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March 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Amendments to Strengthen Consumer Protections, Fight Fraudulent Financial Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced ten amendments to S. 2155, a bill sponsored by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo that will roll back important Wall Street Reform rules that protect hardworking families. Cortez Masto's amendments aim to strengthen protections for consumers and fight predatory and fraudulent behavior by financial institutions. "In a state home to more than 2 million families, Nevada had more than 219,000 foreclosures during … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

Cortez Masto: Don’t Roll Back the Progress We Made Under Wall Street Reform

FTP for TV Stations Available Here Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered a speech on the Senate floor, urging her colleagues to support an amendment she introduced that would preserve important protections against housing discrimination. A video of the speech is available here. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: I ask that the quorum be dispensed with. I recently read an article from the Center for Investigative Journalism about a young … Continue Reading


March 07, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats, Survivors, Family Members Hold Hearing on Protecting Children from Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a hearing with Senate Democrats titled "America Speaks Out: Protecting Our Children from Gun Violence." The Senators heard testimony from survivors of gun violence and family members who want Congress to take swift action to strengthen our nation's gun laws. "Across our country, communities are being impacted by senseless gun violence," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Today, I heard heartbreaking stories of mothers … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Department of Transportation’s $7.5 Million TIGER Program Award to Carson City

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Transportation's announcement that it's TIGER program will award $7,570,202 to the Carson City Public Works Department. "The TIGER program is an essential resource for cities looking to invest in infrastructure projects that will make a positive difference in their communities' economy and way of life. I applaud the U.S. Department of Transportation for … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators Call on Inspector General to Investigate FCC Commissioner’s Potential Violation of Ethics Regulations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of senators in a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Inspector General David L. Hunt and Special Counsel Henry Kerner, urging them to examine the recent conduct of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly that may have violated federal ethics regulations and the Hatch Act. The senators cite O'Rielly's political advocacy at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month and raise concerns over how … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Secretary Zinke to Keep Sage-Grouse Protections in Place

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement calling on U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep sage grouse protections in place, in light of a recently released DOI-BLM scoping report that appears to have undercounted more than 100,000 public comments against policy changes that may trigger an Endangered Species Act (ESA) finding. "Based on DOI's recently released report, it appears that Secretary Zinke has ignored the … Continue Reading


March 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Seeks Information on Sec. Carson’s Extravagant Taxpayer-Funded Furniture Order

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Suzanne Tufts, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Administration, urging the department to explain the process that led to approval of an expenditure in excess of $31,000 for an office dining set, which is an apparent violation of federal law. "These actions are the latest in a troubling pattern of senior … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $1 Million National Park Service Grant to Open New State Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant of $1,091,451, which will go toward state efforts to create the State of Nevada's newest state park at the Pitchfork Ranch section of the Walker River State Recreation Area. "My love for the great outdoors is shared by many of my fellow Nevadans. Nevada's parks have given us access to explore and enjoy all the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on DHS to Fix Funding Formula to Help Las Vegas Prevent Terrorism

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Governor Brian Sandoval and the entire Nevada congressional delegation today urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to modify its relative risk formula to better reflect the threats posed to high volume tourist cities like Las Vegas. In a letter sent to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the group requested that DHS reconfigure its Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program, which was established to ensure the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Women’s History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Women's History Month: "2017 was a landmark year for women. Millions of us marched across the nation to reiterate our fight for equality, and protest misogyny, sexism and discrimination. More women are running for elected office and even more are turning out in droves to vote for candidates who are champions for women's rights. We persisted, despite being silenced by those who … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto, Warren, Feinstein Seek Data on Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Financial Sector

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today sent letters to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), requesting information on the prevalence of sexual harassment within the financial sector. The financial services industry employs over six million people. According to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data, the "finance and insurance" … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Senate Delegation to U.K., Israel, Jordan, and Greece

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her trip to the United Kingdom, Israel, Jordan, and Greece as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation from Saturday, February 17 to Sunday, February 25, led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). In addition to Cortez Masto and Graham, the delegation included U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). "It … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto, Flake, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stock Devices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which enable semi-automatic firearms to effectively operate as fully automatic weapons. A bump stock was used during the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, resulting in the deaths of 58 victims. "The deadliest shooting in modern American history was due in large part to bump stocks, a … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Fair Day in Court for Kids Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her cosponsorship of the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, legislation that will require the government to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied children. This bill will address the surge of unaccompanied children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in their countries of origin, and ensure that they get legal representation while seeking asylum. Children who do not receive … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and colleagues from both the Senate and House introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality. At a press conference today, Cortez Masto joined in announcing the introduction of House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Senate CRA resolution of … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Help Prosecute Criminals in DNA Cold Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Justice Served Act of 2018, legislation led by Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that would provide funds to prosecute cold cases when criminals have been identified through DNA evidence and exonerate those wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. "DNA technology allows the possibility of a breakthrough in unsolved crimes, which could bring closure and long-awaited justice to … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill Supporting CDC Research on Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) addressing the issue of gun violence across the United States. The bill sets aside $10 million in funding each year for FY2018-2023 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention. "Mass shootings in our schools, concert venues, movie theaters and other … Continue Reading


February 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on DHS to Include Israel in Global Entry Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), urging the Department of Homeland Security to expedite Israel's full membership in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry program. In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, the full Senate emphasized that Israel's full membership and reciprocal privileges for Americans would grow the U.S. economy and … Continue Reading


February 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces USDA Rural Development Grant to Yerington Paiute Tribe

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 $465,000 to the Yerington Paiute Tribe and the City of Yerington for water infrastructure improvements. "I want to thank the USDA for awarding necessary funds to the City of Yerington to replace aging water infrastructure. In an arid state like Nevada, the importance of protecting our infrastructure … Continue Reading


February 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges CMS to Reverse Rollback of Rules to Keep Nursing Home Patients Safe

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging CMS to restore rules designed to enforce nursing home health and safety standards. In the last year, CMS has significantly weakened and delayed penalties against nursing homes that endanger the wellbeing of … Continue Reading

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