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May 09, 2019

Cortez Masto, Murray Demand Information After Third Migrant Child Dies in U.S. Custody

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sent a letter today to Secretary Alex Azar following the death of a 16-year-old unaccompanied minor in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The letter requests a staff briefing on the medical treatment for children in U.S. Government custody. "This is the third migrant child who has died while in the custody of the U.S. … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Taxes on Gold Star Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and 27 other bipartisan Senators in introducing legislation to provide tax relief for children receiving benefits who have lost a parent serving in the military. The Republican tax reform passed in 2017 inadvertently caused higher taxes on military survivor benefits. This bipartisan legislation resolves the unintended tax treatment of survivor benefits. "The kids, spouses and family members of … Continue Reading


May 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Confirmation Vote for Ex-Im Bank President, Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after voting in support of Kimberly A. Reed to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, as well as Spencer Bachus III and Judith DelZoppo Pryor to be members of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. With today's confirmation of these three nominees, the Export-Import … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Cortez Masto: Congress Must Act to Protect the Lives of Native Women and Girls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor about the importance of passing three pieces of legislation - the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Savanna's Act and the Not Invisible Act - in order to address the epidemic of violence against Native American women. Senator Cortez Masto delivered her remarks in recognition of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, which was recognized this … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Legislators Asking for Federal Study on Crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Washington, D.C. - Following the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls" on Sunday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). "As Members of the Indian Affairs Committee and the Indigenous Peoples Subcommittee and Senators and Representatives representing the majority of … Continue Reading


May 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Permanently Fund the LWCF

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million. This legislation comes after the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was enacted into law last month, which permanently authorized the LWCF. "Nevadans … Continue Reading


May 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Immigration Workshop, Unveils Immigration Resource Guide

Washington, D.C. - On Saturday, the Office of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a free workshop to provide Elko-area residents with information about the immigration and naturalization resources offered by federal agencies. Representatives from USCIS and the senator's office were present to provide guidance and answer questions. Additionally, the Office of Senator Cortez Masto unveiled a new Immigrant Resource Guide to help Nevadans navigate America's immigration system, … Continue Reading


May 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Address Health Disparities for Native Americans in Urban Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the bicameral Urban Indian Health Parity Act, legislation to address Medicaid reimbursement inequity for Urban Indian Health Programs that serve Native patients. "Native American Nevadans deserve high-quality, affordable health care regardless of where they live. Yet, Native people living outside tribal lands often face additional barriers to access comprehensive, culturally competent medical services. This … Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, which falls on Sunday, May 5th. Earlier this month, she joined Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in introducing a resolution designating May 5, 2019 as a day of observance to shed light on the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. "The growing number of missing and murdered American Indian and … Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on the bipartisan Improving HOPE (Health, Outcomes, Planning, and Education) for Alzheimer's Act to increase awareness among health care providers and utilization among patients and caregivers of individual care planning resources - a critical new Medicare benefit. In 2017, the first … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Clean Energy for America Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Clean Energy for America Act of 2019, which would streamline several existing energy-related tax incentives to consolidate tax deductions and credits for the production of or investment in clean electricity, the production of clean transportation fuels, and energy efficient homes and commercial buildings. The bill was introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "Nevada's leadership in renewable energy technology is … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Help Increase Drug Pricing Transparency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to support two pieces of legislation that will help increase transparency in drug pricing and to rein in the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. The Stopping the Pharmaceutical Industry from Keeping Drugs Expensive (SPIKE) Act would require drug manufactures to publicly justify large price increases in prescription drugs. The Reducing Existing Costs Associated with Pharmaceuticals for … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Cortez Masto, Udall, Smith Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Nutritious Meals for Native Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) reintroduced legislation to give Tribes the authority to directly provide Child Nutrition Programs. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019 recognizes that Tribes understand the needs of their communities best, especially when it comes to ensuring children have consistent, healthy, and nutritious meals all year long. U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Raúl … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement recognizing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and contributions of our AAPI communities. In Nevada, home to one of America's fastest-growing AAPI populations, Asian and Pacific American heritage is forever woven into the fabric of the Silver State and reflected in our vibrant and diverse communities. Our … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

ICYMI – Cortez Masto Wins Fight Against Secretary Perry to Remove Plutonium from Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Cortez Masto wins fight over plutonium removal from NevadaBy Gary MartinApril 30, 2019 WASHINGTON - Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said Tuesday she struck a deal with Energy Secretary Rick Perry to remove a half metric ton of weapons-grade plutonium from the state starting in 2021, with assurances that no future shipments will come from South Carolina. Cortez Masto agreed to drop her hold on presidential nominees for the Department of Energy and also agreed to a … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cortez Masto, Daines Introduce Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Access to Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act to create an intergovernmental task force to identify opportunities to expand access and usage of public lands for outdoor therapy and rehabilitation treatments. Representatives Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) have reintroduced its companion legislation in the House. "For many veterans, getting … Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cortez Masto: Nevadans Won’t Allow Yucca Mountain to be Forced On Them

Mr. Chairman, all we are asking today is that Nevada is treated fairly, that it is treated the same as every other state. Congress should not, and cannot, shove nuclear waste down our throats. The federal government has spent $19 billion with little to show in result. There are no waste disposal tunnels. No waste handling facilities. No monitoring infrastructure. No containment infrastructure. No railroad infrastructure needed for transporting waste into the site. According to Former Air … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions How Advanced Technology Can Reduce Nuclear Waste, Address Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - At today's hearing at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned witnesses on how emerging advanced nuclear reactor technologies can reduce nuclear waste, especially in light of repeated attempts to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. She pressed witnesses on whether America's existing nuclear fleet can benefit from the proposed Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, which examines pathways to reestablish America's … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Releases Hold on Department of Energy Nominees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced she would lift her hold on all Department of Energy nominees after securing an agreement with Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the removal of a half metric ton of plutonium from the state of Nevada. "Today I've released my holds on all pending Department of Energy nominees following an agreement with the Department of Energy that the Department will commence the removal of the weapons-grade plutonium that was … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senators Demand CFPB Maintain Home Mortgage Disclosure Database

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in demanding that CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger reverse her decision to remove Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Explorer and the Public Data Platform Application Programming Interface (API) from the CFPB website. HMDA data is a primary tool to measure trends and disparities in mortgage credit access, and CFPB's HMDA Explorer and API have made it easier for local organizations, academics, … Continue Reading

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