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February 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Reverse & Restore Military Funding Diverted for President Trump’s Ineffective Border Wall

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and 30 other Senators to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent short-sighted and dangerous transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's ineffective border wall. The bill also reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot try to divert additional funding for the … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bills to Honor U.S. Merchant Mariners and Army Rangers For Their Contributions During WWII

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined an overwhelming bipartisan majority of her Senate colleagues in supporting bills to award Congressional Gold Medals - the highest civilian award in the United States - to veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine and the U.S. Army Rangers who served during World War II. "Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Merchant Mariners and also to the U.S. Army Rangers who served during WWII is long past due. From the unsung … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $450,000 to Help Public Housing Residents Attain Economic Self Reliance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced $449,849 in grants awarded to Nevada by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help public housing residents set and complete training and employment goals. "Nevadans who rely on housing assistance to keep a roof over their heads often face other hurdles to reach economic stability. These grants allow Nevada to take a holistic approach to affordable housing by … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Demanding Support for Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 40 Democratic Senators in condemning the Trump Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. In their letter, the senators specifically called on the Administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the years-long … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Remarks Opposing GOP Anti-Choice Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate floor against proposed legislation by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) that attack women's constitutional reproductive rights. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. You may download video of the speech HERE. I rise today to oppose my colleagues' legislation to limit women's health care choices. These bills are part of a wave of efforts to turn back the clock on … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $20 Million in EPA Funding for Clean Water

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for awarding $20.6 million in State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to Nevada to support infrastructure projects that protect surface water and provide safe drinking water. "We're glad to see these funds made available for improvements to water systems all over the Silver State. Everyone in Nevada deserves clean drinking water and reliable water infrastructure, … Continue Reading


February 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Provide Service Dogs to Veterans Suffering from PTSD

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to help service members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The bill, known as the Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members (PAWS) Act, would help improve the quality of life for veterans suffering from PTSD through grants to non-profit organizations that provide veterans with access to service dogs. "For many veterans … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $2 Million in FAA Funding for Nevada Airports

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for awarding $2,137,500 in grants for renovations and updates to the master plans of several Nevada airports. "Our airport infrastructure is key to the Silver State's economy, and to the health of our rural communities." said the Senators. "We are committed to maintaining and improving our state's transportation infrastructure. These grants to Nevada … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Promotes STEM Education and Diversity at Microsoft Employee Townhall

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today participated in a townhall with Microsoft employees focused on her Innovation State Initiative to promote the growth of a diverse tech workforce, support STEM education and fuel Nevada's 21st century economy. The senator also highlighted her legislation to promote education and training for workers in in-demand industries. "Nevada is the Innovation State not only because we're creating and implementing some of the nation's newest … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Fighting to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions in FY21 Budget

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and 43 Senate colleagues in a letter to the Administration urging President Trump to direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the law of the land, which provides health care coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Administration's Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget continues to fund DOJ's efforts to repeal the … Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cortez Masto Tours Sierra Nevada Job Corps

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the Sierra Nevada Job Corps facility and discussed her legislative efforts to expand apprenticeship programs and ensure every Nevadan has the necessary tools to find and keep good paying jobs. "Investing in students across Nevada is critical to developing a robust 21st century workforce. Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center (SNJCC) is doing just that by working to make sure every Nevadan can pursue vocational training, no … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Cortez Masto, Crapo, Risch Lead Bipartisan Call to Support Medicare Advantage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), along with 61 of their colleagues, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma expressing support for the Medicare Advantage program. Nationwide, 3,148 Medicare Advantage plans will be available for individual enrollment for the 2020 plan year. "Health care is one of Nevadans' top concerns, which is why I want to make sure that seniors … Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable With Nevada Home Health Care Workers

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable yesterday with home health care workers represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to discuss ways she can support health care and public service employees through her advocacy for collective bargaining rights, workplace protections and good paying jobs for all Nevadans. "Home health care workers are the unsung heroes of the health care industry. They work hard every day providing … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Horsford Attend Tax Fair with UnidosUS to Provide Tax Preparation Resources to Latino Families in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined UnidosUS, Congressman Steven Horsford and United Way of Southern Nevada at the "Adelante 2020" Economic Forum and Tax Fair. During the event, the senator participated in a panel discussion on how to maximize economic opportunities for Latinos and spoke about her work in the Senate to ensure fair federal tax policies that support Nevada's middle class and Latino families. The forum also included free tax assistance for … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Visits Cimarron Memorial Robotics Program, Touts WORKER Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured Cimarron Memorial High School and met with students in its award-winning robotics program. She discussed her cosponsorship of the WORKER Act, which would promote STEM education in public schools, maker programs to teach hands-on skills, registered apprentice programs, and training for workers in in-demand industries. Representatives from the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Nevada Department of Employment, … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Meets with Southern Nevada Health District to Discuss Clark County’s Response to Global Coronavirus Outbreak

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the Southern Nevada Health District to discuss Clark County's latest efforts in response to the global outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and how best she can support Nevada to strengthen public health and emergency response efforts. Nevada currently has no confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the Health District is continuing to monitor the situation closely in coordination with state, local and federal health care … Continue Reading


February 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Celebrates Black History Month at Springs Preserve Festival

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended the 11th Annual Black History Month Festival at Springs Preserve. "It was an honor to join my fellow Nevadans in celebrating Black History Month today. The Black History Festival is a beautiful opportunity to highlight people who have dreamed big and achieved remarkable things. Witnessing and uplifting the successes of Black Nevadans and national figures helps inspire the next generation and gives them the … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Support Small Business Energy Innovation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation that allows small businesses to gain access to premier facilities at the Department of Energy's National Laboratories. Introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), the Small Businesses Partnering with National Labs Act will spur business innovation and stimulate a culture of private-public collaboration in the energy sector. "Nevada's businesses are the backbone of our communities, and they deserve every … Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $26 Million to Update Reno-Tahoe Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding Reno-Tahoe International Airport $26,281,250 in discretionary grants for much-needed updates. "This funding will help support the ongoing project to improve Reno-Tahoe's runways and get travelers where they need to go more safely and more quickly. We will keep working to make sure tourism and commerce into and out of the Silver State move … Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Votes to Limit Administration’s Power to Escalate Hostilities in Iran

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after voting in support of Senator Tim Kaine's (D-Va.) bipartisan War Powers Resolution to limit the Trump Administration's ability to take further military action against Iran without a debate and a vote in Congress. "As members of Congress, our first priority is keeping the American people safe, which is why we must exercise our Constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities before this … Continue Reading

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