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May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Young Call for Funding for First Responder Mental Health Programs in Future Coronavirus Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a letter to Senate leadership requesting that any future coronavirus package include additional funding to support mental health programs for our nation's law enforcement and first responders. As coronavirus continues to exacerbate the stressors first responders experience on a daily basis, the Senators' letter asks that legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic include additional funding for … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Urge Treasury and IRS to Deliver Dependent Stimulus Payments As Soon As Possible

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and 11 of their Finance Committee colleagues in asking Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig key questions about aggressive deadlines and delayed delivery related to the $500 Economic Impact Payment per dependent. In the letter, the senators requested the agencies lay out their plan to respond to bipartisan requests to provide the … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Help Renters During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Congressman Denny Heck (D-Wash.) in supporting new legislation, the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020. The bill was introduced in the House and will soon be introduced as a companion bill in the Senate. The bill would establish an Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide $100 billion in emergency rental … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Congress to Provide Flexibility for First Responders Using Federal Grant Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Senate leadership requesting legislation to lessen the burden of federal grant compliance on first responders to free up their resources so they can spend more time on fighting coronavirus. In their letter, the Senators request that any further coronavirus legislation allow state and local governments to spend new funding on cost-matching requirements. The letter also asks that grant … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call for Trump Administration to Ensure People with Limited English Proficiency and People with Disabilities Access the Necessary Information to Receive COVID-19 Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and 14 other colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the Administration to ensure persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and Persons with Disabilities can access the necessary information to receive the COVID-19 benefits that Congress has passed with fully accessible, and multilingual information and benefits available for them. "Recent news stories … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Colleagues, including Rosen, in Urging Trump Administration to Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), led a letter urging the Trump Administration to fund behavioral health centers that provide treatment to Americans with mental health and substance use disorders. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, behavioral health services are needed now more than ever while funding is being reduced. The letter was joined by Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and a bipartisan … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $2 Million in Coronavirus Funding to Protect Public Housing Residents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $2,066,187 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help residents living in public housing in Las Vegas and Reno during the coronavirus pandemic. The grant funding, which was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has been allocated to the Reno Housing Authority and the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority. "Public housing … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Praises Immigrants on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today to highlight Nevada immigrant health heroes who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. In her remarks, the Senator addressed the importance of creating a path to citizenship for DACA recipients who are risking their lives to protect our communities during this health crisis. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call for CFPB to Halt Work on Payday Rule and Restart Rulemaking Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in sending a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger urging her to immediately halt work on the Payday Rule. The senators cited press reports that extensively detail improper interference and manipulation of the rulemaking process for the Payday Rule by political appointees at the Bureau. The senators made clear that the CFPB must halt the rulemaking … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Funding in Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Support Research Workforce

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and 29 of their Senate colleagues in advocating for protections for the U.S. scientific research community during the coronavirus pandemic. Although coronavirus-related research is a current federal government priority, most other research has slowed or stopped due to closures of campuses and laboratories. The people who comprise the research … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $2.4 Million in FEMA Grants for Emergency Food and Shelter in Nevada During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $2,463,966 in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board to provide food and housing assistance to Nevadans who need it. "We know that across Nevada, some in our communities are facing hunger and homelessness because of the economic fallout of the pandemic," said the Senators. "We voted for these funds as part … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on FHA Commissioner Nominee to Protect Homeowners from Bad Lenders, Raise Awareness of Forbearance Options

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner nominee Dana Wade about her plans to protect homeowners from bad mortgage servicers and raise awareness of forbearance options that would allow struggling Americans to remain in their homes. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto recalled home loan servicers' failure to engage in loss mitigation during the 2008 … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Additional $70 Million in Funding for Nevada’s Hospitals and Rural Health Care Providers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has distributed over $70 million to health care providers across Nevada to address costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Of this funding, $18,760,725 will go to providers treating a large number of COVID-19 inpatient admissions and another $51,470,536 will help support 21 Nevada rural hospitals, community health centers and … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $2.7 Million for Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $2,785,892 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. "Now more than ever, it's important for small airports in Northern Nevada to get the infrastructure improvements that will let them serve rural communities best," said the Senators. "These airports are a lifeline for food, medical supplies, and emergency assistance to remote parts of our state, and we'll keep working to make … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Boost R&D in Medical and Technology Fields

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide expanded tax support for American companies that invest in the research and development of new products and technologies. "In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we need to harness our best ideas to develop vaccines, testing, treatments, and protection for frontline workers and vulnerable populations alike. Nevada has been a … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues: Trump Decision To Reopen Meat Processing Facilities Without Clear Safety Standards Puts Workers, Nation’s Food Supply At Risk

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and 16 of their colleagues urging President Trump to take immediate action to amend his Executive Order and mandate that meat processing facilities closed down by State or local health authorities or of their own accord are permitted to reopen only after they have met all of the health and safety guidelines issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which begins May 1st: "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time for us all to recognize and celebrate the many ways Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and immigrants, have enriched Nevada and our country. From the historic contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant workers constructing the transcontinental railroad over a … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Request Emergency Funds for Behavioral Health During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter to Congressional leadership led by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and 67 other Senate and House colleagues requesting funding for mental health disorder and addiction treatment providers as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. With many behavioral health organizations (BHOs) at risk of closing their doors as a result of the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Press Forest Service on Wildfire Season Plans Amid COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and 8 Western Democrats yesterday seeking answers on the planning efforts of the U.S. Forest Service to protect communities and firefighters heading into the upcoming 2020 wildfire season amid the COVID-19 crisis. "The impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), combined with high levels of drought throughout the West, will create unprecedented wildland … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds FAA’s Implementation of Collegiate Drone Training Program

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) implementation of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Collegiate Training Initiative, which was originally proposed as part of the senator's Safe DRONE Act and included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. "Nevada is a national leader in drone technology, and we must ensure our workforce has the necessary skills to drive innovation and growth in this industry. I'm pleased … Continue Reading

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