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Humberto Sanchez

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Humberto Sanchez covers the Senate for Roll Call. Prior to joining, he covered the budget and appropriations process for Congress Daily and now NJ Daily for three years.

Humberto previously worked at the Bond Buyer covering state and local budget and finance issues. He also covered the Securities and Exchange Commission for Dow Jones Newswires. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from James Madison University and is also an alumnus of States News Service.

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Reid: 'Clear' Health Care Ruling Will be Overturned

July 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday echoed the White House's criticism of a federal appeals court ruling, which would restrict the 2010 health care law's subsidies to insurance exchanges formally established by the states, as opposed to those run by the federal government.

"Two activist Republican judges sought to undermine a law that was passed in congress — by congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, that is now benefiting millions of Americans," Reid said at his weekly news conference. "It seems clear to me that that decision will be overturned."

Reid: 'Absurd' Obamacare Decision Vindicates 'Nuclear Option' (Video)

July 22, 2014

Senate Democrats are hoping their use of the “nuclear option” to end a Republican blockade of circuit court nominees last year will help overturn a 2-1 appeals court ruling with the potential to gut Obamacare tax subsidies for millions.

Democrats Tout Walsh Bill to Bring Back Jobs — Without Walsh

July 22, 2014

Politics is overtaking the Senate floor schedule again this week, with a vulnerable Democrat leading the charge on a bill to give tax breaks to employers who return jobs to the United States.

Nomination Backlog Frustrates Administration, Democrats as August Looms

July 21, 2014

A pileup of nominations — particularly for scores of would-be U.S. ambassadors — has the Obama administration pushing hard for Senate action ahead of the August recess, while senators want to get home to campaign before the midterms.

McCain: Putin Should Pay if Separatists Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Plane

July 17, 2014

If it's determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.

The Arizona Republican said it's too early to know exactly what happened to the plane that reportedly crashed near the Russian border.

"It's an outrageous and incredible act of terrorism that people [should] be held responsible and not only be people directly responsible, but indirectly," McCain said when asked about reports the plane was shot down. "And if these are ... separatists, which are also Russian, Vladimir Putin should be paying a heavy price. But I am not concluding yet that until we find out all the information."

Putin Should Pay if Malaysia Airlines Jet Was Shot Down, McCain Says (Video)

July 17, 2014

If it’s determined that Ukrainian separatists shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in Eastern Ukraine Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin should face consequences, Sen. John McCain said.

Democratic Leaders Plan to Bypass Wyden on Internet Sales Tax Combo Bill (Video)

July 16, 2014

Senate Democratic leaders plan to do an end run around Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and combine House-passed legislation extending a moratorium on taxing Internet access with a Senate-passed proposal to require online retailers to collect sales tax.

Obama's Embrace of GOP Highway Fix Frustrates Senators Pushing Long-Term Deal

July 16, 2014

A group of Senators focused on forcing action on a new highway bill expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama for backing a House-GOP stopgap measure that they argue would encourage kicking the can down the road.

Harkin's HELP Committee Shows Off the Lost Art of Legislating

July 15, 2014

Ask Sen. Tom Harkin about his committee’s work this Congress and he’s ready to rattle off a key statistic.

Senate Filibusters Bipartisan Sportsmen's Bill

July 10, 2014

The bipartisan sportsmen’s bill championed by endangered Sen. Kay Hagan became another election year casualty today with a majority of the Senate refusing to end debate.

Reid: Unemployment Extension Could Get Attached to Supplemental

July 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he hopes senators get a chance to add an unemployment extension to the $4.3 billion emergency spending bill.

Rubio Calls for Obama to Help Vet in Mexican Jail

July 10, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voiced concerns Thursday about a Mexican judge’s decision to return Afghanistan war veteran Andrew Tahmooressi to jail for breaking Mexico’s strict gun laws.

Reed: Add Unemployment Extension to Emergency Spending Bill

July 10, 2014

Congress should add an unemployment extension to President Barack Obama’s $4.3 billion proposed emergency spending bill, Sen. Jack Reed said Wednesday.

CBO Score Continues to Vex Veterans Bill Talks

July 9, 2014

The sky-high CBO score for a veterans’ health care overhaul continues to stall progress weeks after separate bills blitzed through the House and Senate.

Gun Politics Overtake Hunting Bill

July 9, 2014

Gun politics appear all-but-certain to destroy any chance of advancing a bipartisan hunting, fishing and conservation package — and with it, a chance for Sen. Kay Hagan and other endangered Democrats to tout their bipartisan legislative bona fides ahead of the November elections.

Mitch McConnell: It's Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff (Video)

July 8, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide.

Mitch McConnell: It's Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff

July 8, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide.

“I assume the people in Mississippi will look at what ever complaints are filed,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked to comment on Cruz’s call for an investigation in to voter fraud. “That is what typically happens in a post election situation if there are complaints filed they are dealt with at the state level.”

“I think it’s pretty clear who won. Sen. [Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,] ran a very successful runoff campaign and got the most votes," McConnell added. "But anybody is entitled to contest the outcome and that may well may happen in Mississippi.”

Hobby Lobby, Immigration Supplemental At Top of Reid's July Agenda

July 8, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans a packed July work period with the Senate expected to consider a raft of bills, including a Democratic response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and the emergency immigration supplemental spending bill.

"We have so much to do this month," Reid said after a meeting with his Democratic colleagues. "At the caucus that I just completed we weren’t able to get through all the issues. So we have to finish our work on Thursday just to talk about them."

Senate Republicans Lament Lack of Amendments

July 8, 2014

With a packed July work period awaiting the Senate, Republicans on Tuesday called on Majority Leader Harry Reid to refrain from votes to score political points, while Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., called on the Nevada Democrat to reopen the amendment process on the floor.

"The House of Representatives this week will pass the sixth appropriations bill," Blunt said at the Senate Republicans weekly news conference. "And they've done that the old fashioned way, also known as the constitutional way, where you bring the bills to the floor, use this long-forgotten process in the Senate called amendments, and let every member bring every amendment they want to bring."

Hobby Lobby, Immigration Supplemental At Top of Reid's July Agenda (Video)

July 8, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans a packed July work period with the Senate expected to consider a raft of bills, including a Democratic response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and the emergency immigration supplemental spending bill.

Senate Democrats Call for Quick Action on Highway Patch

July 7, 2014

A trio of Democratic senators called for quick action this month on agreeing to keep funds flowing to transportation projects through the end of the year as bipartisan, bicameral negotiations continue on finding a way to pay for the patch.

Senate Democrats Plan July Push on Export-Import Bank, Woo Chamber

July 1, 2014

Senate Democrats intend to take up legislation this month reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank in the hope that a strong bipartisan vote in the chamber will help spur House Republican leaders to take up the measure.

Wyden: 'Why Hasn't the Bulk Collection of Americans' Phone Records Been Ended?'

June 30, 2014

Sen. Ron Wyden is raising additional concerns about "backdoor" queries of communications by American citizens by federal intelligence and law enforcement authorities.

During an open hearing on June 5, the Oregon Democrat pressed the Obama administration about the collection of records.

"Why hasn't the bulk collection of Americans' phone records been ended?" Wyden said. "The fact that this dragnet surveillance is taking place right now is unacceptable to me."

Wyden Continues to Blast Obama Administration on 'Backdoor' Surveillance (Video)

June 30, 2014

Sen. Ron Wyden is raising additional concerns about “backdoor” queries of communications by American citizens by federal intelligence and law enforcement authorities.

Howard Baker, Known as 'Great Conciliator,' Dies at 88

June 26, 2014

Updated, 6:25 p.m. | Former Republican Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. of Tennessee, known for asking during the Watergate hearings “What did the president know and when did he know it,” died Thursday from complications of a stroke he suffered on Saturday.

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