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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.ûû
He no longer works for Roll Call.
Updated 11:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called out Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for insisting on a simple majority threshold for his amendment to block new carbon emissions regulations — while refusing to allow simple majority votes on Democratic jobs proposals.
Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said the United States should only launch airstrikes in Iraq unless the various sectarian factions in the nation can unite to formally request it.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said President Barack Obama should seek new authorization from Congress before taking military action in Iraq, saying it would be “absurd” to rely on the 2001 authorization to use military force.
If you use marijuana in a state that has legalized pot for medicinal purposes, Sen. John Walsh wants to make sure you don’t lose your guns.
Updated 2:37 p.m. | Sens. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., are proposing a 12-cent increase in the gas tax to pay for a renewal of highway and transit programs, which could run out of funding by the end of the month.
Updated 11:18 p.m. | President Barack Obama is still considering what to do about Iraq, but he told the top congressional leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t think he needs Congress’ permission to act.
Congress is at war over whether to go back to war in Iraq.
While everyone was focused on events in the House, the Senate had a sudden burst of productivity this week.
Some senators are questioning an ‘astronomical’ but preliminary Congressional Budget Office score for the Senate-passed emergency veterans health bill — while promising to find ways to pay for it in conference with the House.
Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, was having dinner at a Capitol Hill Italian restaurant when the returns from Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary race came in showing the Virginia Republican had lost.
Senate Democratic leaders hope there is still a chance that Congress can act on overhauling immigration laws, despite Tuesday’s shocking defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The Senate Appropriations Committee won’t consider a typically contentious federal spending bill this week.
“He’s a lovely customer,” Juan Buruca, the owner of Trattoria Alberto’s on Barracks Row, said of Speaker John A. Boehner.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is keeping his options open on how to fund a new highway bill in order to help foster a bipartisan solution.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., wants President Barack Obama to get more involved with talks to revive an unemployment extension, as he continues to urge his GOP House colleagues to act.
Majority Leader Harry Reid sidestepped a question at his weekly news conference Tuesday about whether he would push for a corporate tax "holiday" to fund the depleted Highway Trust Fund, as reports surfaced that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had discussed the idea with Reid.
"I am pushing everything I can to figure out a way to continue the surface transportation bill," Reid said. "I'm just willing to talk to anybody. The ultimate decider on this however, is going to be Ron Wyden and the finance committee."
Wyden, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, reiterated Tuesday his intentions to find a bipartisan funding solution.
Senate Democrats are in a race against the clock in order to consider all the must-pass legislation, such as a new highway bill and an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs, alongside a host of election-year items aimed at drawing contrasts with the GOP.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are leaving the Democrat’s boyhood town of Searchlight, Nev., and moving to the Las Vegas area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
With Congress showing few signs of passing an unemployment extension in 2014, North Carolina’s tossup Senate race will be a key test of the issue’s political potency.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.
Sanders, the Senate Veterans' Affairs chairman, and McCain met Thursday to negotiate a bipartisan response to the scandal at the VA — and they announced the deal on the Senate floor.
“We were able to come together, I believe, in a way that will help to relieve this terrible tragedy that seems to have befallen our nation's veterans," McCain said. “We both had to make some very tough compromises."
“Our job was to sit down and work out the best agreement. We did," Sanders said. "Does it solve all of the problems facing our veterans? Absolutely not.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wants to wait for hearings before opining on whether there should be more repercussions for General Motors or the 15 people who were fired Thursday in connection with the delayed GM recall that led to at least 13 deaths.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dismissed bipartisan congressional complaints about President Barack Obama’s decision not to provide the legally required 30-day notice to Congress before exchanging five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pledged to have the Senate act on a new unemployment extension if bipartisan talks lead to a deal.
Updated 4:16 p.m. | Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., said he hopes to craft a bipartisan compromise to address to the lengthy wait times at VA hospitals.