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January 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Senator McConnell’s Obstruction of Health Care Bills in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke out about how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has blocked progress on House-passed legislation to improve health care coverage and decrease health care costs. "Mitch McConnell refuses to let the Senate vote on dozens of pieces of legislation that have passed the House of Representatives, including major health care legislation that could lower costs and improve coverage for millions of people in Nevada … Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Unveils 2019 Annual Report, Touts Year’s Accomplishments for Nevada Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released her 2019 Annual Report, which highlights some of the senator's work on behalf of Nevadans over the past year. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto helped secure over $300 million in grant funding, introduced 61 bills and amendments on issues that affect Nevada families, and helped hundreds of Nevadans with cases pending with federal agencies. In addition, the senator has helped draft and pass numerous policy priorities … Continue Reading


December 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Bill to Expand Broadband Investment in Rural Communities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the passage of bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development as part of the final FY 2020 funding bill. Introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act expands tax-exempt cooperative organizations' access to government grants and assistance, including rural broadband grants and FEMA … Continue Reading


December 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Give Tribes More Resources to Respond to Opioid Epidemic and Mental Health Issues

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing a bill to help tribal communities in Nevada and across the country access the resources they need to support people who are struggling with mental health or substance use issues. "Substance use disorder has touched every corner of this nation, but few communities have been hit as hard as Native Americans and Native Alaskans. This legislation will empower tribes to provide quality, … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Nevada Governor, Congressional Delegation Advocate for 152nd Airlift Wing to Transition to C-130J Aircraft

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and U.S. Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) joined Governor Steve Sisolak in an appeal to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett to consider transitioning the Nevada Air National Guard's (NVANG) 152nd Airlift Wing (152d AW) to the C-130J aircraft during fiscal year 2020. In a letter to Barrett, the governor and … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Harriet Trudell

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev) released the following statement on the passing of women's rights icon Harriet Trudell. "I'm deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Harriet Trudell. As a steadfast advocate for social change, she forged the path on women's rights, civil rights and the fight against Yucca Mountain. Her fighting spirit changed hearts and her determination changed minds, making her a key ally for Nevada Democrats and a force to be reckoned with … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand Answers from DHS and ICE on Termination of Immigration Detention Hotline

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide justification for the termination of the National Immigration Detention Hotline, created by Freedom for Immigrants (FFI), and the subsequent retaliation perpetrated … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Nevada Delegation, Led by Cortez Masto, Announces Introduction of Compromise Legislation to Protect DNWR & Modernize NTTR on Existing Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), along with Representatives Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), today announced compromise legislation, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and Nevada Test and Training Range Withdrawal and Management Act, that preserves the jurisdiction of the Refuge and boundaries of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) while also providing … Continue Reading


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

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