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Emily Pierce


Emily Pierce is a senior staff writer at Roll Call, where she has worked since 2003 covering Senate leadership and policy issues. Emily also writes the award-winning Road Map column that appears in Roll Call every Tuesday. Before her stint at Roll Call, Emily worked for six years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly. At CQ, Emily covered banking and technology policy, campaigns and elections, as well as Senate leadership. A native of Georgia, Emily graduated from American University.

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Gingrey 'Partly' Defends Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Comments

Jan. 11, 2013

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., stepped into the Todd Akin rape controversy this week, telling a group of constituents that the former Missouri GOP congressman was “partly right” in saying that a woman’s body can prevent pregnancy in events of “legitimate rape.”

Ayotte Joins Senate GOP Leadership

Jan. 3, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tapped sophomore Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., on Thursday to be a member of his informal kitchen cabinet of leadership advisers.

Senators Throw Impromptu Biden Roast

Dec. 2, 2012

Senators gave glowing reviews of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s speech at Thursday’s memorial service for the late Sen. Warren B. Rudman, R-N.H., even if they felt the veep went on a bit too long.

Minnesota: Michele Bachmann Squeaks Out a Win

Nov. 7, 2012

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will be returning to Capitol Hill in the 113th Congress, after eking out re-election by a narrow margin against businessman Jim Graves (D).

Harry Reid’s Job Secure, but He Faces Harrowing Road Ahead

Nov. 6, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got what he wanted from Tuesday’s elections. But it may be a case of “be careful what you wish for.”

Harry Reid Taken to Hospital After Multi-Car Accident

Oct. 26, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been cleared for release from a Las Vegas-area hospital after his caravan was involved in a multi-car highway accident this afternoon.

Paul Ryan Downplays Mitt Romney's Debate Performance, Admits to 'Missteps'

Sept. 30, 2012

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan today downplayed expectations for Mitt Romney's debate performance Wednesday, saying the campaign's goal is not necessarily to score a decisive rhetorical win but to present Americans with a clear choice between the GOP nominee and President Barack Obama.

This Isn’t Some ‘Two-Bit Manchild’

Sept. 18, 2012

After years of helping Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid either make news or respond to it, his communications director, Adam Jentleson, made a little news of his own last week.

New Democrat For Stabenow’s Top Aide

Sept. 10, 2012

While you were partying it up in Charlotte, N.C., or Tampa, Fla. (or watching speech after speech from the coziness of your couch with a glass of Merlot), Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s chief of staff, Amanda Renteria, was giving birth to the next generation of Democrats.

Mitt Romney's Louisiana Trip Provides Fodder for Democrats

Aug. 31, 2012

As Mitt Romney arrived in Louisiana today to survey storm damage from Hurricane Isaac, Democrats were quick to use the opportunity to criticize past Republican efforts to trim disaster aid.

GOP Blocks Senate Small-Business Tax Cut Bill

July 12, 2012

Senate Republicans made good on their threat to filibuster a Democratic small-business tax cut bill today, ensuring the bill fell seven votes short of what it needed to move forward.

Rand Paul Warns He Might Hijack Senate Floor Over Pakistan Aid

July 12, 2012

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent a letter to Senate leaders today warning that he is prepared to force a vote on ending aid to Pakistan if he cannot reach an agreement with them to hold the vote in a timely manner.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Speculation Continues to Swirl

July 11, 2012

Under pressure to reveal where he is and what his “ailments” may be, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s doctors released a statement Wednesday night saying he is being treated for a “mood disorder.”

Democratic Leaders Pressure Jesse Jackson Jr. to Open Up About Ailment

July 11, 2012

The drumbeat for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to divulge more about his medical condition got louder today, as House Democratic leaders joined the call for him to inform voters and his colleagues about his leave of absence as soon as he can.

Dick Durbin: Jesse Jackson Jr. Needs to Say ‘What He’s Struggling With’

July 9, 2012

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters today that he believes Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) needs to explain to voters what kind of ailment he is suffering from “soon.”

Patrick Leahy Vows to Keep Pushing Judicial Nominees

June 14, 2012

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today said he would continue to try confirming President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees, despite a Senate GOP leadership decision to block all circuit court nominations until after the November elections.

Jay Carney Defends Eric Holder on ‘Fast and Furious’

June 11, 2012

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today defended Attorney General Eric Holder’s cooperation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into the “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling operation.

Darrell Issa Sets Up Committee Contempt Vote on Eric Holder

June 11, 2012

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has set June 20 as the date when his committee will vote on a report related to whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide some documents related to the panel’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking inquiry.

Different Kind of House Call

June 6, 2012

If you see Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Capitol, don’t jump to the conclusion that she’s there to tip off Members on whether the high court is going to find the 2010 health care law unconstitutional. That’s pretty much what our HOH spies theorized when they saw her Tuesday evening heading down the hall toward Speaker John Boehner’s office.

Senate Fails to Advance Pay Parity

June 5, 2012

Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic pay parity bill from coming to the floor today, arguing that the measure was not the right answer to gender discrimination in pay.

President, GOP Spar on Economy and Taxes

June 2, 2012

President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans traded barbs in their weekly addresses over the solution to the nation’s sagging economy and fiscal challenges.

Debbie Stabenow Tees Up Farm Bill for Next Month

May 23, 2012

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said today that the farm bill will come to the floor next month after the Senate finishes a measure on equal pay for women.

Senate Sets Up Student Loan Show Votes

May 23, 2012

The Senate will take another crack at passing a student loan interest rate bill Thursday, but a bipartisan agreement to hold two votes does not mean a bill is expected to pass.

Anti-Incumbent PAC Says Eric Cantor Donation May Not Have Aided Adam Kinzinger

April 6, 2012

A co-founder of the Campaign for Primary Accountability today disputed the notion that the $25,000 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s PAC gave to the group was earmarked to help Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) defeat Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.).

Overview: Can-Do President

March 2, 2012

For seven solid weeks last fall, President Barack Obama uttered the same four-word exhortation virtually every day, and many times more than once. “Pass my jobs bill,” he’d press Congress directly during appearances in the Oval Office, Rose Garden or Cabinet Room. “Tell Congress to pass my jobs bill,” he’d urge the crowds at a series of speeches arranged to build support for his ideas among the swing-state voters of Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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