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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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Judge Discloses Twitter Threat Against Michele Bachmann

Feb. 23, 2012

A federal judge revealed today that Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), a former GOP presidential candidate, was the target of an offensive and threatening Twitter user.

Reid: ‘I Will Not Reopen’ Talks on Payroll Tax

Dec. 19, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today that he will not return to the negotiating table on a yearlong payroll tax cut extension until the House passes a bipartisan Senate bill that would extend the tax holiday for two months.

Senate Blocks Two Partisan Jobs Bills

Nov. 3, 2011

Dueling infrastructure jobs bills tanked on the Senate floor today, with both Republicans and Democrats failing to get filibuster-proof majorities for their respective proposals.

Anthrax Attack Victims Break Their Silence

Oct. 12, 2011

The 28 people who tested positive for anthrax exposure in 2001 have rarely been seen or publicly heard from in the past 10 years. But a decade after the attacks, some have begun to speak publicly about their ordeal.

Parties Point Fingers at Each Other in Spending Fight

Sept. 25, 2011

Democrats and Republicans blamed each other for the latest battle over government funding today, even as they acknowledged a third showdown over a government shutdown does not look good for Congress.

Manley to Join Quinn Gillespie

Sept. 12, 2011

Nine months after leaving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) communications war room, former senior communications adviser Jim Manley has decided to join Quinn Gillespie & Associates.

Coburn Blunt Talk Causes Stir

Aug. 18, 2011

Sen. Tom Coburn’s recess swing through northeastern Oklahoma caused a media stir this week after the two-term Republican called his colleagues “cowards,” joked about wanting to carry a gun on the Senate floor, and said President Barack Obama’s race may have played a role in his support of government social programs.

Obama Willing to Give Debt Deal More Time

July 20, 2011

President Barack Obama would sign a short-term debt limit deal that lasted only a few days if lawmakers appeared close to a deal but couldn’t get it finished by Aug. 2, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday in a statement.

Obama Warm to ‘Gang of Six’ Budget Plan

July 19, 2011

President Barack Obama stopped short of endorsing the deficit reduction plan outlined by the Senate’s “gang of six,” but he expressed hope that it could provide the framework for a larger deal to increase the debt limit.

GOP Lashes Out at Call for Revenue Raisers

June 29, 2011

Republicans on Wednesday pushed back strongly against President Barack Obama’s insistence that new revenue raisers be included in any deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Durbin Tops Tester: Senate Swipe-Fee Plan Defeated

June 8, 2011

Big retailers held off big banks in the Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Jon Tester failed to secure enough votes to delay the reduction of debit card swipe fees.

Boehner Defends Demand for Deep Cuts

May 12, 2011

Speaker John Boehner accused Democrats and the White House of reacting to his budget plan with “panic and hysteria” Thursday, saying his request for trillions of dollars in spending cuts “isn’t radical.”

Top Staff Exodus Leads to Brain Drain

Jan. 17, 2011

For many top Democratic communicators this year, it was time to pursue other career options — ones that don’t revolve around a 24-hour news cycle.

Shoemaker Departing Durbin’s Office

Jan. 12, 2011

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced Wednesday that his longtime communications director, Joe Shoemaker, is leaving the office at the end of the month.

Small Pack of GOP Senators Dominated Amendments

Jan. 11, 2011

A small, conservative minority of the minority dominated the Senate amendment process during the 111th Congress, with Sen. Tom Coburn responsible for one of every eight amendment votes on the chamber floor.

Colorado Man Arrested Over Threats to Bennet

Jan. 10, 2011

FBI agents on Friday arrested a Colorado man who threatened Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and his staff, the Denver Post reported Monday.

Spahn Named Patty Murray’s New Chief of Staff

Jan. 7, 2011

Sen. Patty Murray has decided to promote her leadership staff director, Mike Spahn, to be her new overall chief of staff upon the departure of current chief Jeff Bjornstad.

Reid Hopes to Work With GOP on Rules Change

Jan. 6, 2011

Senate Democrats emerged from a caucus meeting Thursday bullish about their chances for changing Senate filibuster rules, but they apparently were no closer to an agreement on how to do it.

Senate Democrats Happy to Shun Spotlight, for Now

Jan. 5, 2011

Senate Democrats are used to being the center of attention, but for the first time in two years, they say they are content to take a back seat to the new House Republican majority.

Democratic Trio Introduces Package of Senate Rules Changes

Jan. 5, 2011

Senate Democrats kicked off their push to change Senate filibuster rules by formally unveiling a proposal on Wednesday to eliminate some types of filibusters, while guaranteeing amendment rights to the minority.

Democrats Buy Time on Filibuster Changes

Jan. 4, 2011

Talk about your longest day. Under Democrats’ controversial plan to change Senate rules, the first day of the 112th Congress will last about two and a half weeks.

Reid Set a Filibuster Record

Jan. 2, 2011

Sen. Harry Reid set a record during the 111th Congress by becoming the chamber’s most successful Majority Leader in history at killing attempted filibusters.

Coburn Paints Bleak Picture of U.S. Economic Future

Dec. 26, 2010

While many Americans were still reveling Sunday in the Christmas spirit, Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn had a warning for them about judgment day.

Democratic Earmark Working Group May End Empty-Handed

Dec. 19, 2010

Senate Democrats working on their own earmark reform proposal said Sunday that House and Senate Republicans may have already killed Congress’ ability to secure money for pet projects for at least the next two years.

Spending Bill, START Top Week’s Agenda for Senate

Dec. 19, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Sunday evening put the chamber on a course to finish its business by midweek, setting up test votes on a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia and a continuing resolution to keep the government funded.

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