Cortez Masto lands seat on Senate Finance Committee

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada
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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has nabbed a seat on the Senate Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee oversees large swaths of the federal budget, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and other health and human services programs. The committee also has jurisdiction over issues relating to taxation and revenues.

Cortez Masto is leaving her seat on the Commerce Committee to move to Finance. Other committees she serves on are Banking, Energy, Rules, Indian Affairs, and the Special Committee on Aging. She was also earlier named the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

“As we enter the 116th Congress, I will continue working on the issues that matter most to Nevadans,” the senator said in a statement, “like defending their health care, expanding affordable housing in our rural and urban communities, ensuring Nevada’s small businesses have every opportunity to succeed and create good paying jobs, protecting our public lands while also prioritizing economic opportunity and growth, and honoring the federal government’s trust relationship with our Native communities.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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