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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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Congresswoman Wants Dobson to Apologize for Calling Obama 'Abortion President'

May 7, 2014

Dr. James Dobson should apologize for referring to President Barack Obama as “the abortion president” at last week’s National Day of Prayer, says Rep. Janice Hahn, who walked out of the event in protest.

Benghazi Committee: Democrats Warn Boehner About Partisan Makeup

May 6, 2014

The House’s top two Democrats are formally calling on Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to revisit the framework for setting up a special investigative committee on the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Cummings' Report: No White House Involvement in IRS Scandal

May 6, 2014

The White House never instructed the Internal Revenue Service to specifically target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to a report released on Tuesday at the behest of Maryland Democrat Elijah E. Cummings.

Export-Import Bank Issue Heating Up Among Conservatives, on and off Capitol Hill

May 5, 2014

Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips has a message for House Republicans: When the Export-Import Bank approaches its Sept. 30 expiration date, do nothing.

Congressional Scandals: From Craigslist Sex Solicitations to Jackson Memorabilia, a Well-Worn Path

May 2, 2014

Reps. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., are back at work in Washington, vowing not to let their respective scandals — the former was caught kissing a married staffer, the latter faces fraud and tax evasion charges — keep them from representing their districts.

Janice Hahn Walks Out of Prayer Gathering to Protest Dobson's 'Abortion President' Remarks

May 1, 2014

Rep. Janice Hahn just wanted to hear evangelist Billy Graham’s daughter speak at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer gathering on Capitol Hill, but she ended up storming out of the room before that portion of the program could get underway.

Pelosi on Benghazi: 'Why Aren't We Talking About Something Else?'

May 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wanted to talk about immigration and the minimum wage at her weekly press conference on Thursday morning – not what she called the newest Republican attack line on the State Department's response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Asked by reporters more than once about revelations that the White House withheld certain documents after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed all relevant e-mails on the matter, the California Democrat threw up her hands.

“Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi,” Pelosi said to reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday. “Why aren’t we talking about something else?”

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi: Pelosi Dismisses Email as GOP 'Subterfuge'

May 1, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wanted to talk about immigration and the minimum wage at her weekly press conference on Thursday morning — not what she called the newest Republican attack line on the State Department’s response to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Cantor to Meet With Grimm Wednesday

April 30, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will meet with recently-indicted Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., on Wednesday, a GOP leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

McAllister Rebuffs Cantor, Refuses to Resign

April 29, 2014

Rep. Vance McAllister quelled some of his kissing scandal by agreeing not to seek re-election in the fall.

Evangelicals Target House Republicans on Immigration Overhaul (Video)

April 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, reiterated Tuesday morning that he’d still like to see the House pass an immigration overhaul by the end of the year; on Tuesday afternoon, over 250 faith leaders set out to make sure that was indeed the case.

Boehner Mum on Grimm's Pursuit of Another Term

April 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner made his first public comments Tuesday on the indictment of Rep. Michael G. Grimm on fraud and tax evasion charges, telling reporters he thinks the New York Republican was right to resign his committee post.

Boehner Walks Back Immigration Comments (Video)

April 29, 2014

Updated 5:26 p.m. | John A. Boehner in a closed-door meeting with Republicans Tuesday morning apologized for comments over the recess that some in the GOP Conference perceived as mocking opponents of comprehensive immigration overhaul — and the speaker reassured lawmakers there is no conspiracy to bring up such a bill over their objections.

GOP Leaders Could Hold the Key to Grimm's Political Fate

April 28, 2014

Updated, 6:34 p.m. | Republican leaders who had been confident six months before the midterms are now left evaluating how to handle the political fallout over Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the latest sitting member of Congress to say he’ll stick it out in office and run for re-election while battling a federal indictment.

Indicted Michael Grimm Calls Probe 'Political Witch Hunt,' Vows to Seek Re-Election This Fall

April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael G. Grimm told reporters on Monday afternoon that he would stay in office and run for a third term, delivering remarks outside a New York courthouse just hours after being indicted on 20 counts of misconduct.

Jury of Michael Grimm's Peers: Still Out

April 28, 2014

Michael G. Grimm had, by most accounts, a pretty bad day. But none of the newly indicted New York Republican’s House colleagues — Republican or Democrat — are calling for his resignation just yet.

Michael Grimm Indicted on 20 Counts (Updated)

April 28, 2014

Updated 12:50 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., was handed a 20-count indictment on Monday morning, relating to the health food store he owned and operated prior to his election to Congress in 2010.

Reports: Michael Grimm Arrested Monday

April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael G. Grimm surrendered to the FBI Monday morning to face federal fraud charges relating to a health food restaurant he owned prior to serving in Congress, The Washington Post and other news organizations are reporting.

Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Be Indicted (Updated)

April 25, 2014

Updated 7:36 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm is expected to be indicted on federal charges in New York, his attorney and a source familiar with the case confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

In Ranking Member Race, Follow the Money ... Spent on Others

April 25, 2014

In the campaign finance game, much hay is made over how much money a candidate can raise; in the race to be the next ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, however, it’s just as important how much money a candidate can spend on friends.

Eshoo Raises Money From Tech Industry Ahead of Ranking-Member Battle With Pallone

April 16, 2014

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo’s leadership political action committee raised $203,000 — mostly from high-tech and telecommunication firms — as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the California Democrat’s nearly 22-year congressional career. First-quarter numbers for Eshoo’s main rival for the post, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., were not yet available.

Boehner Leads Delegation to Afghanistan to Observe Presidential Elections

April 14, 2014

Updated 4:15 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner kicked off the two-week congressional recess with a visit to Afghanistan to observe the historic presidential election there.

Highway Bill Could Consume Petri's Last Months in Congress

April 11, 2014

Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, and he’s poised to go out with a legislative bang — or a whimper.

Black Congresswomen: Military Hair Rules Unfair to Black Servicewomen

April 10, 2014

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus want Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to rethink recently-revised Defense Department grooming standards that they say unfairly target hairstyles popular among female African-American soldiers.

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