April 19, 2014

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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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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Maher Continues to Bait Grimm, Farenthold for #FlipaDistrict

March 31, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher still wants to #flipadistrict from Republican to Democrat, and on his HBO show on March 28, he continued to lambast two of his GOP targets: New York’s Michael G. Grimm and Texas’s Blake Farenthold.

Ryan Budget Slated for Wednesday Markup

March 31, 2014

Get ready: The new Ryan Budget is coming soon to a committee markup near you.

House Democrats to Try and Force Floor Vote on Immigration Overhaul

March 25, 2014

House Democrats are poised to offer their third discharge petition of 2014 Wednesday, this one to force a floor vote on an immigration overhaul bill.

Tax Reform to Start With Baby Steps in the House

March 24, 2014

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp is pushing ahead with an incremental approach on tax reform for now.

Maher's Audience Targets Grimm, Farenthold

March 24, 2014

The first round of votes has come in: Reps. Michael G. Grimm of New York and Blake Farenthold of Texas are “fan favorites” — to be ousted from office in November.

Pelosi Brings George Miller Back to the Steering and Policy Committee

March 24, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is reinstalling fellow California Democrat George Miller as co-chairman of the Steering and Policy Committee, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Monday evening.

Mullin Facing Ethics Inquiry for Plumbing Business Ties

March 24, 2014

Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., might have collected outside earnings in 2013 that exceeded the cap for sitting members of Congress as he maintained a relationship with his business that he was supposed to largely sever upon being elected to office, the House Ethics Committee divulged on Monday.

New Bipartisan Ukraine Sanctions Bill Introduced — Without IMF Language (Updated)

March 21, 2014

Updated 2:06 p.m. | A House bill introduced Friday imposing sanctions on Russia and providing economic aid to Ukraine would closely mirror legislation up for consideration in the Senate next week — but without language sought by the White House that would open the spigots for International Monetary Fund loans.

House Ethics Reviewing Gutierrez Contract With Illinois Lobbyist (Updated)

March 20, 2014

Updated 5:10 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee is reviewing alleged violations by Illinois Democrat and leading immigration overhaul advocate Luis V. Gutiérrez, the bipartisan panel announced in a statement Thursday.

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