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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.űű

He no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Without an Opponent, Jeff Sessions Still Spends

Oct. 27, 2014

How does a senator running unopposed for re-election in a red state during a good year for Republicans manage to spend nearly $1 million?

10 Questions for Eric Holder's Replacement as Attorney General

Oct. 21, 2014

Eric H. Holder Jr.’s replacement as attorney general will face a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee after the elections, with the position key to enabling President Barack Obama’s pen-and-phone executive agenda and with numerous hot-button issues under the purview of the Justice Department.

Mikulski Sets Senate Ebola Hearing Two Days After Elections (Updated)

Oct. 20, 2014

Updated 2:15 p.m. | As the threat of the Ebola virus in the United States appears to be easing, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski announced she would hold a hearing on the issue two days after voters are scheduled to go to the polls.

Vitter: Fire CDC's Frieden, Impose Ebola Quarantine

Oct. 16, 2014

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is calling for firing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden over the response to the Ebola virus and for imposing travel restrictions in Africa.

Democrats Press Homeland Security on Massive Immigrant Detention Center

Oct. 16, 2014

Updated 5:04 p.m. | A group of 10 Democratic Senators, including the party’s leaders, raised concerns with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson over plans for a massive new detention facility for immigrants here illegally.

Bob Casey Campaigning for FIFA to Kick Qatar to the Curb

Oct. 16, 2014

As part of his effort to shed light on allegations of corruption in FIFA, the soccer world’s governing body, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., appeared on the Men in Blazers podcast Wednesday to talk about an unreleased report on the bidding process surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Durbin Hopes Tide Turning Against Corporate Inversions

Oct. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., is hoping the tide is turning against corporate inversions — a practice aimed at minimizing U.S. taxes by merging with overseas firms.

IRS Warns Senate Tax Refunds Could Be Delayed

Oct. 7, 2014

There’s another reason to be displeased with congressional gridlock.

Why Vote Counting in Alaska Takes a Long Time

Oct. 2, 2014

An Alaska Senate race has the potential to once again remain undecided well after the election, and this time the wait could keep control of the Senate up in the air until at least mid-November.

Toomey Blasts College for Inviting Mumia Abu-Jamal to Speak

Oct. 2, 2014

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey blasted a Vermont college for choosing Mumia Abu-Jamal to give the commencement address and urged the invitation be rescinded.

Inhofe Holds Up Ebola Funding, Seeks Details on Protecting Soldiers (Updated)

Sept. 26, 2014

Updated 3:55 p.m.| Senate Armed Services ranking member James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., is holding up most of a $1 billion request from the White House to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa until the administration proposes a plan to keep soldiers from contracting the illness.

Lawmakers Weigh In on Holder Resignation (Updated) (Video)

Sept. 25, 2014

Update 5:05 p.m. | Even before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s resignation was officially announced, House and Senate lawmakers were sending out statements reacting to the news.

Before Approving ISIS War, Menendez Wants Intelligence Briefing (Video)

Sept. 22, 2014

The senator leading a push to authorize the war against ISIS after the elections wants an intelligence briefing first, so lawmakers know the full extent of the covert operations already under way.

Tom Coburn Won't Be Going Away Quietly

Sept. 17, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn is retiring at the end of this Congress, but the Oklahoma Republican has put the word out that he isn’t likely to let the Senate have its end-of-session legislative feeding frenzy.

Congress Ducks War Authorization Vote

Sept. 16, 2014

Congress appears set to sprint for the exits after voting to fund President Barack Obama’s new war on ISIS — although not by name — after rejecting a smattering of calls from lawmakers to go on record explicitly debating and authorizing it.

Wyden Cites Oregon Wine in Effort to Spark Extenders Action

Sept. 15, 2014

Oregon wine grapes could go unpressed and it’s Congress’ fault, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden on Monday.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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