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August 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Cybersecurity Resources for Small Businesses, Bill Set To Become Law

Washington, D.C. - This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and led by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and James Risch (R-Idaho). The bipartisan bill will provide a consistent set of standards and resources for small businesses to best protect their digital assets from cybersecurity threats. Small businesses are a pillar of the American economy and make up more than half of … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Presses Wells Fargo CEO on Layoffs at Reno Call Center

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Wells Fargo CEO and President Timothy J. Sloan expressing serious concerns regarding the announced layoff of 340 employees from Wells Fargo's Reno call center. Several reports have noted that while Wells Fargo is laying off thousands of workers across the U.S., the company is also preparing to hire thousands of workers for call centers overseas and has announced billions in stock buybacks for its corporate … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Final Passage of the NDAA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, which includes language Senator Cortez Masto supported to prioritize the needs of Nevada's service members and to update important military training resources and technology. "I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes several bipartisan provisions that directly help … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds the Passage of the Minibus Funding Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passage of the 'minibus II' appropriations package, which includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Treasury, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. "This legislation rejects President Trump's proposal for … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Cortez Masto: Junk Plans Threaten the Health of Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the finalization of a Trump Administration rule which allows consumers to purchase and renew inexpensive short-term health insurance plans for up to three years. These plans offer limited benefits, do not comply with the Affordable Care Act and were originally designed to be used only for up to three months. "The Administration's continued efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Condemns Administration’s Proposed Damaging Changes to Title X Family Planning Program, Calls for Reversal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 43 other Senators in submitting a comment to Secretary Alex Azar at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strongly oppose the Trump-Pence Administration's proposal to restrict the Title X family planning program and reduce access to health care for millions of women. They called on the Administration to reverse course and revoke its planned changes. "As U.S. Senators, we … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Cortez Masto: Today, We Must Renew our Fight to Protect Medicaid and Medicare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate Floor in celebration of the 53rd anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid, and issued a call to action to protect these critical programs from cuts. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: Fifty-three years ago, on July 30th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation to establish Medicare and Medicaid, two essential programs that provide health care to over 120 … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Amendment to Increase Drone Integration Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) to the FY19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) portion of the 'minibus II' package that provides $6 million towards unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research to safely integrate this technology into the national airspace. The bill was also cosponsored by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.). "Increased funding for unmanned aircraft systems … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Infrastructure Improvement Grants for Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for awarding a total of $4,998,518 in grants to help fund infrastructure improvement projects at five Nevada airports. "I am thankful that the Department of Transportation continues to prioritize the revitalization of Nevada's airports. These funds will help improve the runways and taxiways at airports across our state, ensuring that … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Transparency in Elections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to overturn a new controversial rule allowing special interests to hide their donations to political campaigns. The Spotlight Act will reverse the Treasury Department's decision that allows non-profit organizations who engage in political activity to avoid disclosing certain donor information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The bill also requires these … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Harmed by Agent Orange

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), legislation to ensure that thousands of Navy veterans, known as 'Blue Water' veterans, are able to receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after exposure to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. "It is shameful that thousands of Blue Water veterans, who are potentially … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Cortez Masto, Murkowski Introduce End Trafficking of Native Americans Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today introduced the End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018. This bill addresses some of the gaps between tribal communities and the federal government in combatting human trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It would establish an advisory committee on human trafficking comprised of law enforcement, tribal leaders, and … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Increased Resources for Domestic Abuse Victims in the Digital Age

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Robert Casey (D-Penn.) and other Senate Democrats in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take steps to make updated resources and assistance available to victims of a new form of domestic abuse where internet-connected home devices are used to harass and control victims. "The adoption of these technological advancements shows no sign of slowing … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Demands Justice for Separated Families in Meeting with DHS Secretary Nielsen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in a meeting with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. In the meeting, Cortez Masto outlined a list of steps that must be taken, immediately, to reunite separated children with their parents. Specifically, she insisted that 400 deported parents be returned to the United States and reunified with their kids as soon as possible. She also noted that over 900 parents have already been … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Cortez Masto Stands with Survivors Ahead of Third Hearing on Sexual Abuse Within USA Gymnastics

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the third Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on sexual abuse within USA gymnastics and other Olympic sports, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in standing with more than 80 survivors who shared personal stories of abuse and discussed reforms necessary to provide a safe environment for all athletes. "The stories these brave women shared today illuminate the horrors of the abuse they went through … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting to confirm Robert L. Wilkie, Jr. as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "The Department of Veterans Affairs provides veterans with critical and lifesaving services, yet long wait times and medical staff vacancies have prevented our veterans from receiving the care they deserve. I was pleased to hear Mr. Wilkie express his support for transgender service in the military, as well as … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Cortez Masto, Cruz Introduce E-FRONTIER Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today introduced the Eliminate From Regulators Opportunities to Nationalize The Internet in Every Respect Act (E-FRONTIER Act). This bill would protect commercial 5G broadband networks from nationalization without authorization from Congress. Senators Cortez Masto and Cruz have been leading advocates against the nationalization of 5G … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Senate Democrats in Supporting Resolution to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led the Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing a resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in the Texas v. United States lawsuit, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, to defend the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. "I am proud to join my colleagues in defending important protections that make health care affordable and accessible for all Nevadans," said Cortez Masto. "Insurance companies … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Opposes Kraninger Nomination to Lead Consumer Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement opposing the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): "President Trump's pick to lead the CFPB offers no relevant experience or background that qualifies her to be its next director. The CFPB provides essential services and necessary safeguards to Nevadans, protecting them from fraud and getting their hard-earned money back from … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $5 Million in Wildfire Emergency Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding a total of $5,145,844.24 to the State of Nevada to help cover fire management, suppression, and recovery costs associated with the Little Valley Fire. "The Little Valley Fire took a devastating toll on Washoe Valley and recovery efforts are still ongoing. I am thankful that FEMA has provided Nevada with additional … Continue Reading

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