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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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Hot Mic: Senator Can't Wait to 'Jet' Out of Town

Aug. 1, 2014

As the Senate worked through a series of procedural motions and votes on Thursday night, one senator just wanted catch his flight home.

Caught on a clerk's microphone as the roll call for a vote on the Highway Trust Fund patch was read, the senator tells the clerk it is time for "summer vacation."

"We have a plane home ... [at] 9:30," the senator says to the clerk. "Bags are packed, ready to go ... leaving on a jet plane."

Although the Senate is in session today, the next vote series is scheduled for Sept. 8, when senators return from a five-week recess.

Hot Mic: Senator Can't Wait to 'Jet' Out of Town (Video)

Aug. 1, 2014

As the Senate worked through a series of procedural motions and votes on Thursday night, one senator just wanted catch his flight home.

McCain: Lack of Amendments on Border Supplemental 'Unbelievable'

July 31, 2014

As the Senate debated how to proceed to an emergency supplemental spending package to address an influx of child migrants at the Southern border, wildfire suppression and funding for Israel's Iron Dome, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., decried the inability of senators to offer amendments on the bill.

"I say shame on you for not allowing those of us who represent the states that are most affected by this to have an amendment; an amendment voted on. I mean that, that is unbelievable to me."

Republicans after used a budget point of order by Senate Budget Chairman Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to kill the Senate bill 50-44, 10 votes shy of the 60 votes needed.

Boehner: I Will Not 'Accept Responsibility' for Senate Inaction

July 31, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner pinned the blame for the child migrant crisis at the Southern border on President Barack Obama Thursday, hours before House GOP leaders ditched their plans to vote on a border supplemental after failing to secure the votes to pass it.

"Where's the president's proposal?" Boehner asked, responding to a question about whether Obama should act unilaterally to address the influx of child migrants. "The president says, give me $3.7 billion, but don't do anything to address the real problem on the border. ... I think that's totatly irresponsible."

House Republicans called an emergency 3 p.m. meeting and said votes are still possible before jetting out of town for the August recess.

Pelosi: House Floor a 'Mess'

July 31, 2014

As House GOP leaders scrambled to whip votes on a border supplemental bill Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the closing hours before the August recess a "mess" on the House floor.

"The Republicans do not have time to raise the minimum wage, but they have time to sue the president of the United States. They do not have money to feed the children, help the American people, but they want a blank check to sue the president," Pelosi said at her Thursday news conference. "They've lost moral standing in what's happening on the border, and they have no standing in suing the president."

Earlier, chaos reigned as the House GOP leaders’ carefully crafted gambit to win conservative votes fell apart before calling a 3 p.m. meeting to discuss emergency funding to address the child migrant crisis.

McConnell: Obama 'Scuttling Reform and Prolonging' Border Crisis

July 31, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday it was “exasperating” working with the White House on a solution to the child migrant crisis at the Southern border, blasting President Barack Obama over a recent West Coast fundraising trip.

“Scuttling reform and prolonging a crisis are not part of his job description,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor. “Press pause on the non-stop photo ops and start demonstrating some real leadership instead.”

McConnell’s comments came ahead of a planned motion Thursday afternoon to proceed to a border supplemental bill, even as the House and Senate continue to disagree on a top-line spending amount to address the crisis.

Reid Warns of Weekend Work in September

July 31, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is warning of a whirlwind September schedule that will feature a slew of do-over votes on Democratic campaign priorities.

"I want everyone to know what's going to happen when we come back. Following the August recess, we're going to convene on Sept. 8, and we're going to be here for one week, two weeks and two days. Sept. 23 is our target date to adjourn until after the election," the Nevada Democrat said when opening the Senate floor Thursday for the last expected session day before the August break.

Cantor Delivers Final Speech as Majority Leader

July 31, 2014

Eric Cantor delivered a somber farewell as majority leader Thursday, telling his House colleagues that he has "truly lived the American Dream."

In a "one-minute" speech that lasted nearly 10 minutes — the standing ovation alone stretched to 60 seconds — Cantor delivered a doleful goodbye from his leadership post.

House Votes to Sue Obama

July 30, 2014

The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to authorize suing President Barack Obama, which Republicans called a principled move to rein in an increasingly lawless president and Democrats and the White House dismissed as a taxpayer-financed political stunt.

The resolution adopted 225-201 would authorize a lawsuit against the president over his implementation of the Affordable Care Act, with five Republicans joining all the Democrats in opposition — Paul Broun of Georgia, Steve Stockman of Texas, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Walter B. Jones of North Carolina.

GOP leaders plan to sue over his decision to delay the employer mandate without authorization from Congress.

House Republican: Obama, Democrats Now Party of 'Because We Can'

July 29, 2014

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., slammed the Obama administration Tuesday for its enforcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, blaming it for the influx of child migrants at the Southern border.

Blackburn said the policy was "unlawfully created" when issued by the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 and said the executive action was another example of President Barack Obama "circumventing" Congress. The Tennessee Republican is pushing legislation to defund DACA along with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

"Sadly, the president and the Democrats have moved from the party of 'yes we can' to the party of 'because we can,’" Blackburn said.

House Judiciary Committee Pays Tribute to Fmr. Rep. M. Caldwell Butler

July 29, 2014

Former Rep. M. Caldwell Butler, a Virginian congressman who came to office in the midst of President Richard M. Nixon’s impeachment, died early Tuesday. He was 89.

The Judiciary Committee recognized the loss of the Roanoke congressman Tuesday, with Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., announcing Butler’s passing.

Goodlatte, the current representative for Virginia’s sixth district, remembered Butler as “a public servant in the truest sense of the word.”

Reid: House Border Funding Bill an Opportunity to Conference on Immigration Overhaul

July 29, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday that if House Republicans pass a proposed $659 million emergency funding bill to address the child migrant crisis at the Southern border, it could serve as a chance to go to a conference committee on the Senate's 2013 immigration overhaul legislation.

"Well, if they pass that, maybe it's an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform," Reid said at his weekly news conference. "They're finally sending us something on immigration, maybe we can do that."

Speaker John A. Boehner blasted Reid's comments, saying the majority leader "is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution.”

Toomey Amendment Skipping Environmental Review in Post-Disaster Rebuilding Fails

July 29, 2014

The Senate on Tuesday rejected an amendment sponsored by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., which would speed up the rebuilding of transportation infrastructure following natural disasters.

"This is just common sense," Toomey said on the Senate floor before the vote.

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., however, said the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee already created an expedited process for post-disaster projects and said Toomey's amendment could lead to "tremendous abuse" by over-riding environmental laws.

Arizona Congressman Explains His Affection for the Lone Star State

July 29, 2014

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., explains his affection for Texas after Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, surprised him with a plaque making him an honorary Texan.

Bill Foster Recognizes 'Star Wars Day' on House Floor

July 29, 2014

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., discusses the fifth annual "Star Wars Day" at the Joliet Public Library during a June 12 speech on the House floor.

Watch Live: Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Testifies Before House Committee

July 29, 2014

The House Judiciary Committee holds a 10 a.m. oversight hearing questioning Leon Rodriguez, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who was sworn in on July 9.

Arizona Congressman Named Honorary Texan

July 29, 2014

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, surprises Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., with a new honor Monday on Capitol Hill.

Leahy to Introduce Bill Scaling Back Government Surveillance

July 29, 2014

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy on Tuesday introduced a new surveillance overhaul bill that has the backing of civil liberties groups, but leaves an open question about what a House and Senate compromise on intelligence might look like.

Leahy’s bill would ban bulk government collection and storage of telephone metadata under Section 215 of the law known as the Patriot Act. If passed, the Vermont Democrat said the bill “would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA Patriot Act 13 years ago.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 21 (Video)

July 25, 2014

As members discuss ski resorts, bears and rivers, the Vice President reminds us why America should be “number one.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 21

July 25, 2014

As members discuss ski resorts, bears and rivers, the vice president reminds us why America should be "number one.”

White House Defies Issa, Ignores Subpoena Again

July 25, 2014

Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.

Pelosi: Don't Tack Expedited Deportations to Border Bill

July 25, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday morning that a bill to provide emergency funding for the child migrant crisis at the Southern border should not be tied to changes in a 2008 human trafficking law.

“You want to have a separate bill on 2008? Discuss it there. But don’t hold the children hostage to the cosmetics of how tough you are on the border,” Pelosi said at a news conference Friday morning.

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.

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