En vivo desde el Capitolio, Bob Menéndez.  

When big things happen in U.S. Senate, the banks of microphones are usually set up waiting for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

And there's a third senator who commands attention: New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, the go-to lawmaker for the Spanish-language media in Washington who report on topics like inmigración, América Latina, and la restauración de las relaciones con Cuba.

"He's a well-respected leader in the Hispanic community beyond New Jersey," said Maria Peña, Washington correspondent for La Opinion/Impremedia.

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