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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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Immigration Advocates Rebuke Goodlatte

Feb. 22, 2013

Immigration overhaul advocates Friday warned that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte’s opposition to a path to citizenship could keep Republicans from winning Latino votes in upcoming elections.

Obama Reaches Out to GOP Senators in Immigration Talks

Feb. 19, 2013

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called three of the four Republican senators working with four Senate Democrats to draft comprehensive immigration legislation that they hope to unveil next month.

Immigration Advocates Target Senate's 'Gang of Eight'

Feb. 19, 2013

Labor unions, Latino organizations and human rights groups are launching a nationwide grass-roots lobbying campaign to urge Congress — particularly members of the Senate’s immigration working group — to include a path to citizenship for undocumented workers in any immigration rewrite.

Immigration's 'Gang of Eight'

Feb. 17, 2013

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., hits the gym before 6 a.m. So does Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It was there that two of the eight members of the Senate’s immigration working group began chatting about the issue.

Hagel Confirmation Fight Revives Debate Over Senate's Filibuster Rules

Feb. 14, 2013

The ongoing debate over confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary took a detour Thursday into a partisan disagreement over what constitutes a filibuster.

Immigration Group Democrats Update Obama on 'Tough' Negotiations

Feb. 13, 2013

Four Democratic senators who are working in the bipartisan group of eight to draft immigration legislation met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday afternoon to brief him on the group’s progress.

Rubio Challenges Obama to Shrink the Size of Government

Feb. 12, 2013

In a stark display of the ideological divide between the parties, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., urged the president to rein in spending and reduce the size of government in order to grow the economy.

Menendez Should Not Lose Chairmanship, Lautenberg Says

Feb. 12, 2013

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., said today that he doesn’t believe the chairmanship of his embattled colleague — Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. — is endangered as allegations mount about his connection to a Florida eye doctor whose offices were recently raided by the FBI.

Immigration Advocates Bullish on Obama's State of the Union

Feb. 8, 2013

Assured and galvanized by his speech last week in Las Vegas, immigration overhaul advocates don’t expect to hear anything new on the issue from President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

Cowan Joins Senate for Temporary Stint

Feb. 7, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. swore in Sen. William “Mo” Cowan, D-Mass., as the state’s interim senator until a new senator is chosen in a June 25 special election.

Obama, Senate Democrats Talk Budget at Retreat

Feb. 6, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Looming automatic spending cuts and other economic issues dominated talks Wednesday at a closed-door meeting between the Senate Democratic caucus and President Barack Obama, members said.

Wyden Hints at Brennan Filibuster

Feb. 6, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had stern words for the White House and its nominee to take over the CIA on Wednesday, threatening to “pull out all the stops” in his effort to get legal analysis for targeted killings of U.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists.

Senate Democrats Talk 2014, Immigration and Guns at Retreat

Feb. 5, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Senate Democrats opened their two-day annual retreat Tuesday with a discussion on the upcoming 2014 election cycle.

Assault Weapons Ban Has Rough Road Ahead, Grassley Says

Feb. 1, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said vulnerable Senate Democratic incumbents could be the key to preventing an assault weapons ban from passing this year.

Obama: 'I Am Not a King' on Deportation Policy

Jan. 30, 2013

President Barack Obama demurred Wednesday when asked on Spanish-language television whether he would consider a moratorium on deportations of undocumented people without a criminal record.

Schumer Predicts Monthlong Senate Immigration Debate

Jan. 30, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the debate on comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation could take three to four weeks once it hits the Senate floor.

GOP Warns Obama to Tread Lightly on Immigration

Jan. 30, 2013

An immigration policy rewrite may be President Barack Obama’s top priority, but Senate Republicans are warning that if he tries to influence Congress too much, the delicate talks could run aground.

Texas Senators Keep Their Distance From Immigration Bills

Jan. 29, 2013

Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are keeping a relatively low profile on immigration changes as they grapple with splits in the Texas GOP base over the issue.

Conservatives Expect Cornyn Primary Challenger

Jan. 29, 2013

Updated 1:17 p.m. | The founder and director of a grass-roots conservative group said he expects Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, to face a primary challenge. Cornyn is up for re-election in 2014.

Immigration Effort Takes Flight Again

Jan. 28, 2013

An immigration overhaul appears to be the one item on President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda moving on the fast track — with a bipartisan framework in the Senate, leaders in both parties on board and inexorable electoral math at its back.

Immigration Deal Unveiled

Jan. 28, 2013

Senators behind a bipartisan immigration overhaul declared their efforts to craft legislation “a major breakthrough” and hope to pass it by this summer.

Big Week for Advocates of an Immigration Overhaul

Jan. 25, 2013

A bipartisan group of six senators is expected to release an outline for an immigration overhaul next week, at the same time that President Barack Obama will begin his own public push on the issue.

Hill Hispanics Meet With Obama

Jan. 25, 2013

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Friday met with President Obama, who reiterated his pledge to push for passage of immigration legislation this year.

Senate Democrats Lack Votes for 'Talking Filibuster' Plan

Jan. 23, 2013

Democratic senators favoring the most robust overhaul of the chamber’s filibuster rules do not have the votes to enact a “talking filibuster,” even with a simple majority, according to the top Democratic vote-counter.

Reid Unveils First 10 Bills

Jan. 22, 2013

In an effort to lay down a marker for the first phase of their agenda, Senate Democrats have announced the first 10 measures of the new Congress, including anti-school violence proposals and immigration reform legislation.

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