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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:

Ryan: Immigration Overhaul Off the Table Under Obama

Nov. 1, 2015

Newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan wants Republicans to spend the remainder of the 114th Congress offering major policy ideas, except on immigration.

Boehner: 'God Had Another Plan' for Ryan

Nov. 1, 2015

Paul D. Ryan said he took the job he didn’t want, speaker of the House, out of an obligation to help unify a fractured Republican Conference.

Appropriator Praises Speaker 'Sonny Boy' Ryan

Oct. 30, 2015

Republicans showed Thursday they were willing to give Paul D. Ryan a chance when they overwhelmingly elected him the 54th Speaker of the House.

Brady Makes Pitch for Ways and Means Gavel

Oct. 29, 2015

Hours after Paul D. Ryan was sworn in as speaker, Rep. Kevin Brady made his pitch to succeed the Wisconsin Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan Elected Speaker (Video)

Oct. 29, 2015

Updated 12:15 p.m. | Rep. Paul D. Ryan, elected Thursday as the 54th speaker of the House, called on his colleagues to help him fix a “broken” chamber.

McCarthy at Peace With Speaker's Race Result

Oct. 29, 2015

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy must have imagined this day going a little differently.

Why Ryan's Not Sweating Webster's 43 Votes

Oct. 28, 2015

Surrounded Wednesday by at least three generations of his extended family, Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., celebrated receiving 43 votes for speaker in the Republican Conference election.

Critics of Leadership Warming to Paul Ryan

Oct. 28, 2015

Ahead of the House GOP’s long-awaited vote to nominate a new speaker, persistent skeptics of Rep. Paul D. Ryan appear to be warming to him as their leader

Paul Ryan Nominated for Speaker (Video)

Oct. 28, 2015

Updated 3:19 p.m. | Republicans nominated Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., for speaker Wednesday, all but ensuring he is selected to succeed John A. Boehner in Thursday’s vote on the House floor.

Steering Committee, Other Rules Changes to Confront GOP

Oct. 27, 2015

Updated 7:18 p.m. | House Republicans could vote as early as this week on some changes to their official rules — including a plan to diversify the makeup of the powerful Steering Committee, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers told CQ Roll Call Tuesday.

Members Wait for Big Budget, Debt Details

Oct. 26, 2015

Republicans on both sides of the Capitol emerged from separate conference meetings Monday night intrigued but noncommittal about the prospects of a big budget and debt-limit deal that would ease fiscal pressure going forward.

House Takes Steps to Revive Ex-Im Bank

Oct. 26, 2015

The House took steps Monday night to reopen the Export-Import Bank, making history by successfully employing a quirky procedural gambit for the first time in decades.

5 Things to Watch in the House This Week

Oct. 26, 2015

Any other week, a rare, mid-session speaker election might be the only news of note in the House, but a confluence of legislative deadlines and a corresponding race for the Ways and Means gavel make for a hectic atmosphere in Speaker John A. Boehner’s final week in Congress.

Ryan to Colleagues: I'm In

Oct. 22, 2015

Paul D. Ryan is officially in.

GOP Factions Fall in Line for Ryan

Oct. 22, 2015

Paul D. Ryan was endorsed Thursday by the center-right Tuesday Group and conservative Republican Study Committee, paving the way for a run for speaker.

Conservative Debt Limit Plan Shelved

Oct. 22, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner said he hoped to raise the debt limit before he resigns from Congress, but he’s running out of time to meet the Nov. 3 deadline in advance of his scheduled Oct. 30 departure.

Boehner: No Plan B if Ryan Opts Out

Oct. 21, 2015

Updated 1:59 p.m. | If Paul D. Ryan can’t garner the support he’s seeking by the end of the week to officially enter the race for speaker, Republicans have no Plan B.

Boehner Sets Speaker Elections

Oct. 21, 2015

In a vote of confidence in Paul D. Ryan and a show of eagerness to resign as planned on Oct. 31, Speaker John A. Boehner has scheduled a conference meeting for next Wednesday, Oct. 28, for House Republicans to nominate his successor.

Ryan Spokesman: No 'Final Decision' Tonight

Oct. 20, 2015

Updated 4:25 p.m. | With a special GOP conference meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, members may finally learn what Paul D. Ryan is thinking. Sort of.

Boehner vs. the RSC on Debt Limit

Oct. 20, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner has signaled an interest in raising the debt ceiling before he resigns, but the Republican Study Committee is drawing its own conservative line in the sand in advance of the Nov. 3 deadline.

Answers to Come in a Week of GOP Leadership Questions

Oct. 19, 2015

House Republicans return to the Capitol Tuesday with a set of questions and challenges. The most glaring among them remains: Who will lead them?

House Republicans Holding Special Meeting Tuesday

Oct. 19, 2015

Already scheduled for a Wednesday morning meeting, House Republican leaders announced Monday they will also huddle in the Capitol basement Tuesday, after the 6:30 p.m. vote series.

Freedom Caucus Requests Get Mainstream Attention

Oct. 16, 2015

Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer sent a letter to colleagues Thursday proposing a series of conference rules changes, including diversifying leadership ranks and allowing more floor votes on amendments.

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