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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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Boehner Walks Back Immigration Comments (Video)

April 29, 2014

Updated 5:26 p.m. | John A. Boehner in a closed-door meeting with Republicans Tuesday morning apologized for comments over the recess that some in the GOP Conference perceived as mocking opponents of comprehensive immigration overhaul — and the speaker reassured lawmakers there is no conspiracy to bring up such a bill over their objections.

Boehner Mum on Grimm's Pursuit of Another Term

April 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner made his first public comments Tuesday on the indictment of Rep. Michael G. Grimm on fraud and tax evasion charges, telling reporters he thinks the New York Republican was right to resign his committee post.

Jury of Michael Grimm's Peers: Still Out

April 28, 2014

Michael G. Grimm had, by most accounts, a pretty bad day. But none of the newly indicted New York Republican’s House colleagues — Republican or Democrat — are calling for his resignation just yet.

GOP Leaders Could Hold the Key to Grimm's Political Fate

April 28, 2014

Updated, 6:34 p.m. | Republican leaders who had been confident six months before the midterms are now left evaluating how to handle the political fallout over Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the latest sitting member of Congress to say he’ll stick it out in office and run for re-election while battling a federal indictment.

Indicted Michael Grimm Calls Probe 'Political Witch Hunt,' Vows to Seek Re-Election This Fall

April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael G. Grimm told reporters on Monday afternoon that he would stay in office and run for a third term, delivering remarks outside a New York courthouse just hours after being indicted on 20 counts of misconduct.

Reports: Michael Grimm Arrested Monday

April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael G. Grimm surrendered to the FBI Monday morning to face federal fraud charges relating to a health food restaurant he owned prior to serving in Congress, The Washington Post and other news organizations are reporting.

Michael Grimm Indicted on 20 Counts (Updated)

April 28, 2014

Updated 12:50 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., was handed a 20-count indictment on Monday morning, relating to the health food store he owned and operated prior to his election to Congress in 2010.

Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Be Indicted (Updated)

April 25, 2014

Updated 7:36 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm is expected to be indicted on federal charges in New York, his attorney and a source familiar with the case confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

In Ranking Member Race, Follow the Money ... Spent on Others

April 25, 2014

In the campaign finance game, much hay is made over how much money a candidate can raise; in the race to be the next ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, however, it’s just as important how much money a candidate can spend on friends.

Eshoo Raises Money From Tech Industry Ahead of Ranking-Member Battle With Pallone

April 16, 2014

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo’s leadership political action committee raised $203,000 — mostly from high-tech and telecommunication firms — as she bids to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. It is the first leadership PAC of the California Democrat’s nearly 22-year congressional career. First-quarter numbers for Eshoo’s main rival for the post, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., were not yet available.

Boehner Leads Delegation to Afghanistan to Observe Presidential Elections

April 14, 2014

Updated 4:15 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner kicked off the two-week congressional recess with a visit to Afghanistan to observe the historic presidential election there.

Highway Bill Could Consume Petri's Last Months in Congress

April 11, 2014

Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, and he’s poised to go out with a legislative bang — or a whimper.

What You Missed: House Oversight Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

April 10, 2014

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Thursday to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

Black Congresswomen: Military Hair Rules Unfair to Black Servicewomen

April 10, 2014

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus want Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to rethink recently-revised Defense Department grooming standards that they say unfairly target hairstyles popular among female African-American soldiers.

House Oversight Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt (Video)

April 10, 2014

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Thursday to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

House Oversight Votes to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt

April 10, 2014

The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Thursday to hold ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

The vote, coming as Congress heads out of town for a two-week recess, is the latest chapter in a year-long probe that has sparked some of the fiercest partisan clashes among panel members in recent memory — from cutting off the ranking member’s microphone as he sought to speak to comparing the chairman to Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis.

House Republicans Ask Holder to Pursue Criminal Charges for Ex-IRS Official (Updated)

April 9, 2014

Updated 4:30 p.m. | The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday in support of launching a criminal investigation into the woman at the center of the IRS scandal — just one day before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is set to vote on holding Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

Republicans: Democrats Using Women as Pawns in Pay Debate

April 8, 2014

With the Senate poised to act this week on the gender pay gap, Republicans pushed back again Tuesday against the notion the GOP is waging a “war on women,” with GOP leaders accusing Democrats of using women as “pawns” to score political points.

Democrats Request CBO Analysis of Ryan Budget's Impact on Poverty

April 7, 2014

The latest Ryan budget is no more likely than its predecessors to become law. But as with those those earlier documents, this year’s spending blueprint is giving both parties plenty of election-year ammunition.

ENLIST Act Rebuffed by McKeon, But Denham Wants Immigration Amendment Vote in NDAA

April 4, 2014

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon said Friday afternoon there will be no pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants who serve in the military attached to this year’s defense spending bill.

With an Eye on the Party's Image, House GOP Puts Women Front and Center

April 4, 2014

There are 19 women in the House Republican Conference, and on Thursday, 11 of them came to the chamber floor in support of a bill they said was a woman’s issue at its core.

Gutierrez: Obama Ready to Halt Deportations With Executive Orders

April 4, 2014

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has given the White House six pages of recommendations on how the Obama administration might proceed with executive orders to curb deportations of illegal immigrants.

Denham Sees Defense Bill as Vehicle for ENLIST Act Immigration Vote (Updated)

April 3, 2014

Updated 4 p.m. | Rep. Jeff Denham wants a vote on his bill that would allow illegal immigrants brought to the country as children to gain permanent residence in the United States in exchange for military service — and he’s got a plan in the works.

Democrats Force Immigration Vote at Budget Hearing

April 2, 2014

Democrats Wednesday used a meeting intended to advance House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s spending blueprint to force Republicans into a symbolic vote on immigration reform.

Highest Ranking Latino in Congress, Xavier Becerra Comes Into His Own

April 1, 2014

Updated, April 2, 1:15 p.m. | In 2001, just shy of a decade in the House, Rep. Xavier Becerra suggested he was more of a policy wonk than a power broker.

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