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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:

Confederate Flap Imperils GOP Goal to Finish Spending Bills by August

July 13, 2015

Last week’s messy fight over Confederate flag amendments to the Interior-Environment spending measure — which culminated in pulling the bill from the House floor — has thrown the legislative calendar into flux.

Cantor v. Brat: The Fight Continues

July 11, 2015

Eric Cantor might have lost the battle — but he could still win the war.

House Confederate Flag Battle Not Over

July 10, 2015

After a long day fighting over the Confederate battle flag, it is unclear where the issue might flare up next for the House of Representatives.

Confederate Flag Fiasco: Who Signed Off on the Calvert Amendment? (Updated)

July 10, 2015

Updated: 10:45 a.m. | They may be referring to it as the “Calvert amendment,” but House Democrats and Republicans agree: Whatever prompted Rep. Ken Calvert to come to the floor late Wednesday night to offer an amendment to reverse an earlier vote to ban Confederate flags at federal cemeteries, it wasn’t the California Republican’s idea.

Lawmakers on Both Sides Scramble on Confederate Flag (Video) (Updated)

July 9, 2015

Updated 5:01 p.m. | “They pulled the bill!”

Hoyer Makes a New 'Make It In America' Agenda

July 9, 2015

House Democrats are looking many places for a message to carry the 2016 election cycle. One place they might find it is in Steny H. Hoyer’s jobs agenda.

GOP Rewrite of 'No Child' Passes on Second Try

July 8, 2015

The House passed an education overhaul bill on Wednesday night — barely.

Clinton to Meet With 'Tri-Caucus' Members on Capitol Hill

July 7, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to her old stomping grounds on Capitol Hill next week for the first time since declaring her candidacy for president.

Republicans Set to Try Again With Education Overhaul

July 6, 2015

In late February, House conservatives were revolting on two different fronts: They didn’t want to fund the Department of Homeland Security without language blocking President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration, and they didn’t want to replace the No Child Left Behind education law without provisions giving more autonomy to states.

Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List (Updated)

July 2, 2015

Updated: Aug. 26, 2:21 p.m. | It’s a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller — but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they’re backing.

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

July 1, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill, and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary’s consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Zombie Bank: Why Killing Ex-Im Doesn't Mean It's Dead

June 30, 2015

With only hours to go before the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires for the first time in its 81-year history, lawmakers who support the agency are pointing fingers at the base of opposition — but not sounding the alarm bells of imminent catastrophe.

How One House Democrat Helped Save Trade for Obama

June 26, 2015

At midday Thursday, there was a gathering in Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s members’ lounge off Statuary Hall to toast House passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance, the last piece of a legislative package giving Trade Promotion Authority to President Barack Obama.

One Lawmaker's Supreme Court Gloom Is Another's ACA Joy

June 25, 2015

Thursday’s weekly leadership news conferences, coming in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling to uphold subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, were studies in contrast: One one side was a somber John A. Boehner, vowing to keep fighting, on the other, an ecstatic Nancy Pelosi, celebrating the affirmation of her signature legislative achievement.

Buck Fundraises Off Attempts to Oust Him as Class President

June 25, 2015

Rep. Ken Buck learned Thursday morning he could keep his slot as freshman class president, but the Colorado Republican is still calling in the reinforcements.

House Sends Trade Adjustment Assistance to President's Desk

June 25, 2015

The House did Thursday what two weeks ago might have seemed impossible: Cleared for President Barack Obama the second and third of four necessary components to his ambitious and contentious trade agenda.

Obama Gets Trade Win: Democrats Give In on TAA

June 24, 2015

“It’s over.”

Democrat Wants Vote to Nix Mississippi State Flag at U.S. Capitol (Updated)

June 24, 2015

Updated 5:44 p.m. | After last week’s shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted South Carolina’s public officials at the highest levels to demand the Confederate flag at the state capitol be taken down, Rep. Bennie Thompson hopes such calls will lead to a meaningful re-evaluation of his state’s flag, too.

Friday Votes Canceled in Deference to Charleston Funerals (Updated)

June 23, 2015

Updated: 4:50 p.m. | House GOP leaders announced Tuesday afternoon they would end the week’s legislative business Thursday in an effort to allow members more time to travel to Charleston, S.C., to participate in funeral proceedings for the nine victims of last week’s church massacre.

House Poised to Let Ex-Im Bank Charter Expire

June 22, 2015

The House will consider its seventh appropriations bill of the year this week — one to fund the Interior Department and related activities — and possibly more legislation related to trade in the event the Senate keeps to its schedule.

Conservatives Fume Over Leadership's Crackdown on Rebels

June 22, 2015

The punishment from GOP leadership over a procedural vote didn’t start with Mark Meadows — and it might not end with him either.

House Passes Trade Promotion Authority Bill (Updated) (Video)

June 18, 2015

Updated 3:22 p.m. | The House narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority Thursday — the first step of many to resurrect President Barack Obama’s trade agenda after his own party torpedoed a combined bill last week.

Lawmakers Mourn Charleston Church Shooting

June 18, 2015

Lawmakers on Wednesday night were winding down from the White House summer picnic and strategizing on a looming trade vote when news broke of a tragic shooting in Charleston, S.C.

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?”

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