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Emily Pierce


Emily Pierce is a senior staff writer at Roll Call, where she has worked since 2003 covering Senate leadership and policy issues. Emily also writes the award-winning Road Map column that appears in Roll Call every Tuesday. Before her stint at Roll Call, Emily worked for six years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly. At CQ, Emily covered banking and technology policy, campaigns and elections, as well as Senate leadership. A native of Georgia, Emily graduated from American University.

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The Fight Against Fraud

Feb. 22, 2015

Meeting the cyberfraud challenge, which extends across multiple industries and sectors of our economy, is bigger than any one of us. No single company, industry or government alone can solve this problem. Facing this bold and sophisticated adversary, we need to take a concerted and collaborative effort to combat this problem. As the Pell International Center’s Cybersecurity Project has observed, we must do more as a nation “so that the United States, as a society, is prepared for the threats of the modern world.”

Chris Christie Is Still a Contender, Boehner Says (Video)

Jan. 9, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday said he still believes embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains a viable GOP presidential candidate.

Manchin Comes Out for ENDA

Oct. 30, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin III became the last Senate Democratic holdout to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Wednesday, CQ Roll Call has confirmed.

Issa Threatens to Subpoena Obamacare Website Documents

Oct. 25, 2013

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has teamed up with Sen. Lamar Alexander to demand that the Obama administration turn over documents related to the deeply troubled HealthCare.gov.

Sebelius Agrees to Testify on Obamacare Rollout ... Eventually

Oct. 21, 2013

Bowing to pressure from House Republicans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reportedly agreed to testify in the House on the troubled rollout of the Obamacare website for health insurance exchanges.

Senate Leaders Optimistic About Debt, Shutdown Deal After House Plan Collapses (Updated)

Oct. 15, 2013

Updated 10:27 p.m. | The Senate’s leaders appear to have a path forward on a legislative package to avert a default and reopen the government, but a lot of staff work remains before reaching the finish line.

Boxer Accuses GOP of Acting Like Domestic Abusers

Oct. 14, 2013

Sen. Barbara Boxer likened GOP lawmakers to people who abuse their spouses on Monday when discussing the current government shutdown and the looming debt limit deadline.

Obama Pans GOP Supercommittee Idea

Oct. 8, 2013

President Barack Obama dismissed the House GOP’s newest idea of creating a supercommittee to deal with budget, suggesting it was a ruse to force Democrats to agree to concessions in return for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling.

Inhofe Undergoes Open Heart Surgery

Oct. 8, 2013

Sen. James M. Inhofe is recovering in Tulsa, Okla., after doctors advised an emergency quadruple bypass surgery for five blocked arteries in his heart.

Female Suspect Killed in Capitol Incident, Injured Officer Airlifted (Updated)

Oct. 3, 2013

Updated Oct. 4, 10:51 a.m. | A female suspect was killed by police after a car chase from the White House to the Capitol, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday evening.

Senate Torpedoes House's Latest Obamacare Delay (Updated)

Sept. 30, 2013

Updated 4:05 p.m. | The Senate voted to table House amendments intended to delay Obamacare and repeal a medical device tax.

McCain Criticizes Cruz's Nazi Germany Reference (Video)

Sept. 25, 2013

Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Wednesday to lambaste Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempt to liken his political opponents to those who tried to appease Adolf Hitler.

Best Clips of Ted Cruz's Talkathon on Defunding Obamacare (Video)

Sept. 24, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz compared the fight against Obamacare to the battle against Nazi Germany and mused on the intimidating nature of the moon. The Texas Republican talked about the deliciousness of White Castle mini burgers, how he doesn’t know Ashton Kutcher personally, and how he is a coward when it comes to wearing boots versus comfortable shoes. And he found time to read some bedtime stories to his daughters.

McConnell: Cruz Plan Would Shut Government and Keep Obamacare Funded (Video)

Sept. 24, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doubled down Tuesday on his opposition to Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to filibuster a House-passed spending bill that would keep the government funded past Sept. 30.

Stockman: Democrats Want to Kill Infants

Sept. 24, 2013

Rep. Steve Stockman is never one to disappoint when it comes to questionable tweets. Here’s the Texas Republican’s latest attempt to put the Senate debate on Obamacare defunding and Sen. Ted Cruz’s extended speechifying in perspective.

Ted Cruz, Harry Reid Spar Over Obamacare, Brinkmanship

Sept. 23, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the Senate’s battle over defunding Obamacare with a tense but cordial tussle on the Senate floor Monday.

Bachmann Hires 'Fixer' for Campaign Money Troubles

Sept. 12, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has brought in a new treasurer for her congressional campaign and leadership political action committee in the wake of a federal grand jury probe, a potential House Ethics investigation and a possible inquiry from the Federal Election Commission.

Congress May Be Headed for a Split Verdict on Syria

Sept. 6, 2013

Would a Senate endorsement alone give President Barack Obama sufficient political backing to launch a missile strike on Syria?

House Members Get Syria Debate Started

Sept. 2, 2013

Though they are not due to officially convene until next week, House lawmakers sent clear signals on Labor Day that they were ready to return to work.

I Have a Speech | Capitol Quip

Aug. 25, 2013

With President Barack Obama slated to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech this week, the pressure may be on him to inspire as King did back in 1963. No doubt his speechwriters are working overtime to come up with something grandiose and visionary.

Asked and Answered | Capitol Quip

Aug. 25, 2013

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Littlest Advice Columnist Arrives for Roll Call's Hill Navigator

Aug. 15, 2013

Roll Call Hill Navigator columnist Rebecca Gale announced Wednesday the arrival of her first son, Ezra Alan Margolies.

ATF Pick Advances After Nail-Biter Senate Vote

July 31, 2013

Senate Democratic leaders struggled Wednesday to beat back a filibuster of President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, holding a vote open for more than five hours and convincing one GOP senator to switch her position.

Schiappa Out, Dove In as Senate GOP's Key Floor Staffer

July 30, 2013

The Senate GOP’s personal parliamentarian and floor manager will leave the chamber for the private sector at the end of this week, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday.

Burr: 'Dumbest Idea' to Shut Down Government Over Obamacare

July 25, 2013

Sen. Richard M. Burr on Thursday took aim at conservatives who have threatened to shut down the federal government if the 2010 health care law is not defunded, calling it the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

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