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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:

Sprint to Power: 10 Days Inside the GOP Leadership Race

June 18, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning June 10 primary loss was the pistol shot that set off a 10-day sprint for power by House Republicans. Here's CQ Roll Call's minute-by-minute look at how the leadership races unfolded and, more importantly, how the victors put themselves in place to win.

McCarthy Cruises; Whip Race Still a Tossup

June 18, 2014

Candidates for House Republican leadership made their final pitches Wednesday morning, pressing for unity while leading their factions into what will be a divisive Thursday vote to decide the future of the conference.

2010 Class Plots Comeback Strategy in Late-Night Meeting

June 17, 2014

They said it wasn’t a meeting about leadership races.

Issa Subpoenas Lois Lerner's Hard Drive for 'Lost' IRS Emails

June 17, 2014

The House is consumed this week with the upcoming GOP leadership elections in the wake of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat, but Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa doesn’t want that reality to take the pressure off the IRS.

Hoyer: Only Hensarling Blocking Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

June 17, 2014

There’s only “one member of the Republican Party” holding up reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, according to Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer: Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

Labrador Appeals Directly to Colleagues for Support in Majority Leader Race

June 16, 2014

Rep. Raúl R. Labrador is running a high-profile campaign to be the next House majority leader, appearing on nationally-syndicated talk shows, obliging interview requests from Capitol Hill scribes and penning a personal appeal to his colleagues.

Roskam-Scalise Whip Race Heats Up, Gets Ugly

June 16, 2014

The two front-runners in the race to become the next House majority whip spent the weekend shoring up support with potential allies — and, through staff, taking swipes at each other.

With Whip Race Heating Up, Roskam Makes His Case

June 15, 2014

Rep. Peter Roskam, campaigning for the House GOP whip post, has promised fellow Republicans he’ll choose a deputy whip from a red state if he comes out ahead in what is shaping up to be a competitive three-way race.

FreedomWorks Wants Labrador for Majority Leader

June 13, 2014

Momentum is growing for a Majority Leader Raúl R. Labrador.

Boehner: Dempsey, Hagel 'Naive' on Bergdahl Exchange

June 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner blasted President Barack Obama on Thursday for "making deals with terrorists" and "taking a nap" on Iraq.

Reiterating his position that the swap of five Taliban prisoners in the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prison for the safe return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would make America less safe, Boehner said that the "new Obama Doctrine is making deals with terrorists" while adding both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsy were "dead wrong" in signing off on the exchange.

Boehner Refuses to Endorse Cantor Successor

June 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner refused to analyze Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat on Tuesday saying "every election is different."

He also wouldn't make an endorsement for who should replace Cantor, R-Va., as the No. 2 member of the House GOP.

"Members are going to make this decision," Boehner said, adding that he can "work with anyone" who might get the job — whether it's current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, or perhaps even Idaho Republican Raúl R. Labrador.

Pelosi on Cantor Exit: 'It's a Whole New Ballgame'

June 12, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pretended to hold a baseball at the microphones on Thursday morning during her weekly press conference, reiterating her characterization of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Tuesday primary defeat as creating "a whole new ballgame."

The California Democrat said she's hopeful the House can tackle issues like an immigration overhaul, despite concerns that Cantor's departure will drive House Republicans further to the right, making compromise less likely.

"Under the current leadership in the Republican side, we've had a shutdown of government, we have not passed immigration, we have not passed the Voting Rights Act which has always been bipartisan," Pelosi said. "I don't know how things can get worse than the obstruction that is already here."

Paul Ryan Endorses McCarthy for Majority Leader

June 12, 2014

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is quickly sweeping up endorsements a week ahead of elections to succeed outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Pelosi Hopeful as Cantor Exits: 'Whole New Ballgame' (Video)

June 12, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pretended to hold a baseball at the microphones on Thursday morning during her weekly press conference, reiterating her characterization of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Tuesday primary defeat as creating “a whole new ballgame.”

Deflecting Cantor Chatter, Boehner Blasts Obama on Iraq, Bergdahl, Immigration (Video)

June 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner refused to analyze Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat on Tuesday — instead blasting President Barack Obama for “making deals with terrorists” and “taking a nap” on Iraq.

Immigration Overhaul Prospects Dim in Wake of Cantor's Defeat (Video)

June 11, 2014

The jury’s still out on whether Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary Tuesday night because he was perceived by voters to be in support of rewriting the country’s immigration laws.

Boehner Statement on Cantor's Defeat

June 10, 2014

House GOP leaders weren’t expecting Majority Leader Eric Cantor to lose his primary Tuesday night against Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat, so nobody had statements ready when the race was called shortly after 8 p.m.

Brat Takes Center Stage After Surprising Win Over Cantor

June 10, 2014

David Brat, who pulled off a stunning — and convincing — win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary Tuesday night, has been flying under the media radar for much of the campaign.

Eric Cantor's Defeat Was in the Immigration Tea Leaves (Video)

June 10, 2014

Many immigration advocates thought Eric Cantor’s expected primary victory against his challenger opposed to an immigration overhaul would embolden the House majority leader to put an immigration bill on the floor this summer.

GOP, White House Tout Opposing Highway Proposals

June 10, 2014

With only two months before a crucial fund for highway projects nationwide is tapped, House Republicans and the White House touted dueling plans Tuesday aimed at avoiding a late-July construction shutdown.

House Republicans Stress Concerns Over Bergdahl, Prisoner Swap

June 9, 2014

House Republicans made one thing clear Monday evening: They would not soon abandon calls for congressional oversight into the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Guantánamo Bay Taliban prisoners for U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl.

What's Next for Pot in Congress?

June 9, 2014

Activists cheered a House vote last month to bar the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. It was a watershed moment for pro-marijuana advocates — and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — who have been waiting for years for Congress to take an affirmative up-or-down vote on any related issue.

Levin Keeps Up the Pressure for an Unemployment Extension

June 9, 2014

Rep. Sander M. Levin isn’t giving up on an unemployment extension.

Goodlatte Warns Deportation Changes Hurt Immigration Overhaul Prospects

June 5, 2014

The powerful chairman of a committee dealing with immigration legislation is not happy about the Obama administration’s changes to a program for so-called DREAMers.

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