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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 Prepared to Fight to Extend Unemployment Insurance, but Path to Victory Still Unclear

Dec. 23, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday condemned GOP leadership’s decision to skip town before passing an extension of emergency unemployment insurance, set to expire on Saturday.

The House Winner and Loser of the Year — and Other Notable Members' Highs and Lows

Dec. 23, 2013

At the end of the first session of the 113th Congress, it’s hard to call anybody much of a “winner,” as no one got close to everything they wanted. Republican leaders had an ambitious legislative agenda that was repeatedly squelched by a rebellious rank and file — or by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s circular file. Democrats hoped for more relevance, given the GOP leadership’s precarious grip on its conference, but Democratic “victories” were mainly a result of Republican meltdowns.

Radel Exits Rehab, Plans Return to Congress (Updated)

Dec. 19, 2013

Updated 6:53 p.m. | Rep. Trey Radel has left rehab and is ready to return to Capitol Hill, the Florida Republican announced in a news conference in his district office on Thursday night.

RSC Chairman to Obama: Fire John Podesta

Dec. 18, 2013

Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise is demanding that President Barack Obama fire his new counselor, John Podesta.

GOP Women's Group Will Admit Men in 2014

Dec. 18, 2013

In the last days of 2013, male House Republicans acknowledged publicly that their party needs an attitude adjustment when it comes to including and embracing women in politics and policymaking. Now, some will be joining the Republican Women’s Policy Committee, which was relaunched several months ago by Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, as the group seeks to boost its clout heading into 2014.

Ethics Committee Will Investigate Trey Radel

Dec. 16, 2013

The House Ethics Committee will launch a formal investigation into alleged misconduct by Rep. Trey Radel, the panel’s top Republican and Democrat announced Monday.

Most Blue Dogs Voted for Budget Deal — But Not a Key Leader

Dec. 13, 2013

The Blue Dog Coalition fired out a press release on Friday afternoon, boasting that its members “overwhelmingly supported” the bipartisan budget agreement the House passed on Thursday night.

Ryan Talks GOP Budget Friction, Boehner's Blowups on 'Meet the Press'

Dec. 13, 2013

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is choosing his words carefully when discussing the tenuous relationship between GOP lawmakers and conservative outside groups.

RSC Members Reflect on Paul Teller's Departure

Dec. 13, 2013

Dozens of prominent conservatives off Capitol Hill are rushing to the defense of Paul Teller, the longtime executive director of the Republican Study Committee who was fired on Wednesday.

Breaking Down the Budget Vote (Updated)

Dec. 12, 2013

Updated Dec. 13, 11:08 a.m. | With Speaker John A. Boehner in the chair, the House overwhelmingly passed the budget deal Thursday night in a bipartisan 332-94 vote.

House Passes Budget Deal

Dec. 12, 2013

The House passed a budget agreement Thursday night that, though modest, could fundamentally change how Capitol Hill functions for the remainder of the 113th Congress.

Boehner: Conservative Outside Groups 'Have Lost All Credibility'

Dec. 12, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner for the second day in a row used a news conference to air grievances against the conservative outside groups who have sought to strong-arm House Republicans into moving further to the right.

AEI Chief Looks to Forge the 'New Right'

Dec. 11, 2013

In August, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint was traveling through GOP-friendly districts, urging Congress to defund Obamacare. In April, DeMint’s counterpart at a rival conservative think tank was visiting the Dalai Lama.

Scalise Forces Top RSC Aide to Resign Over Leaks

Dec. 11, 2013

The longtime executive director of the conservative Republican Study Committee has been asked to resign by first-term Chairman Steve Scalise, R-La.

Boehner Blasts Groups Opposing Budget Deal

Dec. 11, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner appears to have had enough of outside groups trying to assert their influence on congressional affairs.

Boehner Willing to Extend Unemployment, For a Price

Dec. 11, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday he was willing to give President Barack Obama an extension of unemployment benefits, but not for free.

Little Evidence of Major GOP Revolt on Budget Deal

Dec. 11, 2013

There wasn’t much of evidence of a major revolt against the budget deal brewing among House Republicans Wednesday morning, despite some opposition from those in the party’s right wing to an increase in fees on air travel and letting up even a little on the sequester spending cuts.

Budget Deal Would Up Spending, Avert Another Government Shutdown

Dec. 10, 2013

Just in time for the holidays, Republicans and Democrats have reached a bipartisan budget deal that would avoid tax increases, shrink the sequester by $63 billion over the next two years and modestly lower the long-term deficit.

Moderates Pen Bipartisan Budget Letter Urging Deal

Dec. 10, 2013

Moderate Democrats and Republicans who banded together to seek bipartisan solutions to end the government shutdown appear to still be talking to each other, and they want the chief budget negotiators to know.

33 House Republicans Want a Sequester-Level CR, Just in Case

Dec. 10, 2013

Thirty-three conservative House Republicans — including one committee chairman — have signed onto a letter urging leadership to bring to the floor a “clean” one-year continuing resolution that funds the government at sequester levels.

Ellmers Responds to Criticism Over Comments on 'War on Women'

Dec. 9, 2013

Rep. Renee Ellmers remains defiant after Democrats slammed her over the weekend for calling the 2010 health care law the real “war on women.”

House to Take Up Resolution Honoring Mandela This Week

Dec. 9, 2013

Tight as the legislative calendar may be for the House’s last week in session before the holiday recess, Republican leadership is expected to carve out some time before Friday to bring up a resolution honoring the life of Nelson Mandela.

Biggest Part of Budget Deal May Be Having One at All

Dec. 9, 2013

As the contours of a potential two-year budget agreement have emerged in advance of a Friday deadline, those outside the talks are expressing displeasure with both sides — perhaps a sign that a deal really is close.

All Quiet on the Conference Front

Dec. 6, 2013

No news is, well, news, as Congress nears pressing deadlines to reach a budget deal and pass a farm bill — and there doesn’t appear to be an agreement for either one, at least before Monday.

Caucus Chairman Wants to 'Kick Butt' With New Website

Dec. 5, 2013

Even before Rep. Xavier Becerra ascended the congressional leadership ranks, the California Democrat wanted to have the best website on Capitol Hill.

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