WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, addressed members of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In her speech, Rosen touted her bipartisan record and the numerous pieces of bipartisan legislation that she has introduced and co-sponsored to support Southern Nevada’s business community and to better the lives of Nevadans.
“I pledged to be an independent voice for Nevadans, and my colleagues know me as a pragmatic, bipartisan collaborator,” said Senator Rosen. “Whether it’s supporting policies that will help bolster Nevada’s tourism economy and small business community or standing up against this Administration’s efforts to revive Yucca Mountain, I will continue to work across the aisle to support policies that help improve the lives of hardworking Nevadans and create more opportunities in every community in the Silver State.”
“Senator Rosen understands the importance of working across the aisle in order to address the issues that impact Southern Nevada’s business community. We are grateful for her tireless efforts in making Nevada an even better place to live, to raise a family, and to do business,” said Mary Beth Sewald, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber. “Her legislative actions to support infrastructure, oppose the disastrous Yucca Mountain project, and advocate for greater workforce development and education reflect her commitment to bolstering our state’s economy. We look forward to continue working with Senator Rosen.”
BACKGROUND: Nevada is home to more than 270,000 small businesses.
Earlier this year, Rosen filed several appropriations requests to help Nevada’s small businesses, including to increase funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program (MEP), which funds Nevada Industry Excellence and indirectly provides assistance to more than 300 manufacturing businesses in the state each year, from Fisher Space Pen to Popcorn Girl. The President’s most recent budget proposes slashing MEP by 96 percent. In the House, Rosen co-led a successful effort on the House floor to restore funding for MEP that the Administration had tried to cut.
In July, Rosen helped introduce the bipartisan Strengthening Investment to Grow Manufacturing in America (SIGMA) Act, legislation that would support American manufacturers through increasing affordable loans, incentivizing operation growth, and expanding financial resources and education assistance to small manufacturers.
Rosen also recently introduced the bipartisan Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act, legislation that would create a small business tax credit to help veterans who establish small businesses in underserved communities.
In May, Rosen introduced the bipartisan Cyber Ready Workforce Act, legislation that would direct the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to award grants to workforce intermediaries to support the creation, implementation, and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in cybersecurity.
Last month, a new report by Quorum Analytics named Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) as one of the most bipartisan freshmen members of the United States Senate in the 116th Congress. According to the report, 34 percent of the legislation Rosen has co-sponsored was introduced by a Republican, making her the second-most bipartisan freshman member in the Senate.