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March 19, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join Colleagues in Seeking Answers on Coronavirus Preparedness in Immigration Detention Facilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) in a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan requesting information about the policies and procedures their respective agencies have in place to prepare for … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Nevada Congressional Delegation Calls on Mortgage Industry to Implement Relief for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - As Nevada's workforce braces for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) - along with U.S. Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) - urged mortgage industry leaders to implement relief for homeowners affected by the outbreak. In a letter, Nevada's congressional delegation called on mortgage lenders to work with struggling … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Nevada Congressional Delegation Calls on Congress to Provide Relief for Nevada’s Tourism Industry and Workers Affected by Coronavirus Closures

Washington, D.C. - As Nevada's workforce braces for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) - along with U.S. Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) - urged leaders in Congress to provide financial support to the gaming, hospitality, travel, and outdoor recreation industries and the workers they employ. "We are very proud that Nevada's tourism … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement On Senate Passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted 90-8 in favor of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The legislation now heads to the President's desk for signing. "We need immediate, decisive action to combat the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate its impact on working families. This legislation takes bold steps toward ensuring every American can access coronavirus testing free of … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Request Administration Provide Leniency to Nevada’s Public Health Grant Recipients Combating Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Vice President Pence requesting that the Administration direct all federal agency heads to provide leniency to federal grant recipients to allow flexibility in staffing requirements of the grant so needed personnel may be diverted to work on the COVID-19 response. In order to qualify for many of the federal grants that support Nevada's public health initiatives, recipient agencies are … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Governor Sisolak Actions to Reduce Spread of Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) issued this statement following Governor Sisolak's announcement that he would be closing restaurants, bars, non-essential retail stores, and casinos for 30 days to protect the safety and health of Nevadans in order to ensure Nevada's public health infrastructure does not become overwhelmed: "Governor Sisolak has taken unprecedented action tonight in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus to … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Press Coronavirus Task Force on Situation in Nursing Homes and Preparedness for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and more than 25 U.S. Senators to press the Coronavirus Task Force on their preparedness and response plans for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Senators sent three letters to the Trump Administration regarding the safety of people living in nursing homes, the ability of seniors living in the community to maintain critical services including delivered meals … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Request Administration Address Needs of Federal Workers in Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 29 U.S. senators in demanding that Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia ensure the federal government's response to coronavirus address the immediate and long-term needs of workers. The senators expressed concern regarding the Department of Labor's (DOL) continued absence or exclusion from the President's Coronavirus Task Force. As the coronavirus spreads to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for Debt Waiver to Protect Civilian Coronavirus Patients Treated at Military Treatment Facilities from Aggressive Debt Collection Practices

Washington, D.C. - As coronavirus cases surge, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to protect civilians who may be treated at military treatment facilities during the coronavirus pandemic from aggressive debt collection tactics like garnishing patients' wages, tax refunds, and Social Security benefits. In a letter, the Senator asks that the U.S. Treasury use any applicable flexibility to allow exceptions to their debt collection requirements … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Release Joint Statement on President Trump’s Emergency Declaration, Seek to Reassure Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting their firm commitment to continue supporting Governor Sisolak and Nevada state and local officials, and ensuring local health authorities have the test kits and medical supplies they need following President Trump's announcement of a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, the Senators emphasized their shared goals of protecting … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for Passage of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Access to Outdoor Therapies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today called for the Senate to take action on her bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act to allow veterans expanded access to public lands for outdoor therapy and rehabilitation treatments. A 2014 study demonstrated the positive impact of outdoor activities on veteran mental health. "Anyone who's ever hiked the trails of Nevada's Ruby Mountains, the shores of Lake Tahoe, or the peaks of Red Rock knows the benefits … Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Democratic Senators Call for Coronavirus Economic Response Focused on Helping Those Workers & Families Most Harmed

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 33 Senate Democrats in a letter to President Trump, led by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), calling for an economic stimulus package focused on helping working Americans and their families who will be most harmed by the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus in the United States. "The spread of COVID-19 will create economic ramifications that will affect individuals, families, and regions differently. … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Legislation to Create National Veterans Cemetery in Elko

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to authorize the creation of the Elko Veterans Cemetery. The senator's legislation would authorize the transfer of administrative jurisdiction for the land needed to construct the burial site from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for use as a national cemetery. "Elko's veterans and community leaders have been working for over seven … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Cortez Masto, Senators Call on Administration for Guidance on School Closures Due to Spread of Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 30 Democratic colleagues in the Senate in urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide clarity and guidance for school districts and institutions of higher education, as well as families and students, following widespread school closures across the country due to the spread of the coronavirus. In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the senators stressed that it is crucial that the … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Action on Bill to Increase Number of Mental Health Providers in Low-Income Schools

Washington, D.C. - With nearly half of children with mental health disorders not getting the care they need, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement urging action to advance the Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act. Introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), the legislation would help expand the workforce of mental health providers serving students by creating incentives for trained psychologists, social workers, and school counselors to … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation To Protect Students From Bullying

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Robert Casey (D-Pa.) to protect students from bullying and harassment in schools. The Safe Schools Improvement Act would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require schools to establish anti-bullying and harassment policies for their students. "Bullying harms students mentally, physically, and emotionally. I'm proud to support legislation that will place the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Her Legislation to End Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement applauding the Senate's passage of the Not Invisible Act and Savanna's Act. These bipartisan bills, which are led by Cortez Masto and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), work together to combat the epidemic of missing, murdered, and trafficked indigenous women and girls. Senator Cortez Masto wrote the Not Invisible Act to improve coordination across federal agencies in responding to disappearances … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Encourage Adoption of Smart Buildings as Part of Innovation State Initiative

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in cosponsoring the Smart Building Acceleration Act to accelerate the transition to smart buildings by supporting research and by documenting the costs and benefits of emerging technologies in private-sector and federal government buildings. "Buildings use a huge portion of our nation's energy and contribute to the growing climate crisis. We need more … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cortez Masto, Romney Introduce Legislation to Study Drone Interference in Combating Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) introduced the Aerial Incursion Repercussion (AIR) Safety Act to study the effects of drone incursions on wildfire suppression and costs. When an unauthorized drone enters temporarily restricted air space during efforts to control wildfires, all aerial firefighting tools must be grounded. Companion legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives John Curtis (R-Utah-3) … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate’s Vote to Protect Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted 53-42 in favor of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Department of Education's rewritten Borrower Defense Rule. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed a companion resolution introduced by Representative Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) to reinstate protections for student loan borrowers. "Secretary DeVos' Borrower Defense Rule unfairly penalizes … Continue Reading

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