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JM Rieger

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JM Rieger is Roll Call's video editor. He previously interned at Fox Sports in Los Angeles, NBC’s “Meet the Press" and Performics, a Chicago-based performance-marketing company, before joining Roll Call as an editorial intern in 2013.

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.

A Cincinnati native, he also spent eight years living in Chicago before moving to Washington, D.C.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 7

April 11, 2014

While senators explain their beef with cable TV and representatives talk about Big Macs, Majority Leader Harry Reid just cannot get enough Koch.

Appropriations Chairman Piles On to Moran's 'Underpaid' Remarks (Video)

April 11, 2014

Turns out not even the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee can avoid weighing in on whether members are “underpaid.”

Wisconsin Republican Asks Members to Save Our Sausages

April 11, 2014

Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri took to the House floor Thursday to issue a dire warning to grill tenders the world over: Europe is coming for our pork products.

Appropriations Chairman Piles On to Members 'Underpaid' Remarks

April 11, 2014

Turns out not even the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee can avoid weighing in on whether members are "underpaid."

At an appropriations markup Wednesday, Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., laid into Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., after Moran's amendment to raise each member's pay by $2,800 was rejected by voice vote.

Boehner Hammers Obama Administration Over Benghazi, IRS (Video)

April 10, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner had a few things to say Thursday morning.

What You Missed: House Oversight Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

April 10, 2014

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Thursday to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

Boehner Hammers Obama Administration Over Benghazi, IRS

April 10, 2014

During his weekly press conference, which lasted for just more than 6 minutes, Boehner criticized former IRS official Lois Lerner, knocked Democrats for playing politics rather than working with Republicans to create jobs, and, most notably and vociferously, knocked the Obama administration for putting up roadblocks to answers on Benghazi, Operation Fast and Furious and the IRS scandal.

Pelosi: 'Race' Part of the Reason GOP Won't Act on Immigration

April 10, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that "race" is one reason Republicans are avoiding an immigration overhaul.

During her weekly press conference, the California Democrat implied there were ulterior reasons Republicans weren't addressing immigration.

"I think race has something to do with them not bringing up the immigration bill," Pelosi said. "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, it would be easy.'"

Cummings Compares Lerner Contempt Vote to McCarthyism

April 10, 2014

The Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Thursday compared the committee's vote to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress to McCarthyism.

"I cannot cast a vote that would place me on the same page of the history books as Senator Joseph McCarthy," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., said. "I do not draw that comparison lightly."

Boehner Still Blocking Unemployment Extension

April 10, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner doesn't seem to think the Senate passing an unemployment benefits extension has changed the political calculus for the House.

Boehner said Thursday morning that he had made it clear to the president in December that an unemployment insurance extension would "have to be paid for and would have to include things that would help get our economy moving.

House Oversight Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

April 10, 2014

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Thursday to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

The vote, coming as Congress heads out of town for a two-week recess, is the latest chapter in a year-long probe that has sparked some of the fiercest partisan clashes among panel members in recent memory — from cutting off the ranking member’s microphone as he sought to speak to comparing the chairman to Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis.

Boehner Says Unemployment Extension Is Up to White House (Video) (Updated)

April 10, 2014

Updated 2:20 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday it’s up to the White House to make a new proposal before he’ll consider an unemployment benefits extension, as the House left town for two weeks without acting on a bipartisan Senate bill.

Graham to Comcast Exec: 'Anybody Represent DIRECTV?'

April 9, 2014

When officials from Comcast and Time Warner Cable appeared at the Senate Judiciary Committee to push the case for their proposed $45 billion merger, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked questions that any ordinary American consumer might.

The South Carolina Republican had service issues, with both cable and DirecTV.

Before he switched to the satellite service, Graham said at the hearing that his cable TV "went out right in the fourth quarter of a ballgame."

Holder Testifies Before House Judiciary: What You Missed (Video) (Updated)

April 9, 2014

Marijuana, accusations of perjury, election integrity and asparagus were the range of topics covered in Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the committee in a hearing designed for oversight on the Department of Justice. Holder and members of the committee had some tense exchanges as congressmen tried to nail down the attorney general on specific enforcement of laws. Check out Roll Call’s top moments below:

Holder Testifies Before House Judiciary: What You Missed

April 9, 2014

Marijuana, accusations of perjury, election integrity and asparagus were the range of topics covered in Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the committee in a hearing designed for oversight on the Department of Justice. Holder and members of the committee had some tense exchanges as congressmen tried to nail down the attorney general on specific enforcement of laws.

Holder to Gohmert: 'You Don't Want To Go There, Buddy'

April 8, 2014

Things got heated between Rep. Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department.

Gohmert, who was questioning the attorney general about releasing documents relating to the Holy Land Foundation's 2008 conviction of providing financial assistance to Hamas, then suggested contempt was "not a big deal" to Holder.

"You don't want to go there, buddy," Holder quickly shot back. "You should not assume that that is not a big deal to me. ... Don't ever think that."

Eric Holder in the Hot Seat on Pot, Fired Up to Defend DOJ Enforcement

April 8, 2014

As states and cities move to liberalize marijuana laws, the administration looks at changes to federal policy and the No. 2 House Democrat reverses course on decriminalization, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. found himself in a charged congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Pressed by members from both sides of the aisle to defend Justice Department practices in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, Holder insisted the Obama administration has not “retreated.”

Holder also said the DOJ won’t scale back marijuana punishments by rescheduling the drug, as House Democrats have been pushing President Barack Obama to do, saying he was “satisfied” with what the department is doing.

Holder to Gohmert: 'You Don't Want To Go There, Buddy' (Video)

April 8, 2014

Things got heated Tuesday between Rep. Louie Gohmert and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department.

McConnell Doubts Individual Campaign Finance Limits Will Go Away

April 8, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, an outspoken foe of many campaign finance restrictions, said Tuesday that he didn't think limits on individual contributions to candidates will disappear any time soon.

"I think that's not likely to happen," the Kentucky Republican said when asked at a news conference about the possibility of the restrictions on individual contributions being thrown out.

McCain and Kerry Have Tense Exchange at Foreign Relations Hearing

April 8, 2014

Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz., confronted Secretary of State John Kerry about the Obama administration's foreign policy in a heated exchange at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Tuesday.

"I must say, I think you're about to hit the trifecta," McCain told Kerry, citing the ongoing conflict in Syria, the seemingly stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the uncertain nuclear deal with Iran, which McCain predicted would collapse.

McCain further lambasted Kerry, who was testifying on the administration's national security and foreign policy budget priorities, on failing to provide defensive weapons to Ukraine, saying the failure to do so was "beyond logic."

Sensenbrenner: Intelligence Director Committed Perjury

April 8, 2014

During a Justice Department oversight hearing Tuesday, the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee accused Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. of committing perjury during his Jan. 29 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said he believed Clapper's refusal to acknowledge whether warrantless searches of Americans' communications had been conducted was perjurious after conceding the point in a letter last week to Sen. Ron Wyden.

Sensenbrenner: Intelligence Director Committed Perjury (Video)

April 8, 2014

During a Justice Department oversight hearing Tuesday, the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee accused Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. of committing perjury during his Jan. 29 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

‘Cuban Twitter’ Dominates USAID Hearing

April 8, 2014

The senior senator charged with overseeing the U.S. Agency for International Development budget unleashed scathing criticism on the department’s leader Tuesday over a “Cuban Twitter” program.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., the longtime chairman of the Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, pressed USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah over the U.S-run social media platform in Cuba that was reported last week by The Associated Press. Leahy wanted to know who was behind creation of the program, but Shah did not have a specific answer, saying it came before he started running the agency at the end of 2009.

Steve King: Illegal Immigrants Kill Americans Every Day

April 7, 2014

Rep. Steve King has been known to make, from time to time, some controversial remarks about immigration — and his floor speech on Friday was no exception.

Speaking to a nearly empty chamber, the Iowa Republican said the result of an immigration overhaul would be more dead Americans.

Roll Call Book Club With Mark Halperin (Video)

April 7, 2014

For political junkies, it was all there — President Barack Obama’s relationship with Congress, the future of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican field for the 2016 presidential race and much more — during our Roll Call Book Club discussion with “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ co-author Mark Halperin on March 26.

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