WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement announcing that, as part of the CARES Act, the Nevada System of Higher Education – on behalf of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Industry Excellence – has received $311,000 in emergency assistance grant funding from the Manufacturing Extension Program to support Nevada’s small and medium manufacturers, including in rural Nevada, as they create and develop personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue to combat the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that Nevadans have access to personal protective equipment they need -- items such as masks, gloves, and other much-needed resources,” said Senator Rosen. “This grant funding, allocated by the CARES Act, will help Nevada’s small and medium manufactures produce additional PPE in-state, supporting our economy and businesses, as well as our health and safety. I will continue working in Congress to protect the lives and livelihoods of Nevadans.”

BACKGROUND: These funds will be used to directly support Nevada manufacturers’ ability to respond to the coronavirus through, for example, the accelerated production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and services that support manufacturers’ ability to improve their competitiveness as the marketplace adapts to the coronavirus disruption.

In March, Senator Rosen voted in support of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARESAct.

As a member of the House of Representatives, Rosen co-led an effort with Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA) to restore funding to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership cut by the Trump Administration, successfully passing through the House an amendment to increase funding for the MEP by $5 million.

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