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September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Honors 1October Survivors at Trauma Strong Event

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended the Trauma Strong: Stories of Survivors community healing event, where she joined survivors, medical personnel, first responders and community members to honor those affected by the 1October tragedy. "It is a solemn privilege to be able to hear the testimonies of the brave 1October survivors and first responders who shared their stories today. So many people have scars from that night, visible and invisible, and … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto to BLM: Continued Attempts to Lease Nevada Public Lands with Lack of Industry Interest Raises Questions

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Acting Nevada Bureau of Land Management State Director Michael Courtney to raise her concerns regarding the prospect of opening up 202 parcels of public land to oil and gas leasing in Nevada, citing potential damage and disruption of wildlife habitat, along with the general lack of interest and low demand from the oil and gas industry. "I am concerned that the low demand for new places to drill, coupled by the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Raise Concerns About ICE Intention to Reopen Administratively Closed Deportation Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing concerns about reports that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to re-open and re-calendar 350,000 deportation cases that are currently administratively closed. This follows a decision by Attorney General Sessions to strip immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) of … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Highlights Nevada’s Leadership in Emerging Technologies, Welcomes RTC of Southern Nevada General Manager as Witness in Commerce Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada General Manager Tina Quigley as a witness during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation entitled, "Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America." Quigley was invited by Cortez Masto to testify at the hearing, where she discussed innovation and technological development in Nevada, and other … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $3 Million Transportation Innovation Grant to University of Nevada, Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding the University of Nevada, Reno $3 million in grant funding for the development and deployment of innovative asphalt pavement technologies. "I commend the Department of Transportation for awarding this competitive grant to the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR's contributions to improving pavement design and production will help extend the life of our roads, lower … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendment to Improve Oversight of VA Nursing Homes Included in Final Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the minibus I legislation that includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bills. The overall package included Senator Cortez Masto's amendment to heighten oversight of VA nursing homes. "America's veteran seniors have dedicated their lives to serving our country. They deserve the best care we can provide. This … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto: Misguided & Dangerous Yucca Mountain to Receive No Federal Funding in 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the federal appropriations legislation that includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bills, which provides no federal funding for Yucca Mountain. Senator Cortez Masto has been an outspoken opponent of wasting any additional taxpayer dollars on the failed Yucca project. "I'm pleased that Congress heeded … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, House and Senate Democrats Press FEMA, HHS on Updated Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bicameral letter led by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting information about fatalities in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. The letter comes after a study commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico found that there were an estimated 2,975 deaths resulting from … Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $2 Million HHS Grant for Expansion of Mental Health Services in Northern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $2 million to expand Vitality Unlimited, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), to Carson City and Lyon County. "Nevada was one of 8 states chosen to be part of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) demonstration program. We have already seen these clinics transform access to mental health treatment and access to … Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates the 17th Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of the 17th anniversary of September 11th, 2001: "Seventeen years ago, our country experienced one of the darkest days in our history. The scars of that day are still with us 17 years later, and so are the memories of the bravery and heroism we saw. At the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, brave firefighters, police officers, and first responders rushed into danger to care for the … Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges FEMA To Take Action To Help Those Affected by the South Sugarloaf Fire

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Region IX Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr., urging FEMA to reevaluate the State of Nevada's application for federal emergency funding through the Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) program. FEMA recently rejected the State's request for FMAG funds to assist with suppression efforts and aid for those who have been affected by the South Sugarloaf Fire. In … Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1.5 Million in Grant Funds for Adult Treatment Drug Courts in Clark, Elko, & Humboldt Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Service' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for awarding over $1.5 million in total grant funding to help improve services and strengthen rehabilitation efforts at four adult treatment drug courts across Nevada. "Expanding the treatment and recovery services available to those in Nevada's adult drug courts system reduces long-term costs to our … Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $7 Million National Institute of Standards and Technology Grant to NSHE Board of Regents and UNR

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) grant award totaling approximately $7.04 Million to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents and the University of Nevada, Reno to develop projects to help solve new or emerging manufacturing problems. "Manufacturing in Nevada is a contributor to economic growth in the … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Join Judiciary Committee Democrats to Demand Kavanaugh’s Full White House Record

Washington, D.C. - In a letter led by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), fifteen senators joined their Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh's complete White House record available to the Senate and the public. "Access to a Supreme Court nominee's full record is necessary for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to advise and consent," the senators wrote. "More … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1 Million in Grant Funding for STEM Education Research Programs at UNLV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the National Science Foundation (NSF) for awarding over $1 million in funding to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to research, design and develop programs aimed at helping middle school and college students succeed in STEM classes. "Fostering the talent of our students in science, math and technology is of the upmost importance for the future of Nevada and our 21st century economy. I applaud the National Science … Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Reaching English Language Learners Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Reaching English Language Learners Act to address the shortage of teachers qualified to teach English language learners (ELs) in the United States. The bill would create a grant program, under Title II of the Higher Education Act, to provide support and incentivize colleges and schools to create teacher-training programs to address the shortage and better prepare the future generation of EL educators. Senator … Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $2.39 Million HHS Grant for Family Planning Services in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $2,391,000 to assist with family planning services in Nevada. "I want to thank HHS for investing in family planning services in the state. We must ensure that providers of family planning services in Nevada continue to receive the critical funding they need so that we can deliver the best care to women, expectant mothers and children. I will continue my … Continue Reading


September 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $2.2 Million Head Start Grant for Northeastern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $2,255,180 to Head Start of Northeastern Nevada, which provides support and services for low-income children and their families. "Every Nevadan deserves the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their family's income or access to resources. The Head Start program, for more than 50 years, has provided opportunities to countless low-income families and … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Texas v. Nielsen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen declined to issue a preliminary injunction in Texas' lawsuit to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "I'm glad the court recognized that halting DACA would not serve the best interests of the country. Congress must act to spare undocumented youth from further pain and uncertainty resulting from the crisis President Trump … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in honor of Labor Day, which falls on Monday, September 3rd: "On Labor Day, we honor the contributions of American workers who fought for better protections, a safer workplace, and a more prosperous economy. Today, our fight continues to make our workplaces more equitable: to end workplace discrimination, to increase wages so that hardworking Americans can lift themselves into the middle class, … Continue Reading

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