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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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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 18, 2015 (Video)

May 22, 2015

Members prepared for the holiday weekend by asking rhetorical questions, spit-shining their boots and potty-training the Capitol Police.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 18, 2015

May 22, 2015

Members prepared for the holiday weekend by asking rhetorical questions, spit-shining their boots and potty-training the Capitol Police.

Boehner Says Goodbye to Longtime Aide

May 21, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner said goodbye to his longtime Press Secretary Michael Steel at his weekly news conference Thursday, thanking him “for a job well done."

“Today is the last press conference that my press aide, Mr. Michael Steel, will join me at as he departs the Capitol after spending many years working in my office,” Boehner said. “I want to wish him — say thanks for a job well done and good luck.”

Steel is leaving Boehner to be an adviser to a Jeb Bush political action committee.

McConnell: Senate Will Finish Trade, FISA, Highways Before Recess

May 21, 2015

As the Senate continued to work through “fast-track” trade legislation Thursday with looming deadlines for bills on surface transportation and surveillance, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reaffirmed that the Senate would tackle it all, and that it could finish before the holiday weekend with "cooperation.”

“I want to remind everybody, we’re going to finish this bill before we leave,” McConnell said, referring to the trade legislation on the floor. “We’re going to deal with FISA, and we’re going to deal with highways. There’s a path forward if people want to take it, that could complete all of this work at a reasonable time, probably sometime tomorrow. Or we can make it difficult, but the end won’t change.”

Boehner Won't Commit to Ex-Im Vote

May 21, 2015

The only commitment Speaker John A. Boehner is making on the Export-Import Bank is this: If the Senate is able to pass a bill on the export credit agency’s future, there will be an “open amendment debate.”

The Export-Import Bank is set to expire on June 30, and conservatives are expressing increased optimism its charter will lapse. More to the point, and perhaps more importantly, GOP leaders are increasingly sounding open to letting the bank die.

Asked Thursday, during his weekly on-camera news conference, if he had promised Sen. Maria Cantwell a vote on Ex-Im, Boehner was emphatic that no such deal was made.

“She has contacted me and I told her I would not make that commitment,” Boehner said Cantwell’s call for a vote on Ex-Im.

Boehner: Senate-House 'Disconnect' Over NSA Bill

May 21, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner said the Senate must act on the National Security Agency’s expiring bulk data collection program at his weekly news conference Thursday, adding that there is a “disconnect” between the House and the Senate over the House-passed USA Freedom Act to overhaul the NSA’s program.

“I do think that there is a big disconnect in terms of how they view our bill,” Boehner said. “I’ve been surprised by it, but at the end of the day we’ve got to work our way through this issue and I’m confident that at some point we will.”

When asked what happens if the program expires, Boehner repeated a familiar refrain: “The House has acted. It’s time for the Senate to act."

Pelosi: 'No Point' to McConnell's NSA Extension

May 21, 2015

At her weekly news conference Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back on a two-month extension of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program touted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying there is “no point” to extending the program.

“I think they should face reality and come up with a bill — why are we having a two month delay?” Pelosi said. “Is this a surprise to anybody over there that this is happening? … What is the point of going to two months? All these two month things as if all of a sudden in two months, of which half of it we’re not even here, they’re going to come up with a bill.”

The House passed the USA Freedom Act, 338-88, last week, which would overhaul the NSA’s existing surveillance programs.

Pelosi Rebuts Boehner: Congress Should Act on ISIS

May 21, 2015

Two days after Speaker John A. Boehner told President Barack Obama to submit a new Islamic State war authorization to Congress, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi countered, saying “the ball is definitely in our court.”

“I think the ball is definitely in our court to take up this issue and to make some decisions as to how we go forward,” Pelosi said. "There should be an Authorization for the Use of Military Force as we go forward. It’s long overdue. And every timeline and every requirement that the Speaker has asked for has happened. Now it’s up to us.”

Boehner: Obama Needs to 'Scrap' Iraq Strategy

May 21, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner continued his critique of the White House’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State terror group Thursday, telling President Barack Obama to “scrap” his Iraq strategy and be more engaged on the issue of Islamic radicalization.

“It’s been a week now since ISIL fighters stormed Ramadi … the White House still insists that no new strategy is needed,” Boehner said. “… It just isn’t credible. Things need to change. A stable and sovereign Iraq is vital to America's interests. … To win this fight, the president is going to have to scrap his policies that aren’t working.”

Watch: Capitol Police Chief Testifies Before House Committee

May 20, 2015

Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine testified Wednesday before the House Administration Committee on security at the U.S. Capitol. Dine’s appearance followed a CQ Roll Call report earlier this month that Capitol Police have, on multiple occasions, left loaded firearms unattended around the Capitol campus.

Boehner Hammers VA Over Continuing Issues

May 20, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner railed against the administration’s response to last year’s Veterans Affairs health system scandal on the floor Wednesday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation, pointing to funding and accountability measures Congress passed over the past year and the lack of results since then.

“Instead of a new day at the VA, the American people are still seeing more of the same,” Boehner said. “Last year Congress gave the VA secretary new authority to fire employees, but while some 110 VA facilities kept secret lists to hide their wait times, just one person has been fired. One. What the hell happened to the rest of them? … If only the Veterans Administration did halfway as good a job of taking care of the bureaucrats as they do our veterans, we’d be in a lot better shape.”

What You Missed: Capitol Police Chief Testifies Before House Committee

May 20, 2015

Unattended firearms, a gyrocopter landing on the West Front of the Capitol and improved communication were among the topics covered during Wednesday’s House Administration Committee hearing with Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Roll Call wraps up key moments from the hearing into three and a half minutes.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 11, 2015 (Video)

May 20, 2015

Lawmakers spent the week locating Ruby Ridge on a map, snapping selfies with pigs and preparing for bazooka-armed lesser prairie chickens.

Michelle Obama Works Out

May 20, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama demonstrates her workout routine, ranging from plyometrics, to weights, to kickboxing, as part of the White House’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Graham, Cantwell Threaten Trade Deal Over Ex-Im Bank

May 19, 2015

With the Export-Import Bank’s charter set to expire at the end of June, Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., made a last-minute push on the floor Tuesday to include a reauthorization vote as part of any "fast-track” trade agreement, threatening to derail a trade deal Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has carefully managed over the past two weeks.

“My colleagues and I who support the Ex-Im Bank reauthorization, which is the majority in both the House and the Senate, have lost their patience with the ability to get this Bank before the Senate and before the House before that June 30 deadline,” Cantwell said. “So I have no compulsion at this moment to say that I don’t support moving forward on the cloture motion until we get an understanding of how this bank is going to be reauthorized.”

McConnell, who earlier in the day said he planned to schedule floor debate and a vote on Ex-Im, just not as an amendment to Trade Promotion Authority legislation, filed cloture on “fast-track” measures, setting up a vote on the package Thursday morning.

McConnell: Senate Will Vote on Ex-Im Bank

May 19, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Tuesday on efforts to attach a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to pending “fast-track” trade legislation, saying it “would be another undue burden to [Trade Promotion Authority],” but did commit to holding a separate vote on the measure at a later date.

“I am not a supporter of Ex-Im, but what I’ve said was that I think they’re entitled to their vote,” McConnell said. “We’ll be working with the supporters of the Ex-Im Bank to make sure they have an opportunity to see where the votes are in the Senate.”

Speaker John A. Boehner in April said thousands of jobs would “disappear pretty quickly” if Congress allows the Bank’s charter to expire June 30.

Durbin Slams Short-Term Highway Funding

May 19, 2015

As the House prepared to vote on a two-month surface transportation funding patch Tuesday, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin hammered the short-term extension at Democrats’ weekly news conference, saying the legislation does not help long-term infrastructure planning.

“What the Republicans have given us now — and this will be the 33rd, 33rd short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund — what the Republicans have given us now is an opportunity for America to patch its way to prosperity,” Durbin said. “They believe that if you fill enough potholes you can actually build a highway."

The House later passed the short-term Highway Trust Fund measure, 387-35.

McConnell Agrees to Senate Vote on Surveillance Overhaul

May 19, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he would permit a vote on House-passed legislation to restrict the National Security Agency's authority to review data about Americans' phone calls.

"I certainly think we ought to allow a vote on the House-passed bill," said McConnell, R-Ky. "If there aren't enough votes to pass that, we need to look at an alternative."

The House passed the bill, known as the USA Freedom Act, last week by a vote of 338-88, putting considerable pressure on McConnell to allow a vote on the Senate companion by Republican Mike Lee of Utah. It would reauthorize section 215 of the 2001 Patriot Act, the provision that undergirds the NSA program, but set new limits on it.

McConnell opposes the House bill because it would bar the NSA from continuing its current practice of collecting records of all Americans' phone calls in its own database.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 11, 2015

May 19, 2015

Lawmakers spent the week locating Ruby Ridge on a map, snapping selfies with pigs and preparing for bazooka-armed lesser prairie-chickens.

Boehner: Obama Should Submit New ISIS War Request

May 19, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration's handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

"The president, frankly, should withdraw the [AUMF] and start over," Boehner said at a news conference. "We don't have a strategy. ... For over two years I've been calling on the president to develop an overarching strategy to deal with the terrorist threat. We don't have one, and the fact is the threat is growing faster than what we and our allies can do to stop it."

Boehner's comments come as Obama's initial AUMF request has been stalled for months in Congress.

Hastings Doubles Down on Pay Raise Remarks

May 18, 2015

Shortly after making the case for raising lawmaker salaries at a Rules Committee hearing Monday, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings reaffirmed his remarks outside the House chamber, saying members “need to take into consideration their concerns and their families and the cost of living.”

“We’re entering our seventh year without a pay raise,” Hastings said. "Now I think we’ve proved to the American public we’re responsible and I know it has impacted me personally … we have more than 50 members, probably as many as 75 or more, living in their offices. OK. They’re not there because of any other reason than that they can’t afford it. Now if people want us in sackcloths and ashes, then they’re going to get what they rightly deserve as representation.”

Amid Calls for Resignation, Guinta Refuses to Answer Questions

May 18, 2015

There are plenty of questions surrounding Rep. Frank Guinta’s agreement to repay more than $350,000 in improper campaign contributions, but the embattled New Hampshire Republican isn’t answering them.

CQ Roll Call caught up with Guinta on Monday evening as he walked to House votes. And despite a number of lingering issues associated with his alleged violation of FEC rules in 2009 and 2010 — Was the money he loaned his campaign, as he still contends, actually his? If so, what is Guinta apologizing for? — he repeatedly refused to substantively answer a single question regarding his agreement to repay the $355,000 his parents allegedly gave his campaign, in addition to a $15,000 penalty levied by the Federal Election Commission.

Lawmaker: Members of Congress Need a Pay Raise

May 18, 2015

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings made the politically tone-deaf case for raising salaries for members of Congress Monday, pointing to the high cost of living in the District of Columbia.

“Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living here is causing serious problems for people who are not wealthy to serve in this institution,” the Florida Democrat said at a Rules Committee meeting, referring to the average member’s $174,000 annual salary. “We aren’t being paid properly,” he later added.

The committee was considering the fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch appropriations bill, which sets the spending levels for Congress and legislative branch agencies. The bill includes a freeze on member pay, continuing one that has been in place since 2010 — and last year drew the ire of then-Rep. James P. Moran.

Senator Marks 100th Climate Change Speech

May 18, 2015

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a familiar sight the past few years, standing on the Senate floor beside a "Time To Wake Up" placard and talking to a nearly empty chamber.

It's set to happen again Monday evening, when the Rhode Island Democrat delivers his 100th weekly floor speech on climate change.

Boehner: Amtrak Crash Not a Funding Issue

May 14, 2015

At his weekly news conference Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner rejected the notion that a lack of funding played a role in the deadly Amtrak derailment earlier this week, saying no money from rail safety was cut and pointing to reports indicating the train was traveling well over the speed limit when it crashed.

“Are you really going to ask? That’s a stupid question,” Boehner said, cutting off a reporter’s question on Amtrak funding. “Listen, you know they started this yesterday: it’s all about funding, it’s all about funding. Well obviously it’s not about funding — the train was going twice the speed limit. Adequate funds were there, no money has been cut from rail safety and the House passed a bill earlier this spring to reauthorize Amtrak and to authorize a lot of these programs.”

Boehner’s remarks follow arguments from some that additional funding for safety technology may have slowed the speed of the train.

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