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June 05, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Remove Financial Barriers to Reproductive Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to ensure equal access to safe and legal abortions by eliminating bans on federal funding. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act protects every woman's constitutionally-guaranteed right to comprehensive reproductive health care and helps ensure access to care to each woman, regardless of income, race or where in the country they may live. "Reproductive justice … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement marking Immigrant Heritage Month: "It brings me great pride to represent a state as diverse as Nevada, where different languages, customs and traditions enrich our communities. Immigrant Heritage Month marks a time to celebrate the ideals of opportunity and equality enshrined in America's founding documents - ideals that have made our country a beacon of hope for people all over the world, … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill To Protect LGBTQ Americans From Housing Discrimination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to ensure equal housing opportunities for all Americans. The FHA prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status or disability but not sexual orientation or gender … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call on USCIS to Address Green Card, Citizenship Processing Delays

Washington, D.C. - Last month, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter urging U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to address the processing delays experienced in Nevada field offices and take action to reduce the state's immigration backlog. In the Silver State, one in five residents is an immigrant and these delays affect the social and economic welfare of all Nevadans. "Current wait times have reached an unacceptable length", the … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement to commemorate LGBTQ Pride Month: "Fifty years ago, brave LGBTQ activists and allies started a movement by marching through the streets of New York City to demand an end to discrimination. Nevada, and the country, have made remarkable strides since the Stonewall riots of 1969, but homophobia and transphobia still exist in far too many workplaces, schools and communities throughout our country. … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono and a group of 21 Senators to introduce a resolution recognizing the importance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. "I'm proud to recognize the vital role that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played across the nation and particularly in Nevada. The Silver State is home to one of the most vibrant and … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Landmark Legislation to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, comprehensive legislation to strengthen protections for workers' right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. As wage inequality continues to leave workers and middle-class families behind, this legislation would empower millions of Americans to stand together and ensure hardworking people are getting their fair … Continue Reading


May 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Roundtable in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with leaders in Las Vegas' Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community today. During her roundtable, she discussed a range of issues impacting the AAPI community in Las Vegas from immigration and affordable housing, to health care, education and the community's growing contributions to the City of Las Vegas and the State of Nevada. "Nevadans know that our state is stronger because of its diversity. At the … Continue Reading


May 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Discusses Affordable Housing on Tour of Flamingo Pines

Las Vegas, Nev. - As part of the National Low Income Housing Coalition's National Housing Week of Action, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with advocates from Nevada HAND and toured the newly-constructed Flamingo Pines Senior Apartments. The senator discussed the importance of federal investments in addressing Nevada's affordable housing crisis. "Affordable housing is essential to the economic well-being of Nevada's seniors. Yet the Silver State faces a shortage of over … Continue Reading


May 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Veterans Roundtable

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable discussion with local veterans. The discussion focused on the challenges Nevada's veterans face when accessing health care and other services after discharge. As part of the roundtable, Senator Cortez Masto spoke about her recent legislative efforts to improve access to mental health services and alternative treatment options for veterans recovering from trauma or injuries. "Nevada's veterans have served their … Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Cortez Masto Tours Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and met with doctors, specialists and advocates who are on the front lines of brain health research. In addition to meeting with faculty and staff, Senator Cortez Masto discussed her legislative efforts, including the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act which was signed into law in 2018, to improve treatment options and support services for patients with … Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Cortez Masto Sends Letter on National Security Impact of TSA Agents Reassigned to Southern Border

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter supported by nine senators to the United States Department of Homeland Security to raise concerns over the Trump administration's decision to reassign Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to work at the southern border with Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The move poses risks to our national security, especially given chronic TSA understaffing during the busy summer travel season. "Every day, TSA … Continue Reading


May 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Meets With Wild Horse Advocates, Tours Management Ranges

Minden, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with Northern Nevada Wild Horse advocates to learn about the Fish Springs Wild Horse Porcine Zona Pellucida (PZP) Darting Program. The program facilitates humane population control of wild horses in Nevada by administering mares with doses of reversible, effective fertility control. PZP has successfully been used to control populations of dozens of wildlife species worldwide. The senator met with local volunteers and … Continue Reading


May 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Observes Memorial Day

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended three events honoring our veterans and celebrating Memorial Day. In Reno, she participated in the Post 1 Memorial Day Celebration hosted by the American Legion. In Fernley, she attended the Nevada Veterans Coalition Memorial Day Ceremony. In Carson City, she addressed the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps to commemorate the day. "On Memorial Day, we recall those who have paid the ultimate price to secure our freedom. We can … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Passage of Disaster Aid Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed, on a vote of 85-8, a $19.1 billion disaster aid package for Americans impacted by natural disasters in Puerto Rico, and throughout the country. "As a United States Senator one of my first duties is to act on legislation that provides aid and recovery funding to communities devastated by natural disasters. From one of the worst wildfire seasons in the west, to one of the … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates $45,000,000 Awarded to Las Vegas Community Investment Corporation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed $45,000,000 awarded to the Las Vegas Community Investment Corporation to drive investment and economic growth in low-income urban and rural communities throughout Southern Nevada. The tax credits incentivize investors to channel investments and loans in economically distressed areas across the nation that could appear too risky. "Local businesses are the backbone of our rural and urban communities across Nevada, but … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cortez Masto: We Must Reverse Trump’s Cruel Executive Order Targeting Immigrants with Deep Ties in U.S.

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to support the End Mass Deportation Act. This bill - the first piece of legislation introduced by Cortez Masto during the last Congress - would rescind President Trump's January 2017 Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which prioritized the deportation of a majority of undocumented immigrants living in and contributing to U.S. communities. Below are her remarks as … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bicameral Federal Legislation to Guarantee Equal Access to Abortion, Everywhere

Washington, D.C. - Following the recent passage of restrictive anti-choice state laws in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-Calif.-27), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11), and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.-21) to introduce the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA). This bicameral federal legislation guarantees equal access to abortion, everywhere. This legislation … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Announcement of $106.8 Million to Fund Recreation and Conservation Projects Across Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of the Interior for committing more than $106.8 million in funding to improve Nevada's public lands through recreational park expansions, wildlife habitat conservation and wildfire prevention efforts. The funding for these projects is made possible through the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), which ensures that revenues from public lands sales in Clark County are returned to … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Crapo Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Mental Health Services for Combat Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced legislation to address the epidemic of veteran suicide by expanding access to mental health services for veterans. The SERVICE Act removes time limits on combat veterans' eligibility for VA mental health services for conditions related to their service. "Veterans carry the effects of their deployments long after they return home. We now know that PTSD and other mental health conditions can … Continue Reading

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