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July 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Child Care Stabilization Fund Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the Child Care is Essential Act, legislation led by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. As businesses continue to adjust to a new normal and working families need child care, many providers across the country remain shut down or are operating with significantly reduced capacity. Child care providers … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces More Than $2 Million for Head Start Programs in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has awarded $2,743,118 to the University of Nevada, Reno for Early Head Start programs. "I'm so glad to see these awards go to help pregnant women and families with small children in Nevada. They need extra care and resources at this difficult time. I'll continue to work to make sure that the youngest Nevadans get a strong and healthy start … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Administration to Enforce Federal Housing Eviction Bans During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, DC. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues to put many Americans in danger of falling behind on monthly rent payments, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in a letter urging the Trump Administration to enforce bans on housing evictions for the duration of the crisis. In a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $3 Million for Disease Prevention in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $3,164,658 to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for disease control and prevention programs. "The coronavirus pandemic shows exactly why it's so important for Nevada to have the ability to monitor for disease, investigate it when it occurs, and take steps to prevent it in the future. These federal funds … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Supports Legislation to Aid Nevada’s Libraries During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Library Stabilization Fund Act introduced by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), in an effort to help libraries nationwide respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue providing communities with needed services, resources, technology, and broadband access. This legislation would provide $2 billion in federal funding for public libraries nationwide through the Institute of Museum and Library Services … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $18 Million in FEMA Funding for PPE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $18,418,095 to the Nevada Division of Emergency Management for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. "With these funds for PPE, Nevada can keep health care workers safe and do more to protect seniors, people with compromised immune systems, … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Press Trump Administration to Reverse Move Undermining COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection and Reporting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 43 of their colleagues in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, urging the Trump Administration to reverse recent changes requiring hospitals to report data to a new system set up by the Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, this data was sent to the National Healthcare Safety Network … Continue Reading


July 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Congressman John Lewis

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.-05). Congressman Lewis served in the United States House of Representatives for 30 years and was a leader in the civil rights movement, organizing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Congressman Lewis was also an original Freedom Rider in 1961, a principal speaker at the March on Washington in 1963 and one of the many peaceful protestors … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Cortez Masto: GAO Report Shows Administration’s Negligence Toward Migrant Children’s Health

Las Vegas, Nev. - Following the deaths of migrant children in the custody of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the facility conditions for children who are detained by CBP. The GAO report found CBP does not follow its own guidelines for medical care for migrant children and ignored the recommendations from … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Discussion with Northern Nevada’s Special Events Industry Leaders Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Northern Nevada professionals in the special events industry to discuss the ramifications COVID-19 has had on their companies and organizations. During the video call, the Senator acknowledged the importance of the special events sector to Northern Nevada's economy and the specific challenges many Northern Nevada non-profit organizations have faced accessing federal aid. She also discussed the work she is doing in the … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Briefing on the Importance of Broadband to Nevadans During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a virtual briefing on the importance of fast, reliable internet connectivity in Nevada, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. During the conversation, panelists discussed real examples of broadband challenges and opportunities in online education and telehealth, and community members described their experiences with broadband projects throughout the state of Nevada. "Like Americans all over the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Meets with Nevada Director of COVID-19 Response, Discusses Nevada’s Needs in Next Relief Package

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Caleb Cage, Nevada Director of COVID-19 Response, to discuss the work the Silver State is doing in coordination with local, tribal and federal entities to combat coronavirus. They also discussed the specific support that Nevada needs from Congress in the next coronavirus relief package. "I'm proud of Nevada's coordinated and comprehensive coronavirus response and all the state is doing to save lives, protect our most … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Administration Comply with the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and 33 colleagues in a letter sent to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calling on the Trump Administration to immediately comply with the Supreme Court's decision rejecting the Administration's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and requiring the Administration to reopen DACA for new applicants. "There is no indication that … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Awards of $1.5 Million for Affordable Housing in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco awarded $1,570,000 to four affordable housing projects in Nevada, which will go to build or renovate 196 apartments. The funds, which Senator Cortez Masto advocated for, are given out through the Bank's Affordable Housing Program and are awarded through a competitive application process to Bank members working with housing developers or community organizations to create … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto and the Nevada Delegation Call for Extension of Nevada National Guard’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, 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 letter to President Trump asking him to extend the 502(f)(2)(A) of Title 32 funding authorization for the Nevada National Guard through December 31, 2020. This extension will … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $53 Million in Additional HHS Grants Awarded to Healthcare Providers in Nevada Impacted by COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a total of $53,270,816 in grant funding awarded to health care providers in Nevada by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The new funding provides $47,480,089 for safety net hospitals that serve vulnerable populations and $5,790,727 for specialty providers in small metropolitan areas and urban hospitals with rural Medicare … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Mnuchin and Powell to Provide Greater Financial Assistance to State and Local Governments

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell and Department of Treasury (Treasury) Secretary Steve Mnuchin urging that they provide greater financial assistance to state and local governments in the current economic downturn. The letter notes the importance of aggressive Fed and Treasury efforts to help cash-strapped state and local … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Nevada LGBTQ Leaders, Urges Trump Administration to Rescind Anti-LGBTQ Policies

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a phone conversation with LGBTQ leaders from across Nevada to discuss their ongoing efforts to advocate for Nevada's LGBTQ community and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQ individuals. During the call, the Senator also highlighted her letters urging the Trump Administration to rescind their anti-LGBTQ policies in light of the Supreme Court's recent affirmation that federal civil rights protections apply to gay, … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Fix for Provision Blocking Nevada from Receiving Over $3 Million to Help Address Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) expressing serious concern with a "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, including over $3.6 million in CSGB funding for Nevada. In … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 95 Senate and House colleagues in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. universities this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply with the … Continue Reading

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