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November 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Joe Crowley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the life and legacy of former University of Nevada, Reno, President Joe Crowley, who passed away yesterday at the age of 84: "Paul and I are saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Joe Crowley. Joe dedicated his life to education as a professor of History, and as the longest-serving president of the University of Nevada, Reno. Joe was an institution, a model of public service and … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Taxpayer Subsidies for Lobbyists

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing legislation to repeal the tax deduction for local lobbying expenses. Under current law, businesses are prohibited from deducting their lobbying expenses when they attempt to influence federal and state lawmakers, but a loophole still allows for these same corporations to deduct for local lobbying expenses. This bill would close this loophole and eliminate taxpayer subsidies for … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Cortez Masto: Part-time Director at CFPB a Slap in the Face to Millions of American Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today after a U.S. District Court ruled not to immediately reinstate Leandra English to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after President Trump's unlawful appointment of White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the CFPB: "Congress passed Wall Street Reform after the financial crisis to protect consumers in Nevada, and across our country, from predatory … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Pen Letter to AG Sessions on the Alarming Rise of Hate Crimes Across the U.S.

Washington, D.C. - Following the publication of the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report Hate Crime Statistics report, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of her Senate Democratic colleagues, led by U.S. Senator Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions raising questions about the Trump Administration's commitment to combat the alarming increase in hate crimes across the United States last year. In their missive, the senators … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Highway Administration’s $3 Million Emergency Relief Grant to Nevada Department of Transportation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for awarding the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) $3 million in emergency repair grants to assist in the reconstruction of roads and highways damaged during the January and February 2017 flooding in Northern Nevada. "Safe roads and highways are vital to a safe community and stable economy," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Emergency repair grants help ensure the Nevada … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Cortez Masto: I Reject Trump Administration Effort to Interfere with Independent Consumer Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today calling on the Trump Administration to respect the law and follow the provision under Wall Street Reform that requires that the Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shall become the Acting Director in the event that a Director has not been confirmed by the Senate: "Wall Street Reform specifically provides that the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Southern Nevada Traffic Management Center, Highlights SMART Communities Initiative

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Southern Nevada Traffic Management Center as part of her SMART Communities initiative and hosted a roundtable discussion with local transportation officials. Senator Cortez Masto discussed the ways in which technological innovation can help Nevada cities develop more efficient and up-to-date infrastructure and transportation systems. The Senator recently introduced bipartisan legislation that will build on the success of … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto: Revoking TPS for Haitians Will Tear Families Apart, Threaten Lives

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing the Trump Administration's decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian citizens who fled the catastrophic 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic: "The Trump Administration's decision to revoke TPS protections for Haitians exposes nearly 60,000 vulnerable Haitians to deportation and rips families apart. By turning its back on people in need, the Administration … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Women Senators to McConnell: Pass the Dream Act Before Senate Recesses in December

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her Democratic women colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to pass the Dream Act as soon as possible before the Senate recesses in December: In the letter, Cortez Masto and ten other female Democratic Senators, Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts DACA Roundtable with Immigration Advocates in Reno

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) yesterday met with Washoe County immigration leaders and advocates at Word of Life Ministries to discuss the importance of protecting Dreamers and those who have benefitted from DACA. "Dreamers grew up in this country, went to school in this country, and now contribute to this country with their hard work, dedication, and perseverance," said Senator Cortez Masto. "They have gone to college to become lawyers, engineers, doctors, small … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Encourages Nevadans to Get Covered in New Open Enrollment Digital Walkthrough

FTPs of Senator Cortez Masto's digital walkthrough are available to TV stations here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a new digital walkthrough showing Nevadans how to go online and sign up for health insurance on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. "Open enrollment began on November 1st, this means that Nevadans have from now until December 15th to go to healthcare.gov and select an insurance plan that is right for them and their family," … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Commends Tunisian Government and Civil Society for Women’s Rights Efforts Ahead of U.S. State Department Visit

Reno, Nev. - Ahead of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan's trip to Tunisia, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the Tunisian government commending the recent passage of the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women. If properly implemented, the law has the potential to increase stability in Tunisia and strengthen protections for Tunisian women. During this critical period in their transition to democracy, Cortez Masto urges the Tunisian government to form a … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cortez Masto: White House Relief Request Shows Trump Administration Continues Inadequate Response

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration's woefully inadequate response to funding requests for hurricane relief in Texas and Florida, and their refusal to request additional funding for Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: "Today's announcement by the Trump Administration on hurricane relief shows that this White House refuses to understand the reality confronting Americans who have … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Asks DHS Nominee to Clarify Stance On DACA, The DREAM Act, & TPS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 18 other Senators today in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on her to answer several immigration related questions prior to consideration of her nomination by the full Senate. During her confirmation hearing, when asked whether she agrees that legislation must be passed to protect Dreamers by the end of this calendar year, Nielsen … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced her support for bipartisan gun safety legislation, the Fix NICS Act, to strengthen the federal background check system in order to safeguard American communities from gun violence. Jointly introduced by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the Fix NICS Act is aimed at preventing violent felons and domestic abusers from purchasing a gun. "On October 1st, my hometown of Las Vegas became the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Passage of House Republican Tax Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning today's vote in the House of Representatives to pass tax legislation that benefit corporations on the backs of middle class families: "House Republicans have once again refused to engage with Democrats in a bipartisan process to reform our nation's tax code. Today they have voted to pass legislation that, over time, amounts to nothing more than a tax increase for working families and a … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Impartial Investigation Into Potential Quid Pro Quo Between FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump Administration & Sinclair Broadcasting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 13 of her Senate colleagues are requesting the Inspector General of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) open an investigation into the objectivity and impartiality of the FCC's review of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. "Millions of Americans rely on Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media for news and information every day," said Senator Cortez Masto. "We need to ensure that their … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Senator Franken

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement regarding Senator Franken: "I am deeply disappointed. This type of behavior is unacceptable for any public official. I support the Ethics Committee process and investigation into this inappropriate conduct and look forward to hearing more from my colleague on this … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Close Loophole in Military Justice System that Enables Convicted Domestic Abusers to Buy Guns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act, legislation to close a dangerous loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that enables convicted abusers to purchase firearms. "We've lost too many lives to gun violence at the hands of dangerous individuals who should not have been allowed to buy a gun in the first place. Congress must take necessary steps to prevent tragic shootings … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Resignation of CFPB Director Richard Cordray

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the resignation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray: "Richard Cordray has been a staunch protector of hardworking Americans against injustices committed by powerful financial institutions. Director Cordray lead the CFPB on behalf of American consumers in protecting students, seniors, and homeowners. He fought to hold banks accountable for wrongdoing and … Continue Reading

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