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December 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Successful Bipartisan Effort to Reauthorize Brand USA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today touted the Senate's reauthorization of Brand USA through 2027. Thanks to Senator Cortez Masto's efforts, language authorizing a seven-year extension of the tourism promotion program was included in the federal funding package passed by the Senate and is now headed to the President. The senator has been a staunch advocate for Brand USA and introduced bipartisan legislation earlier this year to save the program, which was set … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Government Funding Package, Touts Victories for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the final passage of a legislative package to fund the federal government through September. Senator Cortez Masto fought for several provisions included in the final bills, including a repeal of the Cadillac tax, strong funding for Alzheimer's public health infrastructure and research, and the reauthorization of Brand USA. The funding bills also include language from Senator Cortez … Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins All Senate Democrats in Demanding HHS Rescind Rule Allowing Sweeping Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus in a letter demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rescind its proposed rule that would allow recipients of HHS grants and contracts to discriminate on the basis of religion. Led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar expresses concern with the agency's decision to bypass the rulemaking process and … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Cortez Masto: Today’s Court Decision Threatens to Rip Health Care Away from Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the U.S Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in the Texas v. Azar case. "Today's ruling is a reminder to all Americans of Senate Republicans' and President Trump's assault on the health care of hardworking Nevada families. The ruling prolongs the stressful uncertainty many Nevadans are facing over whether they will be able to keep their insurance and the preexisting conditions … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues to CFPB: Stand Up to DeVos and Do Your Job

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in sending a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger, demanding the Bureau fulfill its statutory oversight obligations pertaining to federal student loans. Since 2017, and under the leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Department of Education has obstructed the Bureau's ability to oversee student loan servicers' handling of loans owned by the … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Harris, Rosen Celebrate 50 Years of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in issuing a proclamation ahead of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's 50th anniversary tomorrow. "For half a century, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has been at the forefront of the mission to conserve and restore Lake Tahoe's spectacular natural environment, which has inspired so many Californians, Nevadans and Americans … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of 2020 NDAA, Successfully Ensures No FY2020 Funding for Yucca Mountain, Secures Critical Military Housing Reforms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which does not authorize any funding for the failed Yucca Mountain project for FY2020 and includes language from Senator Cortez Masto's Servicewomen's Health Transition Training Act to help increase servicewomen's awareness of VA benefits and other services to help them transition to civilian life. The … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Call for Comptroller Otting to Testify About Proposed Changes to Community Reinvestment Act, Impact on Civil Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined all Senate Banking Committee Democrats in a letter demanding that Joseph Otting, head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), testify before the Senate Banking Committee following the release last week of a proposed rule revising the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Comptroller Otting has proposed changing CRA provisions that require banks to provide loans, services, and investments in communities where … Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect the Dignity and Quality of Life of Holocaust Survivors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to cosponsor the Trauma Informed Modernization of Eldercare (TIME) for Holocaust Survivors Act. The bill would provide social service agencies with the resources to meet the urgent needs of Holocaust survivors to age in place with dignity, comfort and security. "Most of the hundreds of survivors of the Holocaust in Nevada-and the thousands across the United States-are now in their ninth or tenth … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Help Workers Who Lose Their Jobs to Automation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Gary Peters (Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) in introducing the TAA for Automation Act. Their legislation would support workers who lose their jobs due to automation through expanded access to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits, such as job training and reemployment services. Although the current TAA program provides important support to workers who lose their jobs due to … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Protect Central American Women and Children From Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to increase protections for women and children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019 authorizes funding for the Department of State to provide assistance and address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis in Central America. "Thousands of Central American families face pervasive violence in … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Affirming the Importance of the 2020 Census

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing a resolution to recognize the importance of the 2020 Census. The resolution encourages Americans to participate in the 2020 Census and apply for temporary census jobs to ensure a complete and accurate count. "Participating in the census ensures our state secures the resources, funding and representation needed to serve each and every community in … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Critical Nevada Priorities Including Bill to Protect Ruby Mountains

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's passage of critical Nevada priorities she introduced including the Ruby Mountains Protection Act to prohibit oil and gas development within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Renew America's Schools Act to create a competitive federal grant program to help our nation's K-12 schools become more energy efficient and an … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Improve Veterans’ Caregiver Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) caregiver program. Introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures (TEAM) for Veteran Caregivers Act gives caregivers and veterans an opportunity to appeal any downgrade or termination of benefits and ensures all caregivers are recognized as part of the … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions SEC Chairman About Proposed Rule to Protect Investors from Fraud

Washington, D.C. - In a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton about a proposed rule to protect investors from investment firms and broker-dealers with a history of misconduct. Last month, Senator Cortez Masto led five of her Democratic colleagues in a letter urging the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to provide strong … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Remarks Opposing VanDyke Nomination to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor in opposition to the confirmation of Lawrence VanDyke to a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over the state of Nevada. In her remarks, Senator Cortez Masto reiterated her concerns that his nomination sets a dangerous precedent for the Senate and could open the door for future administrations to nominate judges who don't have ties to the communities they … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Secure Placement for Gold Star Families in Senate Offices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in cosponsoring a resolution to create a 12-month fellowship for Gold Star Families to serve in U.S. Senate offices. "I'm proud to support a resolution that illustrates our nation's gratitude to service members and their families. I value the experience and perspective that Gold Star families can bring to Congress. I'll continue to fight for critical resources and opportunities for Gold … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Affordable Housing Grant for Winnemucca Indian Colony

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program for awarding Winnemucca Indian Colony $825,093 to fund affordable housing initiatives. "This funding will help the Winnemucca Indian Colony provide quality affordable housing for hardworking Native American families. We will continue working in the Senate to secure critical federal investments that improve Nevada's affordable housing supply and … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions FDIC Chairman About Proposed Changes to the Community Reinvestment Act

Washington, D.C. - In a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), about the imminent publication of a proposed rule to reform the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The CRA requires federal banking regulators, including the FDIC, to encourage financial institutions to meet the credit needs of the communities where they … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Following Widespread Reports of Inaccuracies in Medicare’s Plan Finder Tool, Cortez Masto and Democratic Colleagues Urge CMS to Publicize Special Enrollment Period

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and 11 other Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge them to publicize the existence of a Special Enrollment Period for beneficiaries who enrolled in health care plans after using inaccurate information from Medicare's newly redesigned Plan Finder tool. Senator Cortez Masto sent a letter to CMS … Continue Reading

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