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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:

Unemployment Extension Set to Pass After GOP Filibuster Fails

April 3, 2014

Updated 10:25 p.m. | Senate Republicans failed to block an unemployment extension Thursday, with Democrats putting an end to their filibuster and setting up a final vote on Monday. The cloture tally was 61-35.

Republicans Offer Deal on Unemployment Extension Vote

April 3, 2014

Updated, 3:34 p.m. | Senate Democratic leaders are weighing an offer from Senate Republicans to agree to a vote on one catchall amendment, including authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline, in exchange for finishing work on an unemployment insurance extension bill today.

Minimum Wage Compromise Faces Long Odds

April 2, 2014

Sen. Susan Collins is fighting an uphill battle to get Democrats and Republicans to back a minimum wage compromise.

Unemployment Extension Set to Pass, But GOP Digging in on Minimum Wage, Pay Equity

April 1, 2014

Republicans say they might block consideration of minimum wage and pay equity bills after Senate Democrats moved to block GOP amendments to the unemployment extension bill expected to pass later this week.

Reid: Unemployment Benefits Extension Will Pass This Week (Updated)

March 31, 2014

Updated 7:31 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted Senate passage of a bipartisan unemployment insurance benefits extension this week, and urged action by the Republican-run House.

In First Tests as Finance Chairman, Wyden Pushes Against Patches

March 31, 2014

In his first major tests as Senate Finance chairman, Ron Wyden is waging war against the congressional penchant for patches and punting. Itís not proving to be an easy fight.

CBO Calls Baloney on Using War Money to Pay Medicare Docs (Updated)

March 31, 2014

Updated 3:54 p.m. | Congressional budget scorekeepers donít sound impressed with using projected savings from not fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to prevent slashing paychecks for doctors.

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.

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 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.

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.

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