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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:

Diaz-Balart: 'Boehner's Never Told Me' Immigration Overhaul Is 'Dead'

June 30, 2014

Did Speaker John A. Boehner really tell President Barack Obama that the House wouldn’t vote on an immigration overhaul bill this year?

Members of Congress Heading for Border to Witness Child Migrant Crisis

June 27, 2014

The surge of unaccompanied immigrant children illegally crossing the southern border is drawing House lawmakers to the region for fact-finding visits during the July Fourth recess week.

Pelosi Asks Boehner for Bipartisan Response to Border Crisis

June 26, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republicans need to consult with Democrats in their formal examination of the surge of immigrant children attempting to cross the Southwest border.

Ethics Committee Defers Action on Grimm

June 26, 2014

At the request of the Justice Department, House Ethics Committee has deferred any action on Rep. Michael G. Grimm for telling a reporter on the night of the State of the Union that he would throw him off the Cannon House Office Building balcony for attempting to ask the New York Republican about the federal investigation into alleged campaign finance violations.

Georgia's Woodall Up for 'Placeholder' Chairman of Republican Study Committee

June 25, 2014

Updated, 3:05 p.m. | Members of the conservative Republican Study Committee will vote after the July 4 recess on whether to install two-term Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall as a “placeholder” chairman for the remainder of the year, with colleagues saying his selection is all but certain.

Boehner Defers to Hensarling on Export-Import Bank (Updated)

June 24, 2014

Updated 1:36 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio declined to commit to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, saying instead Tuesday morning that he is trying find common ground between his members who want to end the bank and those who want to continue funding it.

Boehner Convenes GOP Task Force on Border Crisis

June 24, 2014

House Republicans are blaming President Barack Obama for the growing number of unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant children seeking illegal passage into the United States over the southern border, and on Tuesday they unveiled a plan that might exert additional pressure on the administration.

Bill Maher's #FlipADistrict Project Enters Final Countdown

June 23, 2014

There are just two chances left to nominate House GOP lawmakers for ousting at the hands of HBO’s Bill Maher.

Jockeying Begins for Republican Study Committee (Updated)

June 23, 2014

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Two high-profile GOP leadership races have just ended, but a new one’s just getting started.

Joseph Crowley Savors Diamond Memories From Congressional Baseball Games

June 21, 2014

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle — or “Coach Doyle,” as he’s deferentially called by colleagues — doesn’t want to see anybody get hurt at the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Congress Won't Block Obama on Iraq

June 20, 2014

It’s now clear Congress will not block President Barack Obama from using force in Iraq if he chooses, despite opposition primarily from the president’s own party.

House Democrats Overwhelmingly Vote Against Funding Combat Operations in Iraq (Updated)

June 20, 2014

Updated 2:57 | With President Barack Obama grappling with how to respond to the escalating violence in Iraq and the rapid rise of an insurgent terrorist organization there, House Democrats have spoken: They overwhelmingly want to cut off funding for combat in the region, especially boots on the ground.

Boehner: Obama Must Address Immigration Crisis at the Border

June 20, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner is asking President Barack Obama to take steps to address the growing number of unaccompanied immigrant children seeking illegal passage over the southwest border.

Pelosi: IRS Needs to 'Upgrade Their Technology'

June 19, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't appear to think that there was foul play in the Internal Revenue Service's misplacement of key emails from Lois Lerner, the ex-agency official at the center of the ongoing IRS scandal.

At her weekly press conference Thursday morning, the California Democrat said her takeaway from reports that Lerner's emails have been lost forever was simply that the IRS needs to upgrade its technology infrastructure.

"What it convinces me of is they need a new technology system at the IRS," Pelosi said, adding that Lerner's emails were not the only ones missing after an alleged computer meltdown. "Reports all show that those responsible did not know about the years of the crashes of their systems until a couple of years later, so I think they need to upgrade their technology, get it right so there's no suspicion about what agenda anyone might have."

McCarthy, Scalise Win House GOP Leadership Elections

June 19, 2014

Republican members of the House elected Kevin McCarthy to be the next majority leader and Steve Scalise to be the next majority whip following a Thursday afternoon secret ballot vote.

McCarthy, who was the majority whip, toppled conservative challenger Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho in the first vote Thursday, opening his position for a second vote pitting Scalise against Peter Roskam of Illinois and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana.

Boehner: 'Who Could Possibly Believe' IRS Lost Lerner's Emails

June 19, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner implied the Internal Revenue Service's misplacement of key emails from Lois Lerner could have been destroyed on purpose at his weekly press conference Thursday morning.

"The president called this a phony scandal. But who could possibly believe that they lost two critical years of emails of the central figure in this investigation?" he asked.

Steve Scalise Wins Whip, Takes No. 3 Post in House (Updated) (Video)

June 19, 2014

Updated 5:45 p.m. | After a fiercely fought campaign against two competitors, Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana emerged Thursday afternoon as the GOP conference’s pick to be the next House majority whip.

Sprint to Power: 10 Days Inside the GOP Leadership Race (Video)

June 19, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning June 10 primary loss was the pistol shot that set off a 10-day sprint for power by House Republicans. Here’s CQ Roll Call’s minute-by-minute look at how the leadership races unfolded and, more importantly, how the victors put themselves in place to win.

Boehner: 'Spread of Terrorism has Increased Exponentially' Under Obama

June 19, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said he is looking to the White House to craft an overall strategy to quell the spread of terrorism in Iraq and the Middle East, which he said has been "exponentially" on the rise during President Barack Obama's presidency.

His comments come a day after he met with the president at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., along with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and the top two Senate leaders, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Pelosi Downplays Missing IRS Emails While Boehner Calls for Answers (Video)

June 19, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn’t appear to think that there was foul play in the Internal Revenue Service’s misplacement of key emails from Lois Lerner, the ex-agency official at the center of the ongoing IRS scandal.

As Iraq Unravels, Boehner Calls for Obama's Middle East Strategy (Video)

June 19, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said he is looking to the White House to craft an overall strategy to quell the spread of terrorism in Iraq and the Middle East, which he said has been “exponentially” on the rise during President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Sprint to Power: 10 Days Inside the GOP Leadership Race

June 18, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning June 10 primary loss was the pistol shot that set off a 10-day sprint for power by House Republicans. Here's CQ Roll Call's minute-by-minute look at how the leadership races unfolded and, more importantly, how the victors put themselves in place to win.

McCarthy Cruises; Whip Race Still a Tossup

June 18, 2014

Candidates for House Republican leadership made their final pitches Wednesday morning, pressing for unity while leading their factions into what will be a divisive Thursday vote to decide the future of the conference.

2010 Class Plots Comeback Strategy in Late-Night Meeting

June 17, 2014

They said it wasn’t a meeting about leadership races.

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