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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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Democrats Force Immigration Vote at Budget Hearing

April 2, 2014

Democrats Wednesday used a meeting intended to advance House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s spending blueprint to force Republicans into a symbolic vote on immigration reform.

Highest Ranking Latino in Congress, Xavier Becerra Comes Into His Own

April 1, 2014

Updated, April 2, 1:15 p.m. | In 2001, just shy of a decade in the House, Rep. Xavier Becerra suggested he was more of a policy wonk than a power broker.

Ryan Budget Slated for Wednesday Markup

March 31, 2014

Get ready: The new Ryan Budget is coming soon to a committee markup near you.

Maher Continues to Bait Grimm, Farenthold for #FlipaDistrict

March 31, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher still wants to #flipadistrict from Republican to Democrat, and on his HBO show on March 28, he continued to lambast two of his GOP targets: New York’s Michael G. Grimm and Texas’s Blake Farenthold.

House Democrats to Try and Force Floor Vote on Immigration Overhaul

March 25, 2014

House Democrats are poised to offer their third discharge petition of 2014 Wednesday, this one to force a floor vote on an immigration overhaul bill.

Tax Reform to Start With Baby Steps in the House

March 24, 2014

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp is pushing ahead with an incremental approach on tax reform for now.

Pelosi Brings George Miller Back to the Steering and Policy Committee

March 24, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is reinstalling fellow California Democrat George Miller as co-chairman of the Steering and Policy Committee, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call on Monday evening.

Maher's Audience Targets Grimm, Farenthold

March 24, 2014

The first round of votes has come in: Reps. Michael G. Grimm of New York and Blake Farenthold of Texas are “fan favorites” — to be ousted from office in November.

Mullin Facing Ethics Inquiry for Plumbing Business Ties

March 24, 2014

Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., might have collected outside earnings in 2013 that exceeded the cap for sitting members of Congress as he maintained a relationship with his business that he was supposed to largely sever upon being elected to office, the House Ethics Committee divulged on Monday.

New Bipartisan Ukraine Sanctions Bill Introduced — Without IMF Language (Updated)

March 21, 2014

Updated 2:06 p.m. | A House bill introduced Friday imposing sanctions on Russia and providing economic aid to Ukraine would closely mirror legislation up for consideration in the Senate next week — but without language sought by the White House that would open the spigots for International Monetary Fund loans.

House Ethics Reviewing Gutierrez Contract With Illinois Lobbyist (Updated)

March 20, 2014

Updated 5:10 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee is reviewing alleged violations by Illinois Democrat and leading immigration overhaul advocate Luis V. Gutiérrez, the bipartisan panel announced in a statement Thursday.

Pelosi: GOP 'Extreme' for Blocking Unemployment Insurance Extension

March 20, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi slammed House Republicans on Thursday for their “extreme nature” and “indifference” to extending unemployment insurance benefits, a day after Speaker John A. Boehner torched a bipartisan Senate bill.

Pelosi: Affordable Care Act a 'Winner' on Its 4th Anniversary

March 20, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was on the defensive Thursday at a news conference convened, in part, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law.

Cantor Looks to Confront Putin, Impose Costs on Russia

March 18, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is looking to retaliate against Russia after it moved to annex Crimea Tuesday.

When the Speaker Calls: How McMorris Rodgers Was Picked for SOTU Response

March 18, 2014

Cathy McMorris Rodgers was back in Spokane, Wash., for the holidays, hosting her district staff Christmas party at the local Old Spaghetti Factory, when she heard she’d missed a call from Speaker John A. Boehner.

RSC Chairman: 'We're Not Done' Until Obamacare Alternative Hits House Floor

March 17, 2014

House GOP leadership intends to put forward a formal framework for repealing and replacing Obamacare, but has so far stopped short of promising to turn that framework into actual legislative text.

Hispanic Caucus Regroups as Obama Promises Deportation Review

March 14, 2014

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will hold off on pursuing a resolution calling for the White House to take action to decrease deportations after President Barack Obama on Thursday evening promised to closely examine the issue.

Eshoo Launches Anna PAC In Her Bid for Ranking Member Slot

March 14, 2014

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo advanced her bid for Energy and Commerce ranking member on Wednesday night with the launch of her new political action committee, Anna PAC.

Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor

March 13, 2014

Republicans blocked Democrats' privileged resolution demanding that Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa publicly apologize to the House of Representatives for cutting off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week at an IRS hearing.

The nearly party line vote shelving the resolution came after a theatrical display of protest on the House floor, with Democrats not about to give up on the issue.

"This was not just a violation of Mr. Issa's treatment of Mr. Cummings," said Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., a freshman lawmaker who introduced the resolution on Thursday. "My resolution was about Mr. Issa's offense against the House."

"If we don't enforce the rules," Kildee said, "where do we go?"

As Kildee and his Democratic colleagues offered the resolution, they defiantly held pictures of Issa making the throat-cutting motion, displaying the image on iPads, iPhones and paper. A floor procedure kerfuffle, in which a new House precedent may have been established, ensued.

Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor (Updated) (Video)

March 13, 2014

Updated 8:12 p.m. | Republicans once again blocked a Democratic resolution demanding a House floor apology from Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa for silencing Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week during an IRS hearing.

Pelosi: Obamacare Not to Blame for Alex Sink's Defeat

March 13, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected the premise that Democrat Alex Sink’s loss to Republican David Jolly in Tuesday night’s Florida special election was a referendum on Obamacare.

Pelosi Praises Feinstein, Calls CIA Director's Statements 'Befuddling'

March 13, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow California Democrat, on Thursday for her “courage” in standing up to the intelligence community, though stopped short of saying whether she believed the CIA had, in fact, spied on Senate Intelligence Committee computer files.

Boehner Stays Out of Feinstein-CIA Feud (Updated) (Video)

March 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner is holding his fire on the feud between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA.

Boehner: IMF Aid to Ukraine Isn't Necessary (Updated) (Video)

March 12, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said authority sought by President Barack Obama to extend IMF loans to Ukraine isn’t needed.

House GOP Leaders Gloat Over Jolly's Victory in Florida (Updated) (Video)

March 12, 2014

House Republican leaders enjoyed some bragging rights at their Wednesday morning press conference after their candidate, David Jolly, won Tuesday’s hotly-contested special election in Florida to succeed late-Republican Rep. C. W. Bill Young.

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