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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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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.

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.

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.

GOP Leaders Will Block ENLIST Act on House Floor Next Week

May 16, 2014

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., promised earlier this year he would force a floor vote on legislation to create a legal status pathway for illegal immigrants who served in the military — but GOP leadership intends to thwart that plan.

House GOP Touts Water Bill as a Sign of Thriving, Post-Earmark World

May 16, 2014

Updated, May 17, 3:31 p.m. | The notion of passing a major infrastructure bill through the House and Senate without earmarks seemed, at first, unthinkable.

Immigration Overhaul Backed by Growing Number of Tea Partyers (Video)

May 14, 2014

Updated 5:11 p.m. | House Republican leaders are mum on a timetable for advancing immigration overhaul legislation and have so far been noncommittal on moving on the issue before the end of the 113th Congress.

If Conyers Leaves Congress, Fight for Top Judiciary Democrat Looms

May 14, 2014

If Rep. John Conyers Jr. can’t win re-election after he was ruled ineligible for the Democratic primary ballot Tuesday, it could set up a fight for the ranking member slot on the Judiciary Committee, with House Democrats already divided in an increasingly ugly showdown between two colleagues vying for their party’s top slot on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Tea Party Express Co-Founder Backs Immigration Overhaul Efforts

May 14, 2014

The co-founder of and chief strategist for one of the biggest tea party organizations is coming out in support of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, a bold statement that could energize advocates and alienate conservatives.

Bill Maher: Michael Grimm Has 'Likely Flipped Himself' on #FlipaDistrict

May 13, 2014

Bill Maher might be giving up on “flipping” Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s district.

Catholic Bishops Set to Lobby Lawmakers on Immigration Overhaul

May 12, 2014

Faith leaders are ramping up their lobbying of lawmakers, pushing them to pass an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws as the window is rapidly closing for the House to act this year.

Pelosi Wants Meeting on Benghazi Committee Rules With Boehner

May 9, 2014

Updated 4 p.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats will decide whether to participate in the newly formed House Benghazi committee once she’s met with Speaker John A. Boehner to discuss concerns that control of the panel is tilted too heavily toward the Republican majority.

Boehner Names Republicans to Benghazi Committee

May 9, 2014

As Democrats mull whether to participate in the special committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, Speaker John A. Boehner announced the GOP slate from the House floor on Friday afternoon.

The Ohio Republican read off the names of the selected members before a chamber hushed in anticipation.

The appointees are Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama and Susan Brooks of Indiana. Boehner named Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as the chairman-designate earlier this week.

Boehner Satisfies Many Constituencies With Benghazi Panel Picks (Video)

May 9, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday announced the Republicans who will serve on the special committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Dozens of Democrats Defect, Join GOP on Research Tax Cut

May 9, 2014

Scores of Democrats rebuffed the White House and their own leadership on Friday, voting for a bill to permanently extend a tax cut encouraging companies to invest in research and development.

Democrats Still Undecided on Benghazi Committee Response

May 9, 2014

Despite several private meetings on the issue, House Democrats remained undecided Friday morning about how to respond to the GOP’s special investigative committee formed to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Democrats Consider Naming Just One Member to Benghazi Committee

May 8, 2014

House Democrats are considering naming just one person to the special committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, a move that would serve as a symbolic protest of the panel’s creation, but would also allow Democrats access to information obtained by committee Republicans.

Boehner: No Comment on NRCC Fundraising on Benghazi

May 8, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio refused to answer whether it is appropriate that Republicans are fundraising off of their efforts to empanel a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

When asked three times at his weekly press conference Thursday about the National Republican Congressional Committee's fundraising solicitations, Boehner demurred, each time skirting the question by giving a variation of the following:

“Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones. Period,” he said.

Boehner also said he hopes Democrats will participate.

“I had a conversation with the minority leader yesterday and made clear that this is a serious investigation, that we wanted to work together to get to the truth."

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