunglasses Inside

Feb. 24, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid showed up to work Tuesday sporting a pair of sunglasses and it took just two minutes of reporters grilling on funding the Department of Homeland Security before the Nevada Democrat was asked about his new look.

Were working on my beauty here, Reid said, with two lingering bruises still gracing his right cheek. Ive got these on. Tomorrow were going to try some other things. I can see out of my right eye, just not very well. It hasnt healed. I have to be a patient patient. I appreciate your interest, but its the best I can do.

Reid Waits on Boehner Before Committing to DHS Funding Bill

Feb. 24, 2015

In an extraordinary sequence of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered Democrats exactly what they have been asking for Tuesday clean full-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security. And Minority Leader Harry Reid said "no" or at least, "not yet."

McConnells offer of passing a clean full-year Homeland Security bill through the Senate shorn of immigration provisions which he said could happen quickly with Democratic cooperation was put on hold by Reid, who told reporters he was waiting to hear Speaker John A. Boehner agree to pass it through the House first.

We have to make sure that we get a bill to the president, Reid said. Unless Boehners in on the deal, it wont happen.

McConnell Unveils Two-Part DHS Plan

Feb. 24, 2015

Senate GOP leaders announced a dual-track plan that would decouple fiscal 2015 Homeland Security funding from immigration, but it is unclear whether conservatives in the chamber, House Republicans and Senate Democrats will go along with the strategy.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is prepared to move a clean DHS funding bill without any extraneous immigration language as soon as Democrats are willing to agree to a vote. He added that the measure would include funding through fiscal 2015, which ends Sept. 30.

The Senate would then separately move on the bill he introduced Monday evening that would block spending on implementation of the presidents November 2014 immigration actions but leave untouched other orders from 2011 and 2012 impacting so-called dreamers and other immigrants.

"I do think we have a responsibility to act, the Kentucky Republican told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Watch Live: John Kerry Testifies Before Senate Foreign Relations

Feb. 24, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the first time in the 114th Congress on the State Departments fiscal 2016 budget request. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.

Congresswoman: Democrats 'Rightly' Blocked DHS Funding Bill

Feb. 24, 2015

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Tuesday on C-SPANs Washington Journal that Senate Democrats rightly blocked a mute bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security and block President Barack Obamas immigration executive orders. Senate Democrats filibustered the bill for the fourth time this month on Monday.

McConnell Offers Standalone Bill Blocking Obama's Immigration Actions

Feb. 23, 2015

Just days from a shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has begun to pivot toward a new strategy to separate funding for the Department of Homeland Security from the GOPs plan to roll back President Barack Obamas immigration actions.

The Kentucky Republican offered a standalone bill focused on the immigration actions alone after Democrats filibustered for a fourth time the House-passed DHS bill, this time on a 47-46 vote, 13 shy of the 60 needed to advance.

It isnt tied to DHS funding. It removes their excuse, the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor. This is our colleagues chance to do exactly what they led their constituents to believe theyd do: defend the rule of law, without more excuses.

Obama Praises Governors for Expanding Medicaid Under ACA

Feb. 23, 2015

With the Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments next week in a case that could undermine individual insurance subsidies for federally run health care exchanges, President Barack Obama took time Monday during a speech to the National Governors Association to thank governors for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

"I want to thank all of the governors, Democrats and Republicans, supporters and some opponents of the ACA, who've expanded Medicaid to millions of people over the past two years," Obama said. "I think there's a recognition that it makes sense, and it's bigger than politics. As Governor [John R.] Kasich said, for Ohio, it saves lives. No question about it."

Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid to cover adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level who are under age 65.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Chuck Schumer

Feb. 20, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer laughs at his own jokes and shows his love for Rep. Steve King, all the while remaining very happy.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Chuck Schumer (Video)

Feb. 20, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer laughs at his own jokes and shows his love for Rep. Steve King, all the while remaining very happy.

Joe Biden: 'I Have Great Relations' With Somali Cab Drivers

Feb. 19, 2015

At a Tuesday event on violent extremism, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. claimed to have great relations with Somali cab drivers in Delaware while discussing relations with east-African immigrants in Minnesota.

In Minneapolis-St. Paul, were working to build relations with the East African immigrants who have made your city their home, as the same folks have made the Somalis have made, my city of Wilmington, Del., [home] on a smaller scale its a large, very identifiable Somali community, Biden said. I might add if you ever come to the train station with me, you'll notice that I have great relations with them because there's an awful lot of them driving cabs, and are friends of mine. For real, Im not being solicitous, Im being serious.

Biden made news earlier in the day Tuesday for putting his hands on the shoulders of Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carters wife.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 9, 2015 (Video)

Feb. 18, 2015

Lawmakers prepared for the holiday weekend by contemplating hamsters, Venezuelan hamburgers and former Sen. Strom Thurmonds grandchildren.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 9, 2015

Feb. 17, 2015

Lawmakers prepared for the holiday weekend by contemplating hamsters, Venezuelan hamburgers and former Sen. Strom Thurmond's grandchildren.

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