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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, NBC’s “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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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015

March 28, 2015

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 23, 2015 (Video)

March 28, 2015

Before leaving town for two weeks, lawmakers learned arithmetic, “quacked” at one another and practiced three-point turns. This is Hits and Misses.

Boehner Cancels Republican's Trip for Floor Opposition

March 27, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner has repeatedly said he doesn’t believe in retribution against the GOP Reps. who didn’t vote for him to be speaker. But Boehner increasingly seems to believe he doesn’t exactly have to reward those members either.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, a member who has made no secret of his opposition to many of Boehner’s plans, has found himself kicked off two upcoming congressional trips during the House’s two week recess.

According to Gohmert’s office, the Texas Republican was slated to travel with California Republican Dana Rohrabacher “to meet with their friend,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “But his participation was disapproved after all arrangements were made,” his communications director, Kimberly Willingham, told CQ Roll Call.

Congressman Releases Immigrant Defense Toolkit

March 27, 2015

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., announced the release of an immigration “toolkit” in a three-and-a-half minute video posted Thursday, which is designed to inform immigrants of DACA and DAPA policies implemented by the Obama administration.

Harry Reid Will Not Run for Re-Election

March 27, 2015

Longtime Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid will not seek re-election, he said Friday.

Reid, who sustained face and rib injuries earlier this year in an exercise accident, made the announcement in a video to supporters.

"This accident has caused Landra and I to have a little downtime," he said. "I have had time to ponder and to think. We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than about ourselves. And as a result of that I’m not going to run for re-election."

Boehner Coy on Working Relationship With Pelosi

March 26, 2015

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

But unlike the longevity of the bill that permanently ends the "sustainable growth rate" used to calculate doctors' payments for Medicare, and extends for two years the Children's Health Insurance Program, it's highly doubtful the bipartisan comity will endure.

At his weekly news conference, Speaker John A. Boehner was not asked if this was the start of a new, more productive working relationship between the leaders. Rather, reporters wanted to know when the next time might be that Boehner will "need" Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to help pass crucial legislative priorities, the assumption being that the speaker will rarely be able to corral his ideologically disparate caucus around bills that need to advance.

"When I see one, I'll let you know," Boehner replied.

Senator Slams Alleged Ban on Climate Change Speech

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott's alleged ban on the terms "climate change" and "global warming."

Nelson has an amendment pending aimed at blocking federal agencies from censoring speech related to climate change. It would set up a procedural hurdle to Senate consideration of any future legislation that censors a federal agency's use of climate change science.

Nelson called it "common sense" to protect those terms during a Thursday morning speech. "But we have all read news reports at the state level, at the local level, maybe even at the federal level that, indeed, some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involving the oceans, the atmosphere, climate and the weather."

Boehner: Obama is an 'Anti-War President'

March 26, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner dismissed Barack Obama Thursday as an "anti-war president" unwilling to lead an international coalition against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL; al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

"The world is starving for American leadership, but America has an anti-war president. We have no strategy, overarching strategy, to deal with a growing terrorist threat, and it's not just ISIS or al-Qaida and all of their affiliates," the Ohio Republican said at his weekly news briefing.

"If America leads, our allies would be tickled to death and be happy to join our coalition."

Aaron Schock's Final House Address

March 26, 2015

In his final floor speech before his March 31 resignation takes effect, Aaron Schock struck a somber tone, thanking his colleagues and constituents while finding time to break one more House rule: bringing coffee into the chamber.

The Illinois Republican was on the floor following his final vote to deliver a farewell speech. And as he waited, Schock found all sorts of ways to commemorate his departure. He shook hands with a number of members. He had one last back-patting hug with fellow Illinois Republican Rodney Davis, one last exploding fist bump with Wisconsin Republican Sean P. Duffy. In another violation of House rules, Schock took a picture with his congressional buds Kristi Noem and Jason Smith — or, rather, Bill Huizenga took it for him.

Before yielding back his time, Schock also issued an apology: “I leave here with sadness and humility. For those who I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you.”

Pelosi Optimistic Senate Will Pass Medicare Fix

March 26, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic at her Thursday morning news conference when asked about the fate of a bipartisan Medicare fix she negotiated with Speaker John A. Boehner.

“I just have confidence that the quality of what we have done — what has been crafted in the House is really a good, bipartisan initiative, and hopefully that will, in the equities that have to be weighed over there, that they will come down in support of it,” Pelosi said. “I believe this will move, not because anybody’s told me it will, but just because of the quality of the package."

The bill, which later passed the House 392-37, received a chilled response from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid earlier in the week: “I personally am going to wait until we see it, having passed the House, before we start speculating on what we need to do with it, if anything.”

Nancy Pelosi Wants Pool Table for Birthday

March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

The California Democrat closed her weekly news conference Thursday echoing a request she has made for the past five years: She wants a pool table, she just doesn’t know where to put it.

“I still want my pool table,” Pelosi told reporters, a gift she also asked for in 2010. “And it’s not just the pool table. It’s the question of where do you put the pool table, so that is the ongoing debate. I think the dining room is a perfect place.”

Nancy Pelosi Still Wants a Pool Table (Video)

March 26, 2015

Nancy Pelosi seemingly was content to celebrate her 75th birthday with a vote on a Medicare fix. Until she wasn’t.

Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever'

March 25, 2015

Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

An HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the 77-year-old D.C. delegate awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Northeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.

“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one mystified observer — who wisely recorded more than a minute of the automotive travesty — suggests after witnessing Norton reportedly rub the correctly positioned, red sports utility vehicle to her immediate left with her improperly angled, silver sedan.

Watch Live: Tom Wheeler Testifies on FCC Net Neutrality Rules

March 25, 2015

The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality rules. Officials from the FCC, including Chairman Tom Wheeler, and the Federal Trade Commission will testify. Coverage begins at 2 p.m.

Reid Noncommittal on Medicare Fix

March 24, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid did not commit to supporting an emerging Medicare “doc fix” bill at his weekly news conference Tuesday, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker John A. Boehner continue work on changes to the payment formula for Medicare doctors ahead of March 31, when payments would be cut by 21 percent.

“They don’t have a rule yet, the SGR is still a work in progress and I personally am going to wait until we see it, having passed the House, before we start speculating on what we need to do with it, if anything,” Reid said.

Trade Promotion, Iran Next on Senate Agenda

March 24, 2015

At his weekly news conference Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he “hoped” the Senate could advance an anti-human trafficking measure and move to the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, adding that fast-track trade authorization and the U.S.-Iranian nuclear negotiations will also be on the agenda in the coming weeks.

“I continue to hope we can get pass the dilemma that you’ve all witnessed on the trafficking bill and go forward with that and then turn to the Lynch nomination,” McConnell said. “I know there are people on both sides of the aisle trying to figure out how to get pass the impasse, and I hope they can do that and I wish them well.”

Oversight Chairman Lights Up Secret Service Chief

March 24, 2015

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions Tuesday from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents.

Clancy, who has deferred to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general investigation, often opted not to comment on specifics of the March 4 incident where two senior agents allegedly drove their car into White House barricades during investigation of a suspicious package, which infuriated Chairman Jason Chaffetz when Clancy could not answer why it took 11 minutes for Secret Service to alert the Metropolitan Police Department of the bomb investigation.

“How do you not — this is what’s so infuriating! You’re the director of the Secret Service. It’s almost three weeks after the incident and you don’t know why it takes 11 minutes to pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, Metro Police Department, we’ve got a problem down here, we need you to help,’” Chaffetz said. “This is the United States of America! The threat is real. But I don’t feel it, I don’t see it, and it’s unacceptable.”

Boehner 'Not Aware' of Israel Leaking Intel to Derail Iran Talks

March 24, 2015

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Speaker John A. Boehner said he was “baffled” by a Wall Street Journal report that Israel spied on U.S.-Iranian negotiations and leaked intelligence to members of Congress with the intent of derailing the talks.

“I read that story this morning and frankly I was a bit shocked,” Boehner said. “I was shocked by the fact that there were reports in this press article that information was being passed on from the Israelis to members of Congress — I’m not aware of that at all."

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015

March 24, 2015

Members occupied their time arguing over the "little guy," monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of "Xavier."

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 16, 2015 (Video)

March 24, 2015

Between St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, last week was a little longer than usual for everyone on the Hill. Members occupied their time arguing over the “little guy,” monogamous relationships and the correct pronunciation of “Xavier.”

Aaron Schock Discussed Government Transparency in First Floor Speech

March 18, 2015

Perhaps it was fate.

But Rep. Aaron Schock, who tendered his resignation following allegations of improperly using of taxpayer and campaign money, ironically gave his first floor speech in 2009 on the same subject.

Less than two weeks after the start of the 111th Congress, Schock took to the House floor in support of an amendment to the TARP Reform and Accountability Act of 2009, creating a website to track TARP money.

“This amendment is about accurate accounting, openness, fair government, transparency and hopefully one day balancing our budget,” Schock said.

Democrat Pushes Lew on Chinese Currency Manipulation

March 18, 2015

Negotiations over Trade Promotion Authority for the White House came under fire Tuesday at a House Financial Services hearing, as Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., hammered Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew over the administration’s lack of law enforcement following reports of tax evasion by multinational companies and Chinese currency manipulation.

“The law is clear: if China is manipulating its currency, you’re supposed to designate them. Other than the fact that that would make them really mad and they are cheating less, why haven’t you carried out existing law and designated China a currency manipulator?” Sherman said. “What about the consequence to our constitutional system when the executive branch takes the attitude, 'Congress doesn’t know what it’s doing so we’re not going to follow the law?’”

Harry Reid Thanks Rand Paul for Eye Injury Advice

March 18, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid thanked Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday for his medical advice about his ongoing recovery from the New Year’s Day accident that caused serious eye damage.

The public expression of gratitude from Reid came on the Senate floor, while the Kentucky Republican and prospective presidential candidate was presiding over the chamber. The Nevada Democrat recalled for those watching the well-documented exercise accident that led to the significant facial and eye injuries that have forced Reid to don sunglasses often in the aftermath.

“During this period of time, the presiding officer, who by the way is a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist, has been so kind and thoughtful and considerate in visiting with me, giving me encouragement and some expert advice as to what he’s seen in the past,” Reid said.

GOP Senator: Harry Reid Doesn't 'Like to Vote on Issues'

March 17, 2015

Senate Republicans continued to rail on Democrats for holding up human trafficking legislation at their weekly news conference Tuesday, after the Senate earlier in the day failed to invoke cloture to limit debate on the measure.

“Here’s what I really think: Harry Reid and his Democratic colleagues don’t like to vote on issues,” Sen. Roger Wicker said. "This was true in the last term of Congress, and Harry Reid led his caucus off the cliff in so doing. What do you do if you’re in the minority and you still don’t want to take votes? You can’t fill up the amendment tree because you’re no longer in the majority.”

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