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April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto to Cosponsor Legislation Creating $75 Billion Housing Assistance Fund

Las Vegas, Nev. - In an effort to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from sparking a full-blown housing, eviction, and foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) will cosponsor legislation unveiled by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to provide a new $75 billion Housing Assistance Fund to help households struggling to make ends meet. "As Nevada's Attorney General during the 2008 financial crisis, I saw how the lives of hardworking Nevadans were turned … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Requests That FEMA Factor COVID-19 Into Disaster Preparedness Planning

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outline its strategy for response to natural disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Nevada nears the beginning of wildfire season, the senator called on FEMA to develop a plan for how it will address any natural disasters that occur over the next few months, to ensure that it is prepared to respond and … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Congressional Leaders to Expand Health Care Coverage in Future Coronavirus Legislation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) pressing congressional leaders to make sure that any future coronavirus relief legislation includes strong measures to secure health care coverage for Americans in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In a letter, the Senators urged Senate and House leaders to take steps to ensure that those who have lost their employer-based benefits - and … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Investments to Address Mental Health Needs Resulting From COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine) to Senate leadership to call for increased investments in mental and behavioral health in future COVID-19 relief legislation. Reports have shown Americans are experiencing negative effects on their mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senators highlighted the threat COVID-19 poses to several particularly vulnerable … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Sends Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Local Community Organizations Access to Lifeline SBA Programs

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) asking them to work with her to ensure local community nonprofit organizations, particularly those uniquely hit by the COVID-19 crisis like organizations involved in tourism and hospitality, are able to access relief under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) loan guarantee program. "As you know, the CARES Act … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Details Resources for Immigrant Families in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - In a Medium post published today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) provided guidance on the resources available to immigrant families. The Senator's Disaster Resource Guide is available in both English and Spanish and has extensive information to help immigrant families. Full text of the post can be found here and below: Support for Immigrant Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic By U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto As Nevadans confront the coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Ask for Training and Protection for Frontline Workers in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to ensure that any future COVID-19 pandemic legislation include language requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers to develop and implement a comprehensive … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Call for Trump Administration to Ensure That Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out Of Funding From Paycheck Protection Program

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.-05) calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The lawmakers also called for the Administration to amend guidance … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges USDA To Protect Dairy Farmers Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift and directed assistance to dairy farmers, dairy processors, and other associated businesses, who have experienced a reduction in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for Economic Development recently highlighted that milk prices have dropped significantly due to a reduction in demand amid the coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Health Insurance Subsidies for Furloughed and Laid-Off Workers

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to include COBRA subsidies in any future coronavirus legislation. As Nevadans lose their jobs, many will also lose the health insurance coverage associated with their employment. A COBRA subsidy would enable them to maintain their negotiated … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Support Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Racism Prompted by COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced their plan to support a resolution led by Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.,), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) condemning discrimination against Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent reports show anti-Asian sentiment has increased since the COVID-19 crisis began. According to an FBI intelligence report, hate crimes against Asian … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Reimburse Americans Who Faced High Costs Traveling Home Due to COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in cosponsoring legislation to protect Americans from high international travel costs when returning home from abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Repatriation Reimbursement Act would require U.S. commercial airlines and the State Department to reimburse and waive those travel costs associated with repatriating Americans. "This spring, many Nevadans were virtually stranded … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Finance Democrats in Outlining Priorities for Health Provider Pandemic Aid Fund

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in calling on the Trump Administration to distribute the remaining critical COVID-19 aid to health care providers in an equitable and transparent way. In the letter, sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the senators also noted the distribution of the first $30 billion dollars failed to deliver funds to where they are needed most. "While we … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Press President Trump to Automatically Extend Work Authorizations for DACA & TPS Recipients

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to President Donald Trump urging him to automatically extend work authorizations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and other immigrants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200,000 DACA recipients are working in occupational areas the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identifies … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Pushes for Relief for Farmers Struggling During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Trump Administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation works to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome Social Security Administration Announcement for SSI Recipients, More Must be Done

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released a statement today after the Social Security Administration announced it will allow Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients without dependents to receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department. Treasury anticipates these automatic payments no later than early May. This new guidance has been issued in the wake of their call - along with their Senate colleagues … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Support for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) requesting that any future legislation to address COVID-19 includes support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Senators express concern that abusers are using COVID-19 to isolate their victims, withhold financial resources, and refuse medical aid; rape … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce over $32 Million in Grant Funding to Provide Families with Child Care Options During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $32,926,105 for the state's Child Care and Development Block Grant to help ensure Nevada families have child care options during this public health crisis. These funds were appropriated as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently passed by Congress, and supported by both Senators, and will provide assistance to child care providers throughout Nevada. … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Cortez Masto: SBA Announcement Does Nothing for Small Gaming Operators in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a statement today after the Small Business Administration (SBA) refused to follow congressional intent under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by maintaining their practice of denying small gaming operators in the State of Nevada access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), harming a critical state industry and threatening the jobs of thousands of Nevadans. "When I voted in support of the … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Reintroduces Resolution to Promote Awareness of Risks to Black Maternal Health

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and 21 other Senate colleagues in reintroducing a resolution designating April 11th - 17th, 2020, as Black Maternal Health week to raise awareness about African American women and their babies at risk during and after pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black mothers in the United States are three to four times more likely than white mothers to die from … Continue Reading

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