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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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Boehner Dines at Trattoria Alberto's as Cantor Concedes

June 10, 2014

“He’s a lovely customer,” Juan Buruca, the owner of Trattoria Alberto’s on Barracks Row, said of Speaker John A. Boehner.

Reid Defers to Wyden on Highway Bill Funding

June 10, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid sidestepped a question at his weekly news conference Tuesday about whether he would push for a corporate tax "holiday" to fund the depleted Highway Trust Fund, as reports surfaced that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had discussed the idea with Reid.

"I am pushing everything I can to figure out a way to continue the surface transportation bill," Reid said. "I'm just willing to talk to anybody. The ultimate decider on this however, is going to be Ron Wyden and the finance committee."

Wyden, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, reiterated Tuesday his intentions to find a bipartisan funding solution.

Obama Push Needed for Unemployment Extension, Republican Says

June 10, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., wants President Barack Obama to get more involved with talks to revive an unemployment extension, as he continues to urge his GOP House colleagues to act.

Senate Democrats Have Full Agenda Ahead

June 9, 2014

Senate Democrats are in a race against the clock in order to consider all the must-pass legislation, such as a new highway bill and an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs, alongside a host of election-year items aimed at drawing contrasts with the GOP.

Reid Leaving Searchlight for Las Vegas

June 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are leaving the Democrat’s boyhood town of Searchlight, Nev., and moving to the Las Vegas area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

North Carolina Is Ground Zero for Unemployment Extension Fallout

June 9, 2014

With Congress showing few signs of passing an unemployment extension in 2014, North Carolina’s tossup Senate race will be a key test of the issue’s political potency.

Reid Backs GM Recall Hearings

June 5, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wants to wait for hearings before opining on whether there should be more repercussions for General Motors or the 15 people who were fired Thursday in connection with the delayed GM recall that led to at least 13 deaths.

Unemployment Extension Will Return to Senate Floor if New Deal Reached, Reid Says

June 5, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pledged to have the Senate act on a new unemployment extension if bipartisan talks lead to a deal.

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal

June 5, 2014

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.

Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs chairman, and McCain met Thursday to negotiate a bipartisan response to the scandal at the VA — and they announced the deal on the Senate floor.

“We were able to come together, I believe, in a way that will help to relieve this terrible tragedy that seems to have befallen our nation's veterans," McCain said. “We both had to make some very tough compromises."

“Our job was to sit down and work out the best agreement. We did," Sanders said. "Does it solve all of the problems facing our veterans? Absolutely not.”

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal (Updated) (Video)

June 5, 2014

Updated 4:16 p.m. | Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.

Reid: Bergdahl Notification Controversy Is 'Big Deal Over Nothing'

June 5, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed bipartisan congressional complaints about President Barack Obama’s decision not to provide the legally required 30-day notice to Congress before exchanging five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Senators Watch Classified Bergdahl Video, Question Deal With Taliban (Video)

June 4, 2014

Senators said after a classified briefing Wednesday that they were shown a “proof of life” video showing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in poor physical condition and believed it helped spur President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban detainees for his release.

Sanders Negotiating for Bipartisan VA Bill

June 4, 2014

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said he hopes to craft a bipartisan compromise to address to the lengthy wait times at VA hospitals.

Fellow Mississippi Senator Says Thad Cochran is 'Best Bet' to Hold Seat

June 4, 2014

Sen. Roger Wicker offered encouragement to his home-state colleague, Sen. Thad Cochran, on Wednesday, calling the Mississippi Republican’s re-election essential to the party’s effort to reclaim the Senate majority.

Reid Offers GOP a Deal on VA Bills

June 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered Senate Republicans a vote on a House-passed veterans bill in exchange for allowing a vote on a Senate Democratic bill Tuesday, but questions over amendments could stifle action.

“I hope they accept this offer so we can take action to address the problems of the [Department of Veterans Affairs] this week,” Reid said.

The Nevada Democrat said he had not yet heard a response from Republicans.

Reid Offers GOP a Deal on VA Bills (Video)

June 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered Senate Republicans a vote on a House-passed veterans bill in exchange for allowing a vote on a Senate Democratic bill Tuesday, but questions over amendments could stifle action.

Senate Democrats Give EPA Rule Mixed Reviews

June 2, 2014

Senate Democrats from energy-producing states blasted the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to rein in carbon emissions from power plants — but most of the party fell in line behind President Barack Obama’s biggest second-term domestic initiative.

Citing Isla Vista, Boxer to Introduce Gun Violence Prevention Measure

May 30, 2014

Citing the tragic shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she plans to introduce legislation that would provide families and persons close to potentially dangerous people with new options to prevent gun violence.

House, Senate Leaders Praise Shinseki, but Support Change at Top

May 30, 2014

House and Senate leaders on Friday extolled outgoing Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki as an honorable public servant, but praised his resignation amid reports of excessive wait times at VA health care facilities.

Jose Parra Leaves Reidland for ProsperoLatino | Downtown Moves

May 27, 2014

Jose Parra has left the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and struck out on his own to head up ProsperoLatino, a Latino-focused public relations firm.

Drone Memo Author David J. Barron Confirmed by Senate (Video)

May 22, 2014

The Senate narrowly confirmed David J. Barron, the author of a controversial memo justifying drone attacks on American citizens, to a circuit court judgeship Thursday.

McConnell Wants to Keep Filibuster if GOP Gets Majority

May 22, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doesn’t favor getting rid of the filibuster — even if the GOP takes the majority next year. But he stressed that Democrats have set a precedent for changing the Senate rules on a simple majority vote.

McConnell Returns to Capitol, Makes 2014 GOP Unity Pitch

May 21, 2014

A routine media stakeout in the Ohio Clock Corridor on the second floor of the Capitol took on a decidedly campaign feel as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell returned to D.C. after a primary victory back home.

The Kentucky Republican said Wednesday that after the last few elections, Republicans are growing unified as they head into November following a series of primary victories for the establishment Tuesday night.

Unemployment Extension: Jack Reed Hasn't Given Up

May 21, 2014

Updated 6:17 a.m. | Prospects for an unemployment extension remain bleak, but Sen. Jack Reed isn’t ready to give up.

McConnell Returns to Capitol, Makes 2014 GOP Unity Pitch (Video)

May 21, 2014

A routine media stakeout in the Ohio Clock Corridor on the second floor of the Capitol took on a decidedly campaign feel as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell returned to D.C. after a primary victory back home.

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