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May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges DoD to Enhance COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Federal Contractors Working on Military Bases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter with four of her colleagues to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting enhanced enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines for federal contractors working on Department of Defense (DoD) military instillations, including guidance on who is responsible for the enforcement of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DoD COVID-19 procedures for quarantine, telework, social distancing, and the use of PPE. The … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join Bipartisan Group of 127 Members of Congress in Calling on Administration to Ensure National Guard Receives Benefits Earned on COVID-19 Front Lines

Lawmakers Push President Trump, Defense Secretary, and FEMA Administrator to Address National Guard Health Care, GI Bill and Retirement Benefits Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Jason Crow (D-Colo.-06) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo-05), as well as over 120 other Members of Congress, in a letter to President Donald … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urges SBA To Quickly Distribute EIDL Loans To Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter, joined by U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and 22 of their colleagues, urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to quickly administer Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to Nevada small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA has not yet allowed most businesses to access the online application despite receiving new funds from Congress. "Small businesses and non-profits that have … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Push Senate Leaders to Include Additional Funding for Tribal and Urban Indian Health Facilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with 56 of their U.S. Senate and Representative colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to include additional funding for Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Health Organizations (I/T/U) to recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue. "I/T/U facilities … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Urge Administration to Ensure Access to Free Telephone Calls for Detainees at ICE Detention Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bicameral letter led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.-10) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.-19) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) urging the Administration to ensure that all ICE detention centers quickly implement the agency's recent commitment to provide 520 … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge FCC to Secure Tribal Internet Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) calling on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to request that the FCC extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window by 180 days. As tribes continue to suffer disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the deadline for applying to use this spectrum will protect access to vital broadband and other … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Additional Coronavirus Funding for Most Vulnerable Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) pressing congressional leadership to include in the upcoming coronavirus relief package significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO), which are integral to supporting vulnerable students and their families impacted by the virus. The Senators' letter comes as the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis continues to exacerbate … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Pushes Department of Energy Nominee to Honor Trump Administration Commitment to Nevada on Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) pressed the nominee to reaffirm the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Administration's recent decision to respect the state of Nevada's overwhelming opposition to Yucca Mountain. In addition, the Senator called on the DOE to commit to working with her to ensure that future … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Request Additional Mental Health Resources Be Included in Next Coronavirus Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to Senate leadership outlining additional mental health resources that should be included in any forthcoming coronavirus package. The letter urges Congress to make significant, specific investments in mental and behavioral health in the next COVID-19 relief package to help address and plan for the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of this … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for Liquidity and Funding to Help Nevada Businesses, State and Local Governments Safely Reopen

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) asked Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell to speak to the challenges Nevada's tourism and hospitality industries are facing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto also highlighted the importance of funding state and local government efforts to keep Nevadans safe as the economy re-opens. Senator Cortez Masto began her … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge DOT and FAA to Expand Drone Usage to Deliver Critical COVID-19 Supplies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help facilitate greater drone use to combat the impacts of COVID-19 through the contact-free delivery of medical supplies and other vital equipment to those in need. "In Nevada alone, drone companies have already successfully transported consumer products, worked directly with first responders, … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Cosponsor Legislation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) in cosponsoring a bill that would provide $20 billion to help states, nursing homes, and intermediate care facilities contain the spread of COVID-19. The Nursing Home COVID-19 Protection and Prevention Act would support state efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings, including through the purchase of personal … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Military Spouses During Military Appreciation Month

Washington, D.C. - In honor of Military Appreciation Month, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a phone conversation with military spouses from across Southern Nevada. During the call, Senator Cortez Masto listened to the challenges military families are facing during the coronavirus pandemic and every day as their loved ones bravely serve our country at home and abroad. The Senator also shared what she's working on in Congress to ensure our service members and their families … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Cosponsor Legislation to Improve Medicare Payments Program and Provide Financial Relief for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in introducing legislation to make improvements to Medicare's Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program was expanded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to allow for hospitals, physicians and other Medicare-participating providers to apply for upfront payments from Medicare to help cover … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Press Labor Department to Speed Up Unemployment Disbursements and Address System Shortfalls

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and to work to address system shortfalls that have contributed to the delays in workers getting their benefits. "We recognize the unprecedented number of claims and the unique nature of the current … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud More than $300,000 in Additional Funding for Telehealth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will make awards of $355,276 to four organizations to support workforce programs that increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "At a time when it's imperative for Nevadans to socially distance as much as possible in order to remain safe, … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Her Bipartisan Bills to Improve Law Enforcement Mental Health During National Police Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Senate passage of two pieces of bipartisan legislation she introduced with Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to address the crisis of police suicide and improve mental health resources for law enforcement. Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act will track law enforcement suicides and use the anonymous data collected to improve mental … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Judiciary Committee Approval of Jennifer P. Togliatti for the Federal District Court for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee favorably reported Senior Nevada State Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti out of committee for her nomination to join the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Judge Togliatti's nomination will now proceed to the full Senate floor for a confirmation vote at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader. "Throughout Judge … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Following Urging From Cortez Masto and Colleagues, New National Housing Assistance Website Launched

Washington, D.C. - Following calls by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered together to launch a new website to help renters and homeowners learn more about all the resources and assistance available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The website details new housing-related policies, benefits, and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates National Police Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement honoring National Police Week 2020, which began on Sunday, May 10th and concludes on Saturday, May 16th. Senator Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Senate resolution officially recognizing National Police Week. "Nevada's police officers serve our communities every day with selflessness and courage, and their dedication is especially vital as they work overtime to keep our … Continue Reading

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