Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Representative Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.-09), Mayor David Holt, and Mayor Eric Garcetti for a bipartisan discussion about the importance of investing in infrastructure in Nevada and across the country, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Cortez Masto discussed her legislative priorities to support new transportation technologies, engage in better planning, and foster greater assistance for projects in Nevada.
“Investing in Nevada’s infrastructure and transportation systems is one of the best ways to help our communities rebuild and rebound from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m grateful for the opportunity to discuss the importance of these investments – including the Maryland Parkway and I-11 – and to share my priorities for the future, which include providing local governments with the flexibility to spend federal funding on innovative projects and funding the workforce training needed to create accessible, good-paying jobs for Nevadans.”
This virtual event included the release of Accelerator for America’s “America’s New Playbook for Infrastructure.” The plan calls for significant investment in our nation’s infrastructure and urges flexibility in how infrastructure at the state and local level can be financed by the federal government.
Senator Cortez Masto has been a strong advocate for infrastructure improvements and investments throughout the state of Nevada. As part of her Innovation State Initiative, she recently introduced a suite of legislation to promote the use of cleaner transportation and improve the health and safety of Nevada communities. She’s introduced the Transportation Opportunities for Professional Service (TOPS) Act to develop a 21st-century transportation workforce through federal training and educational programs and the WORKER Act to promote education and training—including registered apprenticeship programs—for workers in in-demand industries. She has also introduced the bipartisan Moving FIRST Act to create greater federal funding investments in smart community transportation opportunities.
Senator Cortez Masto has helped secure significant transportation grants for Nevada. In 2020 alone, she helped Nevada obtain $50 million for improvements to I-15 in Las Vegas, $23 million for Pyramid Highway in Washoe County, and over $160 million in funding under the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on public transportation.