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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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Boehner: Obama 'Must Not Allow Politics to Cloud His Judgment' on NSA

Jan. 17, 2014

While President Barack Obama is proposing a series of changes to the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, Speaker John A. Boehner gave the suggestions a frosty reception and isn’t convinced they are needed.

Champions of Voting Rights Act Compromise Are Cautiously Optimistic

Jan. 16, 2014

An eclectic group of House and Senate lawmakers expressed cautious optimism Thursday afternoon that their proposed “modernization” of the historic Voting Rights Act would become law this year.

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Fix (Updated)

Jan. 16, 2014

Updated 3:16 p.m. | Several months after the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a legislative fix.

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus

Jan. 15, 2014

The House on Wednesday afternoon passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill funding the government through Sept. 30 with a large bipartisan majority.

Appropriations Chairman 'Giddy' Over Blowout Omnibus Vote

Jan. 15, 2014

Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said he was “almost giddy” after the strong bipartisan vote to pass the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.

Virginia's Moran Announces Retirement From Congress (Updated) (Video)

Jan. 15, 2014

Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the third House Democrat in just three days to announce his retirement.

Omnibus Expected to Pass, but Will Conservatives Fall in Line?

Jan. 14, 2014

When the omnibus comes to the House floor on Wednesday, members won’t be asking whether the bill will pass but rather by how much.

Boehner Touts Poll, Says Obama 'Can't Blame Bush Anymore'

Jan. 14, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner is using a poll by veteran Republican pollster David Winston to whack President Barack Obama on the economy.

A Few Highlights — Or Lowlights — From the Omnibus

Jan. 13, 2014

On Monday evening, appropriators from both chambers unveiled a massive omnibus spending bill to fund the government through the end of September, the culmination of just a few weeks of work and bipartisan negotiations.

With George Miller's Retirement, Pelosi Will Lose Her 'Consigliere'

Jan. 13, 2014

Senior House Democrat George Miller announced on Monday that he would retire at the end of this Congress, unearthing a flurry of questions over what it might mean for the party ahead of the November elections. Are more retirements imminent? Is Congress’ liberal presence in peril?

CR Vote Next Week, Republican Leaders Confirm

Jan. 10, 2014

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers filed a three-day continuing resolution on Friday to float the government a few extra days when current funding expires on Jan. 15.

GOP Turns to Courts to Take On Obama

Jan. 10, 2014

Republicans are bringing their objections to Obama administration policies to a courtroom near you.

House Passes First Anti-Obamacare Bill of 2014

Jan. 10, 2014

More Democrats defected on the House’s first anti-Obamacare bill of 2014 than on any other Obamacare-related vote to date, a blow to party unity and leadership’s advice that rank-and-file members stand strong against GOP “gotcha” bills.

Spending Bill Won't Be Passed by Next Week's Deadline, Appropriations Chairman Says

Jan. 9, 2014

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers told reporters Thursday afternoon that members should expect to vote on a very short-term continuing resolution next week — a sign that a final fiscal 2014 appropriations package will not be passed by the Jan. 15 deadline.

Boehner Predicts He'll Win Dairy Fight in Farm Bill

Jan. 9, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner predicted Thursday that he’ll win a fight over dairy regulations in the farm bill.

Boehner Says GOP Immigration Principles Will Be Released Soon

Jan. 9, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner confirmed Thursday that he is preparing to release a set of “principles” and “standards” to guide the House GOP’s path forward on overhauling the nation’s immigration system.

New Year, Old Headaches for Democrats on Obamacare Bills

Jan. 9, 2014

House Democratic leaders, busy with a public relations blitz over Republicans’ refusal to extend expired unemployment insurance, aren’t terribly preoccupied with the pair of Republican bills coming on the floor Friday to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Hoyer: No Reprieve for Edward Snowden

Jan. 7, 2014

Some public officials might be softening on Edward Snowden, but not House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer.

Farm Bill Nearing Home Stretch (Updated)

Jan. 7, 2014

The long-delayed farm bill may finally be on a glide path to passage, after months of partisan wrangling raised doubts over whether such a day would ever come.

Steny Hoyer to Eric Cantor: 'Talk Is Cheap'

Jan. 7, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer slammed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, ahead of a Cantor speech to the Brookings Institution on Wednesday.

Cantor Lays Out January Legislative Agenda

Jan. 3, 2014

The House will have a busy January judging by the lengthy legislative agenda Majority Leader Eric Cantor circulated among his colleagues on Friday.

Jobless Benefits May Stay on Congress' Cutting Room Floor

Jan. 3, 2014

Extended unemployment benefits for about 1.3 million Americans expired on Dec. 28, and Congress is unlikely to restore those payments swiftly, or at all.

House Will Vote on Obamacare Security Bill Next Week

Jan. 2, 2014

House Republicans will kick off the second session of the 113th Congress next week by voting on another bill to undercut the president’s health care law.

The House Year in Review

Dec. 30, 2013

This year, doing the business of the People’s House was, at best, a struggle. It’s well-known that 2013 was, legislatively, the least productive session in congressional history. Leaders strained to get to 218 — a majority in the 435-seat House (in case you had no idea where the blog name came from). And there were some pretty notable news stories as a result of all this congressional dysfunction.

Issa's Quest Continues to Expose HealthCare.gov Security Gaps

Dec. 23, 2013

Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa is on a quest to prove there are vast security gaps on HealthCare.gov, and he and his staff think they may have just hit a goldmine.

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