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June 12, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Reiterate Call for Investigation into Racially Discriminatory and Violent Policing at Minneapolis Police Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and 21 Senate colleagues joined a letter sent by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to Attorney General Barr following up on their previous letter requesting that the Department of Justice open an investigation into patterns and practices of racially discriminatory and violent policing in the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The Senators asked for an explanation from Attorney General Barr on why he did not … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.2 Million for Flu Preparedness

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,279,710 to the state of Nevada to prepare for the coming influenza season. Flu and COVID-19 both strain the health care system, but because a vaccine is available for the flu, increasing preparations for flu season will help hospitals and providers cope with the coronavirus pandemic as well. "I'm glad to see these funds get to Nevada so we can … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Additional Funding for Public Health Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in a letter urging the Senate to include an additional $20 million in funding for the Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) program in any forthcoming coronavirus legislation. The PHTC Programs support public health education in Nevada and across the country. "These critical (PHTC) programs … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on HUD to Do More for Americans Suffering From Economic Downturn

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) pushed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to outline what HUD is doing to help African American, Latino, and low-income Americans who are disproportionately suffering due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Citing recent data on how the pandemic is increasing disparities in housing by race and income, Senator Cortez … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Administration to Improve Gig Workers’ Access to Unemployment Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and eight fellow Senators to the Department of Labor (DOL), asking the Department to clarify how states can best ensure gig and other misclassified workers are getting the unemployment benefits they deserve as quickly as possible. In Nevada and across the country, millions of people employed in the "gig economy" have been improperly classified by their employers as independent … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers Holding Corporations Accountable in the Courts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Consumer Claims Act to protect American consumers' right to sue corporations for fraud. The legislation will help ensure that consumers who win fraud causes are not liable for taxes on funds awarded to their attorney. "Consumer fraud, abusive debt collection and credit reporting errors are plaguing consumers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. No consumer should be deterred from … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $848,000 Contract for Nevada Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site (UASTS)

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the $848,685 in funding awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) toward an overall contract of $1.79 million to demonstrate and validate drone technology in coordination with Nevada's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site. The contract awarded to Switch (NYSE: SWCH), who contracted with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) will help fund the demonstration and validation of new drone … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Top Health Officials to Swiftly Distribute Emergency COVID-19 Funds to Hospitals Serving Low-Income, Vulnerable Populations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and a group of 13 bipartisan colleagues in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the Administration act swiftly to distribute emergency funding allocated in COVID-19 spending packages to hospitals that overwhelmingly serve Medicaid and … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Continue to Fight for Coronavirus Resources for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a series of letters pushing for federal resources to support behavioral health care for children as they experience this unprecedented time, as well as calling for in Nevada's clean energy sector and its workforce. "As our state works to safely rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, we must do everything we can to protect our children and their mental health development so that they can … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Communities of Color from Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in cosponsoring the Community Solutions for COVID-19 Act, which would provide funding to communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The bill would establish a $1.5 billion grant program over three years to help Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other eligible organizations create and expand programs to improve health equity and reduce or eliminate … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $3 Million in Grants to Support Native American Community Development Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the awarding of $3 million in grant funding to help the Moapa Band of Paiutes and the Winnemucca Tribe construct affordable housing and community development projects. The awards will be distributed through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant program. "This funding will help construct new affordable housing options and a community gathering place for two of … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.7 Million in Funds to Fight Coronavirus

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,767,879 to the state of Nevada for health care systems treating patients and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. "As Nevada reopens, the state needs federal support like this to make sure that we continue to slow the spread of coronavirus, care for patients, and improve our ability to respond to emerging hot spots. I'm proud to have voted for … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Seek Answers on How FEMA Is Preparing to Protect Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands During Hurricane Season

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ahead of the upcoming hurricane season in the Caribbean. In the letter, the lawmakers seek answers to how FEMA is preparing to respond to a storm that hits Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands amidst the numerous other ongoing disasters and … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Prevent and Review Officer-Involved Deaths

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and five other Senators in cosponsoring the Police Training and Independent Review Act to provide grants to states that require fair and impartial police training and the independent investigation and prosecution of the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. "Time after time, Nevada and the nation have witnessed the unjustified and unjustifiable use of force against people … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Help COVID-19 Workers With Education, Savings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in cosponsoring the Pandemic Responder Service Award Act to establish an award program for front-line health care workers who responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The total annual award, up to $10,000 adjusted for inflation, would be based on time served and would be available for up to four years. "Our frontline health workers put themselves at tremendous risk every day, and in doing that, … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for Workforce Development in Response to Economic Downturn

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the implementation of the CARES Act, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) asked panelists what Nevada and the nation could do in future coronavirus legislation to stimulate workforce development and increase employment. Senator Cortez Masto prefaced her question with information about Nevada's experience during the foreclosure crisis: "The last recession devastated us. It took seven years to … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Call for Federal Investigation into Racially Discriminatory and Violent Policing at Minneapolis Police Department

After George Floyd was killed at the hands of a Minneapolis Police officer, the lawmakers say DOJ probe is needed to ensure change, future accountability Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), along with 24 colleagues, in calling on the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an investigation into the patterns and practices of racially discriminatory … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Honors LGBTQ Pride Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month: "Born out of the Stonewall riots of 1969, Pride Month offers us a unique and important opportunity to honor the courage of all those fighting to end discrimination. While our country has made great strides towards equality over the past 50 years, from legalizing same-sex marriage to repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', homophobia, transphobia and bigotry still … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Honors Immigrant Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recognized Immigrant Heritage Month, which is observed in June. "Nevada is home to immigrants from all over the globe, and this beautiful diversity is one of our state's strengths. During this Immigrant Heritage Month, I'm proud to celebrate the many American families-like my own-with immigrant histories. In the face of attempts to divide Americans from one another based on their heritage, we must work even harder to demonstrate … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $2 Million Award for Wildfire Research to the University of Nevada, Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $2,000,000 to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue research into digital platforms that could be used to predict and monitor fire risks and help direct emergency responses to fires. "As wildfire season gets longer, Nevada needs this kind of innovative, technology-driven research into preventing and responding to wildfires. I am proud of the incredible work of … Continue Reading

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