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August 23, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Admin to Speed Loan Forgiveness Program Changes for Military Service Members

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter with 16 of her Senate colleagues to Secretary Miguel Cardona, urging the Department of Education (DOE) to take steps to implement changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program that will make it easier for military service members to access benefits. At the Senator's urging, the Department has agreed to automatically enroll members of the military in the program before a program "waiver" to allow changes … Continue Reading


August 22, 2022

In Las Vegas, Cortez Masto Demands Urgent Action to Address Drought

Senator Cortez Masto delivered $4 billion in funding to combat drought through the Inflation Reduction Act, and today she called on the Department of the Interior to submit a detailed plan to ensure this funding is used to ensure other states along the Colorado River Basin are pulling their weight when it comes to water conservation Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) General Manager John Entsminger called on the … Continue Reading


August 19, 2022

Cortez Masto Hosts Press Conference with Local Labor, Clean Energy, and Conservation Leaders to Discuss Clean-Energy Jobs in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined IBEW Local 357, Southern Nevada Building Trades, Nevada Conservation League, and the Environmental Defense Action Fund to discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act will create good-paying union jobs in Las Vegas and lower energy costs for families. Nevada's clean energy economy already employs over 32,000 Nevadans and this bill will invest another $2.7 billion into the Silver State's clean-energy economy, creating new jobs … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Cortez Masto and Rosen Urge DOI to Take Stronger Federal Action to Ensure All States Are Contributing to Water Conservation Along Colorado River

Washington, D.C. - In reaction to the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) announcement that Nevada and other Western states will face reductions in their allotment of water from the Colorado River, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to DOI urging the administration to take stronger federal action to ensure that all states along the Colorado River Basin are contributing their fair share to meeting the severity of this crisis. Nevada has … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Cortez Masto: Inflation Reduction Act Will Cut Costs for Nevada Families, Strengthen Our Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. This legislation, which she helped pass in the Senate, will lower prescription drug costs, reduce the deficit, support Nevada's booming clean-energy sector, and create good-paying jobs. "Nevada's families will benefit from this legislation to bring down costs across our economy," said Senator Cortez Masto. "From deficit … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Cortez Masto and Rosen Announce Funding to Support Low Emission Buses Across Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will receive $6.7 million to fund the purchase of three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses and safety improvements along bus routes across Las Vegas. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will also receive $115,000 to expand transit options for Pyramid Lake residents. "These grants will help Nevada invest in clean, reliable public … Continue Reading


August 11, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Increase Benefits for Veterans With Service-Related Medical Issues

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to help disabled veterans who need to make accessibility improvements to their homes. The Autonomy for Disabled Veterans Act would increase the amount allowed under current grant programs for home improvements and other structural alterations to $10,000. Companion legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Al Lawson (D-Fla.-05). "We honor veterans' sacrifice for our … Continue Reading


August 10, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $25 Million for Fernley Highway Project to Spur Local Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $25,000,000 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is going to the city of Fernley to support the Victory Project, which will complete the Nevada Pacific Parkway connection from I-80 to Highway 50. The project will create jobs providing critical transportation infrastructure that supports the buildout of the Victory Logistics District, and it is expected to bring thousands of additional jobs to the region … Continue Reading


August 10, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Administration to Release Unspent COVID Relief Funds to Restaurants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of over 70 senators and members of Congress in calling on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to release critical COVID relief funding to restaurants. In the American Rescue Plan, Congress established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to help restaurants that had lost revenue due to the pandemic, but a recent report showed that the available RRF funds have not been fully used. The letter calls on the SBA to prioritize … Continue Reading


August 10, 2022

Bipartisan Legislation Cortez Masto Helped Pass to Treat Veterans Exposed to Toxins in the Line of Duty Signed Into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act becoming law. This morning, President Joe Biden signed the bill, which is named after Sergeant Robinson, who died in 2020 from toxic exposure during his service in Kosovo and Iraq. This vital legislation will ensure that veterans can get access to care and treatment they are entitled … Continue Reading


August 09, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $3.9 Million to Help Southern Nevada’s Economic Recovery

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $3.9 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding she secured to support projects to create and help Nevadans train for good-paying jobs in in-demand industries. Funding will go to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to develop a program to facilitate economic recovery, resilience, and diversification in the regional tourism industry. It will also help expand the Culinary Training and Leadership … Continue Reading


August 09, 2022

Cortez Masto: Chips and Science Law Will Help Nevada Manufacturing, Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the signing of legislation she voted to pass to support the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing industry and combat competition from the Chinese and other foreign governments. The Chips and Science Act, which contains several provisions Senator Cortez Masto secured, will help increase U.S. research and development, alleviate severe supply chain backlogs, support American workers, and improve U.S. national security … Continue Reading


August 08, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces More Than $23 Million in Funding to Improve Stewart Avenue in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that $23,900,000 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is going to the city of Las Vegas for the Stewart Avenue Complete Streets Project. The Senator helped secure this funding for the project, which will improve the safety and accessibility along a 4.5-mile stretch of Stewart Avenue while also promoting community development and enhancement. The grant funding will go to upgrade lighting, provide … Continue Reading


August 08, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on the Biden Administration to Address Staffing Issues at Lake Tahoe

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined her colleagues Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging the Biden Administration to reestablish the Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (LTBFAC) and raising concerns about recruiting and retaining senior leadership at the U.S. Forest Service for Lake Tahoe. The LTBFAC, which expired in 2017, played a vital … Continue Reading


August 07, 2022

Cortez Masto Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Reduce the Deficit, Create Good-Paying Clean-Energy Jobs for Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which will lower prescription drug costs for Nevadans, create clean-energy jobs in Nevada, reduce the deficit, and ensure that billionaires and corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Senator Cortez Masto also secured critical provisions to help Nevada combat drought. "This is a major victory for hardworking Nevadans that will bring down prescription drug and health care … Continue Reading


August 05, 2022

Cortez Masto, Kelly, and Bennet Announce Agreement to Include $4B in Drought Funding in the Inflation Reduction Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) announced an agreement to include $4 billion in funding for the Bureau of Reclamation to combat drought in the Western U.S. in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. "The Western United States is experiencing an unprecedented drought, and it is essential that we have the resources we need to support our states' efforts to combat climate change, conserve water resources, and … Continue Reading


August 04, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1 Billion in Wildfire Prevention Funding, Encourages Nevada Communities to Apply

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $1 billion in wildfire prevention funding she helped secure in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is now available to Nevada communities seeking to plan for and mitigate wildfire risks. "I fought for funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to help Nevada communities prepare for and defend themselves from devastating wildfires," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I want to make sure these funds get to Nevada … Continue Reading


August 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Votes to Ratify Finland and Sweden’s Membership in NATO

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in voting to approve Finland and Sweden's application to become members of NATO. Over two thirds of the Senate voted in favor of the NATO expansion, formally ratifying the U.S.'s support of Finland and Sweden's membership. "NATO continues to be a critical strategic alliance, and today I voted to strengthen that alliance and send a clear signal that the U.S. stands for … Continue Reading


August 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Helps Secure More Than $15 Million for Workforce and Economic Diversification in Reno, Across the State

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced significant Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding to support projects across Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto helped secure $14.9 million for Nevadaworks in Reno to help workers find good-paying jobs in innovative industries. Additional funds have been awarded to a multi-state program by WTIA Workforce that includes Nevada. "To create jobs and help diversify Nevada's economy, we need to make sure workers … Continue Reading


August 02, 2022

Cortez Masto Votes to Send Bipartisan Bill to Treat Veterans Exposed to Toxins in the Line of Duty to President’s Desk for Signature

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to send the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act to the president's desk for signature. The bill, named after Sergeant Robinson, who died in 2020 from toxic exposure during his service in Kosovo and Iraq, will ensure that veterans can get access to care and treatment they are entitled to in the wake of toxic exposures during their service to our … Continue Reading

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