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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:

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."

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.”

Bob Casey Wants FIFA to Strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

June 23, 2014

As the U.S. national team prepares to take on Germany Thursday to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., wants soccer’s governing body to take the 2022 tournament away from Qatar.

Reid Fumes at McConnell's New Fondness for Majority Rules

June 23, 2014

Updated 11:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called out Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for insisting on a simple majority threshold for his amendment to block new carbon emissions regulations — while refusing to allow simple majority votes on Democratic jobs proposals.

Levin: No Iraq Airstrikes Without Backing of Sunnis, Kurds

June 20, 2014

Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said the United States should only launch airstrikes in Iraq unless the various sectarian factions in the nation can unite to formally request it.

Rand Paul: Obama Should Seek New Authorization for Iraq Strikes

June 19, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said President Barack Obama should seek new authorization from Congress before taking military action in Iraq, saying it would be “absurd” to rely on the 2001 authorization to use military force.

Senator: Protect Gun Rights of Medical Marijuana Users

June 19, 2014

If you use marijuana in a state that has legalized pot for medicinal purposes, Sen. John Walsh wants to make sure you don’t lose your guns.

Obama's Democrats Wary of Military Action in Iraq (Video)

June 18, 2014

Congress is at war over whether to go back to war in Iraq.

Obama Not Asking Congress' Permission on Iraq (Updated)

June 18, 2014

Updated 11:18 p.m. | President Barack Obama is still considering what to do about Iraq, but he told the top congressional leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t think he needs Congress’ permission to act.

Murphy, Corker Call for 12-Cent Gas Tax Boost for Highway Bill

June 18, 2014

Updated 2:37 p.m. | Sens. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., are proposing a 12-cent increase in the gas tax to pay for a renewal of highway and transit programs, which could run out of funding by the end of the month.

What Happens in the Senate When No One's Looking? A Lot

June 13, 2014

While everyone was focused on events in the House, the Senate had a sudden burst of productivity this week.

Senators Doubt 'Astronomical' CBO Score for VA Health Bill

June 12, 2014

Some senators are questioning an ‘astronomical’ but preliminary Congressional Budget Office score for the Senate-passed emergency veterans health bill — while promising to find ways to pay for it in conference with the House.

Appropriators Punt on Labor-HHS Spending Bill

June 11, 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee won’t consider a typically contentious federal spending bill this week.

Other Than That, Mr. Boehner, How Was Dinner?

June 11, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, was having dinner at a Capitol Hill Italian restaurant when the returns from Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary race came in showing the Virginia Republican had lost.

Senate Democrats Hope Immigration Bill Is Still Possible, Despite Cantor Loss

June 11, 2014

Senate Democratic leaders hope there is still a chance that Congress can act on overhauling immigration laws, despite Tuesday’s shocking defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Wyden Focused on Finding Bipartisan Funding for Highway Bill (Video)

June 10, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is keeping his options open on how to fund a new highway bill in order to help foster a bipartisan solution.

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