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July 08, 2022

Following Push from Senator Cortez Masto, Biden Administration Announces Executive Action to Protect Access to Reproductive Care and Women’s Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) has been leading calls for the Biden Administration to take bold executive action to protect access to reproductive care and improve the accessibility of birth control across the country. Last week, she sent a letter urging President Biden to stand up for women's reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and as Congressional Republicans make it clear they want to enact a nationwide abortion ban. Today, President … Continue Reading


July 05, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $900,000 for the Southern Nevada Water Authority

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that $900,500 they helped secure in the bipartisan infrastructure law is coming to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to fund restoration of the Las Vegas Wash. The wash helps to clean and conserve the urban runoff and wastewater that runs through the Las Vegas Valley into Lake Mead. Last week, the Senators introduced a bill to authorize an additional $25 million for the Las … Continue Reading


July 01, 2022

Cortez Masto, Bennet Call on HHS to Update Privacy Protections for Patients Seeking Abortion

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) called on the Biden Administration to update the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect the privacy of patients who receive abortions from infringement by law enforcement agencies. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Department of Health and Human … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Public Safety Officers and Their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) signed on to the bipartisan Public Safety Officer Support Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), to support the families of officers who struggle with their mental health or who die due to trauma-linked suicides. The House companion to this legislation recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. "The families of law enforcement officers who die by suicide deserve … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1.9 Million for Affordable Housing in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLB-SF) has awarded $1.9 million to help build affordable housing in Nevada under the Affordable Housing Program. The Senator has repeatedly urged the Bank to do more to support affordable housing and community development in the state. "I've been working for a long time with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco to make sure it's fulfilling its mission to invest … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1.49 Million in Funding to Support Low-Income and First-Generation UNLV Students Majoring In STEM

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) $1,499,136 to support the graduation of low-income and first-generation students studying in the STEM fields. Over its six-year duration, this project will fund 43 scholarships to support full time students who are pursuing bachelor's degrees in biological sciences. "Many students who are the first in their family to … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

House Passes Three Bipartisan Bills Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Support Veterans’ Mental Health

Washington, D.C. - Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills championed in the Senate by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) as part of a comprehensive veterans' mental health package called the Support the Resilience of Our Nation's Great (STRONG) Veterans Act. This bipartisan package now heads to the Senate, where Cortez Masto will work to pass it and send it to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Nevada's veterans sacrifice so much to defend our … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Prevent Housing Discrimination Against Veterans, Working Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and other Senate colleagues in introducing the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 to protect veterans and working families from housing discrimination. Current law allows landlords to deny housing to individuals based on source of income, and many veterans and low-income families have reported discrimination when using vouchers to pay their rent. The Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 would … Continue Reading


June 28, 2022

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Take Bold Action to Protect Abortion Access

Washington, D.C. - This weekend, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and 31 Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to take bold action to protect reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and as Congressional Republicans make it clear they want to enact a nationwide abortion ban. "Now is the time for bold action to protect the right to an abortion. You have the power to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Cancer Screenings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led bicameral legislation with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Screening for Communities to Receive Early and Equitable Needed Services (SCREENS) for Cancer Act to reauthorize the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), a lifesaving program that provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic … Continue Reading


June 27, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Bills to Further Efforts to Combat Drought, Protect Lake Mead

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced two pieces of legislation to help continue to combat drought in Nevada and protect Lake Mead. To support the growing interest in wastewater recycling following the funding Senator Cortez Masto secured as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Senators have introduced legislation to provide an additional $500 million to the Competitive Grant Program for Large-Scale Water … Continue Reading


June 27, 2022

Cortez Masto, Blumenthal, Boozman Introduce Bill to Provide Peer Support to Veteran Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who have survived military sexual trauma (MST) have access to trained peer support specialists within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Currently, veterans who file disability claims with the VA for benefits due to the physical and mental effects of MST have no formal mental or emotional health support. This … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision that a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks is constitutional. "Today, a majority of justices on Supreme Court voted to overrule Roe v. Wade, rolling back the clock on reproductive care and depriving Americans of a long-established right. This is a devastating day for women in America. People in dozens of states across the country will live … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Cortez Masto Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, commonsense legislation to strengthen background checks, fund the implementation of red flag laws, close the "boyfriend loophole," and invest in mental health care, including provisions Senator Cortez Masto led to fund more school-based mental health professionals. "Throughout my Senate career, I've stood up for commonsense … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $29 Million in PILT Payments to Nevada Counties

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of the Interior (DOI) had awarded $29,146,696 under the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to rural counties in Nevada for Fiscal Year 2022. "Rural counties across Nevada rely on PILT payments to support local law enforcement and first responders and to fund housing, education, and conservation projects that strengthen our communities," said Senator Cortez … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Reform Student Loan Program, Prioritize Working Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - Today, on the 50th anniversary of the Pell Grant program, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Student Loan Relief and College Affordability Act to reform the Pell Grant and federal student loan system so that more Nevadans can access higher education without burdensome debt. Cortez Masto's legislation increases the amount of Pell Grants students can receive and targets student loan forgiveness to the low- and moderate-income Americans who will most … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Innovative Legislation to Support Domestic Violence Survivors

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to provide immediate support from trained advocates for domestic violence victims. The Reaching Every Survivor With Police and On-Site Nonprofit Services Evaluations Act (RESPONSE Act) of 2022 would create a pilot program, based on a model pioneered in Las Vegas by SafeNest, that allows advocates to provide critical services, including support, safety planning, legal options, and information about … Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Cortez Masto, Moore Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Increase Access to Homeownership

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Representative Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.-04) introduced bicameral legislation to help working families afford their first mortgages. The Affordable Housing Bond Enhancement Act makes improvements to the Mortgage Revenue Bond (MRB) and Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) programs that make first-time homeownership possible for thousands of families every year. Since the programs' inception, nearly 4 million families who earn … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Law Enforcement Operations at U.S. Southern Border

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Advanced Border Coordination Act, legislation to strengthen border security by improving law enforcement communication and coordination at our southern border. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has periodically established joint operations hubs to help multiple law enforcement agencies work together to address border security and transnational criminal activity like drug and human trafficking. This … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Cortez Masto’s Advocacy Results in Historic Pay Raise for Over 16,000 Wildland Firefighters

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that following her work to secure and implement provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, all federal wildland firefighters, including many working throughout Nevada, will see a significant pay raise through 2023. Senator Cortez Masto fought to provide pay raises for over 16,000 firefighters in last year's bipartisan infrastructure bill, but the implementation of these vital raises has been … Continue Reading

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