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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 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 president’s pick to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division last week, some of the president’s 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.

Democrats Face Perils of Controversial Nominees in 'Post-Nuclear' Senate

March 5, 2014

Not even Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could convince an in-cycle Senate Democrat from his home state to switch his vote and support embattled Department of Justice nominee Debo P. Adegbile.

Democrats Block Obama's DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile

March 5, 2014

Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Joe Biden Could Be Tiebreaker for Debo Adegbile Vote

March 5, 2014

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has made an appearance at the Capitol for the Senate’s procedural vote on Debo P. Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Democrats Defect, Sink Obama's Civil Rights Pick (Updated) (Video)

March 5, 2014

Updated: 2:17 p.m. | Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Would McConnell Have a Governing Majority?

March 4, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell has long coveted the chance to be Senate majority leader, and while he could get the job come 2015, it may be more than he bargained for.

Reid Backs Ukraine Economic Aid; Menendez Preparing Bill

March 3, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he stands ready to act in response to Russian military intervention in the Crimea and that a bill with more than $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine is already in the works.

Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Reverberates in Senate Nomination Fight

Feb. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has unleashed a decades-old racial feud centered on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal that threatens to cross partisan lines and give credence to Senate Republican worries that more controversial nominees will be confirmed since Democrats eased the process last year.

Cruz Won't Say Whether He'll Vote for Cornyn in Tuesday's Primary

Feb. 27, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz declined to say whether he would vote for his fellow Texan, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, in next week’s Republican primary, despite Cruz’s avowed affection for the state’s senior senator.

Senate GOP Renews Iran Sanctions Push

Feb. 26, 2014

Senate Democrats and Republicans are headed for a showdown over imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Amanda Carpenter Is Ted Cruz's Twitter Torrent

Feb. 26, 2014

Just as there was a glimmer of hope late last month that House Republican leaders would try to pass an immigration overhaul this year, Sen. Ted Cruz and his staff mobilized to extinguish it. It was a one-two punch that showcased the stature of one of the Texas Republican’s top aides.

Cruz Calls Out GOP Leaders as Dishonest on Debt Issue

Feb. 14, 2014

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped his fellow GOP senators on conservative talk radio, taking a bit of a victory lap for forcing a politically tough vote to lift the debt ceiling and avoid a default.

GOP Split Laid Bare on Debt Limit Vote

Feb. 12, 2014

The split between establishment Republicans and their tea party brethren over debt limit strategy boiled over on the Senate floor Wednesday, when GOP leaders scrambled to put down a filibuster threat by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Clean Debt Limit Vote Praised by Senate Democrats

Feb. 11, 2014

Key Senate Democrats lauded the decision by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, not to attach any extraneous provisions to a must-pass increase in the debt ceiling.

Cruz Does Boehner No Favors

Feb. 10, 2014

After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors — and some of Boehner’s allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.

Hardcore History, Hardcore Price

Feb. 7, 2014

A city of iconic monuments and architecture, Washington, D.C., is known for historic sites — and now you can own one, though it is lesser known.

'Gang of 8' Mixed Over Boehner Immigration Comments

Feb. 6, 2014

The bipartisan group of eight senators who led the charge to pass a Senate immigration overhaul were mixed over whether reservations on moving a plan voiced by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, spells the end of the effort this year.

Schumer: Immigration Still Possible, Despite Boehner's Comments

Feb. 6, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he still believes an overhaul of immigration laws can happen this year, despite reservations expressed Thursday by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Republicans Block Unemployment Extension, Democrats Plan to Try Again (Updated)

Feb. 6, 2014

Updated 3:29 p.m. | Senate Democratic leaders plan to again try to extend unemployment insurance after Republicans blocked their latest attempt Thursday.

Hoffman Overdose Prompts Congressional Scrutiny of Heroin Usage Spike

Feb. 4, 2014

A high-profile overdose and the spike in heroin-related addiction has caught the attention of Congress. And now, lawmakers may crack down.

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