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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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Pelosi: GOP 'Extreme' for Blocking Unemployment Insurance Extension

March 20, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed House Republicans on Thursday for their “extreme nature” and “indifference” to extending unemployment insurance benefits, a day after Speaker John A. Boehner torched a bipartisan Senate bill.

Pelosi: Affordable Care Act a 'Winner' on Its 4th Anniversary

March 20, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was on the defensive Thursday at a news conference convened, in part, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law.

Cantor Looks to Confront Putin, Impose Costs on Russia

March 18, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is looking to retaliate against Russia after it moved to annex Crimea Tuesday.

When the Speaker Calls: How McMorris Rodgers Was Picked for SOTU Response

March 18, 2014

Cathy McMorris Rodgers was back in Spokane, Wash., for the holidays, hosting her district staff Christmas party at the local Old Spaghetti Factory, when she heard she’d missed a call from Speaker John A. Boehner.

RSC Chairman: 'We're Not Done' Until Obamacare Alternative Hits House Floor

March 17, 2014

House GOP leadership intends to put forward a formal framework for repealing and replacing Obamacare, but has so far stopped short of promising to turn that framework into actual legislative text.

Eshoo Launches Anna PAC In Her Bid for Ranking Member Slot

March 14, 2014

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo advanced her bid for Energy and Commerce ranking member on Wednesday night with the launch of her new political action committee, Anna PAC.

Hispanic Caucus Regroups as Obama Promises Deportation Review

March 14, 2014

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will hold off on pursuing a resolution calling for the White House to take action to decrease deportations after President Barack Obama on Thursday evening promised to closely examine the issue.

Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor

March 13, 2014

Republicans blocked Democrats' privileged resolution demanding that Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa publicly apologize to the House of Representatives for cutting off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week at an IRS hearing.

The nearly party line vote shelving the resolution came after a theatrical display of protest on the House floor, with Democrats not about to give up on the issue.

"This was not just a violation of Mr. Issa's treatment of Mr. Cummings," said Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., a freshman lawmaker who introduced the resolution on Thursday. "My resolution was about Mr. Issa's offense against the House."

"If we don't enforce the rules," Kildee said, "where do we go?"

As Kildee and his Democratic colleagues offered the resolution, they defiantly held pictures of Issa making the throat-cutting motion, displaying the image on iPads, iPhones and paper. A floor procedure kerfuffle, in which a new House precedent may have been established, ensued.

Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor (Updated) (Video)

March 13, 2014

Updated 8:12 p.m. | Republicans once again blocked a Democratic resolution demanding a House floor apology from Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa for silencing Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week during an IRS hearing.

Pelosi Praises Feinstein, Calls CIA Director's Statements 'Befuddling'

March 13, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow California Democrat, on Thursday for her “courage” in standing up to the intelligence community, though stopped short of saying whether she believed the CIA had, in fact, spied on Senate Intelligence Committee computer files.

Pelosi: Obamacare Not to Blame for Alex Sink's Defeat

March 13, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected the premise that Democrat Alex Sink’s loss to Republican David Jolly in Tuesday night’s Florida special election was a referendum on Obamacare.

Can Cantor Deliver on Voting Rights Act?

March 12, 2014

After two trips to the Deep South alongside civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat John Lewis, the pressure is on Eric Cantor to deliver on the Voting Rights Act.

White House, Democrats Cry Foul Over GOP Push to Enforce Immigration, Other Laws

March 12, 2014

A House Republican bill aimed at forcing President Barack Obama to enforce immigration and other laws as they are written drew sharp rebukes Wednesday from the White House and House Democrats, who ripped the measure as anti-immigrant.

Boehner: A Pig With Lipstick Is Still a Pig

March 12, 2014

House Republican leaders enjoyed some bragging rights at their Wednesday morning press conference after their candidate, David Jolly, won Tuesday’s hotly-contested special election in Florida to succeed the late Republican Rep. C. W. Bill Young.

“I’ve stood here after losing some special elections,” said Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio. “I’ve tried to put lipstick on a pig, and it was still a pig. So you can bet they’ll try to put lipstick on it today but you all know what the facts are.”

Boehner also addressed the Feinstein-CIA feud and whether IMF aid to Ukraine was needed.

House GOP Leaders Gloat Over Jolly's Victory in Florida (Updated) (Video)

March 12, 2014

House Republican leaders enjoyed some bragging rights at their Wednesday morning press conference after their candidate, David Jolly, won Tuesday’s hotly-contested special election in Florida to succeed late-Republican Rep. C. W. Bill Young.

Boehner: IMF Aid to Ukraine Isn't Necessary (Updated) (Video)

March 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said authority sought by President Barack Obama to extend IMF loans to Ukraine isn’t needed.

Boehner Stays Out of Feinstein-CIA Feud (Updated) (Video)

March 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner is holding his fire on the feud between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA.

Hoyer Cautious on Feinstein's CIA Charges

March 11, 2014

The House’s No. 2 Democrat spoke carefully on Tuesday when addressing Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s accusations that the CIA tapped into Senate Intelligence Committee computer files.

Gutierrez Defends Calling Obama 'Deporter in Chief'

March 7, 2014

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez defended his characterization of President Barack Obama as “deporter in chief” during a conference call with immigration activists on Friday.

House Votes to Table Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa

March 6, 2014

Hours after the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Darrell Issa, Republicans shelved it.

The 200th Woman Elected to House, McMorris Rodgers Works to Recruit More of Her Own

March 6, 2014

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers readily admits the GOP needs more gender diversity. The Washington Republican told CQ Roll Call recently in a wide-ranging interview she is working hard to help recruit strong women to run for Congress, and that she is excited by the 2014 field so far.

McMorris Rodgers Works to Rebuild, Rebrand Party Image, One Republican at a Time

March 6, 2014

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has two major goals: changing how Republicans sell themselves to the American people and how Americans view the Republican Party.

Congressional Black Caucus Brings Resolution Condemning Issa, Asks Boehner to Take His Gavel (Video) (Updated)

March 6, 2014

Updated 2:23 p.m. | The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus brought a resolution to the floor Thursday condemning Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and asked Speaker John A. Boehner to take his gavel, after Issa cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ microphone at a hearing Wednesday.

Black Caucus Brings Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa, Asks Boehner to Take His Gavel

March 6, 2014

The Congressional Black Caucus has brought a resolution to the floor condemning Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and has asked Speaker John A. Boehner to take his gavel after he cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings' microphone at a hearing on Wednesday.

On Thursday, flanked by CBC colleagues, Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, stood on the House floor to introduce a privileged resolution condemning Issa for the "offensive and disrespectful manner in which [he] conducted the hearing" and for "turn[ing] off the microphones of the ranking member while he was speaking and adjourn[ing] the hearing without a vote or a unanimous consent agreement."

Issa, Cummings Feud Boils Over

March 5, 2014

The committee dustup between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking Democrat Elijah E. Cummings has Democrats and Republicans at each other’s throats and demanding apologies.

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