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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:

Pelosi: Short-Term DHS Funding Bill 'Not a Solution'

Feb. 12, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short Thursday of saying she wouldn’t vote for a stop-gap spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security if Democrats and Republicans can’t reach an agreement for long-term funding in the next two weeks.

Lawmakers Push Longshot Bid to Rewrite Voting Rights Act

Feb. 11, 2015

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner fell short in his 2014 efforts to convince GOP leadership to take up his Voting Rights Amendment Act, but the Wisconsin Republican is ready to take another stab at passing a rewrite of the historic law.

Former Congressman Michael Grimm Spotted on House Floor (Updated)

Feb. 11, 2015

Updated 5:35 p.m. | Former Rep. Michael G. Grimm was spotted visiting old colleagues Wednesday.

House GOP Touts Tax Breaks to Help Feed the Hungry

Feb. 10, 2015

House Republicans took their show on the road Tuesday morning, eschewing the standard-issue news conference set-up for a location more complementary to the subject at hand.

House Says, Senate Says: GOP Split on Next DHS Move (Updated)

Feb. 10, 2015

Updated 3:28 p.m. | When it comes to Department of Homeland Security funding, the ball is still in the Senate’s court, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

House Progressives Cheer Populism in Van Hollen Plan

Feb. 6, 2015

For members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the question of whether Democrats should move to the center or double down on left-leaning populism after November’s midterm whacking was never in doubt.

Pelosi Plans to Attend Netanyahu Address 'As of Now'

Feb. 5, 2015

As many House Democrats mull skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled joint address to Congress next month, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “as of now” plans to attend.

Kyrsten Sinema's Unconventional Style: Play Well With Others

Feb. 5, 2015

Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t dress like the typical member of Congress — opting for youthful, fashion-forward designs and splashy, bright colors over Capitol Hill’s ubiquitous tailored suits and muted blazers.

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?’”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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