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JM Rieger

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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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Senate Dems Delay Push for Iran Sanctions

Jan. 27, 2015

Make that one more veto threat President Barack Obama probably won’t have to carry out: Senate Democrats are abandoning efforts to pass an Iran sanctions bill over its nuclear program while talks continue, at least until March 24.

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey announced during a Senate hearing Tuesday that he and other Senate Democrats would not support bringing the sanctions bill he co-sponsored to the floor until that date.

It comes after Menendez, in particular, has been harshly critical of the White House and the president over the handling of the Iran talks, and amid a brouhaha over the decision by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to snub the president and invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the Congress without prior notification to the White House.

Murkowski: WH Proposed Wilderness Regulations 'Unacceptable'

Jan. 27, 2015

Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday again slammed an Interior Department proposal to block areas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from future oil and gas exploration, a plan Murkowski called "unacceptable" and said violated the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).

"What this administration is doing is moving forward into essentially de facto wilderness," Murkowski said. "What the president is doing is not unlike what we are seeing with the selective interpretation of the Affordable Care Act or immigration, where he is unilaterally acting. He is ignoring the law from 1980, ANILCA."

McConnell: DHS Spending Bill Up Next in Senate

Jan. 27, 2015

The Senate will turn to a potentially bruising battle over immigration, once it dispatches with its debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.

But Senate Republicans are spelling out little about their plans for handling the contentious Department of Homeland Security spending bill with only a month to go before its funding expires.

“All I can tell you right now is we’re going to the DHS bill after we finish Keystone. The procedure by which we deal with that will be determined later,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Protestors Disrupt Senate Hearing on Trade Promotion Authority

Jan. 27, 2015

Protesters disrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's trade policy Tuesday.

Three protesters were arrested and others were escorted out of the hearing room by Capitol Police.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 19, 2015

Jan. 23, 2015

Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, women's health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.

The Art of John Boehner Clapping (Video)

Jan. 23, 2015

During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, it often wasn’t about how many times Speaker John A. Boehner clapped, so much as how he clapped. HOH is here to document the many styles of the Boehner clap.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 19, 2015 (Video)

Jan. 23, 2015

Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, women’s health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.

Reid Opines on '#Deflategate'

Jan. 22, 2015

Toward the end of his first media availability since his New Year's Day injury, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid weighed in on reports that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 game balls were under-inflated, saying he didn't know why it was allowed to happen.

"As far as how much weight's in a football, as far as I know, I can't believe the National Football League, with the billions of dollars they make, couldn't at least determine how much air should be in a football ... why it should be left up to the teams," Reid said.

The Art of John Boehner Clapping

Jan. 22, 2015

During Tuesday's State of the Union address, it often wasn't about how many times Speaker John A. Boehner clapped so much as how he did it. HOH is here to document the many styles of the Boehner clap.

Harry Reid Reflects on Life of Wendell Ford

Jan. 22, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reflected on the life of the late former Sen. Wendell Ford, calling Ford a "fine man" during a news conference in Reid's Capitol office suite.

"As a new senator I met with him,” Reid said. “He said ‘I am from Kentucky, I drink Kentucky bourbon, and I smoke Kentucky cigarettes all the time’ … He was a fine man, people in Kentucky love him, as they should.”

Pelosi on Abortions: Health of Mother 'Preeminent'

Jan. 22, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi found herself defending abortion rights at her weekly news conference Thursday, one day after House Republicans pulled a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, saying it is not up to politicians in Washington to decide an issue the Supreme Court has ruled on.

"The life and the health of the mother is what is preeminent in when a decision is made about women's reproductive health," Pelosi said. "It isn't an ideological fight, it's a personal health issue. And as a mother of five in six years, I have great standing on this issue, great understanding of it, more than my colleagues."

Pelosi Accuses Boehner of 'Hubris'

Jan. 22, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dinged Speaker John A. Boehner Thursday for not consulting with Democrats or the White House on the decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

"It's out of order in terms of the protocol," Pelosi said of the invite. Boehner apparently did not consult with the White House on the joint session, nor did he make Democratic leadership aware of the Netanyahu invite.

Pelosi said her understanding was that the joint session — which was originally slated for Feb. 11 but has since been moved to March 3 — would take place within two weeks of the Israeli elections on March 17. "I don't think that's appropriate for any country," the California Democrat said.

Harry Reid 'Intending to Run,' Expects Swift Recovery

Jan. 22, 2015

The venue was different, and his face was bruised and bandaged, but Harry Reid was still Harry Reid.

With an American and Nevada flag in the background, along with a bald eagle and a box of "Search Light" matches on the wall over his shoulder, Reid held court with reporters in a meeting room in his Capitol office suite for a news conference that could've taken place any Tuesday afternoon near the Senate's iconic Ohio Clock.

Of course, many of the questions were about the minority leader's medical prognosis and any effect it might have on his decision about making a run for another six years in the Senate in 2016.

The Nevada Democrat expects to be back to full-time work soon, and intends to run for re-election.

James Morhard Survived the Plane Crash that Killed Sen. Ted Stevens

Jan. 21, 2015

Deputy Senate SAA James W. Morhard had a harrowing near-death experience in 2010, as a passenger on then-Sen. Ted Stevens’ plane. He narrowly survived a crash in the mountains of Alaska that killed the Republican senator, his former boss, and four others.

McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, visited Morhard, a longtime Senate aide, in the hospital before when they arrived for Stevens’ funeral. “As much as you know the outer persona, there is a warmness to this man that people don’t see,” Morhard said, recalling how the couple sat with him and held his hand.

“You never forget,” he said. “And, you know, I hope I can give back — as Frank does, too — to this place and also [to] the majority leader.”

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Larkin on His 9/11 Heroics

Jan. 21, 2015

On Sept. 11, 2001, Frank J. Larkin was a supervisor in the Secret Service’s New York Field Office, located in the World Trade Center. The Senate sergeant-at-arms was later awarded a Medal of Valor for his life-saving actions at Ground Zero.

“When the first tower collapsed, I was actually moving to the center square between the towers,” Larkin told CQ Roll Call during a recent interview in his office on the first floor of the Capitol. “I was leading a group of folks with the intention of getting some folks that had been injured out of that center plaza area. At the same time, we were dodging, unfortunately, folks who were jumping to their deaths, you know, witnessing that, which is something you just never forget.”

Larkin was initially reported missing, and suffered severe respiratory injuries, coughing up blood during the three months he spent leading recovery efforts before being transferred back to Washington.

The 31 Times Republicans Applauded Obama During SOTU

Jan. 21, 2015

Amid the myriad applause lines during Tuesday's State of the Union address, Republican lawmakers put two hands together to applaud President Barack Obama 31 times.

Ted Cruz Slips Up in Unedited SOTU Response

Jan. 21, 2015

In a video posted and later removed from Sen. Ted Cruz’s YouTube channel, the Texas Republican slammed President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, but not before hitting the reset button.

“The president tried to say his policies are lifting the middle class and yet today, median incomes have stagnated for over a decade,” Cruz said before cutting himself off: “Ah, let me start over.”

GOP Senators Outline Areas Ripe for Bipartisanship Ahead of SOTU

Jan. 20, 2015

Senate Republicans pushed back on an Obama administration tax proposal while outlining areas ripe for bipartisanship at their weekly news conference Tuesday and ahead of President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address.

"It's important to remember, it's not unusual to have divided government. We've had it a lot," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "What I hope to hear from the president tonight is an emphasis on things that we can agree on, things that give us a chance to actually advance the agenda of the American people."

Late Congressman's Wife Inherits a Nightmare

Jan. 19, 2015

CQ Roll Call went with Beverly Young to St. Petersburg College to see what remained of the late congressman's archival memorabilia. Video by Warren Rojas.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 12, 2015

Jan. 19, 2015

Even with party retreats last week, members still found time to recognize illegitimate children, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 12, 2015 (Video)

Jan. 19, 2015

Even with party retreats this week, members still found time to recognize children born outside of marriage, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.

Roll Call Presents: The 2015 State of the Union Promo

Jan. 16, 2015

Join Roll Call at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20 for the 2015 State of the Union, streaming live at rollcall.com and featuring member interviews as well as analysis from Roll Call editors and reporters.

Democrat Laments Abortion Bill Co-Sponsoring Debacle

Jan. 14, 2015

Co-sponsoring a bill in Congress doesn't really mean all that much. But — maybe — it ought to mean a member has agreed to sign on, and will actually sign.

At least, that's the argument Washington Democrat Adam Smith made on the House floor Wednesday.

Smith took to the House podium to lambaste co-sponsorship practices after he was accidentally listed as a co-signer of GOP legislation, authored by Tennessee Republican Diane Black, that would prohibit certain funds to abortion clinics. Smith says he never consented to being listed as a co-sponsor — and first found out about the mishap after a pro-life group started praising him.

"I just rise about a particular issue that happened to me, and I'm sure has happened to other members that you might not be aware of," Smith said on the floor Wednesday. "Other members can sign you on to a piece of legislation without your consent."

Boehner Quotes Obama 22 Times on Immigration Action

Jan. 14, 2015

In a last-minute effort urging lawmakers to support a Homeland Security spending bill blocking President Barack Obama's immigration orders, Speaker John A. Boehner, in a rare floor speech, quoted 22 examples of Obama saying he did not have the authority to take action to change immigration laws during a seven-minute speech.

"Today I rise, and the House rises, to support and defend our constitution," Boehner said. "We do not take this action lightly, but simply, there is no alternative. ... This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law and to the constitution itself."

Lawmakers voted 236-191 to pass the spending measure.

McConnell Highlights Items Ripe for Compromise

Jan. 13, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened his weekly news conference Tuesday touting agenda items ready for "bipartisan progress" following an earlier meeting with the White House, including Trade Promotion Authority, cybersecurity and an Authorization for Use of Military Force in the fight against the Islamic State.

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