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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:

CBC Chairman Concerned Trade Maneuvers Imperil Africa Pact

June 17, 2015

Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation could be a casualty of efforts to stymie Trade Promotion Authority; now, some members fear the long-heralded African Growth and Opportunity Act could fall to the wayside, too.

War on Islamic State Finally Gets House Floor Debate

June 17, 2015

Three House lawmakers wanted a robust debate on whether there should be boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

House Prepares for TPA Re-Vote (Updated) (Video)

June 17, 2015

Updated: 5:51 p.m. | The House is set to vote Thursday on Trade Promotion Authority, with GOP leaders employing procedural maneuvers and indirect promises to make sure the bill eventually gets signed into law.

Bipartisan Duo: Use 'Queen of the Hill' for Highway Bill

June 17, 2015

Remember when House Republican leaders solved their budget resolution woes by bringing a number of options to the floor under a quirky procedural maneuver where “winner takes all?”

How Republicans Could Get Obama Trade Promotion Authority (Video)

June 16, 2015

House Republican leaders are mulling their options for forcing a vote on Trade Promotion Authority while saving reconsideration of Trade Adjustment Assistance for another day.

Diaz-Balart Gumming Up Obama's Cuba Thaw Plans

June 16, 2015

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is not a quiet man. The gregarious Florida Republican, known for sudden eruptions of laughter and dramatic gesticulations, is hard to miss in a crowd. But when it comes to legislating, the seven-term lawmaker blends in, working methodically, usually behind the scenes, to put his stamp on policy.

Pro-Trade Democrats Welcome More Time to Make Their Case (Updated)

June 16, 2015

Updated: 2:23 p.m. | Four days after House Democrats sank the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill necessary to advance Trade Promotion Authority legislation, lawmakers on both sides of the trade debate have different takes on what happened — and what comes next.

Deadline for TAA Do-Over Vote Extended to July 30 (Updated)

June 15, 2015

Updated 10:08 a.m. | It looks like there might not be action this week after all to move President Barack Obama’s trade agenda.

White House Officials to Meet With Pro-Trade Democrats Tuesday

June 15, 2015

President Barack Obama and his team made a rare trip to Capitol Hill last week to personally lobby for help from House Democrats on his trade agenda. On Tuesday, top administration advisers from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will return to the halls of Congress — though this time they’ll be meeting with a more select, and sympathetic, audience.

Hastert Portrait Still Looms In Capitol

June 15, 2015

The lurid charges levied against J. Dennis Hastert have sent chills through lawmakers who know the former House speaker — but Republican leaders have remained largely silent on what, if anything, Congress should do in response.

President Gets Weekend to Swing Democrats on Trade Deal (Video)

June 12, 2015

The House will take a second crack at passing Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation early next week, after giving President Barack Obama and pro-trade Democrats the weekend to flip some of the party’s 144 “no’s.”

Rebuffing Obama, Pelosi and Democrats Scuttle Trade Deal (Video)

June 12, 2015

Despite an eleventh-hour plea from President Barack Obama, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats turned their backs on the White House Friday and blocked the chamber from advancing — for now — the administration’s trade agenda.

Obama Hits the Hill to Lobby Democrats on Trade (Video) (Updated)

June 12, 2015

Updated 1:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama made a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill Friday morning to deliver one more plea to fellow Democrats to advance his trade agenda.

Democrats Weigh Sinking the Trade Deal With TAA (Video)

June 11, 2015

Democrats described the situation as “fluid,” but for advocates of the package of trade bills backed by the president and a fragile bipartisan coalition of House members, it was more like “dire.”

Trade Rule Passes Despite Conservative Mutiny

June 11, 2015

Plans to vote Friday on Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance could still fall through, but the House is moving ahead on a multi-pronged strategy to send the measures to the president’s desk by the week’s end.

House GOP Ready to Move on Trade; Democratic Concerns Linger (Video)

June 11, 2015

Updated: 11:50 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared late Wednesday night to have cleared an impasse preventing the House from moving forward on a package of trade bills and giving President Barack Obama long-sought Trade Promotion Authority.

Medicare Dispute Could Derail Friday Trade Votes

June 10, 2015

A lingering dispute over language regarding Medicare cuts could delay House Republican leaders’ plan to put a package of four trade bills related to Trade Promotion Authority on the floor Friday.

Trade Bills Filed With Rules; Possible Votes Friday (Updated)

June 10, 2015

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Young at Heart: Alaska Congressman Remarries at Capitol

June 9, 2015

Rep. Don Young — Alaska Republican, former tugboat captain, collector of walrus penis bones and hopeless romantic — celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, as well as love.

TPA Could Be Litmus Vote for Possible Pelosi Successor

June 9, 2015

Updated: 4:46 p.m. | There’s no guarantee this is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s last term in office but should she retire in 2016, House Democrats will be using plenty of metrics to pick her successor — and the upcoming trade vote could be one of them.

'Fast-Track' Trade Fight Nears Crucial House Vote

June 9, 2015

Backers of “fast-track” legislation in both parties have enough confidence in Trade Promotion Authority’s likelihood of passing the House to talk about a possible vote later this week.

Pallone Seeks Balance Between Deal-Making, Party Messaging

June 9, 2015

Several months after winning a competitive race to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. wants to downplay the drama.

White House, Team Boehner Trade Barbs on Cybersecurity (Video)

June 5, 2015

The White House says Congress hasn’t “done a single thing” to stop cyberattacks; House GOP leadership begs to differ.

Former Sheriff Poised to Be GOP Point Person on Policing

June 4, 2015

Who do House Republican leaders call when the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill is on thin ice and the party’s susceptible to critiques it doesn’t care about police-civilian clashes occurring nationwide?

Democrats Frustrated by Unions' Cash Freeze Over 'Fast Track'

June 4, 2015

One of Democrats’ best team players on the campaign finance front is playing hardball this cycle, withholding campaign cash over a package of trade bills being debated in Congress.

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