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September 28, 2021

At Senate Hearing Cortez Masto Blasts Republicans for Refusing to Address Debt Limit, Highlights Urgent Need for Additional Support for the Hospitality Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called out Senate Republicans for blocking votes to raise the debt limit, which could threaten the entire U.S. economy and jeopardize benefits for Social Security recipients, veterans, and vulnerable Americans receiving health care through Medicaid. At today's Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, Cortez Masto focused … Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces Federal Grant Funding to Prevent Elder Abuse in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded over $200,000 in federal funds to combat and prevent elder abuse in Nevada. Since her time as Nevada's Attorney General, Senator Cortez Masto has been committed to protecting Nevada's seniors and ensuring that they have access to the resources they need to thrive. The funds from this grant will provide training to professionals to enhance their ability to address … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces Over $308,000 in Grant Funding for Reno Police to Stop Dangerous Drivers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Reno Police Department would receive $308,978 from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue its program to stop dangerous drivers of both regular and commercial vehicles. "Reno police have been working hard to crack down on unsafe drivers and lower the risk of dangerous accidents to keep our roads safe," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I'll continue to advocate for our officers in the Senate and help push … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Cortez Masto Applauds Administration for Implementing Initiatives She Called For to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Biden administration launched a coordinated, interagency effort to respond to the health impacts of extreme heat on American workers. Cortez Masto co-led legislation with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) to direct the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create a federal heat standard to help protect workers and … Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Incentivize Whistleblowers to Report Consumer Fraud to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to authorize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to reward whistleblowers who report wrongdoing to the CFPB with financial compensation. Whistleblower statutes protect people from unfair practices, fraud, and abuse. The bill is cosponsored by Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Cortez Masto & Congressional Democrats Urge SCOTUS to Protect Reproductive Rights by Upholding Roe and Rejecting Mississippi’s Blatantly Unconstitutional Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 47 Democrats in the Senate and 188 in the House in filing a bicameral amicus brief in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade and protect the constitutional right to abortion care. After the Court refused to block the dangerous, cruel abortion ban in Texas from going into effect, Dobbs represents yet another case that … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Push for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United, Get Big Money Out of Politics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment. This constitutional amendment would overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision and other alarming decisions around campaign finance that have led to floods of corporate and dark money in politics and diminished the voice of the American people in … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $7 Million Grant for the Reno Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Reno Fire Department (RFD) will receive a grant for more than $7 million, allowing RFD to hire an additional twenty firefighters. The new firefighters will lower response times for Nevadans in need and help the department save over $2 million annually in overtime costs. In April, Cortez Masto sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Managing Agency (FEMA) advocating for the RFD to receive this Staffing for … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Cortez Masto & Rosen Urge Administration to Increase Federal Firefighter Pay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) are joining Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in urging the Biden administration to implement provisions related to wildland firefighters in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act following its expected enactment. Amid historic wildfires across the West, federal firefighting agencies are facing major staffing shortfalls due to a significant pay gap between federal and state wildland … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Nevadans Recover From Natural Disasters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced bipartisan legislation Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to provide relief for impacted taxpayers in states that have issued state-level disaster declarations. Currently, the IRS has the authority to postpone filing deadlines in the event of a presidentially-declared federal disaster, but this does not extend to state-level emergencies. This summer, Nevada has declared state-level emergencies … Continue Reading


September 11, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on the 20th Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement for the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001: "Twenty years ago nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in a senseless act of terrorism. Paul and I continue to remember the lives we lost and stand with the countless families and communities touched by this horrific attack. This day is also a reminder of the heroism of the firefighters, first responders, law enforcement officers, and every day … Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Historic Transit Expansion Legislation As Congress Drafts Reconciliation Measure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) to introduce the Public Transportation Expansion Act, which would for the first time fund construction of public transportation specifically connecting affordable housing with transit networks in order to serve riders and commuters in low-income communities. "To address the affordable housing crisis we must invest in accessible public transportation that will … Continue Reading


September 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Leads Federal Push to Secure Funding For Innovation Research in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is leading a bipartisan, bicameral effort to deliver federal research dollars to underserved states like Nevada with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), as well as Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (R- S. Dak.). Cortez Masto and her colleagues are highlighting the importance of provisions in the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) that set aside … Continue Reading


August 31, 2021

Cortez Masto & Rosen Urge VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

Washington, D.C. - Nevada's U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and a group of 30 colleagues calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism - especially those who served in Afghanistan - and connect them to available mental health resources. Their call for action … Continue Reading


August 30, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on the U.S. Military Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. "I join Nevadans and all Americans in thanking the brave men and women who served our nation in Afghanistan. My heart goes out to the service members who died in the line of duty as well as their family members and communities who continue to mourn the loss of our American heroes. "My focus remains on getting Americans and our Afghan allies out of … Continue Reading


August 27, 2021

Photo Release: Cortez Masto’s Western Jobs Tour

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her Western Jobs Tour, where she traveled across Northern and rural Nevada to highlight the jobs driving the local economy and her work to bring federal resources to the region. The tour focused on Nevada issues and priorities including clean energy jobs, mining, outdoor recreation, and wildfire preparation and response. Cortez Masto is leading legislation through her Innovation State … Continue Reading


August 16, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Group of Senate Colleagues Urging Biden Administration to Protect Afghan Allies and Women Leaders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued a statement urging the Biden administration to focus on quickly and safely evacuating Americans and our allies following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. She also joined a bipartisan group of 45 of her Senate colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to take swift, robust action to protect and support Afghan women leaders. "I am closely monitoring the situation unfolding in Afghanistan and remain focused on … Continue Reading


August 16, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Group of Senate Colleagues Urging Biden Administration to Protect Afghan Allies and Women Leaders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued a statement urging the Biden administration to focus on quickly and safely evacuating Americans and our allies following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan. She also joined a bipartisan group of 45 of her Senate colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to take swift, robust action to protect and support Afghan women leaders. "I am closely monitoring the situation unfolding in Afghanistan and remain focused on … Continue Reading


August 11, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Begin Negotiations on a Senate Budget Deal that Works for Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting to move forward with negotiations on legislation to help Nevada families. "I'm focused on giving working Nevadans a break, and that means cutting taxes for the middle class. I want to make sure that any legislation we pass through the budget reconciliation process is a good deal for Nevadans. Today, I voted to begin this important discussion, and I look forward to working with my … Continue Reading


August 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Delivers Historic Investments for Nevada in Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after passing a bipartisan infrastructure package in the Senate. The funding Senator Cortez Masto secured makes historic investments in Nevada, from upgrades to our roads and bridges to support for water recycling projects and wildfire mitigation. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes numerous bills introduced as part of the Senator's Innovation State Initiative and will … Continue Reading

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