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November 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Native American Heritage Month: "November marks the month-long celebration of the immense cultural, artistic, and intellectual contributions that Native Americans have made to our communities and to the State of Nevada. Native American Heritage Month serves as an important reminder that we are bound by a sacred promise-the trust relationship-to respect and protect the sovereignty of … Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Nevada Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the 153rd anniversary of the State of Nevada's admission into the Union: "'Home means Nevada.' Those words, enshrined in our state song, remind us what the Silver State means to every person who calls Nevada home. Many of us were born and raised in Nevada, but many more of us come from other states, even other countries. Regardless of where we are from, Nevada is our home and we are … Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

Cortez Masto: GOP Congress Has One Priority, Ripping Off America’s Middle Class & Working Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in reaction to the latest news reports on congressional Republicans' tax bill negotiations: "Republicans in Congress have one priority: ripping off America's middle class and working families. Rather than transparently writing a bill that puts economic growth and American's financial security first, the current Republican tax proposal targets Nevada families. The latest Republican proposals would … Continue Reading


October 27, 2017

Cortez Masto, Western Senators Urge Extension of Greater Sage-grouse Comment Period

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and five other Western senators in sending a letter to Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke urging him to extend the comment period for changes to the Greater Sage-grouse conservation plans. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) also signed the letter. Earlier this month, the Trump administration … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges Congress to Re-Authorize CHIP

"If Congress continues to do nothing, those nine million children won't be able to go to a doctor for their annual check-up. Nine million children won't be able to afford their prescriptions. The parents of those nine million children will have to wait until their child's headache, or infection, or sore throat becomes an emergency before taking them to the hospital." "Allowing funding for CHIP to expire, allowing state governments to go bankrupt, allowing rural hospitals and our community … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cortez Masto, Flake Introduce Bipartisan Upward Mobility Enhancement Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced the Upward Mobility Enhancement Act to give tax breaks to students whose employers are providing educational assistance benefits to help cover the cost of their pursuit of higher education. By eliminating a tax penalty that discourages employees from taking advantage of those benefits, this bill would offer employers a tool to attract and retain a skilled workforce. "Education costs have … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 28 of her Senate colleagues, including U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), introduced the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with certain reasonable exceptions. Under current law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Protect DACA Information

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a letter along with nearly three dozen of their colleagues to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security demanding clarity on the Trump Administration's position on the use of personal information collected from individuals as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) … Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Create Public Health Care Option

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bicameral legislation led by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) to create a Medicaid-based public health care option on the insurance marketplace, which will provide Americans with a new high-quality, low-cost choice when purchasing health insurance. "By building on the success of Medicaid expansion in Nevada, the State Public Option Act will allow all … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Cortez Masto: Senate Republicans Sent Clear Message, It’s Ok to Deceive and Cheat Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) forced arbitration rule. The CFPB's rule bans companies from denying Americans their day in court by forcing them into mandatory arbitration. "Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from the predatory … Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Legislation Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Reduce Rape Kit Backlog Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the passage of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act. The SAFER Act would reduce the nationwide rape kit backlog by reauthorizing, strengthening and extending the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program. "Untested rape kits that could bring justice to victims of sexual assault should not be left sitting in dusty shelves across the nation," said Cortez Masto. "The … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand DHS Answers for Reported Violations of Sensitive Locations Policy

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of 20 senators in writing Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to seek answers about the Department's apparent violations of policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. In September, National Public Radio reported that the parents of a two-month-old baby were apprehended at a hospital while seeking lifesaving medical care for … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Colleagues: Reports Indicate Actual Death Count in Puerto Rico May Be 10x Greater

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate colleagues in signing a letter urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure the accuracy of the official fatality count in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. "We urge you to provide all necessary resources to confirm that storm-related deaths are being counted correctly, to ensure that there is sufficient cooperation with local authorities to obtain accurate information, to verify that … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Cortez Masto, Wicker Introduce SPEED Act

Bipartisan Measure Would Streamline Permitting Process to Expedite Broadband Rollout Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced today the "Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2017" (SPEED Act). The measure would accelerate the deployment of new broadband infrastructure to both rural and urban areas by streamlining the permitting process for telecommunications equipment that is … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate, House Democrats Push to Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined today 34 Senate and House Democrats in introducing the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim final rules issued on October 6th that allow companies to interfere in their employees' health care choices and force women to pay more for an essential part of their health care. If enacted, the Protect Access to Birth Control Act would ensure President Donald Trump's rules … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cortez Masto, 22 Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras, El Salvador

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined today 22 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke urging the Trump Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from Honduras and El Salvador living in the United States, who are contributing to the U.S. economy, paying taxes, and supporting their families. Temporary Protected Status … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Create Medicare-X, a Public Plan to Provide Low-Cost, High Quality Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to create Medicare-X, a public plan that would offer families, individuals, and small businesses additional, low-cost health insurance choices and create more competition in the marketplace. The Medicare-X Choice Act would build on the Medicare framework to establish a public insurance plan offered on the individual and small business health … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cortez Masto: In Honor of Loved Ones Lost to Gun Violence, Congress Must Pass Commonsense Reforms

FTPs of Senator Cortez Masto's speech are available to TV stations here. "When I was preparing to deliver my maiden speech before this body, my intention was to honor the Silver State's history and people… Unfortunately, my maiden speech on the floor of this body will instead talk about mass murder." "This chamber should speak in a unified voice that these tools don't belong in our country. And this has nothing to do with infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Submits Letter to VA Secretary Requesting Solution to High Veteran Suicide Rate in Western States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) submitted a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David J. Shulkin, M.D., requesting solutions to the high veteran suicide rate across the Western United States. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Senate Veterans' Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) joined Senator Cortez Masto in this bipartisan effort. According to a 2017 report from the VA, the veteran suicide rate throughout the West in 2014 … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Request Additional DOJ Funding to Cover Overtime Costs of Law Enforcement Response to Las Vegas Shooting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for additional funding from the Department of Justice to cover overtime hours worked by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County, including the Clark County Fire Department, for their response to the October 1st shooting. The DOJ recently announced a grant award of $1 million to the State of Nevada to assist with the … Continue Reading

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