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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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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Landrieu, Begich Among Moderates Pushing Obamacare Fixes

March 27, 2014

A day after Senate Democratic leaders played down possible election year blowback from Obamacare, a group of six moderate Democrats, including two with tough reelection races, unveiled a package of proposals for improving the law.

Unemployment Extension Clears First Test Vote in Senate (Updated)

March 27, 2014

Updated 4:46 p.m. | The Senate easily cleared a 60-vote threshold Thursday to advance a bipartisan extension of emergency unemployment insurance benefits.

Reid Plans to Have Spending Bills on Floor in June and July

March 26, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is promising the Appropriations Committee a monthís worth of floor time.

On Obamacare, Harry Reid Says the Joke Is on Boehner

March 26, 2014

Senate Democrats unveiled an agenda Wednesday focused on the middle class and designed to help them keep the majority, but spent part of their press conference parrying questions about whether the Affordable Care Act would be a liability for Democrats in the November election.

Reid Dropping IMF Provision From Ukraine Bill (Updated)

March 25, 2014

Updated 2:40 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday that Democrats have agreed to nix the International Monetary Fund provision in a Ukraine aid package, in what amounts to a victory for House Republican leaders and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and a defeat for the White House.

McConnell: Ukraine Aid Bill Won't Pass House Without Changes

March 25, 2014

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to allow amendments to a Ukrainian aid package in order to secure its passage through the House.

Unemployment Extension Fight Pits Portman Against Boehner

March 24, 2014

The fight for a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension bill is pitting two powerful, prominent Ohio Republicans ó Speaker John A. Boehner and Sen. Rob Portman ó against each other, but the two men havenít yet spoken about it.

Ukraine Aid Advances in Senate but Cruz, Barrasso Push for Votes on Amendments

March 24, 2014

A bill to provide aid to Ukraine cleared a procedural vote Monday evening, as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, signaled he would not object to expediting the bill if he gets a vote on an amendment striking the International Monetary Fund provision.

Warner Calls for Cybersecurity Partnership With Ukraine

March 24, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner is seeking to add an amendment to a pending Ukraine aid package that would create a law enforcement partnership between the United States and Ukraine to combat cyber-crime.

Reid Wants to Pass Unemployment Insurance, Ukraine Aid and 'Doc Fix' This Week

March 24, 2014

Looking to pass an unemployment insurance extension, pay for doctors and an aid package for Ukraine, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., warned that the Senate may have to stay in through the weekend if Republicans launch filibusters.

Heller Seeks Answers on NHTSA's GM Investigation

March 24, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., wrote to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration to determine if the agency properly conducted an audit of General Motorsí ignition switch problem.

Senate Pushes Ahead on Effort to Extend Unemployment Benefits

March 21, 2014

Senate Democrats are forging ahead with a bipartisan bill extending emergency unemployment insurance benefits, despite Speaker John A. Boehner slamming it as unworkable.

Senators: No More Excuses to Deny Unemployment Benefits Extension

March 19, 2014

Updated 5:34 p.m. | The top authors of the bipartisan Senate unemployment insurance extension bill defended their work after Speaker John A. Boehner torched it Wednesday.

McCain Seeks Military Aid for Ukraine After Russia Annexes Crimea

March 18, 2014

After Russiaís announcement that it has annexed Crimea, Sen. John McCain called for a series of responses, including providing modest military assistance to Ukraine and passing a bipartisan Ukrainian aid package.

McCain Demands Firmer Obama Ukraine Response

March 17, 2014

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ripped the White House Monday for not taking a firmer stand against Russia following the announcement of sanctions against eleven Russian and Ukrainian people.

Obama Will Reduce Deportations if GOP Doesn't Act, Schumer Says

March 14, 2014

After President Barack Obamaís decision to review immigration enforcement, Sen. Charles E. Schumer warned Republicans to let Congress act on the issue or Obama will curtail deportations on his own.

Bipartisan Unemployment Extension Deal Reached

March 13, 2014

Five Senate Democrats and five Republicans unveiled a deal on extending expired unemployment insurance benefits for five months, which should be enough to overcome a GOP filibuster and get the package out of the Senate later this month.

Reid Sees Hope for Unemployment Insurance Extension, but No Votes Expected for Weeks

March 13, 2014

Updated 5:09 p.m. | A bipartisan Senate unemployment extension deal has been reached but votes arenít expected for weeks.

Chambliss Declines to Back Feinstein's CIA Charges, May Call for Special Investigator (Video)

March 12, 2014

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee refused to endorse Chairwoman Dianne Feinsteinís explosive allegations of CIA spying on the committee, telling the Senate on Wednesday that a special investigator may be needed to get to the truth.

Unemployment Benefits Extension Vote Likely Delayed

March 12, 2014

Roughly 2 million workers whose unemployment insurance benefits have expired will likely have to wait until late March or early April for the Senate to vote again on an extension, Democrats and Republicans said.

Reid Disappointed CIA Unrepentant, Backs Feinstein

March 11, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., said he is disappointed that the CIA is showing no contrition for allegedly spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but he held off on calling for immediate Senate action.

Next Nasty Nomination Fight for Obama: Michael Boggs on the Hot Seat

March 10, 2014

After Republicans and seven Democratic defectors teamed up to sink the presidentís pick to head the Department of Justiceís Civil Rights Division last week, some of the presidentís allies are redoubling their efforts to claim a scalp of their own: Michael P. Boggs, a nominee for the District Court bench in Georgia.

Unemployment Insurance Plans Duel in Senate

March 10, 2014

The partisan stalemate over restoring lapsed emergency unemployment insurance benefits is expected to continue after Senate Republicans, skeptical of the offset in a new Democratic plan, unveiled their own proposal last week.

Whitehouse, Waxman Offer to School McConnell on Climate Change

March 7, 2014

Two congressional Democrats are offering to school Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on climate change after the Kentucky Republican questioned whether the earth is warming.

Ukraine Bill Could Attract Amendments on Iran Sanctions, Natural Gas Exports

March 6, 2014

Some Senate Republicans said the upcoming aid package for Ukraine could draw an amendment adding sanctions on Iran, although others cautioned against that approach.

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