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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


May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bicameral Legislation to Reunite Filipino WWII Veterans with Their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill that would expedite the visa process for children of Filipino World War II veterans. "It's unacceptable that brave Filipino veterans who put their lives on the line in World War II have waited decades for their loved ones to get visas to see them. I'm proud to … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

In Aftermath of Child Migrant Deaths, Cortez Masto, Senators Call for Investigating Detention Facilities at Southwest Border

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and 23 Senators in calling on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Inspector General to immediately investigate DHS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facilities at the southwest border, in particular the conditions for minors, family units, and other vulnerable individuals. The letters come shortly after CBP … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Stop Expansion of Junk Health Insurance Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and the entire Senate Democratic caucus in introducing the No Junk Plans Act. This legislation would overturn the Trump administration's expansion of short-term limited duration health insurance - junk insurance plans - that don't have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. "The administration's expansion of junk plans is nothing other … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Ask EPW to Incorporate Climate Change Considerations in Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with the majority of the Senate Democratic caucus, in urging the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to prioritize climate and resiliency investments in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization. The senators asked that meaningful steps be taken to address the transportation sectors' contribution to climate change … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for New Rule to Protect Seniors from Unscrupulous Financial Advisors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote a letter calling on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to prohibit financial professionals from inheriting money or property from their clients. The senators requested that FINRA establish a new rule or issue guidance to protect Americans, particularly seniors and individuals living with dementia, from being preyed upon by … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution in Defense of Women’s Reproductive Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 40 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, to stand up for women's reproductive rights, including the right to safe, legal abortion by introducing a resolution supporting women's reproductive rights in the U.S. The resolution, which affirms their support of women's access to reproductive health care and women's right to make their … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Spearhead Effort to Secure Funding for Tourism Organization Critical to U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) along with 43 Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the leaders of the Senate Commerce and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees to protect and renew funding for Brand USA. Since 2013, Brand USA has brought 5.4 million incremental international visitors to the United States, generating $38.4 billion for the economy … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Help Fight Rape Kit Backlogs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Thursday's unanimous passage of the Debbie Smith Act of 2019, legislation to reauthorize funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program and give much-needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to complete forensic analyses of crime scenes and untested rape kits. "Named after a survivor who had to wait six years for justice through DNA evidence, the Debbie Smith DNA … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Honoring 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and every other female senator in cosponsoring a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women's constitutional right to vote. "As the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment approaches, we should celebrate the milestone that opened the door for women's … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Ensure Pregnant Mothers Can Access Affordable Health Care During and After Pregnancy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing legislation to expand healthcare options for expectant mothers. The Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act, would establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for expectant mothers so they can enroll in or change their health care plan once they become pregnant. Currently, life events including marriage, divorce, having a baby, adoption and … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation that Protects Workers from Forced Arbitration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senate colleagues in re-introducing the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, which will help restore workers' rights by ending the use of forced arbitration in employment disputes and ensuring the enforcement of workers' protections under the National Labor Relations Act. "Recent studies have shown that more than 60.1 million American workers are subject to forced arbitration policies, … Continue Reading

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