Press Releases

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 … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Push for Trump Admin to Start Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bicameral group of almost 100 colleagues in urging U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to fulfill HHS' commitment to its Healthy People 2020 objectives by collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The current lack of demographic data that includes sexual orientation and gender identity will make it difficult for health care … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Seek Additional Funding for Community Health Centers in Upcoming COVID-19 Stimulus Packages

Washington, DC. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and over 135 of their colleagues, wrote a bicameral letter to congressional leadership urging them to provide at least $77.3 billion for community health centers (CHCs) in upcoming coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stimulus packages. "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate communities across America, most specifically people of color and … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Proposed West Bank Annexation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the below statement in response to Israel's proposed annexation of territories in the West Bank. "I'm concerned that Israel may choose to unilaterally annex territories in the West Bank. As a strong supporter of Israel, who believes in a robust U.S.-Israel relationship, I oppose unilateral actions on the part of Israelis or Palestinians that could harm the already difficult prospects of a negotiated two-state solution, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Nevada League of Cities to Discuss Impact of Coronavirus on Nevada Municipalities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a phone conversation with mayors, city managers and other members of the Nevada League of Cities to discuss Nevada's ongoing needs in response to COVID-19. The Senator also shared what she's working on in the Senate to provide more direct federal funding to municipalities across Nevada to ensure our cities, towns and counties have the resources they need to support their economies and keep Nevadans safe. "Nevada's counties, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Funds for Rural Health Clinics to Increase COVID-19 Testing

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provided $791,383 to 16 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) across Nevada to fund COVID-19 testing. "We're glad to see these funds go to support testing in rural areas of Nevada," said the Senators. "With less capacity to handle large outbreaks, these parts of the Silver State … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Senate Leadership, Appropriators to Support Minority Serving Institutions in Next Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined 17 of their colleagues in urging Senate leadership and appropriators to support minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in the next coronavirus stimulus package, including by providing $1 billion in emergency funding to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). "As MSIs enroll a high number of low-income, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome LWCF Grant to Improve Spooner Lake State Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $593,533.35 in grant funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) awarded to Spooner Lake Nevada State Park as part of a public-private partnership project to develop a new visitor's center and amphitheater and improve park facilities. "Spooner Lake is just one of Northern Nevada's many beautiful outdoor recreation areas that has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund," … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement honoring Memorial Day, which is observed on Monday, May 25th. "Members of our Armed Forces selflessly serve our nation both abroad and at home, and today we pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and reflect on the significance of their service. As our nation navigates unprecedented times, the heroism of our brave men and women in uniform and the sacrifice of … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges DoD to Enhance COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Federal Contractors Working on Military Bases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter with four of her colleagues to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting enhanced enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines for federal contractors working on Department of Defense (DoD) military instillations, including guidance on who is responsible for the enforcement of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DoD COVID-19 procedures for quarantine, telework, social distancing, and the use of PPE. The … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join Bipartisan Group of 127 Members of Congress in Calling on Administration to Ensure National Guard Receives Benefits Earned on COVID-19 Front Lines

Lawmakers Push President Trump, Defense Secretary, and FEMA Administrator to Address National Guard Health Care, GI Bill and Retirement Benefits Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Jason Crow (D-Colo.-06) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo-05), as well as over 120 other Members of Congress, in a letter to President Donald … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urges SBA To Quickly Distribute EIDL Loans To Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter, joined by U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and 22 of their colleagues, urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to quickly administer Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to Nevada small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA has not yet allowed most businesses to access the online application despite receiving new funds from Congress. "Small businesses and non-profits that have … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Push Senate Leaders to Include Additional Funding for Tribal and Urban Indian Health Facilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with 56 of their U.S. Senate and Representative colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to include additional funding for Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Health Organizations (I/T/U) to recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue. "I/T/U facilities … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Urge Administration to Ensure Access to Free Telephone Calls for Detainees at ICE Detention Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bicameral letter led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), along with House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.-10) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.-19) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) urging the Administration to ensure that all ICE detention centers quickly implement the agency's recent commitment to provide 520 … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge FCC to Secure Tribal Internet Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) calling on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to request that the FCC extend the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window by 180 days. As tribes continue to suffer disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the deadline for applying to use this spectrum will protect access to vital broadband and other … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Additional Coronavirus Funding for Most Vulnerable Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) pressing congressional leadership to include in the upcoming coronavirus relief package significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO), which are integral to supporting vulnerable students and their families impacted by the virus. The Senators' letter comes as the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis continues to exacerbate … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Pushes Department of Energy Nominee to Honor Trump Administration Commitment to Nevada on Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) pressed the nominee to reaffirm the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Administration's recent decision to respect the state of Nevada's overwhelming opposition to Yucca Mountain. In addition, the Senator called on the DOE to commit to working with her to ensure that future … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Request Additional Mental Health Resources Be Included in Next Coronavirus Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to Senate leadership outlining additional mental health resources that should be included in any forthcoming coronavirus package. The letter urges Congress to make significant, specific investments in mental and behavioral health in the next COVID-19 relief package to help address and plan for the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of this … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for Liquidity and Funding to Help Nevada Businesses, State and Local Governments Safely Reopen

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) asked Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell to speak to the challenges Nevada's tourism and hospitality industries are facing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto also highlighted the importance of funding state and local government efforts to keep Nevadans safe as the economy re-opens. Senator Cortez Masto began her … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge DOT and FAA to Expand Drone Usage to Deliver Critical COVID-19 Supplies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help facilitate greater drone use to combat the impacts of COVID-19 through the contact-free delivery of medical supplies and other vital equipment to those in need. "In Nevada alone, drone companies have already successfully transported consumer products, worked directly with first responders, … Continue Reading

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