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March 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds AmeriCorps VISTA Grant to Nevada Homeless Alliance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding AmeriCorps for awarding a VISTA program grant of $62,358 to the Nevada Homeless Alliance. "Nearly 24,900 people will experience homelessness in Southern Nevada this year. Organizations like the Nevada Homeless Alliance provide crucial support to those in need. It is vital we invest in non-profits that are on the front lines fighting to help end homelessness and improve access to the … Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls for Transparency on Yucca Mountain Licensing Expenditures

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry requesting information on the Department's activities and expenditures associated with any Yucca Mountain licensing proceedings. Due to the Trump administration's proposal to include $120 million to restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process and their dismissal of the Blue Ribbon Commission's final report in 2012 that recommended consent-based siting, Cortez Masto raised concerns over … Continue Reading


March 19, 2018

Cortez Masto on President Trump’s Continued Effort to Sow Fear in American Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Trump broke apart another American family: "President Trump continued his assault on communities in Nevada by forcing a father from his kids, a husband from his wife, and a hardworking man from his community. David Chavez-Macias lived in our country for over thirty years and built a life and a family in Nevada that is embraced and supported in our community. David also suffers from … Continue Reading


March 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Attends Red Flag Exercise at Nellis Air Force Base

Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended yesterday a Red Flag Exercise, the premier air-to-air and air-to-ground combat exercise series conducted by the U.S. Air Force, at Nellis Air Force Base. The Red Flag exercises are an opportunity for airmen and women from all branches of the U.S. military to train on the largest open training range in the country, ensure they can defend our nation at a moment's notice and return home safely. Many of the Red … Continue Reading


March 16, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Top DeVos Adviser’s Recusal from Decisions on For-Profit Colleges Owned by Former Employer

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos requesting information on whether her Senior Counselor Robert Eitel plans to recuse himself from matters related to the proposed merger of Ashford University and the University of the Rockies - two for-profit colleges owned by … Continue Reading


March 16, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for CFPB to Investigate Citigroup’s CARD Act Violations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, led her colleagues in sending a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expressing concerns about Citigroup's failure to comply with the Credit Card Accountability and Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009. Citigroup recently reported that it failed to comply with the Credit Card Accountability and Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009 and properly reduce … Continue Reading


March 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces USDA Rural Development Grant to the City of Yerington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency for awarding a grant of $581,000 to the Yerington Paiute Tribe and the City of Yerington for water infrastructure improvements. "The health and wellbeing of Nevada's rural communities depend on access to safe, clean water. I thank the USDA for awarding additional funds to the City of Yerington to update their aging water … Continue Reading


March 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Key Senate Committee to Take Action on Legislation to Fund Gun Violence Research at CDC

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in calling on leaders of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to immediately act on legislation to fund gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the letter, the senators point to the overwhelming support from the medical and public health communities for recognizing gun violence as a public health crisis. Just today, … Continue Reading


March 15, 2018

Cortez Masto, Kennedy File Legislation to Protect Animals on Airplanes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced the Welfare of Our Furry Friends Act (WOOFF) today to explicitly prohibit airlines from putting animals in danger by placing them in overhead baggage compartments. This bill directs the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to create regulations to prohibit the storing of a live animal in any overhead compartment of any flight in air transportation and establish civil fines for … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Votes Against the Wall Street Reform Roll Back Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting in opposition to S.2155, the Wall Street Reform Roll Back bill: "I am deeply worried about the devastating repercussions this bill would have on American families. By stripping away important regulations to hold banks accountable, we are risking another financial crisis that is rooted in unfair lending practices. We risk a repeat of the housing crisis that robbed Nevadans of their … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges Cabinet Secretaries to Support Nevada Infrastructure Investments

Washington, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on infrastructure with five of President Trump's cabinet secretaries, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) urged Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to support Nevada's growing need for infrastructure investments, specifically funding for Interstate 11, investing … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Pushes for Additional Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis, Support Treatment Efforts in Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), urging Senate leaders to prioritize robust, direct funding to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in Native American communities. The senators pointed to the steep increase in opioid overdoses on reservations and the pressing need for strengthened federal support to address long-term recovery efforts and prevent further deaths. The senators also … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Staff to Host Rural Office Hours in Fallon, Gardnerville & Fernley

Reno, Nev. - A Regional Representative will host in-person rural office hours on behalf of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in Fallon, Gardnerville and Fernley to assist residents of Northern Nevada with questions about federal resources available to them and to assist them in working through challenges with federal agencies. Information on the services the Senator's office offers will be provided on-site and is available online at … Continue Reading


March 14, 2018

Cortez Masto: Honoring Nevada’s Children Lost to Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor honoring Nevada children victims of gun violence. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: I rise along with my colleagues today to address the issue of gun violence, which has unfortunately become all too common for our kids in schools and for Americans across the country. On October 1st in my hometown of Las Vegas, we saw the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Fifty … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on President Trump’s Trip to View Border Wall Prototypes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Pesident Trump's trip to San Diego, California: "It is unfortunate that President Trump's first visit to California is to examine prototypes for his monumentally wasteful and ill-conceived southern border wall. The President doesn't know how to build a Cabinet let alone a wall. President Trump's continued insistence on a costly and ineffective wall does nothing to improve our national … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

Cortez Masto on Dismissal of Tillerson, Nomination of Pompeo

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement reacting to President Trump's dismissal of Secretary Tillerson and his nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. "In the last few weeks, President Trump has antagonized many of our closest allies around the world and chosen to make policy by blackmail, rather than work with our international partners. President Trump has failed to articulate a clear strategy for any of his … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Presses Secretary Zinke on Administration’s Proposed Cuts to Renewable Energy Development

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) pressed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on the Trump administration's proposed cuts to renewable energy funding. Cortez Masto cited the administration's apparent focus on solely defunding investments to renewable energy development, while proposing increased funding for other energy resources such as offshore drilling. "Solar now supports more jobs than … Continue Reading


March 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Attends Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at Red Rock Canyon

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended a citizenship naturalization ceremony at Red Rock Canyon. Cortez Masto addressed newly naturalized citizens to emphasize the importance of diversity, and encouraged them to partake in civic engagement. "I am honored to share this moment with the newest members of our American family. The journey to get here is not always easy, and this is a moment many of them have waited long for. Immigrants bring something unique … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez, Durbin, Colleagues Call on DHS to Expedite DACA Renewal Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) led a group of Democratic Senators in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen urging DHS to expedite the processing of DACA renewal applications. In January and February, two United States District Courts issued preliminary injunctions, which partially block the administration's termination of the DACA program, and direct DHS to … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez Introduce Resolution to Celebrate Latinas During Women’s History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a resolution to celebrate and recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Latinas in the United States during National Women's History Month. Representative Lou Correa (D-Calif.) introduced a companion resolution in the House of Representatives. "Throughout our nation's history, the contributions of Latinas in science, the arts, medicine and many other fields have strengthened and … Continue Reading

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