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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


September 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $300,000 in Federal Grants to Support HIV/AIDS Treatment in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services for awarding $300,000 through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help organizations in Southern Nevada deliver HIV care more effectively. "Although we've made incredible strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past few decades, we must continue to support Nevadans struggling with this illness. These funds will allow critical … Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators Demand Details of Kathy Kraninger’s Role in Transferring $9.8 Million from FEMA to ICE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in requesting that the Office of Management and Budget Program Associate Director and nominee for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Kathy Kraninger provide documents related to her role in transferring funds away from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the … Continue Reading


September 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. "Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to reflect on the countless contributions of Hispanics to the United States and share our rich history and culture with all Americans. This year's celebration takes a somber tone because of the ongoing humanitarian crises in Puerto Rico and along our southern … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Attends Launch of UNLV’s Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended the launch of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries' Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada Project, which will help expand the diversity of voices preserved in the university's archives. "I applaud the Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada Project for bringing attention to all the ways that the Latinx community has contributed to Southern Nevada, and continues to contribute to this day. As we begin our … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HHS for Awarding Over $2.7 Million to Support Health Services in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services for awarding over $2,760,000 to Nevada Urban Indians, Inc. and the State of Nevada Health Division to support mental health and substance abuse services in Nevada. $2,260,000 in federal funding will go towards the State of Nevada Health Division and be used to promote the welfare of Nevadans throughout the state. $500,000 has been awarded … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Honors 1October Survivors at Trauma Strong Event

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended the Trauma Strong: Stories of Survivors community healing event, where she joined survivors, medical personnel, first responders and community members to honor those affected by the 1October tragedy. "It is a solemn privilege to be able to hear the testimonies of the brave 1October survivors and first responders who shared their stories today. So many people have scars from that night, visible and invisible, and … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto to BLM: Continued Attempts to Lease Nevada Public Lands with Lack of Industry Interest Raises Questions

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Acting Nevada Bureau of Land Management State Director Michael Courtney to raise her concerns regarding the prospect of opening up 202 parcels of public land to oil and gas leasing in Nevada, citing potential damage and disruption of wildlife habitat, along with the general lack of interest and low demand from the oil and gas industry. "I am concerned that the low demand for new places to drill, coupled by the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Raise Concerns About ICE Intention to Reopen Administratively Closed Deportation Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen expressing concerns about reports that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to re-open and re-calendar 350,000 deportation cases that are currently administratively closed. This follows a decision by Attorney General Sessions to strip immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) of … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Highlights Nevada’s Leadership in Emerging Technologies, Welcomes RTC of Southern Nevada General Manager as Witness in Commerce Hearing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada General Manager Tina Quigley as a witness during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation entitled, "Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America." Quigley was invited by Cortez Masto to testify at the hearing, where she discussed innovation and technological development in Nevada, and other … Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $3 Million Transportation Innovation Grant to University of Nevada, Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding the University of Nevada, Reno $3 million in grant funding for the development and deployment of innovative asphalt pavement technologies. "I commend the Department of Transportation for awarding this competitive grant to the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR's contributions to improving pavement design and production will help extend the life of our roads, lower … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendment to Improve Oversight of VA Nursing Homes Included in Final Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the minibus I legislation that includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bills. The overall package included Senator Cortez Masto's amendment to heighten oversight of VA nursing homes. "America's veteran seniors have dedicated their lives to serving our country. They deserve the best care we can provide. This … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto: Misguided & Dangerous Yucca Mountain to Receive No Federal Funding in 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the federal appropriations legislation that includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bills, which provides no federal funding for Yucca Mountain. Senator Cortez Masto has been an outspoken opponent of wasting any additional taxpayer dollars on the failed Yucca project. "I'm pleased that Congress heeded … Continue Reading

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