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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:

Why 3 House Republicans Voted Against Repealing Obamacare (Updated)

Feb. 3, 2015

Updated 7:27 p.m. | House Republican leaders gave their freshmen members a political gift Tuesday: The chance to vote “yes” on a symbolic bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Boehner's Message to Senators: Time to Fight

Feb. 3, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner is daring his Senate counterparts on both sides of the aisle to advance the House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill that contains language blocking President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Parties Split on Obama Budget, but Not on 'Groundhog Day'

Feb. 2, 2015

President Barack Obama has released his fiscal 2016 budget and the reviews are in: Democrats love it, Republicans hate it.

Democrats Leave Philadelphia United, on Message — for Now

Jan. 30, 2015

“All of that is good, people are feeling good,” said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. “I think the challenge for us now is, ‘OK. What’s our message?’”

Obama Fires Up House Democrats (Updated)

Jan. 29, 2015

Updated 10:55 p.m. | PHILADELPHIA — A fiery President Barack Obama addressed House Democrats Thursday night, saying while there’s more work to do in restoring the economy, Democrats can’t be shy about what they’ve already accomplished.

Democrats Unite Around Middle-Class Message, Israel Says

Jan. 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — House Democrats are united around a new messaging strategy for the 2016 cycle, according to Rep. Steve Israel of New York.

White House Helping Democrats Shape Message to Middle Class

Jan. 28, 2015

The same day House Democrats are set to go to their annual issues conference in Philadelphia to discuss messaging for the 2016 election cycle, among other things, the caucus’s new messaging group held its inaugural meeting on Capitol Hill.

Pelosi Says Netanyahu Address 'Not Appropriate'

Jan. 28, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — As the controversy builds over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress this spring, Nancy Pelosi weighed in again Wednesday with a more forceful rebuke of what she and the White House have called a breach in protocol.

House Democrats Brace for Potentially Tense Retreat

Jan. 27, 2015

The official theme of the House Democrats’ annual “issues conference” this week is “Grow America’s Economy, Grow American Paychecks.”

What the House GOP's Abortion Bill About-Face Really Means

Jan. 22, 2015

A significant contingent of women and moderate members of the House Republican Conference prevailed Wednesday, convincing GOP leadership that the political blowback for voting to ban abortions after 20 weeks could far outweigh any favor curried with the anti-abortion base of the party.

Democrats to Complete Survey to Help Leadership With Messaging

Jan. 22, 2015

With members still divided on what went wrong for the party in the 2014 midterm elections, the House Democrat in charge of honing messaging for the next two years is trying to build consensus around a revised communication strategy.

'Toughest Border Security Bill Ever' Sets Table for Piecemeal Strategy

Jan. 22, 2015

The House is set to vote next week on what some Republicans are proudly calling “the toughest border security bill ever.”

Hoyer Mum on Whether He'll Help Obama, GOP on Trade Deal

Jan. 20, 2015

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama likely will reiterate his call for Congress to pave the way for new trade negotiations — but House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is still demurring on how far he’ll go to help the administration achieve that goal.

Van Hollen's New Pitch for Democrats: Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Jan. 15, 2015

As House and Senate Republicans were plotting their legislative agenda in Hershey, Pa., Democrat Chris Van Hollen touted his own populist economic plan Thursday morning at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

26 House Republicans Stand Up to Anti-DACA Contingent (Video) (Updated)

Jan. 14, 2015

Updated 2:24 p.m. | When House Republicans went to vote on their Department of Homeland Security funding bill Wednesday, they encountered an unusual dynamic.

Diaz-Balart Describes an Immigration Deal Undone

Jan. 14, 2015

Through most of last year, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart asked dozens of members, aides, advocates and reporters to trust him: He had a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill that could actually pass the House.

TPP Trade Deal Could Divide Obama, House Democrats

Jan. 9, 2015

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation that would give him the authority to negotiate a long-sought trade agreement with nearly a dozen countries in the Pacific region.

Schiff Named Top Democrat on Intelligence Panel

Jan. 8, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that California Democrat Adam B. Schiff will be the next ranking member on the Intelligence Committee.

The Real Reason Some Members Voted Against Boehner

Jan. 8, 2015

For many of the 25 House Republicans who broke ranks in the speaker election Tuesday, voting against John A. Boehner was a reflection of a long-simmering dissatisfaction with the Ohio Republican.

House GOP Extends Contract for Obama Lawsuit

Jan. 7, 2015

House Republicans will continue to pay an outside attorney to handle its lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

Boehner Weighs Punishments for Speaker Election Dissidents

Jan. 7, 2015

The morning after Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent were kicked off the Rules Committee, freshly re-elected Speaker John A. Boehner left the door open to possibly reinstating the two Florida Republicans.

Boehner and House GOP Regroup After Tumultuous Speaker Election

Jan. 6, 2015

After the election of John A. Boehner to a third term as speaker Tuesday, House Republicans start the 114th Congress in a similar fashion to the 113th: Conservatives are unhappy with leadership and leadership’s not too pleased with some conservatives.

GOP Leaders Boot Webster, Nugent Off Rules Committee (Updated)

Jan. 6, 2015

Updated 7:00 p.m. | After Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent bucked leadership and voted for a speaker whose last name was not “Boehner,” House leaders stripped the two Florida congressmen of their positions on the Rules Committee.

Boehner Elected to Third Term as Speaker

Jan. 6, 2015

In a dramatic vote in which Republican dissidents staged yet another unsuccessful coup attempt, John A. Boehner was elected to a third term as speaker of the House Tuesday.

Boehner won re-election with 216 of the 408 votes cast, as 25 Republicans voted for someone else or voted present in an act of protest. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received 164 Democratic votes, with four members of her party voting for someone other than the California Democrat.

In his remarks to the full House after retaking the gavel, Boehner expressed hope for a new era of cooperation and productivity.

“They say nothing is going to be accomplished here, divisions are greater than ever. … Skepticism of our government is healthy and in our time quite understandable. But one problem with saying, ‘it can’t be done,’ is that it already has been done, or at least started.”

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