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March 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Launches Grants Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) launched her official Grants Assistance Program to provide Nevadans with the necessary resources and guidance they need when applying for federal grant funding. "Federal grant funds provide critical resources to Nevada-from DOJ grants to fund equipment for Las Vegas police officers to FEMA grants to boost first responders' ability to respond to emergencies," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Although Nevada benefits greatly from all … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Sens. Cortez Masto and Heller Sign Letters to Trump Administration, Army Corps of Engineers For Additional Disaster Assistance for Nevada

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) sent letters to President Trump and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting disaster assistance for the state of Nevada following devastating flooding. The Nevada lawmakers released the following statements: "Northern Nevada is still recovering from the severe weather last month and additional funding is imperative to ensure state and local officials have the necessary resources to address damages … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Demands Clarity from Trump SEC Nominee Jay Clayton on Potential Conflicts of Interest

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to Jay Clayton, the Trump Administration's nominee for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), regarding concerns about Clayton's ability to effectively serve as SEC Chair, citing Clayton's numerous conflicts of interest and work on behalf of corporations with ties to Russia and Iran. "Based on publicly available information, I am concerned that you will have … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Entire U.S. Senate in Calling on DHS, DOJ to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) as part of the entire U.S. Senate in urging the Trump administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In a bipartisan letter sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democrats to Call on President Trump to Protect the White House Tribal Nations Conference and Council on Native American Affairs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined fellow Committee Democratic Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) in calling on President Trump to demonstrate a commitment to working with Tribes by retaining the White House Tribal Nations Conference and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. These … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement in Recognition of AAPI Women’s Equal Pay Day

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Women's Equal Pay Day: "It is a shame that women are still experiencing pay discrimination even more so because of their ethnic background. Asian American and Pacific Islander women have to work an extra three months to catch up to what men earned in one year. This means less savings, less money to help care for their families, and … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on GOP Health Care Repeal Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Republicans' new legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act: "This bill is an affront to the millions of hardworking Americans who are now at risk of losing the health coverage they gained through the Affordable Care Act. Instead of working to improve the existing law, Republicans want to repeal the ACA, and replace it with a plan that would increase costs for our middle-class families … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban 2.0

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on President Trump's revised Executive Order banning travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries: "Today's order is just a second version of Trump's previous Muslim-ban - equally immoral and un-American. The intent is the same and sends the same discriminatory message that Muslim immigrants are not welcome. Despite what Trump claims, this ban will not make our country safer - the … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Access to Reproductive Care

Washington, DC - One year after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the most significant reproductive rights case since Roe v. Wade - Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined Senate colleagues U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), and Lois Frankel (D-FL-22) in cosponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act. In the year since Whole … Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Urging Trump to Comply with Constitution by Severing Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 32 of their Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution calling upon President Trump to follow the precedent established by prior Presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustee with no relationship to the President or his businesses, or take other equivalent measures in order to avoid a potential violation of the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Signs Letter Calling on DOJ to Uphold Existing Policy on State Marijuana Laws

Bipartisan Group of Senators Express Concern Regarding Recent Remarks by Sean Spicer on Federal Enforcement Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate colleagues Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today in sending a letter that calls on Attorney General … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins 25 Senators in Urging Trump Administration to Make Fighting Hate Crimes a Major Priority

Both a recent spike and longer-term trends show increases in discrimination, harassment and violence against members of minority communities Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a group of 25 Senators in sending a letter to the Trump Administration, urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make combating hate crimes a major focus at the Department of Justice and request full funding for the Justice Department's Community Relations Service and Civil Rights … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Women’s History Month

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement to recognize and celebrate Women's History Month: "There is no doubt women are fighting battles that should have been won decades ago. Some of our basic rights are at risk, our access to safe, affordable health care is under attack, and we still are not required to be paid equal to men for equal work. Nevertheless, women are persisting - fighting back and making sure our voices are heard from … Continue Reading


March 02, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on Sessions to Resign Following Reports of His Communication with Russian Officials

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), former Nevada Attorney General, today released the following statement calling for the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after news reports revealed Sessions failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing his communications with Russian officials in months leading up to the election: "Attorney General Sessions' actions undermine the integrity of the office and the Department that he has been trusted to … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Cortez Masto, Murray, Blumenthal Lead Senators in Calling On Mitch McConnell to Drop Republican Efforts to Gut Family Planning Centers

Title X family planning centers provide millions of low-income women and men health care services President Obama reinforced protections in the Title X family planning program before leaving office-LINK In new letter, Senators urge Leader McConnell not to consider House Republican legislation seeking to overturn these protections Health care providers nationwide have opposed efforts to overturn Title X protections Senators: "Family planning services, like those provided at Planned … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Opposing Confirmation of HUD Secretary Nominee Ben Carson

Washington, DC -Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on her upcoming vote against the confirmation of President Trump's Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee, Dr. Ben Carson: "Dr. Carson has said himself that he is not qualified to the lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and I completely agree. I was Nevada's attorney general when the housing crisis hit. With tens of thousands of Nevadans facing foreclosure or … Continue Reading


March 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Japanese American Internment

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a resolution led by her colleague Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) marking the 75th anniversary of the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. S.Res.70 affirms that policies that discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion would repeat the mistakes of the internment. "The internment of tens of … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on President Trump to Condemn the Rise of Hate Crimes Across the Country

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in response to a bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada and the rise of hate crimes and hate groups following the election of President Trump: "Last night, a bomb threat was reported at the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada. In the last two months, swastika graffiti were found at three separate Las Vegas locations: at a Mexican consulate, a synagogue, and a … Continue Reading


February 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress: "Tonight's address was business as usual for President Trump: grandiose verbiage and broad proposals and promises completely lacking in substance or direction. Trump failed to offer any real plans on how he hopes to move this country forward. He talked about helping working families, a phrase that has lost all meaning in just 40 days of … Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Cortez Masto to Host Nevada DREAMer Astrid Silva at Trump’s Address to Congress

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that Astrid Silva, a DREAMer and immigration reform advocate from Las Vegas, Nevada, will be her guest at President Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. "Astrid's story is one of thousands of young people across the country: an unwavering hope that the only country they know and call home will allow the future they have worked so hard to build for their families," said Senator Cortez Masto. … Continue Reading

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