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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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Reid, Schumer Encouraged by Boehner's Immigration Push

Jan. 16, 2014

Key Senate Democrats on Thursday were pleased to hear that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, continues to push for an immigration overhaul.

McConnell to Move Against EPA Coal Regulations

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. launched an effort Thursday to block new Environmental Protection Agency regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new stationary power plants — the latest in an ongoing battle between McConnell and the White House over coal.

Reid: Nation Won't Hit Debt Limit Until May (Updated)

Jan. 16, 2014

Updated 2:54 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday the nation is not likely to hit the debt ceiling until May.

Reid Says He Won't Give Up on UI Benefits

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to continue to push for an extension of unemployment insurance even as Republicans argue that Democrats are playing politics with the issue.

Reid Says He Is Not About to Go 'Nuclear' Again

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., doesn’t expect Democrats to take steps any time soon to change Senate procedure, despite the current gridlock.

Reid Open to Amendment Deal on Jobless Aid Bill

Jan. 10, 2014

There may be a glimmer of hope for extended jobless benefits legislation to emerge from the black hole that opened Thursday.

Reid Dangles Two-Week Thanksgiving Recess if Senate Expedites Legislation

Nov. 5, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he hopes to take a recess the week of Thanksgiving and the week after, but he warned that senators would need to cooperate to expedite work on the floor if that is to happen.

Witnesses Describe Chaotic Scene

Oct. 3, 2013

Several eyewitnesses of Thursday’s car chase and shooting at the Capitol described a chaotic scene as Capitol Police officers attempted to get a female suspect to exit her car — she refused and they opened fire with service weapons as she sped away.

Deal Defuses 'Nuclear Option' in Senate (Updated)

July 16, 2013

Updated 4:44 p.m. | Senators led by John McCain and Majority Leader Harry Reid have defused the “nuclear option” that would have eliminated filibusters of executive nominations.

No Deal Yet on 'Nuclear Option' After Senate Joint Caucus

July 15, 2013

A Senate standoff over filibusters looms Tuesday morning, even though Senate leaders pledged to continue discussions about how to avoid the “nuclear option” during a rare bipartisan meeting of the whole chamber.

Bertie Bowman's Long Senate Journey

July 5, 2013

After running away from his family’s South Carolina farm as a boy and befriending archsegregationist senators in Washington, D.C., Bertie H. Bowman, an African-American who has worked in the Senate for more than 60 years, began keeping a diary of his adventures.

'Border Surge' Amendment Attracts More GOP Support for Senate Immigration Bill

June 20, 2013

The Senate immigration bill got a boost Thursday, when a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to a “border surge” amendment that would double the number of border agents and spend $3.2 billion on equipment to seal off the southern border.

Feinstein Wants to Bar the Next Snowden From Accessing Classified Info

June 13, 2013

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said something Thursday afternoon that might have defense contractors cringing.

Paul Signals Openness to Discussing Changes With Immigration Bill Supporters

June 12, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul said he cannot support a bipartisan Senate immigration overhaul bill in its current form, but he is open to discussions with the bill’s supporters on what it would take to win him over.

House Immigration Group Claims Deal, but Labrador Drops Out to Pursue Separate Bill

June 5, 2013

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has come to an agreement on immigration overhaul legislation, but one key Republican member will not sign off on it and will write his own proposal instead.

Immigration Battle Shifts to House as Senate Readies Bill

June 5, 2013

Immigration may be coming to the Senate floor next week, but the House has become the central focus in the struggle to pass a comprehensive bill.

Reid Raises Possibility of Using Nuclear Option to Speed Confirmation of Nominees

May 23, 2013

Senate Majority Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tangled over nominations for the second day in a row Thursday, with Reid raising the possibility of changing the filibuster rules on a simple majority vote to speed action.

Senate Immigration Bill Could Benefit Hiring of Immigrants Over U.S. Citizens

May 17, 2013

The current draft of the Senate’s immigration overhaul appears to give some employers a $3,000-a-year incentive to hire a newly legalized immigrant rather than an American citizen in order to avoid the new employer mandates in the health care law.

Hatch Wants to Be Wooed on Immigration

May 15, 2013

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch wants to vote for comprehensive immigration legislation, but he has a few conditions first.

Domenici Hopes to Repair Ties With Reid After Affair

May 9, 2013

Former Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., wants to patch up his relationship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the Nevada Democrat refused to see him because of an affair Domenici had with the daughter of one of Reid’s close friends three decades ago.

Cruz Missed Judiciary Deadline for Filing Amendments

May 8, 2013

Conservative newcomer Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Tuesday missed the Judiciary Committee deadline for filing immigration bill amendments when he found himself answering Senate Majority Harry Reid, who called him a “schoolyard bully.”

GOP Effort Against Labor Nominee Gains Steam

May 8, 2013

The Republican campaign against Labor Secretary nominee Thomas E. Perez picked up serious momentum Wednesday, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Marco Rubio both raised strong objections.

Reid Vows Vigorous Immigration Bill Push

May 1, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised Wednesday to use the power of his office to get immigration overhaul legislation through Congress.

Will Obama's GOP Outreach Lead to Results?

April 25, 2013

The Obama administration continued its outreach to Republicans Thursday, part of its elusive quest to strike a grand bargain on the deficit, by dispatching top emissaries to the Hill for lunchtime meetings.

Clash Over Boston Bombings, Immigration at Judiciary Hearing

April 22, 2013

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy and ranking Republican Charles E. Grassley sparred at the opening of Monday’s hearing on immigration changes over how the Boston Marathon bombings might affect the legislation.

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