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Emma Dumain


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:

Grijalva Wants to Diversify Environmental Movement

Dec. 29, 2015

It’s not easy being a ranking member on a congressional committee, where any major legislative and policy decision is made primarily at the discretion of the chairman.

Steve Scalise Defends Planned Parenthood Strategy

Dec. 23, 2015

House Republicans were skeptical when their No. 3 leader started talking back in September about using the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood, knowing full well it would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., though, still counts it as one of the GOP’s biggest victories of the 114th Congress.

Pelosi's Victory Lap

Dec. 18, 2015

As the House on Friday overwhelmingly passed the $1.1 trillion government spending bill, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shook hands on the chamber floor.

Congress Sends Omnibus to Obama

Dec. 18, 2015

The Senate passed a year-end omnibus package that combined a $1.1 trillion spending bill with a tax extenders measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature and wrapping up Congress’ 2015 legislative session.

Ex-Speaker Hastert Recovering From Stroke

Dec. 17, 2015

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is recovering from a stroke as he awaits sentencing for his guilty plea stemming from a hush-money scheme.

Pelosi Supports Omnibus, but Other Democrats Not Sold

Dec. 17, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, but it’s unclear how many of her more liberal colleagues will follow her lead, a situation fluid enough that members and aides are concerned there might not be enough Democratic votes to offset Republican no votes.

It's A Deal: Republicans Settle for Notable Omnibus Wins

Dec. 16, 2015

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has been offering members the same refrain since taking the gavel from John A. Boehner two months ago.

Ryan Gets High Marks for First Big Showdown

Dec. 16, 2015

John A. Boehner’s last days as speaker in October were spent, as he said, cleaning out the barn, or cutting legislative deals to help his successor, Paul D. Ryan, get off to a good start.

Every December, Why All the Drama?

Dec. 14, 2015

Every December brings anxieties about Congress finishing its work in time to avert a government shutdown. Christmas cheer is overshadowed by partisan finger pointing; lawmakers have months to come to an agreement on spending priorities and policy riders, but don’t.

Ryan: House GOP Will Build 2016 Legislative Agenda Together

Dec. 10, 2015

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced his big 2016 priority would be advancing a “pro-growth agenda.”

Majority Whip Gets New Chief of Staff in the New Year

Dec. 10, 2015

In the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the year-end scramble will involve a personnel transition in the very senior ranks.

Tuesday Group Wins Big on Steering Committee

Dec. 10, 2015

The conservative House Freedom Caucus was the first faction to start pushing leadership to expand diversity on the House Republican Steering Committee, but it was the center-right Tuesday Group that ended up winning the lion’s share of the influential panel’s six open seats.

Meet the 11 Republicans Vying for the Steering Committee

Dec. 9, 2015

Eleven House Republicans are pitching their colleagues for a seat at the GOP’s influential Steering Committee, which determines who gets what plum, or not so plum, committee assignments.

Linda Sánchez Announces Democratic Leadership Bid

Dec. 9, 2015

Elections for leadership positions are still a year away, but Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is laying the groundwork for her campaign.

Democrats Tie Up House Floor to Force Vote on Guns Bill

Dec. 8, 2015

House Democrats want Republicans to give them a vote on legislation to ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

King 'Appreciative' of Trump, but Won't Endorse Muslim Comments

Dec. 8, 2015

Most House Republicans are opting not to respond to Donald Trump’s remarks that Muslim immigrants should be barred from entering into the United States. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is not among them, but he wouldn’t say whether he agrees with his party’s presidential frontrunner.

Black Caucus Chairman Seeks Partnership With Paul Ryan

Dec. 8, 2015

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield wants the House to address poverty in America, and feels he may have an unlikely partner in new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

House Scrambling To Meet Deadlines, Go Home For Christmas

Dec. 8, 2015

House Republican leaders are steeling themselves to shepherd delicate negotiations as lawmakers brace for possible weekend work to resolve stark differences on a year-end spending bill.

Senate Periodical Press Gallery Director Ed Pesce to Retire

Dec. 4, 2015

After 25 years — including 11 sergeants-at-arms, two President Bushes, a 50-50 Senate membership split and too many vote-a-ramas to count — the director of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery is packing it up.

Judiciary Chairman Puts Gun Onus on Executive Branch

Dec. 4, 2015

The member of Congress leading oversight over the Justice and Homeland Security departments, as well as terrorism and crime, said Thursday it was up to the Executive Branch, not Congress, to make sure guns didn’t get into the wrong hands.

Visa Waiver Overhaul Provides Bipartisan Rallying Point

Dec. 3, 2015

House Republicans and Democrats will have plenty to fight about next week with the omnibus spending bill due for consideration. But there’s at least one issue on which they’ll find some common ground.

9/11 Responder Health Care Renewal in Question

Dec. 2, 2015

A deal fell to renew health care programs for first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack fell through this week, sending congressional negotiators scrambling to find a solution and members in both chambers and parties pointing fingers of blame.

Omnibus Spat Spills Into View as Democrats Ready Counteroffer

Dec. 2, 2015

House Democrats on Wednesday were preparing a counteroffer after they formally rejected Republicans' opening proposal on the largest outstanding policy and funding sticking points in the fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill.

Cynthia Lummis: 'The Only Republican Woman'

Nov. 30, 2015

When Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis was elected to Congress in 2008, she wanted to be a “reformer” and rein in spending and squelch bills that infringed on states’ rights.

Congress Has a List of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice

Nov. 30, 2015

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.

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