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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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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Mark Prater, the GOP's Tax Policy 'Kingmaker,' Is Hunting for a Deal

Dec. 2, 2014

It may seem ironic that one of the most powerful staffers on big money issues on Capitol Hill has passed up a far more lucrative career on K Street.

Sticking Around Could Make Portman Senate's GOP MVP

Dec. 2, 2014

Free from the albatross of a presidential campaign, Sen. Rob Portman is set to play a starring role in helping set the Senate Republican agenda on taxes, spending, trade and more next year.

Leahy, Cornyn Oppose CIA-Proposed Email Retention Regime

Dec. 1, 2014

Two senior senators came out strongly Monday against a CIA plan to purge most of its email.

Tom Harkin — From Tiger Cages to Pinochet

Dec. 1, 2014

Sen. Tom Harkin’s human rights legacy began with exposing the tiger cages in a secret South Vietnam prison.

After Ferguson Riots, Durbin Calls Hearing on Civil Rights

Nov. 25, 2014

In the wake of renewed rioting in Ferguson, Mo., Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., announced Tuesday that he intends to hold a hearing on the state of civil and human rights in the United States.

Senate Democrats Press McDonough on CIA Torture Report

Nov. 20, 2014

Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee pressed White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Thursday to allow pseudonyms to be released in a summary of a panel report on CIA interrogation abuses.

Reid: Obama Immigration Executive Action 'Isn't Anything New' (Video)

Nov. 20, 2014

Don’t expect a novel legal justification from the White House for President Barack Obama’s decision to provide unilateral deportation relief to the undocumented, said Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senate Democrats: We've Got Obama's Back on Immigration Action

Nov. 20, 2014

At a Thursday news conference ahead of President Barack Obama's prime-time address outlining his immigration executive action, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid argued that in the past 60 years, every president has taken immigration-related executive action.

"This isn't anything new and unique, it's been done many times," Reid said. "As indicated in the meeting last night at the White House, we told the president and we're telling him before all these TV cameras, we've got his back."

Obama is scheduled to announce his proposal at 8 p.m.

Senate Republicans Up in 2016: No Shutdown Over Immigration

Nov. 19, 2014

The coming battle over immigration with the White House has Senate Republicans up for re-election in 2016 fearful of a possible shutdown showdown.

End of the Road for Michael Boggs Nomination?

Nov. 19, 2014

Time is running out for Michael P. Boggs, whose nomination by President Barack Obama to the district court bench in Georgia roiled Democrats and raised new questions about the longstanding Senate practice of giving senators a veto over court picks in their home states.

Reid Will Not Move on Attorney General Nominee in 2014

Nov. 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping Republicans will play ball on confirming a number of President Barack Obama's nominations before they take over the majority in the next Congress, but that list won't include the next attorney general.

The Nevada Democrat said the White House wasn't pushing for confirmation of Loretta Lynch, the Brooklyn-based U.S. Attorney tapped by Obama to become the next attorney general, before Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., becomes the man in charge of the Senate floor schedule.

"My personal feeling is that the White House has, through intermediaries with me, have said don't be pushing that, we can do it after the first of the year," Reid said.

Loretta Lynch Nomination Will Wait as Reid Seeks Broader Deal (Video)

Nov. 18, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hoping Republicans will play ball on confirming a number of President Barack Obama’s nominations before they take over the majority in the next Congress, but that list won’t include the next attorney general.

McConnell Cites ISIS in Opposition to Leahy Surveillance Bill

Nov. 18, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., came out against a surveillance bill sponsored by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., citing concerns that it could hurt the nation’s ability to combat terrorists like Islamic State.

Will Republicans Need a New Message on Climate Change in 2016?

Nov. 18, 2014

Senate Republicans were swept into power vowing to fight the White House’s “war on coal,” but at least one says they need a broader message than “no” in 2016.

A Lame-Duck Fight Over Yucca Mountain

Nov. 14, 2014

Harry Reid’s longtime opposition to the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository appears set to have one of the last quacks in the lame duck, and Republicans are crying foul.

Reid Unveils Leadership Team, Says 'Not Get Even Time' With GOP

Nov. 13, 2014

Sen. Harry Reid survived a four-hour meeting with his Democratic flock with his job as their leader intact, albeit without unanimous support, as he debuted three new members of his leadership team and promised to work with Republicans to legislate.

His leadership team has three new members: Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, a moderate who is the new head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who is chairwoman of Steering and Outreach; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has a newly created post to reach out to the progressive wing of the party.

"We have to continue fighting for the middle class," Reid said. "The middle class is what is concerning every one of my senators. They're not getting a fair shot and we are going to do everything we can in the 114th Congress to make sure the middle class of this great country of ours has a fair shot.”

Reid to Obama: Wait on Immigration Move (Updated)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated Nov. 12 4:21 p.m. |Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he would like President Barack Obama to wait for Congress to pass legislation funding the government before he takes executive action giving deportation relief to undocumented immigrants.

Harry Reid Unveils New Leadership Team, Strategy (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated Nov. 13 7:02 |Sen. Harry Reid survived a four-hour meeting with his Democratic flock with his job as their leader intact, albeit without unanimous support, as he debuted three new members of his leadership team and promised to work with Republicans to legislate.

Claire McCaskill Opposes Reid Staying as Leader

Nov. 13, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri told reporters Thursday she would not vote for Sen. Harry Reid as the Democratic leader as the party heads into the minority.

Enzi Hasn't Ruled Out Seeking Budget Gavel

Nov. 12, 2014

Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., hasn’t ruled out claiming his seniority on the Budget Committee and seeking the chairmanship against Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the panel’s current ranking member.

Elizabeth Warren Could Join Democratic Leadership

Nov. 12, 2014

Senate Democratic leaders are discussing the possibility of adding Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to their ranks, a source familiar with the conversations confirmed late Wednesday.

Executive Action on Immigration Could Imperil Omnibus, Cornyn Warns (Video)

Nov. 12, 2014

The No. 2 Senate Republican said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s plans to take executive action on immigration could endanger bipartisan efforts to craft an omnibus spending bill in the lame-duck session.

Schumer Expects Loretta Lynch Confirmation Will Be Delayed

Nov. 12, 2014

Senate Democrats won’t likely step on the gas to ensure the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama’s attorney general pick, according to No. 3 Democrat Charles E. Schumer.

McConnell: Obama Acting Alone on Immigration 'Would Be a Big Mistake'

Nov. 12, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned President Barack Obama Wednesday about taking widely expected unilateral moves on immigration while laying out agenda items for the lame-duck session.

“There’s a lot both parties can accomplish together over the next couple years. I hope that happens. I’m optimistic. But working together requires trust,” McConnell said on the floor. “I think President Obama has a duty to help build the trust we all need to move forward together, not to double-down on old ways of doing business.”

“That’s why I think moving forward with the unilateral action on immigration he’s planned would be a big mistake,” McConnell said.

Mitch McConnell's Republicans Face Governing Test

Nov. 6, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The next Senate majority leader is vowing a far more open chamber next year — one that works longer and doesn’t avoid tough votes. But it won’t be easy.

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