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Emma Dumain

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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:

Pelosi Calls Emerging Trade Deal a 'Pothole'

April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pushed back against an emerging “fast-track” trade deal at her weekly news conference Thursday, calling the legislation a “pothole” and saying Republicans had a responsibility to work with Democrats to develop a better framework.

“[If] they have 218 Republican votes … I don’t think they’ll pay too much attention to many of our concerns. I don’t know if they have that,” Pelosi said. “If they don’t have 218 votes, we have a further opportunity to say, ‘Where are some areas that we can come together.’”

Sens. Orrin G. Hatch and Ron Wyden along with Rep. Paul D. Ryan negotiated the trade framework, which the Ways and Means Committee marked up earlier today after the Senate Finance Committee approved a similar measure 20-6 on Wednesday.

Gowdy Invites Clinton to Capitol Hill for Public Hearings

April 23, 2015

Ex-first lady, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton could be swinging by Capitol Hill before too long — but not to glad-hand with congressional Democrats, at least not exclusively.

Trade Deal: Boehner, Pelosi Both Put Onus on Other Side (Video)

April 23, 2015

House leaders of both parties said Thursday they’re hopeful Congress could pass legislation giving President Barack Obama authority to negotiate his long-sought Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Adventures in Babysitting With Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

April 23, 2015

On Thursday, Take Your Child To Work Day became “Rep. Gerald E. Connolly Will Take Your Baby And Only Return It Upon Request” Day.

Courting the Cucumber-Infused Crowd: Democrats Woo Millennials

April 23, 2015

NEW YORK — On a Thursday evening earlier this month, a group of Democratic lawmakers entrusted with a big chunk of the party’s future mingled with well-dressed young professionals in an industrial-chic space in Manhattan, drinking glasses of wine and Mason jars of water infused with strawberries or cucumbers.

'Nice Guy' Crowley Eyes Bigger Role in Democratic Caucus

April 21, 2015

Ask Washington lawmakers what they think of Rep. Joseph Crowley and they’ll use words such as “funny,” “kind,” “helpful,” “good listener” and “loyal colleague.”

McCarthy Uses Bully Pulpit to Spotlight California Drought

April 19, 2015

Legislation targeting arcane water rules is not typically the stuff of legacy building for high-profile political figures.

Top Cruz Aide to House Colleagues: Please Say Nice Things

April 16, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz has plenty of friends in the House Republican Conference, and quite a few in his home-state delegation, too.

Cleaver's Civility a Key Part of His Leadership Appeal

April 16, 2015

Every power player in Washington, D.C., has a different metric for what makes a day a success. For one Missouri Democrat, it comes down to whether he was able to do his job without stepping on people.

Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

April 14, 2015

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

April 14, 2015

Remember when two Florida Republican representatives voted against John A. Boehner for speaker and got themselves removed from the House Rules Committee?

Top House Democrats Warming to Senate's Iran Bill

April 14, 2015

The top two House Democrats are warming to the Iran legislation that will likely come to their chamber floor if it passes the Senate.

House Democrats Challenge GOP to Condemn LGBT Discrimination

April 13, 2015

House Democrats, sensing a growing political advantage over Republicans on LGBT issues, are pushing a resolution to express congressional condemnation of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Capitol Police Chief Submits Resignation Letter (Video) (Updated)

April 10, 2015

Updated 8:58 p.m. | U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine has submitted a letter of resignation to the Capitol Police Board, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

House Democrats Forced to Choose Sides in Iran Debate

April 10, 2015

House Democrats on the fence about the White House’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran will be asked next week to close ranks and get behind the president.

McCarthy Outlines Busy, Maybe Tense, April Work Period

April 9, 2015

After a two-week respite, April is shaping up to be a month of long nights, nods to the GOP base and divisions on both sides of the aisle.

When Harry Met Lynn ...

April 9, 2015

If you don’t know who Rep. Lynn Jenkins is, you have something in common with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Farr, Rohrabacher Tell Holder: Cool It on Pot Prosecutions

April 9, 2015

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has one foot out the door, but it’s not stopping House lawmakers from making demands on the head of the Justice Department.

Welch Gets Bipartisan Treatment on CODEL to Tunisia and Ukraine

April 8, 2015

Being the only Democrat on a plane full of Republicans last week could have been awkward for Rep. Peter Welch — especially with GOP leaders are doubling down on criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Immigration Advocates Rush to Menendez's Defense

April 1, 2015

Two longtime allies released statements of support within minutes of the announcement of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez’s 14-count federal indictment Wednesday.

Senate Democrats Fall in Behind Schumer

March 31, 2015

Charles E. Schumer said last week he had the votes to be the next Senate Democratic leader. By Tuesday, it was clear the New York lawmaker’s colleagues had united behind his bid for the post.

CODELs: Boehner to Israel, McCarthy to Tunisia, Pelosi to Asia

March 30, 2015

Not everybody gets to travel overseas during the two-week House recess — just ask Louie Gohmert.

Warm Fuzzies After Boehner-Pelosi SGR Deal Not Likely to Last (Video)

March 27, 2015

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

Did Van Hollen Miss a Layup Opportunity With Progressives? (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 2:42 p.m. | Congressional Progressive Caucus members were emboldened this week.

Boehner Coy on Working Relationship With Pelosi

March 26, 2015

House lawmakers left for a two-week recess on a high note Thursday, with members of both parties banding together in nearly equal measure to pass a substantive piece of legislation.

But unlike the longevity of the bill that permanently ends the "sustainable growth rate" used to calculate doctors' payments for Medicare, and extends for two years the Children's Health Insurance Program, it's highly doubtful the bipartisan comity will endure.

At his weekly news conference, Speaker John A. Boehner was not asked if this was the start of a new, more productive working relationship between the leaders. Rather, reporters wanted to know when the next time might be that Boehner will "need" Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to help pass crucial legislative priorities, the assumption being that the speaker will rarely be able to corral his ideologically disparate caucus around bills that need to advance.

"When I see one, I'll let you know," Boehner replied.

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