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August 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Address Mental Health Equity and Access for Communities of Color

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led a group of Senate colleagues in introducing the Mental Health Equity Act of 2020 to address the issues of suicide and mental health in youth with a focus on those in socially and economically disadvantaged communities. Senator Cortez Masto recently introduced a bicameral resolution to designate July as BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. … Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues to McConnell: Immigrants Are Essential and Deserve Support in Coronavirus Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 24 of their colleagues in a letter urging Majority Leader McConnell to support tax-paying immigrant families who have Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) by ensuring they have access to economic relief payments provided in the CARES Act and any future coronavirus relief package. An estimated 20 million immigrants work in essential industries. These … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Senate to Reject Conditioning Federal Funds to Schools on Reopening In-Person

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with 28 of her Senate colleagues, in urging Senate leadership to reject the Trump Administration's desire to condition education funds in the next coronavirus relief package on the reopening of elementary and secondary schools for in-person instruction. In a letter to Senate leadership, the Senators said that the Senate should not be complicit in President Trump's demands that would risk … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds More Than $6 Million to Fight Substance Use Disorders in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $6,731,119 to help fund Nevada's Overdose Data to Action programs, which conduct data-driven research into substance use disorders. "I'm glad to see these funds get to the state of Nevada to help us learn more about substance use disorders in our state. With this data, we can improve treatments and … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Effort to Support Physician Training Programs in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - As COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout the nation, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Michael Rounds (R-S.D.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), in calling on the Trump administration to support physician training programs in rural communities to strengthen and maintain a physician workforce for the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2020

Cortez Masto: Congress is Failing Struggling Nevada Workers & Families As $600 Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program Lapses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement urging Congress to immediately pass legislation to continue the enhanced unemployment insurance programs established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which has provided an extra $600 in monthly unemployment benefits to struggling Nevadans, expires today. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in 1965. "Although Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965, calls to create a program to protect Americans' health go back over a century. From Teddy Roosevelt to Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson to Richard Nixon, American presidents have long understood that we have an essential obligation … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Stresses Importance of Increased Production of PPE, More Mental Health Support for Frontline Workers in Senate Finance Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. - During this week's Senate Finance Committee hearing on the reliability of the U.S. medical supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned panelists about why the Administration has not fully invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure the United States has adequate personal protective equipment and medical supplies, and stressed the importance of more funding for mental health support for frontline health care workers. "I … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Small Business Workshop

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Grow With Google, and the Connected Commerce Council to co-host a workshop to help small businesses use Google tools to connect with customers and manage their businesses during this time of uncertainty. "Nevada in particular has been hit hard by the economic impact of this pandemic, because of our hospitality and travel … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Existing Inequities in Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - During this week's Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Director Tony Dearman of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) about the bureau's plan to provide resources to help tribal schools with providing reliable broadband for students learning from home and helping educators with planning to safely reopen. In Nevada, Duckwater Shoshone Elementary and Pyramid Lake Schools are Bureau of Indian Education … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Nevada Delegation in Sending Letter to DoEd and USDA Addressing Digital Divide for Nevada Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Nevada's Congressional delegation, including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), in a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture asking for guidance on how best to connect low-income families with low-cost programs offered by internet … Continue Reading


July 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Nevada Democratic Delegation Ask for the DOL’s Assistance in Combatting Unemployment Fraud to Reduce Claims Backlog

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led fellow Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) in a letter to Secretary Scalia asking the Department of Labor (DOL) to acknowledge and take action to assist states in combatting coordinated and intentional organized unemployment insurance fraud, which is spreading thin state resources that could otherwise be used to more quickly … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Blackburn Introduce Legislation to Spur 21st Century Entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation to connect students from underprivileged backgrounds with mentors in entrepreneurship and innovation. The 21st Century Entrepreneurship Act would connect students enrolled in 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) with mentors from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) to introduce students to entrepreneurship and help them develop professional skills. … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Cortez Masto Shines Spotlight on Predatory Lenders

Washington, D.C. - During today's Banking Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Director Kathleen Kraninger of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) about predatory lending practices. Senator Cortez Masto noted, "I've noticed a number of these cases resulted in suspended judgments. Meaning that-and particularly as I look at the debt collection companies, along with auto title companies and travel companies-they paid much … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $5 Million in Airport Infrastructure Improvement Grants for Five Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Transportation for releasing $5,685,703 in grant funding under the Airport Improvement Program to five Nevada airports. The funds will go towards infrastructure improvement projects. "Nevada's airports are vital hubs for our communities that support good paying jobs and drive our local economies. The release of these funds will help further ensure Nevada's transportation hubs have the infrastructure … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Fights to Extend Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the American Workforce Rescue Act to enhance unemployment insurance programs established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act based on states' unemployment levels. "Nevadans out of work through no fault of their own during this public health crisis need every resource and support available. Extending the increased unemployment benefits is vital for so many. Families rely on the unemployment … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Waive Federal Provision Preventing Nevada from Accessing Necessary Financial Support for Community Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing legislation that would address the "maximum allotment" provision that is significantly limiting the amount of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act relief funds that can be awarded to smaller states through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The legislation waives the provision for the purposes of the CARES Act … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Blunt, Klobuchar, and Cramer Introduce Legislation to Support Tourism Industry, Protect Travelers and Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today led Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to provide economic support for organizations involved in promoting and hosting tourism, travel, or other special events. The Sustaining Tourism Enterprises During the COVID-19 Pandemic (STEP) Act would modify existing Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant programs to provide direct support to … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Nevada’s Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in cosponsoring the Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act. The Senators, along with 32 of their colleagues are working to ensure it is included in the next phase of coronavirus relief to help provide a lifeline for the hardest-hit small and mid-sized businesses. "The need for additional federal aid to help small and … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Trump to Grant TPS for Venezuelans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 23 of her colleagues in again calling on President Trump to support granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans fleeing the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis caused by the Maduro regime. "As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer political … Continue Reading

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