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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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Pelosi on Hillary: 'When She Runs, She Will Win'

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic about the 2016 presidential election, saying by then the country could see its first female president.

"Let me say this about Hillary [Rodham] Clinton: When she runs, she will win. And when she wins, she'll go to the White House as one of the most prepared people in modern history to go there," Pelosi said, stopping just short of an endorsement.

Pelosi: Democrats Won't Be 'Irrelevant' Next Year

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted she doesn't gloat when House Republicans can't shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it's Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes.

"I would rather they did the responsible thing so we wouldnt have to bail them out every time," the California Democrat quipped of her GOP counterparts. "I dont think anyone is irrelevant. We have leverage if they dont have the votes," she said. "They have leverage because they know we will be responsible. And that allows them to be irresponsible to a certain extent."

Pelosi Warns GOP Against 'Destructive' Riders in Spending Bill

Dec. 5, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still keeping her powder dry when it comes to staking out a position on the House GOP's fiscal 2015 spending bill, due to be revealed on Monday.

The California Democrat said no policy riders currently on the negotiating table were "deal breakers" on their own.

"Lets look at the full package," she said.

But the riders currently being discussed, she said, were cause for concern among members of her caucus.

Pelosi Warns GOP: Tread Carefully With 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Dec. 5, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still keeping her powder dry when it comes to staking out a position on the House GOPs fiscal 2015 spending bill, due to be revealed on Monday.

House GOP Votes to Undermine Obama Executive Immigration Orders

Dec. 4, 2014

House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to disapprove of President Barack Obamas executive orders on immigration.

Benghazi Committee to Hold Second Public Hearing Dec. 10

Dec. 3, 2014

True to his word, Rep. Trey Gowdy will convene a public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi before the years end.

Last-Ditch Push to Pass Marketplace Fairness Act in House Falls Short (Updated)

Dec. 3, 2014

Updated 6:19 p.m. | As House Republicans race against the clock to negotiate a government funding bill and a reauthorization of the Terrorist Risk Insurance Act, rank-and-file lawmakers lobbied leadership one last time to bring another piece of legislation on the floor before the years end: A bill that would boost the collection of sales tax on the Internet.

Less than 2 Weeks to Shutdown, Conservatives Cool to 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 2, 2014

As House Republicans sort out how they will fund the government past Dec. 11, leadership is running into a problem: Many conservatives looking to block President Barack Obamas immigration plan contend the House must act now rather than wait until later.

House GOP Floats Multi-Pronged Approach to Avert Government Shutdown

Dec. 2, 2014

House Republican leaders took members temperatures Tuesday morning on a multipart plan to avert a government shutdown and hold President Barack Obama accountable for his recent unilateral changes to immigration law.

House GOP Races Against Clock to Unveil Spending Bill Gambit

Dec. 1, 2014

The internal struggle in the GOP over whether to flirt with another government shutdown could come down to the Tuesday morning House Republican Conference meeting.

Don't Count on Democrats to Help Pass GOP 'Cromnibus,' Says Pelosi

Nov. 25, 2014

House Republican leaders and incoming Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia are floating a plan to fund immigration-related activities separately from an all-encompassing government spending bill and for a shorter length of time.

Price Pushes Plan to Separate Immigration Funding From Omnibus

Nov. 25, 2014

House GOP leaders are likely to float a proposal in their conference next week to fund most government agencies through September 2015, while providing a shorter-term stopgap component for immigration-related programs and initiatives.

Paul Ryan Woos Ex-Boehner Aide Back to Capitol Hill

Nov. 24, 2014

Rep. Paul D. Ryan must have made Brendan Buck a pretty strong case to leave his still-new K Street gig to come back to Capitol Hill.

House Finally Files Affordable Care Act Lawsuit Against Obama

Nov. 21, 2014

Four months after the chamber authorized a lawsuit against President Barack Obama and on the third try with an attorney after the first two lawyers bailed the GOP-controlled House has formally filed its case, Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday.

Boehner on Obama's Immigration Action: 'The House Will Act'

Nov. 21, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday morning that "the House will, in fact, act" to respond to President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration executive orders but the Ohio Republican offered no details on the type, scale and scope of such action.

In a four-minute press conference outside his office, Boehner said the nation's immigration system is "broken," and that "the American people expect us to work together to fix it.

"And we ought to do it in a Democratic process," he continued, "moving bills through the People's House, through the Senate and to the president's desk."

But Boehner also said Obama was trying to "deliberately sabotage" the prospects for congressional action on the issue by moving forward with changing immigration law unilaterally, that he "created an environment where members will not trust him" and "making it impossible for me to do what he wanted me to do."

Boehner: 'House Will Act' in Response to Obama's Immigration Orders (Video)

Nov. 21, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said the House will, in fact, act to respond to President Barack Obamas sweeping immigration executive orders but the Ohio Republican offered no details on the type, scale and scope of such action Friday morning.

GOP Still Fuzzy on Strategy to Block Obama's Immigration Move

Nov. 20, 2014

Hours before President Barack Obama finally presses the go button on executive actions to change the nations immigration laws, House Republicans were not any closer to coalescing around a strategy to fight back.

CBC Rallies to Defend Brown, Democrats' Seniority System

Nov. 19, 2014

Wednesday was a good day for the Congressional Black Caucus: In just a matter of hours, the powerful group saw Democrats seniority system a tradition that has long protected minority lawmakers from being passed over for leadership positions prevail not once, but twice.

Lujn Pledges to Bring Farmer's Work Ethic to DCCC

Nov. 19, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who has ruffled plenty of feathers lately, reclaimed some goodwill with her caucus Monday, bypassing more established members to name Ben Ray Lujn the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Pallone Defeats Eshoo for Energy and Commerce Slot (Updated)

Nov. 19, 2014

Updated 4:57 p.m. | In a triumph for the seniority system and a blow to Nancy Pelosis clout, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey beat Rep. Anna G. Eshoo of California in a hard-fought race for ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Messy Fight for Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Slot (Updated)

Nov. 19, 2014

Updated 9:28 a.m. | Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota thought there would be a vote after Thanksgiving on the Veterans Affairs Committee ranking member race. As it turns out, his face-off against Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida will happen on Wednesday.

Eshoo Wins Backing of Steering and Policy Committee Over Pallone

Nov. 18, 2014

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo of California has won the recommendation of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to be the next ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee but shes not out of the water yet.

New DCCC Chairman Eyes Current Executive Director

Nov. 18, 2014

Incoming Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujn said Tuesday he hopes the current Executive Director, Kelly Ward, will stay on for the 2016 cycle.

Democrats Fume in Caucus as Duckworth Denied Vote

Nov. 18, 2014

House Democrats are continuing to criticize Minority Leader Nancy Pelosis refusal to allow Rep. Tammy Duckworth a double amputee Iraq War veteran whose pregnancy has made her unable to travel to vote by proxy in leadership elections this week.

Democrats Re-Elect Pelosi, Leadership Team for 114th Congress

Nov. 18, 2014

House Democrats voted Tuesday morning to reinstate their full slate of leaders in the 114th Congress.

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