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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:

Pelosi-Hoyer Rivalry Flares Anew With Eshoo-Pallone Fight

March 4, 2014

The long-running leadership rivalry between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is flaring anew as the two Democrats take different sides in the fight over who will be the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Cantor and Hoyer Reunite to Push Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

March 3, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer are together again, jointly urging the Obama administration to take a hard line on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon while supporting the administration’s diplomatic effort.

With Snow Delays, House Set for Shorter, Busier Week

March 3, 2014

The House was scheduled to vote over the next four days on no fewer than 12 bills and resolutions, including ones to overhaul national flood insurance, suspend for a year the individual mandate tax under Obamacare and revisit coal mining regulations.

Pelosi Ignites Caucus by Choosing Sides in Ranking Member Battle

Feb. 28, 2014

House Democrats could soon be at war.

Kevin Brady Challenging Paul Ryan for Ways and Means Chairmanship

Feb. 28, 2014

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan has said he wants the Ways and Means Committee gavel next year, but the Wisconsin Republican will face a challenge from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

Eshoo, Pallone Collect Endorsements in Race for Ranking Member

Feb. 27, 2014

Updated 2:06 p.m. | House Democrats won’t vote for the new ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee until after the midterm elections, but the two lawmakers vying for the slot have already begun courting colleagues and claiming supporters.

Flood Insurance Bill Goes Back to Rewrite

Feb. 26, 2014

Updated 1:29 p.m. | House Republican leaders announced Wednesday that a vote on a flood insurance bill would be put off until next week while members negotiate language that can pass the chamber.

Fate Uncertain for House Flood Insurance Bill (Updated)

Feb. 25, 2014

Updated: Feb. 25, 7:56 p.m. | The House is poised to vote this week on legislation to ease the burden on homeowners seeking affordable flood insurance, but the bill might not have the votes — on either side of the aisle.

Dingell Retirement Clears Way for Energy and Commerce Fight

Feb. 24, 2014

Rep. John D. Dingell’s retirement clears the way for a head-to-head battle between Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey and Anna G. Eshoo of California to ascend to the top slot of the Energy and Commerce Committee that Dingell held for decades.

Dave Camp to Unveil Tax Code Overhaul, Despite Long Odds

Feb. 19, 2014

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp appears determined to take one last stab at making good on his promise to pass an overhaul of the nation’s tax code by the end of the 113th Congress.

House Democrats Double Down on Populism

Feb. 18, 2014

House Democrats want to cast themselves as the populist superheroes of the 2014 election cycle, swooping in to defend the middle class against the villains of the GOP.

Democrats Challenge Obama on Deportations

Feb. 14, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Behind closed doors here Friday morning, President Barack Obama told House Democrats challenging his deportation policies that there are limits to his executive authority.

Obama Credits Democratic Unity for Debt Limit Victory

Feb. 14, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — President Barack Obama credited House Democrats’ party unity for getting Republican leaders to back off debt limit brinkmanship at the caucus’s annual retreat here.

In Pep Talk, Biden Tells House Democrats 'There Isn't a Republican Party'

Feb. 14, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. bemoaned the state of the Republican Party on Friday morning as he delivered a pep talk for House Democrats struggling to maintain optimism heading into the midterm elections.

Biden to Join Obama at House Democrats' Retreat

Feb. 13, 2014

Cambridge, Md. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will rally House Democrats after all.

Steve Israel Gives Private Election Briefing at Democrats' Retreat

Feb. 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel on Thursday outlined his party’s path to reclaiming the House in November, a private presentation one Democratic aide called “honest, but optimistic” and Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., described as “cold, hard realism.”

Snow Forces Biden to Drop Out of Democratic Retreat

Feb. 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — First it was New York Times columnist Tom Friedman who bailed on the House Democratic retreat due to inclement weather forecasts; now it’s the vice president of the United States.

House Democrats Kick Off Retreat in Cambridge

Feb. 12, 2014

Cambridge, Md. — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted that her House Democrats weren’t gathered here for a retreat to discuss politics.

Lawmakers Ask Obama to Scale Back Pot Punishments

Feb. 12, 2014

House Democrats are seeking to amp up the pressure on President Barack Obama to use his now-infamous “phone and pen” to do more than just raise the minimum wage for federal workers: They want him to aide in the reclassification of marijuana.

In a letter to Obama spearheaded by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., lawmakers wrote, “one would hope that … your Administration officials publicly reflect your views on this matter."

Blumenauer criticized the administration's drug policies on the House floor Tuesday.

Lawmakers Ask Obama to Scale Back Pot Punishments (Video)

Feb. 12, 2014

House Democrats are seeking to amp up the pressure on President Barack Obama to use his now-infamous “phone and pen” to do more than just raise the minimum wage for federal workers: They want him to aid in the reclassification of marijuana.

Breaking Down the Debt Ceiling Vote

Feb. 11, 2014

The House voted 221-201 to pass a clean debt ceiling hike for more than a year — and there are a few interesting trends hidden in the breakdown. (The Senate then passed the increase on Wednesday.)

House Narrowly Passes ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Extension

Feb. 11, 2014

The House narrowly passed legislation Tuesday evening to raise the debt ceiling, all but ensuring that the nation won’t default at the end of the month.

Democrats Head Into Retreat Battle-Worn but Emboldened

Feb. 11, 2014

It might seem as if House Democrats gathering in Eastern Maryland on Wednesday night for their annual ”issues conference” are literally retreating.

House Narrowly Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Extension (Updated) (Video)

Feb. 11, 2014

The House narrowly passed legislation Tuesday evening to raise the debt ceiling, all but ensuring that the nation won’t default at the end of the month.

Republican Leaders Pitch Debt Limit Sweetener (Updated)

Feb. 10, 2014

Updated 9:39 p.m. | House Republican leaders pitched their members a deal Monday night that would pair raising the nation’s borrowing cap for one year with a rollback of military pension cuts — with a vote possible Wednesday.

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