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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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Heller May Try to Attach Unemployment Extension to Tax Cut Bill

May 8, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller may try to attach a long-stalled unemployment extension to an $85 billion package of corporate tax breaks Senate Democrats plan to bring to the floor next week.

Keystone Talks Fail; Reid Blocks GOP Energy Amendments

May 7, 2014

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to block Republican energy amendments Wednesday, likely dooming an energy efficiency bill and a separate vote approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

Deal on Keystone Vote, Energy Efficiency Elusive in Senate

May 6, 2014

Talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appear to be at a standstill over an energy efficiency bill and holding a vote authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Democrats have said they are willing to give Republicans a vote on a bipartisan proposal to bypass the president and authorize the controversial pipeline in exchange for passing the energy efficiency bill.

But in addition to a vote on Keystone, Republicans are asking for a vote on five energy-related amendments to the Shaheen-Portman bill, which Democrats have balked at.

Deal on Keystone Vote, Energy Efficiency Elusive in Senate (Video)

May 6, 2014

A frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., channeled Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger as he described negotiations with Republicans on a path to passing an energy efficiency bill and holding a vote authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aide: Democrats Offer Vote to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline — With a Catch

May 5, 2014

Senate Democrats are offering Republicans a vote on approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but are demanding an energy efficiency bill pass in return.

McCain Not Calling for Shinseki's Resignation — Yet

May 5, 2014

Sen. John McCain refused to join the American Legion in calling for the resignation of Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in the wake of reports about veterans dying waiting for care.

Unemployment Extension Stuck in Legislative Limbo

May 1, 2014

An extension of emergency unemployment benefits remains stuck in legislative limbo nearly a month after the Senate voted to send it to the House and more than four months after the benefits expired.

Landrieu, Vitter Playing Key Roles in Keystone XL Pipeline Standoff

April 30, 2014

Many eyes will be on Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu as the Senate gears up for another debate over the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.

Tax Extenders Bill Is Big Deal for Nevada, Florida

April 30, 2014

Taxpayers from Nevada and Florida can expect to get walloped if Congress doesn’t renew a package of expired tax breaks headed for the Senate floor.

Harry Reid Describes ‘Vile’ Threats From Backers of Cliven Bundy

April 29, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received “vile” and “horrible” threats following his denunciation of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whose dispute with the federal government over grazing rights drew praise from conservatives and armed supporters, the Nevada Democrat told reporters Tuesday.

Reid Pushes Republicans to Take Up Minimum Wage Bill

April 29, 2014

Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday called on Republicans to allow the Senate to advance a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, saying it is good for business and the majority of Americans support the measure.

“Minimum wage is an important issue for the American people,” the Nevada Democrat said. “All that we are asking is that we are allowed to get on the bill.”

GOP Plans to Filibuster Minimum Wage, Push Keystone (Video)

April 29, 2014

Senate Republican leaders plan to filibuster President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour when it comes up for an initial test vote Wednesday, and are pushing for a vote soon on the Keystone XL pipeline instead.

Harry Reid Describes 'Vile' Threats From Backers of Cliven Bundy (Video)

April 29, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has received “vile” and “horrible” threats following his denunciation of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whose dispute with the federal government over grazing rights drew praise from conservatives and armed supporters, he told reporters Tuesday.

Boozman Out of Hospital And Monitoring Tornado Recovery

April 28, 2014

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has left the hospital after having heart surgery last week and is monitoring the recovery from a tornado that ripped through suburban Little Rock, Ark.

McConnell Pledges Gun Ownership Privacy Push to NRA

April 25, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association that if Republicans win the majority in November he would push, as majority leader, to pass a bill protecting gun ownership privacy.

Boozman Out of Intensive Care, Remains in Hospital

April 24, 2014

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., remains in the hospital, but has been out of intensive care following his emergency heart surgery earlier this week.

Immigration Pushback: 22 Republican Senators Rip Obama for Slowing Deportations

April 24, 2014

A group of 22 Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged President Barack Obama not to proceed with another plan to limit deportations of immigrants here illegally.

Boozman Family Hopeful As Senator Begins Recovery

April 23, 2014

The family of Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is hopeful and looking forward to the next stage of the senator’s recovery following his emergency heart surgery for an acute aortic dissection Tuesday.

Boozman 'Responding Well' After Emergency Heart Surgery, Doctors Say

April 22, 2014

Updated 3:59 p.m. | Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is recovering from emergency heart surgery he underwent Tuesday.

Menendez Not Staying Quiet at Foreign Relations

April 21, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s much-maligned Twitter-esque program in Cuba had a quick defender on Capitol Hill — Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez.

Reid, Heller Still Hope for House Action on Unemployment Extension

April 18, 2014

Updated 7:36 a.m. April 19 | Top Senate backers of an unemployment extension say there’s still hope for a deal and are working to set up a meeting with Speaker John A. Boehner.

'Nuclear' Nominations Aftermath Slows Senate to Crawl

April 14, 2014

Just how many of President Barack Obama’s nominees will get confirmed this year? If last week is any indication, the answer may depend on whether Democrats once again employ the “nuclear” option to effectively change the Senate’s rules.

Boxer and Vitter Have Tentative Deal on Highway Bill

April 10, 2014

With time running out before funding expires for highway and transit programs, key Senate lawmakers announced a deal in principle Thursday for a new six-year highway bill — but still no final plan on how to pay for it.

Fischer Takes GOP Lead in Pay Equity Debate

April 9, 2014

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., likes to tell a story about when she was first elected to the state legislature and a reporter asked if she would focus on women’s issues.

Senate GOP Not Sweating Democratic Pay Equity Push (Video)

April 8, 2014

Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation — pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters.

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