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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:

With One Exception, Lawmakers Prepare for Pope Francis (Updated)

Sept. 20, 2015

Updated 1:33 p.m. | House lawmakers still don’t have a budget deal that would avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1, but so far there’s only one main event on their schedule: the joint session of Congress with Pope Francis.

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope's Speech

Sept. 19, 2015

Every lawmaker on Capitol Hill has a cause that could use a boost from a powerful person’s endorsement — and next week there won’t be a more influential seal of approval than one from Pope Francis.

Six Party Defections in Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

Sept. 18, 2015

It was mostly a party line affair when the House voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood for one year, 241-187.

LaHoods Take The Hill

Sept. 17, 2015

The LaHoods were in full force on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Republicans Split on Planned Parenthood Strategy as Shutdown Nears (Video)

Sept. 17, 2015

With only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money, House Republicans still don’t have a conference-unifying strategy to avoid a shutdown and defund Planned Parenthood.

Hoyer Hints Boehner Wants Vote to Reauthorize Ex-Im

Sept. 16, 2015

Does Speaker John A. Boehner want the House to vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

Heritage Action Dismisses Scalise's Planned Parenthood Strategy

Sept. 16, 2015

Heritage Action for America is not impressed with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s proposal to address conservatives’ opposition to Planned Parenthood through a budget reconciliation process instead of a continuing resolution.

Let's Make a Deal on Appropriations? So Far, No.

Sept. 16, 2015

The end of the fiscal year is just two weeks away, but neither chamber has released an appropriations bill to fund the government past Sept. 30. Republican leaders, however, hope to remove a key barrier to getting agreement among their ranks.

Scalise: Here's How to Bypass Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

Sept. 15, 2015

House Republican leaders have yet to settle on a strategy for preventing a government shutdown and satisfying hardline conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood — but Majority Whip Steve Scalise is putting a new option on the table.

Alan Simpson Goes From Economic Affairs to Affairs of the Heart

Sept. 15, 2015

Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson couldn’t solve the nation’s financial woes as co-chairman of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — but where he fell short in economic affairs he perhaps is making up for in affairs of the heart.

House Republicans Say Obama Failed to Comply on Iran Deal

Sept. 10, 2015

A week before the Iran nuclear deal takes effect and just hours after Senate Democrats dealt the Iran disapproval resolution a major procedural blow, House Republicans adopted a resolution stating the Sept. 17 deadline is null and void.

Why House Republicans Are Excited About New Iran Strategy

Sept. 10, 2015

House Republicans won’t be able to stop President Barack Obama from moving forward with implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran, and they know it.

House Republicans Regroup on Iran Disapproval Strategy

Sept. 9, 2015

House Republicans will gather in a special closed-door meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the next steps for voting to block the Obama administration from implementing the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Roskam's 'Messaging' Idea Could Upend Boehner's Iran Deal Strategy

Sept. 9, 2015

In mid-August, Rep. Peter Roskam’s office said the Illinois Republican’s resolution condemning the Iran nuclear deal was just a messaging vehicle, a way for members to go on the record early in opposition to the agreement.

Hoyer Steers Clear of Conservatives' Push to Oust Boehner

Sept. 8, 2015

If Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., forces a floor vote to “vacate the chair” — or oust Speaker John A. Boehner — House Democrats will have to decide: Will they vote to help Boehner keep his gavel to maintain some semblance of order in the chamber? Or abandon the Ohio Republican, sit back and watch the GOP implode?

Member, Staffer Face Off on Benghazi Committee (Updated)

Sept. 4, 2015

Updated: 3:07 p.m. | Typically, partisan squabbles regarding the Select Committee on Benghazi are waged between the chairman and ranking member, Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Democrat Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, respectively.

Five House Democrats to Watch on Iran Vote

Sept. 4, 2015

House Democrats no longer need to shore up the votes to sustain a presidential veto if Congress passes a disapproval resolution of the Iran nuclear deal — the Senate took care of that Wednesday when it reached 34 votes that would sustain a veto. Senate Democrats have continued to add to that number, continuing with Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, the 38th to back the deal.

Attendance Sparse at Planned Parenthood Video Screening

Sept. 3, 2015

Two thousand is the number of Democratic House and Senate staffers invited to a screening of the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissues and organs.

House to Vote Next Week on Iran Disapproval Resolution

Sept. 2, 2015

The House returns next week from a month-long recess, and before it starts to tick off any of the other items on its lengthy September to-do list, it will tackle the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

Sept. 2, 2015

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife,” the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State’s time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.

American Refugees: Hill Staffers Share Katrina Stories

Aug. 28, 2015

In the final installment in a series of stories on Hurricane Katrina, House staffers reflect on the storm’s impact.

Scalise, Richmond: Two Takes on Post-Katrina New Orleans

Aug. 26, 2015

Here’s the latest in a CQ Roll Call series of reports on the legacy of Hurricane Katrina, continuing our conversations with New Orleans’ congressmen Steve Scalise and Cedric L. Richmond:

Just Call Him 'Grandpa Boehner'

Aug. 13, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner is famous for being a softie when it comes to “the children,” so we can’t imagine what kind of tears of joy he shed at the birth of his first grandchild, whose arrival was announced to the world on Thursday afternoon via Twitter:

The Bipartisan Working Group's Elusive Target

Aug. 11, 2015

About a dozen House Republicans and Democrats sat around a table on a recent early morning, eating doughnuts and discussing the highway bill.

McConnell: No Immigration Bill While Obama Is President (Video)

Aug. 6, 2015

President Barack Obama won’t get to sign an immigration bill, per Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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