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Emma Dumain

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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:

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

May 1, 2015

It’s been a week since Speaker John A. Boehner warned the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal backed by President Barack Obama needed help from the White House. On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts.

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

May 1, 2015

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his Friday memo to House members regarding May’s legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they’ve overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

One Down, 11 to Go: GOP's Uncertain Appropriations Season

April 30, 2015

House Democratic leaders succeeded in holding back all but 19 of their members on the first appropriations vote of the season without even formally whipping against the Republican bill.

House GOP Postpones Votes on VA Spending Bill

April 29, 2015

House Republicans have been boasting about their early start to appropriations season, but consideration of the very first spending bill — considered the least controversial of all 12 annual measures — hit a snag Wednesday night.

House Democrats Threaten to Sink House GOP Spending Bills

April 29, 2015

House Democrats voted unanimously last year for the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and related programs; this year, there could be considerable defections.

Long Odds for Congressional Action on Policing

April 28, 2015

It’s the fourth high-profile episode in less than a year in which police have been involved in the death of a black man under questionable circumstances — this time in Baltimore, a short drive north of Washington, D.C.

McCarthy Defends First 100 Days, Previews What's Ahead

April 28, 2015

In the second reporters’ briefing of his majority leader career, California Republican Kevin McCarthy offered a strong defense of the House GOP’s record in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Trade Fight Galvanizing the Left

April 27, 2015

With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”

Trade Deal: Boehner, Pelosi Both Put Onus on Other Side (Video)

April 23, 2015

House leaders of both parties said Thursday they’re hopeful Congress could pass legislation giving President Barack Obama authority to negotiate his long-sought Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Pelosi Calls Emerging Trade Deal a 'Pothole'

April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back against an emerging “fast-track” trade deal at her weekly news conference Thursday, calling the legislation a “pothole” and saying Republicans had a responsibility to work with Democrats to develop a better framework.

“[If] they have 218 Republican votes … I don’t think they’ll pay too much attention to many of our concerns. I don’t know if they have that,” Pelosi said. “If they don’t have 218 votes, we have a further opportunity to say, ‘Where are some areas that we can come together.’”

Sens. Orrin G. Hatch and Ron Wyden along with Rep. Paul D. Ryan negotiated the trade framework, which the Ways and Means Committee marked up earlier today after the Senate Finance Committee approved a similar measure 20-6 on Wednesday.

Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

April 23, 2015

Ex-first lady, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton could be swinging by Capitol Hill before too long — but not to glad-hand with congressional Democrats, at least not exclusively.

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

April 23, 2015

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request” Day.

Courting the Cucumber-Infused Crowd: Democrats Woo Millennials

April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — On a Thursday evening earlier this month, a group of Democratic lawmakers entrusted with a big chunk of the party’s future mingled with well-dressed young professionals in an industrial-chic space in Manhattan, drinking glasses of wine and Mason jars of water infused with strawberries or cucumbers.

'Nice Guy' Crowley Eyes Bigger Role in Democratic Caucus

April 21, 2015

Ask Washington lawmakers what they think of Rep. Joseph Crowley and they’ll use words such as “funny,” “kind,” “helpful,” “good listener” and “loyal colleague.”

McCarthy Uses Bully Pulpit to Spotlight California Drought

April 19, 2015

Legislation targeting arcane water rules is not typically the stuff of legacy building for high-profile political figures.

Cleaver's Civility a Key Part of His Leadership Appeal

April 16, 2015

Every power player in Washington, D.C., has a different metric for what makes a day a success. For one Missouri Democrat, it comes down to whether he was able to do his job without stepping on people.

Top Cruz Aide to House Colleagues: Please Say Nice Things

April 16, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz has plenty of friends in the House Republican Conference, and quite a few in his home-state delegation, too.

Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

April 14, 2015

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

April 14, 2015

Remember when two Florida Republican representatives voted against John A. Boehner for speaker and got themselves removed from the House Rules Committee?

Top House Democrats Warming to Senate's Iran Bill

April 14, 2015

The top two House Democrats are warming to the Iran legislation that will likely come to their chamber floor if it passes the Senate.

House Democrats Challenge GOP to Condemn LGBT Discrimination

April 13, 2015

House Democrats, sensing a growing political advantage over Republicans on LGBT issues, are pushing a resolution to express congressional condemnation of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

House Democrats Forced to Choose Sides in Iran Debate

April 10, 2015

House Democrats on the fence about the White House’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran will be asked next week to close ranks and get behind the president.

Capitol Police Chief Submits Resignation Letter (Video) (Updated)

April 10, 2015

Updated 8:58 p.m. | U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine has submitted a letter of resignation to the Capitol Police Board, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

McCarthy Outlines Busy, Maybe Tense, April Work Period

April 9, 2015

After a two-week respite, April is shaping up to be a month of long nights, nods to the GOP base and divisions on both sides of the aisle.

Farr, Rohrabacher Tell Holder: Cool It on Pot Prosecutions

April 9, 2015

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has one foot out the door, but it’s not stopping House lawmakers from making demands on the head of the Justice Department.

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