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May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge FCC to Secure Tribal Internet Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) calling on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to request that the FCC extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window by 180 days. As tribes continue to suffer disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the deadline for applying to use this spectrum will protect access to vital broadband and other … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Additional Coronavirus Funding for Most Vulnerable Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) pressing congressional leadership to include in the upcoming coronavirus relief package significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO), which are integral to supporting vulnerable students and their families impacted by the virus. The Senators' letter comes as the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis continues to exacerbate … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Pushes Department of Energy Nominee to Honor Trump Administration Commitment to Nevada on Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) pressed the nominee to reaffirm the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Administration's recent decision to respect the state of Nevada's overwhelming opposition to Yucca Mountain. In addition, the Senator called on the DOE to commit to working with her to ensure that future … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Request Additional Mental Health Resources Be Included in Next Coronavirus Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to Senate leadership outlining additional mental health resources that should be included in any forthcoming coronavirus package. The letter urges Congress to make significant, specific investments in mental and behavioral health in the next COVID-19 relief package to help address and plan for the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of this … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for Liquidity and Funding to Help Nevada Businesses, State and Local Governments Safely Reopen

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) asked Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell to speak to the challenges Nevada's tourism and hospitality industries are facing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto also highlighted the importance of funding state and local government efforts to keep Nevadans safe as the economy re-opens. Senator Cortez Masto began her … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge DOT and FAA to Expand Drone Usage to Deliver Critical COVID-19 Supplies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help facilitate greater drone use to combat the impacts of COVID-19 through the contact-free delivery of medical supplies and other vital equipment to those in need. "In Nevada alone, drone companies have already successfully transported consumer products, worked directly with first responders, … Continue Reading


May 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Cosponsor Legislation to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) in cosponsoring a bill that would provide $20 billion to help states, nursing homes, and intermediate care facilities contain the spread of COVID-19. The Nursing Home COVID-19 Protection and Prevention Act would support state efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings, including through the purchase of personal … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Military Spouses During Military Appreciation Month

Washington, D.C. - In honor of Military Appreciation Month, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a phone conversation with military spouses from across Southern Nevada. During the call, Senator Cortez Masto listened to the challenges military families are facing during the coronavirus pandemic and every day as their loved ones bravely serve our country at home and abroad. The Senator also shared what she's working on in Congress to ensure our service members and their families … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Cosponsor Legislation to Improve Medicare Payments Program and Provide Financial Relief for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in introducing legislation to make improvements to Medicare's Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program was expanded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to allow for hospitals, physicians and other Medicare-participating providers to apply for upfront payments from Medicare to help cover … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Press Labor Department to Speed Up Unemployment Disbursements and Address System Shortfalls

Washington, D.C. - In a letter sent to DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and to work to address system shortfalls that have contributed to the delays in workers getting their benefits. "We recognize the unprecedented number of claims and the unique nature of the current … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud More than $300,000 in Additional Funding for Telehealth

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will make awards of $355,276 to four organizations to support workforce programs that increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "At a time when it's imperative for Nevadans to socially distance as much as possible in order to remain safe, … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Her Bipartisan Bills to Improve Law Enforcement Mental Health During National Police Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Senate passage of two pieces of bipartisan legislation she introduced with Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to address the crisis of police suicide and improve mental health resources for law enforcement. Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act will track law enforcement suicides and use the anonymous data collected to improve mental … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Judiciary Committee Approval of Jennifer P. Togliatti for the Federal District Court for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Judiciary Committee favorably reported Senior Nevada State Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti out of committee for her nomination to join the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Judge Togliatti's nomination will now proceed to the full Senate floor for a confirmation vote at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader. "Throughout Judge … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Following Urging From Cortez Masto and Colleagues, New National Housing Assistance Website Launched

Washington, D.C. - Following calls by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered together to launch a new website to help renters and homeowners learn more about all the resources and assistance available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The website details new housing-related policies, benefits, and … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates National Police Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement honoring National Police Week 2020, which began on Sunday, May 10th and concludes on Saturday, May 16th. Senator Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Senate resolution officially recognizing National Police Week. "Nevada's police officers serve our communities every day with selflessness and courage, and their dedication is especially vital as they work overtime to keep our … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Report on Behavioral Health Challenges During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Vice Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today in releasing a report detailing the impact that COVID-19 is having on the mental health of Americans. The report can be found … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Cosponsor Legislation to Protect Americans’ Right to Vote Despite Coronavirus Disruptions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would ensure upcoming elections are accessible, secure, and safe by expanding early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states. The legislation comes following announcements by numerous states that they are postponing presidential, state, and local primaries amid coronavirus … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join Clark County School District Students for a Virtual Conversation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined social studies students from schools across Clark County for a video call discussion on the work they do in Congress. The students engaged in a lively conversation with the Senators about public service and how the U.S. government works. "It was a joy to check-in with some of Nevada's students today and share with them our firsthand knowledge about the value of public service and how our system of … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Young Call for Funding for First Responder Mental Health Programs in Future Coronavirus Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a letter to Senate leadership requesting that any future coronavirus package include additional funding to support mental health programs for our nation's law enforcement and first responders. As coronavirus continues to exacerbate the stressors first responders experience on a daily basis, the Senators' letter asks that legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic include additional funding for … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Urge Treasury and IRS to Deliver Dependent Stimulus Payments As Soon As Possible

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and 11 of their Finance Committee colleagues in asking Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig key questions about aggressive deadlines and delayed delivery related to the $500 Economic Impact Payment per dependent. In the letter, the senators requested the agencies lay out their plan to respond to bipartisan requests to provide the … Continue Reading

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