Press Releases

April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call on Administration to Establish “Rural COVID-19 Task Force” to Identify and Address Rural Issues During Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Representatives Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) in a letter urging the Administration to establish a "Rural COVID-19 Task Force." The task force would help to identify rural challenges, develop strategies and policy recommendations, assemble a guide of available Federal programs and resources, consult with the Department and Congressional Committees, and provide … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto and Banking Committee Colleagues Urge Major Mortgage Servicers to Immediately Notify Eligible Homeowners of Protections Available Through CARES Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on a letter to major mortgage servicers - Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Cooper, Bank of America, PennyMac Loan Services, Quicken Loans, Freedom Mortgage, New Residential, Lakeview Loan Servicing, US Bank, and Truist - urging them to immediately notify eligible homeowners of the foreclosure and forbearance protections available to homeowners … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $1 Million for Rural Hospital Improvement During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $1,096,121 in grant funding awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Nevada System of Higher Education to fund small rural hospitals working to combat the coronavirus pandemic. "We're pleased to see Nevada get funds our rural communities need to ramp up testing for coronavirus, keep health care workers safe, and support treatment for any Nevadan who falls ill," said … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Long-Term Stability for Crucial Federal Funding That Supports Rural Areas

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to request a long-term solution for both the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) programs in future COVID-related legislation. These federal payments to counties and … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $3.3 Million for Hawthorne Airport Improvement

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $3,336,408 in grant funding awarded by the Department of Transportation to Hawthorne Industrial Airport in Hawthorne, Nevada. The funds will go towards improving 4,800 feet of taxiway. "Nevada's rural airports play a vital role in keeping our rural economies strong, delivering medical and food supplies to remote communities and ensuring patients who may need health care in metro-area … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $8 Million in HHS Grants for Seniors, People With Disabilities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of $8,743,717 in grants to Nevada from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) 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 … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Helps Secure Critical Revision to SBA Loan Programs for Agricultural Businesses

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting important revisions she helped secure in the most recent coronavirus funding legislation that specifically ensure that small agricultural businesses qualify for the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Cortez Masto fought to help dairy producers, ranchers and local farmers weather the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Senator … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $1.9 Million in Grants for Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services for the disbursement of $1,935,621 to the State of Nevada Health Division to improve access to mental health and substance use treatments during the coronavirus pandemic. "We voted for this funding to help protect Nevadans' access to mental health and substance use … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge More Support for Victims of Family and Domestic Violence in Coronavirus Legislation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) urging Senate leadership and appropriators to support emergency funding to the Department of Health and Human Services for family and domestic violence programs. As a result of COVID-19 response measures, communities around the country are reporting increased demands on providers serving victims and survivors of family violence, domestic … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Senate Compromise to Provide Additional Relief to Nevada Small Businesses and Health Care Providers

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed compromise legislation by unanimous consent which provides additional funding for small businesses and health care providers, along with funding for COVID-19 testing. "We're proud to have fought for legislation that delivers health care providers essential support to keep our communities healthy during this pandemic and injects additional funding … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Federal Reserve, Treasury to Demonstrate Transparency in Distribution of Loans Under CARES Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, calling for more transparency in how taxpayer dollars appropriated under the CARES Act are distributed and the basis for how that funding is being allocated to businesses and municipalities in Nevada and across the country. "The CARES Act gave significant discretion to the Treasury Secretary with … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto to Cosponsor Legislation Creating $75 Billion Housing Assistance Fund

Las Vegas, Nev. - In an effort to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from sparking a full-blown housing, eviction, and foreclosure crisis, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) will cosponsor legislation unveiled by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to provide a new $75 billion Housing Assistance Fund to help households struggling to make ends meet. "As Nevada's Attorney General during the 2008 financial crisis, I saw how the lives of hardworking Nevadans were turned … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Requests That FEMA Factor COVID-19 Into Disaster Preparedness Planning

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) requesting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outline its strategy for response to natural disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Nevada nears the beginning of wildfire season, the senator called on FEMA to develop a plan for how it will address any natural disasters that occur over the next few months, to ensure that it is prepared to respond and … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Congressional Leaders to Expand Health Care Coverage in Future Coronavirus Legislation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) pressing congressional leaders to make sure that any future coronavirus relief legislation includes strong measures to secure health care coverage for Americans in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In a letter, the Senators urged Senate and House leaders to take steps to ensure that those who have lost their employer-based benefits - and … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Investments to Address Mental Health Needs Resulting From COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine) to Senate leadership to call for increased investments in mental and behavioral health in future COVID-19 relief legislation. Reports have shown Americans are experiencing negative effects on their mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senators highlighted the threat COVID-19 poses to several particularly vulnerable … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Sends Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Local Community Organizations Access to Lifeline SBA Programs

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) asking them to work with her to ensure local community nonprofit organizations, particularly those uniquely hit by the COVID-19 crisis like organizations involved in tourism and hospitality, are able to access relief under the Small Business Administration's (SBA) loan guarantee program. "As you know, the CARES Act … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Details Resources for Immigrant Families in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - In a Medium post published today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) provided guidance on the resources available to immigrant families. The Senator's Disaster Resource Guide is available in both English and Spanish and has extensive information to help immigrant families. Full text of the post can be found here and below: Support for Immigrant Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic By U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto As Nevadans confront the coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Ask for Training and Protection for Frontline Workers in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to ensure that any future COVID-19 pandemic legislation include language requiring the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers to develop and implement a comprehensive … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Call for Trump Administration to Ensure That Minority-Owned Small Businesses Are Not Shut Out Of Funding From Paycheck Protection Program

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.-07) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.-05) calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The lawmakers also called for the Administration to amend guidance … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges USDA To Protect Dairy Farmers Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide swift and directed assistance to dairy farmers, dairy processors, and other associated businesses, who have experienced a reduction in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for Economic Development recently highlighted that milk prices have dropped significantly due to a reduction in demand amid the coronavirus … Continue Reading

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