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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:

Cruz Calls Out GOP Leaders as Dishonest on Debt Issue

Feb. 14, 2014

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped his fellow GOP senators on conservative talk radio, taking a bit of a victory lap for forcing a politically tough vote to lift the debt ceiling and avoid a default.

GOP Split Laid Bare on Debt Limit Vote

Feb. 12, 2014

The split between establishment Republicans and their tea party brethren over debt limit strategy boiled over on the Senate floor Wednesday, when GOP leaders scrambled to put down a filibuster threat by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Clean Debt Limit Vote Praised by Senate Democrats

Feb. 11, 2014

Key Senate Democrats lauded the decision by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, not to attach any extraneous provisions to a must-pass increase in the debt ceiling.

Cruz Does Boehner No Favors

Feb. 10, 2014

After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors — and some of Boehner’s allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.

Hardcore History, Hardcore Price

Feb. 7, 2014

A city of iconic monuments and architecture, Washington, D.C., is known for historic sites — and now you can own one, though it is lesser known.

Schumer: Immigration Still Possible, Despite Boehner's Comments

Feb. 6, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he still believes an overhaul of immigration laws can happen this year, despite reservations expressed Thursday by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

'Gang of 8' Mixed Over Boehner Immigration Comments

Feb. 6, 2014

The bipartisan group of eight senators who led the charge to pass a Senate immigration overhaul were mixed over whether reservations on moving a plan voiced by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, spells the end of the effort this year.

Republicans Block Unemployment Extension, Democrats Plan to Try Again (Updated)

Feb. 6, 2014

Updated 3:29 p.m. | Senate Democratic leaders plan to again try to extend unemployment insurance after Republicans blocked their latest attempt Thursday.

Hoffman Overdose Prompts Congressional Scrutiny of Heroin Usage Spike

Feb. 4, 2014

A high-profile overdose and the spike in heroin-related addiction has caught the attention of Congress. And now, lawmakers may crack down.

McConnell: White House Effort to Save Ky. Fish Hurting Tourism

Feb. 4, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor Tuesday to question the Obama administration’s efforts to protect an endangered Kentucky fish by keeping water levels lower than normal at Lake Cumberland, which would hurt recreation on the lake.

McConnell Doesn't Expect Immigration Overhaul This Year

Feb. 4, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he doesn’t see an immigration overhaul happening this year.

Reid, DSCC Chair Meet with Obama

Feb. 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met Monday with President Barack Obama and brought the Democrats’ 2014 campaign team with him.

Senate Thaw Depends on Reid, Republicans Say

Feb. 3, 2014

Senate Republicans say there could be a thaw this year in the chamber’s frosty interparty relations if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid begins to loosen his iron grip on floor amendments.

Report Builds Pressure on Obama to Allow Keystone Pipeline

Jan. 31, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker John A. Boehner, along with other Republicans and some Democrats, urged President Barack Obama on Friday to greenlight the Keystone XL oil pipeline after a State Department environmental assessment showed the project would have a negligible environmental impact.

Senate Democrats Looking at March Vote on Minimum Wage

Jan. 30, 2014

Senate Democrats are expected to act in early March on a bill that would boost the federal minimum wage following President Barack Obama’s announcement in the State of the Union that he would sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for new contractors.

Harry Reid Opposes Obama on Trade Authority

Jan. 29, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not a fan of trade promotion authority, also known as fast track, and doesn’t rule out keeping it off the Senate floor.

Senator's Son Stuck in Atlanta Snowstorm

Jan. 29, 2014

A snowstorm that shut down metropolitan Atlanta forced the youngest son of Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to abandon his car and walk 10 miles in the cold.

Obama 'Eager' to Work With Congress, but Ready to Act Alone

Jan. 28, 2014

Looking to jump-start his second term and give his party the advantage ahead of the November midterm elections, President Barack Obama pledged to do everything he can, with or without Congress, to reduce income inequality and bolster the middle class.

Senate Democrats May Skip Budget Yet Again

Jan. 28, 2014

Senate Democrats are considering skipping a budget resolution for the fourth time in the past five years — a move that would insulate their vulnerable members from a politically charged “vote-a-rama.”

Democrats, GOP File Dueling Contraception Briefs With SCOTUS

Jan. 28, 2014

Democrats and Republicans have filed opposing amicus briefs in a landmark case the Supreme Court will hear in March challenging a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers provide free contraception services.

Schumer: Let States Experiment on Marijuana

Jan. 27, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday that states should be allowed to “experiment” with marijuana legalization.

GOP Senators Release Obamacare Alternative

Jan. 27, 2014

Sens. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, released legislation today that would repeal President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act and replace it with an overhaul of their own.

Pot Politics on the Rise in Congress, Administration

Jan. 27, 2014

While Congress appears to be a way off from legalizing marijuana, surging public opinion and recent favorable comments from top Democratic lawmakers could inch the federal government in that direction.

Wyden to Focus On Tax Extenders When He Gets Finance Gavel

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that renewing more than 50 tax breaks, known as tax extenders, that expired at the end of the year will be a top priority for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., when he gets the Finance Committee gavel in the coming weeks.

As Obama Presses Senate, Reid Holds Cards Close on Iran

Jan. 16, 2014

President Barack Obama and his administration are engaged in an all-out press to get the Senate to back off a new round of Iran sanctions which they believe risk unraveling talks and could even prompt war — including a personal appeal to Senate Democrats on Wednesday night.

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