Cortez Masto, Rosen revive Nevada coffee klatch tradition

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Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen with constituents in Washington D.C. in February. (Photo: Robin Bravender)
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Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen met with constituents for coffee Wednesday. Photo: Robin Bravender

WASHINGTON — Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen have plans to represent the Silver State for a long time.

At a coffee Wednesday morning held for their Nevada constituents visiting Washington, D.C., Rosen said it would be “the first one of many, many many for the next many years.” They’re both relative newcomers to the chamber; Rosen joined in January and Cortez Masto took office in 2017.

The two Democrats — the first women to ever represent Nevada in the Senate — are bringing back the practice of regular Capitol Hill coffees with Nevadans. Former Sens. Harry Reid, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. John Ensign, used to hold similar gatherings.

Rosen attended one of those with her family. “When my daughter was in elementary school, we brought her to Washington. We came to one of the breakfasts. I have that picture of myself. My daughter says, ‘I have braces, don’t show people that picture!’”

One visiting constituent urged the senators to fight against another government shutdown.

“There will not be a shutdown,” said Cortez Masto. “The president is going to sign it,” she said of a deal to fund the government. Reports on Wednesday indicated that Trump was open to signing legislation that would include less funding for a barrier along the southern U.S. border than he has called for.

Cortez Masto also pledged that she would push for legislation to prevent future shutdowns and to secure back pay for federal employees and contractors to ensure that they’re not used as “hostages.”

Another constituent praised the two lawmakers for their support of a sweeping public lands package that passed the Senate on Tuesday — a rare bipartisan effort in an era of deep political polarization.

The legislation would protect millions of acres of land and establish new national monuments. The bill also includes provisions from two Nevada lands bills sponsored by Cortez Masto.

Rosen, laughing, called the Senate support for the bill “monumental.”

Robin Bravender
Robin Bravender is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Newsroom, a network of state-based non-profit news outlets that includes Nevada Current.

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