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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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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 8

Sept. 12, 2014

After a five-week recess, members returned to discuss the "crisis with ISIS" and Dick Cheney while reminding C-SPAN viewers to "tweet, tweet, tweet."

The Tamworth Hogs at Turner Farm in Maine

Sept. 12, 2014

A shot of the Tamworth hogs at Turner Farm in Maine, courtesy Roll Call's Warren Rojas.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

Earnest: 'The United States is at War with ISIL'

Sept. 12, 2014

The White House is not ducking the word “war.”

Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the United States is “at war with ISIL” during a Friday news conference, but was also insistent in noting it will not be like the previous Iraq War, reiterating no ground forces would be engaged in combat.

"In the same way that the United State is as war with al-Qaida and its affiliates around the globe, the United States is at war with ISIL," Earnest said. "This is not a situation of ISIL against the United States. ISIL is waging a war against the broader international community.”

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 8 (Video)

Sept. 12, 2014

After a five-week recess, members returned to discuss the “crisis with ISIS” and Dick Cheney while reminding C-SPAN viewers to “tweet, tweet, tweet.”

Pelosi Predicts Holiday Surprise on Immigration

Sept. 11, 2014

If Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is correct, President Barack Obama's delayed executive action on immigration may be coming sooner than expected.

During the California Democrat's weekly press conference on Thursday, Pelosi asked for those affected by the immigration issue to be hopeful that "by Thanksgiving or Christmas" there'd be "more security in their lives."

Senate Holds Moment of Silence on 13th Anniversary of 9/11

Sept. 11, 2014

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Senate remembered those who lost their lives before the start morning business on Thursday.

Boehner: ‘An F-16 Is Not a Strategy’

Sept. 11, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner forcefully beat the drums of war Thursday, suggesting more action would be needed to defeat Islamic State group terrorists than just U.S. air strikes or the arming of Syrian rebels.

“An F-16 is not a strategy,” Boehner said during his weekly news conference. “And airstrikes alone will not accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Boehner said President Barack Obama had made clear that he doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground. “Well somebody’s boots have to be on the ground,” Boehner said.

Obama Announces Strategy to Destroy ISIS

Sept. 10, 2014

President Barack Obama wants the approval of Congress as he announces a broad new air war against ISIS, including strikes in Syria, but says he already has the authority he needs.

In a speech outlining a new strategy to destroy the group also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, Obama announced an extensive air campaign with no set end date, and plans to rely on others to engage in a ground war — Iraqi forces in Iraq, and Syrian moderates in Syria.

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” Obama said.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the announcement during the afternoon vote series on Wednesday, saying the delay was needed to give members time to reach an agreement on whether to include Obama administration-requested language to aid Syrian rebels against terrorist insurgents operating under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

McCarthy said the delay was warranted "given the severity of the situation and the need for all members to properly evaluate" the issues.

McConnell: Obama 'Yet to Find His Footing' on Confronting ISIS

Sept. 10, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blamed Obama’s foreign policy for the growth of ISIS and said he wants to president “to lay out a credible plan” to the American people Thursday night.

“In my view, we have a duty as a super power, without imperialistic aims, to help maintain international order and balance of power,” McConnell said. “And in my view that international order is maintained by American military might. ... But that is not a view this president seems to share.”

Reid on ISIS: 'Destroy These Despicable Terrorists, But Let's Do It the Right Way'

Sept. 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is backing President Barack Obama's renewed push for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of his plan to take on the Islamic State, as the president himself is lobbying lawmakers to act before heading home.

Reid also said he believes Obama otherwise already has the authority he needs to take on ISIS, and questioned a push for a new authorization to use military force.

“We should be learning from our past mistakes, not repeating them,” Reid said, referring to the invasion of Iraq.

Reid Wants Border Supplemental, Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization in Stopgap Bill

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he would “certainly hope” the stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating into December would include funding requested by the administration for border security and the issue of unaccompanied migrant children, in addition to a re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank.

"I think the Ex-Im Bank is extremely important," Reid said. "China for example gives more than four times as much as we do in the same type of a program.”

Reid Warns of Government Shutdown Over Immigration

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, they're inviting a government shutdown.

"They have every right to do whatever they want legislatively. If they want to be the lead team of shutting down the government, that's what they're going to have to do," Reid said.

The 10 'Poorest' Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 "poorest" members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

50 Richest Members of Congress: Why We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call reporters and editors explain why the newsroom undertakes the 50 Richest Members of Congress list each year. The project takes weeks and isn't easy — and it can even be agonizing — but they detail why 50 Richest is critically important to understanding Congress.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

The 10 Richest Members of Congress

Sept. 7, 2014

Roll Call counts down the 10 richest members of Congress, part of the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

50 Richest Members of Congress: How We Did It

Sept. 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call's Jay Hunter describes the methodology for the 50 Richest Members of Congress list. Since 1990, Roll Call has calculated the net worth of every delegate, representative and senator to rank lawmakers by their net worth.

Visit Roll Call's 50 Richest Interactive for more.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Drop the Mic (Video)

Sept. 5, 2014

Heard on the Hill concludes its August recess flashback with a look at the relationship between lawmakers and their microphones — from the fumbling to the malfunctions, to members who just can’t resist the urge to say one more thing.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Drop the Mic

Sept. 5, 2014

Heard on the Hill concludes its August recess flashback with a look at the relationship between lawmakers and their microphones — from the fumbling to the malfunctions, to members who just can't resist the urge to say more.

McCain: Senate Shouldn't Leave Without Authorizing Use of Force Against ISIS

Sept. 3, 2014

Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that Congress shouldn't leave Washington for the mid-term election break until authorizing the use of force against ISIS.

Speaking with reporters after a campaign event for GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie at a VFW hall, the Arizonan dismissed the idea that the Senate is only scheduled to be in session for two weeks in September, where advancing a continuing resolution to keep the government running will highlight the agenda.

Candidate Interview: French Hill (R) AR-02

Sept. 3, 2014

The businessman who is running for the open seat in Arkansas' 2nd District visited Roll Call on June 24.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of John Boehner (Video)

Aug. 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner reminds us of his love for tans, long hair and monkeys as Heard on the Hill concludes its 2014 look back.

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Act on Immigration

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment Thursday to act unilaterally to change the nation's immigration laws before the end of the summer, nearly two months since announcing his plan in a Rose Garden speech.

"I've been very clear about the fact that our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed," Obama said. "My preference continues to be that Congress act. I don't think anybody thinks that Congress is going to act in the short term, but hope springs eternal that after the midterm elections they may act."

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