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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:

Rebuffing Obama, Pelosi and Democrats Scuttle Trade Deal (Video)

June 12, 2015

Despite an eleventh-hour plea from President Barack Obama, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats turned their backs on the White House Friday and blocked the chamber from advancing — for now — the administration’s trade agenda.

Obama Hits the Hill to Lobby Democrats on Trade (Video) (Updated)

June 12, 2015

Updated 1:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama made a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill Friday morning to deliver one more plea to fellow Democrats to advance his trade agenda.

Trade Rule Passes Despite Conservative Mutiny

June 11, 2015

Plans to vote Friday on Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance could still fall through, but the House is moving ahead on a multi-pronged strategy to send the measures to the president’s desk by the week’s end.

House GOP Ready to Move on Trade; Democratic Concerns Linger (Video)

June 11, 2015

Updated: 11:50 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared late Wednesday night to have cleared an impasse preventing the House from moving forward on a package of trade bills and giving President Barack Obama long-sought Trade Promotion Authority.

Democrats Weigh Sinking the Trade Deal With TAA (Video)

June 11, 2015

Democrats described the situation as “fluid,” but for advocates of the package of trade bills backed by the president and a fragile bipartisan coalition of House members, it was more like “dire.”

Medicare Dispute Could Derail Friday Trade Votes

June 10, 2015

A lingering dispute over language regarding Medicare cuts could delay House Republican leaders’ plan to put a package of four trade bills related to Trade Promotion Authority on the floor Friday.

Trade Bills Filed With Rules; Possible Votes Friday (Updated)

June 10, 2015

See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call’s new video site.

Young at Heart: Alaska Congressman Remarries at Capitol

June 9, 2015

Rep. Don Young — Alaska Republican, former tugboat captain, collector of walrus penis bones and hopeless romantic — celebrated his 82nd birthday Tuesday, as well as love.

TPA Could Be Litmus Vote for Possible Pelosi Successor

June 9, 2015

Updated: 4:46 p.m. | There’s no guarantee this is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s last term in office but should she retire in 2016, House Democrats will be using plenty of metrics to pick her successor — and the upcoming trade vote could be one of them.

'Fast-Track' Trade Fight Nears Crucial House Vote

June 9, 2015

Backers of “fast-track” legislation in both parties have enough confidence in Trade Promotion Authority’s likelihood of passing the House to talk about a possible vote later this week.

Pallone Seeks Balance Between Deal-Making, Party Messaging

June 9, 2015

Several months after winning a competitive race to be ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. wants to downplay the drama.

White House, Team Boehner Trade Barbs on Cybersecurity (Video)

June 5, 2015

The White House says Congress hasn’t “done a single thing” to stop cyberattacks; House GOP leadership begs to differ.

Pelosi: It's Boehner's Job to Pass Trade Promotion Authority (Video) (Updated)

June 4, 2015

Updated 1:57 p.m. | Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters at her weekly news conference Thursday she has let Speaker John A. Boehner know he needs to produce 200 votes on the GOP side of the aisle to pass Trade Promotion Authority.

Former Sheriff Poised to Be GOP Point Person on Policing

June 4, 2015

Who do House Republican leaders call when the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill is on thin ice and the party’s susceptible to critiques it doesn’t care about police-civilian clashes occurring nationwide?

Democrats Frustrated by Unions' Cash Freeze Over 'Fast Track'

June 4, 2015

One of Democrats’ best team players on the campaign finance front is playing hardball this cycle, withholding campaign cash over a package of trade bills being debated in Congress.

Republicans for the Ex-Im Bank Push for Renewal

June 3, 2015

A group of House Republican lawmakers want to make something clear: Democrats aren’t the only ones pushing for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Hoyer Urges Civility Among Democrats in Trade Debate

June 2, 2015

Democrats attacking Democrats over trade is neither productive nor welcome, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday.

McCarthy to Senate: Pass USA Freedom Act 'as Soon as Possible'

June 1, 2015

With key provisions of the Patriot Act now expired and the Senate’s plans to reboot them unclear, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted Monday morning he has “a real concern in the safety of the country right now.”

Sensenbrenner: Patriot Act Needed Oversight, Not Posturing

May 31, 2015

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner can take credit for major legislation during his tenure as House Judiciary chairman, but none carries the weight or consequence of the law that will be his legacy: the USA Patriot Act.

Boehner: House Won't Lift Sanctions On Cuba

May 29, 2015

The same day President Barack Obama announced the removal of Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism list, Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated the House won’t be a willing partner in the administration’s campaign to normalize relations between the two countries.

Staffer Bids Adieu to 'Jurassic Congress'

May 26, 2015

“We spared no expense.”

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.

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