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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.ûû

He no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

Reid Fumes at McConnell's New Fondness for Majority Rules

June 23, 2014

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.

Levin: No Iraq Airstrikes Without Backing of Sunnis, Kurds

June 20, 2014

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.

Rand Paul: Obama Should Seek New Authorization for Iraq Strikes

June 19, 2014

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.

Senator: Protect Gun Rights of Medical Marijuana Users

June 19, 2014

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.

Murphy, Corker Call for 12-Cent Gas Tax Boost for Highway Bill

June 18, 2014

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.

Obama Not Asking Congress' Permission on Iraq (Updated)

June 18, 2014

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.

Obama's Democrats Wary of Military Action in Iraq (Video)

June 18, 2014

Congress is at war over whether to go back to war in Iraq.

What Happens in the Senate When No One's Looking? A Lot

June 13, 2014

While everyone was focused on events in the House, the Senate had a sudden burst of productivity this week.

Senators Doubt 'Astronomical' CBO Score for VA Health Bill

June 12, 2014

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.

Other Than That, Mr. Boehner, How Was Dinner?

June 11, 2014

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 Democrats Hope Immigration Bill Is Still Possible, Despite Cantor Loss

June 11, 2014

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.

Appropriators Punt on Labor-HHS Spending Bill

June 11, 2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee won’t consider a typically contentious federal spending bill this week.

Boehner Dines at Trattoria Alberto's as Cantor Concedes

June 10, 2014

“He’s a lovely customer,” Juan Buruca, the owner of Trattoria Alberto’s on Barracks Row, said of Speaker John A. Boehner.

Wyden Focused on Finding Bipartisan Funding for Highway Bill (Video)

June 10, 2014

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.

Obama Push Needed for Unemployment Extension, Republican Says

June 10, 2014

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.

Reid Defers to Wyden on Highway Bill Funding

June 10, 2014

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 Have Full Agenda Ahead

June 9, 2014

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.

Reid Leaving Searchlight for Las Vegas

June 9, 2014

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.

North Carolina Is Ground Zero for Unemployment Extension Fallout

June 9, 2014

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.

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal

June 5, 2014

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.”

Reid Backs GM Recall Hearings

June 5, 2014

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.

Reid: Bergdahl Notification Controversy Is 'Big Deal Over Nothing'

June 5, 2014

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.

Unemployment Extension Will Return to Senate Floor if New Deal Reached, Reid Says

June 5, 2014

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.

Sanders, McCain Announce VA Health Care Deal (Updated) (Video)

June 5, 2014

Updated 4:16 p.m. | Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., announced a bipartisan VA health care deal Thursday afternoon.

Sanders Negotiating for Bipartisan VA Bill

June 4, 2014

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.

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