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May 18, 2023

Cortez Masto, Murray, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Protect Affordable Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in re-introducing the Affordability is Access Act, legislation to ensure that women across the country have affordable access to FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) birth control without a prescription. “Women’s reproductive freedoms are under attack across the country, and we know that far-right extremists won’t stop at limiting a … Continue Reading

May 18, 2023

Cortez Masto, Collins, Stabenow, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect and Enhance Emergency Ambulance Services

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Access to Ground Ambulance Medical Services Act, which would ensure that all communities, particularly those in rural and underserved areas, have access to quality emergency ambulance services no matter where they live. Last year, Cortez Masto passed a law to make sure ambulance … Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

During Police Week, Cortez Masto Calls for Increased Support for Law Enforcement on the Senate Floor

“The Invest to Protect Act will help these police departments with recruitment and retention so they have enough officers to serve. These are important jobs that make good careers in public service. In honor of Police Week and the sacrifices our officers have made to protect us, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me and Senator Grassley in supporting the Invest to Protect Act.” Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the … Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

Cortez Masto Legislation Protecting Lake Tahoe, Ruby Mountains Clear Key Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) passed legislation to protect Lake Tahoe and Nevada’s Ruby Mountains through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today. Her bipartisan, bicameral legislation to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act will help deliver more federal funding to Lake Tahoe to support environmental protection and habitat restoration programs. Her Ruby Mountains Protection Act prohibits oil and … Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

Cortez Masto Leads Legislation to Increase Solar Manufacturing in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) re-introduced the Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act to expand the solar manufacturing supply chain in the U.S. and enhance our global competitiveness. This legislation also supports good-paying union jobs by requiring solar manufacturing facilities to have strong labor protections to be eligible for this … Continue Reading

May 16, 2023

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Limit Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing on Lands with Low Potential for Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) re-introduced the End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act to prohibit oil and gas leasing on public lands that have low or no potential for oil and gas development. The bill would update the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) administration of public lands, cut wasteful speculation, and allow lands with low or no potential to be reprioritized for more appropriate purposes, … Continue Reading

May 16, 2023

Cortez Masto Grills Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank Executives for Mismanagement, Harming Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) confronted executives from Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank at a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing today, highlighting how their mismanagement led to the banks’ failures and the impact of those failures on small banks and businesses across the U.S. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently identified the root causes of both bank failures to be ineffective management, poor … Continue Reading

May 16, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces FCC’s New Broadband Funding Map She Created, Highlights Continued Push for Expanded Broadband Accessibility

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled out its new interactive Broadband Funding Map. Senator Cortez Masto worked with Republican Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) to create this tool in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and pushed the Administration to implement it to ensure that federal broadband funding is being distributed efficiently and is targeted to … Continue Reading

May 15, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join New Legislation to Respond to Immediate Needs at the Southern Border

Washington, D.C.  – As Title 42 expires, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), on legislation to respond to the immediate needs on our southern border by significantly increasing resources for frontline border personnel. The proposal provides immediate … Continue Reading

May 11, 2023

Cortez Masto, Daines Push Bipartisan Legislation to Support Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) re-introduced bipartisan legislation to help deliver more federal resources to rural communities in areas with large amounts of federal land. The U.S. government manages over 80% of the land in Nevada, and this limit rural localities’ ability to generate tax revenue. The More Opportunities for Rural Economies (MORE) Grants Package works to address this disparity by … Continue Reading

May 11, 2023

At Hearing, Cortez Masto Urges Colleagues to Pass the SAFE Banking Act and Protect Legitimate Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) urged her colleagues to pass the SAFE Banking Act and finally allow cannabis businesses full access to the U.S. banking sector at a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing today. At the hearing, Cortez Masto outlined the challenges and dangers that cannabis businesses in Nevada face because they can’t access traditional banking: “My office heard from one business owner in Las Vegas who said … Continue Reading

May 11, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces UNR Selected for National Research Program and Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Support Clean Energy and Battery Manufacturing

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S.  Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) has been accepted into the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Regional Innovations Program and will receive an initial $999,905 to conduct critical lithium-battery research, supporting Nevada’s growing clean energy economy. Through her championing of Nevada’s battery industry and her greater support for the state’s research … Continue Reading

May 10, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bicameral Resolution Recognizing National Day Of AANHPI Mental Health

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, joined Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in cosponsoring a resolution recognizing May 10, 2023 as National Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Mental Health Day. The resolution aims to bring awareness to mental health challenges unique to the AANHPI community and celebrate efforts to improve access to mental health care. … Continue Reading

May 08, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights Clean Energy Jobs in Southern Nevada at New Battery Manufacturing Facility

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) highlighted Nevada’s growing clean energy economy at a tour of Lithion’s brand-new battery manufacturing facility. Lithion’s new facility is the first manufacturing plant in the world outside China making cylindrical cell lithium-ion batteries, which are critical for everything from electric cars and e-bikes to medical instruments to laptops. They’ve been able to expand operations, open a … Continue Reading

May 05, 2023

Cortez Masto and Grassley Reintroduce Legislation to Boost Investments in Local Police Departments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to increase access to funding for small law enforcement agencies in Nevada and across the country. The Invest to Protect Act would set aside $250 million to help local police invest in training, mental health support, and recruitment and retention. "Our law enforcement agencies keep Nevadans safe, and I've always fought to deliver the resources they need," said … Continue Reading

May 03, 2023

On Senate Floor, Cortez Masto Slams Misguided Solar Tariffs Resolution That Would Kill American Jobs

“If we implement these tariffs, three-quarters of our solar deployment would stop. That would cede our leadership to the Chinese government, it would hurt our domestic manufacturing, and our working families would pay the price. We can’t let that happen.” Washington, D.C. – On the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) condemned a resolution to reinstate solar tariffs that would kill clean energy jobs in Nevada and across the country. Cortez Masto … Continue Reading

May 03, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Illegal Fentanyl Supply Chains

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the bipartisan Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act, along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tim Scott (S.C.), to tackle the country's fentanyl epidemic by cracking down on transnational drug trafficking schemes. This bipartisan bill would strengthen current law by directing the Treasury Department to target, sanction, and block the financial assets of transnational … Continue Reading

May 03, 2023

Cortez Masto, Cantwell Introduce Legislation to Hold Bad Actors Accountable for Energy Market Manipulation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) re-introduced bicameral legislation to protect consumers from energy market manipulation. The Energy Consumer Protection Act would provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with additional authority to go after traders that repeatedly manipulate electricity and natural gas markets. Companion legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Jan … Continue Reading

May 02, 2023

Cortez Masto to Sec. Haaland: Join Me in Supporting Bahsahwahbee National Monument

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) urged Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to support the creation of the Bahsahwahbee (or Swamp Cedars) National Monument in Eastern Nevada at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing today. Bahsahwahbee is a site of extreme cultural and historical significance of Tribes in Nevada and is home to a sacred and ecologically-unique grove of juniper trees. Senator Cortez Masto called on the Biden administration … Continue Reading

May 02, 2023

Cortez Masto Joins Amicus Brief Urging Fifth Circuit to Reverse Texas District Court Ruling Restricting Access to Abortion Pill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Schumer, Murray, Sanders, Durbin, Blumenthal, and a total of 253 members of Congress on an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, urging the Court to reverse the district court’s stay on the FDA’s more than 20-year-old approval of the abortion pill, mifepristone. In April, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the … Continue Reading

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