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February 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Banking Committee to Hold Oversight Hearing on Puerto Rico Housing Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urging them to hold an oversight hearing on the current housing crisis facing Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, delinquency in mortgage payments have worsened as Puerto Ricans struggle to recover and rebuild their homes and businesses, many of whom are … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Cortez Masto: The 1.3 Million Nevadans Impacted by Equifax Deserve Accountability

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in reaction to news reports that the Consumer Bureau will drop its investigation of Equifax at the behest of the contested head of the Consumer Bureau, Trump appointed OMB agency director Mick Mulvaney. "In Nevada, 1.3 million people - nearly half of the population - were impacted by Equifax's data breach. The Consumer Bureau has a central role in the fight to ensure accountability from Equifax, … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces USDA Grant to Assist Low-Income Homeowners from Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing a grant of $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency to assist homeowners from Churchill, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties with repairs to their homes. "When people live in homes with leaky roofs, outdated windows, safety hazards or that are not accessible to someone who uses a wheelchair or walker, families suffer ill health and threats to their … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Cortez Masto on Nunes Memo: Chairman Nunes is Enabling Trump Assault on Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration authorized the release of the partisan House Intelligence Committee memo authored by Chairman Nunes' staff. "Chairman Nunes has enabled President Trump in his assault on law enforcement and on the integrity of the investigation over foreign interference in our elections. This partisan memo is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the very real issue: Did a … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on President to Preserve Rights and Integrity of Federal Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate two qualified individuals to key positions on the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The MSPB serves a critical function in protecting the rights of the federal workforce by ensuring that actions taken against government employees are fair and not politically motivated. However, due to vacancies on the three-member board since January 2017, the board has been unable to … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Enhance Medical Care for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her cosponsorship of the No Hero Left Untreated Act. This legislation will enhance medical care for veterans by providing access to additional treatment options. Senators David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) reintroduced the No Hero Left Untreated Act in 2017 as a companion legislation to a bill introduced by Representative Steve Knight (R-Calif.) in the House of … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges President to Prioritize Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) urging President Trump to include funding to support broadband deployment in unserved rural areas across the country. While the Administration prepares a broad infrastructure plan, around 23 million Americans living in rural areas across the country still lack access to high-speed broadband. "In an increasingly interconnected world and global … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on African American History Month

A black-and-white photographic postcard of Jack Johnson's corner before the "Fight of the Century" between Johnson and James J. Jeffries. Johnson wears a robe and is surrounded by training and support staff.Source: National Museum of African American History & Culture Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the celebration of African American History Month, which begins on Thursday, February 1 and ends on Wednesday, … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Cortez Masto, Lee Call for Oversight Hearing on Systemic Sexual Abuse Under the Watch of U.S. Olympic Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), urging them to hold an oversight hearing on the reports of systemic sexual abuse of youth and amateur Olympic-sport athletes, under the governance of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The issue was most recently brought to light by several members of … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Cortez Masto: Today’s Court Decision to Uphold CFPB Independence is a Win for the Watchdog on Wall Street

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld as constitutional key elements of Wall Street reform legislation that govern the organizational structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Today's decision affirmed the independence and constitutionality of America's watchdog on Wall … Continue Reading


January 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds EPA Grant to Reduce Harmful Emissions in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for awarding a Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant to Nevada to help curb harmful pollution from large diesel sources. "Thanks to innovation and new technologies, we now have the ability to produce cleaner diesel and reduce harmful pollution," said Cortez Masto. "It is vital that we invest in projects like these to protect the air we breathe and support Nevada's growing … Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

Cortez Masto on Trump SOTU: We’ve Heard This All Before

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump's State of the Union address: "We've heard this all before. During the election and his first year, President Trump promised middle class Americans he'd fight for them, make big investments in infrastructure, have huge job growth and show 'great heart' to Dreamers. He's failed to deliver. President Trump has offered an agenda that's actively tried to harm Nevadans … Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Letter to Tillerson: Failure to Impose New Sanctions Required in Counteracting America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act is Unacceptable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), joined her Democratic Senate colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson led by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, expressing their concern that six months after Congress overwhelmingly passed mandatory sanctions measures to hold Russia accountable for their destabilizing … Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Leadership in Water and Power Subcommittee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her recent assignment as Ranking Member of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee: "With Nevada paving the way for a clean energy revolution and its leadership in water safety and conservation, I am honored to take on this new role as Ranking Member of the Water and Power Subcommittee. I look forward to bringing Nevada to the forefront of matters … Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect National Monuments from Trump Administration’s Attacks on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and 17 Democratic senators in introducing legislation to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration's unprecedented attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 reinforces Congress' intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has the … Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

VIDEO: Cortez Masto Presses Treasury Sec. Mnuchin, A.K.A. “The Foreclosure King,” to Address Affordable Housing Crisis

FTPs for TV stations are available here. Washington, D.C. - In today's Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin-former Goldman Sachs partner and noted "Foreclosure King"-about his agency's efforts to address the affordable housing crisis. "One area that is very difficult in the state of Nevada, right now…is affordable housing. [Nationwide,] one in four renters pays more than [half] … Continue Reading


January 29, 2018

Cortez Masto: Republican Attack on Reproductive Choice is a Distraction in the Midst of a Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today, condemning a vote to restrict women's reproductive choice in the midst of a government funding crisis: "Once again, the party of 'limited' government has tried to pass a law regulating women's reproductive decisions. This proposal would have placed a ban on abortions after twenty weeks, with no exceptions for pregnancies that involve severe fetal abnormalities or threats to a mother's … Continue Reading


January 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces TPS Recipient as Guest to State of the Union

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her guest to the State of the Union, Flor de Maria Campos, who is a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipient from El Salvador. Ms. Campos lives and works with her husband, also a TPS recipient, in Las Vegas with their two U.S. citizen daughters. "Flor has built a life and a home for herself and her family in Las Vegas for nearly two decades. She and her husband Jose, who is also a … Continue Reading


January 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Volunteers of America Reno Community Center, Highlights Need to Address Homelessness

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the Volunteers of America Reno Community Center, and met with community leaders and Nevadans experiencing homelessness. Cortez Masto expressed her commitment to expand the supply of affordable housing in order to end homelessness for families, youth, people with disabilities, veterans, survivors of domestic abuse and the elderly. She applauded the organization for its commitment to provide stability and security to Nevadans … Continue Reading


January 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Reno Fire Department, Meets with Local Firefighters

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the newest Reno fire station and received a briefing on the state of the Reno Fire Department (RFD) and the region's intense fire season. Cortez Masto also met with RFD firefighters who aided relief efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as well as the recent wildfires in neighboring California. "The bravery and dedication of Nevada firefighters are unmatched - from coming to the aid of our fellow … Continue Reading

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