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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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Stories by Emma Dumain:

House GOP to Huddle Today on Debt Ceiling Strategy

Feb. 10, 2014

House Republican leadership will gather the troops this evening to plot debt ceiling strategy, aides confirmed Monday morning.

Steve Scalise Collects Conservative Victories, Looks to Health Care

Feb. 7, 2014

In his Rayburn office on Capitol Hill, Rep. Steve Scalise has a case of triumphs.

Why Is the House Ethics Committee Investigating Markwayne Mullin? (Updated)

Feb. 6, 2014

The House Ethics Committee may launch a formal investigation into freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., according to an official statement from the panel on Thursday afternoon.

Boehner on Debt Ceiling: 'Still Looking for the Pieces to This Puzzle' (Updated)

Feb. 6, 2014

Updated 4:37 p.m. | While conceding to a deadline of “before late February” to raise the debt ceiling, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said he still doesn’t have a plan for getting the votes from his conference.

RSC Names New Executive Director

Feb. 5, 2014

Several months after ousting its long-serving executive director over allegations of confidentiality breaches, the Republican Study Committee has tapped a successor.

First House Democrat Announces Bid to Succeed George Miller on Prestigious Panel

Feb. 4, 2014

The third most senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee is preparing to run for the party’s top spot on that committee in the 114th Congress.

Race Is On for Waxman's Committee Slot (Updated)

Feb. 3, 2014

Updated 6:39 p.m. | The race is on to succeed Rep. Henry A. Waxman as the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and it’s probably going to get personal.

Gutierrez 'Delighted' by Boehner Immigration Push

Jan. 31, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner’s immigration push was met with mixed reaction in his conference, but he has won over a key Democratic advocate for an overhaul: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois.

DCCC Says McMorris Rodgers 'Owes the Nation an Apology for Lying'

Jan. 31, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling on House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to apologize for “lying” in her response to the president’s State of the Union address on Thursday night.

Waxman's Retirement Spurs Race for his Committee Slot and a Slew of Speculation

Jan. 31, 2014

At the end of this year, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will lose another close ally — and fellow Californian, no less — in 40-year House veteran Henry A. Waxman.

House Republicans to Challenge Obama's Mixed Signals on Marijuana

Jan. 31, 2014

The same day President Barack Obama suggested to CNN’s Jake Tapper that revising the nation’s marijuana policies is a task for Congress, a House panel announced it would hold a hearing on the White House’s “mixed signals” on the drug.

Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm Running'

Jan. 30, 2014

Updated 5:00 p.m. | Think the spate of retirement announcements from senior House Democrats is going to drive Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi out of office?

Hoyer: McMorris Rodgers a 'Transparent' Pick to Deliver SOTU Response

Jan. 29, 2014

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered the official GOP rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night in a bid to offer voters a new face for the party ahead of the midterm elections.

Ethics Committee Drops Radel Investigation

Jan. 29, 2014

It’s official: The House Ethics Committee has closed its investigation into former Rep. Trey Radel’s conviction for cocaine possession, as expected.

Farm Bill Finally Passes the House (Updated)

Jan. 29, 2014

Updated 2:31 p.m. | Almost six months after the farm bill went down on the floor in partisan flames and GOP whip counts necessitated a variety of political maneuvers just to get the measure to conference, the House on Wednesday morning finally passed a five-year reauthorization of the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs.

After Threatening Local Reporter, Michael Grimm Apologizes for 'Losing His Cool'

Jan. 29, 2014

The morning after threatening to throw a local reporter off a balcony and “break [him] in half,” Rep. Michael G. Grimm sought to assure the Capitol Hill press corps that all was now well.

McMorris Rodgers Delivers GOP SOTU Response

Jan. 28, 2014

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers didn’t say “Obama” or “Obamacare” even once during her delivery of the GOP’s official response to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Conservative Battle Cry on Immigration: Remember the Farm Bill

Jan. 28, 2014

A new narrative against taking up an immigration overhaul is forming in House conservative circles: Just look at the farm bill.

Trey Radel's Resignation Expected to End Ethics Investigation

Jan. 27, 2014

When embattled Florida Rep. Trey Radel ends his tenure in Congress at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the House Ethics Committee is also expected to end its investigation into the Republican freshman’s arrest for cocaine possession.

Trey Radel Submits Letter of Resignation (Updated)

Jan. 27, 2014

Updated 11:32 a.m. | First-term Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., will resign from Congress at 6:30 p.m., according to his letter of resignation sent Monday to Speaker John. A. Boehner of Ohio.

A New Flack for the New CAO

Jan. 24, 2014

A Capitol Hill reporter who once covered the House chief administrative officer is now working for him.

Chris Christie Faces More Questions From Hill Democrats on Sandy Aid

Jan. 24, 2014

Two New Jersey Democrats are wading into the muck of controversies surrounding their Republican governor, Chris Christie.

GOP Chair: Invite People to State of the Union 'Left Behind' by Obama

Jan. 24, 2014

A member’s “plus-one” to the State of the Union is one of the hottest tickets in town, and this year the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference is asking members to invite constituents with “compelling stories” to share.

Boehner Tells Leno Government Shutdown a 'Predictable Disaster'

Jan. 23, 2014

In between quips about his tan complexion and common mispronunciations of his name, Speaker John A. Boehner acknowledged, in a Thursday evening interview with comedian Jay Leno, that Republicans were to blame for the government shutdown.

House Republicans Are of Many Minds on Immigration

Jan. 22, 2014

Are House Republicans prepared to pass an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in 2014?

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