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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 Backing 'If You Like It' Obamacare Fix (Updated)

Nov. 14, 2013

Updated 11:15 a.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi plans to endorse a legislative fix to remedy President Barack Obama’s broken “if you like it, you can keep it” promise — even as the president is set to announce his own plan for the health care law this morning, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

Democrats Fume at White House Over Affordable Care Act's Troubles

Nov. 13, 2013

A broken promise, plunging poll ratings and the disastrous start for HealthCare.gov have rattled President Barack Obama’s party, and the impatient rank and file want solutions, not just an apology, from the commander in chief.

House Democrats' Frustration With Obamacare Rollout Reaches Fever Pitch

Nov. 13, 2013

House Democrats emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday morning worn thin from arguing with White House officials over the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic Leaders Will Oppose Upton's Obamacare Bill

Nov. 12, 2013

The House Democratic leadership team is united in opposition to a bill that would block the cancellation of health insurance policies that don’t comport with the stricter standards of Obamacare.

Hoyer 'Not Closed' to Voting for Upton Obamacare Bill

Nov. 12, 2013

Just minutes before the White House slammed a House GOP bill aimed at President Barack Obama’s “if you like it, you can keep it” promise regarding health care plans, the No. 2 House Democrat said he was open to supporting the proposed change to the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats Face Dilemma on the Upton Obamacare Bill

Nov. 11, 2013

President Barack Obama’s “if you like it, you can keep it” promise has House Democrats facing a dilemma as they look ahead to a vote on Republican legislation to preserve existing health plans.

Club for Growth and Heritage Action Back Upton Obamacare Bill

Nov. 11, 2013

Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America have been sticklers for purity when it comes to Obamacare. Republican lawmakers, the conservative advocacy groups argue, should focus on repealing the entire 2010 health care law, not dismantling bits and pieces or making changes that inadvertently make the law better.

House Democratic Staffers to Huddle With White House on Health Care Law Fixes

Nov. 8, 2013

White House staff will huddle with Democratic aides on Friday to discuss administrative tweaks to the health care law that would allow individuals to keep their insurance policies even if those policies don’t meet some standards established by the law.

Levin: Camp's Actions 'Beneath the Ways and Means Committee'

Nov. 6, 2013

The top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee blistered the Republican chairman Wednesday for, in his words, turning the panel into “a tool for opposition research” while failing to pass any legislation to boost the economy.

House to Take Up Obamacare Fix Bill Next Week

Nov. 6, 2013

Energized by the woes of the early days of Obamacare implementation, House Republicans will return to Capitol Hill next week to pass another bill chipping away at what they consider a failing law.

Resolution to Impeach Holder Being Drafted, Yoho Says

Nov. 6, 2013

Some House Republicans are talking impeachment these days, but not of President Barack Obama. The scalp they’re looking for is that of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

A Conversation With Pete Sessions — 7 Outtakes

Nov. 6, 2013

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, sat down with your 218 hosts last week to talk shutdown policy, electoral politics, Eagle Scouts and bipartisan pie. It was an hour full of colorful anecdotes and noteworthy perspectives laid out against the backdrop of a roaring fire — but not everything could make it into our profile of the Rules Committee chairman.

Sessions Eyes Elections -- and Beyond

Nov. 5, 2013

As a two-term chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Pete Sessions has never been known for reaching across the aisle.

Paul Ryan Signals Conditional Support for ENDA

Nov. 5, 2013

Rep. Paul D. Ryan may be open to voting for legislation that would protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination in the workplace, CQ Roll Call has learned.

Boehner Under Bipartisan Pressure to Bring Up ENDA

Nov. 4, 2013

“Speaker Boehner, don’t stand on the wrong side of history” may be the the subject line of a House Democratic press release on gay rights legislation, but it’s also a message coming from some members of Speaker John A. Boehner’s own party.

Denham Leads GOP Immigration Crusade

Nov. 1, 2013

House Republicans, take note: If you’ve ever hinted that you’d support a pathway to legal status for the nation’s undocumented immigrants, chances are Jeff Denham has you on his list and is coming to find you.

Appropriators: Hurry Up and Get a Deal

Oct. 31, 2013

Republican and Democratic appropriators alike are telling budget conferees to get a deal on a topline spending number sooner rather than later.

House Democrats Will Not Face Ethics Investigation for Civil Disobedience

Oct. 31, 2013

The Ethics Committee will not conduct further inquiries into the eight House Democrats who were arrested for acts of civil disobedience at an immigration rally earlier this month.

Farm Bill Conference Faces Pre-Emptive Conservative Demands

Oct. 30, 2013

Farm bill conferees spent more than three hours on Wednesday promising to work with each to reauthorize crucial farm and food aid programs, but some House Republicans are already throwing up potential roadblocks to a House-Senate deal.

3 Republicans Sign Onto Democratic Immigration Bill

Oct. 30, 2013

Rep. David Valado is the third House Republican in four days to sign on to co-sponsor a Democratic comprehensive immigration bill.

Pelosi: Revenues Must Be on Table

Oct. 30, 2013

President Barack Obama may be willing to accept a deal that replaces part of the sequester without revenue, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed the idea Wednesday.

Hoyer Wants a 'Big Deal' on Budget, but Mum on Strategy

Oct. 29, 2013

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer expressed hope for a budget grand bargain on Tuesday, but he declined to tip off Republicans to the Democrats’ negotiating strategy on the eve of the first meeting of House and Senate budget conferees.

Hoyer: Obamacare Messaging Could Have Been More 'Precise'

Oct. 29, 2013

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday that President Barack Obama and Democrats could have been more “precise” in their messaging that the Affordable Care Act would not force Americans to give up their existing health insurance policies.

5 Democrats Target Obamacare Contractors in Website Flap

Oct. 28, 2013

A handful of House Democrats want the contractors responsible for HealthCare.gov to be held accountable for the failures of the Obamacare website.

Can Congress Get Back to Governing?

Oct. 25, 2013

Two pivotal conference committees could test the post-shutdown theory that now is the time for both parties and chambers to finally come to the table and resolve their differences.

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