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June 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senators Demand HUD Continue to Protect Housing Rights for Transgender Individuals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in demanding that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rescind its proposal that would weaken discrimination protections in HUD-funded emergency and temporary homeless shelters based on sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity. "Transgender individuals in the United States face … Continue Reading


June 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Attends Immigrant Resource Fair to Highlight Services Available in Northern Nevada

Reno, Nev. - On Saturday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended an immigrant resource fair at Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno. She met with community partners, church officials and congregation members to discuss her new Immigrant Resource Guide, which helps Nevadans navigate the immigration system, learn their rights, and access immigration, medical and crisis services in Nevada. "Every day I'm reminded of the sacrifices made by my grandfather who crossed the Rio Grande … Continue Reading


June 15, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Juneteenth in Reno

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in Reno's thirtieth annual Juneteenth celebration, hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached the last enslaved African and African descendant people in Galveston, Texas. "In recognition of this important anniversary, we must remember the sanctity of the hard-won freedom earned by … Continue Reading


June 15, 2019

Cortez Masto to McConnell on 7th Anniversary of DACA: Bring the Dream and Promise Act Up for a Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement marking the 7th anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Seven years ago, DACA opened the door for thousands of undocumented youth in Nevada to come out of the shadows and contribute to our communities in so many ways - from opening small businesses, to becoming teachers in our schools and serving our country in the military. Now, the Trump … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Welcomes New Citizens on Flag Day in Reno

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered a keynote address at the Washoe County Courthouse annual Flag Day celebration, which included a naturalization ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens. The event was hosted by the Second Judicial District Court and the U.S. District Court. "Immigrants enlarge our vision of who we live with, work with, and worship with. I truly believe that every generation of immigrants enriches the fabric of our nation. Today, as we … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Modernize Voting Systems and Protect Against Electoral Interference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to strengthen the security of our voting systems and bolster federal funding to protect against attacks on America's elections. Introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the Election Security Act provides grants to states to modernize their election infrastructure so every vote cast in federal elections is secure. "America's elections continue to be the targets of bad actors abroad who want to … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Expand Access and Remove Financial Obstacles to Naturalization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to preserve and expand access to citizenship by removing financial barriers. Introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the Citizenship Affordability Act ensures legal residents who are eligible but struggle to afford naturalization can access waivers to reduce or eliminate fees associated with the process. "America is a nation of immigrants from all walks of life. We shouldn't be putting … Continue Reading


June 14, 2019

Cortez Masto, Schumer, Klobuchar and Hassan Introduce Legislation to Deter Illegal Robocalls

Cortez Masto, Schumer, Klobuchar and Hassan Introduce the DO NOT Call Act of 2019 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act of 2019 with Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). This legislation will improve enforcement and enhance penalties for violations made under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Though the current … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls for Critical Funding & Federal Coordination to Combat Wild & Rangeland Fires at Hearing

Washington, D.C. - At today's hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Mrs. Shawna Legarza, Director of Fire and Aviation Management at U.S. Forest Service, and Mr. Jeff Rupert, Director of the Office of Wildland Fire at the U.S. Department of the Interior, on funding for fighting and preventing rangeland fires. The Senator highlighted the need for rangeland fires, which account for 75% of all the acres burned in the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senators to CFPB: Data Critical To Ensuring Housing Access For All Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and 17 other senators in demanding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rescind its proposal to further reduce reporting under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). "We are extremely concerned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has once again put the interests of the financial industry above those of the consumers it is charged to protect. We urge you to immediately … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Strengthen Tribal and Federal Coordination and Reduce Violence in Native Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation expanding coordination between tribal and federal law enforcement to support federal, state and local efforts to respond to violence in Native communities. Introduced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the BADGES for Native Communities Act improves data collection and information sharing, promotes tribal outreach and empowers tribal law enforcement with … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Protect Call Center Workers and U.S. Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.) today introduced legislation that discourages businesses from relocating or contracting out call centers overseas. The United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act incentivizes domestic business investments, tracks the overseas relocation of call centers and increases transparency for U.S. consumers interacting with call centers. "Workers deserve the peace of mind that comes … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Recognizing June As LGBTQ Pride Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 46 Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution to recognize June 2019 as "LGBTQ Pride Month." Introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the resolution celebrates the significant contributions of LGBTQ individuals to American life, while also promising to continue fighting for an end to discrimination and injustice. "Nevada is home to one of the most vibrant LGBTQ communities in America. During Pride Month, we … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Cortez Masto, Scott, Smith, Cramer, Young Introduce HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced legislation promoting manufactured housing as part of the solution to America's affordable housing crisis. The HUD Manufactured Housing Modernization Act of 2019 would ensure that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports state and local governments that wish to include manufactured housing as an affordable … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill Providing Tax Relief to College Scholarship Recipients

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to ensure students receiving scholarships and grants to finance their higher education are not overly taxed. Introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), the Tax Relief for Student Success Act would require college students' scholarship aid to be taxed as individual income rather than as a trust or estate. "Middle- and low-income students face overwhelming obstacles in … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Protect Consumers from Abusive Debt Collection Tactics

Washington, D.C. - Following passage of legislation cracking down on annoying and unwanted robocalls, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and a group of colleagues in calling on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger to reverse a proposed rule that would, for the first time, allow debt collection companies to send unlimited texts and emails to consumers. Just last year, often-abusive and … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand State Department Reverse Anti-LGBTQ Immigration Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding an immediate end to his policy that denies citizenship to children born abroad to same-sex couples when one parent is a U.S. citizen. In the past, a federal court has struck down the Department's anti-LGBTQ interpretation of the policy that places undue burdens on same-sex married couples. "Your … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Cortez Masto Remarks on the No Junk Plans Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to support the No Junk Plans Act. This bill would rescind President Trump's Executive Order allowing insurance companies to offer consumers up to three years of coverage via "junk plans" - short-term, limited-duration plans that don't have to cover essential health benefits like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care. Below are her remarks as … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Remove Financial Barriers to Reproductive Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to ensure equal access to safe and legal abortions by eliminating bans on federal funding. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act protects every woman's constitutionally-guaranteed right to comprehensive reproductive health care and helps ensure access to care to each woman, regardless of income, race or where in the country they may live. "Reproductive justice … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Recognizes Immigrant Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement marking Immigrant Heritage Month: "It brings me great pride to represent a state as diverse as Nevada, where different languages, customs and traditions enrich our communities. Immigrant Heritage Month marks a time to celebrate the ideals of opportunity and equality enshrined in America's founding documents - ideals that have made our country a beacon of hope for people all over the world, … Continue Reading

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