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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:

TPP Trade Deal Could Divide Obama, House Democrats

Jan. 9, 2015

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation that would give him the authority to negotiate a long-sought trade agreement with nearly a dozen countries in the Pacific region.

Schiff Named Top Democrat on Intelligence Panel

Jan. 8, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that California Democrat Adam B. Schiff will be the next ranking member on the Intelligence Committee.

The Real Reason Some Members Voted Against Boehner

Jan. 8, 2015

For many of the 25 House Republicans who broke ranks in the speaker election Tuesday, voting against John A. Boehner was a reflection of a long-simmering dissatisfaction with the Ohio Republican.

House GOP Extends Contract for Obama Lawsuit

Jan. 7, 2015

House Republicans will continue to pay an outside attorney to handle its lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

Boehner Weighs Punishments for Speaker Election Dissidents

Jan. 7, 2015

The morning after Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent were kicked off the Rules Committee, freshly re-elected Speaker John A. Boehner left the door open to possibly reinstating the two Florida Republicans.

Boehner and House GOP Regroup After Tumultuous Speaker Election

Jan. 6, 2015

After the election of John A. Boehner to a third term as speaker Tuesday, House Republicans start the 114th Congress in a similar fashion to the 113th: Conservatives are unhappy with leadership and leadership’s not too pleased with some conservatives.

GOP Leaders Boot Webster, Nugent Off Rules Committee (Updated)

Jan. 6, 2015

Updated 7:00 p.m. | After Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent bucked leadership and voted for a speaker whose last name was not “Boehner,” House leaders stripped the two Florida congressmen of their positions on the Rules Committee.

Boehner Elected Speaker Despite 25 Republican Dissidents (Video)

Jan. 6, 2015

In a dramatic vote in which Republican dissidents staged yet another unsuccessful coup attempt, Speaker John A. Boehner was elected to a third term as speaker of the House Tuesday.

Boehner Elected to Third Term as Speaker

Jan. 6, 2015

In a dramatic vote in which Republican dissidents staged yet another unsuccessful coup attempt, John A. Boehner was elected to a third term as speaker of the House Tuesday.

Boehner won re-election with 216 of the 408 votes cast, as 25 Republicans voted for someone else or voted present in an act of protest. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received 164 Democratic votes, with four members of her party voting for someone other than the California Democrat.

In his remarks to the full House after retaking the gavel, Boehner expressed hope for a new era of cooperation and productivity.

“They say nothing is going to be accomplished here, divisions are greater than ever. … Skepticism of our government is healthy and in our time quite understandable. But one problem with saying, ‘it can’t be done,’ is that it already has been done, or at least started.”

Third Candidate to Challenge Boehner for Speakership

Jan. 6, 2015

A little more than an hour before the House is due to hold an in-person, roll call vote to elect the speaker, a third candidate emerged as an alternative candidate to John A. Boehner of Ohio.

GOP Ready to Move On From Scalise Scandal

Jan. 5, 2015

House Republican leaders are hopeful there will be enough distractions at the start of the 114th Congress to deflect attention from Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his 2002 meeting with a white supremacist group.

5 Legislative Hurdles for New House GOP

Jan. 5, 2015

John A. Boehner’s first test in the 114th Congress comes Tuesday, when he could face as many as 20 defections to his speakership.

GOP's New Freshman President Ready for Collaboration — or Confrontation

Jan. 2, 2015

Corrected, Jan. 10, 11:48 p.m.: Colorado Republican Ken Buck turned in his district attorney’s badge on Friday morning.

Kevin McCarthy, Ben Ray Luján Among Capitol Hill's Big Winners in 2014

Dec. 30, 2014

Not every member of Congress had an A+ year.

Report: Michael Grimm Could Resign This Week (Updated)

Dec. 29, 2014

Updated 10:46 p.m. | Rep. Michael G. Grimm intends to resign from the House after pleading guilty to tax evasion, according to local media reports.

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion (Updated)

Dec. 23, 2014

Updated 2:21 p.m. | NEW YORK — Rep. Michael G. Grimm said he won’t step down, despite pleading guilty Tuesday to one of the 20 felony tax fraud charges he’s been battling since April — immediately raising questions about whether the New York Republican will be forced to resign his seat in Congress.

Ex-Congressman Considers Seeking Grimm's Seat

Dec. 23, 2014

As Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., reportedly prepares to enter a guilty plea Tuesday to at least one of the 20 felony charges against him, his former foe confirmed he is being recruited to run for the Staten Island seat.

Pelosi: Boehner Has to Oust Michael Grimm (Updated)

Dec. 23, 2014

Updated 11:05 a.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi became the first member of leadership on either side of the aisle to call for Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s ouster from Congress.

In New Role on Capitol Hill, Duppler Goes From 'Outsider' to 'Insider'

Dec. 23, 2014

In a town where everyone wants to be heard, a big part of Mattie Duppler’s job is to listen.

Reports: Indicted Congressman Expected to Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion

Dec. 22, 2014

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to plead guilty in court to at least one of the 20 felony counts lodged against him, local news outlets reported Monday.

The Friday Before Christmas, a Quieter House

Dec. 19, 2014

Incoming Rep. Barry Loudermilk said he was surprised anybody at all was on Capitol Hill on Dec. 19, the last Friday before Christmas.

Defiant Pelosi Stands Firmly on Left

Dec. 15, 2014

Wide swaths of House Democrats have said they attribute Election Day losses to the caucus’s lack of a unified message, a strong pitch they can sell to voters and, above all else, a true sense their actions will match up with their rhetoric.

Incoming House Budget Chairman Hopes for Legislative Gains in New GOP Congress

Dec. 12, 2014

Rep. Tom Price might not have the same star power as Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

Breaking Down the 'Cromnibus' Vote (Updated)

Dec. 11, 2014

Updated 1:18 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12: The House passed the cromnibus Thursday night 219-206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill, and 67 Republicans and 139 Democrats voting against. While the vote was close, the breakdown split along familiar lines. But there were some interesting trends and deviations in the vote.

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