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For weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, Nevada’s delegates offered thanks to the first responders who raced to the scene or helped the wounded at hospitals.

This week their gratitude turned toward veterans.

In honor of Veterans Day, four of the six delegates issued statements honoring the men and women who have served or are serving in the nation’s armed forces. Reps. Ruben Kihuen and Mark Amodei did not send formal releases.

“While we can never fully repay our veterans for their service and sacrifice, we can do more to help these heroes when they return to civilian life through access to education, good jobs, and more effective post-service health care,” Titus wrote in her statement.

Not surprisingly, tax reform, immigration, health care and gun control also surfaced in delegates’ media bulletins as the House and Senate work through those issues in Washington, D.C. But it was an overall quieter week by mail count: Collectively, they only sent 32 news releases.

For more insight into what’s on their minds, browse our compilation of their formal communications. As always, we kept the actual punctuation and capitalizations within the news release subject lines.

CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO

Number of press releases issued this week: 11

The details: In the lead up to Veterans Day, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto urged Congress to “immediately pass” the bipartisan Dream Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Cortez Masto joined others for a press conference Thursday and pointed out that nearly 900 so-called Dreamers are serving in the U.S. military.

“DREAMers are American in every way—just not on paper,” she said. “Every day, nearly 900 of them serve in our nation’s armed forces. Yet their patriotism is rejected by a Commander-in-Chief who does not want to recognize their loyalty and service by granting them citizenship in the nation they serve.”

As usual, Cortez Masto sent more press releases this week than any other Nevada delegate. Her media missives touched on everything from Alzheimer’s disease to digital security.

Press release subject lines:

  • 11/6: Senator Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Create Public Health Infrastructure to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 11/6: Cortez Masto Staff to Host Office Hours in Gardnerville, Fallon & Fernley
  • 11/7: Cortez Masto: Administration Uses Trump Campaign Playbook on TPS
  • 11/7: Cortez Masto Amendment Strengthening North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Passes Senate Banking Committee
  • 11/8: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** TOMORROW, THURSDAY, NOVEBMER 9 AT 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT IN WASHINGTON – Cortez Masto, Congressional Colleagues to Hold a Press Conference to Highlight Essential Skills DREAMers Offer Our Military, Push for Passage of Bipartisan DRE
  • 11/8: VIDEO: Cortez Masto Rips Equifax CEO, Calls for Greater Accountability for Companies that Compromise Data
  • 11/9: LOCATION UPDATE: ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** – TODAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 AT 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT IN WASHINGTON
  • 11/9: Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues Calling for Reversal of Administration Decision to Expose Thousands to Deportation to Dangerous Countries
  • 11/9: Cortez Masto Statement on Senate GOP Tax Proposal
  • 11/9: Cortez Masto Highlights Essential Skills DREAMers Offer to Our Military and Advocates for Passage of the Bipartisan DREAM Act
  • 11/9: Cortez Masto Statement on Veterans Day

DEAN HELLER

Number of press releases issued this week: 8

The details: Sen. Dean Heller’s external communications this week served as boosterism for Republican-led tax reform efforts.

The Senate on Thursday unveiled its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Heller lauded in a news release he sent the following day. He’s a member of the Senate Finance Committee — the group that authored the bill.

“This legislation is a positive step toward providing families with the tax relief that they desperately need and deserve, growing our economy, and making America competitive again,” he wrote. “I will continue to stand up for Nevada’s priorities as we debate this bill and urge my colleagues to keep working around the clock until we get the job done.”

Other releases focused on veterans-related issues. Heller joined with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, to introduce the bipartisan VA Provider Accountability Act. The measure would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from concealing medical mistakes made by health providers in the Veterans Health Administration.

Press release subject lines:

  • 11/7: TODAY: Heller Joins Colleagues in Urging Action to Deliver Tax Relief for Families
  • 11/7: VIDEO: Heller Joins Trump Administration Officials, Grover Norquist in Urging Tax Relief for Nevada Families, Small Business Owners
  • 11/8: Heller, Warner, Kaine, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Empower Student Loan Borrowers
  • 11/8: U.S. House Passes Heller Bill to Aid Veterans In Need of Transplants
  • 11/9: Heller, Manchin Introduce Legislation Following Shocking Report that VA Buried Medical Mistakes
  • 11/9: In Case You Missed It: “Fixing the VA and Helping Restore our Commitment”
  • 11/10: HELLER NEWS: Heller Statement on Senate Tax Relief Bill
  • 11/10: HELLER NEWS: Ahead of Veterans Day Heller Pays Tribute to Nevada’s Heroes

DINA TITUS

Number of press releases issued this week: 5

The details: After another mass shooting claimed more lives — this time in Sutherland Springs, TX — Rep. Dina Titus increased her calls for gun-control policies. The Democrat echoed her familiar refrain as she seeks federal policies addressing background checks, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.

“It is time Republican leaders respond to tragedy with more than a wink and a nod to the NRA and a moment of silence on the House floor,” Titus wrote in a release. “Churchgoers, school children, concert attendees, and other innocent Americans who have lost their lives cannot be ignored any longer.”

The animal lover also announced that she has enlisted help in her quest to curtail the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “unnecessary and inhumane medical experiments” on dogs.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve better than having the VA spend taxpayers’ money on cruel and ineffective experiments on dogs when there are other proven treatment methods available,” she wrote. “I’m honored that the American Military Retirees Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, Military-Veterans Advocacy, and VetsFirst have joined the many other veterans supporting my bipartisan work to stop needless dog testing at the VA.”

Press release subject lines:

  • 11/6: Rep Titus Urges Republican Leaders to Take Action to Prevent Gun Violence
  • 11/7: TITUS STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TPS ANNOUNCEMENT
  • 11/8: Veterans Groups Join Titus Effort to Limit VA Dog Testing
  • 11/9: REP TITUS AND COLLEAGUES SEND LETTER TO MATTIS DEMANDING ACTION AFTER SUTHERLAND SPRINGS
  • 11/10: Titus Statement for Veterans Day

JACKY ROSEN

Number of press releases issued this week: 3

The details: Rep. Jacky Rosen kept her media bulletins to a minimum this week, issuing only three. She blasted President Donald Trump’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 5,000 Nicaraguans who have been shielded from deportation since 1999.

“This administration’s cruel decision will upend the lives of thousands of Nicaraguans who have come to America for safety and have been contributing to our communities and our economy for over a decade,” she said in a release. “This will separate parents from their American-born children and endanger the lives of thousands who have fled war, famine, political oppression, and catastrophic natural disasters.”

The congresswoman also announced that she’s co-sponsoring a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases and issued a statement thanking the 200,000 veterans who live in Nevada for their service.

Press release subject lines:

  • 11/7: ROSEN STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DECISION AFFECTING TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS
  • 11/7: REP. ROSEN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN PURCHASES
  • 11/10: ROSEN STATEMENT COMMEMORATING VETERANS DAY

RUBEN KIHUEN

Number of press releases issued this week: 5

The details: Rep. Ruben Kihuen concentrated on health care this week, sending four of his five media missives on the topic. He mostly focused on the need for Congress to extend the Community Health Centers Fund. The fund accounts for 70 percent of community health centers’ grant dollars from the federal government, meaning any disruptions would threaten their existence.

Kihuen visited a community health center in North Las Vegas on Friday to spread the message.

“Over 80,000 Nevadans rely on community health centers like Hope Christian Health center for vital primary and preventative care,” he said in a statement. “It’s unacceptable that hardworking Americans have to live in uncertainty while Congress fails to act to make sure they have access to health care. I will continue to work to make sure Congress extends the Community Health Centers Fund so that hardworking Nevada families can continue to count on community health centers to access the health care they need.”

His other news release detailed how rural development grants — totaling more than $50,000 — would help Nevada residents. For example, the money will allow the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department to buy a new patrol vehicle and the Walker River Paiute Tribe Child Care Center to install new doors and stairs.

Press release subject lines:

  • 11/7: CONGRESSMAN RUBEN J. KIHUEN APPLAUDS OVER $50,000 IN USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR NEVADA
  • 11/8: ICYMI: From minorities to rural areas, health insurance outreach aims to bridge fed cuts
  • 11/9: MEDIA ADVISORY: REPRESENTATIVE RUBEN J. KIHUEN TO JOIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LEADERS TO CALL FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL FUNDING
  • 11/10: MEDIA ADVISORY: REPRESENTATIVE RUBEN J. KIHUEN TO JOIN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LEADERS TO CALL FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL FUNDING
  • 11/10: REPRESENTATIVE RUBEN J. KIHUEN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO EXTEND FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

MARK AMODEI

Number of press releases issued this week: 0

The details:

Rep. Mark Amodei eschewed traditional press channels again this week, instead preferring to send his messages via social media or an email newsletter. On Thursday, he sent a detailed explanation of the House GOP tax bill to his newsletter followers.

“I hope this special edition update on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act helps you follow what the House is attempting to do on tax reform,” Amodei wrote. He asked readers to provide feedback regarding the bill on his website.

The congressman also touted the assistance his Reno office provides to constituents. In a Facebook post, Amodei said his office will intervene on behalf of constituents who need answers from a federal agency or have been treated unfairly.