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September 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Nevada Public Lands Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement marking Nevada Public Lands Day, which falls on Saturday, September 29th. Nevada Public Lands Day is a "fee-free" day for admission to all Nevada State Parks. "Growing up in Nevada, I spent my childhood camping, hiking, fishing, and exploring the pristine, natural beauty of our state. All of Nevada's sons and daughters should have the same opportunity. As we celebrate Nevada Public Lands Day, I … Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds New Grant for Judicial Transportation Education Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Department of Transportation's (DOT) for awarding $1,070,175 grant to the National Judicial College in Reno. This grant will help fund education programs for tribal judges and tribal court professionals to enhance their understanding of commercial driver's license laws. "I applaud the Department of Transportation for helping support transportation education for Nevada's tribal … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Four Innovation State Initiative Bills for Inclusion in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced four bills for inclusion in the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill: the Generating Revenue for Electric and Emission-Negligible (GREEN) Vehicles at Airports Act; the bipartisan Increased Aviation Safety through Contract Towers Act; the Drone Safety Enhancement Act; and the bipartisan UAS Critical Infrastructure Protection Act. The bills are part of Cortez Masto's Innovation State Initiative, … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators to HHS and DHS Secretaries: Family Detention is Morally Wrong, Harmful to Children and Parents, Inconsistent with Fundamental Values

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letted led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen imploring them to rescind the proposed regulation to allow the Trump Administration to facilitate the indefinite detention of children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Cortez Masto: Affordable Care Act Continues to Cut Uninsured Rate in Rural Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in response to a Georgetown University study that finds Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has helped Nevada's uninsured rate in rural communities drop from 42% in 2008-2009 to 14% in 2015-2016. "Nevada's Medicaid expansion has helped thousands of rural Nevadans no longer go without medical treatment or be forced into bankruptcy because they could not afford their medical … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $500,000 DOJ Grant to Clark County Social Services for Technology Updates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement applauding the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance for awarding $500,000 to the Clark County Social Service Department to improve and update their justice information sharing technology. "I applaud the Department of Justice for helping support Nevada's local government agencies that play an active role in combatting crime in our communities. This grant funding will … Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Ahead of One Year Anniversary of Las Vegas Shooting, Senate Unanimously Passes Heller-Cortez Masto Resolution Honoring Victims, Recognizing Local Heroes

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on October 1st, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to honor the memory of the 58 individuals who lost their lives, recognize the hundreds who were injured, and offer support to those who continue down the long road toward physical and emotional recovery. … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Signing of Veterans Affairs, Energy ‘Minibus’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today celebrated the signing of the 'minibus I' legislation that includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bills. The spending package passed in the Senate last week by a 92-5 vote. Senator Cortez Masto secured numerous legislative victories for the State of Nevada including strong investments in renewable energy, nearly $97 million dollars for military construction … Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds over $8.9 Million in HHS Grant Funds for Nevada Health Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for disbursing over $8.9 million in grant funding to help support Nevada health centers and substance abuse treatment programs across the state of Nevada. "I want to thank HHS for investing in the health and wellbeing of Nevadans. These grant funds will help bolster health centers that provide low-income and vulnerable … Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HHS Grant for Chicanos Por La Causa Community Economic Development Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for awarding $759,650 to Chicanos Por La Causa Nevada, Inc., which works to foster economic empowerment among Latinos and other underserved communities. "Organizations like Chicanos Por La Causa make a difference in Nevadans' lives by creating economic opportunities and putting families on the path to building wealth. Chicanos Por La Causa is dedicated to opening doors … Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on One Year Since Hurricane Maria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement marking one year since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. "One year ago, our government failed at its most fundamental duty - protecting its citizens - and almost 3,000 Americans lost their lives. There is no way to repair that damage. But Congress can and must hold this Administration accountable for its unequal treatment of Puerto Rico and ensure that the island receives the necessary … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Cortez Masto: Kavanaugh Stance on Women’s Right to Choose Extreme & Disqualifying

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. "After carefully reviewing Judge Kavanaugh's record and listening to his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have determined that his stance on a woman's right to choose is extreme and disqualifies him from a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. "From his challenge of Roe v. Wade as … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Condemn Trump Remarks on Hurricane Maria Death Toll

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), along with 13 Senate colleagues and 116 House colleagues, in sending a letter to President Trump denouncing his recent statements about the fatalities in Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their aftermath. The letter calls on President Trump to immediately apologize for his statements and set the record straight by … Continue Reading


September 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

Legislation Would Give Tribes a Seat at the Table in Planning Suicide Prevention Programs Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), along with fourteen of their Senate colleagues, as an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act. This legislation would help address the suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and tribal communities to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HHS Grants for UNR and State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $484,760 to the University of Nevada, Reno for diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic research; and $486,929 to the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division to expand Nevada's adult protective services. "I applaud HHS for prioritizing medical research at our public universities and making sure elderly Nevadans and other individuals who … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendment to Study the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injuries Included in Final Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the final Senate passage of the federal funding legislation covering the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education departments. The legislation includes Senator Cortez Masto's amendment with Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on federal efforts to study the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries among victims of … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $5 Million Department of Transportation Grant to Ely Airport

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding Yelland Field in Ely, Nevada $5,186,819 to reconstruct their airport taxiway. "In order to strengthen our rural economies and make our rural communities more accessible, we must improve and enhance our infrastructure. I commend the U.S. Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of strengthening our economy, connecting Nevadans and continuing to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Urging GOP Leadership, Appropriators to Reject Expansion of Family Immigration Detentions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.-13), and 74 other lawmakers in a letter requesting that Republican Congressional leaders and appropriators reject any Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations amendments for the 2019 fiscal year that would allow the department to expand family immigration detention or weaken protections for detained immigrant children. The letter … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Amendment to Address Fraud in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Washington, D.C. - In May, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Opioid Addiction Recovery Fraud Prevention Act of 2018 with her colleague Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va). This critical piece of legislation passed as part of the bipartisan opioids package in the United States Senate tonight. The bipartisan bill holds fraudulent substance abuse treatment programs and recovery centers accountable by empowering the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Electric CARS Act to extend the life of the electric vehicle tax credit for the next 10 years. "I am proud to cosponsor legislation that will allow consumers to continue receiving important tax credits that encourage the use and development of electric vehicles in our state, and throughout the country. This tax credit helped put over 37,000 electric or electric hybrid vehicles on Nevada's roads today, and there … Continue Reading

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