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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:

Boehner Stuns Colleagues With Resignation Announcement (Video)

Sept. 25, 2015

The House next week will pass a “clean” continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown, but that news was overshadowed Friday by the stunning announcement that Speaker John A. Boehner will give up his gavel, and his House seat, on Oct. 30.

Boehner to Resign

Sept. 25, 2015

Boehner to Call It Quits; McCarthy Seen as Successor

Sept. 25, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner told fellow Republicans Friday morning he will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to members.

Boehner Preps Sales Pitch on Planned Parenthood, CR

Sept. 24, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner held court in his office for nearly three hours Thursday, inviting groups of lawmakers in for discussions on how best to defund Planned Parenthood without shutting down the federal government.

House Freedom Caucus Members Mum After Boehner Meeting

Sept. 24, 2015

Five founding members of the House Freedom Caucus left Speaker John A. Boehner’s office after an hourlong meeting tight-lipped on what was discussed in relation to the continuing resolution and Planned Parenthood.

House Leaders to Escort Pope to Floor for Speech

Sept. 24, 2015

As Pope Francis makes his way into the House chamber for the joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning, he’ll be escorted by members of House leadership.

'Papa!' Thousands Greet Pope Francis at the Capitol

Sept. 24, 2015

“Buenos días,” Pope Francis said to the thousands gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The crowd responded with an eruption of cheers and applause.

After Speech, Pope Stops to Bless a Staffer's Baby

Sept. 24, 2015

Pope Francis was on a tight schedule during his Capitol Hill visit Thursday, his coordinates obsessively orchestrated and timed to a T.

Hoyer Hints House Democrats Won't Sink 'Clean' CR

Sept. 23, 2015

House Democrats have said they don’t want to help pass a continuing resolution that funds the government at sequester levels — unless it’s a very short-term bill and there’s a promise to begin negotiations to eventually lift the spending caps.

Democrats Challenge GOP on Timing of Planned Parenthood Hearing

Sept. 21, 2015

House Democratic leaders have become fond of the talking point that the GOP is itching for a government shutdown.

With One Exception, Lawmakers Prepare for Pope Francis (Updated)

Sept. 20, 2015

Updated 1:33 p.m. | House lawmakers still don’t have a budget deal that would avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1, but so far there’s only one main event on their schedule: the joint session of Congress with Pope Francis.

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope's Speech

Sept. 19, 2015

Every lawmaker on Capitol Hill has a cause that could use a boost from a powerful person’s endorsement — and next week there won’t be a more influential seal of approval than one from Pope Francis.

Six Party Defections in Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

Sept. 18, 2015

It was mostly a party line affair when the House voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood for one year, 241-187.

LaHoods Take The Hill

Sept. 17, 2015

The LaHoods were in full force on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Republicans Split on Planned Parenthood Strategy as Shutdown Nears (Video)

Sept. 17, 2015

With only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money, House Republicans still don’t have a conference-unifying strategy to avoid a shutdown and defund Planned Parenthood.

Hoyer Hints Boehner Wants Vote to Reauthorize Ex-Im

Sept. 16, 2015

Does Speaker John A. Boehner want the House to vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

Heritage Action Dismisses Scalise's Planned Parenthood Strategy

Sept. 16, 2015

Heritage Action for America is not impressed with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s proposal to address conservatives’ opposition to Planned Parenthood through a budget reconciliation process instead of a continuing resolution.

Let's Make a Deal on Appropriations? So Far, No.

Sept. 16, 2015

The end of the fiscal year is just two weeks away, but neither chamber has released an appropriations bill to fund the government past Sept. 30. Republican leaders, however, hope to remove a key barrier to getting agreement among their ranks.

Scalise: Here's How to Bypass Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

Sept. 15, 2015

House Republican leaders have yet to settle on a strategy for preventing a government shutdown and satisfying hardline conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood — but Majority Whip Steve Scalise is putting a new option on the table.

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Sept. 15, 2015

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn’t solve the nation’s financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.

House Republicans Say Obama Failed to Comply on Iran Deal

Sept. 10, 2015

A week before the Iran nuclear deal takes effect and just hours after Senate Democrats dealt the Iran disapproval resolution a major procedural blow, House Republicans adopted a resolution stating the Sept. 17 deadline is null and void.

Why House Republicans Are Excited About New Iran Strategy

Sept. 10, 2015

House Republicans won’t be able to stop President Barack Obama from moving forward with implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran, and they know it.

In Ruling on Health Care Lawsuit, Leverage for Boehner (Video)

Sept. 10, 2015

On Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated House Republicans’ resolve to stop President Barack Obama at all costs from moving forward with the Iran nuclear deal.

House Republicans Regroup on Iran Disapproval Strategy

Sept. 9, 2015

House Republicans will gather in a special closed-door meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the next steps for voting to block the Obama administration from implementing the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Roskam's 'Messaging' Idea Could Upend Boehner's Iran Deal Strategy

Sept. 9, 2015

In mid-August, Rep. Peter Roskam’s office said the Illinois Republican’s resolution condemning the Iran nuclear deal was just a messaging vehicle, a way for members to go on the record early in opposition to the agreement.

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