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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:

Ethics Committee to Investigate Chaka Fattah (Updated)

Aug. 3, 2015

Updated: 8:55 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee did its due diligence Monday evening.

CBC Chairman: Charges Against Chaka Fattah 'Very Serious'

July 30, 2015

Within 24 hours of being slapped with a 29-count indictment, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., voluntarily relinquished his ranking member position on an appropriations subcommittee and resigned as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board of Directors.

Chaka Fattah Case Could Get Awkward Fast for Democrats (Video)

July 29, 2015

Rep. Chaka Fattah has been under federal investigation for years, so for many of his colleagues the question was not whether an indictment would come, but when. But it could get awkward for Democrats in a hurry, as Fattah holds prominent positions within the party’s establishment and next year’s presidential nomination convention is being held in his native Philadelphia.

Pelosi Spokesman: Anti-Boehner Move Signifies GOP Dysfunction (Video)

July 29, 2015

Would House Democrats vote to remove John A. Boehner’s speaker gavel?

Republicans Enter Policing Debate With New Task Force

July 29, 2015

Republicans have, for the most part, avoided one of the thorniest debates roiling the country in recent months: How does the United States begin to address the crisis of people, often minorities, being killed in violent encounters with police?

Meadows Explains Effort to Overthrow Boehner

July 28, 2015

So why exactly did Rep. Mark Meadows offer a resolution to strip Speaker John A. Boehner of his gavel?

House GOP Threatens Contempt Vote for IRS Head

July 27, 2015

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is the latest Obama administration official House Republicans want fired — or, in Koskinen’s case, held in contempt of Congress, or even impeached.

On Highways and Ex-Im, House Watches Senate

July 27, 2015

This week, the House is expected to take up legislation to make new major executive branch rules contingent upon congressional approval, consider a bill to streamline “accountability” at the Department of Veterans Affairs and vote on a whole slew of suspensions.

Why Eric Swalwell Endorsed Martin O'Malley

July 27, 2015

When it comes to 2016 endorsements, House Democrats were, until just a couple of days ago, divided into two camps : Those who had publicly endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president and those who hadn’t.

Despite White House's Iran Blitz, Democrats Struggle With Backing Deal

July 24, 2015

House Democrats were briefed on the Iran nuclear deal Thursday afternoon by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Earnest J. Moniz, but many sounded as undecided when they came out as when they went in.

House GOP Leaders Frosty on Senate Highway Bill

July 22, 2015

As the Senate continues to work through a long-term highway bill, House Republicans and Democrats seem increasingly united on one thing: They’re not exactly enthusiastic about the legislation.

House GOP Appropriators Prepare for Sequester Showdown

July 22, 2015

House Republican leaders don’t want to be the first to flinch at Democrats’ calls to repeal sequester-level spending caps, but senior GOP appropriators emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday in agreement: Congress has to do something.

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is 'America's No. 1 Dumpster Fire'

July 22, 2015

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?

Texas Congresswoman to Trump: Have You No Decency?

July 21, 2015

Rep. Kay Granger has a reputation for telling it like she thinks it is, from colleagues who have “no business being in Congress” to fellow Texas Republicans who are “misbehaving” — but she usually does it quietly, preferring behind-the-scenes nudges to soundbite-ready shoves.

Panel Eyes Debate Over Confederate Symbols in Capitol

July 21, 2015

Could the House Administration Committee actually take up a resolution to take down the Mississippi state flag?

GOP Leader Cracks Door, Slightly, on Voting Rights Act

July 21, 2015

Last year, House Democrats saw ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a possible (if ultimately disappointing) ally in the fight to rewrite the Voting Rights Act for the 21st century.

Planned Parenthood Video Refuels GOP's Abortion Agenda

July 19, 2015

In undercover film footage of a Planned Parenthood official discussing in graphic detail how to preserve aborted fetal organs for medical research, anti-abortion Republicans hope they’ve finally found an opening to advance their agenda.

Lovenheim Joins Xavier Becerra as Communications Director

July 17, 2015

The House Democratic Caucus has a new communications director.

Return to Normal: Pelosi's Got Obama's Back on Iran (Video)

July 16, 2015

The House’s top Republican and Democrat switched normal roles during the “fast-track” debate, with President Barack Obama relying on the GOP, rather than his own party, to carry his trade package across the finish line.

Democrats Back Another Short-Term Highway Bill

July 15, 2015

See if this sounds familiar.

Planned Parenthood Video Spurs Probe on Fetal Tissue Sales (Video) (Updated)

July 15, 2015

Updated: 3:16 p.m. | Fueled by the emergence of a new undercover video showing a high-ranking Planned Parenthood official discussing logistics for donating organs and tissues of aborted fetuses, House Republicans are preparing to re-enter the fray of the abortion debate.

The One Republican Who Met With Hillary Clinton

July 15, 2015

While Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, had to settle for throwing rhetorical shots at Hillary Rodham Clinton from across the Capitol Tuesday — quipping, “I wonder if she brought her emails,” — Rep. Mia Love talked with Clinton directly, in the very same room.

Hillary Clinton Courts Congressional Democrats

July 14, 2015

Congressional Democrats got to hear from Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday — but perhaps most importantly, she got to hear from them.

On Capitol Hill, Hillary Clinton Enthusiastic About Iran Deal (Video)

July 14, 2015

Former secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton had already planned to spend Tuesday on Capitol Hill courting fellow Democrats, but the timing worked out so she had a platform to share her stance on the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, too.

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