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Rebuilding Nevada

Thanks to U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Northern Nevada will have the resources that it needs to protect homes and businesses from flooding in the Truckee Meadows. On Wednesday, Congress approved America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 with a vote of 99-1. The Act includes a provision by Senator Cortez Masto to protect $181 million in federal funding for the Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project. The Truckee Meadows Flood Control Project was designed to mitigate the devastating effects of flooding.…

Child hungry without SNAP

Mark Amodei- We are Hungry, Save SNAP

Dear Mark Amodei, I have to reach out to you here since you have avoided all of our attempts to meet with you. Who are we? We are the ones that are receiving SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps. We are the ones who are struggling, and bearing witness to you repeatedly voting in favor of making our hard situation harder.  If you were to meet with us we would tell you that we are hungry, and our kids…

Breast cancer survivor

National Cancer Survivor Day Reflections from a Cancer Survivor

Two years ago on this day I was five months into a treatment plan for Stage II Breast Cancer. I had undergone two surgeries, and two months of chemotherapy were already in my rear-view mirror, but 12 more weeks of chemo plus 5 weeks of radiation lay ahead of me. I was diagnosed in January 2016 just a few weeks after my husband had been laid off from his job. We had health insurance, but because it was through the…

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…

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…

Opinion: Congress Wants to Cut Food Stamps After Giving 1% a Big Tax Break

Last year, Republicans blew a massive hole in the federal budget with their $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to big corporations. These corporations include the big drug companies that make record profits by gouging us on the cost of prescription drugs. Companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s that pay so little that workers can’t make ends meet also got tax breaks. After cutting healthcare to pay this tax scam, Republicans in the House now also want to cut about $20 billion from…

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Silent Killer: The Off-Strip Shootings that Hit Las Vegas at the End of the Year

After Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on October 1, 2017, local authorities prepared for the worst and stepped up security to prevent a repeat attack on New Year’s Eve. Their preparation paid off, as “America’s Party” went down without any major disturbances. But just a few blocks off The Strip, Las Vegas locals suffered another round of deadly gun violence during the winter holidays. These shootings served as a tragic reminder that three months after…

Finding Joe Arpaio: Inside the Private Fundraising Dinner in Las Vegas

Last Saturday, Former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted the “Courage Under Fire” award from conservative anti-tax activist Chuck Muth’s Conservative Leadership Conference. From the start, Arpaio’s planned visit came under fire due to his record in Maricopa County, and his controversial pardon from Donald Trump last month. Prior to Saturday, Muth wouldn’t even confirm Arpaio’s attendance, or the venue where the awards dinner would be held. On Saturday we were briefly removed from the dinner, then allowed to…

Eye of the Storm: Can Congress Pass a Budget and Help for Harvey Victims in 12 Days?

Next Tuesday, Congress returns from its August Recess. From there, Congress only has twelve working days in the Capitol scheduled for September. Obviously, this calendar was devised before Hurricane Harvey. Still, one must ask: How on earth will they be able to pass a budget, advance some sort of “tax reform”, and pass emergency assistance for Harvey victims in such a short amount of time? (more…)