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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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Immigration Overhaul Passes Senate

June 27, 2013

After three weeks of debate and 18 votes, the Senate overwhelmingly voted, 68-32, to pass an immigration overhaul Thursday, capping a process begun in January when the bipartisan “gang of eight” announced it had agreed to a set of key principles for overhauling the system.

Tammy Duckworth Mocks Witness Over Alleged Veteran's Injuries (Video)

June 26, 2013

Rep. Tammy Duckworth lit into an IRS contractor at a Wednesday hearing in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, mocking the witness for claiming a veterans disability for an old prep school injury.

What's Really Behind the Boxer-Lautenberg Feud

June 21, 2013

Forget about the unseemliness of questioning a dead man’s ability to sign off on a piece of legislation. The real issue at hand in the dustup between Sen. Barbara Boxer and supporters of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg’s chemical safety bill is Senate protocol.

The GOP Unity Ticket? | Capitol Quip

June 2, 2013

Illustrator R.J. Matson’s latest cartoon needs a caption.

No Bad Apples Here | Capitol Quip

June 2, 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.

Leahy Withdraws LGBT Immigration Proposal 'With a Heavy Heart'

May 21, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of a comprehensive immigration rewrite took an emotional and tense turn Tuesday evening when Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., sought to offer an amendment to expand the bill to gay and lesbian couples.

Coburn Wants Tornado Disaster Aid to Be Offset

May 20, 2013

The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.

Damage Control: Obama's Wednesday News Dump

May 15, 2013

The White House worked overtime Wednesday to try to change the narrative on two ongoing controversies embroiling the Obama administration.

Blast From the IRS' Scandal Past

May 13, 2013

Way back in March 2012, Roll Call published a story about how tea party types were pretty irate over the amount of info they were being asked to provide to the IRS in order to get nonprofit status.

Heritage Author's Resignation not Enough for Hispanic Caucus

May 10, 2013

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on the Heritage Foundation Friday to renounce the writings of Jason Richwine, a former Heritage employee and one of the authors of the group’s recent immigration report.

'I Would Have Been Aborted,' Says Stutzman

May 10, 2013

Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s outrage over the “horrors” revealed at a Philadelphia abortion doctor’s office led the Indiana Republican down a personal path of discovery recently.

Boehner Wants More Benghazi Emails From White House

May 9, 2013

On the heels of a marathon Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday on the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said he planned to push the White House to release sensitive emails that could further illuminate what transpired.

Suspicious Packages Removed From Senate Office Buildings

April 17, 2013

U.S. Capitol Police have removed several suspicious packages from the Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings.

Obama, House Follow Senate's Lead on STOCK Act

April 12, 2013

Updated 6:02 p.m. |Keeping with the trend of burying the news, the announcement that President Barack Obama will sign a partial rollback of the STOCK Act came in a court filing Friday in Maryland.

Senate Beats Back Gun Bill Filibuster

April 11, 2013

The Senate on Thursday cleared a major hurdle on a gun background check bill, voting 68-31 to overcome a filibuster of the bill. However, the ultimate fate of the bill is uncertain as it is likely to face another filibuster attempt before any vote on final passage.

Pryor Still 'Undecided' on Gay Marriage

April 5, 2013

Sen. Mark Pryor does not appear to be ready any time soon to follow the example of many of his Democratic colleagues who have recently come out in support of gay marriage.

Rand Paul Gets Presidential Profile Treatment From CBN

April 5, 2013

Host David Brody explained at the outset of his Christian Broadcasting Network show that he doesn’t usually spend an entire half-hour on a single subject, but that Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul merited a closer look — and that’s exactly what Paul got.

Bill Nelson Is 51st Senator to Back Gay Marriage

April 4, 2013

A majority of senators now support gay marriage rights after Florida Sen. Bill Nelson became the latest member to issue a reversal on the issue Thursday.

Coons Is Red in the Face Over Gay Marriage

March 27, 2013

Sure, it’s become en vogue for Senate Democrats to come out in support of gay marriage this week. But several members are taking things a step further — with at least 13 members changing their Twitter avatars in support of gay marriage.

Overheard: Boehner Gives It Back to Obama

March 20, 2013

“I’d rather be heckled than ignored. Or, as I like to say, you only tease the ones you love.”

Biden, a Lost Soul in Rome

March 18, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. clearly brought his A-game to Rome for Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass celebration.

The Quotable Senator

Feb. 28, 2013

It went unsaid in Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s childhood home, whether that home was in Guinea, Cambodia, the Philippines or any of the other outposts his father was stationed at as a foreign service officer.

Menendez: Flights to Caribbean 'Fell Through the Cracks'

Feb. 4, 2013

Embattled Sen. Robert Menendez told CNN on Monday that his failure to reimburse almost $60,000 in flights on a political donor’s plane was an oversight and that he righted the mistake “when it came to my attention.”

Immigration Deal at a Glance

Jan. 28, 2013

The immigration proposal outlined Monday by a bipartisan group of senators is intended to create a new system in which border security is enhanced while those who are in the United States illegally get a chance at a green card.

Senate Filibuster Rules Changes at a Glance

Jan. 24, 2013

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