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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:

Boehner: Dempsey, Hagel 'Naive' on Bergdahl Exchange

June 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner blasted President Barack Obama on Thursday for "making deals with terrorists" and "taking a nap" on Iraq.

Reiterating his position that the swap of five Taliban prisoners in the Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, prison for the safe return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would make America less safe, Boehner said that the "new Obama Doctrine is making deals with terrorists" while adding both Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsy were "dead wrong" in signing off on the exchange.

Paul Ryan Endorses McCarthy for Majority Leader

June 12, 2014

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is quickly sweeping up endorsements a week ahead of elections to succeed outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Boehner Refuses to Endorse Cantor Successor

June 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner refused to analyze Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat on Tuesday saying "every election is different."

He also wouldn't make an endorsement for who should replace Cantor, R-Va., as the No. 2 member of the House GOP.

"Members are going to make this decision," Boehner said, adding that he can "work with anyone" who might get the job — whether it's current Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, or perhaps even Idaho Republican Raúl R. Labrador.

Pelosi on Cantor Exit: 'It's a Whole New Ballgame'

June 12, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pretended to hold a baseball at the microphones on Thursday morning during her weekly press conference, reiterating her characterization of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Tuesday primary defeat as creating "a whole new ballgame."

The California Democrat said she's hopeful the House can tackle issues like an immigration overhaul, despite concerns that Cantor's departure will drive House Republicans further to the right, making compromise less likely.

"Under the current leadership in the Republican side, we've had a shutdown of government, we have not passed immigration, we have not passed the Voting Rights Act which has always been bipartisan," Pelosi said. "I don't know how things can get worse than the obstruction that is already here."

Deflecting Cantor Chatter, Boehner Blasts Obama on Iraq, Bergdahl, Immigration (Video)

June 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner refused to analyze Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary defeat on Tuesday — instead blasting President Barack Obama for “making deals with terrorists” and “taking a nap” on Iraq.

Pelosi Hopeful as Cantor Exits: 'Whole New Ballgame' (Video)

June 12, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pretended to hold a baseball at the microphones on Thursday morning during her weekly press conference, reiterating her characterization of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Tuesday primary defeat as creating “a whole new ballgame.”

Immigration Overhaul Prospects Dim in Wake of Cantor's Defeat (Video)

June 11, 2014

The jury’s still out on whether Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary Tuesday night because he was perceived by voters to be in support of rewriting the country’s immigration laws.

Boehner Statement on Cantor's Defeat

June 10, 2014

House GOP leaders weren’t expecting Majority Leader Eric Cantor to lose his primary Tuesday night against Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat, so nobody had statements ready when the race was called shortly after 8 p.m.

Brat Takes Center Stage After Surprising Win Over Cantor

June 10, 2014

David Brat, who pulled off a stunning — and convincing — win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary Tuesday night, has been flying under the media radar for much of the campaign.

GOP, White House Tout Opposing Highway Proposals

June 10, 2014

With only two months before a crucial fund for highway projects nationwide is tapped, House Republicans and the White House touted dueling plans Tuesday aimed at avoiding a late-July construction shutdown.

Eric Cantor's Defeat Was in the Immigration Tea Leaves (Video)

June 10, 2014

Many immigration advocates thought Eric Cantor’s expected primary victory against his challenger opposed to an immigration overhaul would embolden the House majority leader to put an immigration bill on the floor this summer.

House Republicans Stress Concerns Over Bergdahl, Prisoner Swap

June 9, 2014

House Republicans made one thing clear Monday evening: They would not soon abandon calls for congressional oversight into the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Guantánamo Bay Taliban prisoners for U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl.

Levin Keeps Up the Pressure for an Unemployment Extension

June 9, 2014

Rep. Sander M. Levin isn’t giving up on an unemployment extension.

What's Next for Pot in Congress?

June 9, 2014

Activists cheered a House vote last month to bar the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. It was a watershed moment for pro-marijuana advocates — and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — who have been waiting for years for Congress to take an affirmative up-or-down vote on any related issue.

Goodlatte Warns Deportation Changes Hurt Immigration Overhaul Prospects

June 5, 2014

The powerful chairman of a committee dealing with immigration legislation is not happy about the Obama administration’s changes to a program for so-called DREAMers.

Activists Target House Members Who Oppose Medical Marijuana

June 5, 2014

Advocates for expanding access to medical marijuana plan to turn up the pressure on members of Congress who aren’t supporting their cause.

House GOP Leaders Call for Obama to Be Active in Fixing VA System

June 4, 2014

The top four House Republicans sent President Barack Obama a letter on Wednesday morning, making requests and seeking solutions in the aftermath of the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

GOP Leaders: Cut Saturday Mail Service to Pay for Roads

June 2, 2014

There were plenty of bipartisan hallelujahs with last month’s House passage of a water resources and infrastructure bill — enough so that Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is now cautiously optimistic about passing a highway bill this summer.

House Marijuana Votes Earn Backing of Rare Bipartisan Coalition (Video)

May 30, 2014

In a series of late-night votes that marijuana-rights advocates say reflect a nation’s changing attitudes, the Republican-controlled House moved early Friday to block the federal government from interfering with state laws on pot and hemp.

Steve Israel Becomes First House Democratic Leader to Call for Shinseki's Resignation

May 29, 2014

Rep. Steve Israel of New York is the first member of House Democratic leadership to call for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Homeland Security Secretary Faces GOP Ire on Immigration

May 29, 2014

At one point during an hours-long House Judiciary hearing on Thursday, Illinois Democrat Luis V. Gutiérrez called President Barack Obama’s recent decision to hold off on taking executive action to curb deportations a “grand gesture” of his willingness to give Republicans more time to advance immigration legislation on their own.

On Immigration, the Pressure Mounts for Eric Cantor

May 28, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — Political forces from the left and the right gathered at the Virginia state Capitol Wednesday with a shared objective: Ratchet up the immigration pressure on Eric Cantor.

Isla Vista Shooting Prompts Consideration of Mental Health Bills

May 27, 2014

Mental health bills are getting a fresh look after the Isla Vista massacre, with lawmakers in both chambers and both parties pushing Congress to act.

Ethics Committee Decides to Investigate Grimm, Then Waits

May 23, 2014

The House Ethics Committee announced it established a special subcommittee to investigate Rep. Michael G. Grimm, already under federal indictment for allegations of misconduct, but the subcommittee members unanimously voted to wait as the Feds pursue the case against the New York Republican.

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.

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