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May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Stop Expansion of Junk Health Insurance Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and the entire Senate Democratic caucus in introducing the No Junk Plans Act. This legislation would overturn the Trump administration's expansion of short-term limited duration health insurance - junk insurance plans - that don't have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. "The administration's expansion of junk plans is nothing other … Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Ask EPW to Incorporate Climate Change Considerations in Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with the majority of the Senate Democratic caucus, in urging the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to prioritize climate and resiliency investments in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization. The senators asked that meaningful steps be taken to address the transportation sectors' contribution to climate change … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for New Rule to Protect Seniors from Unscrupulous Financial Advisors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote a letter calling on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to prohibit financial professionals from inheriting money or property from their clients. The senators requested that FINRA establish a new rule or issue guidance to protect Americans, particularly seniors and individuals living with dementia, from being preyed upon by … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution in Defense of Women’s Reproductive Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 40 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, to stand up for women's reproductive rights, including the right to safe, legal abortion by introducing a resolution supporting women's reproductive rights in the U.S. The resolution, which affirms their support of women's access to reproductive health care and women's right to make their … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Spearhead Effort to Secure Funding for Tourism Organization Critical to U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) along with 43 Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the leaders of the Senate Commerce and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees to protect and renew funding for Brand USA. Since 2013, Brand USA has brought 5.4 million incremental international visitors to the United States, generating $38.4 billion for the economy … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Help Fight Rape Kit Backlogs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Thursday's unanimous passage of the Debbie Smith Act of 2019, legislation to reauthorize funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program and give much-needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to complete forensic analyses of crime scenes and untested rape kits. "Named after a survivor who had to wait six years for justice through DNA evidence, the Debbie Smith DNA … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Honoring 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and every other female senator in cosponsoring a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women's constitutional right to vote. "As the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment approaches, we should celebrate the milestone that opened the door for women's … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Ensure Pregnant Mothers Can Access Affordable Health Care During and After Pregnancy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing legislation to expand healthcare options for expectant mothers. The Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act, would establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for expectant mothers so they can enroll in or change their health care plan once they become pregnant. Currently, life events including marriage, divorce, having a baby, adoption and … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation that Protects Workers from Forced Arbitration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Senate colleagues in re-introducing the Restoring Justice for Workers Act, which will help restore workers' rights by ending the use of forced arbitration in employment disputes and ensuring the enforcement of workers' protections under the National Labor Relations Act. "Recent studies have shown that more than 60.1 million American workers are subject to forced arbitration policies, … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Panetta, Hudson Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Improve Oversight of Privatized Military Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.-20) and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.-8) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve the quality of military housing on bases across the country. This legislation will increase the Department of Defense's oversight of privatized housing contracts and ensure military families have access to the support they need when reporting housing issues to superiors. "Every family deserves a … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Demand Answers after Trump Administration Limits Ability of Nurses to Provide Family Planning Counseling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to reverse a Trump Administration revision to the Title X program which bars registered nurses and public health nurses from providing non-directive pregnancy counseling to patients. The State of Nevada suffers from one of the worst health care workforce shortages in the country, and many medical clinics rely on registered nurses to … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Upgrade 9-1-1 Call Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in introducing legislation to modernize 9-1-1 systems across the country. The Next Generation 9-1-1 Act of 2019 boosts federal grant funding to help state and local governments deploy the next generation of 9-1-1 systems. "From the aftermath of 1October to our rural communities in Elko and Winnemucca, I have heard directly that our law enforcement and first responders need better … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Support Renaming Henderson Post Office to Honor Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) wrote a letter in support of H.R. 1198, which would officially rename a post office in Henderson as the "Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building" to honor the legacy of military personnel and veterans in the area. H.R.1198 was introduced by Rep. Susie Lee and has the support of the full Nevada delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation passed the House … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Cortez Masto Grills Otting About Administration’s Efforts to Silence Civil and Consumer Rights Advocates

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting about his office's unprecedented decision to publicly chastise critics of its proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Last fall, the agency published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and received nearly 1,500 public comments. In January, a top official at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Presses for Permanent Protections for Ruby Mountains

VIDEO HERE Washington, D.C. - At today's hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke in support of her Ruby Mountains Protection Act, which would protect "Nevada's Alps" from any future oil and gas leasing attempts. She also questioned Mr. Frank Beum, Acting Associate Deputy Chief of the National Forest System, on the National Forest Service's decision not to support the Ruby … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Address Root Causes of Central American Migrant Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in reintroducing legislation to address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The Central America Reform and Enforcement Act outlines a coordinated regional response to effectively manage the endemic violence and humanitarian crises in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that are forcing many women, children, and families to flee to seek refuge in the … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Honors National Police Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement recognizing National Police Week 2019, which began on Sunday, May 12th and concludes on Saturday, May 18th. Senator Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of a resolution officially recognizing National Police Week. Kyle L. Eng, a Nevada law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty last year, is named in the resolution. "Nevada's law enforcement officers are dedicated and courageous public servants … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Tour Nevada National Security Site with Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry and National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty to tour the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). "Today, we had an informative tour and productive conversation with Secretary Perry at the Nevada National Security Site. We'd like to thank the many Nevadans who work at the site for their commitment and dedication to … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Reduce Gun Violence in Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate colleagues to cosponsor the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, which would provide grants to states to implement extreme risk laws. This bill would empower states to develop court processes that allow family members to temporarily remove guns from the hands of dangerous individuals. "Family and friends are often the first to notice when their loved ones are in distress. It is … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge CFPB to Protect Manufactured Homebuyers from Predatory Lending

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of eight senators in calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve transparency around manufactured home financing. Currently, manufactured housing retailers are not legally required to disclose their affiliations with lenders, often leading borrowers to take on expensive chattel loans when they qualify for lower-cost options. Nearly 20 million Americans live in manufactured homes, and manufactured … Continue Reading

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