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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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Gutierrez Defends Calling Obama 'Deporter in Chief'

March 7, 2014

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez defended his characterization of President Barack Obama as “deporter in chief” during a conference call with immigration activists on Friday.

The 200th Woman Elected to House, McMorris Rodgers Works to Recruit More of Her Own

March 6, 2014

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers readily admits the GOP needs more gender diversity. The Washington Republican told CQ Roll Call recently in a wide-ranging interview she is working hard to help recruit strong women to run for Congress, and that she is excited by the 2014 field so far.

Black Caucus Brings Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa, Asks Boehner to Take His Gavel

March 6, 2014

The Congressional Black Caucus has brought a resolution to the floor condemning Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and has asked Speaker John A. Boehner to take his gavel after he cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings' microphone at a hearing on Wednesday.

On Thursday, flanked by CBC colleagues, Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, stood on the House floor to introduce a privileged resolution condemning Issa for the "offensive and disrespectful manner in which [he] conducted the hearing" and for "turn[ing] off the microphones of the ranking member while he was speaking and adjourn[ing] the hearing without a vote or a unanimous consent agreement."

House Votes to Table Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa

March 6, 2014

Hours after the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa, Republicans shelved it.

Congressional Black Caucus Brings Resolution Condemning Issa, Asks Boehner to Take His Gavel (Video) (Updated)

March 6, 2014

Updated 2:23 p.m. | The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus brought a resolution to the floor Thursday condemning Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and asked Speaker John A. Boehner to take his gavel, after Issa cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ microphone at a hearing Wednesday.

McMorris Rodgers Works to Rebuild, Rebrand Party Image, One Republican at a Time

March 6, 2014

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has two major goals: changing how Republicans sell themselves to the American people and how Americans view the Republican Party.

Issa, Cummings Feud Boils Over

March 5, 2014

The committee dustup between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking Democrat Elijah E. Cummings has Democrats and Republicans at each other’s throats and demanding apologies.

Pelosi-Hoyer Rivalry Flares Anew With Eshoo-Pallone Fight

March 4, 2014

The long-running leadership rivalry between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is flaring anew as the two Democrats take different sides in the fight over who will be the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

With Snow Delays, House Set for Shorter, Busier Week

March 3, 2014

The House was scheduled to vote over the next four days on no fewer than 12 bills and resolutions, including ones to overhaul national flood insurance, suspend for a year the individual mandate tax under Obamacare and revisit coal mining regulations.

Cantor and Hoyer Reunite to Push Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

March 3, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer are together again, jointly urging the Obama administration to take a hard line on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon while supporting the administration’s diplomatic effort.

Pelosi Ignites Caucus by Choosing Sides in Ranking Member Battle

Feb. 28, 2014

House Democrats could soon be at war.

Kevin Brady Challenging Paul Ryan for Ways and Means Chairmanship

Feb. 28, 2014

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan has said he wants the Ways and Means Committee gavel next year, but the Wisconsin Republican will face a challenge from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

Eshoo, Pallone Collect Endorsements in Race for Ranking Member

Feb. 27, 2014

Updated 2:06 p.m. | House Democrats won’t vote for the new ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee until after the midterm elections, but the two lawmakers vying for the slot have already begun courting colleagues and claiming supporters.

Flood Insurance Bill Goes Back to Rewrite

Feb. 26, 2014

Updated 1:29 p.m. | House Republican leaders announced Wednesday that a vote on a flood insurance bill would be put off until next week while members negotiate language that can pass the chamber.

Fate Uncertain for House Flood Insurance Bill (Updated)

Feb. 25, 2014

Updated: Feb. 25, 7:56 p.m. | The House is poised to vote this week on legislation to ease the burden on homeowners seeking affordable flood insurance, but the bill might not have the votes — on either side of the aisle.

Dingell Retirement Clears Way for Energy and Commerce Fight

Feb. 24, 2014

Rep. John D. Dingell’s retirement clears the way for a head-to-head battle between Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey and Anna G. Eshoo of California to ascend to the top slot of the Energy and Commerce Committee that Dingell held for decades.

Dave Camp to Unveil Tax Code Overhaul, Despite Long Odds

Feb. 19, 2014

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp appears determined to take one last stab at making good on his promise to pass an overhaul of the nation’s tax code by the end of the 113th Congress.

House Democrats Double Down on Populism

Feb. 18, 2014

House Democrats want to cast themselves as the populist superheroes of the 2014 election cycle, swooping in to defend the middle class against the villains of the GOP.

Democrats Challenge Obama on Deportations

Feb. 14, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Behind closed doors here Friday morning, President Barack Obama told House Democrats challenging his deportation policies that there are limits to his executive authority.

In Pep Talk, Biden Tells House Democrats 'There Isn't a Republican Party'

Feb. 14, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. bemoaned the state of the Republican Party on Friday morning as he delivered a pep talk for House Democrats struggling to maintain optimism heading into the midterm elections.

Obama Credits Democratic Unity for Debt Limit Victory

Feb. 14, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — President Barack Obama credited House Democrats’ party unity for getting Republican leaders to back off debt limit brinkmanship at the caucus’s annual retreat here.

Biden to Join Obama at House Democrats' Retreat

Feb. 13, 2014

Cambridge, Md. — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will rally House Democrats after all.

Steve Israel Gives Private Election Briefing at Democrats' Retreat

Feb. 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel on Thursday outlined his party’s path to reclaiming the House in November, a private presentation one Democratic aide called “honest, but optimistic” and Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., described as “cold, hard realism.”

Snow Forces Biden to Drop Out of Democratic Retreat

Feb. 13, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — First it was New York Times columnist Tom Friedman who bailed on the House Democratic retreat due to inclement weather forecasts; now it’s the vice president of the United States.

Lawmakers Ask Obama to Scale Back Pot Punishments (Video)

Feb. 12, 2014

House Democrats are seeking to amp up the pressure on President Barack Obama to use his now-infamous “phone and pen” to do more than just raise the minimum wage for federal workers: They want him to aid in the reclassification of marijuana.

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