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September 16, 2020

At a Senate Legislative Hearing, Cortez Masto Advocates for Passage of Douglas County Lands Bill

Washington, D.C. - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining legislative hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) testified to the importance of her Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act. During the hearing the Senator detailed the legislation's goals of promoting conservation, improving public lands management and expanding economic development opportunities in Douglas County. During her testimony, … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Calling for an Investigation into Disturbing Medical Procedures at ICE Facilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.-13), Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.-16), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.-36), Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a letter to Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari calling for an immediate investigation into recent allegations that medical professionals at an ICE facility in Georgia conducted serious medical … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1 Million in Grants for Health Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,113,639 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno for cutting-edge medical research. "I'm glad to see Nevada's premier research institutions get support for medical research that promises to improve treatment for patients in the Silver State and across the country. I'll keep working in the Senate for resources to … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Normalization of Relations Between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the signing of accords normalizing full diplomatic relations between Israel and both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. "I'm pleased to see Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain moving forward with normalizing relations. As a strong supporter of Israel, I believe in a robust U.S.-Israel relationship and applaud steps to promote the security of one of our closest allies. I'm … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Cortez Masto: Withdrawal of MFAR Rule is a Win for Medicaid and Vulnerable Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' decision to withdraw the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR), which would have significantly disrupted state Medicaid programs by limiting the types of financing mechanisms available for states to pay their non-federal share of Medicaid costs. In March, the Senator led a letter urging the Centers for Medicare & … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Recap - Take a Look Back at My Virtual Nevada Tour


September 15, 2020

Recap - Missed the Tahoe Summit? Don’t Worry, You Can Watch it Online!


September 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on Tuesday, September 15th and ends on Thursday, October 15th. "Today, I honor Hispanic Heritage Month and the rich heritage of Nevada's Latino community. More than one in four Nevadans is Latino, and many of them grew up as I did, with memories of my grandfather playing traditional songs on his guitar and my grandmother making tamales for the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on 9th Circuit Ruling Allowing Administration to End TPS for Over 300,000 Immigrants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowing the Trump Administration to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. "There are over 300,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan who have been living and working under TPS protections in the United States for over two decades, … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on FCC Chairman to Expeditiously Address the Digital Divide in Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) and fellow Democratic Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expedite broadband connectivity to Native communities to improve access to critical services during the pandemic including telemedicine, online education, and teleworking opportunities. "The federal trust responsibility imposes on the United States the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors International Human Rights Defense Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the International Human Rights Defense Act, led by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.), to reaffirm the United States' role as a world leader in the promotion of LGBTQ equality. The legislation is a bicameral effort to direct the Department of State to continue its efforts in defending the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world. "LGBTQ individuals still lack basic human rights in many countries around the world. The … Continue Reading


September 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Mayor Robert Crowell

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Carson City Mayor Robert "Bob" Crowell. "Bob Crowell served our country in Vietnam and brought his sense of duty to Nevada by dedicating his career to serving our community. With a mix of dedication, compassion, good humor and vision he led Carson City through the Great Recession and left his mark on our state with his uncanny ability to build trust and work with … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Honor Nevadan Tyrone Woods, Victims of the Benghazi Terrorist Attack

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joins a bipartisan group of 46 of her Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith. Tyrone Woods was a resident of Henderson who, along with his three colleagues, was tragically killed during the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Food Bank of Northern Nevada to Combat Hunger

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today virtually attended the board meeting of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada to support its September Hunger Action Month. "I was honored to talk with the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, which is doing such important work in fighting hunger and food insecurity across the Silver State and California. During this difficult time, many Nevada families are in dire need of the supports … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding to Support Mental Health Programs for Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $124,992 in grant funding from Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) for the North Las Vegas Peer Support Project. This grant award is part of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program, which helps improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins New Legislation Supporting Outreach and Enrollment Assistance to Help Americans Find Health Insurance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in introducing new legislation to help the more than six million American workers who have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more Americans become uninsured due to job losses this year than ever before in our nation's history, the COVid Enrollment Response (COVER) Act will invest in outreach and enrollment assistance to help more Americans find quality, affordable health … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Anniversary of September 11

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement commemorating the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001. "Nearly a generation has passed since the horrifying attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, and yet the memory is still fresh for so many Americans whom history touched on that day. With the rest of the country, I mourn the lives lost in that attack and in the ensuing years, and I send my … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto: McConnell Bill Fails to Offer Key Support to Nevadans at a Time It’s Needed Most

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after joining her colleagues in voting against Senator McConnell's inadequate relief package. "Senator McConnell held up action on vital coronavirus relief legislation all summer. Rather than negotiate a bipartisan bill to help all Nevadans, he offered a slimmed-down package that does nothing to provide relief for renters and homeowners facing eviction, nor support state, local and tribal … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds USDOT Grant of $23 Million for Pyramid Highway Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) BUILD grant award of $23 million to fund construction on the Pyramid Highway Project in Washoe County, Nevada. This project, directed by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC), is intended to connect Pyramid Highway to U.S. Route 395, as well as include other improvements to reduce traffic, and improve safety. "I'm … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.8 Million for Mental Health Education in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,800,000 to the Nevada Department of Education to fund programs to increase mental health education. Working alongside state and community partners, the Department of Education will use the funds to increase mental health awareness, screening, and connections to community-based mental health services. "I'm glad … Continue Reading

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