July 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Over $2M to Increase the Number of Truck Drivers and Improve Public Safety

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that, thanks to a letter of support she wrote, The National Judicial College (NCJ) in Reno, Nevada has been awarded a grant of $2,182,033 for its work on the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Program. The NCJ provides education to judges and others in the court system so that only qualified drivers can earn a commercial license, which reduces crashes involving large trucks and buses and helps ensure America’s truck drivers are prepared for their demanding jobs.

“To keep Nevadans safe and drive our economy, we need to make sure that truck and bus drivers are knowledgeable and prepared, and that’s why I supported funding for this Nevada program to make sure drivers have the qualifications they need,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “The CDL Program will help get more truck drivers on the road, helping to ease supply chain backlogs, improve traffic safety and create more jobs opportunities in our state and across the country.”

“Sen. Cortez Masto’s support was most welcome in helping us achieve this latest milestone in our longstanding partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,” said National Judicial College President Benes Aldana. “This grant will help the College find the most effective ways to teach judges throughout the United States about their responsibilities in keeping unsafe commercial drivers off the road. This work saves lives, and it’s an example of how judicial education makes our society not only more just but safer.”

Senator Cortez Masto has been a longtime supporter of Nevada’s workforce. This year, the senator announced funding for a CDL Training Program at Western Nevada College to help train truck drivers in the transportation sector and enable them to secure good-paying jobs. Senator Cortez Masto has also pushed through provisions from her TOPS Act in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, so Americans better understand and are more aware of good-paying careers in the transportation sector. Her Working On Rewarding and Keeping Employees Resilient (WORKER) Act would promote education and training—including registered apprenticeship programs—for workers in in-demand industries.