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March 11, 2021

NEW: Cortez Masto Named Third Most Effective Democrat in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is the third most effective Democratic Senator, according to a new analysis from the Center for Effective Lawmaking. As measured by the Center's metrics, Cortez Masto stands out as the most effective Democrat serving a first term, and the Center recognized her bipartisan leadership on issues concerning law enforcement suicide and human trafficking in the 116th … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Cortez Masto, Durbin Introduce Legislation to Allow Dreamers to Work in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) this week introduced the American Dream Employment Act, legislation to rescind the current prohibition on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients working or participating in paid internships in Congress. "The laws created here in Congress affect the whole country, yet for too long we have failed to reflect America's diversity in our policy making … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Invest in America’s Schools, Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today led Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in introducing the Renew America's Schools Act, bipartisan legislation to support America's schools in making critical infrastructure upgrades that improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. "Our kids deserve the healthiest possible environments for … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Improve Student Safety, Internet Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today re-introduced two bills to protect students who walk or bike to school and to improve rural students' access to broadband and other technologies. The Safe Routes to All Schools Act is bipartisan legislation, co-led by Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), to make pedestrian and bicycle safety projects targeting high school students who walk or bike to school eligible for federal support from the Department of Transportation (DOT). … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Confirm Marcia Fudge to Lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, D.C. -?U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11) as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "For over a decade, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has worked tirelessly in Congress to address the challenges Americans are facing in their daily lives. After meeting with her earlier this year, I know she will bring her knowledge, collaboration, and problem-solving approach to the Department of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Confirm Marcia Fudge to Lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, D.C. -?U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11) as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "For over a decade, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has worked tirelessly in Congress to address the challenges Americans are facing in their daily lives. After meeting with her earlier this year, I know she will bring her knowledge, collaboration, and problem-solving approach to the Department of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Approve Merrick Garland for Attorney General

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to confirm Merrick Garland as the next Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. "Our country needs a Justice Department noted for its integrity and separation from politics. Since serving as Nevada's Attorney General to now as United States Senator, I have worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to address the issues of human trafficking, domestic violence, law enforcement training and … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bills to Promote Smart Transportation Development

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released two pieces of legislation as part of her Innovation State Initiative designed to promote smart transportation solutions. She introduced the Moving and Fostering Innovation to Revolutionize Smarter Transportation (Moving FIRST) Act with Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to create a competitive grant program to help rural communities and metropolitan areas seek federal grants … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

BREAKING: Cortez Masto Secures $4 Billion in State & Local COVID Relief Funding for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Nevada will receive over $4.1 billion in state and local funding from the American Rescue Plan. Cortez Masto has long advocated for COVID-19 relief to include investments in our state and local governments to help address budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic and ensure they can continue to provide critical services for Nevadans. "This funding will be a lifeline for Nevada's state and local … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Cortez Masto Calls for Filibuster Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called to reform the legislative filibuster, calling specifically for the implementation of the "talking filibuster," which would require any Senator who wishes to filibuster - or block - legislation to do so by publicly speaking on and holding the Senate floor. "Nevadans expect their Senators to work across the aisle and get things done. Even when Mitch McConnell tried to shut out the Democratic minority, I worked to pass major … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Cortez Masto, Daines Introduce Package to Support Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today re-introduced their bipartisan legislative package to help level the playing field for rural communities in areas with large amounts of federal land. The federal government manages roughly 28 percent of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States, the majority of which is found in Western states, including in every county in Nevada. This can limit localities' ability to generate tax … Continue Reading


March 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces More Than $150,000 for Tahoe Economic Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a grant of $164,348 to the Tahoe Prosperity Center to support economic revitalization in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "I was thrilled to support the Tahoe Prosperity Center's application for an EDA grant for CARES Act funds. These funds will allow the Center to continue to partner with other groups to coordinate an … Continue Reading


March 06, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures Critical Nevada Priorities in Senate-Passed COVID Relief Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after passing the American Rescue Plan to provide Nevadans with vital coronavirus relief. Cortez Masto has been a leader in negotiations, allowing her to secure a number of priorities for Nevada, including funding for workers' health care coverage and $750 million in emergency relief for the tourism industry. With Cortez Masto's support, the comprehensive package will help deliver stimulus … Continue Reading


March 05, 2021

Newsletter - 5,000 Nevada Lives


March 04, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bills to Protect Ruby Mountains, Ruby Lake, and Other Public Lands From Oil and Gas Leasing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today re-introduced legislation designed to protect public lands from speculative oil and gas leasing, including a bill to prohibit oil and gas development in Nevada's beautiful and pristine Ruby Mountains. "Nevadans depend on the public lands in our beautiful state for grazing, mining, recreation, and our outdoor and travel economy. This legislation would protect these landscapes from oil and gas companies' speculative oil and … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Highlights Nevada Priorities During Meeting With AG Nominee Merrick Garland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met virtually with Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for Attorney General of the United States. "As Attorney General of Nevada, I spent every day focused on keeping our state safe, and during my conversation with Judge Garland I was pleased to discuss our shared goal of protecting Nevadans in every corner of our state. Our Department of Justice must support Nevada's tribes, protect women from trafficking and … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces New Communications Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her new Communications Director, Josh Marcus-Blank. "I'm thrilled to welcome Josh to our team. An experienced communicator, Josh will help my office engage Nevadans in every corner of our state and make sure our communities know that we are here to make a difference for them, during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond." Josh Marcus-Blank is the former campaign communications director … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act. The bipartisan legislation will protect over 2 million acres of public land for conservation and recreation while allowing Clark County to develop affordable housing and responsibly plan for population growth projections. This text would be the largest conservation bill in Nevada history. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) is a cosponsor of the bill. … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Reintroduce Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in leading 39 of their colleagues in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97% of … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Place Raimondo as Head of the Commerce Department

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her vote to confirm Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce: "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to our struggling small businesses, hospitality, travel, and tourism industries, Nevada needs a partner in the fight to give these industries the support they need to recover. And as the census count continues, the Commerce Department must follow the Constitution … Continue Reading

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