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July 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Meets with Animal Rights Advocates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with animal rights advocates to discuss issues and challenges pertaining to the protection of animals. Among them was Mexican American entertainer Marco Antonio Regil, an outspoken advocate for animal rights. Cortez Masto recently cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bipartisan bill would be the first-ever federal law to grant all animals federal protections against cruelty and abuse, if … Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Advocates for Standardization in Training Programs to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - In today's Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing to explore the role of transportation providers and supply chains in the global sex and labor trade, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) advocated for the adoption of uniform standards in training programs that support efforts to end human trafficking. Many travel-related industries, government agencies, and non-profits have developed training materials to educate their employees on how to identify … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senators Urge DEA to Lower Opioid Quotas to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

After years of allowing skyrocketing opioid production, agency last year heeded senators' call to lower quota Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 16 senators sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), urging the agency to better prevent painkillers from flooding the market by setting lower opioid production quotas for 2018. Last year, the DEA heeded the senators' call to address America's opioid epidemic by reducing nearly all opioid quotas by … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Public Lands Groups to Call on Trump Administration to Listen to Overwhelming Public Support for National Monuments

More than 2.7 million public comments support national monuments across the country Washington, D.C. - With over 2.7 million comments submitted opposing the Department of the Interior's unprecedented national monument review as the 60-day public comment period closed last night, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined public lands and community advocates … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Colleagues Demand Answers, Action from Administration to Reverse Alarming Rate of Latino and Immigrant Workplace Deaths

Recent actions by the Administration and congressional Republicans to rollback worker protections, gut Labor Department budget will only put more workers at risk, Senators say Washington, D.C. - Citing a report by the AFL-CIO on safety and health protections for America's workers, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) today wrote Labor Secretary Alexander … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Commends CFPB for Implementing Rules Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its intention to implement new rules that will prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses preventing consumers from seeking justice: "For far too long, mandatory arbitration clauses have allowed financial services companies to engage in duplicitous and harmful practices, all while avoiding legal action from their victims. This new rule … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Basin and Range National Monument’s Second Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Basin and Range National Monument's second anniversary: "The vast expanse of Nevada's Basin and Range is not only rich with archaeological history, but is a place for us to discover and appreciate the beauty of our public lands, and enjoy outdoor recreational activities with our families. Today, we celebrate two years since it was designated as a national monument under the … Continue Reading

July 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Highlights Impact of Repealing ACA for Nevadans

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Nevadans Together for Medicaid, a coalition of healthcare advocates working to protect and support Medicaid and CHIP for all children and families in Nevada, to highlight the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Nevadans. "The report that was unveiled today found an estimated 328,000 Nevadans who will lose their healthcare under the Senate Republicans' version of Trumpcare. It is far from what … Continue Reading

July 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve U.S. Election Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, and Administration

The Helping State and Local Governments Prevent Cyber Attacks Act would help combat foreign interference by providing state and local governments with information and resources they need to keep our elections secure and improve voter confidence The legislation would also simplify registration and voting processes to save taxpayer dollars and increase efficiency Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over … Continue Reading

July 05, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Urge HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Restore Resources that Protect LGBTQ from Housing Discrimination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led 28 U.S. senators in a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reinstate resources that protect LGBTQ people from housing discrimination. These resources, designed to help housing providers comply with HUD's nondiscrimination rules, were removed from HUD's website in recent months. "It is concerning that HUD apparently removed these tools from its website, which are meant to assist … Continue Reading

July 05, 2017

Cortez Masto to Secretary DeVos: Stand Up for Students and Families, Reverse Delay of Protections for Defrauded Students

Secretary DeVos delayed a series of borrower protections for defrauded students before July 1 implementation, using inconsistent and legally questionable justifications Members of Congress again cite concerns that Secretary DeVos is putting financial interests of for-profit colleges ahead of students who had been cheated and defrauded by predatory colleges Washington, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 56 Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of … Continue Reading

July 04, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Independence Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the Fourth of July. Today marks the 241st anniversary of our nation's independence from the British Empire: "On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers made the courageous decision of declaring independence from Great Britain, one of the most powerful empires in the world at that time. Signing the Declaration of Independence could have cost them their lives, but they knew their actions were … Continue Reading

June 30, 2017

Sens. Cortez Masto, Heinrich, Harris Release Video Highlighting Importance of National Monuments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country. In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act. The Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments in Nevada, the Organ Mountains-Desert … Continue Reading

June 30, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $4 Million in Federal Grants for Nevada’s Tenants and Homeowners

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) announcement that Nevada's communities will receive more than $4 million in federal dollars to increase access to affordable housing, improve housing conditions, and promote financial literacy among tenants and homeowners. "As Nevada's population expands, we must safeguard access to high quality, affordable housing," said Cortez Masto. "These grants … Continue Reading

June 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Bill to Prevent Healthcare Providers from Leaving Rural Markets

Washington, D.C. - Following the news that uncertainty surrounding the Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has caused insurance carriers to stop offering plans in nearly all of Nevada's rural counties, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to introduce legislation that would stabilize the healthcare market. Their bill, the Marketplace Certainty Act, would prevent costs from spiraling out of control so that providers are not … Continue Reading

June 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Supports Reauthorization of FAA Bill, Prioritizing Aviation Development and Infrastructure, Increased Safety Measures and Consumer Protections

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, supported the approval of the bipartisan 2017 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill out of committee, moving it one-step closer to becoming law. The Senator's work helped pass legislation that promotes Nevada's aviation initiatives and programs that support America's air infrastructure and competitiveness. The Federal Aviation … Continue Reading

June 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Denounces Trumpcare’s Overwhelmingly Negative Impact on Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing the overwhelmingly negative impact Trumpcare would have on veterans: "The immense sacrifice our veterans have given for our country is unquestionable and deserves our full appreciation and gratitude. As a nation, we have the responsibility to provide our veterans with all the necessary resources they need to rejoin and thrive in civilian life-of which quality affordable healthcare is an … Continue Reading

June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto, Kaine, Menendez, and Latino Advocacy Groups Highlight the Devastating Effects the Senate GOP Health Care Bill Would Have on Latino Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) joined National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, NCLR's Institute for Hispanic Health, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health to highlight how Senate Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would disproportionately affect the Latino community and significantly roll back the progress Latinos have made under the ACA. Despite the Senate GOP delaying a vote … Continue Reading

June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors FSOC Insurance Member Continuity Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in introducing legislation that allows the Financial Stability and Oversight Council (FSOC) to continue to benefit from the important insight and contributions of the independent member with insurance expertise if a replacement has not been confirmed. As the statute is currently written, the … Continue Reading

June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Senate’s First Ever Resolution Recognizing June as Pride Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of her Senate colleagues in introducing the first-ever Senate Resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. Today, June 28, marks the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. "Diversity is what makes us strong and what defines us as a nation," … Continue Reading

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