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March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Increase Diversity in Corporate Leadership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act of 2020 to ensure transparency and encourage corporate leadership so that corporate boards reflect our nation's diversity. Despite a strong business case for diverse leadership, corporate boards have not reflected the gender, … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call on HHS & DHS to Investigate Reported “Weaponizing” of Confidential Therapy Sessions to Deport Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General to review the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) reported disclosure of confidential information from children's therapy sessions to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for use in efforts to deport … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Votes in Favor of Coronavirus Response Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after voting in favor of an $8.3 billion funding package to combat coronavirus. "America must act quickly to address the spread of coronavirus and protect those most vulnerable to the disease. I'm pleased that Congress was able to pass this emergency response package with bipartisan support and far above the funding levels requested by the Trump Administration. This package ensures all Americans' … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Announcement of First Presumptive COVID-19 Case in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Southern Nevada Health District announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in the State of Nevada. "I'm continuing to work with Governor Sisolak and the entire Nevada congressional delegation to ensure the state has every possible resource and support necessary to test suspected cases of coronavirus and manage public health needs. I will be supporting the $8 billion supplemental … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Importance of Collaboration to Protect Lake Tahoe from Climate Change, Invasive Species

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power Hearing U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke with panelist Julie Regan, Chief of External Affairs & Deputy Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, about the importance of a comprehensive, collaborative and science-based approach to protect Lake Tahoe and other water resources in Nevada from the threat of climate change and invasive species. In her introduction, Senator … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto: Today’s Supreme Court Hearing Marks a Critical Moment for Reproductive Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo: "In Nevada, with the only majority-women legislature in the nation, we're working hard to remove burdens on women's reproductive rights. But that's not true everywhere in America. The Supreme Court today is considering whether Louisiana can require doctors in the state who terminate pregnancies to have specific agreements … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Judge Togliatti at Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing

A video of Senator Cortez Masto's remarks can be found here. A video of Senator Rosen's remarks can be found here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced Judge Jennifer Togliatti during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider her nomination to be District Judge for the District of Nevada. The senators previously praised Togliatti's nomination, calling her "fair-minded and objective." "Not only does she … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Passage of Legislation to Increase Drug Pricing Transparency, Reduce Costs

Washington, D.C. - In light of numerous recent studies reporting that almost half of all Americans have skipped a medically necessary medication due to the cost of the prescription, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today called for the passage of her bipartisan drug pricing transparency legislation, the Payment Commission Data Act. This bill would help to facilitate Congress' work to lower drug costs by requiring prescription drug … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto, 38 Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in demanding that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar take immediate action to address the many ways the Trump Administration's health care sabotage has undermined America's preparedness for and ability to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the senators asked Secretary Azar to commit to making any potential coronavirus vaccine … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Secures Administration Promise Not to Pursue Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing about the administration's FY 2021 budget, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette about President Trump's promise not to move forward with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. She also pressed him to reaffirm the Department of Energy's (DOE) commitment to honor an agreement she secured with the Department to remove a half metric ton of weapons-grade … Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Honors Women’s History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of women's accomplishments during Women's History Month, which began on Sunday, March 1st: "In 2019, Nevada's women made history, forming the first majority female legislature in the nation. I'm so proud of the Silver State for our openness to women's leadership and accomplishments. And we saw progress by women all over the country, with more women on corporate boards than ever. … Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Cortez Masto: President Trump’s Proposal to Cut Medicaid Threatens Nevada Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning President Trump's budget proposal for the detrimental cuts it makes to Medicaid programs that provide quality health care to more than 600,000 Nevadans and millions of Americans. Recently, Senator Cortez Masto and all the Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee also sent a letter calling on the Trump administration to end its harmful attacks on the Medicaid program. "A few … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Protect Vulnerable Children from Being Trafficked

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Lisa Murkoski (R-Alaska), Tina Smith (D.-Minn.), and thirteen other colleagues in cosponsoring the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention Training Act of 2020, which would prevent the human trafficking and exploitation of children by providing grants for training students, parents, teachers, and school personnel to recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human trafficking. "Too many children in Nevada … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce over $14 Million in HUD Grants for Affordable Housing in Native American Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing $14,882,662 in grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to Native American communities across Nevada for the development and operation of affordable housing. "When families have safe, affordable housing, our communities thrive," said the Senators. "These grants will provide Native American communities across Nevada with vital … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Reverse & Restore Military Funding Diverted for President Trump’s Ineffective Border Wall

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and 30 other Senators to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent short-sighted and dangerous transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's ineffective border wall. The bill also reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot try to divert additional funding for the … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bills to Honor U.S. Merchant Mariners and Army Rangers For Their Contributions During WWII

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined an overwhelming bipartisan majority of her Senate colleagues in supporting bills to award Congressional Gold Medals - the highest civilian award in the United States - to veterans of the U.S. Merchant Marine and the U.S. Army Rangers who served during World War II. "Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Merchant Mariners and also to the U.S. Army Rangers who served during WWII is long past due. From the unsung … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $450,000 to Help Public Housing Residents Attain Economic Self Reliance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced $449,849 in grants awarded to Nevada by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help public housing residents set and complete training and employment goals. "Nevadans who rely on housing assistance to keep a roof over their heads often face other hurdles to reach economic stability. These grants allow Nevada to take a holistic approach to affordable housing by … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Demanding Support for Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 40 Democratic Senators in condemning the Trump Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. In their letter, the senators specifically called on the Administration to stop denying scientific evidence, and end the years-long … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Remarks Opposing GOP Anti-Choice Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate floor against proposed legislation by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) that attack women's constitutional reproductive rights. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. You may download video of the speech HERE. I rise today to oppose my colleagues' legislation to limit women's health care choices. These bills are part of a wave of efforts to turn back the clock on … Continue Reading


February 25, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $20 Million in EPA Funding for Clean Water

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for awarding $20.6 million in State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to Nevada to support infrastructure projects that protect surface water and provide safe drinking water. "We're glad to see these funds made available for improvements to water systems all over the Silver State. Everyone in Nevada deserves clean drinking water and reliable water infrastructure, … Continue Reading

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