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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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Friday Votes Canceled in Deference to Charleston Funerals (Updated)

June 23, 2015

Updated: 4:50 p.m. | House GOP leaders announced Tuesday afternoon they would end the week’s legislative business Thursday in an effort to allow members more time to travel to Charleston, S.C., to participate in funeral proceedings for the nine victims of last week’s church massacre.

Conservatives Fume Over Leadership's Crackdown on Rebels

June 22, 2015

The punishment from GOP leadership over a procedural vote didn’t start with Mark Meadows — and it might not end with him either.

House Poised to Let Ex-Im Bank Charter Expire

June 22, 2015

The House will consider its seventh appropriations bill of the year this week — one to fund the Interior Department and related activities — and possibly more legislation related to trade in the event the Senate keeps to its schedule.

House Passes Trade Promotion Authority Bill (Updated) (Video)

June 18, 2015

Updated 3:22 p.m. | The House narrowly passed Trade Promotion Authority Thursday — the first step of many to resurrect President Barack Obama’s trade agenda after his own party torpedoed a combined bill last week.

Lawmakers Mourn Charleston Church Shooting

June 18, 2015

Lawmakers on Wednesday night were winding down from the White House summer picnic and strategizing on a looming trade vote when news broke of a tragic shooting in Charleston, S.C.

CBC Chairman Concerned Trade Maneuvers Imperil Africa Pact

June 17, 2015

Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation could be a casualty of efforts to stymie Trade Promotion Authority; now, some members fear the long-heralded African Growth and Opportunity Act could fall to the wayside, too.

War on Islamic State Finally Gets House Floor Debate

June 17, 2015

Three House lawmakers wanted a robust debate on whether there should be boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

House Prepares for TPA Re-Vote (Updated) (Video)

June 17, 2015

Updated: 5:51 p.m. | The House is set to vote Thursday on Trade Promotion Authority, with GOP leaders employing procedural maneuvers and indirect promises to make sure the bill eventually gets signed into law.

Bipartisan Duo: Use 'Queen of the Hill' for Highway Bill

June 17, 2015

Remember when House Republican leaders solved their budget resolution woes by bringing a number of options to the floor under a quirky procedural maneuver where “winner takes all?”

Pro-Trade Democrats Welcome More Time to Make Their Case (Updated)

June 16, 2015

Updated: 2:23 p.m. | Four days after House Democrats sank the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill necessary to advance Trade Promotion Authority legislation, lawmakers on both sides of the trade debate have different takes on what happened — and what comes next.

How Republicans Could Get Obama Trade Promotion Authority (Video)

June 16, 2015

House Republican leaders are mulling their options for forcing a vote on Trade Promotion Authority while saving reconsideration of Trade Adjustment Assistance for another day.

Diaz-Balart Gumming Up Obama's Cuba Thaw Plans

June 16, 2015

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is not a quiet man. The gregarious Florida Republican, known for sudden eruptions of laughter and dramatic gesticulations, is hard to miss in a crowd. But when it comes to legislating, the seven-term lawmaker blends in, working methodically, usually behind the scenes, to put his stamp on policy.

Deadline for TAA Do-Over Vote Extended to July 30 (Updated)

June 15, 2015

Updated 10:08 a.m. | It looks like there might not be action this week after all to move President Barack Obama’s trade agenda.

White House Officials to Meet With Pro-Trade Democrats Tuesday

June 15, 2015

President Barack Obama and his team made a rare trip to Capitol Hill last week to personally lobby for help from House Democrats on his trade agenda. On Tuesday, top administration advisers from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. will return to the halls of Congress — though this time they’ll be meeting with a more select, and sympathetic, audience.

Hastert Portrait Still Looms In Capitol

June 15, 2015

The lurid charges levied against J. Dennis Hastert have sent chills through lawmakers who know the former House speaker — but Republican leaders have remained largely silent on what, if anything, Congress should do in response.

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.

President Gets Weekend to Swing Democrats on Trade Deal (Video)

June 12, 2015

The House will take a second crack at passing Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation early next week, after giving President Barack Obama and pro-trade Democrats the weekend to flip some of the party’s 144 “no’s.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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