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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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Eric Cantor's Defeat Was in the Immigration Tea Leaves (Video)

June 10, 2014

Many immigration advocates thought Eric Cantor’s expected primary victory against his challenger opposed to an immigration overhaul would embolden the House majority leader to put an immigration bill on the floor this summer.

House Republicans Stress Concerns Over Bergdahl, Prisoner Swap

June 9, 2014

House Republicans made one thing clear Monday evening: They would not soon abandon calls for congressional oversight into the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Guantánamo Bay Taliban prisoners for U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl.

What's Next for Pot in Congress?

June 9, 2014

Activists cheered a House vote last month to bar the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. It was a watershed moment for pro-marijuana advocates — and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — who have been waiting for years for Congress to take an affirmative up-or-down vote on any related issue.

Levin Keeps Up the Pressure for an Unemployment Extension

June 9, 2014

Rep. Sander M. Levin isn’t giving up on an unemployment extension.

Goodlatte Warns Deportation Changes Hurt Immigration Overhaul Prospects

June 5, 2014

The powerful chairman of a committee dealing with immigration legislation is not happy about the Obama administration’s changes to a program for so-called DREAMers.

Activists Target House Members Who Oppose Medical Marijuana

June 5, 2014

Advocates for expanding access to medical marijuana plan to turn up the pressure on members of Congress who aren’t supporting their cause.

House GOP Leaders Call for Obama to Be Active in Fixing VA System

June 4, 2014

The top four House Republicans sent President Barack Obama a letter on Wednesday morning, making requests and seeking solutions in the aftermath of the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

GOP Leaders: Cut Saturday Mail Service to Pay for Roads

June 2, 2014

There were plenty of bipartisan hallelujahs with last month’s House passage of a water resources and infrastructure bill — enough so that Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is now cautiously optimistic about passing a highway bill this summer.

House Marijuana Votes Earn Backing of Rare Bipartisan Coalition (Video)

May 30, 2014

In a series of late-night votes that marijuana-rights advocates say reflect a nation’s changing attitudes, the Republican-controlled House moved early Friday to block the federal government from interfering with state laws on pot and hemp.

Steve Israel Becomes First House Democratic Leader to Call for Shinseki's Resignation

May 29, 2014

Rep. Steve Israel of New York is the first member of House Democratic leadership to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Homeland Security Secretary Faces GOP Ire on Immigration

May 29, 2014

At one point during an hours-long House Judiciary hearing on Thursday, Illinois Democrat Luis V. Gutiérrez called President Barack Obama’s recent decision to hold off on taking executive action to curb deportations a “grand gesture” of his willingness to give Republicans more time to advance immigration legislation on their own.

On Immigration, the Pressure Mounts for Eric Cantor

May 28, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — Political forces from the left and the right gathered at the Virginia state Capitol Wednesday with a shared objective: Ratchet up the immigration pressure on Eric Cantor.

Isla Vista Shooting Prompts Consideration of Mental Health Bills

May 27, 2014

Mental health bills are getting a fresh look after the Isla Vista massacre, with lawmakers in both chambers and both parties pushing Congress to act.

Ethics Committee Decides to Investigate Grimm, Then Waits

May 23, 2014

The House Ethics Committee announced it established a special subcommittee to investigate Rep. Michael G. Grimm, already under federal indictment for allegations of misconduct, but the subcommittee members unanimously voted to wait as the Feds pursue the case against the New York Republican.

Pelosi Calls for Congressional Action in Veterans Affairs Scandal

May 22, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday suggested that Congress ought to take legislative action to address the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

The California Democrat called the "allegations of misconduct" at the VA — charges that the department manipulated wait times for veterans seeking medical attention — "completely and utterly unacceptable."

But she defended President Barack Obama and declined to specifically implicate VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, calling instead for a comprehensive investigation into the allegations and for the Veterans' Affairs committees in the House and Senate to explore broad overhauls of the agency's operational structure.

Steve King Challenges Senators to a 'Duel'

May 22, 2014

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has challenged three top Senate Democrats to a duel — but "not like Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton," the lawmaker was quick to clarify.

Unlike the famous confrontation in 1804 wherein Burr, the sitting vice president, shot and killed the ex-Treasury secretary, King would prefer to sort out philosophical differences with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin and Charles E. Schumer "like many men do it today: Not duel with 50 paces and pistols, but ... with microphones within arm's reach."

Pelosi Calls for Congressional Action in Veterans Affairs Scandal (Video)

May 22, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday suggested that Congress ought to take legislative action to address the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

Steve King Challenges Senators to 'Duel' for Trash Talk (Video)

May 22, 2014

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has challenged three top Senate Democrats to a duel — but “not like Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton,” the lawmaker was quick to clarify.

Boehner: Obama's New Mexico Monument Hurts Border Security

May 21, 2014

Updated, 6:40 p.m., May 21 | Republicans have warned President Barack Obama that executive orders on immigration won’t get the House to act any faster — if at all — on overhaul legislation this year. Speaker John A. Boehner reminded the administration of that fact again on Wednesday afternoon.

Republicans Buck Heritage Action and Advance Water Resources Bill

May 20, 2014

Heritage Action strongly recommended “no” votes on a major reauthorization of water infrastructure projects around the country; on Tuesday, few members heeded the advice.

On the ENLIST Act, What a Difference a Year Makes (Video)

May 20, 2014

If Rep. Jeff Denham had known that the immigration debate would grow so politically toxic in a midterm elections year, he never would have let GOP leadership talk him into withdrawing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to grant certain undocumented immigrants legal status in exchange for their military service.

Democrats Still Undecided on Benghazi Committee Participation

May 20, 2014

House Democrats are still weighing whether they will appoint members to the GOP-led special committee to investigate the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya — but don’t call it a caucus-wide “division,” two senior lawmakers implored.

Heritage Action Key Votes Water Bill Ahead of House Consideration

May 19, 2014

Heritage Action stopped short of urging lawmakers on Saturday morning to reject the conference report for a key water resources and infrastructure bill, but finished the job on Monday by saying it would “key vote” the legislation.

Rep. Denham to Continue to Push for ENLIST Act in NDAA

May 19, 2014

The Republican leadership of the House has signaled its intent to block consideration of any immigration-related amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act this week, but Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., hasn’t given up — yet.

Indicted Rep. Michael Grimm Appears in New York Court

May 19, 2014

Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm appeared in court Monday, but neither he nor his legal team would reveal the next step in the New York Republican’s legal battle — including whether he will seek a speedy trial to resolve 20 counts of fraud and tax evasion before the midterm elections.

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