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Food Stamps are an essential safety net for working families

Dear Editor, In November of 2017, my hard-working husband applied for his VISA, but was denied. Since then, I had to find ways to maintain a household, independently, and I found myself struggling making ends meet. It wasn’t until I applied for food stamps and received help to buy nutritious foods for my children. Food stamps have been a critical resource to me at times when I needed help to get enough food on the table for my family and…

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Senator Cortez Masto Meets with Local Health Care Advocates to Ensure Comprehensive Coverage

Last Friday, May 25th, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto held a roundtable meeting with Health Care Advocates and Organizations to discuss the latest developments surrounding health care policy at the federal level. The topic of the day was “junk plans”, or health insurance plans designed to provide bare-bones coverage at a low rate. Previously, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such plans were phased out in favor of more robust, comprehensive plans which cover pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs, and maternity…

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TAX DAY: New Report Reveals How Trump’s Tax Giveaway Impacts Nevada

Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress, such as Nevada Senator Dean Heller, have made a lot of promises about their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway passed in December. They said millions and millions of workers would get wage hikes or bonuses. But it didn’t work out that way – only 4% of the nation’s 148 million employees got more money from their bosses. It’s the wealthy that that have reaped the benefits. About two-thirds of the tax cuts are going…

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Opinion: Protect Women’s Care

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. And while we celebrate that, this special day is also to check in with how women fare in gender parity. And when it comes to healthcare, women aren’t doing so well. It’s no question that, under the current administration, healthcare for low-income and elderly people and people with preexisting conditions stand to lose a lot when it comes to Republicans repealing…

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2017 in Review, Part 3: Looking Forward to the New Year

2017 is a year that will be incredibly hard to forget. From the nation's bombastic new President to Nevada's groundbreaking legislative session, this year was one of tremendous change. Believe it or not, this may just the beginning. Below, we’ll do a sneak preview of what 2018 will likely bring. Fasten your seatbelts, Nevada, as the new year is certain to give us another wild ride. (more…)

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DREAM Act Deferred Again As Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress decided to postpone its budget and debt ceiling deadline yesterday, as Republican leaders opted not to risk a government shutdown during the winter holidays. But in doing so, Congress also delayed (again) decisions on key legislative priorities, such as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and passing the DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients. Though the Nevada delegation split along party lines, there was enough bipartisan support in both chambers to send another continuing resolution to the President’s…

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What the Heller? A Conversation with Health Care Activist Laura Packard on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan Means for Nevada

With the House and the Senate narrowly approving the Trump-GOP Tax Plan in the past 36 hours, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. What did Senator Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) just vote to pass? We speak with Las Vegas resident, stage four cancer survivor, and nationally renowned health care activist Laura Packard on what this bill means for her, and for the future of health care in Nevada. (more…)

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Amodei Joins Fellow House Republicans to Pass Final Version of Trump-GOP Tax Plan

With only three days left for Congress to finish its work for the year, including passing a budget bill to keep the government open, Republican leaders rushed through their final version of the Trump Tax Plan. Despite the bill’s growing unpopularity, the House approved it on another mostly party-line vote of 227-203. That division materialized again among Nevada’s Members of Congress, as Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) broke with the rest of the state’s delegation to vote for the tax…

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Trump-GOP Tax Plan Goes to Conference, Though Final Passage Is Still Not a Done Deal

Tomorrow, House and Senate Republicans are expected to go to conference to resolve their differences on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan. While these differences don’t seem major at first glance, Republican leaders risk defections in both chambers depending on how they develop the final bill. And with Democrats fully united in opposition to the tax plan, Republicans can’t afford much of any margin of error. (more…)

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Crisis Solved? VA Medical Center Short on Staff, At Risk of Budget Cuts

As Congress careens towards its end-of-year budget deadline, many issues remain unresolved. One of those happens to be next year’s budget, as automatic across-the-board sequester cuts are set to kick in next month if Congress doesn’t act. This has many Americans worried across the country, including some of the workers at the Veterans’ Administration (VA) North Las Vegas Medical Center, where numerous vacancies continue to be unfilled. Why does the VA have so many vacancies, and why are veterans potentially…