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September 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Mayor Robert Crowell

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Carson City Mayor Robert "Bob" Crowell. "Bob Crowell served our country in Vietnam and brought his sense of duty to Nevada by dedicating his career to serving our community. With a mix of dedication, compassion, good humor and vision he led Carson City through the Great Recession and left his mark on our state with his uncanny ability to build trust and work with … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Honor Nevadan Tyrone Woods, Victims of the Benghazi Terrorist Attack

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joins a bipartisan group of 46 of her Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith. Tyrone Woods was a resident of Henderson who, along with his three colleagues, was tragically killed during the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Food Bank of Northern Nevada to Combat Hunger

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today virtually attended the board meeting of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to support its September Hunger Action Month. "I was honored to talk with the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which is doing such important work in fighting hunger and food insecurity across the Silver State and California. During this difficult time, many Nevada families are in dire need of the supports … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding to Support Mental Health Programs for Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $124,992 in grant funding from Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) for the North Las Vegas Peer Support Project. This grant award is part of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program, which helps improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins New Legislation Supporting Outreach and Enrollment Assistance to Help Americans Find Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in introducing new legislation to help the more than six million American workers who have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more Americans become uninsured due to job losses this year than ever before in our nation's history, the COVid Enrollment Response (COVER) Act will invest in outreach and enrollment assistance to help more Americans find quality, affordable health … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Anniversary of September 11

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement commemorating the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001. "Nearly a generation has passed since the horrifying attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, and yet the memory is still fresh for so many Americans whom history touched on that day. With the rest of the country, I mourn the lives lost in that attack and in the ensuing years, and I send my … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto: McConnell Bill Fails to Offer Key Support to Nevadans at a Time It’s Needed Most

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after joining her colleagues in voting against Senator McConnell's inadequate relief package. "Senator McConnell held up action on vital coronavirus relief legislation all summer. Rather than negotiate a bipartisan bill to help all Nevadans, he offered a slimmed-down package that does nothing to provide relief for renters and homeowners facing eviction, nor support state, local and tribal … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds USDOT Grant of $23 Million for Pyramid Highway Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) BUILD grant award of $23 million to fund construction on the Pyramid Highway Project in Washoe County, Nevada. This project, directed by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), is intended to connect Pyramid Highway to U.S. Route 395, as well as include other improvements to reduce traffic, and improve safety. "I'm … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.8 Million for Mental Health Education in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,800,000 to the Nevada Department of Education to fund programs to increase mental health education. Working alongside state and community partners, the Department of Education will use the funds to increase mental health awareness, screening, and connections to community-based mental health services. "I'm glad … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Call for More Funding for Local Transportation in Future Coronavirus Relief Packages

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), joined by Senate Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), as well as fellow Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen and nine other colleagues, has led a letter calling on Congressional leadership to include funding for local transportation in future coronavirus relief legislation. State and local governments, including state Departments of Transportation, have seen their revenues drop due to COVID-19. In order … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Pushes for Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Federal Jobs Act introduced by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to establish a government wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce and for other purposes. "In order to best serve the American public, our federal government needs to reflect the diversity of its people and communities. In 2016, about 36% of all federal employees were people of color and only 35.5% were women, but … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Message to America’s Veterans & Service Members in Nevada, Across the Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today in order to honor the service and sacrifice of the American armed forces and highlight President Trump's history of concerning comments about the military. BACKGROUND: Senator Cortez Masto has joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) in a resolution to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the United States Armed Forces and veterans and condemn any comments by President … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill Authorizing $11.5 Billion in Emergency Homeless Assistance Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to assist state and local governments responding to the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis. The Public Health Emergency Shelter Act of 2020 authorizes emergency homeless assistance grants to help respond to the public health emergency related to COVID-19. "Nevada continues to be one of the hardest hit … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill Requiring Federal Reserve to Address Racial Inequality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to require the Federal Reserve to use its authorities to address racial inequality and disparities in economic outcomes. The Federal Reserve Racial and Economic Equality Act would require the Fed to consider racial disparities when making decisions and report on these disparities in its semi-annual reporting. … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Cortez Masto, Horsford, Castro Conduct Congressional Oversight Visit at the Nevada Southern Detention Center

Pahrump, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) conducted a congressional oversight visit at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, NV in an effort to bring transparency to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) treatment of its detainees. Members toured the detention center to examine the conditions of the facility after reports of a growing number … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.2 Million Grant to Make Reno-Tahoe Airport Greener

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Reno-Tahoe International Airport $1,239,000 to install electric charging stations for ground-support equipment. "I'm glad to see Reno-Tahoe airport get these federal funds for clean technology that will reduce air pollution and help keep Nevadans healthy. I continue to work in the Senate to get … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1.1 Million in Grant Funding for Nevada Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced two grants totaling $1,142,529 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Nevada colleges for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program. The first grant of $600,000 was awarded to the College of Southern Nevada and the second grant of $542,529 was awarded to Nevada State College. The DHSI Program provides grants to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational opportunities … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $1 Million in HHS Grants to Fund Alzheimer’s Public Health Programs and Medical Research

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced three U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants totaling $1,038,959. The first grant of $200,000 was awarded to the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to fund public health programs to address Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias through the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act which was introduced by Senator Cortez Masto and passed into law in 2018. The second two grants were … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Agreement to Create New Elko Veterans Cemetery, Highlights Her Efforts to Spur the VA to Action

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced an agreement has been made by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the agency will acquire the land necessary to begin construction of a National Veterans Cemetery in Elko, Nevada. This week, the Senator requested a briefing with the VA to confirm their intentions, and is proud to announce this agreement that will provide Nevada's rural veterans with a crucial burial option in their own community. In July, … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Virtual Nevada Tour 2020: Cortez Masto Celebrates Completion of Virtual Tour of All 17 Nevada Counties

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the completion of her virtual tour of all 17 Nevada counties. During the past seven days, the Senator has attended virtual tours of local businesses and non-profits across Nevada, participated in teleconferences with community officials and government representatives, and hosted virtual roundtable discussions with Nevada conservationists, veterans and health professionals. "Nevada is defined by the diversity and … Continue Reading

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