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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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Lovenheim Joins Xavier Becerra as Communications Director

July 17, 2015

The House Democratic Caucus has a new communications director.

Return to Normal: Pelosi's Got Obama's Back on Iran (Video)

July 16, 2015

The House’s top Republican and Democrat switched normal roles during the “fast-track” debate, with President Barack Obama relying on the GOP, rather than his own party, to carry his trade package across the finish line.

Democrats Back Another Short-Term Highway Bill

July 15, 2015

See if this sounds familiar.

Planned Parenthood Video Spurs Probe on Fetal Tissue Sales (Video) (Updated)

July 15, 2015

Updated: 3:16 p.m. | Fueled by the emergence of a new undercover video showing a high-ranking Planned Parenthood official discussing logistics for donating organs and tissues of aborted fetuses, House Republicans are preparing to re-enter the fray of the abortion debate.

The One Republican Who Met With Hillary Clinton

July 15, 2015

While Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, had to settle for throwing rhetorical shots at Hillary Rodham Clinton from across the Capitol Tuesday — quipping, “I wonder if she brought her emails,” — Rep. Mia Love talked with Clinton directly, in the very same room.

Hillary Clinton Courts Congressional Democrats

July 14, 2015

Congressional Democrats got to hear from Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday — but perhaps most importantly, she got to hear from them.

On Capitol Hill, Hillary Clinton Enthusiastic About Iran Deal (Video)

July 14, 2015

Former secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton had already planned to spend Tuesday on Capitol Hill courting fellow Democrats, but the timing worked out so she had a platform to share her stance on the emerging nuclear deal with Iran, too.

Confederate Flap Imperils GOP Goal to Finish Spending Bills by August

July 13, 2015

Last week’s messy fight over Confederate flag amendments to the Interior-Environment spending measure — which culminated in pulling the bill from the House floor — has thrown the legislative calendar into flux.

Cantor v. Brat: The Fight Continues

July 11, 2015

Eric Cantor might have lost the battle — but he could still win the war.

Confederate Flag Fiasco: Who Signed Off on the Calvert Amendment? (Updated)

July 10, 2015

Updated: 10:45 a.m. | They may be referring to it as the “Calvert amendment,” but House Democrats and Republicans agree: Whatever prompted Rep. Ken Calvert to come to the floor late Wednesday night to offer an amendment to reverse an earlier vote to ban Confederate flags at federal cemeteries, it wasn’t the California Republican’s idea.

House Confederate Flag Battle Not Over

July 10, 2015

After a long day fighting over the Confederate battle flag, it is unclear where the issue might flare up next for the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers on Both Sides Scramble on Confederate Flag (Video) (Updated)

July 9, 2015

Updated 5:01 p.m. | “They pulled the bill!”

Hoyer Makes a New 'Make It In America' Agenda

July 9, 2015

House Democrats are looking many places for a message to carry the 2016 election cycle. One place they might find it is in Steny H. Hoyer’s jobs agenda.

GOP Rewrite of 'No Child' Passes on Second Try

July 8, 2015

The House passed an education overhaul bill on Wednesday night — barely.

Clinton to Meet With 'Tri-Caucus' Members on Capitol Hill

July 7, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to her old stomping grounds on Capitol Hill next week for the first time since declaring her candidacy for president.

Republicans Set to Try Again With Education Overhaul

July 6, 2015

In late February, House conservatives were revolting on two different fronts: They didn’t want to fund the Department of Homeland Security without language blocking President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration, and they didn’t want to replace the No Child Left Behind education law without provisions giving more autonomy to states.

Who's Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List (Updated)

July 2, 2015

Updated: Aug. 26, 2:21 p.m. | It’s a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller — but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they’re backing.

Amy Schumer For #TheNew10?

July 1, 2015

Sen. Charles E. Schumer thinks a woman from his native New York should grace the new $10 bill, and he has some suggestions of illustrious home-state ladies throughout history for the Treasury secretary’s consideration: Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Zombie Bank: Why Killing Ex-Im Doesn't Mean It's Dead

June 30, 2015

With only hours to go before the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires for the first time in its 81-year history, lawmakers who support the agency are pointing fingers at the base of opposition — but not sounding the alarm bells of imminent catastrophe.

How One House Democrat Helped Save Trade for Obama

June 26, 2015

At midday Thursday, there was a gathering in Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s members’ lounge off Statuary Hall to toast House passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance, the last piece of a legislative package giving Trade Promotion Authority to President Barack Obama.

One Lawmaker's Supreme Court Gloom Is Another's ACA Joy

June 25, 2015

Thursday’s weekly leadership news conferences, coming in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling to uphold subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, were studies in contrast: One one side was a somber John A. Boehner, vowing to keep fighting, on the other, an ecstatic Nancy Pelosi, celebrating the affirmation of her signature legislative achievement.

Buck Fundraises Off Attempts to Oust Him as Class President

June 25, 2015

Rep. Ken Buck learned Thursday morning he could keep his slot as freshman class president, but the Colorado Republican is still calling in the reinforcements.

House Sends Trade Adjustment Assistance to President's Desk

June 25, 2015

The House did Thursday what two weeks ago might have seemed impossible: Cleared for President Barack Obama the second and third of four necessary components to his ambitious and contentious trade agenda.

Obama Gets Trade Win: Democrats Give In on TAA

June 24, 2015

“It’s over.”

Democrat Wants Vote to Nix Mississippi State Flag at U.S. Capitol (Updated)

June 24, 2015

Updated 5:44 p.m. | After last week’s shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted South Carolina’s public officials at the highest levels to demand the Confederate flag at the state capitol be taken down, Rep. Bennie Thompson hopes such calls will lead to a meaningful re-evaluation of his state’s flag, too.

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