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May 26, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill Banning Egregious Form of Animal Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) has cosponsored the bipartisan Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). The PACT Act seeks to outlaw a heinous deadly form of animal maiming and torture known as "crushing." If enacted, the PACT Act would be the first-ever federal law to grant all animals federal protections against cruelty and abuse. Despite taking steps in 2010 to … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cortez Masto to President Trump on Proposed Medicaid Cuts: America’s Veterans Deserve Better

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) wrote today to President Trump, raising grave concerns about the impact of his plans to gut Medicaid funding and slash investments in behavioral health research on America's veterans. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds $2.9 Million in Grants for Nevada Upward Bound Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Education's announcement of more than $2.9 million in total grants for Upward Bound programs at the University of Nevada, Reno; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Nevada State College. "Investing in these programs is critical to lifting those with limited means, giving them a chance to break the cycle of poverty," said Senator Cortez Masto. "My sister and I were the first in our family to … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on CBO Report on Revised Trumpcare Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA): "The House Republicans' revised Trumpcare bill is just as harmful for Americans' health and access to care as the last one. 23 million people will lose their insurance and premiums will skyrocket - even more so for those with preexisting conditions … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Reunite Filipino World War II Veterans with Their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, a bicameral bill introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) that would expedite the visa process for the immediate relatives of Filipino World War II veterans. "It is unjust that Filipino World War II veterans have to wait for decades just to see their families again," Cortez Masto said. "Our aging veterans need the … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's budget proposal released today: "The Trump Administration's budget is not only fiscally irresponsible, it is morally reprehensible - a reminder of Trump's empty campaign promises and the callous, immoral policies from his administration. Under this budget, programs and initiatives that our most vulnerable children, families, and seniors rely on will face devastating … Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts Second Mentorship Initiative Meeting with AAPI Staffers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted her second Cafecito con Catherine as part of her mentorship series to discuss challenges faced by minority Congressional staffers in an effort to improve and help advance their career opportunities. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cortez Masto met with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) congressional female staffers to hear their perspective and talk about their ideas. In March, Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Cortez Masto, Dem Colleagues to Trump Admin: Cutting Off Funding for Public Transit Projects Threatens Jobs and Stifles Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today sent a letter led by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) denouncing the Trump Administration’s threat to cancel funding for nearly 60 shovel-ready public transit projects in 20 states, jeopardizing thousands of American jobs and severely impacting the economies of communities across the nation. In a letter to … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Slams Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Trump Administration’s Prioritization of Wall Street Over American Consumers and Homeowners

"This administration is looking out for the interests of businesses and corporations instead of the betterment of seniors, consumers, and homeowners…I have not heard today anything that you have said that is looking out for the interests of these people." WATCH HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development, today pressed Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the Trump … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Call For Continued Funding of Land and Water Conservation Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and a bipartisan coalition of 48 senators sent a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Forest Legacy Program as they begin considerations for the upcoming fiscal year. “From protecting wildlife habitat, natural resource lands, outdoor recreation opportunities, and working forests at the local, state and … Continue Reading


May 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grant to Reconstruct Reno-Tahoe International Airport Apron

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding a $2,475,000 grant to repair Reno-Tahoe International Airport's apron. "The Department of Transportation's latest grant to Nevada - nearly $2.5 million for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport - will ensure that the Reno-Tahoe area has the necessary resources to make improvements to the airport's apron," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Maintaining and improving our … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Provide Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to introduce legislation to ensure that legal cannabis businesses can access banking services. "We need to put the right infrastructure in place for the marijuana industry to operate legally and securely," Cortez Masto said. … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate and House Colleagues Introduce Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

Student Loan Debt Has Swelled to $1.4 Trillion, Raising the Urgency for Immediate Action Bill Text | Fact Sheet Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined 32 of her Senate colleagues to reintroduce the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. A previous version of the bill was voted … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Appointment of Former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel for Trump-Russia Investigation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that he is appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign: “It’s past time that a special counsel has been appointed to conduct this investigation. Director Mueller is a … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Reports of President Trump Sharing Highly Classified Information with Russian Officials

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on reports that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials during a meeting last week: "If true, this report identifies extremely alarming actions by the President. Sharing highly classified information with Russia without the consent of the ally who shared it threatens the safety and security of Americans at home and abroad, and compromises the safety and trust of our … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues to Perry: We Expect No Less Than Full Compliance with the Law

The Department of Energy is ignoring Congress by delaying and refusing to release funds Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and 27 senators signed and submitted a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry in which they stated their view that the Secretary must comply with the law and follow through with financial awards previously appropriated that boost research and development, innovation, … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Senate Passes Legislation Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Increase Resources for Programs Supporting Local Law Enforcement and Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate passed two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.). The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017 and the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017 both increase the resources and funding for programs supporting local law enforcement, policing departments, and veterans. “Veterans face unique challenges following their years of service, and we must make sure that they are taken care of when … Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Banking Democrats Raise Concerns about Apparent Political Power Grab at OCC

New bank regulator has been installed without vetting and raises serious conflicts of interest Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and six fellow members of the Senate Banking Committee - Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Robert Menéndez (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) - wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin highlighting their concerns about his decision … Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Executive Order to Suppress Voter Turnout

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on President Trump’s executive order to create a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity: “President Trump has been peddling lies about voter fraud despite little to no evidence to back up his claims. I am concerned that this new commission is masqueraded under the guise of improving ‘election integrity’ yet nothing but an attempt to justify future attempts to suppress voter turnout. … Continue Reading


May 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grant for Native American Housing Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for providing $437,652 in block grant interim funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) for low-income Native American housing development and operation in Gardnerville, Nevada. Gardnerville is home to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. “I thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development for … Continue Reading

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