Nevada is a beautiful state that we are fortunate to call home. Whether you live near the Strip or in a small town surrounded by mountains in northern Nevada, it’s easy to see for yourself. However, we want to ensure that those who live here can get anywhere, and those who see us as a destination can do so with ease. We can showcase the Silver State by having well-developed, safe infrastructure. From roads to airports, we can show the world all our state has to offer.
I work on a number of issues in Washington, but I put a great deal of focus on efforts to improve infrastructure. Recently, I was named the Senate Finance Subcommittee Chairman on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, which puts me in a unique position to set the agenda, determine hearings, and move legislation in order to promote safe, secure, and efficient travel.
Aviation plays a major role in our state. Not only does it provide a way for tourists to come here, it helps Nevadans move throughout the state. General aviation provides $1.2 billion in total economic output annually as well as supports 7,000 Nevada jobs. In the Senate, I have consistently supported legislation such as the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, which enacted reforms to the Transportation Service Authority (TSA) to improve efficiency at our airports. Again, I want to see more done in this area, because efficient travel is essential to our tourism economy.
One priority that has remained front and center for infrastructure projects is the I-11 development. I-11 would connect Phoenix to Las Vegas, creating jobs from actual construction and boosting economic activity because of increased travel. More importantly, it would connect northern and southern Nevada. When the Senate was putting together a highway funding bill, I fought to label this proposed highway a “high priority corridor” to give us access to resources down the road. That language became law, but there’s still more to do because this is a long-term project that will span multiple years.
With well-developed infrastructure, we can promote tourism, economic growth, and jobs. Nevada will always have a bright future if people, ideas, and goods can travel to and through our state.
In the years to come, I will continue fighting to make I-11 a reality. Ensure our state’s regional and municipal airports are safe, secure, and efficient. This hard work brings in visitors, whether it’s a family member visiting a loved one or tourists driving our local economy, because travelers come to Nevada when we make it easy to do so. As always. I look forward to discussing these issues with you. To reach my Las Vegas office, please call (702) 388-6605. I will continue to listen to you and work on Nevada’s behalf. +