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September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Resolution Honoring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution honoring the work and achievements of 539 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the country and designates the week of September 14 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. This week also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. "Nevada is home to four great Hispanic-Serving Institutions that play a key role in addressing the … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish celebration of the new year, which begins today and runs through sunset on Sunday. "I know that Nevadans of faith are finding new ways to mark and find joy in the High Holy Days at this time of uncertainty and transition. I hope you are able to refresh and renew treasured traditions so that you can celebrate, reflect, and turn … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Honor Emmett Till

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and 37 other Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bipartisan bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. In 1955, when he was fourteen years old, Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi, and his death sparked outrage and calls for justice that fueled the Civil Rights Movement. "Emmett Till had a … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on FCC to Close the Homework Gap

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 36 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across the country are increasingly attending virtual classrooms. Yet studies indicate that as many as 16 million children in the United States lack … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Long-Term Health of Saline Ecosystems in the Great Basin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined legislation introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to facilitate an integrated regional assessment of saline lake ecosystems-bodies of water that line wetlands across Nevada and the West Coast, serving as habitats for a diverse array of wildlife and providing important economic and social benefits to nearby communities. The Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act of 2020 … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Announcement of Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as the University of Nevada, Reno’s New President

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement to congratulate Former Governor Brian Sandoval on his appointment as the new President of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). "As a fellow Wolf Pack alumni and '86 classmate, I'm excited to see all of the bright horizons Governor Sandoval will lead our alma mater toward in the years ahead. I'd like to let Governor Sandoval, the faculty, students and community know that I look forward to working … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Cortez Masto: Fires in West Show Urgency of Climate Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the devastating wildfires and rangeland fires across Nevada and the West. In addition, she called for more action to prevent, manage, and rehabilitate landscapes affected by fire, including bipartisan action to address the climate crisis. BACKGROUND: In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto hosted Nevada's first-ever wildfire summit, to bring together local, state, and national leaders to find new … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

At a Senate Legislative Hearing, Cortez Masto Advocates for Passage of Douglas County Lands Bill

Washington, D.C. - During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining legislative hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) testified to the importance of her Douglas County Economic Development and Conservation Act. During the hearing the Senator detailed the legislation's goals of promoting conservation, improving public lands management and expanding economic development opportunities in Douglas County. During her testimony, … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Calling for an Investigation into Disturbing Medical Procedures at ICE Facilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.-13), Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.-16), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.-36), Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a letter to Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari calling for an immediate investigation into recent allegations that medical professionals at an ICE facility in Georgia conducted serious medical … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1 Million in Grants for Health Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,113,639 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno for cutting-edge medical research. "I'm glad to see Nevada's premier research institutions get support for medical research that promises to improve treatment for patients in the Silver State and across the country. I'll keep working in the Senate for resources to … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Normalization of Relations Between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the signing of accords normalizing full diplomatic relations between Israel and both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. "I'm pleased to see Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain moving forward with normalizing relations. As a strong supporter of Israel, I believe in a robust U.S.-Israel relationship and applaud steps to promote the security of one of our closest allies. I'm … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Cortez Masto: Withdrawal of MFAR Rule is a Win for Medicaid and Vulnerable Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' decision to withdraw the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR), which would have significantly disrupted state Medicaid programs by limiting the types of financing mechanisms available for states to pay their non-federal share of Medicaid costs. In March, the Senator led a letter urging the Centers for Medicare & … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Recap - Take a Look Back at My Virtual Nevada Tour


September 15, 2020

Recap - Missed the Tahoe Summit? Don’t Worry, You Can Watch it Online!


September 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on Tuesday, September 15th and ends on Thursday, October 15th. "Today, I honor Hispanic Heritage Month and the rich heritage of Nevada's Latino community. More than one in four Nevadans is Latino, and many of them grew up as I did, with memories of my grandfather playing traditional songs on his guitar and my grandmother making tamales for the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on 9th Circuit Ruling Allowing Administration to End TPS for Over 300,000 Immigrants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowing the Trump Administration to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. "There are over 300,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan who have been living and working under TPS protections in the United States for over two decades, … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on FCC Chairman to Expeditiously Address the Digital Divide in Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M) and fellow Democratic Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expedite broadband connectivity to Native communities to improve access to critical services during the pandemic including telemedicine, online education, and teleworking opportunities. "The federal trust responsibility imposes on the United States the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors International Human Rights Defense Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the International Human Rights Defense Act, led by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.), to reaffirm the United States' role as a world leader in the promotion of LGBTQ equality. The legislation is a bicameral effort to direct the Department of State to continue its efforts in defending the human rights of LGBTQ people around the world. "LGBTQ individuals still lack basic human rights in many countries around the world. The … Continue Reading


September 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Mayor Robert Crowell

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Carson City Mayor Robert "Bob" Crowell. "Bob Crowell served our country in Vietnam and brought his sense of duty to Nevada by dedicating his career to serving our community. With a mix of dedication, compassion, good humor and vision he led Carson City through the Great Recession and left his mark on our state with his uncanny ability to build trust and work with … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Honor Nevadan Tyrone Woods, Victims of the Benghazi Terrorist Attack

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joins a bipartisan group of 46 of her Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith. Tyrone Woods was a resident of Henderson who, along with his three colleagues, was tragically killed during the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and … Continue Reading

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