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Humberto Sanchez

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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.

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Stories by Humberto Sanchez:

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.

Lance Armstrong May Get a Pass From Senate Panel

Jan. 22, 2013

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is not a high priority for the new leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Cornyn Presses DOJ on Case of Reddit Co-Founder Swartz

Jan. 18, 2013

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Friday wrote to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. about the possibility of prosecutorial misconduct in the Justice Departmentís case against Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week.

Cornyn Raises Profile in First Weeks as GOP Whip

Jan. 14, 2013

Sen. John Cornyn has always relished and excelled in the role of attack dog, and now that the Texas Republican has been installed as his partyís chief antagonist in the Senate, heís come out swinging.

Cornyn Predicts Brokered Compromise on Filibuster Issue

Jan. 14, 2013

The new No. 2 Republican in the Senate says that if history is any judge, the chamberís leaders will likely work out a deal and not pull the trigger on the ďnuclear optionĒ to change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote.

Filibuster Changes On the Way, but Move Could Be Weakened by Senate Leaders

Jan. 2, 2013

Senate Democratic and Republican leaders hope to avoid a legislative standoff on the first day of the 113th Congress by delaying any debate on filibuster rules changes until after the presidentís inauguration ceremony on Jan. 21.

House Republicans Proceed Along Two Tracks on Cliff Plan

Jan. 1, 2013

House Republican leaders are proceeding with two options on a fiscal cliff deal passed by the Senate early Tuesday morning, with members expecting to vote Tuesday night.

Obama Keeps Pressure on Congress to Reach Agreement

Dec. 30, 2012

President Barack Obama on Sunday sought to ratchet up the pressure on Congress to pass an eleventh hour legislative package to limit the effect of tax increases set to take effect Jan. 1.

Senators Discuss Options for Changing Filibuster

Dec. 28, 2012

A bipartisan group of eight senators Friday offered a proposal to change some of the chamberís rules in order to make it more productive and avert Democratic leadersí threat to overhaul the filibuster.

Earmarks' Demise Adds To Spending Panel Woes

Dec. 21, 2012

Earmark opponents couldnít help but feel a little satisfied this week when Democratic Sens. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Tom Harkin of Iowa turned down the previously much sought after post of Appropriations chairman.

Spending Panel Loses Its Luster

Dec. 20, 2012

The decisions by Democratic Sens. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Tom Harkin of Iowa to forgo taking over the Appropriations Committee in favor of keeping their current committee gavels could be a sign that the once-vaunted panel is losing its clout.

Leahy Decides to Remain as Judiciary Head

Dec. 19, 2012

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont will remain chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee rather than asserting his seniority on the Appropriations Committee.

Post-Christmas Session Inevitable, Schumer Hints

Dec. 19, 2012

Sen. Charles E. Schumer signaled Wednesday that a post-Christmas Senate session to handle any agreement on a package to avert the fiscal cliff is becoming inevitable.

Pro-Gun Senate Democrats Soften Their Opposition to Exploring Legislation

Dec. 18, 2012

Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, avid hunter-fisherman and darling of the National Rifle Association, on Tuesday said he would support the creation of a special commission to explore solutions and a legislative response to the mass shooting in Connecticut last week.

Republicans Laud Scott Pick for S.C. Senate Seat

Dec. 17, 2012

Republicans praised fellow conservative Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who will fill the Senate seat opening next year with the resignation of tea party favorite Jim DeMint. They also downplayed the fact that Scott will become the first African-American GOP senator in more than 30 years.

Sandy Disaster Aid Bill May Emerge Soon

Dec. 13, 2012

The text of an emergency spending bill to help pay for recovery from superstorm Sandy could surface as early as tonight, according to one senior appropriator.

Latham Leads Bipartisan Tribute for Boswell

Dec. 13, 2012

In a rare public moment of good will, and despite a bruising re-election campaign, Republican Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa led a tribute Thursday to his vanquished election opponent, Democratic Rep. Leonard L. Boswell, who served 16 years in the House.

AG Rumors 'Invented,' Whitehouse Says

Dec. 11, 2012

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said he is content as a United States senator and is not eyeing the post of attorney general in President Barack Obamaís second term cabinet, should it become available.

Right-to-Work In Michigan Undercuts Democrats, Stabenow Says

Dec. 11, 2012

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., lamented Tuesday the passage of a right-to-work law by the Michigan legislature, calling it bad for business-labor relations and saying that the measure was designed to weaken unions and, by extension, Democrats.

Latino Vote Sprang From Local Touch

Dec. 10, 2012

If it werenít for Sens. Harry Reid and Michael Bennet, President Barack Obama might not have won a second term.

Parra Helps Democrats Reach Out to Latino Voters

Dec. 10, 2012

Jose Parra has led Senate Majority Leader Harry Reidís Latino outreach effort since 2008 and worked on the Nevada Democratís re-election campaign in 2010.

Democrats Divided Over Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Dec. 5, 2012

They may be united on raising tax rates on the rich, but Democrats appear divided over whether to extend the presidentís signature payroll tax cut as part of any fiscal cliff deal.

DeMint, Heritage Foundation Criticize Boehner Counteroffer

Dec. 4, 2012

Sen. Jim DeMint is criticizing a $2.2 trillion deficit reduction proposal put forward by Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, for including $800 billion in new revenue, becoming the latest conservative icon to attempt to shoot down Boehnerís volley.

Ryan Walks Fine Line in Fiscal Cliff Debate

Dec. 3, 2012

With possible plans to run for president in 2016, Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has to carefully assess his approach to budget talks designed to avert abrupt, end-of-year tax hikes and automatic spending reductions set to begin next year.

Filibuster Changes Becoming Sore Point on Senate Floor

Nov. 27, 2012

For the second day in a row, Senate leaders locked horns over a Democratic proposal to change Senate filibuster rules, with both sides invoking the late Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who was known as a guardian of the institution.

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