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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:

Moderate Democrats Get Leadership's Ear on 2016 Messaging

May 22, 2015

There’s some good news for the moderate House Democrats who believe they’ve been marginalized in discussions on party messaging: Leadership might be starting to listen.

Four Texas Republicans Endorse Cruz for President

May 21, 2015

About a month ago, Sen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff made a request of some House-side colleagues: Would their bosses be willing to say nice things about the Texas Republican’s 2016 presidential bid? Or, even better, would they be willing to endorse him?

More Adventures in Babysitting With Members of Congress

May 21, 2015

Everybody wants a turn with Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s baby.

Once-Bipartisan COMPETES Act Leaves Democrats Cold

May 20, 2015

Back in 2007, the America COMPETES Act — landmark legislation aimed at boosting U.S. competitiveness through federal investments in scientific research and development — was a bipartisan labor of love.

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

May 19, 2015

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Boehner: Obama Should Submit New ISIS War Request

May 19, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration's handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

"The president, frankly, should withdraw the [AUMF] and start over," Boehner said at a news conference. "We don't have a strategy. ... For over two years I've been calling on the president to develop an overarching strategy to deal with the terrorist threat. We don't have one, and the fact is the threat is growing faster than what we and our allies can do to stop it."

Boehner's comments come as Obama's initial AUMF request has been stalled for months in Congress.

Opponents of Highway Trust Fund Patch Look to Next Fight (Updated)

May 19, 2015

Updated 12:29 p.m. | Plenty of House Democrats — and even a few moderate Republicans — fed up with Congress’ inability to reach agreement on a multi-year Highway Trust Fund deal are likely to vote “no” Tuesday on a bill that would extend spending authority through July 31

Boehner: Obama Should Start Over on War Authority Request (Video)

May 19, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration’s handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

Democrats: Don't Cut Medicare to Fund Trade Deal

May 18, 2015

Senate Democrats successfully blocked debate on Trade Promotion Authority in their chamber until they were promised a vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance.

McCarthy: No Plans in House to Budge on NSA Curbs

May 18, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a message for Senate Republicans: If they want to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, they aren’t going to do any better than the so-called USA Freedom Act.

Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead of Memorial Day Recess

May 18, 2015

House Democrats have some tough decisions to make before Congress breaks for a week-long Memorial Day recess.

Tiny Horses Charge the Hill

May 15, 2015

OK, which member of Congress tried to bring two miniature horses into the Cannon House Office Building?

Pro-Immigration Provision Stripped From Defense Bill

May 14, 2015

A bipartisan coalition came close Thursday to protecting immigration-related language in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act — but not close enough.

Revolt Brews Over Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Bill (Updated)

May 14, 2015

Updated 12:52 p.m. | A growing number of Democrats and some moderate Republicans in the House are coming out against any short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

Latest GOP Immigration Showdown Headed to Floor? (Updated)

May 13, 2015

Updated 10:14 p.m. | The question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military — a thorny debate that has split Republicans in the House — is headed for a risky floor vote.

Hoyer Slams GOP for Lack of Highway Trust Fund Progress

May 12, 2015

The No. 2 House Democrat ripped Republicans Tuesday for looking for another patch job for the Highway Trust Fund before the current patch expires at the end of May.

20 Years In, Blue Dogs Not Ready to Roll Over

May 12, 2015

In 1994, when Republicans won the House for the first time in four decades, a band of fiscally conservative Democrats had a simple explanation: Their party had moved too far to the left.

Partnership-Minded Ryan Pushing, Promoting Pacific-Trade Deal

May 8, 2015

“I find it a little sad that you feel like this is even a story,” Rep. Paul D. Ryan said recently, mid-conversation with CQ Roll Call. “Because it shouldn’t have to be.”

Conservatives Set for Immigration Fight on Defense Bill

May 6, 2015

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee voted 33-30 for an amendment to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would encourage the Pentagon to affirm undocumented immigrants should be permitted to serve in the military.

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

May 1, 2015

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his Friday memo to House members regarding May’s legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they’ve overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

May 1, 2015

It’s been a week since Speaker John A. Boehner warned the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal backed by President Barack Obama needed help from the White House. On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts.

One Down, 11 to Go: GOP's Uncertain Appropriations Season

April 30, 2015

House Democratic leaders succeeded in holding back all but 19 of their members on the first appropriations vote of the season without even formally whipping against the Republican bill.

House GOP Postpones Votes on VA Spending Bill

April 29, 2015

House Republicans have been boasting about their early start to appropriations season, but consideration of the very first spending bill — considered the least controversial of all 12 annual measures — hit a snag Wednesday night.

House Democrats Threaten to Sink House GOP Spending Bills

April 29, 2015

House Democrats voted unanimously last year for the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and related programs; this year, there could be considerable defections.

Long Odds for Congressional Action on Policing

April 28, 2015

It’s the fourth high-profile episode in less than a year in which police have been involved in the death of a black man under questionable circumstances — this time in Baltimore, a short drive north of Washington, D.C.

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