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April 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Scott Applaud FHFA Decision to Allow Federal Home Loan Banks to Accept PPP Loans as Collateral

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) applauded the decision by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to allow the nation's eleven Federal Home Loan Banks to accept Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans as collateral on advances to their qualifying member banks. This move will allow small community banks to pledge PPP loans as collateral in order to obtain additional financing from the FHLBanks to make new loans to small business owners in … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $7.2 Million in CARES Act Funding to Help Nevada Combat Coronavirus and Safely Reopen

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $7.2 million in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding to help Nevada's efforts to safely reopen. This was appropriated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. "This funding will help get Nevada's economy back on its feet by ensuring the state has additional resources to perform the robust contact tracing, enhanced testing, and increased protections … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Push to Ensure Families Receive Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments for Their Children as Quickly as Possible

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and 38 Senate colleagues in calling on the Treasury Department to ensure that families who are not required to file taxes and will automatically receive their COVID-19 stimulus payment do not need to wait until next year to receive the additional $500 payment per dependent child that they were … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for $3.6 Billion to Expand Access to Voting in CARES 2 Relief Package

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Senate colleagues in a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to include $3.6 billion to help states expand vote-by-mail and early voting in the next COVID-19 relief package. "Experts … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Push Treasury To Ensure Americans Without Broadband Can Receive Economic Impact Payments

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with 22 of their Senate colleagues, urged the Department of Treasury to increase its efforts to make Economic Impact Payments available to the most vulnerable populations-including those without access to the internet who cannot file a tax return electronically. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Cortez Masto and the Senators highlighted that at least 21 million Americans are without … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Colleagues in Urging Congress to Provide Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led 22 of her colleagues, including fellow Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), in sending a letter to Senate leaders, asking that future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic also include resources to meet domestic and sexual violence survivors' urgent housing needs, which have been exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and the ongoing economic upheaval caused by COVID-19. "Communities need a surge of … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join Bipartisan Push to Ensure Eligibility of Rural Electric Cooperatives in Paycheck Protection Program

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan push - led by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) - urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to clarify that rural electric cooperatives are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support small businesses and help … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Push For Rural Housing Assistance Amid Economic Fallout from Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - In an effort to prevent people in small towns and rural communities-particularly low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities-from losing their housing during the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of senators in pressing top Senate Appropriators for emergency funding to help rural renters. The push came in a letter to Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins UNR Veterans to Discuss Importance of the 2020 Census

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined student veterans at the University of Nevada, Reno in a teleconference about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. In her remarks, the senator stressed the need for all Nevadans to fill out the census to secure the critical funding that supports programs for Nevada's veteran community and underscored the importance of ensuring that Nevada gets every federal dollar it's entitled to in order to help the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call on Administration to Establish “Rural COVID-19 Task Force” to Identify and Address Rural Issues During Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Representatives Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) in a letter urging the Administration to establish a "Rural COVID-19 Task Force." The task force would help to identify rural challenges, develop strategies and policy recommendations, assemble a guide of available Federal programs and resources, consult with the Department and Congressional Committees, and provide … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto and Banking Committee Colleagues Urge Major Mortgage Servicers to Immediately Notify Eligible Homeowners of Protections Available Through CARES Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on a letter to major mortgage servicers - Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Cooper, Bank of America, PennyMac Loan Services, Quicken Loans, Freedom Mortgage, New Residential, Lakeview Loan Servicing, US Bank, and Truist - urging them to immediately notify eligible homeowners of the foreclosure and forbearance protections available to homeowners … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $1 Million for Rural Hospital Improvement During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $1,096,121 in grant funding awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Nevada System of Higher Education to fund small rural hospitals working to combat the coronavirus pandemic. "We're pleased to see Nevada get funds our rural communities need to ramp up testing for coronavirus, keep health care workers safe, and support treatment for any Nevadan who falls ill," said … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Long-Term Stability for Crucial Federal Funding That Supports Rural Areas

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to request a long-term solution for both the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs in future COVID-related legislation. These federal payments to counties and … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $3.3 Million for Hawthorne Airport Improvement

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $3,336,408 in grant funding awarded by the Department of Transportation to Hawthorne Industrial Airport in Hawthorne, Nevada. The funds will go towards improving 4,800 feet of taxiway. "Nevada's rural airports play a vital role in keeping our rural economies strong, delivering medical and food supplies to remote communities and ensuring patients who may need health care in metro-area … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $8 Million in HHS Grants for Seniors, People With Disabilities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of $8,743,717 in grants to Nevada from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will fund services including home-delivered meals, care in the home, respite care, and other support to … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Helps Secure Critical Revision to SBA Loan Programs for Agricultural Businesses

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting important revisions she helped secure in the most recent coronavirus funding legislation that specifically ensure that small agricultural businesses qualify for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Cortez Masto fought to help dairy producers, ranchers and local farmers weather the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Senator … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $1.9 Million in Grants for Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services for the disbursement of $1,935,621 to the State of Nevada Health Division to improve access to mental health and substance use treatments during the coronavirus pandemic. "We voted for this funding to help protect Nevadans' access to mental health and substance use … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge More Support for Victims of Family and Domestic Violence in Coronavirus Legislation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) urging Senate leadership and appropriators to support emergency funding to the Department of Health and Human Services for family and domestic violence programs. As a result of COVID-19 response measures, communities around the country are reporting increased demands on providers serving victims and survivors of family violence, domestic … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Senate Compromise to Provide Additional Relief to Nevada Small Businesses and Health Care Providers

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed compromise legislation by unanimous consent which provides additional funding for small businesses and health care providers, along with funding for COVID-19 testing. "We're proud to have fought for legislation that delivers health care providers essential support to keep our communities healthy during this pandemic and injects additional funding … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Federal Reserve, Treasury to Demonstrate Transparency in Distribution of Loans Under CARES Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, calling for more transparency in how taxpayer dollars appropriated under the CARES Act are distributed and the basis for how that funding is being allocated to businesses and municipalities in Nevada and across the country. "The CARES Act gave significant discretion to the Treasury Secretary with … Continue Reading

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