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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:

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

May 19, 2015

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Boehner: Obama Should Submit New ISIS War Request

May 19, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration's handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

"The president, frankly, should withdraw the [AUMF] and start over," Boehner said at a news conference. "We don't have a strategy. ... For over two years I've been calling on the president to develop an overarching strategy to deal with the terrorist threat. We don't have one, and the fact is the threat is growing faster than what we and our allies can do to stop it."

Boehner's comments come as Obama's initial AUMF request has been stalled for months in Congress.

Boehner: Obama Should Start Over on War Authority Request (Video)

May 19, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration’s handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

Opponents of Highway Trust Fund Patch Look to Next Fight (Updated)

May 19, 2015

Updated 12:29 p.m. | Plenty of House Democrats — and even a few moderate Republicans — fed up with Congress’ inability to reach agreement on a multi-year Highway Trust Fund deal are likely to vote “no” Tuesday on a bill that would extend spending authority through July 31

McCarthy: No Plans in House to Budge on NSA Curbs

May 18, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a message for Senate Republicans: If they want to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, they aren’t going to do any better than the so-called USA Freedom Act.

Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead of Memorial Day Recess

May 18, 2015

House Democrats have some tough decisions to make before Congress breaks for a week-long Memorial Day recess.

Democrats: Don't Cut Medicare to Fund Trade Deal

May 18, 2015

Senate Democrats successfully blocked debate on Trade Promotion Authority in their chamber until they were promised a vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Tiny Horses Charge the Hill

May 15, 2015

OK, which member of Congress tried to bring two miniature horses into the Cannon House Office Building?

Pro-Immigration Provision Stripped From Defense Bill

May 14, 2015

A bipartisan coalition came close Thursday to protecting immigration-related language in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act — but not close enough.

Revolt Brews Over Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Bill (Updated)

May 14, 2015

Updated 12:52 p.m. | A growing number of Democrats and some moderate Republicans in the House are coming out against any short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

Latest GOP Immigration Showdown Headed to Floor? (Updated)

May 13, 2015

Updated 10:14 p.m. | The question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military — a thorny debate that has split Republicans in the House — is headed for a risky floor vote.

Hoyer Slams GOP for Lack of Highway Trust Fund Progress

May 12, 2015

The No. 2 House Democrat ripped Republicans Tuesday for looking for another patch job for the Highway Trust Fund before the current patch expires at the end of May.

20 Years In, Blue Dogs Not Ready to Roll Over

May 12, 2015

In 1994, when Republicans won the House for the first time in four decades, a band of fiscally conservative Democrats had a simple explanation: Their party had moved too far to the left.

Partnership-Minded Ryan Pushing, Promoting Pacific-Trade Deal

May 8, 2015

“I find it a little sad that you feel like this is even a story,” Rep. Paul D. Ryan said recently, mid-conversation with CQ Roll Call. “Because it shouldn’t have to be.”

Conservatives Set for Immigration Fight on Defense Bill

May 6, 2015

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted 33-30 for an amendment to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would encourage the Pentagon to affirm undocumented immigrants should be permitted to serve in the military.

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

May 1, 2015

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his Friday memo to House members regarding May’s legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they’ve overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

May 1, 2015

It’s been a week since Speaker John A. Boehner warned the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal backed by President Barack Obama needed help from the White House. On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts.

One Down, 11 to Go: GOP's Uncertain Appropriations Season

April 30, 2015

House Democratic leaders succeeded in holding back all but 19 of their members on the first appropriations vote of the season without even formally whipping against the Republican bill.

House GOP Postpones Votes on VA Spending Bill

April 29, 2015

House Republicans have been boasting about their early start to appropriations season, but consideration of the very first spending bill — considered the least controversial of all 12 annual measures — hit a snag Wednesday night.

House Democrats Threaten to Sink House GOP Spending Bills

April 29, 2015

House Democrats voted unanimously last year for the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and related programs; this year, there could be considerable defections.

Long Odds for Congressional Action on Policing

April 28, 2015

It’s the fourth high-profile episode in less than a year in which police have been involved in the death of a black man under questionable circumstances — this time in Baltimore, a short drive north of Washington, D.C.

McCarthy Defends First 100 Days, Previews What's Ahead

April 28, 2015

In the second reporters’ briefing of his majority leader career, California Republican Kevin McCarthy offered a strong defense of the House GOP’s record in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Trade Fight Galvanizing the Left

April 27, 2015

With the first round of appropriations bills and a possible budget conference report on the House floor this week, the chamber’s progressive contingent is looking farther down the road at the storm brewing over so-called Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track.”

Pelosi Calls Emerging Trade Deal a 'Pothole'

April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back against an emerging “fast-track” trade deal at her weekly news conference Thursday, calling the legislation a “pothole” and saying Republicans had a responsibility to work with Democrats to develop a better framework.

“[If] they have 218 Republican votes … I don’t think they’ll pay too much attention to many of our concerns. I don’t know if they have that,” Pelosi said. “If they don’t have 218 votes, we have a further opportunity to say, ‘Where are some areas that we can come together.’”

Sens. Orrin G. Hatch and Ron Wyden along with Rep. Paul D. Ryan negotiated the trade framework, which the Ways and Means Committee marked up earlier today after the Senate Finance Committee approved a similar measure 20-6 on Wednesday.

Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

April 23, 2015

Ex-first lady, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton could be swinging by Capitol Hill before too long — but not to glad-hand with congressional Democrats, at least not exclusively.

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