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October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Address Root Causes of Endemic Violence in Central America, Protect Refugees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Central American Reform and Enforcement Act, legislation that would provide a coordinated regional response to manage the horrific violence and humanitarian crisis in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The bill would require cooperation between the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of State, to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto, Heller Support Nevada Application to Participate in DOT-FAA Unmanned Traffic Management Pilot Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell in support of Nevada's application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP). The State of Nevada UPP application brings together 17 Nevada-based and global companies to launch the first Smart City Unmanned Aircraft … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Native American Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, landmark legislation to provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans have equal access to the electoral process. "Barriers to voting are far too common in Native communities," said Cortez Masto. "We have a responsibility to ensure that every person with the right to vote can cast a ballot. I'm proud to support this bill to protect Native … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Two Bipartisan Opioids Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan opioid legislation that include two of her bipartisan bills addressing the opioids crisis. "The legislation signed into law today will enable local communities and law enforcement to take important steps to combat the opioid epidemic in Nevada, and curtail fraud in our healthcare system. I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Senate's passage of a bipartisan resolution, led by Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), recognizing September 15th through October 15th as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States. "Hispanics are an inextricable part of the American fabric. In my home state of Nevada, Hispanic traditions and the Spanish language have shaped our identity and culture for hundreds of years," said Senator … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Animals on Airplanes Included in Final Passage of FAA Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the passage of her bipartisan bill with Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), the Welfare of Our Furry Friends (WOOFF) Act, in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. This provision will make it unlawful for any person to place a live animal in an overhead storage compartment of an aircraft. "The prohibition included in this legislation to ensure that live animals are not placed in aircraft overheard … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Touts Innovation State Initiative Provisions Included in FAA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. Cortez Masto introduced several bipartisan provisions and cosponsored amendments to advance her Innovation State Initiative, which were included in the final version of the bill. "The final FAA package is a victory for Nevada and will strengthen the state's leadership in innovation and technology. I … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $790,000 CDC Grant for Southern Nevada Health District to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for awarding the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) $791,860, as one of its 31 funding recipients for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The program works to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations by implementing community-based approaches, including increasing access to healthy foods, promoting health … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds DOJ Grants to Help Nevada Law Enforcement Reduce Gun Violence and Improve Juvenile Justice Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Justice (DOJ) for awarding Nevada law enforcement agencies with two grants supporting programs aimed at crime prevention and juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention efforts. The Reno Police Department was awarded $668,968 in grant funding to implement strategies to reduce gun violence. In addition, $411,267 was awarded to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez Criticize Bank of America’s Policy of Questioning Customers’ Citizenship Status

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined fellow member of the Senate Banking Committee Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today in requesting information from Bank of America on their newly implemented policy of asking their customers' citizenship status. According to recent consumer reports, if customers fail to respond or if Bank of America determines the customer has not adequately responded to their inquiry, the customer's account is then frozen, leaving them … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Address Backlog of Violent Crime Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passage of the Justice Served Act of 2018, legislation that she cosponsored to increase the capacity of prosecutors to address the backlog of violent crime cases involving suspects identified through DNA evidence. "This bill will help victims and families dealing with unsolved crimes finally get the justice and closure they deserve, and exonerate those wrongfully convicted of crimes they … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Permanently Extend and Increase Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to permanently extend and increase mandatory funding levels for minority-serving institutions. The Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions Act will increase mandatory funding levels from $255 million to $300 million for minority-serving institutions of higher education. Part of this funding expired in Fiscal Year 2014 and the rest is set to expire in Fiscal Year 2019, leaving already financially … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto: We Will Never Forget the Victims, Families, and Survivors Affected by 1October

FTPs for T.V. stations available HERE In the weeks following the 1October massacre, Las Vegans demonstrated that we are a tight-knit family that rallies together in times of need. Through remembrance, the people we love are never truly gone, as long as we are around to say their names or share a memory of them. Today-in remembrance of that awful night one year ago-let's give thanks for the bravery and dedication of our first responders. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement Commemorating LGBTQ History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of the first day of LGBTQ History Month, October 1st: "This month, we recognize the vibrant history of activism and solidarity of LGBTQ Americans to achieve social and political equality in the United States. Throughout history, queer Americans have been subjected to violence, intimidation, and humiliation. Many of them have risked and sacrificed their lives to secure the basic … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds National Park Service Grants for Five Nevada State and Local Park Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the National Park Service for awarding over $900,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to fund improvement projects at five state and local park projects across Nevada. "Nevada's public parks and recreation areas help keep Nevadans healthy and encourage people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors. I am grateful to the National Park Service for funding these improvements and expansions, so that … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Volume 1, Issue 3 - We Remember: One Year Since 1October


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Leads Colleagues in Pressing FTC to Protect Consumers from Predatory Pet Leasing Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Joseph Simons, urging the FTC to consider the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Legal Defense Fund's recent request to investigate whether the deceptive and unfair practice of "pet leasing" violates federal consumer protection laws. "A number of recent reports suggest that consumers at pet stores looking to obtain a pet … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act to permanently authorize the New Markets Tax Credit and promote investments in Nevada communities. "This legislation will provide an economic lifeline to underserved communities that have historically experienced a lack of investment, stifling the potential for small business owners to succeed. The New Markets Tax Credit has brought economic prosperity to thousands since its … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on One Year Since 1October

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of the observance of one year since 58 innocent people were killed and hundreds more were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting on October 1st, 2017. Senator Cortez Masto will deliver a floor speech in the United States Senate to mark the one year remembrance later today: "We're still recovering from the events that took place on 1October. We're still grieving for … Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Nevada Public Lands Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement marking Nevada Public Lands Day, which falls on Saturday, September 29th. Nevada Public Lands Day is a "fee-free" day for admission to all Nevada State Parks. "Growing up in Nevada, I spent my childhood camping, hiking, fishing, and exploring the pristine, natural beauty of our state. All of Nevada's sons and daughters should have the same opportunity. As we celebrate Nevada Public Lands Day, I … Continue Reading

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