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July 26, 2017

Cortez Masto: Discrimination Has No Place in Our Armed Forces

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Trump announced his Administration would reinstate a ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military. There are more than 15,000 transgender Americans who currently serve in our military and more than 134,000 transgender veterans who are alive today. "Discrimination has no place in our Armed Forces. Our brave transgender service members put their lives on the line for our … Continue Reading


July 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote to Advance Trumpcare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act advanced in the Senate: "This vote today is a disaster for Nevada. It will hurt hundreds of thousands of … Continue Reading


July 24, 2017

Cortez Masto: Nevada Resoundingly Opposes Trumpcare’s Devastating Cuts to Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting Nevada's overwhelming opposition to Trumpcare's massive Medicaid cuts, with more than 180 Nevada and national groups, hospitals, schools and faith leaders expressing concern and disproval over the harmful consequences it would have on Nevadans. These groups have either written the Senator, signed public letters, or released public statements opposing ripping away Medicaid coverage from … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Dems Challenge Trump Administration Over Move to Slash Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 37 Senate Democrats in a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, questioning plans by HHS to unilaterally shorten the duration of grant agreements for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program. Since 2015, the TPP Program has served nearly 1.2 million youth in 40 states and territories, supporting teens in adopting sexual health behaviors that help them avoid unintended pregnancy. In … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council: "I thank the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council and the Pyramid Lake Paiute people for their warm welcome to their community today. I had the great opportunity to learn more about the Paiute people's history, culture, and current affairs during my tour of the museum and visitors' center-in addition to learning … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Attends Drone Demonstration at Reno-Stead Airport

Reno, NV - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended an unmanned aircraft briefing and demonstration at Reno-Stead Airport. She joined airport administrators and experts to discuss the economic benefits of unmanned aircraft technology. "The Reno area is becoming an epicenter of technology and innovation, but we haven't even scratched the surface of our potential," said Cortez Masto. "The unmanned aircraft systems industry has the potential to generate billions of dollars … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on the DREAM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the DREAM Act: "DREAMers are an integral part of our communities - not only do they contribute to our economy, they enrich our everyday lives. They are our teachers, engineers, leaders, business owners and so much more; they are our neighbors and friends. It is wrong that these productive young women and men who were brought to this country as children face constant uncertainty about their … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Cortez Masto on Latest Republican Effort to Repeal the ACA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Senate Republicans unveiled their latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "Republicans need to stop playing games with the healthcare of Americans and the millions of lives that depend on the Affordable Care Act. Their desperate attempts do nothing to improve access or decrease costs, but instead will cause premiums to double while leaving half of all Americans without individual … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Colleagues Urge U.S. Dept. of State, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Individuals from 10 TPS-Designated Countries

As of 2016, approximately 320,000 TPS recipients live in the United States TPS-designated countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today with 25 Senate colleagues wrote to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urging Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of nationals … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Latino Conservation Week: "This week marks Latino Conservation Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of conservation in the Latino community. The Latino community and other historically marginalized communities face a greater risk of being impacted by pollution and climate change. Many of these communities are based near industrial zones contaminated by toxins, … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Dems Call on Trump Administration to Reverse Course, Safeguard Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 25 Senators sent today a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly citing concerns about the impact of President Trump's interior enforcement executive order on immigrant survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes. The senators highlight how recent actions by the Department of Homeland Security undermine protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. "We write to … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cortez Masto: Repeal of ACA Would Be Disastrous for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting her opposition to any attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "As we've learned from dozens of failed attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, repealing the current law poses harmful risks to millions of Americans and the public overwhelmingly rejects any effort to take away their healthcare. Republicans should end their partisan crusade to repeal the ACA and start … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors LGBT Data Inclusion Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored a bicameral legislation led by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), requiring federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity. While some federal data on LGBT communities is currently collected, there is no centralized requirement prioritizing the collection of LGBT data in federal surveys which the LGBT Data Inclusion Act addresses. The … Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grants For Nevada’s Public Parks

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the National Park Service's announcement that Nevada's communities will receive almost $700,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to improve the quality and accessibility of Nevada's public parks and playgrounds. "Public parks and recreation areas are vital to the wellbeing of Nevada's communities," said Cortez Masto. "Parks promote healthy lifestyles and act as important community centers. I am … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds DOT Grants for Rural Nevada Airports

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding more than $4 million to Nevada rural airports. "Keeping our rural airports up-to-date is an important priority for me," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Functioning airports are integral to the economic development of rural Nevada since they contribute to the connectivity of all our communities. I thank the DOT for providing these necessary grants to Yerington and … Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Condemns Trumpcare for its Impact on People with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) condemned the fact that people with disabilities will suffer if any of the Republican bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act become law. "Medicaid covers 30% of all adults with disabilities and 60% of all children with disabilities in the United States. It provides the medical devices and personal care that disabled Americans need to stay active and able to live healthy, normal lives," said Senator Cortez … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on “New” Senate GOP Trumpcare Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans unveiled their latest Trumpcare bill: "The bill unveiled today is just as much as a sham as the ones that preceded it. If passed, thousands of Nevadans and millions of Americans across the country would lose access to quality, affordable healthcare. 'Revisions' that allow this to remain a fact are an affront to the American people. This is simply unacceptable. I call on my … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Meets with Animal Rights Advocates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with animal rights advocates to discuss issues and challenges pertaining to the protection of animals. Among them was Mexican American entertainer Marco Antonio Regil, an outspoken advocate for animal rights. Cortez Masto recently cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bipartisan bill would be the first-ever federal law to grant all animals federal protections against cruelty and abuse, if … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Advocates for Standardization in Training Programs to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - In today's Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing to explore the role of transportation providers and supply chains in the global sex and labor trade, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) advocated for the adoption of uniform standards in training programs that support efforts to end human trafficking. Many travel-related industries, government agencies, and non-profits have developed training materials to educate their employees on how to identify … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senators Urge DEA to Lower Opioid Quotas to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

After years of allowing skyrocketing opioid production, agency last year heeded senators' call to lower quota Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 16 senators sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), urging the agency to better prevent painkillers from flooding the market by setting lower opioid production quotas for 2018. Last year, the DEA heeded the senators' call to address America's opioid epidemic by reducing nearly all opioid quotas by … Continue Reading

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