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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.ûû

He no longer works for Roll Call.

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Saturday Session a Preview of What's to Come

Dec. 14, 2014

At the end of a rare Saturday session, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was direct when asked if Democrats, led by outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had gotten the better of Republicans.

Senate Avoids Shutdown, Passes Cromnibus in Bipartisan Vote

Dec. 13, 2014

Updated 11:26 p.m. | The Senate has avoided a government shutdown, easily clearing the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” funding the government through September.

Senate GOP Leaders Want to Wrap Up Lame Duck ASAP

Dec. 12, 2014

Senate Republican leaders are pushing to wrap up the lame-duck session as soon as possible to limit the time available to outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid to clear nominations.

Paul and Rubio Spar Over Foreign Policy, ISIS AUMF

Dec. 12, 2014

The nation may have gotten a little taste of 2016 Republican presidential politics Thursday as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky squared off with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on foreign policy.

McConnell Chief Sharon Soderstrom Wields Influence Behind the Scenes

Dec. 11, 2014

In her first stint in a majority leader’s office, Sharon Soderstrom, chief of staff to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, used to sit quietly in the back of the chamber watching the floor.

Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 10, 2014

One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

Senate GOP Wrestles With Whether to Undo the Nuclear Option

Dec. 10, 2014

After crying foul when Democrats used the nuclear option to essentially eliminate the filibuster for most nominations, Senate Republicans are wrestling with whether to change it back.

Harry Reid Making Most of Final Days in Majority (Video)

Dec. 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t going quietly into the night.

Reid Outlines Endgame, Again Warns of Weekend Work (Video)

Dec. 9, 2014

As final preparations seemed to be underway to pass the “cromnibus” funding most of the government for the rest of the fiscal year — and avoid a shutdown — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made one more warning about the session extending past Thursday.

Rockefeller Opposes Leahy FOIA Bill

Dec. 5, 2014

Once on a glide path to passage through the Senate, the FOIA Improvement Act is in trouble after retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., came out against the bill designed to make government more transparent.

Senate Democrats Talk Life in Minority, Plot Comeback

Dec. 4, 2014

Senate Democrats held a meeting Wednesday that they hoped would end intraparty finger-pointing after tough election losses, and discussed their new minority role in next Congress.

John McCain Knocks Rand Paul's Lame-Duck Push to Declare War on ISIS

Dec. 4, 2014

It takes a lot to surprise Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has served in the chamber for nearly 30 years, but Thursday’s Foreign Relations Committee water bill debate did just that.

Paul Gambit Poised to Force Vote on ISIS (Video)

Dec. 4, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul scored a victory Thursday in forcing an end-of-session debate on authorizing force against Islamic State militants.

Jeff Shockey Goes for the Reverse Revolving Door Again

Dec. 3, 2014

Veteran appropriations aide and lobbyist Jeff Shockey has been appointed staff director of the House Intelligence Committee under incoming Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. The move marks the second time Shockey has left a lobbying gig to take a senior position with a House Committee.

Senate Democrats Begin Planning Road Back to Majority

Dec. 3, 2014

Senate Democrats will hold their first strategy session on taking back the majority Wednesday afternoon, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide.

Lawmakers Look to Penis Pumps to Offset Bill for Disabled (Updated)

Dec. 2, 2014

Updated 9:05 a.m. | Congress is looking to penis pumps to help pay for a bill that would establish tax-advantaged savings accounts for the disabled.

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: 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 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 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.

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