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October 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Retirement of UNR President Marc Johnson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement about the retirement of University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson, who announced today that he will leave the position of President of UNR in June of 2020 for a full-time role as a professor of economics. "Paul and I congratulate President Johnson on his upcoming retirement after more than eight years at the helm of UNR, and I commend him for his years of service to my alma mater and the … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Remarks Opposing Appeals Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor on the nomination of Lawrence VanDyke to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Senator Cortez Masto discussed her concerns about Mr. VanDyke's lack of ties to Nevada, record of ideological legal work, and abysmal rating from the American Bar Association. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) also gave remarks opposing Mr. VanDyke's nomination. Below are her remarks as prepared for … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cortez Masto, Lankford Applaud Senate Passage of Amendment to Study Food Access on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statements on the passage of their amendment to study food insecurity among Native Americans as part of the Minibus II appropriations package. The amendment would require the federal government to report on access to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) for program enrollees who are elderly, disabled, … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cortez Masto, Lankford Applaud Senate Passage of Amendment to Study Food Access on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statements on the passage of their amendment to study food insecurity among Native Americans as part of the Minibus II appropriations package. The amendment would require the federal government to report on access to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) for program enrollees who are elderly, disabled, … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Nevada Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the 155th anniversary of the state of Nevada's admission to the Union. This year, the Nevada Day celebration also marks 100 years since Nevada's 17th and final county, Pershing County, was incorporated. "Home means Nevada. In my travels around the state, I've been lucky enough to experience that feeling of home in each county across the Silver State. Nevada has so much to offer, … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Republicans' Vote Against Protecting Preexisting Conditions for Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats attempted to pass a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution overturning the Trump administration's damaging and dangerous rule expanding so-called "junk plans." A yes vote on the resolution would have ensured that critical preexisting conditions protections would be preserved. "For years, Senate Republicans have said they have a plan to address American's health care and … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Welcomes CEO of Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce at Hearing, Teases Bill to Improve Water Conservation at DOE

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power, Ranking Member Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a conversation about opportunities for technology to advance water conservation and management. She invited Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Beth Sewald to discuss how Southern Nevada has modernized its water infrastructure to support the region's growing population and economy. "Looking to the future, climate change is expected to further stress our … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto, Hawley, Coons, Blunt Introduce New Bill to Help Reduce Police Officer Suicides

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today introduced a bill to track law enforcement suicides. The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act requires the FBI to collect voluntary, anonymous data on police suicides and attempted suicides from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Collecting this data will help inform policy solutions so that law enforcement suicides can be … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Effort to Improve Native American Lending Services at HUD, Help More Native Families Become Homeowners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing the Native American Housing Affordability Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation reforms the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program, which provides mortgage loans to Native Americans and Alaska Natives, by speeding up the loan processing time. "Buying a home is an important step toward building wealth and … Continue Reading


October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Amendment to Study Food Access on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced an amendment to study food insecurity among Native Americans. The amendment would require the federal government to report on access to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) for program enrollees who are elderly, disabled, homebound or otherwise challenged in physically accessing food assistance. Below are Senator Cortez Masto's remarks as prepared for delivery. You may download video of … Continue Reading


October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Increase At-Home Services for Americans with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Disability Integration Act, legislation introduced by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) to help ensure Americans with disabilities are given the option to live independently and access care in their communities rather than being forced into institutional care. "Remaining at home with the proper supports can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals with … Continue Reading


October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and thirty one other Senate Democrats in demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that your comments undercut protections provided to transgender people under HUD's rules, undermine … Continue Reading


October 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation Honoring Purple Heart Veterans and Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week cosponsored legislation led by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to honor Americans who have been wounded or killed while serving in the nation's armed forces. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in honor of Purple Heart recipients during 2021. "We owe our nation's servicemembers and their families a debt of gratitude. Minting coins in honor of those … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Celebrate the Silver State with Nevada Day Trivia Video

Reno, Nev. - In honor of Nevada Day, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) shared a video celebrating some of Nevada's most unique and interesting trivia facts. "Home means Nevada for both of us, and we're thrilled by any opportunity to get together to celebrate our great state," said the Senators. "This Nevada Day, we hope Nevadans everywhere honor our rich history, and hopefully learn something new about the great state that we share. Our advice to celebrate … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Demanding CFPB Continue Collecting Mortgage Data to Protect Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and six senators to demand that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continue to collect all Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data points added in the CFPB's 2015 final rule. In the years leading up to and during the financial crisis, regulators and Congress found that existing HMDA data was insufficient to detect discriminatory and risky lending activity. Congress required the … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Reduce Homelessness on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan bill, led by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to make it easier for tribes and tribally-designated housing entities to access funding to combat homelessness on tribal lands. "Homelessness is a significant challenge on tribal lands in Nevada and across the country, with families often moving in with friends, relatives or neighbors to get by. I'm proud to cosponsor this … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $5 Million in Grants for Housing, Community Development in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $5,782,701 for Northern and Southern Nevada from the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will go to develop communities, build affordable housing, reduce homelessness and help Nevadans regain stability after experiencing homelessness, and expand economic opportunities. "We welcome these funds to help communities … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors New Bill to Invest in American Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.-17), to introduce new bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Roberts Introduce Legislation to Help Support Rural Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced the Rural ACO Improvement Act to support rural health care providers that are delivering high quality care as part of accountable care organizations (ACO). Today, rural providers are discouraged from participating in these payment models because their efficiency may be counted against them. This bill would fix that glitch in the payment system, putting rural providers on a level playing field … Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Van Hollen, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Victims of Corporate Fraud and Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act. This legislation will protect American consumers' right to sue fraudulent or abusive corporations by eliminating a glitch in the tax code that requires plaintiffs who win these type of cases to pay income tax on money awarded to pay attorneys' fees. "Victims of fraud or abuse shouldn't be punished for holding … Continue Reading

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