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August 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls on Veterans Affairs to Resume Labor Negotiations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to urge the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to abandon the Department's current destructive approach to ongoing negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Despite the VA and AFGE's history of engaging in good-faith negotiations that equally benefit employees, veterans and the Department, the current negotiating tactics … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bill to Expand Electric Vehicle and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tax Credits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Debbie Stabenow's (D-Mich.) Driving America Forward Act, bipartisan legislation to expand the electric vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell tax credits. Under current law, consumers may receive a tax credit of up to $7,500 if they purchase an eligible electric vehicle. However, the tax credits begin to phase out permanently once automakers sell over 200,000 units. The Driving America Forward Act raises the cap and allows … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Cortez Masto, Fischer Introduce Legislation to Authorize New Quarter Series Honoring Women’s History

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced legislation authorizing a series of quarters to be minted in honor of women's history and suffrage. Using the 50 States Quarters Program as a model, the Women's History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act would create a new series of commemorative circulating coins which highlight women … Continue Reading

August 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Passage of Two-Year Bipartisan Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after the United States Senate passed the bipartisan budget agreement by a vote of 67-28. The budget agreement funds vital domestic programs that keep Nevadans healthy, provides increased funding for national defense and raises the federal debt ceiling so the full-faith and credit of the United States is protected. "I voted in favor of today's bipartisan budget agreement because the fiscal … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Cortez Masto, Boozman Introduce Bill to Improve Women Veterans’ Access to Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Servicewomen's Health Transition Training Act of 2019 to help women transitioning from active duty to civilian life learn about the VA services available to them. "Servicewomen face unique challenges as they transition from active duty, and many are unaware of the women-centered benefits and services - including mental health assistance, maternity care, cancer screenings and casework … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Protect Pre-Existing Conditions, Preserve Health Care for Millions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined all of her Senate Democratic colleagues to unveil a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would combat the Trump administration's latest efforts to erode pre-existing condition protections for millions of Americans and enable providers to offer junk plans that cost more and cover less. "Junk plans are yet another attempt by the Trump administration to take away health care from thousands of Nevadans. They … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Protect Prospective Franchise Owners from Predatory Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to protect entrepreneurs from bad actors in the franchise industry who use deceptive financial information to sell underperforming or unprofitable businesses. The SBA Franchise Loan Disclosure Act would require that any prospective franchise owner seeking a loan backed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) receive accurate historical revenue and store closure information from the franchise corporation … Continue Reading

July 31, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Raising Concerns About Trump Administration’s Incoherent Policies for Central America

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reiterate concern about the Trump administration's lack of a coherent strategy to address the root causes forcing people to flee El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for the United States. As the administration continues restricting access to the U.S. asylum system and tries to choke off migration from the Northern Triangle, the actions … Continue Reading

July 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United, Get Big Money out of Public Elections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tom Udall and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives, to reintroduce the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. This amendment would reverse a series of bad court decisions that have allowed corporations and private interests to funnel unlimited amounts of money into public elections and would restore power to the … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Protect Children When Parents Detained By Immigration Authorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing legislation that would protect the safety and well-being of children who might be left alone and vulnerable after their parents are arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities in communities across the country. "As the Trump Administration steps up its efforts to separate families, we must ensure children aren't left to fend for themselves or care for younger … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome Award to Support Civil Engineering Undergraduates at UNLV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) celebrated over $2 million from the National Science Foundation awarded to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) to assist undergraduate civil engineering majors. The program seeks to address retention and graduation rates in UNLV's undergraduate civil engineering program. "In Nevada, we have so many of the brightest young minds. We must provide them with every opportunity to have the support they … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto, Van Hollen Introduce FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act, legislation to ensure banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders follow the law before foreclosing on Americans' homes. When homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments, lenders who benefit from taxpayer-backed mortgage insurance through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are required to communicate with the borrower, connect the borrower to … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Renewable Energy Extension Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to promote the use of renewable energy, increase carbon reduction, spur solar innovation, and invest in thousands of jobs. The Renewable Energy Extension Act would extend clean energy tax incentives set to begin expiring at the end of this year and ensure continued deployment, growth, and innovation of these technologies. "Protecting the environment is good for our health and our economy. These tax … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Elections from Foreign Interference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal's (D-Conn.) Duty to Report Act, legislation to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring federal campaign officials to notify law enforcement if offered assistance by agents of another government. "If a federal candidate, or any member of their campaign, receives unsolicited information from a foreign power about a rival candidate, they should have a legal duty … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls for Improved Accountability and Reporting to Protect Seniors in Nursing Care

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned government experts and health care advocates about elder abuse and neglect in America's nursing homes. Cortez Masto called for better data tracking instances of abuse and neglect as well as stricter reporting standards for nursing homes. "In your testimony, you stated that when Medicare beneficiaries residing in nursing homes are admitted to emergency rooms, twenty percent … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Bill to Support 9/11 Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hailed the passage in the Senate of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act to ensure that 9/11 victims are fully compensated for their losses. This bipartisan legislation ensures that all 9/11 first responders and survivors suffering from injuries related to the attacks or to exposure at Ground Zero who have certified 9/11 illnesses receive their full compensation … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Highlights Importance of Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the challenges of cannabis banking, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) discussed the need to ensure legal cannabis businesses have access to banking services and the security those services bring. She highlighted the importance of passing the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow banks and credit unions to provide financial services to licensed cannabis businesses, cannabis-related businesses and … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Welcomes $200,000 to Build New Public Park in Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a $200,000 grant to fund the creation of a new 5.6 acre park, Somersett West Park, in Reno. The park will be complete with a playground, open turf, community garden, picnic shelter and walking trail and will provide front country access to part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. "Nevada's public spaces provide us with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with loved ones, and they create jobs in the Silver … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $21.2 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development Projects in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced over $21.2 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding for affordable housing and community development projects in Southern Nevada. "Nevada is experiencing one of the most severe affordable housing shortages in the nation, and these investments will provide a lifeline for Nevadans struggling with skyrocketing rent and outdated housing infrastructure. … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Hears from Small Business Owner about Predatory Practices in Franchise Industry, Announces Future Bill to Increase Transparency

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Ranking Member Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) shed light on predatory practices in the franchise industry. Cortez Masto questioned franchise owner Keith Miller about how bad actors in the franchise industry prey on hard-working Americans, particularly on immigrants, veterans, retirees, and other vulnerable groups, and she announced that she would introduce legislation to bring greater … Continue Reading

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