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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:

Republican: Going After Clinton Was 'Big Part' of Benghazi Probe

Oct. 15, 2015

Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate, pro-abortion rights Republican from New York, is already something of an outlier in the House Republican Conference.

For Now, House Democrats Opt Against Rules Changes

Oct. 15, 2015

Updated 9:21 a.m. | House Republicans aren’t the only ones mulling conference rules changes in the midst of larger anxieties over the future of their party.

Team Boehner: Debt Ceiling Deal 'Certainly Possible'

Oct. 14, 2015

John A. Boehner has said he wants to “clean the barn” of some unfinished legislative business before he steps down, and on Wednesday the speaker’s team confirmed that could include a deal to avoid a financial default by the federal government.

While Waiting for Ryan, Would-Be Speakers Weigh Bids

Oct. 13, 2015

If Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan decides against a run for speaker, the race to lead the House could turn into a free-for-all: A half-dozen Republicans are quietly testing the water for runs of their own, including a slew of Texans, a couple of the wealthiest men in Congress and at least one woman.

House GOP Regroups, Still With No Endgame in Sight

Oct. 9, 2015

House Republicans described the mood as “good” inside the closed-door members’ meeting Friday morning — despite the fact that less than 24 hours earlier, lawmakers were reportedly in tears over the news that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was withdrawing from the race for speaker.

Members See No Problems With McCarthy Staying On (Video)

Oct. 9, 2015

What’s next for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy?

Inside the Room: McCarthy Drops a Bomb

Oct. 8, 2015

It lasted just nine minutes.

Second Republican Resigns From House Freedom Caucus

Oct. 8, 2015

The House Freedom Caucus has lost its second member since its founding.

Republicans Eye Rules Changes as Possible Conference Unifier

Oct. 8, 2015

Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina wants leadership candidates to confess to their “misdeeds” before they can be elected by their peers. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky wants to dilute the speaker’s power of the Republican Steering Committee.

Pelosi: Members' Choice Whether to Quit Benghazi Committee (Video)

Oct. 8, 2015

House Republicans are still doing crisis management after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested the Select Committee on Benghazi helped sink Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers — and Democrats are still beating the drum about that rhetorical flap.

McCarthy Shocks Conference by Dropping Speaker Bid (Video)

Oct. 8, 2015

Updated 2:50 p.m. | House Republicans were in disarray Thursday after House GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly took himself out of the race for House speaker. “I am not the one,” the California Republican told colleagues inside the room, according to Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.

House GOP Looks Outside for Advice on Planned Parenthood Panel

Oct. 7, 2015

House Republicans insist their new committee to investigate Planned Parenthood won’t be political.

House Democrats Brace for Round Two of Trade Fight

Oct. 6, 2015

Democrats who fought unsuccessfully earlier this year to withhold Trade Promotion Authority from the White House are gearing up for round two: an effort to undo the sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal announced Monday that TPA authorized the administration to negotiate.

Boehner Postpones Elections for Majority Leader, Whip

Oct. 5, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner said he wanted to “clean the barn” before his resignation at the end of October, but he’s leaving his successor with at least one key bit of housekeeping business: Setting the date and parameters for down-ballot leadership elections, should they occur.

Republicans Scurry to Advance Agendas Before Recess

Oct. 5, 2015

House Republicans will go home for recess at the end of this week with plenty to tell their constituents — namely that they picked a new slate of leadership (if all goes according to plan) and avoided a government shutdown (with hours to spare).

GOP Split Over Whether to Fast-Track Elections or Take More Time

Oct. 4, 2015

House Republicans were already divided over the candidates for speaker, majority leader and whip. Now they’re finding themselves split over when to hold elections.

Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

Oct. 4, 2015

Updated: 10:19 a.m. | Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker.

McCarthy: 'Never My Intention' to Link Benghazi Committee to Politics

Oct. 2, 2015

The likely next speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, returned to Fox News Thursday night in a bid to clarify his remarks 48 hours earlier on the Benghazi committee.

Sources: Chaffetz Readies Run for Speaker

Oct. 2, 2015

Earlier this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was busy trying to push his colleague Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to run for majority leader.

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn't

Oct. 2, 2015

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Boehner Weighs In on Benghazi Without Mentioning McCarthy

Oct. 1, 2015

As Democrats continued Thursday to hammer Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his Benghazi committee comments, Speaker John A. Boehner decided to step in.

A Tale of Two Republicans: McCarthy and McConnell

Oct. 1, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy knows one way to remain popular with conservatives is to trash the Senate, even if it is led by Republicans. But the California Republican, the front-runner to be the next speaker, will have to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to advance mutual interests.

Breaking Down the CR Vote

Sept. 30, 2015

Just 91 House Republicans voted with every Democrat to keep the government open after midnight Wednesday — that’s three out of every eight members of the conference.

Rules Could Complicate Leadership Fight (Updated)

Sept. 30, 2015

Updated 9:26 p.m. | A rules fight could determine who holds power in the House Republican Conference under a new speaker when the elections are held on Oct. 8.

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