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April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto: It is Past Time American Women Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today recognizing Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of additional days American women must work to earn what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. She highlighted the economic impact of pay disparity and emphasized the even greater wage gaps that exist for women of color, women with disabilities and transgender women. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. Senator Cortez … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Grills Secretary Perry Over Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) grilled Energy Secretary Rick Perry about his Department's budget request for $116 million to restart licensing activities at Yucca Mountain. Senator Cortez Masto highlighted Nevadans' strong opposition to the project and questioned Secretary Perry about the hazards posed by storing nuclear waste in Nevada. "The most recent geological survey taken in this area … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto, McSally, Rosen, Sinema Unveil Historic Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and ten western senators to introduce the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation ensures the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) devised by the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented without delay while respecting environmental protections. "I applaud the … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins All 47 Senate Democrats to Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections And Health Care For Millions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and all 47 of her Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse its recent decision to side with U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling that deems health care protections enjoyed by hundreds of millions unconstitutional and repeal the ACA in its entirety. This latest act of health care sabotage from the Trump … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Cortez Masto, Young Lead Bipartisan Bill to Help Rebuild Schools and Public Buildings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2019, which incentivizes private investment to rebuild schools and public buildings through public-private partnerships. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) also joined as cosponsors of the bipartisan legislation that aims to spur needed infrastructure improvements. "Throughout Nevada, I'm hearing … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Make Child Care More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and 19 of their Senate Democratic colleagues introduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, legislation to make child care accessible and more affordable for working families. "The average Nevada family spends $9,852 per year on child care, and the costs are similarly high across the country. For many middle class families this amounts to more than 18% of their income, placing a major … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Western Senate Colleagues Counter Proposed Cuts to Wildfire Prevention Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and six Western Senate colleagues to demand the Trump administration reverse proposed funding cuts to critical wildfire prevention and fire restoration projects throughout the country. "The administration's proposed FY 2020 funding levels to restore our nation's public forestlands are profoundly low and will fail the nation, leading to lost lives and billions in damages," the senators … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Condemn Trump Administration’s Attempts to Undermine SNAP Food Assistance Eligibility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in a letter condemning a proposed rule from the Trump Administration that would affect the eligibility of 1.1 million Americans who receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This action follows a failed attempt by the Administration and House Republicans to toughen eligibility requirements for SNAP recipients in the … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Prepare for Health Impacts of Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) to improve America's public health response to climate change by supporting research, health impact monitoring, and preparation in the health sector and by developing a national action plan. The Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a National Strategic Action Plan to assist health … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Highlights Urgency in Implementing Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Washington, D.C. - At today's hearing for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, Ranking Member Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned her guest, Mr. John Entsminger, the General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, on the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) for the Colorado River to highlight the need for its immediate implementation to address water security concerns for Nevada. "Mr. Entsminger, let me ask you this, is Southern Nevada … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Introduce Sweeping Package of Ethics & Voting Rights Reforms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and every member of the Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the For the People Act - a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would fix our broken politics and make government work for the people. The landmark legislation, companion legislation to H.R. 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, aims to restore the promise of American democracy by making it easier to vote, ending the … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Announces Seat on Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced her appointment to the new Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Committee, which includes Senator Cortez Masto and nine other Democratic Senators, will be tasked with investigating, holding hearings, and issuing findings on the economic and national security consequences of climate change and demonstrate how acting on the climate crisis presents significant opportunities for jobs, public … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Provide Legal Status to TPS Recipients

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the SECURE Act, which would allow eligible Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for lawful permanent resident status. "Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) fled civil unrest, natural disasters and armed conflict in their native countries in order to build a better life for … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Cortez Masto to Senate Republican Leadership: Stop this Sham Vote and Join Senate Democrats to Address Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor highlighting the need to take climate change seriously and work in a bipartisan way to confront the growing climate crisis. In her remarks, the Senator urged the Senate Republican Leader to end his sham climate change vote and work across the aisle to confront climate change and protect the future of our planet. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Cortez Masto, Harris, Blumenthal, Merkley Demand DHS Reunite Deported Parents with Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding the reunification of 17 immigrant parents deported under the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policy with their children. Earlier this month, 29 previously removed parents arrived at the Calexico Port of Entry seeking asylum and to be reunited with their … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Administration Decision to Repeal Health Care for Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice's decision to support a District Court ruling that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. If successful, the lawsuit supported by the Administration would rip away health care for over 200,000 Nevadans, eliminate pre-existing conditions protections, and deny protections for millions of Americans like coverage for dependents under 26 years old and free … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $3.7 Million in HHS Grant Funds for Nevada Opioid Treatment Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for disbursing $3,768,628 in funding to the State of Nevada through its State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. These funds will help expand access to opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support programs throughout the state. "Protecting the health and well-being of Nevadans will always be our … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Cortez Masto Addresses the Nevada State Legislature: All Nevadans Deserve a Fair Shot at Success

"We're so lucky to call ourselves Nevadans. Our state is blessed with pristine landscapes, abundant natural resources, world-class tourism, and growing economic diversity. But I think we'd all agree that what makes the Silver State special is its people." "Every day, I'm working to find common ground with my Republican colleagues and put forth commonsense solutions that provide a fair shot for Nevada families." "I'm grateful to have you as partners as we work toward our goals. I know that … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Cortez Masto Tours Head Start and Workforce Development Programs at Reno’s Community Services Agency

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured Head Start and workforce development programs at Community Services Agency (CSA) to learn more about the services CSA provides to the Reno community and discuss her commitment to support federal funding for critical early education and workforce training programs. "The resources, training, and programs that Community Services Agency provides have helped empower the Reno community for more than 50 years. I'm especially … Continue Reading


March 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Tours Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet Elementary School

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara and members of the Board of School Trustees on a tour of Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet Elementary School to learn more about the deferred maintenance challenges at CCSD schools and discuss her support for federal funding for necessary school repair, renovation and construction. "Thank you to Clark County School District Superintendent Jara, … Continue Reading

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