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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:

Did Van Hollen Miss a Layup Opportunity With Progressives? (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 2:42 p.m. | Congressional Progressive Caucus members were emboldened this week.

Boehner Coy on Working Relationship With Pelosi

March 26, 2015

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

But unlike the longevity of the bill that permanently ends the "sustainable growth rate" used to calculate doctors' payments for Medicare, and extends for two years the Children's Health Insurance Program, it's highly doubtful the bipartisan comity will endure.

At his weekly news conference, Speaker John A. Boehner was not asked if this was the start of a new, more productive working relationship between the leaders. Rather, reporters wanted to know when the next time might be that Boehner will "need" Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to help pass crucial legislative priorities, the assumption being that the speaker will rarely be able to corral his ideologically disparate caucus around bills that need to advance.

"When I see one, I'll let you know," Boehner replied.

Boehner: Obama Is 'Anti-War President' Unwilling to Lead (Video)

March 26, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner dismissed Barack Obama Thursday as an “anti-war president” unwilling to lead an international coalition against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL; al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

Boehner: Obama is an 'Anti-War President'

March 26, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner dismissed Barack Obama Thursday as an "anti-war president" unwilling to lead an international coalition against the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL; al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations.

"The world is starving for American leadership, but America has an anti-war president. We have no strategy, overarching strategy, to deal with a growing terrorist threat, and it's not just ISIS or al-Qaida and all of their affiliates," the Ohio Republican said at his weekly news briefing.

"If America leads, our allies would be tickled to death and be happy to join our coalition."

GOP Defense Hawks Trump Conservatives as House OKs Budget

March 25, 2015

After months of leadership’s best-laid plans falling apart on the floor and behind the scenes, House GOP leaders eked out a much-needed victory Wednesday, with Republicans endorsing a budget that added even more defense dollars to the blueprint reported out committee.

New Jersey Republicans Set Stage for Fight on U.S.-Cuba Relations

March 25, 2015

Lawmakers are always eager to use appropriations bills to make political statements; this year, House Republicans are using the power of the purse to weigh in on President Barack Obama’s move to normalize U.S. and Cuba relations.

Scalise, McHenry Go Forward, Move Ahead With Whip It Good PAC

March 24, 2015

When the House Freedom Caucus comes along, you must whip it. When a close vote’s held open on the floor too long, you must whip it. Whip it good.

Boehner 'Baffled' by Reports of Israeli Intelligence Leaks to House Members (Video)

March 24, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner said he was “a bit shocked” by Wall Street Journal reports that Israeli officials were actively working to undermine U.S. efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy.

House GOP Leaders Prepare For Budget Battle (Updated)

March 24, 2015

Updated 12:54 p.m. | At their weekly news conference Tuesday morning, House Republican leaders went on the offensive to sell their budget resolution.

Fiscal Conservatives Buck Leadership, Send Tighter Budget to Floor (Updated)

March 19, 2015

Updated 1:02 p.m. | House fiscal conservatives took the upper hand — for the moment — Thursday in their struggle with Republican defense hawks for control of the GOP’s 2016 federal budget proposal.

Boehner, Pelosi Downplay Schock, Weigh In on Clinton

March 19, 2015

The House’s top Republican and Democrat addressed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal and Aaron Schock’s surprise resignation during their weekly news conferences Thursday.

House Republicans Stymied Over Own Budget

March 19, 2015

A marathon markup of House Republicans’ proposed 2016 federal budget ended after midnight Wednesday with no resolution between the two GOP factions — defense hawks on one side, fiscal conservatives on the other — determined to put their own, seemingly incompatible stamps on the largely symbolic spending plan.

After GOP Hawks Threaten Mutiny, Budget Committee Set to Add Defense Dollars

March 18, 2015

In a win for defense hawks, the House Budget Committee is set to vote Wednesday night on an amendment that would add $2 billion to the Overseas Contingency Operations fund and strike provisions requiring that the money be offset.

For House Budget Negotiators, the Stakes Are High

March 18, 2015

Dead on arrival at the White House and with little chance in the Senate, the House Republican budget presented Tuesday doesn’t mean a lot in terms of actual legislation. But don’t try telling that to Rep. Tom Price, the document’s chief GOP architect or Rep. Chris Van Hollen, his foil on the Democratic side.

GOP's Post-Ryan Budget: Price Outlines Spending Plan (Video)

March 16, 2015

For the past four years it’s been all about the “Ryan budget,” the House GOP’s spending blueprint informally named for then-Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan — and synonymous with the Wisconsin Republican’s fiscal austerity.

Outside the Camera Frame, Granger Makes Her Mark

March 16, 2015

Rep. Kay Granger doesn’t suffer fools.

Steve Cohen: Netanyahu's Campaign Ad Turns Congress Into 'Theater' (Video)

March 12, 2015

Before Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress last week, many House Democrats expressed concerns that the prime minister intended to use his appearance to advance his own political fortunes ahead of Tuesday’s Israeli elections.

Retribution: King Says Boehner Canceled Trip After Immigration Fight

March 9, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner canceled a foreign trip by Rep. Steve King in retribution for his opposition to Boehner’s cave on “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding, according to the Iowa Republican.

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.

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