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January 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Cecile Richards

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Cecile Richards' announcement that she will retire as president of Planned Parenthood after 12 years of service: "I cannot thank Cecile Richards enough for the work she has done as a champion for women's rights and for staunchly defending a woman's right to her own body. Her accomplishments in our fight for equality and women's reproductive rights are immeasurable and especially important given the … Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges President Trump to Protect State Marijuana Laws

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.) in a bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting he urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reinstate the Cole Memorandum. Doing so would create a pathway to a more comprehensive marijuana policy that respects state interests. Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), and … Continue Reading


January 24, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote Against Confirmation of Governor Sam Brownback as Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she voted against the confirmation of Governor Sam Brownback as Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom: "My Catholic faith teaches me that ignorance is not a virtue and that hate is not gospel, unless you're in the Trump Administration. Governor Brownback has stood against the compassionate efforts of religious organizations working to resettle refugees in the United States, … Continue Reading


January 24, 2018

Cortez Masto: Azar Another Example of President Trump’s Long Trail of Broken Promises on Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she voted against the confirmation of Alex Michael Azar II to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services: "After the failed and corrupt leadership of former Secretary Price, the Department of Health and Human Services requires a leader committed to prioritizing the long-term health and wellbeing of Nevadan's. Mr. Azar fails that test. Alex Azar has supported the repeal of the … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Raises Concerns Over Private Debt Collectors in Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Federal Student Aid COO Dr. A. Wayne Johnson over the use of private sector collection agencies who are contracted to pursue defaulted student loan borrowers. Private debt collectors are incentivized to aggressively pursue defaulted student loan borrowers and do so while profiting from taxpayer dollars. Recently, the Department of … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote to Confirm Jerome Powell as Fed Chair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in support of the nomination of Jerome Powell to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System: "I voted to confirm Mr. Powell because I believe that his leadership will promote continuity and stability in our nation's monetary policy. I look forward to working with him to ensure that important regulations designed to safeguard our financial system remain in … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Solar Tariff

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement to impose a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels: "Just as the country is moving away from its dependence on harmful fossil fuels and moving toward sustainable, renewable energy, President Trump found a way to handicap the country's booming solar industry. As a leader in solar production and green jobs, Nevada's progress is threatened by President Trump's … Continue Reading


January 22, 2018

Cortez Masto: Thousands of Dreamers Are Losing Their Jobs, Status, & Livelihoods

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the continuing resolution: "President Trump created a manufactured crisis when he ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Now, thousands are losing their jobs, their status, and their livelihoods. President Trump and Senator McConnell, when faced with the decision to bring up a long-term, bipartisan budget to address issues like providing health care for … Continue Reading


January 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Will Donate Salary During Trump Shutdown

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that she will donate her salary as a United States Senator to a charity in the State of Nevada for every day the government remains shutdown by President Trump and Senator McConnell. "Every Member of Congress must come together and work to find a solution to end the Trump shutdown. I will not go home and will not take a salary for as long as my constituents are being impacted by President Trump's irresponsible … Continue Reading


January 20, 2018

Cortez Masto: Nevada Can No Longer Afford McConnell’s Status Quo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Senator McConnell failed to act on bipartisan priorities for Nevadans and shutdown the government: "Senator Mitch McConnell had a year to act on securing the long-term funding the American people so desperately need, but he failed to deliver, and has allowed this President to threaten the lives and futures of Dreamers. Now, President Trump and Senator McConnell are forcing Americans to … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Cortez Masto, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge FinCEN to Stay the Course on Cannabis Banking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and a bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), urged the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to keep in place guidance that has enabled some financial institutions to provide banking services for legitimate and licensed cannabis businesses in states that have legalized medical or recreational cannabis. In addition to Senators Cortez Masto, Merkley, and … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on FISA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017: "The safety of Nevadans and all Americans is a top priority for me. Our intelligence agencies must have the appropriate tools to protect our country from terrorist threats. My vote to reauthorize Section 702 of FISA reinforces my commitment to national security and the safety of Nevada and the families, friends, neighbors, … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Question Trump Administration Medicaid Waiver Authority

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 29 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan expressing serious concern with recent administrative actions and calling into question the Trump Administration's authority to approve state Medicaid waivers that violate the statutory intent of the program to provide health care to Americans who lack the resources to afford necessary medical services. "Harmful ideological … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges Trump Administration to Bolster Public School Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to rebuild and modernize public schools, boost student achievement, and grow the nation's economy, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in a bipartisan effort to urge President Trump to create a federal-state partnership to invest in the infrastructure of the nation's public schools. The senators say public schools are essential to the fabric of our communities and investing in 21st … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls for Immediate Implementation of Wells Fargo Fixes to Strengthen Consumer Protections, Prevent Repeat of Widespread Fraud

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), urging the agency responsible for supervising our nation's banks to immediately implement a series of recommendations addressing serious lapses in government oversight that failed to prevent Wells Fargo's widespread fraudulent account scandal while ignoring numerous red flags. Last April, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) following an internal review initiated … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on President Trump to Nominate Strong, Experienced Leadership to Key Drug Policy Positions

Washington, D.C. - Following reports that a 24-year-old with no relevant work experience served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), calling on President Trump to provide information on all political appointees serving in key drug policy positions, including those appointees' relevant qualifications. The letter, which was also signed … Continue Reading


January 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which falls on Monday, January 15th. This weekend, Senator Cortez Masto will act as Honorary Ambassador of the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and participate in the Eternal Dream of Dr. King: A Martin Luther King Celebration, hosted by the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Las Vegas. She will also attend the Northern Nevada Black … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Meets with Nevada Families Impacted by Trump TPS Decision

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Nevada families who have been impacted by President Donald Trump's recent decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 250,000 Salvadoran nationals. In many cases, Salvadorans who have received TPS have lived in the country for 20 or more years and have American citizen children. The President's decision would tear these families apart and have a devastating effect on our communities and economy. "Today's … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces First-Generation Intern Scholarship Recipient for Spring 2018

Keibi Mejia, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's Spring 2018 First-Generation Intern Scholarship Recipient Washington, D.C. - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing Keibi Mejia, a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Political Science and International Affairs, and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, as her office's Spring 2018 first-generation intern scholarship recipient. Keibi Mejia will work on behalf of the … Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Touts SMART Communities, Tech and Innovation Legislation at Consumer Electronics Show

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and toured the exhibits, while discussing several bills she is leading in the Senate that would create more opportunities and resources for American cities to become SMART communities, encourage young women to pursue STEM careers, safely integrate critical Unmanned Aircraft Systems use and expand broadband access to urban and rural Nevada. These are part of her efforts in … Continue Reading

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