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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:

Attendance Sparse at Planned Parenthood Video Screening

Sept. 3, 2015

Two thousand is the number of Democratic House and Senate staffers invited to a screening of the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissues and organs.

House to Vote Next Week on Iran Disapproval Resolution

Sept. 2, 2015

The House returns next week from a month-long recess, and before it starts to tick off any of the other items on its lengthy September to-do list, it will tackle the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

Sept. 2, 2015

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife,” the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State’s time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.

American Refugees: Hill Staffers Share Katrina Stories

Aug. 28, 2015

In the final installment in a series of stories on Hurricane Katrina, House staffers reflect on the storm’s impact.

Scalise, Richmond: Two Takes on Post-Katrina New Orleans

Aug. 26, 2015

Here’s the latest in a CQ Roll Call series of reports on the legacy of Hurricane Katrina, continuing our conversations with New Orleans’ congressmen Steve Scalise and Cedric L. Richmond:

Just Call Him 'Grandpa Boehner'

Aug. 13, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner is famous for being a softie when it comes to “the children,” so we can’t imagine what kind of tears of joy he shed at the birth of his first grandchild, whose arrival was announced to the world on Thursday afternoon via Twitter:

The Bipartisan Working Group's Elusive Target

Aug. 11, 2015

About a dozen House Republicans and Democrats sat around a table on a recent early morning, eating doughnuts and discussing the highway bill.

McConnell: No Immigration Bill While Obama Is President (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

President Barack Obama won’t get to sign an immigration bill, per Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

McConnell Shuts Down Planned Parenthood Shutdown Talk (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the growing talk that the fight over Planned Parenthood might result in a government shutdown come Oct. 1 — nor, he said, would he allow a default on the debt.

Royce, Boehner Set Stage for House Disapproval of Iran Deal

Aug. 4, 2015

The gears have been set in motion for the House to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal when the chamber returns from recess in September.

Ethics Committee to Investigate Chaka Fattah (Updated)

Aug. 3, 2015

Updated: 8:55 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee did its due diligence Monday evening.

CBC Chairman: Charges Against Chaka Fattah 'Very Serious'

July 30, 2015

Within 24 hours of being slapped with a 29-count indictment, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., voluntarily relinquished his ranking member position on an appropriations subcommittee and resigned as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board of Directors.

Chaka Fattah Case Could Get Awkward Fast for Democrats (Video)

July 29, 2015

Rep. Chaka Fattah has been under federal investigation for years, so for many of his colleagues the question was not whether an indictment would come, but when. But it could get awkward for Democrats in a hurry, as Fattah holds prominent positions within the party’s establishment and next year’s presidential nomination convention is being held in his native Philadelphia.

Republicans Enter Policing Debate With New Task Force

July 29, 2015

Republicans have, for the most part, avoided one of the thorniest debates roiling the country in recent months: How does the United States begin to address the crisis of people, often minorities, being killed in violent encounters with police?

Pelosi Spokesman: Anti-Boehner Move Signifies GOP Dysfunction (Video)

July 29, 2015

Would House Democrats vote to remove John A. Boehner’s speaker gavel?

Meadows Explains Effort to Overthrow Boehner

July 28, 2015

So why exactly did Rep. Mark Meadows offer a resolution to strip Speaker John A. Boehner of his gavel?

Why Eric Swalwell Endorsed Martin O'Malley

July 27, 2015

When it comes to 2016 endorsements, House Democrats were, until just a couple of days ago, divided into two camps : Those who had publicly endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president and those who hadn’t.

House GOP Threatens Contempt Vote for IRS Head

July 27, 2015

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is the latest Obama administration official House Republicans want fired — or, in Koskinen’s case, held in contempt of Congress, or even impeached.

On Highways and Ex-Im, House Watches Senate

July 27, 2015

This week, the House is expected to take up legislation to make new major executive branch rules contingent upon congressional approval, consider a bill to streamline “accountability” at the Department of Veterans Affairs and vote on a whole slew of suspensions.

Despite White House's Iran Blitz, Democrats Struggle With Backing Deal

July 24, 2015

House Democrats were briefed on the Iran nuclear deal Thursday afternoon by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Earnest J. Moniz, but many sounded as undecided when they came out as when they went in.

House GOP Appropriators Prepare for Sequester Showdown

July 22, 2015

House Republican leaders don’t want to be the first to flinch at Democrats’ calls to repeal sequester-level spending caps, but senior GOP appropriators emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday in agreement: Congress has to do something.

House GOP Leaders Frosty on Senate Highway Bill

July 22, 2015

As the Senate continues to work through a long-term highway bill, House Republicans and Democrats seem increasingly united on one thing: They’re not exactly enthusiastic about the legislation.

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is 'America's No. 1 Dumpster Fire'

July 22, 2015

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?

Panel Eyes Debate Over Confederate Symbols in Capitol

July 21, 2015

Could the House Administration Committee actually take up a resolution to take down the Mississippi state flag?

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