WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Nevada freshmen Democrats are finishing up their first week on Capitol Hill today. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Congressman Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) are looking to carry on former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) legacy.
Congressman Kihuen (D-NV) says he plans on bringing a bipartisan outlook to Washington.
"Whether I’m a freshman or not, it’s about fighting against these issues," said Cortez Masto.
She is pushing back against Republicans’ attempts to repeal Obamacare.
"It makes no sense to me that there is this fight that we’re going to take away insurance for people without a plan to move forward," said Cortez Masto.
The Senator steps in for former Senator Reid. She says she is up for the task, as she looks to turnaround the economy in her state and fix a crumbling infrastructure.
"This is about a fight for our families, for their kids, and for the future," said Cortez Masto.
Kihuen says he can sense that Congress is broken. He wants to bring a bipartisan outlook to Washington and a willingness to work with everyone. Kihuen takes over a formerly Republican district held by Congressman Cresent Hardy (R-NV).
"I’m here to be able to get things done, to come up with solutions to the problems that exist right now in our country," said Kihuen. "And I’m looking forward to reaching out to the other side and working with them."
Kihuen says he sees areas of common ground, like higher education, equal pay for women, and creating jobs. But, he says if he needs to push back, he will.
"There’s a lot of things that a freshman can do," said Kihuen. "My vote counts just as much as the Speaker’s vote. I have a voice, I have a vote."