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May 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Help Increase Drug Pricing Transparency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to support two pieces of legislation that will help increase transparency in drug pricing and to rein in the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. The Stopping the Pharmaceutical Industry from Keeping Drugs Expensive (SPIKE) Act would require drug manufactures to publicly justify large price increases in prescription drugs. The Reducing Existing Costs Associated with Pharmaceuticals for … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Cortez Masto, Udall, Smith Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Nutritious Meals for Native Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) reintroduced legislation to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long. U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Raúl … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and contributions of our AAPI communities. In Nevada, home to one of America's fastest-growing AAPI populations, Asian and Pacific American heritage is forever woven into the fabric of the Silver State and reflected in our vibrant and diverse communities. Our … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

ICYMI – Cortez Masto Wins Fight Against Secretary Perry to Remove Plutonium from Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Cortez Masto wins fight over plutonium removal from NevadaBy Gary MartinApril 30, 2019 WASHINGTON - Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Tuesday she struck a deal with Energy Secretary Rick Perry to remove a half metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from the state starting in 2021, with assurances that no future shipments will come from South Carolina. Cortez Masto agreed to drop her hold on presidential nominees for the Department of Energy and also agreed to a … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cortez Masto, Daines Introduce Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Access to Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act to create an intergovernmental task force to identify opportunities to expand access and usage of public lands for outdoor therapy and rehabilitation treatments. Representatives Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) have reintroduced its companion legislation in the House. "For many veterans, getting … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cortez Masto: Nevadans Won’t Allow Yucca Mountain to be Forced On Them

Mr. Chairman, all we are asking today is that Nevada is treated fairly, that it is treated the same as every other state. Congress should not, and cannot, shove nuclear waste down our throats. The federal government has spent $19 billion with little to show in result. There are no waste disposal tunnels. No waste handling facilities. No monitoring infrastructure. No containment infrastructure. No railroad infrastructure needed for transporting waste into the site. According to Former Air … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions How Advanced Technology Can Reduce Nuclear Waste, Address Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - At today's hearing at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned witnesses on how emerging advanced nuclear reactor technologies can reduce nuclear waste, especially in light of repeated attempts to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. She pressed witnesses on whether America's existing nuclear fleet can benefit from the proposed Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, which examines pathways to reestablish America's … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Releases Hold on Department of Energy Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced she would lift her hold on all Department of Energy nominees after securing an agreement with Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the removal of a half metric ton of plutonium from the state of Nevada. "Today I've released my holds on all pending Department of Energy nominees following an agreement with the Department of Energy that the Department will commence the removal of the weapons-grade plutonium that was … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senators Demand CFPB Maintain Home Mortgage Disclosure Database

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in demanding that CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger reverse her decision to remove Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Explorer and the Public Data Platform Application Programming Interface (API) from the CFPB website. HMDA data is a primary tool to measure trends and disparities in mortgage credit access, and CFPB's HMDA Explorer and API have made it easier for local organizations, academics, … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce new legislation aimed at closing the growing digital divide in communities across the country. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 creates new federal investments in a diverse array of projects at the state and local level that promote "digital equity"- a concept defined by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as the "condition in which all … Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Restore Funds to Support Mental Health Programs for Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to support a bipartisan bill that restores up to $7,500,000 in expired grant funding for law enforcement family support services. The Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis (STOIC) Act of 2019 allows grant recipients to use funds to establish suicide prevention programs and mental health services for law enforcement officers. "Nevada's heroic law enforcement faithfully serve and protect our … Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Participates in Smart Cities Panel Hosted by Desert Research Institute

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Desert Research Institute and convened in honor of their 60th anniversary. The panel entitled the "Science Behind Smarter Communities" featured Dr. Kristen Averyt, President of Desert Research Institute (DRI), Dr. Missy Cummings, 2016 DRI Nevada Medalist and Director of the Humans and Anatomy Lab at Duke University and Tina Quigley, General Manager of the Regional Transportation … Continue Reading


April 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Participates in Roundtable Discussion on the Impacts of Climate Change for Communities of Color

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a roundtable to highlight the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color. Cortez Masto talked about her new appointment to the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis and discussed initiatives to bring the voices of communities of color to the forefront of climate change discussions. "Every day I hear from Nevadans who are frustrated that their elected leaders aren't … Continue Reading


April 24, 2019

Cortez Masto at Rape Crisis Center’s Denim Day: We Must Stand Together to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended the Rape Crisis Center's annual Denim Day Luncheon and spoke about the importance of supporting survivors of sexual abuse and assault. "Community organizations like the Rape Crisis Center are on the frontlines providing the critical resources and support that survivors of sexual violence need to heal. On Denim Day, we stand together and renew our commitment to tear down the cultural stereotypes that blame the survivors of … Continue Reading


April 24, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Draft Legislation to Revive Yucca Mountain

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to draft legislation that would revive the Yucca Mountain project. "Nevadans have spoken: We don't want nuclear waste dumped in our backyards. Congress must respect our will and ensure states have a voice when the federal government tries to store nuclear waste within their borders. This half-hatched proposal to trample on Nevada's rights and revive Yucca … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Tours Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, Touts Nevada’s Status as Innovation State

From top Left to top Right: Senator Cortez Masto tours Panasonic and speaks with Storey County Commissioner and TRIC developer Lance Gilman about growth at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. From bottom Left to bottom Right: Senator Cortez Masto tours Ryze Renewables and Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels. Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the 107,000 acre Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) with Storey County Commissioner and TRIC developer Lance Gilman. TRIC is home … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud AmeriCorps Grant to Nevada Non-Profit Organizations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded AmeriCorps for awarding over $3.6 million to Nevada non-profits employing AmeriCorps members. These grants to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, Great Basin Institute, and Nye Communities Coalition will help put 248 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve Nevada. Nevada Volunteers, the Governor-appointed state service commission, will also receive funding to support additional AmeriCorps … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Diversity and International Education at NNIC’s Global Gala

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended the Northern Nevada International Center Global Gala yesterday and delivered brief remarks for its annual event that promotes international education and cultural understanding in Northern Nevada. "As the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico and Italy, I learned about the struggles my family faced as they integrated into a new country. That's why I'm grateful the Northern Nevada International Center … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Massacre Rim as Nevada’s First Dark Sky Sanctuary

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Bureau of Land Management and other Massacre Rim advocates in a presentation of a Congressional Record statement honoring the Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area as Nevada's first Dark Sky sanctuary. This designation will promote long-term conservation in Nevada, preserve natural resources and strengthen Nevada's strong outdoor recreation economy. "Designating the Massacre Rim as our first Dark … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates $40 Million DOT Allocation for Midtown Reno Revitalization Project

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) on a tour of the Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project after it was announced last week that the project will receive a $40.4 million federal Capital Investment Grant (CIG). This grant allocation will help extend the RAPID bus service to the University of Nevada, Reno and will upgrade aging utilities infrastructures along Virginia Street in Midtown. "Thousands of … Continue Reading

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