July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto and the Nevada Delegation Call for Extension of Nevada National Guard’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Las Vegas, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Nevada’s Congressional delegation, including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev), Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), in a bipartisan letter to President Trump asking him to extend the 502(f)(2)(A) of Title 32 funding authorization for the Nevada National Guard through December 31, 2020. This extension will ensure that the National Guard continues to have the authorization and funding they need to assist Nevada’s coronavirus mitigation efforts through the end of the year.

“The Nevada National Guard has been critical to our state with their direct support of Nevada’s state and local response efforts, and their continued support is more important than ever as we begin to see increases in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” wrote the Congressmembers. “Hundreds of National Guard service members have been providing valuable support for community-based collection sites, logistics, warehouse distribution, homeless isolation/quarantine shelters, COVID-19 mapping work sites, operations centers, and much more. All of these efforts leverage state and local efforts and are essential to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on Nevadans.”

The Congressmembers continued, “Nevada has an aggressive plan to reduce the spread of this disease, preserve critical care space, and protect vulnerable populations. Extending members of the National Guard as requested would allow us to provide essential support for local service providers, particularly in our high population areas of Washoe and Clark County. If approved, these Guard members would be deployed to support all lines of effort associated with testing (sample collection, laboratory testing, and contact tracing), as well as providing support to local and state government entities in providing logistical support for food and essential services to remote and vulnerable populations in our state.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.