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Humberto Sanchez


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, Heller Hold Out Hope for House Action on Unemployment Extension

April 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., remain hopeful that an agreement can be worked out with House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to pass legislation extending unemployment insurance benefits.

'Nuclear' Nominations Aftermath Slows Senate to Crawl

April 14, 2014

Just how many of President Barack Obama’s nominees will get confirmed this year? If last week is any indication, the answer may depend on whether Democrats once again employ the “nuclear” option to effectively change the Senate’s rules.

Boxer and Vitter Have Tentative Deal on Highway Bill

April 10, 2014

With time running out before funding expires for highway and transit programs, key Senate lawmakers announced a deal in principle Thursday for a new six-year highway bill — but still no final plan on how to pay for it.

Fischer Takes GOP Lead in Pay Equity Debate

April 9, 2014

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., likes to tell a story about when she was first elected to the state legislature and a reporter asked if she would focus on women’s issues.

Senate GOP Not Sweating Democratic Pay Equity Push (Video)

April 8, 2014

Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation — pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters.

Reid Takes Umbrage at Former CIA Chief Calling Feinstein 'Emotional'

April 7, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, dismissed comments from former Central Intelligence Agency Chief Michael Hayden calling Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., “emotional” regarding a panel report on CIA interrogation.

Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Extension

April 7, 2014

Updated 7:26 p.m. | The Senate approved a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension Monday, with six Republicans joining Senate Democrats to clear the measure.

Fort Hood Shooting Has Harry Reid Talking Gun Control Again

April 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Wednesday shooting at Fort Hood made him wish that Congress would pass expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Unemployment Extension Set to Pass After GOP Filibuster Fails

April 3, 2014

Updated 10:25 p.m. | Senate Republicans failed to block an unemployment extension Thursday, with Democrats putting an end to their filibuster and setting up a final vote on Monday. The cloture tally was 61-35.

Republicans Offer Deal on Unemployment Extension Vote

April 3, 2014

Updated, 3:34 p.m. | Senate Democratic leaders are weighing an offer from Senate Republicans to agree to a vote on one catchall amendment, including authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline, in exchange for finishing work on an unemployment insurance extension bill today.

Minimum Wage Compromise Faces Long Odds

April 2, 2014

Sen. Susan Collins is fighting an uphill battle to get Democrats and Republicans to back a minimum wage compromise.

Unemployment Extension Set to Pass, But GOP Digging in on Minimum Wage, Pay Equity

April 1, 2014

Republicans say they might block consideration of minimum wage and pay equity bills after Senate Democrats moved to block GOP amendments to the unemployment extension bill expected to pass later this week.

In First Tests as Finance Chairman, Wyden Pushes Against Patches

March 31, 2014

In his first major tests as Senate Finance chairman, Ron Wyden is waging war against the congressional penchant for patches and punting. It’s not proving to be an easy fight.

Reid: Unemployment Benefits Extension Will Pass This Week (Updated)

March 31, 2014

Updated 7:31 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted Senate passage of a bipartisan unemployment insurance benefits extension this week, and urged action by the Republican-run House.

CBO Calls Baloney on Using War Money to Pay Medicare Docs (Updated)

March 31, 2014

Updated 3:54 p.m. | Congressional budget scorekeepers don’t sound impressed with using projected savings from not fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to prevent slashing paychecks for doctors.

Landrieu, Begich Among Moderates Pushing Obamacare Fixes

March 27, 2014

A day after Senate Democratic leaders played down possible election year blowback from Obamacare, a group of six moderate Democrats, including two with tough reelection races, unveiled a package of proposals for improving the law.

Unemployment Extension Clears First Test Vote in Senate (Updated)

March 27, 2014

Updated 4:46 p.m. | The Senate easily cleared a 60-vote threshold Thursday to advance a bipartisan extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits.

Reid Plans to Have Spending Bills on Floor in June and July

March 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is promising the Appropriations Committee a month’s worth of floor time.

On Obamacare, Harry Reid Says the Joke Is on Boehner

March 26, 2014

Senate Democrats unveiled an agenda Wednesday focused on the middle class and designed to help them keep the majority, but spent part of their press conference parrying questions about whether the Affordable Care Act would be a liability for Democrats in the November election.

McConnell: Ukraine Aid Bill Won't Pass House Without Changes

March 25, 2014

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to allow amendments to a Ukrainian aid package in order to secure its passage through the House.

Reid Dropping IMF Provision From Ukraine Bill (Updated)

March 25, 2014

Updated 2:40 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday that Democrats have agreed to nix the International Monetary Fund provision in a Ukraine aid package, in what amounts to a victory for House Republican leaders and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and a defeat for the White House.

Ukraine Aid Advances in Senate but Cruz, Barrasso Push for Votes on Amendments

March 24, 2014

A bill to provide aid to Ukraine cleared a procedural vote Monday evening, as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, signaled he would not object to expediting the bill if he gets a vote on an amendment striking the International Monetary Fund provision.

Unemployment Extension Fight Pits Portman Against Boehner

March 24, 2014

The fight for a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension bill is pitting two powerful, prominent Ohio Republicans — Speaker John A. Boehner and Sen. Rob Portman — against each other, but the two men haven’t yet spoken about it.

Reid Wants to Pass Unemployment Insurance, Ukraine Aid and 'Doc Fix' This Week

March 24, 2014

Looking to pass an unemployment insurance extension, pay for doctors and an aid package for Ukraine, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., warned that the Senate may have to stay in through the weekend if Republicans launch filibusters.

Warner Calls for Cybersecurity Partnership With Ukraine

March 24, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner is seeking to add an amendment to a pending Ukraine aid package that would create a law enforcement partnership between the United States and Ukraine to combat cyber-crime.

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