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October 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates National School Lunch Week with Whitney Elementary School Students

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated National School Lunch Week with students at Whitney Elementary School. Cortez Masto had lunch with students and education leaders to highlight the importance of federally assisted meal programs in providing low-cost or free lunches to millions of students every day. "The National School Lunch Program has made a difference in the lives of low-income students by ensuring that hunger isn't an obstacle to learning. For … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Urging USDA to Reverse Reductions in Coverage for Rangeland Crop Insurance Program

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to reconsider the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) recent decision to reduce the policy protection amounts value for crop insurance within the Pasture, Rangeland, and Foraging (RPF) program. These insurance reductions could affect alfalfa famers, cattlemen, and dairy farmers in at least five Nevada … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds USDA Rural Development Grant of $150,000 to Nye County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for awarding Nye County a $150,000 Rural Development grant. The funds will be used to establish a pilot technical assistance program to identify local health care facility needs in the region and to update the Duckwater Tribe irrigation system. "Rural Nevadans often face challenges when accessing health care due to limited or distant medical facilities. I commend the USDA for … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on NIH to Improve Racial, Ethnic Minority Representation in Clinical Trials

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and 26 additional Senate colleagues in urging the National Institutes of health (NIH) to ensure communities of color are appropriately represented in clinical trials. "We appreciate NIH's efforts to reduce health disparities by addressing significant barriers to clinical trial participation and recognize that NIH-funded clinical trials are designed to ensure … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Honors Filipino WWII Veterans

Las Vegas, Nev. - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project and the Filipino Veterans Group of Las Vegas in presenting Congressional Gold Medals to Filipino WWII veterans from Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and California. Filipino World War II veterans were officially recognized for their service in a 2017 Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington D.C., however, some of the veterans were unable to travel due to health issues. "The … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Speaks at October Mandatory Unit Training Assembly for the 926th Wing, Air Force Reserve

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks at the biannual 926th Wing Mandatory Unit Training Assembly (MUTA) in support of Air Force Reservists. Senator Cortez Masto also reaffirmed her commitment to fight for military families and their benefits. "The 926th Wing works tirelessly to ensure that our country is prepared and ready for sustained combat operations. Our military personnel, both active duty and reserve, and their families deserve the highest … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Issues Concerning AAPI Community

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a roundtable discussion with the Asian Community Development Council and other leaders of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Southern Nevada "I was privileged to meet with leaders of Nevada's Asian American and Pacific Islander community today. These roundtables are crucial opportunities for me to hear the concerns of communities throughout the State of Nevada and effectively represent … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Wendell Williams Elementary

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at Wendell Williams Elementary School. Cortez Masto spoke with community members and discussed the contributions made by the Hispanic community in Las Vegas. Cortez Masto cosponsored a resolution to recognize September 15th through October 15th as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States. "This month, we proudly celebrate the contributions Hispanics have made in our … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Markey, Brown Demand Answers from Administration Over Reports of Chinese Manipulation of U.S. Technology

Washington, D.C. - Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called on the Trump Administration to look into reports of Chinese government efforts to secretly manipulate U.S. technology. According to a October 4 Bloomberg Businessweek report, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) "designed and manufactured" microchips to be surreptitiously planted within the motherboards of servers assembled by Super Micro Computer Inc. (also known as … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators Introduce Legislation to Ensure Affordable Student Loans for Every Borrower

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in introducing the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that would ensure affordable, simple income-based repayment plans for any federal student loan borrowers. The average college senior who has taken out loans now graduates with more than $30,000 in debt, and total student debt nationwide has topped $1.5 trillion, creating a significant drag on the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) to introduce the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, which expands protections for vulnerable children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The bill has been introduced in the House as H.R. 7047, and in the Senate as S. 3558. "When I visited the Southern border to monitor … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates National Coming Out Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today released the following statement and accompanying video message commemorating National Coming Out Day, which is celebrated on every year on October 11. "Coming out is one of the most courageous acts an LGBTQ person will make in their life. On this day, we recognize and reaffirm our support for all LGBTQ Americans who have suffered discrimination, humiliation or violence as a result of their identity. I am proud to stand in … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cortez Masto: Senate Failure to Overturn Junk Insurance Rule A Profound Disservice to Families

FTP for video stations available HERE Watch the full video HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) condemned the Senate's failure to overturn President Trump's expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions and aren't required to cover essential services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits, and maternity care. A measure introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to reverse the expansion failed to … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Touts Provision Included in Water Infrastructure Legislation, Applauds Final Passage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which includes the Senator's provision to help protect federal funding for critical flood control projects in the Truckee Meadows. "Northern Nevada faces the threat of intense flooding every spring," said Cortez Masto. "The inclusion of this provision in the American's Water Infrastructure Act will ensure that the Truckee … Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendment Protecting Truckee Meadows Funding Advances to Final Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate voted 96-3 to advance the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to a final vote. The bill includes the Senator's provision to help protect $181 million in federal funding for critical flood control projects in the Truckee Meadows. "Tomorrow's critical vote will determine whether Northern Nevada has the necessary resources to protect itself from natural disasters. My amendment … Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez, Duckworth Lead 22 Senators Urging DHS to Withdraw ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a group of 22 Democratic senators urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw its proposed 'public charge' rule, which would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain permanent residency if they have used public assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid. In a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the senators warned that such a policy … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Honors Reno Philanthropist Evelyn Mount

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today visited the Evelyn Mount Community Outreach Center and presented founder Evelyn Mount with a Congressional Record Statement honoring her lifetime of service fighting hunger in Reno. "Evelyn Mount has been a pillar of the Reno community for over 40 years and has provided meals to thousands of families in need. I'm proud to honor a woman who has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Reno families have the comfort of a holiday … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Honored by Alliance for Retired Americans

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today was awarded a "Heroes Award" by the Alliance for Retired Americans' for her work in Congress representing the interests of Nevada's seniors and retirees. "The Alliance for Retired Americans works tirelessly to advocate for the financial security, health and wellbeing of Nevada's seniors and retirees. I am honored to receive this award highlighting my commitment to protecting retired Nevadans' hard earned benefits, retirement … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Domestic Violence with Community Leaders and Advocates

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with community leaders and advocates to discuss the work being done in Northern Nevada to prevent domestic violence and support survivors of abuse. "Far too many women in Nevada are victims of domestic violence each year. Today, I heard from many local leaders on the significant work they are doing to help prevent domestic violence in our communities and provide … Continue Reading


October 06, 2018

Cortez Masto: Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh an Assault on Independence of Judiciary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In addition, Senator Cortez Masto spoke on the floor of the United States Senate early Saturday morning to express her opposition to his nomination: "I'm profoundly disappointed the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I believe based on his record and testimony his stance on a woman's right to choose is extreme and … Continue Reading

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