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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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White House Loses Votes to GOP on Syrian Refugee Bill

Nov. 19, 2015

House Democratic leadership braced Thursday for at least 60 defections on the Republican bill to strengthen the vetting of Syrian refugees seeking resettlement in the United States.

Democrats Slam White House Messaging On Refugee Bill

Nov. 19, 2015

In 24 hours, House Democrats have gone from opposing the GOP proposal to tighten the United States’ screening of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to supporting the bill in large numbers.

House Republicans OK Changes to Steering Panel

Nov. 19, 2015

House Republicans passed changes to overhaul the Steering Committee by voice vote Thursday.

House Democrats Plan Alternative to Syrian Refugee Bill

Nov. 18, 2015

Updated 6:15 p.m. | House Democrats will use procedural gambits to get a vote on their proposal aimed at easing concerns about Syrian refugees coming to the United States but without completely blocking their resettlement.

These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking

Nov. 18, 2015

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.

House GOP Steering Proposal Could Deliver Results — Or Not

Nov. 18, 2015

When Speaker Paul D. Ryan facilitates a vote Thursday to reconfigure the Steering Committee, he will win points for delivering on his promise to expand member participation in the House Republican Conference.

GOP Moves Forward With Sweeping Steering Panel Changes

Nov. 17, 2015

House Republicans are moving forward with an ambitious and far-reaching plan to overhaul the membership and operation of the Steering Committee, with a vote expected Thursday.

Ryan Calls for 'Pause' on Syrian Refugees

Nov. 17, 2015

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has asked the House to put together legislation this week responding to the Paris attacks and called for a “pause” in Syrian refugees coming to the United States.

House's Muslim Members Brace for Charged Terror Debate

Nov. 17, 2015

Updated 5:30 p.m. | The two Muslim members of the House share the sentiments of their fellow Democrats: Under no circumstances should the United States block Syrian refugees from this country in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris..

House Freedom Caucus Re-Elects Jordan as Chairman

Nov. 16, 2015

The House Freedom Caucus unanimously re-elected Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Monday evening to serve as its chairman for 2016.

Ryan Calls for Classified Briefings After Paris Attacks

Nov. 16, 2015

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying the groundwork for the House’s active engagement in the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Key Chairmen Could Be Booted From Steering Committee

Nov. 12, 2015

Every committee chairperson could soon have a voice in who gets appointed to his or her panel, according to a proposal to revamp the Steering Committee that’s being mulled by Speaker Paul D. Ryan and a seven-member task force.

Appropriators Set Listening Sessions on Spending Bills

Nov. 12, 2015

Six Appropriations subcommittee chairmen whose bills the House did not pass earlier this year will host listening sessions Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 so members can ask questions or provide input on the measures, according to a schedule obtained by CQ Roll Call.

What Paul Ryan's First Week Says About His Future

Nov. 10, 2015

Ex-Speaker John A. Boehner used to say he was “a regular guy with a big job.” Boehner’s successor, Paul D. Ryan, seems even more intent on fitting that description. So there he was, using the members’ bathroom outside the House chamber during a series of votes, and a public restroom in the basement of the Capitol during a meeting of the Steering Committee. Boehner used private restrooms and didn’t stray into public areas of the Capitol complex unless he had to.

Shuster and Ryan: Exercise Buddies, Highway Bill Champions

Nov. 9, 2015

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who’d been waiting three years for the House to take up long-term highway legislation, was wary when he saw nearly 300 amendments had been filed on the bill he’d helped draft. An added challenge: The bill was scheduled to hit the floor during Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s first week on the job.

Pelosi Pans Planned Parenthood Special Committee

Nov. 5, 2015

At her weekly news conference Thursday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the six Democrats she appointed to serve on the new subcommittee to investigate Planned Parenthood.

Task Force Charged With Steering Committee Review

Nov. 5, 2015

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has directed a task force to make recommendations on how to diversify representation on the Steering Committee.

Ryan Takes Crowdsourcing Approach to Spending Bills

Nov. 5, 2015

In pursuing a departure from “business as usual,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan is crowdsourcing his members for ideas on how to craft a spending deal for the remainder of fiscal 2016.

New Orleans Chef To Feed House Republicans Wednesday Night

Nov. 4, 2015

The House will work late into Wednesday night on amendments to the highway bill, but at least the chamber’s Republicans will get a gourmet food break around suppertime.

Parsing Ryan: Immigration Stance Open to Interpretation

Nov. 4, 2015

Paul D. Ryan has made one thing clear: He’s taking immigration off the table for the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Ryan Leaves Door Open to Policy Riders in Spending Bill

Nov. 3, 2015

Updated 3:35 p.m. | Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t rule out policy riders in the omnibus appropriations bill the House will consider in the weeks ahead.

Hastert Portrait Removed From Speaker's Lobby

Nov. 2, 2015

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s portrait has been removed from the Speaker’s Lobby, a week after he pleaded guilty in a hush-money scheme.

Brady, Tiberi Face Off Wednesday for Ways and Means Gavel

Nov. 2, 2015

Updated 6:38 p.m. | Planned changes to the membership and makeup of the Republican Steering Committee won’t be made in time to elect a new chairman of Ways and Means.

Ryan's First Test: The Highway Bill

Nov. 2, 2015

Paul D. Ryan pledged in his bid for speaker to change the way the House does legislative business by pursuing conservative principles, more actively empowering committee chairmen and facilitating fuller debate on bills on the chamber floor. The Wisconsin Republican will get his first test in delivering on that pledge in his first full week on the job.

Cannon Reopens After Asbestos Scare

Nov. 1, 2015

Officials have reopened the Cannon House Office Building after an asbestos scare shuttered its doors from late Friday through most of Saturday.

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