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Emma Dumain


Emma Dumain covers House leadership for Roll Call. From September 2011 to May 2013, she covered Roll Call's campus beat, where she wrote about the administration of the House and Senate, legislative branch appropriations, the Capitol Police and oversight of the District of Columbia, along with the myriad issues affecting Capitol Hill staffers and congressional support agencies.

A 2007 summer intern at Roll Call, Emma joined the publication full time in fall 2011 from Congressional Quarterly. There, she was first an editorial assistant and then a reporter, covering legislation as it moved through Congress with a focus on legislative branch spending, ethics, oversight and the postal service.

Emma is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she was editor-in-chief of the Oberlin Review, the official student newspaper.

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Stories by Emma Dumain:

Energy and Commerce Rivals Battle to the Wire

Oct. 22, 2014

Since January, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Anna G. Eshoo have been positioning themselves as the obvious choice to be the top Democrat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee.

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

Oct. 22, 2014

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

Before Ending Chairmanship, Issa Sets Ebola Hearing for Oversight

Oct. 17, 2014

California Republican Darrell Issa has a well-deserved reputation for finding ways to bring the issue of the moment into his committee’s jurisdiction.

GOP Lawmakers: Congress Should Pass Ebola Travel Ban

Oct. 17, 2014

Will the House interrupt its recess to vote on a travel ban or visa suspensions to prevent the further spread of Ebola on U.S. soil?

Republicans, Democrats Trade Punches Over CDC, NIH Ebola Funding

Oct. 16, 2014

The House majority whip lashed out at Democrats Thursday for trying to blame Republicans for sanctioning cuts to medical research that might have helped curb the spread of Ebola in the United States.

The Softer Side of Don Young: A Counterpoint

Oct. 16, 2014

Adjectives such as “kind,” “caring,” “fatherly” and “honest” wouldn’t prompt most people to conjure up an image of Rep. Don Young.

Don Young: the Kodiak Bear of Capitol Hill (Video)

Oct. 16, 2014

He’s flouted ethics rules. Twisted a staffer’s arm. Even allegedly threatened a life, telling his Democratic challenger this fall that the last person to touch him “ended up on the ground dead” — a fact he told CQ Roll Call there was “some truth” to.

Retiring Bachmann Signals She's Still in the Game

Oct. 15, 2014

Rep. Michele Bachmann may be retiring at the end of this year, but the woman who rose to prominence by founding the Congressional Tea Party Caucus in 2010 and running for president in 2012 isn’t leaving Washington, D.C., quietly.

Where Does Pelosi Play? The Fine Art of Surrogate Campaigning

Oct. 10, 2014

House members who want to help their party in the final stretch of campaign season have options. They can offer endorsements. Make calls. Write checks.

Pelosi: Call Congress Back for Minimum Wage, War Authorization Votes

Oct. 10, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Speaker John A. Boehner Friday to bring the House back into session to vote on two things: Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and Authorizing Use of Military Force to combat the Islamic State terrorist group.

'Contract With America' Set High-Water Mark for GOP Unity

Oct. 6, 2014

Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay — or “The Hammer,” as he was known in his leadership days — recently called the GOP Class of 1994 “the greatest freshman class . . . to walk into the House of Representatives.”

Issa, Cummings Issue Joint Call for Secret Service Review

Oct. 3, 2014

The top Republican and Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee are formally asking Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to conduct a “comprehensive external review” of Secret Service practices and protocol.

Pelosi Calls for 'Independent Investigation' Into Secret Service Lapses (Video)

Oct. 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an “independent investigation” into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were “inexcusable.”

Losing Cummings Set Off Chain Reaction for Secret Service Director

Oct. 1, 2014

As CNN’s Wolf Blitzer noted Wednesday afternoon, when a White House appointee loses the backing of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Elijah E. Cummings, you know you’re in trouble.

Pelosi Calls for 'Independent Investigation' Into Secret Service

Oct. 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an "independent investigation" into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were "inexcusable."

"The challenge may be more than one person," the California Democrat told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "Whether she [resigns] or not, I think we need an independent investigation. Her leaving doesn't end the need to learn more."

Ethics Office Finds Evidence Petri Violated House Rules

Sept. 30, 2014

The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it will continue to investigate whether Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., used his position in Congress to help certain companies in which he held significant financial interest.

Hoyer: 'Atlas Shrugged' No Way to Run a Country

Sept. 29, 2014

Five weeks and one day before the midterm elections, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer made the case for Democrats to retake control of the House, delivering a scathing takedown of Republican leadership in the process.

Lawmakers Weigh In on Holder Resignation (Updated) (Video)

Sept. 25, 2014

Update 5:05 p.m. | Even before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s resignation was officially announced, House and Senate lawmakers were sending out statements reacting to the news.

Boehner: Don't Expect War Authorization Vote in Lame-Duck Session

Sept. 25, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner thinks Congress should debate authorizing use of force against the Islamic State in Syria — but not until new members of the House and Senate take office in January.

Rep. Henry Cuellar: 'I Will Die As a Democrat'

Sept. 24, 2014

After a summer spent defending himself against criticism from Democratic colleagues, Rep. Henry Cuellar was defiant Wednesday when his party affiliation was called into question.

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

Sept. 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has said he won’t make sweeping changes to immigration policy until after the midterm elections in order to protect vulnerable Democrats in tight races, but House Republicans don’t want to wait to see what the president has up his sleeve.

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Sept. 22, 2014

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days — translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner.

Pelosi Pens Second Endorsement Letter for Eshoo

Sept. 18, 2014

Nancy Pelosi is making another play for her fellow Californian and close friend, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, to be ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Former Congressman Speaks Publicly of Son's Suicide

Sept. 18, 2014

Former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, but not in his capacity as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, or for any business connected to his Miami-based consulting firm.

The Florida Republican who retired from the House in 2010, instead, came to testify at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing "to examine federal efforts on suicide prevention."

Diaz-Balart — whose brother, Rep. Mario-Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., still serves in office — appeared before the panel to speak, for the first time in public, about the May 2013 suicide of his son, Lincoln Gabriel, who was then 29-years-old.

Energy and Commerce Race Heats Up as Election Nears

Sept. 18, 2014

After a quiet couple of months, the race to be the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee is heating up again.

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