Feb. 9, 2016

Emily Cadei


Emily Cadei has been covering foreign policy for CQ Roll Call since April 2010. Emily joined CQ in 2007 as the co-editor of CQ MoneyLine, covering campaign finance and lobbying through the 2008 election cycle. She joined politics desk in November 2008, reporting on congressional campaigns and special elections for both CQ and Roll Call, before assuming her current post. Emily began her career at the San Francisco Business Times before coming to Washington, D.C., in 2003 and taking a job as a staff writer for National Journal's daily political briefing, The Hotline. She took a break from the Beltway in 2005 to volunteer for a non-profit journalism training program for rural women in South Africa, then went on to earn a master's degree in political science, specializing in comparative government, from the University of Oxford (UK). She has been a guest on a wide array of radio and TV news networks, including C-SPAN, Fox News and MSNBC. Emily is a native of Sacramento, Calif. and has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.

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Dempsey's Reconfirmation Will Shine Spotlight on Foreign Policy

July 16, 2013

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the militaryís top officer, is up for confirmation for another two-year term at an awkward time for the Obama administration, as it wrestles with its response to unrest abroad and steep cuts to defense spending at home.

Covert Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels Faces Skeptical Intelligence Panel

July 10, 2013

The covert nature of President Barack Obamaís plan to arm Syriaís rebels has left Congressí intelligence committees with what amounts to sole jurisdiction over the latest phase of U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war.

Egypt Aid Faces Growing Opposition on Capitol Hill

June 5, 2013

An Egyptian courtís conviction of more than 40 civil society workers Tuesday prompted sharp criticism from Capitol Hill, even from lawmakers who have urged patience with Cairo in the past.

Lawmakers Nix Obama's Food Aid Overhaul, but Discuss Compromise

May 24, 2013

A White House-proposed overhaul of the United Statesí $1.4 billion food aid program is not going to happen, at least not in as ambitious a form as the administration requested in its fiscal 2014 budget.

Rubio Questions State Department's Enforcement of Human Trafficking Laws

May 16, 2013

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is raising questions about whether the State Department is failing to enforce human trafficking provisions when it comes to foreign dignitaries on U.S. soil, in the wake of recent allegations of human slavery against a Saudi diplomat in Washington.

Chambers Prepare for Another Round of Iran Sanctions

May 13, 2013

After a temporary lull, Congress is gearing up to try to pass new Iran sanctions legislation in the coming months that could severely restrict whole segments of Iranian commerce, including oil. The aim is to have votes in both chambers as early as June, with a consensus bill moving to the presidentís desk before the August recess.

Partisanship Fuels Competing Narratives Over Benghazi Attack

May 8, 2013

New evidence revealed on Capitol Hill on Wednesday suggested senior State Department officials were involved in key decisions prior to the lethal attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, last September and the mischaracterizations of that attack afterward.

Rubio Says Syrian Rebels Need Ammunition as Well as Non-Lethal Assistance

Feb. 27, 2013

As the White House considers stepping up its non-lethal assistance to Syrian rebels, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suggested Wednesday that it also consider sending ammunition to the forces fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Rand Paul Repositions Himself on Foreign Policy

Feb. 6, 2013

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is trying to position himself as a one-man counterweight to Capitol Hillís neoconservatives, a wing of the Republican party that has driven the GOPís foreign policy agenda for the past decade.

GOP's Fractured Views on Foreign Policy on Display

Feb. 1, 2013

When it comes to foreign policy, the eight Republicans who sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 113th Congress are all over the map ó a microcosm, in many ways, of todayís fragmented GOP.

At Confirmation, Kerry Urges Congress to Restore Fiscal Order

Jan. 24, 2013

Speaking at his secretary of State confirmation hearing, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., made an unexpected and forceful appeal Thursday to his colleagues in Congress to get the countryís own fiscal house in order, arguing that itís a prerequisite for American leadership abroad.

At Testy Libya Hearings, Clinton Urges Lawmakers to 'Look Forward'

Jan. 23, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged lawmakers Wednesday to focus on how the United States can improve security and diplomacy in unstable regions such as North Africa in the future, rather than dwell on past statements about the attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September and the motivation of the attackers.

USAID's Shah Forges Unlikely Relationships With Conservative Republican Members

Jan. 21, 2013

The 79-year-old longtime conservative firebrand from Oklahoma and the 39-year-old Indian-American physician from Detroit make an unlikely pair.

Deutch Outmaneuvers Sherman for Top Democratic Spot on Middle East Panel

Jan. 15, 2013

In a last-minute putsch, Ted Deutch nabbed the ranking member slot on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, a post that Brad Sherman had expected to win.

Karzai, Obama Hint at Progress in Deciding Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

Jan. 11, 2013

The United States and Afghanistan made progress this week in resolving a dispute over the handling of detainees held in Afghanistan, improving the odds, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday, that the two countries will be able to reach a post-2014 security agreement.

Leahy, Harkin Turn Down Top Spot on Defense Appropriations Panel

Jan. 9, 2013

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will remain chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department and foreign aid, passing up a chance at running the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, who would be next in line, also decided to pass.

Graham Links Benghazi Probe to Brennan Confirmation

Jan. 8, 2013

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he wants answers on the intelligence communityís response to the terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya before John O. Brennan is confirmed as CIA director, suggesting he could slow the nomination.

Hagel to Face Concerted Opposition for Top Pentagon Post

Jan. 7, 2013

Former Sen. Chuck Hagelís path to confirmation as secretary of Defense will hinge to a tremendous degree on his performance at his Senate confirmation hearing, which promises to be a blockbuster, both those in favor and against his nomination agree.

Kerry Brings Decades of Experience to Foggy Bottom

Dec. 21, 2012

President Barack Obamaís selection of veteran Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of State is a safe pick, one that should provide continuity with Hillary Rodham Clintonís tenure at Foggy Bottom.

Kerry Nominated as Next Secretary of State

Dec. 21, 2012

As expected, President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry on Friday to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State.

After Benghazi Report, Senators Split Over State Department Security Funding

Dec. 20, 2012

Lawmakers split sharply along partisan lines Thursday on the need for Congress to boost funding for diplomatic security in the wake of the September attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.

Lawmakers Say Report On Benghazi Attack Raises Tough Questions

Dec. 19, 2012

An independent review of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, renewed debate on Capitol Hill on Wednesday over diplomatic security funding. The report, which was sharply critical of the State Department and its assessment of diplomatic security needs in Libya, also said Congress needs to be more supportive of Foggy Bottomís budget requests for security.

Hagel Could Face Rough Ride to Confirmation

Dec. 18, 2012

Senior Senate Republicans remain noncommittal on the presidentís anticipated nomination of Republican Chuck Hagel as his next secretary of defense, amid growing opposition from pro-Israel groups and commentators.

With Rice Withdrawing Name, Kerry Becomes Front-Runner for Secretary of State

Dec. 13, 2012

Ambassador Susan E. Riceís withdrawal from consideration to be President Barack Obamaís next secretary of State shifts the spotlight squarely onto Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., the other name most frequently mentioned as a replacement for Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

White House Working To Shape Iran Sanctions

Dec. 12, 2012

After successfully diluting the Iran sanctions provision that senators attached to the defense policy bill, the Obama administration is now seeking several additional, more modest changes to the language in the final bill, including an extension of the amount of time it has to implement the penalties.

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