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July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls for Improved Accountability and Reporting to Protect Seniors in Nursing Care

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned government experts and health care advocates about elder abuse and neglect in America's nursing homes. Cortez Masto called for better data tracking instances of abuse and neglect as well as stricter reporting standards for nursing homes. "In your testimony, you stated that when Medicare beneficiaries residing in nursing homes are admitted to emergency rooms, twenty percent … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Bill to Support 9/11 Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hailed the passage in the Senate of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act to ensure that 9/11 victims are fully compensated for their losses. This bipartisan legislation ensures that all 9/11 first responders and survivors suffering from injuries related to the attacks or to exposure at Ground Zero who have certified 9/11 illnesses receive their full compensation … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Highlights Importance of Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the challenges of cannabis banking, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) discussed the need to ensure legal cannabis businesses have access to banking services and the security those services bring. She highlighted the importance of passing the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow banks and credit unions to provide financial services to licensed cannabis businesses, cannabis-related businesses and … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Welcomes $200,000 to Build New Public Park in Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a $200,000 grant to fund the creation of a new 5.6 acre park, Somersett West Park, in Reno. The park will be complete with a playground, open turf, community garden, picnic shelter and walking trail and will provide front country access to part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. "Nevada's public spaces provide us with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with loved ones, and they create jobs in the Silver … Continue Reading

July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $21.2 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development Projects in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced over $21.2 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding for affordable housing and community development projects in Southern Nevada. "Nevada is experiencing one of the most severe affordable housing shortages in the nation, and these investments will provide a lifeline for Nevadans struggling with skyrocketing rent and outdated housing infrastructure. … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Hears from Small Business Owner about Predatory Practices in Franchise Industry, Announces Future Bill to Increase Transparency

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Ranking Member Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) shed light on predatory practices in the franchise industry. Cortez Masto questioned franchise owner Keith Miller about how bad actors in the franchise industry prey on hard-working Americans, particularly on immigrants, veterans, retirees, and other vulnerable groups, and she announced that she would introduce legislation to bring greater … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Women Senators to Introduce Equal Pay Bill for All U.S. National Teams

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in introducing the Athletics Fair Pay Act, a bill to require equal pay and compensation for all Olympic and amateur athletes. "Pay is a reflection of how workers are valued in our society, and the inherent message behind paying women less is they offer less than male counterparts. Women deserve to receive compensation for their extraordinary performance, and … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $1.5 Million to Fund Las Vegas Reentry Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Labor's $1.5 million grant to Las Vegas' Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (FIT) to help those who have been involved in the justice system access job training and employment opportunities. "The Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow has helped hundreds of Nevadans find meaningful employment and build a better future for themselves and their families. With this … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions Facebook about Digital Currency Guardrails, How It Will Combat Money Laundering

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned David A. Marcus, head of Calibra, Facebook's new digital currency subsidiary, about how the company will combat money laundering and terrorism financing. "One [concern] for me, in particular, is something I've dealt with as Attorney General of the state, which is the issue of money laundering. I know there's clear regulatory oversight that we have right now to address the … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Leads Bill to Support Travel & Tourism, Boost Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing legislation to reauthorize Brand USA, a public-private partnership that enhances tourism across the country by promoting international travel to the United States. "Restoring funding to Brand USA is a critical investment in Nevada and the hundreds of thousands of jobs in our tourism and hospitality industries," said Cortez Masto. … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Health Care Affordability and Provide Certainty to Marketplaces

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) Marketplace Certainty Act to lower enrollees' out-of-pocket costs and improve market stability. The legislation would reduce deductibles and co-pays for low-income and middle-income patients by expanding the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) assistance for individuals enrolled in marketplace coverage, making it available to more families. It would also provide permanent funding for those … Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Legislation to Block Immigration Enforcement at Sensitive Locations

Washington, D.C. - As the Trump Administration plans to target immigrant communities with widespread raids starting on Sunday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and a group of fifteen Senators in introducing legislation to block immigration enforcement actions at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions without prior approval and exigent circumstances. The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act codifies the … Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions Fed Chair about Wage Stagnation, Highlights Importance of Investing in Trades

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell about the wage stagnation affecting college and non-college educated workers and raised concerns about the lack of detailed data on labor skill levels in the Monetary Policy Report. Cortez Masto argued that higher education is not the only way for Americans to achieve higher incomes, and she called on Powell to consider the value of … Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Former LVMPD Captain Larry Burns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following release on the passing of retired Las Vegas Police Captain Larry Burns. "Paul and I are deeply saddened to learn of Captain Larry Burns' passing. Larry was a friend and beloved figure in Las Vegas for nearly 40 years. He dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community for twenty-seven years and was the longest-serving SWAT commander in Metro history. From his work to rehabilitate the communities he … Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Protect Children at the Border

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D.-Ore.), Patty Murray (D.-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Bob Menendez (D.-N.J.) and 32 other colleagues today to introduce the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act. This new legislation would put an end to the Trump administration's cruel and neglectful treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border and reform how … Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cortez Masto, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Prevent the President from Abusing Pardon Powers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act to ensure transparency and accountability in the pardon process in cases involving investigations of the President or his relatives. "President Trump has repeatedly touted his 'absolute power to pardon', even when considering self-serving pardons for close personal, business and campaign associates - many of whom are currently embroiled in … Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Volume 2, Issue 2 - Second Half of the Year: We’re Not Done Yet

July 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Veterans in STEM Careers Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in cosponsoring the Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act, which passed the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously this week. This legislation would assist veterans reentering the workforce by directing the National Science Foundation to encourage veterans to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The bill now moves to the full Senate … Continue Reading

July 10, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Oversight into Department of Energy’s Misclassified Nuclear Waste Shipments to Nevada National Security Site

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement demanding answers into the Department of Energy's (DOE) potential misclassification and shipment of illegal low-level radioactive waste (LLW) from DOE's Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, TN. The classified low-level waste was shipped to the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) from the Y-12 facility, violating the NNSS Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC), which establishes … Continue Reading

July 09, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Speech Calling on Trump Administration to Stop Lawsuit to End Pre-existing Conditions Protections for Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting the stories of Nevadans who would lose their health care and pre-existing conditions protections if President Trump and 18 Republican Attorneys General and Governors win their lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. The Senator's remarks come on the first day of oral arguments in Texas v. United States in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are … Continue Reading

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