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October 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $4.5 Million for Rural Water Infrastructure in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $4,577,528 to rural communities in Nevada to fund water and waste infrastructure improvements. "We're glad to see these funds go to rural communities to modernize water systems, improve health outcomes, increase resilience, and promote economic development," said the Senators. "Updating these systems will help thousands in … Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges DeVos to Help 8.2 Million Federal Student Loan Borrowers Access Relief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 32 of her Senate colleagues in a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling for swift action to support federal student loan borrowers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by using the available relief under the CARES Act and administrative extension. In the letter, the senators call on Secretary DeVos to immediately reach out to borrowers … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Explanation of Justice Department’s Sudden Change to Election Non-Interference Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a letter to Corey R. Amundson, Chief of the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, requesting an immediate explanation of the Department's recent decision to weaken its longstanding policy of non-interference with elections, which ensures that election fraud investigations do not affect an upcoming election. "It is deeply troubling that the Department has chosen to weaken … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Unveils Tax Cut to Provide Critical Relief to Working Families in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - As the nation continues to recover from the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to put more money in the pockets of hardworking families in Nevada and across the country. The Rebuild Americans' Income to Strengthen and Empower (RAISE) Working Families Act would create a new $500 refundable tax credit for individuals and $1,000 refundable tax credit for joint filers to boost … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Cortez Masto: ACA Brought Lifesaving Innovation to Washoe County, Repealing the Law Could Take Us Backward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement highlighting the innovative programs the Affordable Care Act has brought to the State of Nevada, including the REMSA Community Health Programs, which created new cost efficient options to help ensure those seeking emergency assistance through 9-1-1 receive the best. This program has been so successful that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a national program based on … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Speech on Threat of Barrett Nomination to Nevadans’ Health Care, Urgent Need to Act on Comprehensive, Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Now

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today on the threat that Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination poses to health care protections for Nevadans and all Americans, as well as the urgent need for a bipartisan, comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: I rise today to … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $4 Million for 16 Tribes in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarding over $4,000,000 to 16 tribes across Nevada. The funding will support investments in environmental protection and infrastructure improvement programs. "Tribal nations in Nevada are working hard to protect their health, conserve their natural resources and improve their infrastructure. I'm grateful to see the Environmental Protection Agency assist their efforts, and I … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Opposition to Administration’s Attempt to Misclassify Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a group of her Senate colleagues in a letter urging U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia to rescind a proposed rule regarding classification of workers as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule proposes a misguided test to determine if a worker is an employee under the FLSA, failing to address misclassification of workers as independent … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights What Nevadans Are Saying About Her Northern Nevada Rural Land Management, Conservation, and Military Readiness Act

Washington, D.C. - Recently, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a draft of the Northern Nevada Rural Land Management, Conservation, and Military Readiness Act, which includes land management bills for Churchill, Pershing, Douglas and Lander counties and an alternative proposal for the expansion of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon. This proposal was crafted through consistent engagement and collaboration between conservation groups, outdoor recreation industries, farmers, … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Administration to Make LIHEAP Funds Available to Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) swiftly and at the highest level possible under the current continuing resolution. "As the main federal program that helps low-income households and seniors with their energy bills, LIHEAP provides critical assistance during … Continue Reading


October 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan Telehealth Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced bipartisan legislation, titled Ensuring Parity in Medicare Advantage for Audio-Only Telehealth Act of 2020. This legislation would require that certain audio-only telehealth diagnoses be included in Medicare Advantage risk adjustment. It also requires Medicare Advantage plans to reimburse providers for audio-only telehealth visits as if they were in-person visits during the COVID-19 emergency … Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Feinstein, and Harris Urge Air Force to Upgrade Nevada Air National Guard Aircraft Fleet to Help Fight Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett urging her to reconsider the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno as a candidate for eight C-130J aircraft, which would help improve the Guard's firefighting abilities in Nevada, California, and other states in the region. The Senators first asked Secretary Barrett to consider the Nevada … Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Grant Funding for Broadband Projects in Elko and Humboldt Counties

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that it is investing $43.2 million in grants and loans to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas across the country. Over $12.8 million dollars of this funding will go to deploy fiber-to-the-premises network to connect rural farms and businesses to high-speed broadband across Idaho, Oregon and Nevada, including in Humboldt and … Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Grant Funding for Broadband Projects in Elko and Humboldt Counties

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that it is investing $43.2 million in grants and loans to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas across the country. Over $12.8 million dollars of this funding will go to deploy fiber-to-the-premises network to connect rural farms and businesses to high-speed broadband across Idaho, Oregon and Nevada, including in Humboldt and … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Supports Expanding Tribal Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) in a bill to expand the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. The Extending Broadband Tribal Priority Act of 2020 will allow Tribal Nations and Native Hawaiian organizations the time they need to apply for spectrum licenses for unassigned spectrum over their own lands-a critical step to expanding … Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Cramer Lead Legislation to Support the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Industries

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today unveiled new bipartisan legislation to provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for the convention, trade show, entertainment, travel and hospitality industries and their workers. The Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act of 2020 would stimulate the economy by creating new recovery incentives for hospitality and trade shows, enhance the employee retention tax credit to help maintain … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges All Nevadans to Complete their 2020 Census

FTPs for TV stations are available here. Washington, D.C. - The Census Bureau just announced that the deadline for the 2020 Census was moved to tomorrow, October 15th. U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement urging all Nevadans across the Silver State to complete their census: "The 2020 Census is incredibly important for all Nevadans. An accurate census means more federal funding for our state to improve our schools, hospitals, infrastructure, and so … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Almost $1.7 Million for Nevada Hospital System During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant of $1,695,024 to Dignity Health of Nevada so that its hospitals and health care facilities can better cope with the coronavirus pandemic. "Nevada needs this federal support during the pandemic for everything from PPE to testing to supplies and equipment. As we head into flu season, these funds will help Dignity … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

200 Days Since the President Signed the CARES Act, Cortez Masto Condemns McConnell’s Failed Priorities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement as the Senate continues hearings on the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. It has been 200 days since the last major COVID relief package, the CARES Act, was signed into law by President Trump. While last week President Trump walked away - and then came back to the negotiating table, Senator Cortez Masto continues to push for much-needed relief for Nevadans, including in … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Supports Improving Health and Safety Around the Senate Complex

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a resolution to address health and safety concerns in the Senate. "The U.S. Senate has seen a spike in coronavirus cases endangering the health and safety of Senate complex workers, Senate staff and their families. As Senators, it's our responsibility to uphold the health guidelines issued by our country's top scientists and … Continue Reading

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