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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:

Van Hollen's Exit Changes House Democratic Leadership Landscape

March 6, 2015

Updated 10:20 a.m. Monday | Ambitious House Democrats looking to position themselves as future caucus leaders thought they’d face stiff competition from Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Lawmakers Urge Obama to Expedite Lethal Aid for Ukraine

March 5, 2015

Eight House Republicans and three House Democrats agree on something: President Barack Obama should help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression — and fast.

Spotted: Capitol Hill Fox Says 'Hi' To Lunchtime Crowd at Rayburn

March 4, 2015

The Capitol Hill Fox is back in business.

Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself (Updated)

March 4, 2015

Updated 5:50 p.m. | Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race.

Deal or No Deal? How Boehner and Pelosi Funded the DHS

March 3, 2015

It started with a phone call. On Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats in the House came together to pass a measure funding the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the fiscal year. And despite the repeated insistence from Speaker John A. Boehner’s office that there was “no deal” between the Ohio Republican and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic sources close to negotiations tell a slightly different story.

House Clears Funding for Homeland Security

March 3, 2015

Three days before Homeland Security department funding was due to expire, the House successfully voted Tuesday to fund the agency through the end of September.

The 257-167 vote puts an end to the lurching uncertainty for the department, but time will tell just how easy it will be for House Republican leaders to move past the drama of the past few weeks.

On Tuesday, every House Democrat made it possible for 75 House Republicans to secure passage of the policy rider-free DHS funding bill the Senate advanced nearly a week ago.

That vote occurred because Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, gave tacit permission for senior appropriator and Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson to force floor consideration of the Senate-passed bill using House Rule XXII.

House Agrees to Fund Homeland Security Department (Updated) (Video)

March 3, 2015

Updated 4:41 p.m. | Three days before Homeland Security department funding was due to expire, the House successfully voted Tuesday to fund the agency through the end of September.

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

March 3, 2015

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus.

Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

March 2, 2015

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement — in the Senate, that is.

Overflow Crowd Expected for Netanyahu Address, Despite Boycotts

March 2, 2015

Thanks to a partial boycott by Democrats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t be speaking to every member of Congress when he addresses Tuesday’s joint session.

DHS Funding Battle Reveals a Republican House Divided

March 2, 2015

Congress returns this week facing yet another Department of Homeland Security funding deadline — but the appropriations squabble has suddenly become overshadowed by an increasingly bitter internal fight among House Republicans for the soul of the party.

Boehner Says House Will 'Follow Regular Order'

March 1, 2015

The House will reconvene Monday with little sense of how the dynamics will play out in the quest to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, but Speaker John A. Boehner said he intends to follow “regular order.”

How an Obscure Rule Could Give Boehner a Way Out of DHS Mess (Updated)

Feb. 28, 2015

Updated 5:57 p.m. | A provision tucked deep in the House rule book could provide a way out of the Homeland Security funding mess for Speaker John A. Boehner — without the Ohio Republican actually having to do anything.

House Averts Shutdown of DHS for 1 Week (Video)

Feb. 27, 2015

Just two hours before the Department of Homeland Security was set to run out of funding, the House delivered a bill to float the agency for one more week.

House GOP Fails to Advance 3-Week DHS Funding Bill

Feb. 27, 2015

House Republicans fell short of votes to advance a three-week bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security Friday evening, 203-224.

Just hours before the agency is set to shut down, GOP leaders must now decide whether to risk a revolt in their ranks and put the Senate-passed, six-month spending bill on the floor that does not include language to block President Barack Obama's immigration executive orders.

House Averts Shutdown of DHS for 1 Week

Feb. 27, 2015

Lawmakers managed Friday to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by clearing a one-week stopgap funding measure.

The move forestalls a funding lapse DHS, whose budget authority was set to expire at midnight.

With House Republicans in full disarray after failing to pass a three-week stopgap, the Senate moved a more modest one-week measure, bailing out House leaders who were unable to deliver the votes needed to advance their plan.

The House emphatically passed the stopgap, which would extend the DHS' budget authority through March 6, 357-60, just before 10 p.m., on Friday evening sending the patch to the president's desk.

Pelosi: Democrats Won't Help GOP Pass 3-Week DHS Funding Bill (Video)

Feb. 27, 2015

“Ineptitude,” “staggering failure of leadership” and “amateur hour.”

House GOP Fails to Advance 3-Week DHS Funding Bill (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 27, 2015

Updated 6:13 p.m. | House Republicans fell short of votes needed to advance a three-week bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security Friday evening, 203-224.

House GOP Faces Another Whip Test on DHS Punt

Feb. 26, 2015

When in doubt, punt. That’s the latest plan from House Republicans, but even trying to pass a tried-and-true congressional maneuver might be a tall order for the GOP’s fractured conference.

Some Democrats May Skip It, but Netanyahu Speech Is Still a Hot Ticket

Feb. 26, 2015

Dozens of House Democrats are planning to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on March 3, and they’re hoping their absence will send a strong signal.

Boehner: 'We’re in Wait-and-See Mode' on DHS Funding

Feb. 25, 2015

House Republicans emerged from their closed-door meeting Wednesday morning in agreement they’ll wait and see what the Senate can pass in regards to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security.

That is, however, where the strategy ends, at least in terms of what’s being articulated publicly.

Members left the hour-long gathering in the basement of the Capitol unclear what their next move would or should be in the event Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., succeeds in getting the votes in his chamber to advance a “clean” bill to prevent a DHS shutdown on Friday.

On DHS Funding, House Republicans Agree to Wait on Senate

Feb. 25, 2015

House Republicans emerged from their closed-door meeting Wednesday morning in agreement they’ll wait and see what the Senate can pass in regards to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security.

House GOP in Holding Pattern on Funding DHS

Feb. 24, 2015

House Republicans on Tuesday evening were still digesting the news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped to advance a “clean” bill to float Homeland Security operations before department funding expires at the end of the week.

Hoyer on Short-Term DHS Bill: 'Cross That Bridge When We Come to It'

Feb. 24, 2015

House Republican leaders still haven’t shared their game plan — if they have one — for funding the Department of Homeland Security past its Friday expiration date.

Why This Member Has Rubber Ducks on His Desk

Feb. 24, 2015

Like most members, Rep. Eric Swalwell has put personal touches on his Capitol Hill office.

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