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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:

Reid Moves NRC Nominations as Fight Over Yucca Mountain Continues (Updated)

Sept. 15, 2014

Updated 6:35 p.m. | It helps to be the majority leader when you’re trying to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

Senate Democrats Seek More Information on Obama's ISIS Plan (Updated)

Sept. 11, 2014

Updated 6:40 p.m. | The Senate’s top Pentagon appropriator told reporters Thursday he will be probing the Obama administration about legal authorities for the fight against Islamic State extremists, including in Syria.

Reid on ISIS: 'Destroy These Despicable Terrorists, But Let's Do It the Right Way'

Sept. 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is backing President Barack Obama's renewed push for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of his plan to take on the Islamic State, as the president himself is lobbying lawmakers to act before heading home.

Reid also said he believes Obama otherwise already has the authority he needs to take on ISIS, and questioned a push for a new authorization to use military force.

“We should be learning from our past mistakes, not repeating them,” Reid said, referring to the invasion of Iraq.

McConnell: Obama 'Yet to Find His Footing' on Confronting ISIS

Sept. 10, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blamed Obama’s foreign policy for the growth of ISIS and said he wants to president “to lay out a credible plan” to the American people Thursday night.

“In my view, we have a duty as a super power, without imperialistic aims, to help maintain international order and balance of power,” McConnell said. “And in my view that international order is maintained by American military might. ... But that is not a view this president seems to share.”

Obama Lobbying for Authority to Equip Syrian Rebels (Updated) (Video)

Sept. 10, 2014

Updated 2:54 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is backing President Barack Obama’s renewed push for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of his plan to take on the Islamic State, as the president himself is lobbying lawmakers to act before heading home.

Pot Still Too Hot to Handle for Colorado Politicians

Sept. 10, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. — Long a flashpoint in the culture wars, marijuana’s growing legitimacy hasn’t yet turned it into a political weapon, even in the marquee races in the first state to legalize the drug.

Reid Doubts Senate Will Vote on Inversions in September

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he doesn’t expect the Senate to vote on legislation revamping corporate inversions this month.

After Ferguson, Durbin May Seek Reforms to Police Militarization Programs

Sept. 5, 2014

After police use of military equipment in Feguson, Mo., raised concerns of excessive force following the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., may seek to revamp two key Pentagon programs.

Reid Backs Moratorium on Closing Postal Processing Facilities

Sept. 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has joined a bipartisan group of 50 senators seeking a moratorium on closing mail-processing facilities by the U.S. Postal Service.

Senate Democrat Proposes Authorization to Strike ISIS in Syria

Sept. 2, 2014

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., plans to introduce legislation next week that would give President Barack Obama definitive authority to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group in Syria — as senators on both sides of the aisle ramp up calls for military action.

Dreamers Ambush Paul Ryan at Colorado Book Signing

Aug. 28, 2014

Immigration protesters ambushed Rep. Paul D. Ryan Thursday at a book signing in Thornton, Colo., asking about the lack of congressional action on immigration.

Ryan was confronted by Greisa Martinez, a national organizer with United We Dream.

“I do not understand why you want to deport me and my mother? Why didn’t your party pass immigration reform when you had the opportunity,” she loudly questioned, mentioning the deferred action for childhood arrivals program. “Rep. Ryan, My name is Greisa Martinez I am DACA-mented and I am hear to stay!”

Dreamers Ambush Paul Ryan at Colorado Book Signing (Video)

Aug. 28, 2014

Updated 12:56 p.m. | THORNTON, Colo. — Immigration protesters ambushed Rep. Paul D. Ryan Wednesday as the Wisconsin Republican signed books at a Barnes & Noble here.

Romanoff Courts Latinos Crucial to Colorado Race

Aug. 28, 2014

Aurora, Colo. — Outside the Cinema Latino as he campaigned against Rep. Mike Coffman, Democratic House hopeful Andrew Romanoff outlines his strategy for winning over Hispanic voters critical to his chances in the Nov. 4 contest.

McCaskill to Hold Police Militarization Hearings

Aug. 21, 2014

With lawmakers on the left and right questioning the militarization of law enforcement after two weeks of violence in Ferguson, Mo., Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she will hold hearings next month on the federal programs supplying local authorities with surplus military gear.

Jim Jeffords, Veteran of Three Decades in Congress, Dead at 80

Aug. 18, 2014

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont, a longtime Republican who flipped control of the Senate to the Democrats after switching parties in 2001, has died.

50 Senators Call for Moratorium on USPS Facility Closures (Updated)

Aug. 14, 2014

Updated: 5:05 p.m. | A bipartisan group of 50 senators urged appropriators Thursday to include a provision in year-end, catchall spending legislation that would prevent the U.S. Post Office from closing more mail-processing facilities in the next fiscal year.

Senate Fails To Pass Border Supplemental (Video)

July 31, 2014

Updated 7:56 p.m. | The Senate failed to pass a $3.6 billion emergency supplemental spending package, most of which was designed to deal with the tens of thousands children illegally emigrating from Central America.

McCain: Lack of Amendments on Border Supplemental 'Unbelievable'

July 31, 2014

As the Senate debated how to proceed to an emergency supplemental spending package to address an influx of child migrants at the Southern border, wildfire suppression and funding for Israel's Iron Dome, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., decried the inability of senators to offer amendments on the bill.

"I say shame on you for not allowing those of us who represent the states that are most affected by this to have an amendment; an amendment voted on. I mean that, that is unbelievable to me."

Republicans after used a budget point of order by Senate Budget Chairman Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to kill the Senate bill 50-44, 10 votes shy of the 60 votes needed.

Dr. No Plans One-Man Blockade on Bills That Add to Deficit

July 31, 2014

Dr. No is at again, despite the jet fumes in the air.

Senate Passes Highway Patch Boehner Plans to Reject

July 29, 2014

The Senate Tuesday approved a short-term patch to keep funds flowing to highway projects through Dec. 19, but Speaker John A. Boehner has already promised to strip the Senate provisions and send the House-passed bill right back.

Bernie Sanders' New Title: Dealmaker

July 28, 2014

Sen. Bernard Sanders didn’t seem a likely suspect to bridge Washington’s toxic partisan divide and cut one of the most significant deals in years.

Walsh on Plagiarism: 'I Made a Mistake' But Not Due to PTSD

July 25, 2014

Sen. John Walsh said he “made a mistake” when he plagiarized portions of his Masters’ thesis and dismissed possible affects of post-traumatic stress disorder possibly playing a role.

Durbin Puts His Mark on Defense Bill

July 24, 2014

Waging war on smoking, for-profit colleges and tax loopholes may sound like odd subjects for the military spending bill, but not when you consider who is wielding the gavel.

Bob Dole, Veterans Groups Push Disabilities Treaty

July 23, 2014

Despite remaining short of the 67 votes needed to ratify the United Nation’s disability treaty, disabled veterans groups are pushing for a vote to identify the holdouts.

Reid: 'Clear' Health Care Ruling Will be Overturned

July 22, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday echoed the White House's criticism of a federal appeals court ruling, which would restrict the 2010 health care law's subsidies to insurance exchanges formally established by the states, as opposed to those run by the federal government.

"Two activist Republican judges sought to undermine a law that was passed in congress — by congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, that is now benefiting millions of Americans," Reid said at his weekly news conference. "It seems clear to me that that decision will be overturned."

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