Congressman Steven Horsford Supports Nevada’s Workers During Business Shut Down

March 17, 2020
Press Release

Las Vegas, Nev. -- Following the announcement that Nevada’s government will mandate the closure of casinos, resorts, bars and restaurants, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) released the following statement:

“I’m grateful for the leadership of Governor Sisolak and every Nevadan cooperating to stop the spread of coronavirus in its tracks by complying with the mandatory closures.  I also recognize the stress this will cause to the tens of thousands who will be affected during this time. To that end, I have worked to secure millions in additional unemployment insurance benefits for Nevadans and to assist small businesses get the access to capital they need as they face these necessary closures as well,” Congressman Horsford said. “I want to stress to my constituents that my office is here to assist them as they navigate these next few days and weeks and as they may need to apply for earned benefits. For many of my constituents, they may be applying for benefits such as unemployment insurance and SNAP for the first time, and we are here to help. While these closures are difficult, we are all working together to flatten the curve and halt the spread of this virus as soon as possible.”

Last week, Congressman Horsford voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which included his bill, H.R. 6199, the Emergency Unemployment Insurance Stabilization and Access Act of 2020. This legislation secured $1 billion in additional funding for unemployment insurance nationwide, $10 million of which would be allocated to Nevada. The average unemployment benefit to Nevadans prior to the coronavirus outbreak was $380 per week over a six month period.