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July 20, 2023

Following Push from Cortez Masto, Interior Will Limit Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing on Lands with Low Potential for Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced they will prioritize oil and gas leasing for lands with higher potential for development, which Senator Cortez Masto has advocated for in her End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act. She personally pushed the BLM to include this language in their recently publicized list of oil and gas leasing reforms in … Continue Reading

July 20, 2023

Cortez Masto Leads Legislation To Help Women In Anti-Abortion States Access Reproductive Care

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in re-introducing the Reproductive Health Patient Navigator Act to help women – including those in anti-abortion states – access reproductive health care. Modeled after similar programs that help to connect cancer patients to clinical trials, the new federal grant program established by this bill would support organizations – including abortion funds and community health clinics … Continue Reading

July 19, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Cyber Resources for Rural and Agricultural Communities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced new legislation to protect rural and agricultural communities from cyberattacks targeting their businesses, facilities, and the U.S. food supply chains. The Food and Agriculture Industry Cybersecurity Support Act would help farmers and ranchers prevent and respond to threats, including ransomware attacks, and the Cybersecurity for Rural Water Systems Act would address vulnerabilities in … Continue Reading

July 18, 2023

Cortez Masto, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Human Trafficking Survivors Access Lifesaving Care via Air Travel

Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) introduced the Jimmy Deal Trafficking Survivors Assistance Act to help human trafficking survivors access air travel so they can escape traffickers and get the care they need. When fleeing violence and abuse, many human trafficking survivors do not have access to the identification documents they need to travel by plane. Recognizing this problem in Reno, Nevada, the late TSA Assistant … Continue Reading

July 13, 2023

Cortez Masto Statement on FDA Making Birth Control Available Over-The Counter

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following decision applauding the FDA for approving over-the-counter birth control access and urging Congress to pass her Affordability is Access Act with Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to require insurers to cover this medication without out-of-pocket costs. “Birth control is essential health care for tens of millions of American women, and I’m pleased to see the … Continue Reading

July 12, 2023

Cortez Masto, Tillis, Wyden & Crapo Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices & Increase Transparency Over Supply Chain

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure seniors with Medicare get the best possible deal on their prescription drug coverage. The Medicare PBM Accountability Act would require pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to disclose behind-the-scenes practices that drive up prices and costs and would empower Medicare to negotiate lower … Continue Reading

July 11, 2023

Cortez Masto Statement on White House Plan to Combat Xylazine Threat

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the White House’s Fentanyl Adulterated or Associated with Xylazine Response Plan. Cortez Masto is leading the bipartisan bill to regulate xylazine similar to a Schedule III controlled drug while protecting access for veterinarians. Her Combating Illicit Xylazine Act has broad bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, has been endorsed by 39 state attorneys general … Continue Reading

July 11, 2023

Cortez Masto, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop Illicit Drug Financing

CDC: Nearly 108,000 people in the U.S. have died from drug overdoses or poisonings in recent years Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Preventing the Financing of Illegal Synthetic Drugs Act, which would help the federal government financially target organizations trafficking synthetic drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamines into the United States. “Fentanyl, methamphetamines and other synthetic drugs are … Continue Reading

July 10, 2023

PHOTO RELEASE: Cortez Masto Visits White Pine and Lincoln Counties, Discusses Investments and Conservation Efforts in Eastern Nevada

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her tour of White Pine and Lincoln Counties, where she discussed her work to support travel and tourism in the state, deliver federal funding to rural communities, and create a National Monument at Bahsahwahbee (or Swamp Cedars). “I’ll always fight for rural and Tribal communities in the Silver State, and I was thrilled to meet with so many Nevadans working to … Continue Reading

July 10, 2023

NEW: Six Nevada Housing Organizations To Receive $4.8 Million Secured By Cortez Masto

Historic funding comes after Cortez Masto’s successful efforts to secure funding for Nevada from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco                                                                                      Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator … Continue Reading

July 07, 2023

Cortez Masto Visits Bahsahwahbee, Reaffirms Support for its Designation As A National Monument

White Pine County, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined representatives from the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, the Ely Shoshone Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of Goshute for a tour of the site of the proposed Bahsahwahbee (or Swamp Cedars) National Monument. Bahsahwahbee is a site of extreme cultural and historical significance to Tribes in Nevada and is home to a sacred and ecologically-unique grove of juniper trees. Senator Cortez Masto has … Continue Reading

July 07, 2023

In Ely, Cortez Masto Discusses Historic Investments to Improve City’s Infrastructure

Ely, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Ely Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilwoman Dr. Jerri-Lynn Williams-Harper and City Engineer BJ Almberg in downtown Ely to discuss funding she’s secured for vital infrastructure improvements across the city. Senator Cortez Masto has championed the Downtown Ely Infrastructure and Complete Streets Project and recently secured $30 million in federal funding for the project. Every year, Cortez Masto visits … Continue Reading

July 06, 2023

In Las Vegas, Cortez Masto Highlights Mental Health Resources Available to Nevadans at Desert Winds Hospital

Las Vegas, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto highlighted Desert Winds Hospital’s state-of-the-art mental health care facilities ahead of the opening of their adult behavioral health recovery program later this month. Joined by Desert Winds Hospital CEO Lloyd Noble, she discussed her work to support Nevadans’ mental health care needs—including the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, expanded wrap-around mental health services, and increased funding for … Continue Reading

July 06, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $33 Million to Protect Nevada Lakes

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that nearly $33 million dollars in grant funding is heading to Nevada to restore and protect Pyramid, Summit, and Walker Lakes. Senator Cortez Masto drafted legislation to extend the Desert Terminal Lakes Restoration program, which was set to expire in 2023, and worked with Senator Rosen to pass the provision into law in 2022. “We must protect and preserve … Continue Reading

July 05, 2023

Cortez Masto Tours Apex Industrial Park, Highlights Highlight New Business, Job Opportunities in North Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto toured Apex Industrial Park and discussed her efforts to attract new, industrial-scale companies to Las Vegas by making it easier to open new businesses there. The Senator toured new sites at Apex, which has over 7,000 acres of developable land and supports hundreds of jobs that were created in just the past year, including at the Air Liquide hydrogen plant, a new 885,000 square foot Smith’s distribution center … Continue Reading

June 26, 2023

Following Cortez Masto’s Push, Nevada Will Receive More than $416 Million to Expand Broadband Access

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $416,666,229.74 in federal funding is coming to Nevada to expand broadband access in communities across the state through the Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Senator Cortez Masto helped to secure these funds through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and she worked to ensure Nevada would receive more funding … Continue Reading

June 23, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Secure $24 Million for Road Improvements in Downtown Ely

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the City of Ely will receive $24,009,830 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help expand and improve the city’s downtown streets. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen wrote a letter of support for this grant, and secured an additional $5 million to support this project in 2022. “The City of Ely is doing exciting work downtown, and this … Continue Reading

June 23, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Over $12 Million to Fund New Low-Emission Buses in Northern Nevada

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that Northern Nevada will receive over $12 million from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to fund new clean public transportation. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County will receive $8,784,606 to purchase new hydrogen fuel cell buses and support an expansion of their hydrogen fueling station. The Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) will receive … Continue Reading

June 23, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Marks One Year Since Roe With Renewed Push for Abortion Rights

In Case You Missed It, ahead of the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) pushed for passage of her Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act, which would keep anti-choice states from limiting travel for reproductive health care services. She took to the floor of the Senate to call out far-right Republicans for blocking her common sense legislation to protect women. The New York Times: Senate Democrats Seek to Highlight G.O.P. … Continue Reading

June 22, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Pass Resolution Recognizing the Vegas Golden Knights for Their First Stanley Cup Championship

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that their resolution recognizing the historic win by the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Final passed the Senate and is now an official part of the Congressional Record. “Las Vegas is a hockey town and I’m excited to pass this resolution to officially recognize the incredible achievements of the Golden Knights’ players, coaches, staff, and … Continue Reading

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