Sept. 23, 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:

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Sept. 22, 2014

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days — translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner.

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

Sept. 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has said he won’t make sweeping changes to immigration policy until after the midterm elections in order to protect vulnerable Democrats in tight races, but House Republicans don’t want to wait to see what the president has up his sleeve.

Former Congressman Speaks Publicly of Son's Suicide

Sept. 18, 2014

Former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, but not in his capacity as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, or for any business connected to his Miami-based consulting firm.

The Florida Republican who retired from the House in 2010, instead, came to testify at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing "to examine federal efforts on suicide prevention."

Diaz-Balart — whose brother, Rep. Mario-Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., still serves in office — appeared before the panel to speak, for the first time in public, about the May 2013 suicide of his son, Lincoln Gabriel, who was then 29-years-old.

Pelosi Pens Second Endorsement Letter for Eshoo

Sept. 18, 2014

Nancy Pelosi is making another play for her fellow Californian and close friend, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, to be ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Energy and Commerce Race Heats Up as Election Nears

Sept. 18, 2014

After a quiet couple of months, the race to be the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee is heating up again.

Party Like it's 1994: Gingrich, DeLay Reunite With 'Greatest Class'

Sept. 18, 2014

While most of Congress trekked down Pennsylvania Avenue Wednesday night to the annual White House picnic, a select group of current and former members took a trip down Memory Lane instead, converging on the Hill to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic House GOP class of 1994.

Pelosi Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes'

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders aren't whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used her regularly-scheduled Wednesday morning news conference to make an impassioned case for members to support their president.

"I don't know how the vote will turn out," the California Democrat said. "It's not a vote we whip. We just don't whip war votes. But I do think that, as members weigh the factors, that they will, I think, give points to the president for all that he has done, diplomatically, politically, humanitarian-wise and ask for this distinct piece."

Pelosi Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes' (Video)

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders aren’t whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Parties' Shared Benghazi Goals: Win the Hearings, Control the Narrative

Sept. 17, 2014

Reps. Trey Gowdy and Elijah E. Cummings say they don’t want the Select Committee on Benghazi to be driven by partisanship, and both have made overtures over the past four months to prove they mean it.

Bipartisan Bloc Coalesces Behind CR, Syrian Rebels Amendment

Sept. 16, 2014

Despite lingering reservations on both sides of the aisle, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats is coming together behind proposals to arm Syrian rebels and fund the government beyond Sept. 30.

Path Forward on CR, Title 10 Authority Starts to Crystalize

Sept. 15, 2014

After postponing consideration last week of a stop-gap spending measure to fund the government past Sept. 30, House GOP leaders are poised in the days ahead to bring that same piece of legislation to the floor.

Gingrich, DeLay and Republicans of '94 to Reunite on Capitol Hill

Sept. 15, 2014

Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay had a rocky relationship when they served together in House GOP leadership nearly two decades ago.

Hoyer: Give McCarthy and Scalise 'Benefit of the Doubt' on Leadership Process

Sept. 12, 2014

The House’s inability to pass an emergency border funding bill last month left critics on both sides of the aisle wondering whether the new members of the GOP leadership team, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, can bring order to an unruly conference

House GOP ISIS and CR Strategy Still in Flux

Sept. 11, 2014

House GOP leaders are advocating for giving President Barack Obama some authority within the continuing resolution to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS, according to several Republican lawmakers present at a Thursday morning members’ meeting.

No. 2 House Democrat Predicts Two-Part Vote on ISIS Request

Sept. 11, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday afternoon that he expects Congress will vote next week to grant President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS.

Obama Calls House Appropriations Chairman, Asks for ISIS Authority in CR (Updated)

Sept. 10, 2014

Updated 4:45 p.m. | House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Wednesday that President Barack Obama — not known for reaching out to Republicans personally — called him Tuesday to ask that authority to take action against ISIS be added to the GOP’s proposed continuing resolution.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the announcement during the afternoon vote series on Wednesday, saying the delay was needed to give members time to reach an agreement on whether to include Obama administration-requested language to aid Syrian rebels against terrorist insurgents operating under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

McCarthy said the delay was warranted "given the severity of the situation and the need for all members to properly evaluate" the issues.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution (Video)

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

In a Partisan Climate, 2 Lawmakers Try to Talk Past Climate Change

Sept. 10, 2014

Two House lawmakers are about to find out whether Congress can solve a problem precipitated, in part, by concerns over climate change — without devolving into a fight over climate change.

Is Special GOP Conference Meeting an Early Sign of CR Discontent?

Sept. 10, 2014

House Republicans have announced a special conference meeting for Thursday, reportedly to address members’ questions about the White House’s strategy for taking on the Islamic State, the terror group in control of parts of Iraq and Syria.

Reid Warns of Shutdown Showdown Over Immigration (Video)

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, they’re inviting a government shutdown.

Reid Warns of Government Shutdown Over Immigration

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, they're inviting a government shutdown.

"They have every right to do whatever they want legislatively. If they want to be the lead team of shutting down the government, that's what they're going to have to do," Reid said.

Boehner Says House Will Wait to Hear Obama's ISIS Plan

Sept. 9, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner repeatedly refused to say Tuesday whether he supports more U.S. troops in the Middle East or if Congress should authorize military action against ISIS, telling reporters the House needs to hear from President Barack Obama.

Hoyer: Democrats Want 'Minimum' 5-Year Extension for Ex-Im Bank

Sept. 9, 2014

With the House looking more likely to include some reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank in the text of a continuing resolution this week, the fight could now turn on the length of the extension.

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