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Emma Dumain

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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 Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes'

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders aren't whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used her regularly-scheduled Wednesday morning news conference to make an impassioned case for members to support their president.

"I don't know how the vote will turn out," the California Democrat said. "It's not a vote we whip. We just don't whip war votes. But I do think that, as members weigh the factors, that they will, I think, give points to the president for all that he has done, diplomatically, politically, humanitarian-wise and ask for this distinct piece."

Parties' Shared Benghazi Goals: Win the Hearings, Control the Narrative

Sept. 17, 2014

Reps. Trey Gowdy and Elijah E. Cummings say they dont want the Select Committee on Benghazi to be driven by partisanship, and both have made overtures over the past four months to prove they mean it.

Pelosi Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes' (Video)

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders arent whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Bipartisan Bloc Coalesces Behind CR, Syrian Rebels Amendment

Sept. 16, 2014

Despite lingering reservations on both sides of the aisle, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats is coming together behind proposals to arm Syrian rebels and fund the government beyond Sept. 30.

Path Forward on CR, Title 10 Authority Starts to Crystalize

Sept. 15, 2014

After postponing consideration last week of a stop-gap spending measure to fund the government past Sept. 30, House GOP leaders are poised in the days ahead to bring that same piece of legislation to the floor.

Gingrich, DeLay and Republicans of '94 to Reunite on Capitol Hill

Sept. 15, 2014

Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay had a rocky relationship when they served together in House GOP leadership nearly two decades ago.

Hoyer: Give McCarthy and Scalise 'Benefit of the Doubt' on Leadership Process

Sept. 12, 2014

The Houses inability to pass an emergency border funding bill last month left critics on both sides of the aisle wondering whether the new members of the GOP leadership team, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, can bring order to an unruly conference

House GOP ISIS and CR Strategy Still in Flux

Sept. 11, 2014

House GOP leaders are advocating for giving President Barack Obama some authority within the continuing resolution to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS, according to several Republican lawmakers present at a Thursday morning members meeting.

No. 2 House Democrat Predicts Two-Part Vote on ISIS Request

Sept. 11, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday afternoon that he expects Congress will vote next week to grant President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution (Video)

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

Obama Calls House Appropriations Chairman, Asks for ISIS Authority in CR (Updated)

Sept. 10, 2014

Updated 4:45 p.m. | House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Wednesday that President Barack Obama not known for reaching out to Republicans personally called him Tuesday to ask that authority to take action against ISIS be added to the GOPs proposed continuing resolution.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the announcement during the afternoon vote series on Wednesday, saying the delay was needed to give members time to reach an agreement on whether to include Obama administration-requested language to aid Syrian rebels against terrorist insurgents operating under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

McCarthy said the delay was warranted "given the severity of the situation and the need for all members to properly evaluate" the issues.

In a Partisan Climate, 2 Lawmakers Try to Talk Past Climate Change

Sept. 10, 2014

Two House lawmakers are about to find out whether Congress can solve a problem precipitated, in part, by concerns over climate change without devolving into a fight over climate change.

Is Special GOP Conference Meeting an Early Sign of CR Discontent?

Sept. 10, 2014

House Republicans have announced a special conference meeting for Thursday, reportedly to address members questions about the White Houses strategy for taking on the Islamic State, the terror group in control of parts of Iraq and Syria.

Reid Warns of Government Shutdown Over Immigration

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, they're inviting a government shutdown.

"They have every right to do whatever they want legislatively. If they want to be the lead team of shutting down the government, that's what they're going to have to do," Reid said.

Reid Warns of Shutdown Showdown Over Immigration (Video)

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, theyre inviting a government shutdown.

Boehner Says House Will Wait to Hear Obama's ISIS Plan

Sept. 9, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner repeatedly refused to say Tuesday whether he supports more U.S. troops in the Middle East or if Congress should authorize military action against ISIS, telling reporters the House needs to hear from President Barack Obama.

Hoyer: Democrats Want 'Minimum' 5-Year Extension for Ex-Im Bank

Sept. 9, 2014

With the House looking more likely to include some reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in the text of a continuing resolution this week, the fight could now turn on the length of the extension.

September Congressional Agenda: Must-Pass Bills and Messaging Gambits

Sept. 8, 2014

With Congress back in town Monday after five weeks off, plenty of Republicans and Democrats have made it clear the sessions No. 1 priority is passing a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.

House GOP Plan for September: Shame the Senate

Sept. 3, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner outlined the September legislative agenda in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with House Republican lawmakers, describing a scheduled 12-day session that will be brief, but busy.

Cantor's New Gig Will Pay More Than $1M Per Year

Sept. 2, 2014

That didnt take long.

Top Judiciary Republicans Demand Answers on DACA Changes

Aug. 29, 2014

Top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary committees are asking the Obama administration to explain changes made this summer to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that they say loosen requirements and invite fraud.

In Marie Claire Profile, Jennifer Hing Dresses Up and Opens Up

Aug. 28, 2014

Jennifer Hing, the communications director for the House Appropriations Committee, is known around Capitol Hill for pairing stylish yet work-appropriate outfits with a practical pencil threaded through her ponytail or tucked behind one ear.

Armed Services Chairman Calls for Strategy to Combat ISIS

Aug. 27, 2014

More House lawmakers are warning President Barack Obama he needs to articulate a broader anti-terrorism strategy and consult with Congress on that plan before ramping up military action against anti-U.S. jihadists in northern Iraq and Syria.

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