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March 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Attends Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project Commissioning Ceremony

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after attending the Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project Commissioning Ceremony: “There is no doubt renewable energy is the way of the future for energy sustainability, and Nevada has the unparalleled natural resources to be a national leader in investment and development of clean energy technology and green job creation. The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is the perfect example of this great … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges Trump and Sessions to Preserve Integrity of Russian Investigation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging them to limit contact between White House officials and the Department of Justice in order to preserve the integrity and impartiality of any investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 elections. "It has been a long-standing policy throughout both Republican and Democratic administrations that DOJ's investigative and prosecutorial … Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on DHS to Reject Cuts to TSA Funds to Pay for Border Wall

"The proposed budget cuts to TSA airport security will not only threaten our national security, but also could increase wait times and harm our nation's traveling economy." "Diverting funds from the TSA to construct a wall along the southern border is an inefficient use of taxpayer money…building a wall will do nothing to improve our national security." Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly … Continue Reading


March 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Meets with Latina Senate Staffers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Latina Senate staffers to discuss the importance of increasing workforce diversity and ensuring equal pay for equal work throughout the country. The roundtable discussion served as a unique opportunity for Senator Cortez Masto to talk about the obstacles women face throughout their careers in Senate offices and learn about their ideas to help correct the lack of diversity on Capitol Hill. Senator Cortez Masto and the … Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Rescind Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and 35 Democratic colleagues today introduced a bill to rescind President Trump's discriminatory executive order barring immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. "President Trump should have learned from his mistake the first time he made it - that his Muslim ban is immoral, illegal and un-American," said Cortez … Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cortez Masto, Banking Committee Democrats Question Carson on Plans to Slash HUD Budget

Washington Post Report on Trump Administration Considering 14 Percent Cut to Housing and Urban Development Budget Contradicts Secretary Carson's Confirmation Hearing Testimony Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of Democrats on the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to question Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on a report that the Trump Administration has considered slashing the department's fiscal 2018 … Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on CBO’s TrumpCare Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in response to the new Congressional Budget Office report on the effects of the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirms what we knew all along: the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would result in millions of Americans losing their health care - an astonishing 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026. … Continue Reading


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

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