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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.
Twenty-three House Democrats have signed onto a letter calling on Speaker John A. Boehner to postpone Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled March 3 address to a joint session of Congress.
Democrat Cedric L. Richmond’s defense of Steve Scalise after revelations the Republican majority whip spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002 raised eyebrows in Washington — especially among other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Updated 2:44 p.m. | As congressional Republicans continue to slam the White House for overreaching on immigration and promising to veto Iran sanctions, House Democrats traveled to Cuba in celebration of another Obama administrative initiative much-derided by the GOP: the recent normalization of ties between the United States and the long-marginalized country.
Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that his chamber need not — and would not — take any further action to fund the Department of Homeland Security, reiterating the House has done its job and calling for Democrats to allow the Senate to consider the House-passed bill.
The Ohio Republican’s resistance to putting forth another proposal just days before the DHS runs out of money further clouds the outcome for how Congress will avoid a shutdown of the critical agency on Friday.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short Thursday of saying she wouldn't vote for a stop-gap spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security if Democrats and Republicans can't reach an agreement for long-term funding in the next two weeks.
But the California Democrat, in her weekly news conference, slammed the GOP for bringing the critical agency to the brink of a shutdown when its funding expires at the end of the month.
"Two months — that's not a solution," said Pelosi, responding to questions about whether a two-month continuation of existing DHS funding was in order, given Republicans' resistance to remove provisions in their proposed spending bill to block President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short Thursday of saying she wouldn’t vote for a stop-gap spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security if Democrats and Republicans can’t reach an agreement for long-term funding in the next two weeks.
Speaker John A. Boehner maintained Thursday that his chamber need not — and would not — take any further action to fund the Department of Homeland Security, reiterating the House has done its job and calling for Democrats to allow the Senate to consider the House-passed bill.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner fell short in his 2014 efforts to convince GOP leadership to take up his Voting Rights Amendment Act, but the Wisconsin Republican is ready to take another stab at passing a rewrite of the historic law.
Updated 5:35 p.m. | Former Rep. Michael G. Grimm was spotted visiting old colleagues Wednesday.
House Republicans took their show on the road Tuesday morning, eschewing the standard-issue news conference set-up for a location more complementary to the subject at hand.
Updated 3:28 p.m. | When it comes to Department of Homeland Security funding, the ball is still in the Senate’s court, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
For members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the question of whether Democrats should move to the center or double down on left-leaning populism after November’s midterm whacking was never in doubt.
As many House Democrats mull skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled joint address to Congress next month, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “as of now” plans to attend.
Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t dress like the typical member of Congress — opting for youthful, fashion-forward designs and splashy, bright colors over Capitol Hill’s ubiquitous tailored suits and muted blazers.
Updated 7:27 p.m. | House Republican leaders gave their freshmen members a political gift Tuesday: The chance to vote “yes” on a symbolic bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
Speaker John A. Boehner is daring his Senate counterparts on both sides of the aisle to advance the House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill that contains language blocking President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
President Barack Obama has released his fiscal 2016 budget and the reviews are in: Democrats love it, Republicans hate it.
“All of that is good, people are feeling good,” said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. “I think the challenge for us now is, ‘OK. What’s our message?’”
Updated 10:55 p.m. | PHILADELPHIA — A fiery President Barack Obama addressed House Democrats Thursday night, saying while there’s more work to do in restoring the economy, Democrats can’t be shy about what they’ve already accomplished.
PHILADELPHIA — House Democrats are united around a new messaging strategy for the 2016 cycle, according to Rep. Steve Israel of New York.
PHILADELPHIA — As the controversy builds over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress this spring, Nancy Pelosi weighed in again Wednesday with a more forceful rebuke of what she and the White House have called a breach in protocol.
The same day House Democrats are set to go to their annual issues conference in Philadelphia to discuss messaging for the 2016 election cycle, among other things, the caucus’s new messaging group held its inaugural meeting on Capitol Hill.
The official theme of the House Democrats’ annual “issues conference” this week is “Grow America’s Economy, Grow American Paychecks.”
The House is set to vote next week on what some Republicans are proudly calling “the toughest border security bill ever.”
With members still divided on what went wrong for the party in the 2014 midterm elections, the House Democrat in charge of honing messaging for the next two years is trying to build consensus around a revised communication strategy.