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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 Draws, Then Smudges, Lines in Sand on Budget

Dec. 5, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants unemployment insurance legislation to be passed this year, but she sent conflicting signals Thursday about what Democrats’ demands would be.

Boehner: Budget and Farm Bill Deals Are Not Imminent

Dec. 5, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner tempered expectations for deals on the budget and the farm bill Thursday, saying neither issue appears to be poised for conclusion.

GOP Men Should Be 'a Little More Sensitive' to Women, Boehner Says

Dec. 5, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday responded to reports that the National Republican Campaign Committee is coaching male House GOP candidates on how to steer clear of allegations of sexism in elections against female challengers.

An ENDA Vote on the House Floor by the End of 2014?

Dec. 4, 2013

A bipartisan group of 10 House lawmakers is calling on Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring up legislation banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Boehner's New Immigration Policy Director Has Deep Experience on Overhaul Efforts

Dec. 3, 2013

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is taking on a new and formidable immigration policy director, a sign that he could be more serious about passing immigration legislation than his critics suggest.

Budget Deal Optimism Emanates From Top House Appropriator

Dec. 3, 2013

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Tuesday that he is “somewhat optimistic” that the members of a bipartisan, bicameral budget conference committee will deliver on a broad spending agreement by their Dec. 13 deadline.

Is a Budget Deal Close? Depends on Whom You Ask

Dec. 3, 2013

House Republican leadership’s decision to call the chamber back into session next Monday for legislative business — a change to the set 2013 congressional calendar — is sparking all kinds of speculation about what it might mean for fiscal 2014 budget prospects.

Could the Sympathy Card Help Trey Radel Keep His Job?

Dec. 2, 2013

Weeks after news of his cocaine bust broke, Rep. Trey Radel continues to cling to his seat in Congress in what could ultimately become a testament to the changing mores on Capitol Hill.

Ethics Committee Again Defers Investigation Into Grimm

Nov. 26, 2013

At the behest of the Justice Department, the House Ethics Committee will continue to put off launching a formal ethics probe into alleged misconduct by sophomore Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

Darrell Issa Letterhead Flub Wasn't First Hill Stationery Snafu — Not by a Long Shot

Nov. 22, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa’s name got inadvertently hijacked on Thursday by an outside group wanting to use the California Republican’s cache to boost fundraising numbers.

Congressional Black Caucus Cheers Senate Rules Change

Nov. 21, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was the man who made the call to “go nuclear” and change the chamber’s filibuster rules, but the Congressional Black Caucus gave the chamber a push with a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign.

Group Retracts 'Issa' Fundraising Letter

Nov. 21, 2013

Did a well-intentioned email seeking donations for a private veterans organization violate House rules?

CBC Amps Up Pressure on Reid to 'Go Nuclear'

Nov. 21, 2013

Senate Democrats are on the brink of going “nuclear” to block GOP filibusters of judicial nominees, and the Congressional Black Caucus stands ready to help.

House GOP Appropriators in a Budget Conference Pickle

Nov. 20, 2013

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol wonder if House Republicans would be able to pass a one-year continuing resolution that holds spending at the sequester levels of $967 billion, a number being pushed by hard-line conservatives who count among them Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Don't Expect Tom Cole — or Anyone Else — to Tip the Budget Conference

Nov. 20, 2013

Senate Democrats have floated the idea that the House-Senate Budget conference could reach an agreement if just one House Republican switched sides and signed off on a conference report, but don’t expect that to happen — the likeliest candidate, Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole, has no plans to do so.

Black Caucus Sees Race as Factor in Filibusters, Eyes Rules Change

Nov. 19, 2013

The Congressional Black Caucus is fed up with Republican filibusters of President Barack Obama’s nominees, which several black lawmakers said they believe are motivated in part by race.

9 Takeaways From Nancy Pelosi at 'BuzzFeed Brews'

Nov. 19, 2013

At a trendy bar in Northwest D.C., packed with thirsty interns looking for a free drink, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi submitted for nearly an hour of questioning from the Washington, D.C., bureau chief of BuzzFeed Politics, Roll Call alumnus John Stanton.

McConnell Stands By Sequester Level in House GOP Meeting

Nov. 19, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid a visit to the House Republican Conference’s weekly meeting Tuesday morning to reiterate his support for hanging tough on the $967 billion sequester spending level in negotiations with the Democrats.

CBC Chairwoman: Race a Factor in Filibusters

Nov. 18, 2013

Minutes after Senate Republicans blocked confirmation of an African-American judge to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, suggested that one of the motivators for the filibuster was his race.

Appropriators Chafe at Budget Stalemate

Nov. 18, 2013

Appropriators are growing ever more frustrated by the apparent stalemate in the bipartisan budget talks.

The 39 House Democrats Who Defied Obama's Veto Threat (Updated)

Nov. 15, 2013

Updated 4:04 p.m. | President Barack Obama vowed to veto legislation that would let insurers keep selling old policies to new customers, as well as revive them for existing customers for another year, but 39 Democrats defied him and their party leadership Friday and voted for the bill.

House Passes Upton's 'If You Like It' Obamacare Fix

Nov. 15, 2013

The House easily passed Republican legislation on Friday allowing insurers to keep offering old insurance plans for another year in response to President Barack Obama’s broken “if you like it, you can keep it” promise.

House Democrats Propose 'Landrieu-Lite' Obamacare Fix

Nov. 15, 2013

House Democrats are calling their fix for President Barack Obama’s unfulfilled “if you like it, you can keep it” insurance promise “Landrieu-Lite.”

Immigration Reform Will Happen 'Later Next Year,' Walden Says

Nov. 15, 2013

An immigration overhaul in the House isn’t dead, but it won’t happen this year, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee said Friday.

House Democrats Eye New 'If You Like It' Obamacare Fix (Updated)

Nov. 14, 2013

Updated 6:17 p.m. | House Democratic leaders, in a bid to keep frustrated rank-and-file members from supporting a Republican bill to remedy the White House’s broken “if you like it, you can keep it” promise, are mobilizing around a new legislative fix.

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