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March 15, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Administration Will Heed Her Call to Extend Deferment Period for the EIDL Program, Support Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) will extend the deferment period for repaying loans to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for a total of 30 months from inception on all approved COVID EIDL loans. Last week, she led 15 of her colleagues in a letter to SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman urging her to support more than 42,100 businesses and nonprofits in Nevada that benefited from the EIDL … Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Requesting Information on Efforts to Protect the United States from Russian Cyber Threats

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and a bipartisan group of 21 senators in a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security requesting information on efforts to protect the United States from Russian cyber and disinformation threats. The letter references past Russian cyber operations - such the SolarWinds attack - as evidence of their history of engaging in malicious cyber activities that … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

ICYMI: Sen. Cortez Masto Calls on Oil and Gas Companies to Do More to Help Consumers Facing High Costs at the Pump

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing yesterday, calling out oil and gas companies for prioritizing payouts to shareholders rather than using their record profits to help lower prices and responsibly ramp up domestic production. The full hearing is available for download here. KRNV: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto accuses gas companies of "putting profits over consumers" Nevada Senator Catherine … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $4.8 Million For Clean Buses, Energy Efficient Lighting at 250 Bus Stops

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada will receive $4.8 million to purchase three hydrogen fuel cell buses and improve safety at 250 bus stops around the city through the installation of cost-efficient solar lighting. This grant funding will help RTC reach its goal of a fully electrified fleet of buses by 2035. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter in support of this grant in November of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Cortez Masto: Bipartisan Government Funding Bill Will Provide Historic Support to Law Enforcement, Victims of Crime, and Ukraine

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the passage of the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus funding package, which now heads to President Biden's desk to be signed into law. Senator Cortez Masto ensured the package includes full funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, which is the leading source of criminal justice funding for local police. She passed her legislation to extend telehealth services for Nevada families and seniors … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

At Senate Energy and Natural Resources Hearing, Cortez Masto Calls Out Oil and Gas Companies for Putting Profits Over Consumers

Washington, D.C. - Today at a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called out oil and gas companies for putting their profits over the needs of Nevadans feeling pain at the pump, and called on them to take more robust action to bring down costs and ramp up responsible oil production. Oil and gas companies currently hold more than 9,000 approved but unused permits to drill in the U.S., and they could use these permits to … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Cortez Masto Urges SBA to Support Small Businesses by Extending the Deferment Period for the EIDL Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her collages in a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Guzman urging her to extend the deferment period for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. In 2020, Congress expanded the program to businesses impacted by the pandemic and over 42,100 businesses in Nevada benefited from the EIDL program, which provides low-interest capital to cover expenses. Many of these borrowers are still … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Cortez Masto Secures Historic Funding for Law Enforcement, Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act in Bipartisan Government Funding Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the announcement of the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus funding package. Senator Cortez Masto ensured the package includes full funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, which is the leading source of criminal justice funding for local police, as well as critical investments in additional law enforcement grant programs. In addition, the package includes her legislation to … Continue Reading


March 09, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Secure Major Investments in Critical Projects Across Nevada

Senators Secured $93.8 Million for 52 Nevada Projects in Bipartisan Package Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that they have secured $93.8 million in Community Project Funding to support 52 Nevada programs and construction projects across the state as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus appropriations package. Both senators submitted these project funding requests in summer of 2021 and ensured they were included in the … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Ban Forced Arbitration in Financial Contracts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and other Senate colleagues in introducing the Arbitration Fairness for Consumers Act, legislation to prohibit banks and other financial institutions from using forced arbitration clauses against consumers who want to seek restitution and justice. "Too often big banks use forced arbitration clauses to trick people into giving up their access to the courts. This bill protects Nevadans from … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Cortez Masto Presenta Legislación Para Eliminar la Acumulación de Tarjetas de Residencia Permanente

Washington, DC - Hoy, la Senadora de EE. UU. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) se unió al Senador Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) para presentar la Ley de Resolución del Limbo Extendido para Empleados y Familias Inmigrantes (RELIEF por sus siglas en inglés) para eliminar los atrasos la de las tarjetas de residencia permanente y laborales. Casi cuatro millones de futuros estadounidenses están en la lista de espera de visas de inmigrantes del Departamento de Estado, además … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Eliminate the Green Card Backlog

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in introducing the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act to eliminate the family and employment green card backlog. Almost four million future Americans are on the State Department's immigrant visa waiting list, in addition to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the U.S. who are also waiting for green cards. However, under current law, only 226,000 … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Bill to Cap Out-of-Pocket Costs and Lower Price of Insulin for Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced they are co-sponsoring the Affordable Insulin Now Act introduced by Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) to cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin for Nevadans and Americans across the country. This bill will require Medicare and private group or individual plans to cap patients' out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $35 per month. More than 10 percent of adults in Nevada are diagnosed with … Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

Cortez Masto Works to Address Rural Healthcare Shortages

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator John Tester's (D-Mont.) Rural Physician Workforce Production Act. This bipartisan bill would strengthen partnerships between medical schools and rural hospitals and would support work to recruit new medical residents to rural communities. "Many of Nevada's rural communities are facing doctor shortages and struggling to retain key medical staff, and this bill would give them the tools they need to recruit and … Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call on IRS to Discuss Tip Allocation Rate with Nevada Labor Unions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue Charles Rettig urging him to consult with Nevada hospitality workers, including the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, to discuss what a fair tip allocation rate would be for tipped workers in Nevada. The Senators wrote this letter in response to reports that on January 1, the IRS raised the tip allocation rate for Nevada tipped workers … Continue Reading


March 01, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to President Biden's State of the Union address: "This evening, I was proud to attend President Biden's first State of the Union address, where he laid out the challenges and opportunities facing the United States. We've made incredible progress combating the pandemic, getting Nevadans back to work, and supporting our infrastructure, but there is more to do. My focus in the Senate will … Continue Reading


March 01, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Truckee Meadows Fire Chief as Virtual Guest for State of the Union

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced Charles Moore, Fire Chief for the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, as her virtual guest for President Biden's State of the Union speech. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed this year included the Senator's legislation to deploy wildfire detection equipment, and it also includes funds the Senator secured to support prevention, suppression, and restoration activities. "As Nevada's … Continue Reading


March 01, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Administration to Offer Protections to Ukrainians Currently in the US

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and other Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to President Biden urging the Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Ukrainians in the United States following the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. "In light of Russia's military invasion of Ukraine, we respectfully request that your Administration promptly take … Continue Reading


February 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Senate to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today called on her colleagues to support the Women's Health Protection Act as the Senate votes on the legislation, which she cosponsored to guarantee equal access to abortion everywhere. "It's a crucial moment for reproductive rights in America, as millions of women in this country are on the brink of losing access to critical reproductive health care. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, nearly half of women nationwide will see the … Continue Reading


February 25, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $7.3 Million to Improve Broadband in Elko County

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $7.3 million in funding to expand broadband in Spring Creek, Nevada as part of her Innovation State Initiative. This grant funding, will serve 5,568 households across the county as well as 169 businesses and 21 community institutions. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter of support for this grant application last year. "Every Nevada community deserves fast and reliable internet services. I've spoken to many Spring … Continue Reading

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