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November 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bill to Strengthen TSA Agents’ Rights in the Workplace

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in introducing the Strengthening American Transportation Security Act of 2019, which would grant Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) the same workplace rights as all federal employees, including their colleagues in the Department of Homeland Security. "Thousands of TSA Agents work hard every day to keep Americans safe as they travel to destinations like Las Vegas. They are crucial … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Douglas County Lands Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act to promote conservation, improve public lands management and expand economic development opportunities in Douglas County. The bill was developed in collaboration with local officials and includes U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) as an original co-sponsor. "I'm proud to introduce the Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act to prioritize local … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Effort to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for seven years. Entities like the 2020 RNC and DNC Conventions, NASCAR, the NFL, and the NHL all require Terrorism Risk Insurance for their facilities. "Nevada is home to the Entertainment Capital of the World, and this standing comes with security challenges and costs for our … Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Presses Energy Secretary Nominee on Yucca Mountain, Reinforces Department of Energy Commitment to Plutonium Deal

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nomination of Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of Energy, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned the nominee on whether he will listen to the voices of Nevadans and respect the state's overwhelming opposition to Yucca Mountain. She also pressed him to reaffirm the Department of Energy's (DOE) commitment to the deal she secured with the Department to remove a half metric ton of … Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the entire Senate Democratic Caucus to introduce legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which plays a critical role in addressing gender-based violence and providing services and protections for survivors. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill reauthorizing and strengthening VAWA in April, but Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote on it. In response to … Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls on Trump to Meet with Dreamers

Washington, D.C. - After the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Democratic Members of Congress and Dreamers in a press conference calling on the Administration to reverse the termination of the program. She also pressed Senate Republicans to allow a vote on the House-passed Dream and Promise Act, which would offer a path to … Continue Reading


November 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Honors Veterans Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today honored Nevada's and America's veterans at Veterans Day ceremonies in Las Vegas. She first spoke at Heritage Springs Assisted Living Memory Care's Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony. In her remarks, Senator Cortez Masto talked about how America can honor our senior veterans by supporting their health and welfare. Later, she attended a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. "On this and every … Continue Reading


November 09, 2019

Cortez Masto Speaks at Las Vegas Honor Ride

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today at the 2019 Las Vegas Honor Ride, a non-competitive bike ride to support physical and mental rehabilitation for injured veterans and first responders. In her remarks, Senator Cortez Masto touched on the importance of improving the health and wellness of veterans and first responders. "As Nevada's United States Senator, it's important to me to honor our brave men and women in the military and our first responders. We … Continue Reading


November 09, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Military Spouses

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with military spouses in Las Vegas yesterday. During the roundtable, Senator Cortez Masto heard from military families about the challenges they face and shared her legislative efforts to support them on issues ranging from health care and housing to taxes and working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. "As a proud daughter and granddaughter of veterans, it's been instilled in me from a young age that we … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Tours UNLV Veterans Services Center, Unveils New Veterans Resource Guide

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Military and Veterans Services Center and discussed her legislative efforts to support Nevada's veteran communities. In addition, today she unveiled the digital version of her Veterans Resource Guide which includes information to help veterans access local, state and federal resources. Nevadans wishing to pick up a copy of the Senator's guide may reach out to her Nevada state … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Encourages Nevadans to Get Covered

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Nevada Health Link certified health insurance broker, Alberto Ochoa, for a conversation about Nevada Health Link, the state's health insurance exchange and Nevada's open enrollment period. Open enrollment for Nevadans to sign up and choose their health care coverage for the upcoming year began on November 1st and ends on December 15th. During the meeting, Senator Cortez Masto and Mr. Ochoa discussed the importance of … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $490,000 in Housing Assistance for Disabled Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded $490,746 in funding awarded to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding for housing choice vouchers will help improve access to affordable housing for people with disabilities. "Individuals with disabilities face significant barriers to access affordable housing, especially those who rely on federal disability … Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Pershing County Lands Bill

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act. This legislation was designed in collaboration with local officials to incentivize economic growth for Pershing County's rural communities, while also prioritizing the protection of wilderness and the efficient management of federal public lands. U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) is also an original co-sponsor. "This bill reflects years of work by Pershing … Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors HEROES Act to Help Employ Veterans in America’s Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored Senator Tim Scott's (R-S.C.) Heroes Entering Roles of Education Service (HEROES) Act, which would address the shortage of teachers in America's public schools by employing veterans as educators. "Veterans have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our young people, and Nevada's students stand to benefit from increasing the number of veterans in classrooms. I'm proud to support legislation that not only … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Affordable Housing, Create Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to increase investment in affordable housing and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act would expand and strengthen the Affordable Housing Tax Credit to build more units of affordable housing and better serve a number of at-risk and underserved communities. "Nevada faces one of the worst affordable … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Protect Undocumented Military Families from Separation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to protect service members and their families from deportation. Introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the Military Family Parole in Place Act of 2019 would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to require the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to grant parole to parents, children, spouses or widows of service members and veterans who were not dishonorably discharged. "The brave … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Touts Importance of Cortez Masto’s Renew America’s Schools Act

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee legislative hearing today, the Honorable Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), discussed U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) Renew America's Schools Act and its potential to help schools meet their energy efficiency guidelines. The legislation introduced by Senator Cortez Masto would help America's schools make critical infrastructure upgrades that improve … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Grant Funding for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing $125,000 in federal grant funding to PACT Coalition for Sage and Drug Free Communities in Las Vegas to support programs aimed at preventing youth substance abuse. "Educating our youth about the dangers of substance abuse is an important step towards ensuring the health and safety of Nevada's communities. We're especially thankful for federal funding … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Recognize Native American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a resolution with Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to recognize the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture and history of Native Americans and recognizes the contributions Native Americans have made to our nation. "Nevada's tribal communities enrich our state with beautiful histories and traditions that date back thousands of years. … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Recognize Filipino American History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to recognize the month of October as Filipino American History month. The resolution acknowledges the key role Filipino Americans have played in shaping the history and culture of our country. "As the fastest growing Asian American Pacific Islander demographic in Nevada, the Filipino American community is a vital and vibrant part of Silver State's … Continue Reading

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