Dec. 22, 2014

Emma Dumain

Bio:

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:

Reports: Indicted Congressman Expected to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion

Dec. 22, 2014

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to plead guilty in court to at least one of the 20 felony counts lodged against him, local news outlets reported Monday.

The Friday Before Christmas, a Quieter House

Dec. 19, 2014

Incoming Rep. Barry Loudermilk said he was surprised anybody at all was on Capitol Hill on Dec. 19, the last Friday before Christmas.

Defiant Pelosi Stands Firmly on Left

Dec. 15, 2014

Wide swaths of House Democrats have said they attribute Election Day losses to the caucus’s lack of a unified message, a strong pitch they can sell to voters and, above all else, a true sense their actions will match up with their rhetoric.

Incoming House Budget Chairman Hopes for Legislative Gains in New GOP Congress

Dec. 12, 2014

Rep. Tom Price might not have the same star power as Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

Breaking Down the 'Cromnibus' Vote (Updated)

Dec. 11, 2014

Updated 1:18 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12: The House passed the cromnibus Thursday night 219-206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill, and 67 Republicans and 139 Democrats voting against. While the vote was close, the breakdown split along familiar lines. But there were some interesting trends and deviations in the vote.

Obama, Hoyer Split With Pelosi on 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Dec. 11, 2014

Just hours from a government shutdown that everyone once insisted would never happen, House Democrats emerged from an emergency caucus meeting Thursday night much the same way they walked in: without a unified strategy.

Marlin Stutzman Claims He Was Hoodwinked

Dec. 11, 2014

After the “cromnibus” passed Thursday night, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., made the rather shocking claim that GOP leadership convinced him to vote for the rule allowing the bill to get to the floor by telling him they were pulling the bill anyway.

Nail-Biting Vote Moves 'Cromnibus' Closer to House Passage (Video)

Dec. 11, 2014

The product of hours and hours of hard-fought negotiations could be lost Thursday if House Democrats decide, just hours before the government is to due to shut down, to band together and rebuff a trillion-dollar federal spending bill over two so-called “poison pill” policy riders.

Pelosi: Members 'Blackmailed' on 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 11, 2014

In a scathing floor speech on the House floor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defied the White House's call to pass the "cromnibus," saying she was "enormously disappointed" with the administration's call to vote for the bill.

"I was so really heartbroken ... to see the taint that was placed on this valuable appropriations bill from on high," Pelosi said about the spending bill riders related to Wall Street regulation and political donation limits. "So here we are in the House, being blackmailed to vote for an appropriations bill ... this is a ransom, this is blackmail. You don't get a bill unless Wall Street gets its taxpayer coverage."

Nail-Biting Vote Moves 'Cromnibus' Closer to House Passage

Dec. 11, 2014

The product of hours and hours of hard-fought negotiations could be lost Thursday if House Democrats decide, just hours before the government is to due to shut down, to band together and rebuff a trillion-dollar federal spending bill over two so-called "poison pill" policy riders.

Every Democrat voted with 16 Republicans against the rule to advance the "cromnibus," with the GOP lawmakers voicing discontent over the lack of explicit language in the legislation to prohibit President Barack Obama from carrying out his executive orders on immigration.

At a certain point, the votes were tied. At the very end, Republican leaders pressured two members to vote "yes," bringing the final tally to 214-212.

Lacking Sufficient Support, House GOP Leaders Delay 'Cromnibus' Vote (Video)

Dec. 11, 2014

Updated 3:09 p.m. | Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the “cromnibus.”

Democrats' Discontent on 'Cromnibus' Bubbles to Surface

Dec. 10, 2014

As House Republican leaders try to shore up support for the “cromnibus” on their side of the aisle, it’s becoming less of a sure bet that House Democrats can be relied upon to make up for the shortfall if need be.

House Republicans Scattered on 'Cromnibus' Support

Dec. 10, 2014

Just hours after releasing the text of a 289,861-word, $1.013 trillion bill to fund the government, House GOP leaders stood before their members Wednesday morning to sell the plan.

Lawmakers Release Massive 'Cromnibus' 2 Days Ahead of Shutdown

Dec. 9, 2014

With roughly 51 hours left before the government runs out of cash, lawmakers released the text Tuesday night of a massive 289,861-word, $1.013 trillion bill to keep federal agencies running past Dec. 11.

Unknowns Abound on 'Cromnibus' — Even for Steny Hoyer

Dec. 9, 2014

All of Capitol Hill is watching and waiting for text of the so-called “cromnibus” to be revealed and the House’s No. 2 Democrat is no exception.

Cromnibus Stalling Behind Closed Doors (Updated)

Dec. 8, 2014

Updated 7:37 p.m. | With “cromnibus” negotiations bogging down in the House Monday, lawmakers pressing up against their self-imposed deadline were preparing a one- to two-day temporary spending bill that would fund the government until they resolve their differences.

Democrats Irrelevant? Don't Be So Sure, Pelosi Promises

Dec. 7, 2014

Nancy Pelosi insists she doesn’t gloat when House Republicans can’t shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it’s Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes.

Pelosi on Hillary: 'When She Runs, She Will Win'

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic about the 2016 presidential election, saying by then the country could see its first female president.

"Let me say this about Hillary [Rodham] Clinton: When she runs, she will win. And when she wins, she'll go to the White House as one of the most prepared people in modern history to go there," Pelosi said, stopping just short of an endorsement.

Pelosi: Democrats Won't Be 'Irrelevant' Next Year

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted she doesn't gloat when House Republicans can't shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it's Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes.

"I would rather they did the responsible thing so we wouldn’t have to bail them out every time," the California Democrat quipped of her GOP counterparts. "I don’t think anyone is irrelevant. We have leverage if they don’t have the votes," she said. "They have leverage because they know we will be responsible. And that allows them to be irresponsible to a certain extent."

Pelosi Warns GOP Against 'Destructive' Riders in Spending Bill

Dec. 5, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still keeping her powder dry when it comes to staking out a position on the House GOP's fiscal 2015 spending bill, due to be revealed on Monday.

The California Democrat said no policy riders currently on the negotiating table were "deal breakers" on their own.

"Let’s look at the full package," she said.

But the riders currently being discussed, she said, were cause for concern among members of her caucus.

Pelosi Warns GOP: Tread Carefully With 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Dec. 5, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still keeping her powder dry when it comes to staking out a position on the House GOP’s fiscal 2015 spending bill, due to be revealed on Monday.

House GOP Votes to Undermine Obama Executive Immigration Orders

Dec. 4, 2014

House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to disapprove of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Last-Ditch Push to Pass Marketplace Fairness Act in House Falls Short (Updated)

Dec. 3, 2014

Updated 6:19 p.m. | As House Republicans race against the clock to negotiate a government funding bill and a reauthorization of the Terrorist Risk Insurance Act, rank-and-file lawmakers lobbied leadership one last time to bring another piece of legislation on the floor before the year’s end: A bill that would boost the collection of sales tax on the Internet.

Benghazi Committee to Hold Second Public Hearing Dec. 10

Dec. 3, 2014

True to his word, Rep. Trey Gowdy will convene a public hearing of the Select Committee on Benghazi before the year’s end.

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