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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:

'Gang of 8' Soldiers On After Budget Split

March 25, 2013

The Senateís bipartisan immigration group insists that its deliberations were unaffected by a weekend vote that saw the eight senators working to produce a bill by early April split along party lines.

Immigration Vote Splits 'Gang of 8'

March 23, 2013

The Senateís bipartisan immigration working group split along party lines during a contentious budget vote to prevent illegal immigrants who receive legal status from receiving federal health benefits.

Are the Senate Budget Rules Working?

March 22, 2013

As senators tackled their first budget vote-a-rama since 2009, opinions were decidedly mixed as to whether the budget law dictating abbreviated debate followed by unlimited amendment votes should be revamped.

Can Schumer Deliver on Immigration and Guns?

March 22, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Schumer has stuck his neck out on immigration and gun control, and the next two weeks could determine whether he successfully leads Democrats on those issues or sees his influence on them eroded.

Budget Votes Expected to Highlight Immigration Debate

March 22, 2013

Advocates of an immigration overhaul warned both parties Friday that votes during the budget vote-a-rama in favor of what they consider to be anti-immigration amendments will be remembered come Election Day.

Putting the Heat on Immigration Talks

March 21, 2013

A delay in finishing work on a comprehensive immigration overhaul could threaten the recent momentum for Congress to take on the issue.

Immigration Protesters Hit Schumer's Office

March 21, 2013

A group of about 40 pro-immigration activists led a protest Thursday outside the office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., one of a group of eight senators working to draft overhaul legislation. The group is upset about delays in finishing the bill.

Slow Pace of Immigration Talks Irks Leahy

March 20, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee will not likely mark up a comprehensive immigration overhaul package until May because the bipartisan Senate group working on drafting a bill has taken longer than expected, Chairman Patrick J. Leahy said.

GOP Senators Hint That Immigration Debate Should Take Years

March 19, 2013

Six Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee wrote Tuesday to Chairman Patrick J. Leahy urging him to allow ample time for debate when the panel considers comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation as early as next month. Grassley, left, and five other Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee wrote Tuesday to Chairman Leahy, right, urging him to allow plenty of time for debate on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Cal File Photo

Can Rand Paul Bring the Tea Party Along on Immigration?

March 19, 2013

Sen. Rand Paulís support for comprehensive immigration changes and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants could go a long way toward helping get a bill into law, overhaul advocates and his fellow Republicans believe.

Paul Says He's Open to Voting for Path to Citizenship

March 19, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul urged fellow Republicans on Tuesday to embrace a comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy and unveiled some elements he would like to see in a bill, including a path to citizenship and a requirement for Congress to vote each year on whether the border is sufficiently secure.

Paul Goes A Step Further Than RNC on Immigration

March 18, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is expected announce his support for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship in a speech Tuesday morning.

RNC Immigration Push Has Its Skeptics

March 18, 2013

The Republican National Committee may be pushing an immigration policy overhaul, but on Monday, two key Senate Republicans warned against taking on the issue just for the sake of political expediency.

Portman Gay Marriage Reversal Gets Muted Hill Response

March 15, 2013

GOP leaders on the Hill declined to criticize Sen. Rob Portmanís decision to support gay marriage, after years of opposing it on religious grounds.

Senate GOP Pushes Obama on Taxes, Keystone, Outreach

March 14, 2013

Senate Republicans pressed President Barack Obama at their Thursday lunch to stop bashing them on the stump, work with them more closely to craft a bipartisan budget deal and to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Obama Focuses on Elusive Grand Bargain in Hill Outreach

March 12, 2013

President Barack Obama on Tuesday pushed Senate Democrats to support a grand budget bargain, even as the prospects for such a deal seemed as distant as ever.

Senate Immigration Group May Wait for Early April to Unveil Deal

March 11, 2013

A bipartisan group of eight senators working to draft legislation to change immigration policy continues to move forward and is expected to unveil a bill as soon as the second week of April, Senate Democratic aides said.

First Budget in Four Years for Senate Democrats

March 9, 2013

Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee say they hope to keep the focus during this weekís expected marathon markup on setting a sound course for the countryís fiscal future.

Heller Bests Reid in Judicial Nomination Fight

March 8, 2013

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., has apparently won his dispute with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the nomination of Elissa Cadish to be a U.S. District Court judge in Nevada.

Obama Gives GOP Reason to Hope for New Grand Bargain

March 7, 2013

The pall that hung over the Capitol last week after Congress failed to do anything about the sequester has lifted ó if only a bit.

Tough Election Cycles Leave Rift in Relationship Between Reid, Heller

March 6, 2013

Nevada Sens. Harry Reid, a Democrat, and Dean Heller, a Republican, are having trouble getting over two tense election cycles that have strained both their friendship and their working relationship.

GOP Senators Working on Immigration Not Discouraged by Jeb Bush's Comments

March 6, 2013

Four Senate Republicans working with four Democrats to draft an immigration overhaul bill said they were not put off by recent comments from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that appeared to oppose including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Obama Dinner With GOP Spurred by Graham, McCain Meeting

March 6, 2013

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain appear to be the driving force behind Wednesday nightís scheduled GOP dinner with President Barack Obama.

ATF Nomination Lingers as Senate Republicans Seek Answers

March 1, 2013

Donít expect the nomination of B. Todd Jones for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to move too quickly through the Senate. Republicans plan to press for answers on questions they have raised on a couple of fronts.

McCain: Bloomberg Focused on Background Checks for Gun Sales

Feb. 27, 2013

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears more focused on enhancing background checks on guns than on an assault weapons ban, as the mayor continues his push for tougher gun laws on Capitol Hill.

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