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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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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Heller Seeks Answers on NHTSA's GM Investigation

March 24, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., wrote to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to determine if the agency properly conducted an audit of General Motorsí ignition switch problem.

Senate Pushes Ahead on Effort to Extend Unemployment Benefits

March 21, 2014

Senate Democrats are forging ahead with a bipartisan bill extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits, despite Speaker John A. Boehner slamming it as unworkable.

Senators: No More Excuses to Deny Unemployment Benefits Extension

March 19, 2014

Updated 5:34 p.m. | The top authors of the bipartisan Senate unemployment insurance extension bill defended their work after Speaker John A. Boehner torched it Wednesday.

McCain Seeks Military Aid for Ukraine After Russia Annexes Crimea

March 18, 2014

After Russiaís announcement that it has annexed Crimea, Sen. John McCain called for a series of responses, including providing modest military assistance to Ukraine and passing a bipartisan Ukrainian aid package.

McCain Demands Firmer Obama Ukraine Response

March 17, 2014

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ripped the White House Monday for not taking a firmer stand against Russia following the announcement of sanctions against eleven Russian and Ukrainian people.

Obama Will Reduce Deportations if GOP Doesn't Act, Schumer Says

March 14, 2014

After President Barack Obamaís decision to review immigration enforcement, Sen. Charles E. Schumer warned Republicans to let Congress act on the issue or Obama will curtail deportations on his own.

Bipartisan Unemployment Extension Deal Reached

March 13, 2014

Five Senate Democrats and five Republicans unveiled a deal on extending expired unemployment insurance benefits for five months, which should be enough to overcome a GOP filibuster and get the package out of the Senate later this month.

Reid Sees Hope for Unemployment Insurance Extension, but No Votes Expected for Weeks

March 13, 2014

Updated 5:09 p.m. | A bipartisan Senate unemployment extension deal has been reached but votes arenít expected for weeks.

Chambliss Declines to Back Feinstein's CIA Charges, May Call for Special Investigator (Video)

March 12, 2014

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee refused to endorse Chairwoman Dianne Feinsteinís explosive allegations of CIA spying on the committee, telling the Senate on Wednesday that a special investigator may be needed to get to the truth.

Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote Likely Delayed

March 12, 2014

Roughly 2 million workers whose unemployment insurance benefits have expired will likely have to wait until late March or early April for the Senate to vote again on an extension, Democrats and Republicans said.

Reid Disappointed CIA Unrepentant, Backs Feinstein

March 11, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., said he is disappointed that the CIA is showing no contrition for allegedly spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he held off on calling for immediate Senate action.

Next Nasty Nomination Fight for Obama: Michael Boggs on the Hot Seat

March 10, 2014

After Republicans and seven Democratic defectors teamed up to sink the presidentís pick to head the Department of Justiceís Civil Rights Division last week, some of the presidentís allies are redoubling their efforts to claim a scalp of their own: Michael P. Boggs, a nominee for the District Court bench in Georgia.

Unemployment Insurance Plans Duel in Senate

March 10, 2014

The partisan stalemate over restoring lapsed emergency unemployment insurance benefits is expected to continue after Senate Republicans, skeptical of the offset in a new Democratic plan, unveiled their own proposal last week.

Whitehouse, Waxman Offer to School McConnell on Climate Change

March 7, 2014

Two congressional Democrats are offering to school Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on climate change after the Kentucky Republican questioned whether the earth is warming.

Ukraine Bill Could Attract Amendments on Iran Sanctions, Natural Gas Exports

March 6, 2014

Some Senate Republicans said the upcoming aid package for Ukraine could draw an amendment adding sanctions on Iran, although others cautioned against that approach.

Democrats Block Obama's DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile

March 5, 2014

Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obamaís pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justiceís Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Democrats Face Perils of Controversial Nominees in 'Post-Nuclear' Senate

March 5, 2014

Not even Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could convince an in-cycle Senate Democrat from his home state to switch his vote and support embattled Department of Justice nominee Debo P. Adegbile.

Democrats Defect, Sink Obama's Civil Rights Pick (Updated) (Video)

March 5, 2014

Updated: 2:17 p.m. | Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obamaís pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justiceís Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Joe Biden Could Be Tiebreaker for Debo Adegbile Vote

March 5, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has made an appearance at the Capitol for the Senateís procedural vote on Debo P. Adegbile to head the Department of Justiceís Civil Rights Division.

Would McConnell Have a Governing Majority?

March 4, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell has long coveted the chance to be Senate majority leader, and while he could get the job come 2015, it may be more than he bargained for.

Reid Backs Ukraine Economic Aid; Menendez Preparing Bill

March 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he stands ready to act in response to Russian military intervention in the Crimea and that a bill with more than $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine is already in the works.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Reverberates in Senate Nomination Fight

Feb. 28, 2014

President Barack Obamaís nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to head the Justice Departmentís Civil Rights Division has unleashed a decades-old racial feud centered on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal that threatens to cross partisan lines and give credence to Senate Republican worries that more controversial nominees will be confirmed since Democrats eased the process last year.

Cruz Won't Say Whether He'll Vote for Cornyn in Tuesday's Primary

Feb. 27, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz declined to say whether he would vote for his fellow Texan, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, in next weekís Republican primary, despite Cruzís avowed affection for the stateís senior senator.

Senate GOP Renews Iran Sanctions Push

Feb. 26, 2014

Senate Democrats and Republicans are headed for a showdown over imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Amanda Carpenter Is Ted Cruz's Twitter Torrent

Feb. 26, 2014

Just as there was a glimmer of hope late last month that House Republican leaders would try to pass an immigration overhaul this year, Sen. Ted Cruz and his staff mobilized to extinguish it. It was a one-two punch that showcased the stature of one of the Texas Republicanís top aides.

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