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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:

Senate Democrats Looking at March Vote on Minimum Wage

Jan. 30, 2014

Senate Democrats are expected to act in early March on a bill that would boost the federal minimum wage following President Barack Obama’s announcement in the State of the Union that he would sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for new contractors.

Senator's Son Stuck in Atlanta Snowstorm

Jan. 29, 2014

A snowstorm that shut down metropolitan Atlanta forced the youngest son of Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to abandon his car and walk 10 miles in the cold.

Harry Reid Opposes Obama on Trade Authority

Jan. 29, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not a fan of trade promotion authority, also known as fast track, and doesn’t rule out keeping it off the Senate floor.

Senate Democrats May Skip Budget Yet Again

Jan. 28, 2014

Senate Democrats are considering skipping a budget resolution for the fourth time in the past five years — a move that would insulate their vulnerable members from a politically charged “vote-a-rama.”

Obama 'Eager' to Work With Congress, but Ready to Act Alone

Jan. 28, 2014

Looking to jump-start his second term and give his party the advantage ahead of the November midterm elections, President Barack Obama pledged to do everything he can, with or without Congress, to reduce income inequality and bolster the middle class.

Democrats, GOP File Dueling Contraception Briefs With SCOTUS

Jan. 28, 2014

Democrats and Republicans have filed opposing amicus briefs in a landmark case the Supreme Court will hear in March challenging a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers provide free contraception services.

Schumer: Let States Experiment on Marijuana

Jan. 27, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday that states should be allowed to “experiment” with marijuana legalization.

GOP Senators Release Obamacare Alternative

Jan. 27, 2014

Sens. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, released legislation today that would repeal President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act and replace it with an overhaul of their own.

Pot Politics on the Rise in Congress, Administration

Jan. 27, 2014

While Congress appears to be a way off from legalizing marijuana, surging public opinion and recent favorable comments from top Democratic lawmakers could inch the federal government in that direction.

Reid, Schumer Encouraged by Boehner's Immigration Push

Jan. 16, 2014

Key Senate Democrats on Thursday were pleased to hear that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, continues to push for an immigration overhaul.

As Obama Presses Senate, Reid Holds Cards Close on Iran

Jan. 16, 2014

President Barack Obama and his administration are engaged in an all-out press to get the Senate to back off a new round of Iran sanctions which they believe risk unraveling talks and could even prompt war — including a personal appeal to Senate Democrats on Wednesday night.

Wyden to Focus On Tax Extenders When He Gets Finance Gavel

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that renewing more than 50 tax breaks, known as tax extenders, that expired at the end of the year will be a top priority for Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., when he gets the Finance Committee gavel in the coming weeks.

Reid Says He Is Not About to Go 'Nuclear' Again

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., doesn’t expect Democrats to take steps any time soon to change Senate procedure, despite the current gridlock.

Reid Says He Won't Give Up on UI Benefits

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to continue to push for an extension of unemployment insurance even as Republicans argue that Democrats are playing politics with the issue.

McConnell to Move Against EPA Coal Regulations

Jan. 16, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. launched an effort Thursday to block new Environmental Protection Agency regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new stationary power plants — the latest in an ongoing battle between McConnell and the White House over coal.

Reid: Nation Won't Hit Debt Limit Until May (Updated)

Jan. 16, 2014

Updated 2:54 p.m. | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday the nation is not likely to hit the debt ceiling until May.

Reid Open to Amendment Deal on Jobless Aid Bill

Jan. 10, 2014

There may be a glimmer of hope for extended jobless benefits legislation to emerge from the black hole that opened Thursday.

Reid Dangles Two-Week Thanksgiving Recess if Senate Expedites Legislation

Nov. 5, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he hopes to take a recess the week of Thanksgiving and the week after, but he warned that senators would need to cooperate to expedite work on the floor if that is to happen.

Witnesses Describe Chaotic Scene

Oct. 3, 2013

Several eyewitnesses of Thursday’s car chase and shooting at the Capitol described a chaotic scene as Capitol Police officers attempted to get a female suspect to exit her car — she refused and they opened fire with service weapons as she sped away.

Deal Defuses 'Nuclear Option' in Senate (Updated)

July 16, 2013

Updated 4:44 p.m. | Senators led by John McCain and Majority Leader Harry Reid have defused the “nuclear option” that would have eliminated filibusters of executive nominations.

No Deal Yet on 'Nuclear Option' After Senate Joint Caucus

July 15, 2013

A Senate standoff over filibusters looms Tuesday morning, even though Senate leaders pledged to continue discussions about how to avoid the “nuclear option” during a rare bipartisan meeting of the whole chamber.

Bertie Bowman's Long Senate Journey

July 5, 2013

After running away from his family’s South Carolina farm as a boy and befriending archsegregationist senators in Washington, D.C., Bertie H. Bowman, an African-American who has worked in the Senate for more than 60 years, began keeping a diary of his adventures.

'Border Surge' Amendment Attracts More GOP Support for Senate Immigration Bill

June 20, 2013

The Senate immigration bill got a boost Thursday, when a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed to a “border surge” amendment that would double the number of border agents and spend $3.2 billion on equipment to seal off the southern border.

Feinstein Wants to Bar the Next Snowden From Accessing Classified Info

June 13, 2013

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said something Thursday afternoon that might have defense contractors cringing.

Paul Signals Openness to Discussing Changes With Immigration Bill Supporters

June 12, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul said he cannot support a bipartisan Senate immigration overhaul bill in its current form, but he is open to discussions with the bill’s supporters on what it would take to win him over.

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