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August 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Congressional Whistleblowers

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in cosponsoring the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act, legislation that would give meaningful protections to taxpayer-funded employees who make disclosures to Congress. "Current law does not provide congressional whistleblowers with the adequate protections they deserve. As long as individuals who share vital information with Congress continue to face threats of retaliation, … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Supports Housing Programs for Vulnerable Seniors in Nevada Struggling Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in cosponsoring the Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act. This legislation would allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide $1.2 billion for sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment, Wi-Fi, additional service coordinators and a one-year extension of the iWish Program in HUD-assisted housing communities. "Seniors in Nevada and throughout the … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Job-Creating Grant Award for Western Nevada Development District

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a $240,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment grant awarded to the Western Nevada Development District. The grant updates a local economic planning framework, process, and strategy to support private capital investment and job creation in the region. "Investment in infrastructure is vital to ensure a robust economic recovery in the Silver State. I am excited to see additional grant … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Relief Bill for Independent Live Music Venues During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Cornyn's (R-Texas) Save Our Stages Act, which would provide Small Business Administration grants for independent live music venue operators affected by COVID-19. These grants would provide six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector for communities across America. "Nevada is home to some of the best live music and … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Congressional Startup Day Webinar on Supporting Startups in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a webinar in honor of Congressional Startup Day, a nationwide celebration of entrepreneurial communities that took place on August 12th. The event will include leaders of startups discussing their successes, challenges, and obstacles in Nevada. "I was thrilled to talk today to so many energetic people leading startups in Nevada and working to get them the support they need to grow and generate good-paying jobs. … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on 85th Anniversary of Social Security

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the anniversary of the Social Security Act, which was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 14, 1935. "In 1934, in the midst of a global depression, President Roosevelt rallied the nation to the idea of Social Security: a commitment to American workers and to the elderly and infirm that they would have a measure of stability when they were no longer … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Nevada Emergency Preparedness Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced $202,723 in grant funding to the Nevada State Emergency Response Commission (NVSERC) to fund emergency preparedness training and planning programs across Nevada. The grant funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation (DOT)'s 2020 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant program. "These funds will help improve the safety of Nevada's roads and railways and ensure that the State is prepared … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds More Than $500,000 For Native Americans in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $592,300 to tribal entities in Nevada as part of the Indian and Native American Programs (INAP) grant that provides training opportunities at the local level for both adults and young people. "The economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have hit all our communities hard, but communities of color have been disproportionately impacted. I'm glad to see these awards … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Coronavirus Language Access Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to expand access to coronavirus-related resources. The Coronavirus Language Access Act increases language access services and supports culturally appropriate COVID-19 response programs to help older Americans, those who have limited English proficiency, and people with disabilities. The pandemic has magnified … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Senate Democratic Caucus in Demanding Answers from the U.S. Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the entire Senate Democratic caucus in a letter urging U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers regarding reports of recent changes to long-standing practices at USPS that would result in increased delivery times and costs for election mail, and urged him not take any further action that makes it harder … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds HHS Grant Funding to Help Prevent Opioid Misuse Among Seniors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a $706,312 Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund the State Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division's program to prevent opioid misuse in older adults. "For many vulnerable seniors and those struggling with addiction, the coronavirus pandemic has compounded stressors and limited access to preventative services and treatment … Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Receives Alliance for Retired Americans’ Heroes Award

Senator Cortez Masto has received a perfect score every year since coming to Congress Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) was awarded the "Heroes Award" by the Alliance of Retired Americans for receiving a perfect Congressional voting record score on a wide variety of legislative priorities important to retirees and seniors in Nevada. "It's a great honor to receive this award from an organization that works tirelessly to safeguard the health and … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Entire Democratic Caucus in Opposing Bureau of Land Management Director Nominee William Perry Pendley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), and her colleagues in a letter to President Trump opposing Bureau of Land Management Director nominee William Perry Pendley. "We write to express opposition to Mr. Pendley's nomination to the position of Director of the Bureau of Land Management," the Senators wrote. "Mr. Pendley's public record, including … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Extension of Census Deadlines to Ensure a Full and Accurate Count

Senators Urge Extension Be Included In Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Package Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and 48 of their colleagues in a bipartisan manner to call for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the 2020 Census. The senators urged House and Senate leaders to include the extension in any upcoming COVID-19 relief package. "As you work on the next legislative package to address … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Spotlights Vulnerable Nursing Home Residents During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor about vulnerable Nevadans in nursing homes. She called on the Senate to pass legislation that includes more funding for PPE, testing, staffing, and other support to keep Nevadans safe. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: Thousands of Nevadans know the anxiety that comes because a spouse, parent, or grandparent is in a … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Fights for Worker Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and congressional colleagues in cosponsoring the Every Worker Protection Act. This bill would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to all those working during the pandemic to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus. "Countless Nevadans are working on the front lines during this health crisis without maximum … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces $619,000 HHS Grant for the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a $619,660 Preventative Health and Human Services block grant awarded to the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Grant funding will enable DHHS to address prioritized public health needs in the state of Nevada. "The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has done a great job protecting the health of Nevada families in its response to the current health care crisis. This new grant … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands More Support for Nevadans Facing Eviction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor about the looming eviction crisis in Nevada and across the country. She called on the Senate to pass meaningful legislation to help renters and homeowners stay in their homes and get financial support paying their rents or mortgages. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as delivered: When I'm talking to constituents in Nevada, they look at Washington … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Presses White House to Restore Full Funding for National Guard’s COVID-19 Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 33 U.S. Senators, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), in a letter asking President Trump to restore full funding to states, including Nevada, for the National Guard forces responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the President reduced FEMA reimbursement for National Guard units from 100 percent to 75 percent, with no explanation, and with the unexplained exception of Florida and Texas. Since March, National … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Majority Leader McConnell to Protect At-Risk Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recently joined 42 Senate colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader McConnell to protect at-risk Americans in the next COVID-19 pandemic relief package. The Senators are pushing for Congress to affirm its commitment to securing the health and well-being of older adults, people with disabilities, children, Indian Tribes, communities of color, and low-income families. The letter advocates for strengthening Medicaid, improving the … Continue Reading

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