May 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Highlight Over $1 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) highlighted over $1 billion in federal funding they’ve helped secure for Nevada workers, families, businesses, and communities as a result of their efforts in Congress during the coronavirus pandemic. This critical funding has gone to support state, tribal and local governments, small businesses, non-profit organizations, working families and individual Nevada taxpayers. Over $896 million in funding has been distributed through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support frontline workers, health care providers, working parents, seniors and law enforcement. The Senators also secured an additional $112 million in federal appropriations and grant funding to support Nevada. 

“Since March, Nevada has received over a billion dollars in federal funding to help the state weather the coronavirus pandemic,” said the Senators. “This money has helped staff and supply hospitals with critical personal protective equipment, provide child care to frontline health workers and essential employees, keep families in their homes, and support the most vulnerable among us. Despite the vital steps we’ve taken to shore up our small businesses, support our vital tourism, gaming and hospitality industries and protect hardworking Nevada families, there is much more that needs to be done. We’ll keep fighting in the Senate to ensure that not a dime of federal money is left on the table for the Silver State and that Nevadans receive the robust federal relief they need to feel financially secure and healthy.”

BACKGROUND:

Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen both voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which included over $150 billion to address public health needs and $340 billion to fund state and local governments and programs for children, families and seniors. Some highlights of the $896,443,549 distributed to Nevada to date under the CARES Act that the Senators helped secure and have highlighted include: 

  • $241 million in direct cash payments to Medicare providers in the State of Nevada to assist in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $88 million in grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be used for enhanced testing and contact tracing of coronavirus cases in Nevada.
  • $70 million to health care providers and community health services across Nevada to address costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • $32 million in funding for Nevada’s Child Care and Development Block Grant to help ensure Nevada families have child care options during this public health crisis.
  • $30 million to fund Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
  • $8 million to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities as communities implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The grants will fund services including home-delivered meals, care in the home, respite care, and other support to families and caregivers.
  • $7.3 million to help state, local, and tribal law enforcement to respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses, and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.
  • $7.2 million in Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funding to help Nevada’s efforts to safely reopen through increased testing capacity and improved contact tracing.  
  • $4.5 million to help Native American communities across Nevada maintain operations and funding for affordable housing programs during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • $1 million to fund small rural hospitals working to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen have also helped secure an additional $112,147,507 in federal appropriations and grant funding since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to support Nevada’s frontline workers and vital safety net programs, including:

  • $6.5 million in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support Nevada’s COVID-19 planning, preparedness and response through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020.
  • $2.4 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide food and housing assistance to Nevadans who need it.
  • $1.9 million in grant funding from the Nevada Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve access to mental health and substance use treatments during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • $292,206 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Tribal communities in Nevada to provide mental health and substance use treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe each received $97,402.

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