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February 27, 2017

Cortez Masto to Host Nevada DREAMer Astrid Silva at Trump’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that Astrid Silva, a DREAMer and immigration reform advocate from Las Vegas, Nevada, will be her guest at President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. "Astrid's story is one of thousands of young people across the country: an unwavering hope that the only country they know and call home will allow the future they have worked so hard to build for their families," said Senator Cortez Masto. … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Group of 26 Senators in Calling for Full Account of Election Assistance Commission’s Efforts to Address Russian Cybersecurity Threat

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) played a crucial role before the 2016 general election by working with state and local election officials, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to coordinate an appropriate response to cybersecurity threats to our democracy In a letter to EAC Commissioners, Cortez Masto and Senate Democrats expressed deep concern about Russian interference in U.S. elections, and asked the EAC to provide an impartial assessment … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Cortez Masto, LCV’s Chispa Nevada and the Nevada Conservation League Defend State’s Public Health and Clean Energy Economy

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), LCV's Chispa Nevada and the Nevada Conservation League held a roundtable and press conference to discuss the future of Nevada's environmental safeguards, public health, and clean energy economy following the confirmation of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator. "Scott Pruitt's confirmation as EPA administrator is not a mandate to gut the agency tasked with protecting … Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on President Trump’s Rescission of Guidelines Protecting Transgender Students

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today on President Trump's rescission of guidelines that protect transgender students: "All Americans deserve to be granted equal protections and rights under the law - and this is especially true for our young children and students. President Trump's rescission of guidelines that help schools and communities protect LGBTQ students reverses hard-fought progress in the fight for equality. I will … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Northern Nevada HOPES Community Health Center, Highlights Importance of Affordable Care Act

Reno, NV - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited Northern Nevada HOPES Community Health Center, where she discussed with the center's staff their concerns about Congressional Republicans' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and how this would negatively impact their ability to provide affordable services to Northern Nevada's women and families. "HOPES has been essential to Nevadans who rely on their services and we must ensure that it continues to get the support it … Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Legislation to Make Voting Easier for All Americans

The Same Day Registration Act would require states to allow people to register to vote on election day Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to make voting easier for all Americans. The Same Day Registration Act would require states to allow people to register to vote on election day. "Voting is one of the most fundamental rights we have as Americans, and it is absolutely necessary to make the exercise of … Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on New DHS Mass Deportation Guidelines

Reno, NV - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to recent Department of Homeland Security memoranda detailing the implementation of Donald Trump's mass deportation executive orders. "Enacting policies based on hatred and fear is no way to govern. We should be focusing our limited resources on those who have violent criminal records and finding thoughtful solutions to fix our broken immigration system instead of tearing hardworking … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Opposition to Trump’s EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt, Need to Extend Senate Debate on Nomination

"With the impending release of as many as 3,000 emails on this matter, it is only right that we delay Mr. Pruitt's confirmation vote until we have had time to thoroughly review this information. It is our job as U.S. Senators to ensure nominees are adequately vetted and failure to do so is a disservice to Americans." Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement outlining her opposition to Scott Pruitt's nomination to serve as the next … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Reports of a Trump Administration National Guard Deportation Force

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on reports on a draft memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly that directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement to engage with Governors to deploy National Guard troops to deport undocumented immigrants, specifically naming 11 states, including Nevada. "Regardless of the White House's response, this document is an absolutely accurate description of the disturbing … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Leads Group of 20 Senate Democrats to Introduce Legislation Rescinding Trump’s Massive Deportation Executive Order

Bill would rescind Trump's Executive Order that targets law-abiding undocumented immigrants for deportation Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of 20 Democratic Senators to introduce legislation to rescind President Trump's Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living and contributing to U.S. communities. Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Announces Commerce Subcommittee Assignments for 115th Congress

Cortez Masto will join the Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet Subcommittee and the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced she will be joining two subcommittees as a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto will serve on the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Opposition to Trump’s OMB Director Nominee Rep. Mick Mulvaney

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement opposing Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s nomination to be the next Office of Management and Budget Director: “Rep. Mulvaney’s misguided beliefs on government spending runs counter to the Office of Management and Budget’s role of responsibly overseeing the government’s fiscal policy. He is well known for spending his congressional career strongly opposing federal spending, disregarding the catastrophic … Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Republican Efforts to Roll Back Environmental Protections, Repeal BLM’s Methane Rule

BLM's methane rule prevents waste of country's natural oil and gas supply, reduces harmful air pollution, and ensures taxpayers receive fair compensation for federal and tribal land use Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement opposing Republican plans to overturn the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) methane rule by the legislative vehicle, the Congressional Review Act (CRA): "The BLM's methane rule is a common sense measure to … Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs: “The Department of Veterans Affairs needs a leader who is committed to providing the very best for our veterans and their families. Our veterans rely on the VA for much needed support and care, but backlogs and long wait times have prevented them from getting immediate access to critical and lifesaving … Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Participates in Floor Debate in Opposition to Steven Mnuchin’s Nomination for Treasury Secretary

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in the floor debate in opposition to Steven Mnuchin's nomination to serve as President Trump's Treasury Secretary. In her remarks, Cortez Masto highlighted how Mnuchin's OneWest Bank used predatory practices to take advantage of Nevadans facing foreclosure and how she worked to combat those practices as the state's Attorney General. Watch Senator Cortez Masto's remarks here. Below are Senator Cortez Masto's … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Opposing Secretary of Health & Human Services Nominee Congressman Tom Price

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement on her opposition to Congressman Tom Price's nomination to serve as Donald Trump's Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "Rep. Tom Price has spent his career working to weaken and dismantle basic programs and services that allow the Department of Health and Human Services to fulfill its mission. I cannot in good conscience support Rep. Price to lead HHS and put … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Ruling Against Reinstating Muslim Ban

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration's appeal to reinstate its Muslim ban on travel to the United States: "This ruling reaffirms that President Trump's hateful and divisive executive order amounts to religious discrimination against Muslims. Imposing a religious test like this on who can travel to the United States is immoral, alienates our allies in … Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Blasting Dakota Access Pipeline Decision, Calling on Trump Administration to Stand up for Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Members of Congress: "We strongly oppose this decision and any efforts to undermine tribal rights" Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Natural Resources in sending a letter to President Donald Trump blasting the Trump Administration's approval of a final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and their failure to undertake meaningful consultation with … Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Cortez Masto and Senators to Trump: Expand Pell Grant to Make College More Affordable

28 Senators urge Trump Administration to help students pay for college by expanding Pell Grant starting in FY 2017 Washington, DC - In an effort to help make college more affordable for American families, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined with 27 of her Senate Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump asking him to expand the Pell Grant beginning in Fiscal Year 2017. Pell Grants are federal, need-based financial aid awarded to qualified undergraduate … Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cortez Masto on Trump’s Executive Orders to Cripple Measures Holding Wall Street Accountable and Increasing Protections for American Consumers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's actions to weaken reforms made in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that hold financial institutions accountable and increase protections for consumers. This statement follows Senator Cortez Masto's op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal today highlighting the serious risk posed to American families by confirming … Continue Reading

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