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February 18, 2021

Cortez Masto Proposes Funding to Improve Public Safety With Mobile Crisis Response Teams

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and six of their colleagues in introducing a bill to help states adopt mobile crisis response teams that can be dispatched when a person is experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) crisis instead of immediately involving law enforcement. The Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets (CAHOOTS) Act provides funding through an enhanced federal match … Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Vice President Harris, Congressional and Advocacy Leaders to Discuss the Importance of Coronavirus Relief for American Women

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.-03), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.-13), and leaders of women's advocacy organizations for a virtual roundtable discussion on the critical importance of passing the American Rescue Plan - particularly for women. The discussion can be viewed here. "The coronavirus pandemic has hit women disproportionately hard, and … Continue Reading


February 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Hosts Town Hall With Nevada’s First-Generation Assistance Program Students, Mentors, and Directors

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a virtual town hall with first-generation students participating in college access programs around Nevada. The conversation focused on how Congress can best support these students and what we can do to increase equity in opportunities for future generations. "First generation students are often from communities of color, which have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. From coping with issues related to … Continue Reading


February 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets With Transportation Secretary Buttigieg

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met virtually with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to discuss her transportation and infrastructure priorities for the state of Nevada. "I appreciated the opportunity to discuss with Secretary Buttigieg several issues affecting transportation in the Silver State, including the expansion of I-11 and my Innovation State Initiative to promote electric vehicles, clean energy infrastructure, smart cities, and … Continue Reading


February 17, 2021

Cortez Masto: We Must Grow & Modernize Our Transportation Workforce for a 21st-Century Economy

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Transportation Opportunities for Professional Service (TOPS) Act, legislation aimed at developing a 21st-century transportation workforce through federal training and educational programs. The TOPS Act directs the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a task force to conduct an assessment of the current state of the transportation workforce and develop strategies to improve and diversify … Continue Reading


February 16, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Promote Job Training, Apprenticeships for In-Demand Industries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) re-introduced legislation to promote education and training-including registered apprenticeship programs-for workers in in-demand industries. The Working On Rewarding and Keeping Employees Resilient (WORKER) Act will ensure employees have access to good-paying careers in skilled jobs throughout Nevada and the nation. "The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to diversify Nevada's economy and ensure that all interested … Continue Reading


February 13, 2021

Cortez Masto Releases Statement on Her Vote to Convict Donald J. Trump

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement regarding her vote to convict Donald J. Trump of incitement of insurrection in the wake of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. "It was clear from the facts and evidence presented during the trial that while serving as our President, Donald J. Trump intentionally disrupted the peaceful transfer of power in this country when he lied to his supporters by claiming the election was … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Cortez Masto Voices Support for Renaming of McCarran International Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in support of the Clark County Commission's efforts to rename McCarran International Airport as Harry Reid International Airport. "Millions of travelers pass through Las Vegas's airport each year, and I'm proud to support renaming the airport after the fearless and inimitable Harry Reid. Attaching Senator Reid's name to the gateway to Southern Nevada and all its treasures is a fitting tribute to a … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Unveil Plan to Overhaul Unemployment Insurance Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), along with Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), this week introduced the Unemployment Insurance Technology Modernization Act, legislation that would establish a single set of technology and security capabilities for state unemployment offices. "Nevada has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, with many of its workers still out of work in … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Cortez Masto Celebrates Black History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Black History Month throughout February. "Black Americans in Nevada and across our country have made our state and our nation stronger. Understanding the central role Black Americans have played in every part of our nation's history is the first step to creating a fairer and more just America. As we celebrate African Americans' achievements, diversity, and vibrant culture during … Continue Reading


February 12, 2021

Cortez Masto Celebrates Black History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Black History Month throughout February. "Black Americans in Nevada and across our country have made our state and our nation stronger. Understanding the central role Black Americans have played in every part of our nation's history is the first step to creating a fairer and more just America. As we celebrate African Americans' achievements, diversity, and vibrant culture during … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Expand Child Tax Credits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in introducing a bill to expand the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families pay for the costs of child care. The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Act would also help increase employment rates and earnings of parents, as well as reduce child poverty. "The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us of how critical affordable child … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $5 Million Infrastructure Improvement Grant for Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced a $5 million grant to the City of Reno, Nevada awarded by the U.S Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA grant will be used to make water infrastructure improvements essential to support regional business and job growth. The grant will be matched with $9.8 million in local investment and is expected to create 144 jobs and generate $56.3 million in … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Support Tourism and Hospitality Industries, Protect Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) 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 the … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing the SECURE Act for TPS Recipients

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and over 20 of their Senate colleagues in the reintroduction of the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, legislation to allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "In Nevada, over 6,300 individuals with Temporary Protected Status have called the Silver State … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes in Favor of McDonough to Head Veterans Affairs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Denis McDonough as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "Denis McDonough has extensive experience at the highest levels of the federal government that will serve him well as he works to support our nation's veterans and their caregivers and surviving spouses, continues to innovate and advance the VA system, and prioritizes resources for veterans' mental health. Nevada's veterans have sacrificed so much, and they … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Nevada Delegation, HHS, CDC on Nevada Vaccine Distribution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a call with Nevada's Congressional delegation members and staff, including offices of 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), as well as Dr. David Fitter, co-lead of the CDC COVID-19 Task Force, and AJ Pearlman, chief of staff for COVID-19 Response at the Department of Health and … Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Judicial Applications Are Open

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that applications are now being accepted by their northern and southern judicial commissions to review candidates for vacancies on the federal bench in Nevada. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen invite Nevadans interested in being considered for one of the two current vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to complete an application available on the Senators' … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Cortez Masto’s Week in Review: Supporting Nevada Businesses

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) prioritized legislation and Congressional efforts to help Nevada businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic, continue to innovate, and look toward the future. "The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for small businesses in Nevada-they've had to figure out new ways to interact with customers, protect workers' and public safety, and handle cash flows and loans. This week, I focused on … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Senators Cortez Masto, Fischer and Reps. Stevens, Gonzalez Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Online Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) as well as Representatives Haley Stevens (MI-11) and Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16) introduced the Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act in both the Senate and House. This legislation would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote research into privacy enhancing technologies (PET) and develop standards for integration of PETs into public and private sector data use to ensure that … Continue Reading

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