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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

May 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Failed Vote to Overturn BLM Methane Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the failed vote to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Rule via the Congressional Review Act: “The Methane Rule puts in place commonsense and cost-effective safeguards designed to reduce the amount of natural gas and methane wasted and released into our atmosphere in order to protect the air we breathe, cut down on potent greenhouse gas emissions, and ensure that taxpayers … Continue Reading

May 10, 2017

VIDEO: Cortez Masto Discusses Trump Administration’s Insufficient Response to North Korean Nuclear Threat Strategy

At a Banking Committee hearing, Cortez Masto pressed witnesses on whether President Trump has a strategy to halt North Korea’s nuclear program Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, highlighted her concerns with the Trump Administration’s lack of clear strategy or plan to address North Korea’s rapidly growing nuclear program. At the “Secondary Sanctions Against Chinese Institutions: … Continue Reading

May 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Entire Senate Democratic Caucus in Urging GOP Leadership to Drop Repeal Efforts and Work in Bipartisan Way to Improve America’s Healthcare System

In New Letter, Senate Dems Urge GOP To Work With Them On Reform Efforts That Lower Costs While Ensuring Coverage For People With Pre-Existing Conditions, Those Who Rely On Medicare & Medicaid, Women, And More - Also Urge GOP To Discourage Administration’s Efforts To De-Stabilize Current System House GOP’s Recently Passed Bill Would Increase Costs & Reduce Care For Millions; While Revised AHCA Was Rushed Through House Without CBO Score, Previous Estimates Show 24 Million Losing … Continue Reading

May 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Urgent Legislation to Safeguard Women’s Preventive Healthcare Services from Trump Administration Attacks

The Save Women’s Preventive Care Act would help shield preventive health care services—cancer screenings, birth control, domestic violence screenings, and more—from cuts by the Trump Administration Senators say legislation is urgently needed, especially in light of assault on women’s health and rights by President Trump, Congressional Republicans Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jon … Continue Reading

May 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Clean Energy for America Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will measurably reduce carbon pollution over the next decade through a series of incentives for clean energy and the promotion of new technologies in the private sector. Clean Energy for America Act includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient homes and … Continue Reading

May 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Signs Letter to FCC Chairman Highlighting Importance of Net Neutrality to Women Across America

In letter, Senators urge Chairman Ajit Pai to Reconsider Proposal Undermining Online Protections for Consumers Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) co-signed a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai highlighting the importance of net neutrality to women across America and urging him to reconsider the proposal he outlined last month to roll back critical online consumer protections by dismantling current net neutrality rules. The … Continue Reading

May 05, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Introduce Eastern Nevada Lands Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement Act, bicameral, bipartisan legislation designed in collaboration with local officials to jumpstart economic development and enhance conservation efforts in Eastern Nevada. “This bill will protect Nevada’s public lands while also ensuring that development projects are executed responsibly,” said Cortez Masto. “As one of … Continue Reading

May 05, 2017

VIDEO: Cortez Masto Challenges Airline Executives’ Limited Travel Experiences

"I have a theory that if we required all executives to fly on their planes in the back of the plane, the consumer experience would be much better." Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Commerce Science, and Transportation Committee, challenged airline executives for their limited exposure and concern regarding air travelers' customer service needs, and their lack of understanding of the experiences of consumers while flying with their … Continue Reading

May 05, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Cinco de Mayo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in commemoration of Cinco de Mayo. Cortez Masto is an original cosponsor of the annual Senate resolution recognizing the cultural and historical significance of the Cinco de Mayo holiday. “Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, during which Mexican forces successfully defended the city of Puebla, Mexico, from the invading French army. For Mexican Americans today, Cinco de … Continue Reading

May 04, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Yucca Mountain’s Exclusion from Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Yucca Mountain’s exclusion from the federal spending bill: “This is a victory for Nevadans whose health and livelihood are constantly under threat because of renewed attempts to revive the Yucca Mountain project. While the fight doesn’t end here, President Trump and House Republicans should take this as another sign that this dangerous project will never come to life because Nevadans will … Continue Reading

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