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October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Touts Innovation State Initiative Provisions Included in FAA Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill. Cortez Masto introduced several bipartisan provisions and cosponsored amendments to advance her Innovation State Initiative, which were included in the final version of the bill. "The final FAA package is a victory for Nevada and will strengthen the state's leadership in innovation and technology. I … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $790,000 CDC Grant for Southern Nevada Health District to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for awarding the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) $791,860, as one of its 31 funding recipients for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. The program works to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations by implementing community-based approaches, including increasing access to healthy foods, promoting health … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds DOJ Grants to Help Nevada Law Enforcement Reduce Gun Violence and Improve Juvenile Justice Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Justice (DOJ) for awarding Nevada law enforcement agencies with two grants supporting programs aimed at crime prevention and juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention efforts. The Reno Police Department was awarded $668,968 in grant funding to implement strategies to reduce gun violence. In addition, $411,267 was awarded to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez Criticize Bank of America’s Policy of Questioning Customers’ Citizenship Status

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined fellow member of the Senate Banking Committee Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) today in requesting information from Bank of America on their newly implemented policy of asking their customers' citizenship status. According to recent consumer reports, if customers fail to respond or if Bank of America determines the customer has not adequately responded to their inquiry, the customer's account is then frozen, leaving them … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Address Backlog of Violent Crime Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passage of the Justice Served Act of 2018, legislation that she cosponsored to increase the capacity of prosecutors to address the backlog of violent crime cases involving suspects identified through DNA evidence. "This bill will help victims and families dealing with unsolved crimes finally get the justice and closure they deserve, and exonerate those wrongfully convicted of crimes they … Continue Reading


October 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Permanently Extend and Increase Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to permanently extend and increase mandatory funding levels for minority-serving institutions. The Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions Act will increase mandatory funding levels from $255 million to $300 million for minority-serving institutions of higher education. Part of this funding expired in Fiscal Year 2014 and the rest is set to expire in Fiscal Year 2019, leaving already financially … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto: We Will Never Forget the Victims, Families, and Survivors Affected by 1October

FTPs for T.V. stations available HERE In the weeks following the 1October massacre, Las Vegans demonstrated that we are a tight-knit family that rallies together in times of need. Through remembrance, the people we love are never truly gone, as long as we are around to say their names or share a memory of them. Today-in remembrance of that awful night one year ago-let's give thanks for the bravery and dedication of our first responders. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement Commemorating LGBTQ History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of the first day of LGBTQ History Month, October 1st: "This month, we recognize the vibrant history of activism and solidarity of LGBTQ Americans to achieve social and political equality in the United States. Throughout history, queer Americans have been subjected to violence, intimidation, and humiliation. Many of them have risked and sacrificed their lives to secure the basic … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds National Park Service Grants for Five Nevada State and Local Park Projects

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the National Park Service for awarding over $900,000 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants to fund improvement projects at five state and local park projects across Nevada. "Nevada's public parks and recreation areas help keep Nevadans healthy and encourage people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors. I am grateful to the National Park Service for funding these improvements and expansions, so that … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Volume 1, Issue 3 - We Remember: One Year Since 1October


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Leads Colleagues in Pressing FTC to Protect Consumers from Predatory Pet Leasing Practices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Joseph Simons, urging the FTC to consider the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Legal Defense Fund's recent request to investigate whether the deceptive and unfair practice of "pet leasing" violates federal consumer protection laws. "A number of recent reports suggest that consumers at pet stores looking to obtain a pet … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act to permanently authorize the New Markets Tax Credit and promote investments in Nevada communities. "This legislation will provide an economic lifeline to underserved communities that have historically experienced a lack of investment, stifling the potential for small business owners to succeed. The New Markets Tax Credit has brought economic prosperity to thousands since its … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on One Year Since 1October

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of the observance of one year since 58 innocent people were killed and hundreds more were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival Shooting on October 1st, 2017. Senator Cortez Masto will deliver a floor speech in the United States Senate to mark the one year remembrance later today: "We're still recovering from the events that took place on 1October. We're still grieving for … Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Nevada Public Lands Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement marking Nevada Public Lands Day, which falls on Saturday, September 29th. Nevada Public Lands Day is a "fee-free" day for admission to all Nevada State Parks. "Growing up in Nevada, I spent my childhood camping, hiking, fishing, and exploring the pristine, natural beauty of our state. All of Nevada's sons and daughters should have the same opportunity. As we celebrate Nevada Public Lands Day, I … Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds New Grant for Judicial Transportation Education Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Department of Transportation's (DOT) for awarding $1,070,175 grant to the National Judicial College in Reno. This grant will help fund education programs for tribal judges and tribal court professionals to enhance their understanding of commercial driver's license laws. "I applaud the Department of Transportation for helping support transportation education for Nevada's tribal … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Four Innovation State Initiative Bills for Inclusion in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced four bills for inclusion in the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill: the Generating Revenue for Electric and Emission-Negligible (GREEN) Vehicles at Airports Act; the bipartisan Increased Aviation Safety through Contract Towers Act; the Drone Safety Enhancement Act; and the bipartisan UAS Critical Infrastructure Protection Act. The bills are part of Cortez Masto's Innovation State Initiative, … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators to HHS and DHS Secretaries: Family Detention is Morally Wrong, Harmful to Children and Parents, Inconsistent with Fundamental Values

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letted led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen imploring them to rescind the proposed regulation to allow the Trump Administration to facilitate the indefinite detention of children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Cortez Masto: Affordable Care Act Continues to Cut Uninsured Rate in Rural Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in response to a Georgetown University study that finds Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has helped Nevada's uninsured rate in rural communities drop from 42% in 2008-2009 to 14% in 2015-2016. "Nevada's Medicaid expansion has helped thousands of rural Nevadans no longer go without medical treatment or be forced into bankruptcy because they could not afford their medical … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $500,000 DOJ Grant to Clark County Social Services for Technology Updates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement applauding the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance for awarding $500,000 to the Clark County Social Service Department to improve and update their justice information sharing technology. "I applaud the Department of Justice for helping support Nevada's local government agencies that play an active role in combatting crime in our communities. This grant funding will … Continue Reading


September 24, 2018

Ahead of One Year Anniversary of Las Vegas Shooting, Senate Unanimously Passes Heller-Cortez Masto Resolution Honoring Victims, Recognizing Local Heroes

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on October 1st, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) to honor the memory of the 58 individuals who lost their lives, recognize the hundreds who were injured, and offer support to those who continue down the long road toward physical and emotional recovery. … Continue Reading

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