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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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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.

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.

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.

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."

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 (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.

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 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.

Boxer Cheers Cochran Primary Win, Sees Lesson for Transportation Bill

June 25, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., cheered the GOP primary win of Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi on Wednesday and said she hoped his winning message of bringing back money to Mississippi would be a lesson to to other senators.

Harkin Didn't Want Unemployment Extension to 'Screw Up' Job Training Bill

June 24, 2014

Sen. Tom Harkin says an unemployment extension was kept off a job training bill intentionally.

McConnell Unsure Whether He Will Support Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

June 24, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he had not decided if he would support reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank at his weekly news conference Tuesday.

McConnell, who is campaigning for re-election, was quick to point out he did not vote for the last authorization, and stressed his support or lack thereof should not prevent the Senate from considering the issue.

“I think we ought to take it up,” he said. “The last time it was up I didn’t support it, but I don’t think that’s an argument for not bringing it up.”

Reid: Not Funding Highway Bill Would Be 'A Real Shame'

June 24, 2014

When the Senate returns from the July Fourth recess, lawmakers will have just about two weeks to fix a shortfall in funds for federally-backed highway projects, with both parties again in a dispute over taxes.

Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., made a presentation during Tuesday's caucus lunch, and after Majority Leader Harry Reid said not funding surface transportation would be "a real shame" at his weekly news conference.

Wyden said Tuesday the trust fund will go out of balance on July 18.

Reid Plans Vote to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he plans to hold a vote on the Export-Import Bank before its authorization expires at the end of the fiscal year.

“I think it’s really important that we have legislation like this that has the wide support of business groups around the country; it’s something that creates jobs,” Reid said.

But he declined to speculate when that would be and whether it would be considered separately or as part of a package, like a continuing resolution that may be needed to keep the government open beyond Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year.

Boehner's Move on Unemployment Extension, Reid Says (Video)

June 24, 2014

It’s up to the House to act next on an unemployment extension, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday.

Unemployment Extension Benefits Still Stuck, Won't Be Retroactive

June 24, 2014

An unemployment extension remains dead in the water in Congress, despite a new offer to ditch retroactive benefits by its primary Senate backers.

Reid Says Unemployment Extension Up To Boehner

June 24, 2014

It's up to the House to act next on an unemployment extension, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday.

“We need to get some movement in the House,” he said at his weekly press conference. “We’ve already passed an unemployment extension over here and the House, in their typical fashion, has done nothing.”

Reid Plans Export-Import Bank Vote (Video)

June 24, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he plans to hold a vote on the Export-Import Bank before its authorization expires at the end of the fiscal year.

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