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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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Stories by Emily Pierce:

Senate Will Vote on 9/11 Bill in Lame Duck, Schumer, Gillibrand Say

Dec. 19, 2010

New York Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand vowed on Sunday to get a vote and final passage of a health bill for Sept. 11 first responders before Congress adjourns for the year.

Democrats Consider ‘Tweaks’ to Filibuster, Not Overhaul

Dec. 17, 2010

Senate Democrats made little headway Friday on how or whether to change Senate rules to make it easier to move legislation through the chamber next year, and it was becoming clear that major changes to filibuster rules do not have the support to prevail.

Democrats Ready to Abandon Second Spending Stopgap

Dec. 17, 2010

A day after caving under Republican opposition to an omnibus spending bill laden with earmarks, Senate Democrats appear poised to abandon another nearly year-long spending measure over a lack of GOP votes.

Wyden Will Have Surgery Monday, Miss Votes

Dec. 16, 2010

Sen. Ron Wyden announced Thursday that he will undergo surgery next week to treat early-stage prostate cancer.

Senate Democrats Far From Deal on Changing Chamber Rules

Dec. 16, 2010

Senate Democrats continued to struggle Thursday with whether and how to change rules for the chamber as well as their own caucus, and they plan to hold another meeting on the issue Friday afternoon.

Earmark Ban Needs House GOP

Dec. 15, 2010

Republicans will have only themselves to blame next year if earmarks continue popping up in federal spending bills, given that Members on both sides agree that the party clearly has the power to end the controversial practice in the 112th Congress.

McConnell Summons Democrats to Talk Rules Changes

Dec. 14, 2010

With Democrats trying to reach agreement on ways to diminish his power come January, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surprised the proponents of reform by inviting them to his office to discuss how they plan to change Senate rules.

Begich Prepares for Spotlight With Seat in Leadership

Dec. 13, 2010

Sen. Mark Begich has barely been in the Senate two years, but the Alaska Democrat has aggressively thrust himself into everything from the 2009 economic stimulus to global warming deliberations to internal Democratic caucus changes. So it may seem strange to hear him say that he wasn’t angling for his new gig in Democratic leadership.

Biden Expands Job Profile

Dec. 8, 2010

The White House may have finally figured out the secret to charming Republicans on Capitol Hill: Vice President Joseph Biden.

Schumer: Caucus Controls Its Own Destiny

Dec. 3, 2010

Shakeups in the Senate Democratic leadership structure have raised questions about who will wield the power next year over a diminished and bruised caucus. But newly installed Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Charles Schumer said the answer is simple: all 53 of them.

Reid Begins Procedure for Tax Cut Vote

Dec. 2, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that Senate Democrats may need to hold another long caucus meeting Thursday night or Friday morning to discuss how to deal with a bill the House passed Thursday to limit the extension of Bush-era tax cuts to individuals earning less than $200,000.

For Durbin, Small Majority Means Whip Smart

Dec. 1, 2010

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin can’t seem to find his niche. The Illinois Democrat has watched two less-senior members of the Democratic leadership gain more responsibility and power in recent weeks, and he has been fighting a media narrative that suggests Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has in effect selected Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer as his heir apparent.

Finally Filled: Murray Is DSCC Pick

Nov. 30, 2010

Just a few weeks ago, Sen. Patty Murray was an endangered incumbent with a 50-50 shot to win re-election. But on Tuesday, the Washington state lawmaker emerged a political powerhouse as the newly anointed chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Murray Agrees to Lead DSCC

Nov. 30, 2010

Following weeks of speculation, Sen. Patty Murray formally announced Tuesday that she will serve as chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee next year.

Democratic Senators Beseech Murray to Lead DSCC

Nov. 29, 2010

Sen. Patty Murray was buttonholed on the Senate floor Monday night by Democratic colleagues, many facing re-election in 2012, who urged her to lead Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee next year.

Indecisive Democrats Struggle to Move Forward

Nov. 21, 2010

After a week of navel-gazing meetings, Senate Democrats remain divided and indecisive as they attempt to apply the lessons of the 2010 midterms to their lame-duck agenda and strategy for the new Congress.

Murray Emerging as Leading Candidate for DSCC Job

Nov. 19, 2010

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) appears to be emerging as the leading contender to steer the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) continues to cast about for someone willing to become the party’s top political strategist for the 2012 cycle.

Weekend Votes Unlikely for Senate; Tax Cuts Still Up in the Air

Nov. 18, 2010

Senate Democrats seemed likely to ward off working into the weekend with a vote on food safety legislation Thursday night, but they still had no clear path forward on extending Bush-era tax cuts.

Reid in ‘No Rush’ to Name DSCC Chairman

Nov. 18, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that he will not announce his pick for chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee until after Thanksgiving.

Manley to Step Down Before Year’s End

Nov. 18, 2010

Longtime Senate aide Jim Manley said Thursday that he will step down from his post as senior communications adviser to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Politics Complicates Hatch’s Finance Role

Nov. 17, 2010

Sen. Orrin Hatch has a reputation as a conservative deal-maker willing to work with liberals. But Members, and even the Utah Republican, say he is going to have much less wiggle room when he becomes the top Republican on the Finance Committee next year.

Unhappy Caucus Forces Reid to Rework Strategy

Nov. 16, 2010

Senate Democrats re-elected Majority Leader Harry Reid to another two-year term Tuesday, but the Nevada Democrat still faces an unhappy caucus determined to force changes in the way the chamber operates as 23 of them prepare to face voters in 2012.

Reid Shakes Up His Staff

Nov. 15, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to replace his chief of staff in what appears to be a continuation of the Nevada Democrat's attempts to show rank-and-file Democrats that he is committed to changing the way he runs the chamber in the 112th Congress.

Reid Turns Messaging Over to Schumer, Stabenow

Nov. 15, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday a plan to cede much of the control over the Democratic Conference’s message operations to Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).

Reid Expands Schumer’s Role in 112th Congress

Nov. 15, 2010

For the second time in four years, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has expanded the role of one of his closest allies and the caucus’s most ambitious Members — Sen. Charles Schumer.

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