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September 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement On Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks: "No one will ever forget where they were on September 11, 2001. I was in a courtroom in Washington, D.C. working as a district attorney when we were asked to evacuate after a plane crashed into the Pentagon. The horror of that day is still marked in our hearts, but even more powerful than the fear we felt is the hope and unity … Continue Reading


September 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grant for Elko Regional Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Transportation for disbursing a total of $2,741,111 in grant funds to the Elko Regional Airport for runway and apron improvements: "There is no doubt that Nevada, being the seventh largest state in the country by size, is vast and many people who call the Silver State home live in the rural heartland of our state. The size of our state and the distances between … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Bill Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Extend Bankruptcy Judgeships Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on a bill she cosponsored to extend temporary bankruptcy judgeships. The Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 calls for a five-year extension for 14 temporary bankruptcy judgeships and will create four new bankruptcy judgeships. The bill passed the Senate yesterday and extends one of the temporary judgeships in Nevada for five years. "An efficient bankruptcy court system is critical for individuals … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on Congress Pass the DREAM Act Now

"People ask me, 'What would you tell the DREAMers and these families in your state?' I would tell them, you belong here." "These are the kids and families who are in our communities, who go to our churches, who are in our grocery stores, who are in our schools, who are our neighbors and our friends. Why would we make them live a dual life? Why would we treat them differently?" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump DACA Repeal Betrays America’s Immigrant Heritage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning President Donald Trump's revocation of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Moments ago, President Trump hid behind his Attorney General to attack the lives of hundreds of thousands of productive, taxpaying, and patriotic aspiring Americans. The President's actions clearly show he stands with racists like Stephen Bannon and Joe Arpaio. Today's … Continue Reading


September 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Labor Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in honor of Labor Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, September 4th: "Each year on Labor Day, we honor the hardworking men and women whose contributions form the foundation of our economy. Unions have not only made our workplaces safer and more equitable, they have helped millions of American families lift themselves into the middle class. "Yet much work remains to be done. I will continue to … Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on Trump Administration to End Efforts to Sabotage the Affordable Care Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that it will sharply cut funding for health care sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act: "In July, Republicans in Congress failed to strip away the health care of thousands of Nevadans. Today, after a bipartisan group of governors called on the Administration to end its sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and work with Congress to stabilize the health … Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Urging Trump Administration to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in US

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and a group of nearly two dozen lawmakers called today on the Trump Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to all eligible Venezuelans currently in the United States. The lawmakers made the request in a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke. The letter also applauds the Trump Administration for confronting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government through … Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump EPA Cuts Threaten Nevada’s Clean Air, Water, and Public Lands

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting the detrimental impact to the State of Nevada from President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "President Trump's proposed budget will gut the Environmental Protection Agency. This threatens Nevada's significant progress toward ensuring our residents and visitors can enjoy clean air, water, and public lands. President Trump and EPA Administrator … Continue Reading


August 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Rural Nevada Communities

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) completed a month-long tour of Nevada's rural towns, including Elko, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Yerington, Virginia City, Alamo, Incline Village, Pahrump, Eureka, Austin, Baker, Ely, Adaven, and Mcgill . In her meetings with local leaders and community members, Cortez Masto stressed her desire to be a voice and a resource for all Nevadans, regardless of zipcode or party … Continue Reading


August 27, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Great Basin National Park

Ely, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring Great Basin National Park: "Great Basin National Park is a prime example of why we must protect our nation's natural wonders and preserve their beauty for future generations. Our state is blessed with incomparable beauty and we cannot take it for granted. Not only do our national parks protect pristine lands, they create jobs and attract tourists who bring revenue to local businesses and … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Cortez Masto: Arpaio Pardon Example of Trump’s Failure to Unite Country After Charlottesville

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he will pardon documented human rights abuser, and former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio. In July, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for violating an order in a racial profiling case. "President Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio is yet another example of his failed commitment to unite our country after the racist and hateful protests of … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Interior Department Sage Grouse Conservation Report

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to a report indicating that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke may recommend changes to federal sage grouse conservation plans: "The sage grouse is not just a critical part of Nevada's natural ecosystem, it is a symbol of the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Western United States. I stand with Governor Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) in support of a habitat-based approach to sage grouse … Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Cortez Masto on Trump Trans Ban: I Will Not Stand For It

Battle Mountain, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after media reports indicated the Trump Administration will send guidance to the Department of Defense implementing a ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military: "In Nevada, our first openly transgender national guardsman, Sgt. Sam Hunt, is a testament to the bravery, commitment, and diversity that our Armed Forces represent. The President's order to ban transgender troops … Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $9.5 Million in Federal Grant Funding for Southern Nevada Airports

Battle Mountain, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding more than $9.5 million in funding for two airports in Clark County, Jean Airport and McCarran International Airport. "Because people come from all over the world to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer, Las Vegas's economy relies on the airports nearby," said Cortez Masto. "I'm thankful for the Department of Transportation's support in our efforts to … Continue Reading


August 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Pershing & Humboldt General Hospitals in Lovelock & Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring Pershing and Humboldt General Hospitals in Lovelock and Winnemucca: "Pershing and Humboldt General Hospitals play a critical role in providing general, urgent, long-term, and emergency health care to Lovelock and Winnemucca as well as the surrounding areas. Without Pershing and Humboldt General Hospitals, local residents would lose vital access to a broad range of medical services … Continue Reading


August 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Remarks at Lake Tahoe Summit

"As we meet today, we are not just at a pivotal point for Lake Tahoe. We are at a pivotal point for our planet's history and in Nevada's and California's history." "The threats to Lake Tahoe, to our states, to our country, and to our planet are very real. And while we may not have a President that supports the Paris Climate Accord, or a majority in Congress that supports direct action to stop climate change, each one of us has a voice. Now, more than ever, we must make sure we use it." … Continue Reading


August 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts DACA Roundtable

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with beneficiaries of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Cortez Masto discussed the role that DACA has played in the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States as children. She also advocated for the passage of The DREAM Act, a law that would codify many of the provisions of the DACA program into federal law. "The DACA program has … Continue Reading


August 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Colleagues Urge Zinke to Maintain DOI’s Existing 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources, joined Democratic Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to maintain his Department's exististing 2017-2022 Outer Continetal Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The existing five-year plan was developed in over two years with extensive public comment. The original program did not include lease sales of … Continue Reading


August 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Flirtey Drone Delivery Startup

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility of drone delivery startup, Flirtey, to participate in a delivery demonstration and view flight operations. According to Flirtey, their mission is to save lives and change lifestyles by making delivery instant. "The state of Nevada is proud to drive drone innovation and Flirtey's milestones in the space have truly cemented Nevada's position as the leader in the drone industry," said … Continue Reading

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