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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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YouTube Star Performs at Taste of Hawaii

July 24, 2014

YouTube star Aidan James performs on July 23, 2014, at the Taste of Hawaii reception in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building.

McConnell Plans to Testify at EPA Hearing

July 24, 2014

The EPA plans four public hearings on its proposed “Clean Power Plan” for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, but none of them are in “coal country” — much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said he planned to testify at the hearing in Washington, D.C. and said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was “unmoved” by his personal request to hold at least one of the four listening sessions where coal mining actually happens.

Boehner: Obama 'AWOL' on Border Crisis

July 24, 2014

With time running out before the August recess, Speaker John A. Boehner is talking with his colleagues about a supplemental spending package to address the flood of children crossing the border, but put the onus on Democrats and the White House to move in the GOP’s direction.

“It’s time for the White House to get their act together,” the Ohio Republican said. “This is a problem of the president's own making. And then he tries to — says he wants to solve the problem, so we that we can stop this influx, but then he changes his mind. We've got a president that's AWOL. And the president ought to get engaged in this if he actually wants something to happen."

Carnival Cruise Ship Passenger Recounts ‘Horrific’ Incident

July 24, 2014

Passengers gave harrowing testimony about illness and crime aboard cruise ships at a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Security guards “did everything wrong” and “waited at least 10 minutes to even call for someone to come down and look at my mother’s body to see if she was breathing or not,” said Amanda Butler, whose mother collapsed while on a Carnival cruise while the ship was docked at Grand Cayman Island.

The woman, Violet Butler, later died.

In Reversal, Reid Optimistic on VA Bill

July 22, 2014

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Congress would fail to pass a bill to fix the VA health care system, but the Nevada Democrat reversed course Tuesday, saying he "hoped" a bill would be completed before the August recess.

"I think the last 24 hours has been quite good," Reid said, referring to conversations with Veterans' Affairs Chairman Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., a member of the conference committee charged with drafting legislation to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care system.

GOP Leader: Congress on Track to do 'Absolutely Nothing' on Border Crisis

July 22, 2014

With the White House's emergency funding request for the Southern border in jeopardy, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Tuesday added to the increased speculation that Congress would fail to act on the proposal before the August recess.

"Unfortunately it looks like we're on a track to do absolutely nothing, which to me is the definition of political malpractice," the Texas Republican said while touting a measure he drafted with Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, changing a 2008 trafficking law to expedite immigration hearings for children.

Reid: 'Clear' Health Care Ruling Will be Overturned

July 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday echoed the White House's criticism of a federal appeals court ruling, which would restrict the 2010 health care law's subsidies to insurance exchanges formally established by the states, as opposed to those run by the federal government.

"Two activist Republican judges sought to undermine a law that was passed in congress — by congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, that is now benefiting millions of Americans," Reid said at his weekly news conference. "It seems clear to me that that decision will be overturned."

With August Recess Looming, Reid Juggles Border, Highway Funding Measures

July 22, 2014

The Senate might just have too much to do before departing for August recess.

But, it is a chamber where "magic" all-too-often occurs on Thursday evenings, and senators might need it come July 31. There's no shortage of big ticket items on the legislative agenda of Majority Leader Harry Reid, including funding for the crisis involving unaccompanied migrant children, stop-gap highway funding and the ongoing issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Earnest: WH 'Confident' in Legal Basis for Health Care Law

July 22, 2014

The White House doubled-down on its support for the 2010 health care law Tuesday, following a federal appeals court ruling that some say could derail the law's success.

"You don't need a fancy legal degree to understand that Congress intended for every eligible American to have access to tax credits that would lower their health care costs, regardless of whether it was state officials or federal officials who were running the marketplace," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "This will work its way through the legal process and we are confident in the legal case that the Department of Justice will be making.”

Reid Predicts Congress Will Not Pass Bill to Fix VA

July 21, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday predicted Congress would fail to pass a fix for the veterans’ health crisis, blaming the GOP for penny-pinching.

“We had a big show here, not long ago, where we provided $35 billion to help veterans. We’ve spent trillions of dollars in two wars, unpaid-for by the way. That’s what President [George W.] Bush wanted, and that’s what he got. But now, when we’re being asked to spend a few dollars to take care of these people who have come back in need as our veterans … it looks to me like they’re going to come back with nothing."

Reid Hammers Republicans for Delay on Border Crisis Funding

July 21, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans on Monday while suggesting Congress may fail to pass the White House's emergency funding request to address the influx of child migrants at the Southern border.

“We need to get resources to our border patrol agents and others who are caring for these children in central America. We need judges to hear these kids’ cases and decide whether they need protection or need to be sent back home,” Reid said. “The world is watching how this great democracy of ours responds to this crisis.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 14

July 18, 2014

As members discuss bathroom breaks, candy and "The People's Court," Sen. Bill Nelson refuses to yield the Senate floor.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 14 (Video)

July 18, 2014

As members discuss bathroom breaks, candy and The People’s Court, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., refuses to yield the Senate floor.

Reid Lambasts Delays in Confirming US Ambassadors

July 17, 2014

An international body that’s been responsible for investigating airplane crashes such as Malaysia Airlines MH17 is among the entities lacking a U.S. ambassador.

That’s as the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight in Eastern Ukraine was reported to have had Americans on board and may require an independent investigation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has begun regular complaints about delays in confirming the backlog of State Department nominations.

“Right now, there are gaping holes in our nation’s front lines. American embassies all over the world are without their leaders," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Republicans are abdicating the Senate’s constitutional role to confirm ambassadors.”

Pelosi: 'It's Stunning to Me How the Republicans Have Tried to Politicize' Border Crisis

July 17, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reaffirmed her support for President Barack Obama's emergency funding request for the child migrant crisis at the Southern border while slamming Republicans at her weekly news conference Thursday.

"It's stunning to me how the Republicans have tried to politicize this issue," Pelosi said. "We must act in the best interest ... of the children ... and that means we need the resources to get that job done."

Boehner Losing Optimism on Addressing Border Crisis Before August Recess

July 17, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner seems to be losing confidence that Congress can pass legislation addressing the wave of children coming across the border before lawmakers head back to their districts for the August recess.

Asked on Thursday during his weekly news conference whether he thought Congress would address the crisis before the recess, Boehner said, “I would certainly hope so, but I don’t have as much optimism as I’d like to have.”

Boehner: 'Israel's Enemies Are Our Enemies'

July 17, 2014

Following an Israeli ground invasion into the Gaza Strip Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, reaffirmed his support for Israel while criticizing the White House for its handling of regional terrorists and over its nuclear program negotiations with Iran.

"Israel is our friend, and Israel's enemies are our enemies," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. "Republicans remain focused on pushing the White House to do more to counter Iran's support for terrorists.”

House Amendment Could Make D.C. the Nation's Most Permissive Gun Jurisdiction

July 17, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., decried a House proposal Wednesday that would effectively wipe out all of the District of Columbia's gun safety laws.

"This amendment is being offered by a member who claims, at every turn, to support the principle of local control or local affairs, yet he is using the big foot of the federal government to overturn local laws," Norton said.

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., one of Congress' most outspoken libertarians.

McCain: Putin Should Pay if Separatists Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Plane

July 17, 2014

If it's determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.

The Arizona Republican said it's too early to know exactly what happened to the plane that reportedly crashed near the Russian border.

"It's an outrageous and incredible act of terrorism that people [should] be held responsible and not only be people directly responsible, but indirectly," McCain said when asked about reports the plane was shot down. "And if these are ... separatists, which are also Russian, Vladimir Putin should be paying a heavy price. But I am not concluding yet that until we find out all the information."

House Republican: Obama to Blame for Short-Term Transportation Bill Fix

July 17, 2014

House Republicans reached back to recent history Tuesday to rebut Democratic critics who blame them for not working on a multi-year transportation authorization bill.

Rep. Don Young of Alaska asked why President Barack Obama, at the height of his power in 2009, did not push for a multi-year transportation bill supported by then-Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota.

State Department Not Attributing Responsiblity for Plane Shot Down in Ukraine

July 17, 2014

As the White House continues to gather intelligence surrounding a crashed Malaysia Airlines flight that may have been shot down in Eastern Ukraine on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki did not confirm nor deny whether separatists in Ukraine aligned with the Russian government were responsible for the incident.

Senate Confirms Federal Judge 17 Years After Nomination

July 16, 2014

Roughly 17 years after first being nominated, Ronnie L. White is finally on his way to becoming a federal judge in Missouri.

The Senate confirmed White, 53-44, to a seat in the Eastern District of Missouri after limiting debate earlier in the day with 54 affirmative votes, short of the 60 that used to be required for cloture before Democrats used the "nuclear option" in 2013 to effectively change the rules.

White's nomination during the Clinton administration eventually fell on a party-line vote in 1999, 45-54. Republicans had the majority in the Senate at that time. Ahead of Wednesday's action, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., called the original vote "a grievous error."

Watch Live: House Rules Committee Hearing on Proposed Lawsuit of President Barack Obama

July 16, 2014

The House Rules Committee holds a hearing on initiating a House lawsuit against President Barack Obama over failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act.

McConnell: Obama's Healthcare Actions 'Creative,' 'Maddening'

July 15, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would not specifically address Speaker John A. Boehner's proposed lawsuit against President Barack Obama on Tuesday, but the Kentucky Republican said Obama had taken a "rather expansive view of his responsibility to faithfully execute the laws."

"And he's been particularly creative … with regard to Obamacare ... and it is maddening. I think the best response for the American people might be this fall to change the Senate.”

McConnell, Cornyn Tout Border Crisis Measure

July 15, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, defended a proposed fix to a 2008 trafficking law on Tuesday, which is backed by Cornyn and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.

"I think there's a lot of misunderstanding -- this is not a criminal trial in the context of the OJ Simpson case, this is rather straightforward and simple petition for benefits under the immigration law," Cornyn said, later adding he would not support a "blank check" for the administration. "This problem is growing and a backlash associated with it is growing too."

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