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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 Calls for 'Independent Investigation' Into Secret Service Lapses (Video)

Oct. 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an “independent investigation” into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were “inexcusable.”

Losing Cummings Set Off Chain Reaction for Secret Service Director

Oct. 1, 2014

As CNN’s Wolf Blitzer noted Wednesday afternoon, when a White House appointee loses the backing of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Elijah E. Cummings, you know you’re in trouble.

Pelosi Calls for 'Independent Investigation' Into Secret Service

Oct. 1, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an "independent investigation" into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were "inexcusable."

"The challenge may be more than one person," the California Democrat told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "Whether she [resigns] or not, I think we need an independent investigation. Her leaving doesn't end the need to learn more."

Ethics Office Finds Evidence Petri Violated House Rules

Sept. 30, 2014

The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it will continue to investigate whether Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., used his position in Congress to help certain companies in which he held significant financial interest.

Hoyer: 'Atlas Shrugged' No Way to Run a Country

Sept. 29, 2014

Five weeks and one day before the midterm elections, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer made the case for Democrats to retake control of the House, delivering a scathing takedown of Republican leadership in the process.

Lawmakers Weigh In on Holder Resignation (Updated) (Video)

Sept. 25, 2014

Update 5:05 p.m. | Even before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s resignation was officially announced, House and Senate lawmakers were sending out statements reacting to the news.

Boehner: Don't Expect War Authorization Vote in Lame-Duck Session

Sept. 25, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner thinks Congress should debate authorizing use of force against the Islamic State in Syria — but not until new members of the House and Senate take office in January.

Rep. Henry Cuellar: 'I Will Die As a Democrat'

Sept. 24, 2014

After a summer spent defending himself against criticism from Democratic colleagues, Rep. Henry Cuellar was defiant Wednesday when his party affiliation was called into question.

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

Sept. 22, 2014

President Barack Obama has said he won’t make sweeping changes to immigration policy until after the midterm elections in order to protect vulnerable Democrats in tight races, but House Republicans don’t want to wait to see what the president has up his sleeve.

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Sept. 22, 2014

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days — translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner.

Pelosi Pens Second Endorsement Letter for Eshoo

Sept. 18, 2014

Nancy Pelosi is making another play for her fellow Californian and close friend, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, to be ranking member on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Former Congressman Speaks Publicly of Son's Suicide

Sept. 18, 2014

Former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, but not in his capacity as chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, or for any business connected to his Miami-based consulting firm.

The Florida Republican who retired from the House in 2010, instead, came to testify at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing "to examine federal efforts on suicide prevention."

Diaz-Balart — whose brother, Rep. Mario-Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., still serves in office — appeared before the panel to speak, for the first time in public, about the May 2013 suicide of his son, Lincoln Gabriel, who was then 29-years-old.

Party Like it's 1994: Gingrich, DeLay Reunite With 'Greatest Class'

Sept. 18, 2014

While most of Congress trekked down Pennsylvania Avenue Wednesday night to the annual White House picnic, a select group of current and former members took a trip down Memory Lane instead, converging on the Hill to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic House GOP class of 1994.

Energy and Commerce Race Heats Up as Election Nears

Sept. 18, 2014

After a quiet couple of months, the race to be the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee is heating up again.

Pelosi Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes'

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders aren't whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used her regularly-scheduled Wednesday morning news conference to make an impassioned case for members to support their president.

"I don't know how the vote will turn out," the California Democrat said. "It's not a vote we whip. We just don't whip war votes. But I do think that, as members weigh the factors, that they will, I think, give points to the president for all that he has done, diplomatically, politically, humanitarian-wise and ask for this distinct piece."

Pelosi Backs Obama, but Says 'We Just Don't Whip War Votes' (Video)

Sept. 17, 2014

House Democratic leaders aren’t whipping votes on the continuing resolution and an amendment to give President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the terrorist group the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Parties' Shared Benghazi Goals: Win the Hearings, Control the Narrative

Sept. 17, 2014

Reps. Trey Gowdy and Elijah E. Cummings say they don’t want the Select Committee on Benghazi to be driven by partisanship, and both have made overtures over the past four months to prove they mean it.

Bipartisan Bloc Coalesces Behind CR, Syrian Rebels Amendment

Sept. 16, 2014

Despite lingering reservations on both sides of the aisle, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats is coming together behind proposals to arm Syrian rebels and fund the government beyond Sept. 30.

Path Forward on CR, Title 10 Authority Starts to Crystalize

Sept. 15, 2014

After postponing consideration last week of a stop-gap spending measure to fund the government past Sept. 30, House GOP leaders are poised in the days ahead to bring that same piece of legislation to the floor.

Gingrich, DeLay and Republicans of '94 to Reunite on Capitol Hill

Sept. 15, 2014

Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay had a rocky relationship when they served together in House GOP leadership nearly two decades ago.

Hoyer: Give McCarthy and Scalise 'Benefit of the Doubt' on Leadership Process

Sept. 12, 2014

The House’s inability to pass an emergency border funding bill last month left critics on both sides of the aisle wondering whether the new members of the GOP leadership team, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, can bring order to an unruly conference

No. 2 House Democrat Predicts Two-Part Vote on ISIS Request

Sept. 11, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday afternoon that he expects Congress will vote next week to grant President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS.

House GOP ISIS and CR Strategy Still in Flux

Sept. 11, 2014

House GOP leaders are advocating for giving President Barack Obama some authority within the continuing resolution to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS, according to several Republican lawmakers present at a Thursday morning members’ meeting.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution (Video)

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

House Postpones Vote on Continuing Resolution

Sept. 10, 2014

The House will postpone its scheduled Thursday vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the announcement during the afternoon vote series on Wednesday, saying the delay was needed to give members time to reach an agreement on whether to include Obama administration-requested language to aid Syrian rebels against terrorist insurgents operating under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

McCarthy said the delay was warranted "given the severity of the situation and the need for all members to properly evaluate" the issues.

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