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October 06, 2020

Cortez Masto: 78,000 COVID Survivors in Nevada Deserve Preexisting Conditions Protections Under ACA

Washington, D.C. - As the Supreme Court begins its new term this week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement highlighting a Center for American Progress report that underscores the critical role of the Affordable Care Act in protecting Nevadans' health and wellbeing. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, over 78,000 Nevadans have survived the illness, and each one now has a preexisting condition that is protected by the Affordable Care Act. "As a new Supreme Court … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding to Support Transportation Services in Low-Income Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's award of $125,000 to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The grant funding is authorized through the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program and will be used to enhance transit service in areas of persistent poverty. "I'm glad to see that the Regional Transit Commission of Southern Nevada is receiving federal funding to assist with … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Cortez Masto, Brown Lead Letter to Administration for Failure to Provide Restitution to Veteran Victims of Deceptive Marketing Practices

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) led 14 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger regarding the Bureau's recent public enforcement actions against mortgage originators offering Veterans Administration (VA)-guaranteed loans. Between July 2020 and September 2020, the CFPB announced consent orders against eight different mortgage lenders for deceptive … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights the Need for State Assistance to Prevent Ongoing Threat of Foreign Interference One Month Before the Election

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) in a letter to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) asking what steps are being taken in the final month before the election to assist states in administering safe, secure, and successful elections. "Election officials are on the front lines of the democratic process and many have worked around the clock to ensure … Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding to Support Nevada’s Older Homeless Youth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' award of $252,803 to provide Nevada's older homeless youth with long-term residential services. "The Transitional Youth Program (TLP) is so important for Nevada's young adults who are in need of safe and stable housing. TLP supports settings that provide essential services like life building skills, educational opportunities, job attainment services, mental health care … Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Cortez Masto, Scott Introduce Bill to Connect Military Members with Helpful Resources for Transitioning Out of Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation to connect military members separating from service with veteran service officers (VSOs) offering resources ranging from housing assistance and health care guidance to job training opportunities. The Know Your Vets Act of 2020 would direct the Secretary of Defense to provide service members separating from the military the option to share their name and contact information … Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding to Support All-Woman Nevada Conservation Crew at Great Basin National Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the National Park Foundation for providing a $3.7 million investment in service corps programs across the country during fiscal year 2020. Funding from this investment will support the all-woman Nevada Conservation Corps resource conservation crew, which is supporting recreation planning, habitat restoration, and bat management practices at Great Basin National Park in Nevada. "Programs supported by the National Park … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Defeat of Motion to Defend ACA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following after a majority of Senate Republicans voted against a motion by Democratic Leader Schumer to block Attorney General Barr and the Justice Department from supporting President Trump's lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the Supreme Court. The motion failed on a vote 51-43; it required 60 votes to pass. "The Justice Department and Attorney General Barr have joined Republican state Attorneys … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates the Third Anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival Attack in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today about the lingering impact of the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack in Las Vegas and the need for more mental health support for everyone affected. BACKGROUND: The attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, 2017 remains the largest mass shooting in modern American history. During her time in office, Senator Cortez Masto has advocated consistently for more mental health support for … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Almost $1 Million in Grants to Support Nevada Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Education (DoE) has awarded $992,557 to Nevada organizations to support Native American students, Native language programs, and staff who work with students with disabilities. "I'm pleased to see Nevada's students getting this important federal support. Students with disabilities have unique needs, and staff need to stay abreast of ways to address those needs … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Works to Provide Nevada’s Independent Contractors with PUA Assistance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D- Va.) and 13 colleagues in cosponsoring the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act of 2020, which would allow mixed income workers to access Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). "Too many Nevadans have struggled to obtain Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic because they have mixed sources of income. Although we know that one job … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed in a bipartisan vote of 84-10 a continuing resolution to fund the government until December 11, 2020. "I'm proud to join my colleagues in a bipartisan vote to fund the government and secure critical priorities for Nevadans. This legislation includes a key priority of mine, ensuring that local school districts in Nevada, and across the country, have the necessary flexibility … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $7.9 Million Grant to Support Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation $7,975,389 in Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to address the workforce impacts of COVID-19 across Nevada. These grant funds can be used to provide disaster-relief employment opportunities, job training and reemployment services. "Nevada workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic deserve all … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds More Than $4 Million for Young People in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have awarded $4,125,917 in grants to organizations in Nevada to support young people, students, and families in Nevada. "I'm relieved to see these grants awarded to support children and young people in the Silver State. In particular, I'm pleased to see funds go to the Nevada Department of Education to hire … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto: We Should Strive for Suicide Prevention & Awareness Every Day

Washington, D.C. - Nevada has the 11th highest rate of suicide in the United States, nearly double the national rate. U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement to conclude September as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month: "For too long this nation hasn't paid enough attention to the mental health crisis devastating American families. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but the 8th leading cause for Nevadans across the … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Create Justice Ginsburg Monument in the Capitol

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and 24 other Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by creating a monument to her in the halls of the United States Capitol building. "Justice Ginsburg was a real-life heroine to so many Americans. During her long career, she was a keen legal mind, a law professor, an activist for women's rights, a ground-breaking … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Inez Casale Stempeck

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of "Mama" Inez Casale Stempeck, owner of Casale's Halfway Club, the oldest continuously family-owned and operated restaurant in Reno. "Inez Casale Stempeck provided the Reno community with great food and even better company for more than 70 years. Born to Italian immigrant parents and widowed at a young age, she became a successful business owner, entrepreneur and matriarch for the … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Asking President Trump to Further Mobilize Federal Response to Unprecedented Wildfires Ravaging the West

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Western Senate Democrats and Ranking Members of key Senate Committees on wildfire relief and prevention in asking President Donald Trump to provide additional federal assistance to improve the response to wildfires and assist the states, Tribes and communities grappling with fires and their aftermath. "We need to work together to fight these fires now, support … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $3.8 Million in Grants for Health, Economic Development to Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $3,893,248 to the state of Nevada for childhood vaccinations, COVID-19 vaccine preparedness, medical research, and economic development on tribal lands. "I'm glad to see these funds going to the state of Nevada for health care and economic development. It's particularly important that Nevada receive the funding the Senate approved in the CARES Act … Continue Reading


September 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to Lifetime Supreme Court Appointment

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment, less than 40 days before the 2020 presidential election. "President Trump has chosen to ignore the will of American voters today. Americans are already voting in this election and I continue to believe that the American people should have … Continue Reading

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