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October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Reduce Homelessness on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan bill, led by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to make it easier for tribes and tribally-designated housing entities to access funding to combat homelessness on tribal lands. "Homelessness is a significant challenge on tribal lands in Nevada and across the country, with families often moving in with friends, relatives or neighbors to get by. I'm proud to cosponsor this … Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $5 Million in Grants for Housing, Community Development in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $5,782,701 for Northern and Southern Nevada from the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will go to develop communities, build affordable housing, reduce homelessness and help Nevadans regain stability after experiencing homelessness, and expand economic opportunities. "We welcome these funds to help communities … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors New Bill to Invest in American Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.-17), to introduce new bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Roberts Introduce Legislation to Help Support Rural Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced the Rural ACO Improvement Act to support rural health care providers that are delivering high quality care as part of accountable care organizations (ACO). Today, rural providers are discouraged from participating in these payment models because their efficiency may be counted against them. This bill would fix that glitch in the payment system, putting rural providers on a level playing field … Continue Reading

October 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Van Hollen, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Victims of Corporate Fraud and Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act. This legislation will protect American consumers' right to sue fraudulent or abusive corporations by eliminating a glitch in the tax code that requires plaintiffs who win these type of cases to pay income tax on money awarded to pay attorneys' fees. "Victims of fraud or abuse shouldn't be punished for holding … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Energy Secretary Nominee Dan Brouillette

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he will nominate current Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. "It's imperative that our next Energy Secretary respect the voices of the overwhelming majority of Nevadans who oppose the Yucca Mountain project and honor the written commitment I secured from Secretary Perry to remove the secret shipment of … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Members of Judicial Commissions and Process to Apply to Be Federal Judge

LAS VEGAS, NV - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing the members of their bipartisan Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Judicial Commissions. The Senators have created two five-member commissions, one in southern Nevada and one in northern Nevada, which will review and recommend candidates for potential nomination to the federal bench. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen invite all Nevadans interested in being … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions CFPB Director Kraninger About Letting Debt Collection Agencies Off the Hook

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger about the CFPB's toothless and ineffectual settlement with the debt collection agency Asset Recovery Associates (ARA). Senator Cortez Masto discussed ARA's history of deceptive and threatening tactics in attempting to collect debts. (Nevada barred ARA from operating in the state during Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Supports Bill Establishing Commission for Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored a bill to create a National Criminal Justice Commission. Introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the National Criminal Justice Commission Act would establish a commission that conducts a comprehensive review and proposes recommendations to address the most pressing issues facing our nation's criminal justice system. "Since my time as Nevada's Attorney … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Menendez Lead Group of 19 Senators in Urging FHFA to Fulfill its Duty to Underserved, Limited-English Proficient Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) led a group of 19 senators in calling on the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to rescind its decision to remove a language preference question and housing counseling information from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA). The FHFA's decision to remove these sections from the URLA could reduce access to mortgage financing for limited-English proficient, … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Urges CMS to Address Medicare Website Concerns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, expressing concerns with the readiness of the Plan Finder website, a critical tool that helps seniors select a plan. The Plan Finder website was recently updated to improve the user experience, and recent reports indicate that problems with the new website could leave consumers with misleading or incorrect information about plan cost and … Continue Reading

October 16, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Nomination of Nevada’s Jennifer Togliatti to U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced the nomination of Jennifer Togliatti to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. "We welcome the nomination of Judge Togliatti, a Nevadan who served twenty years on our state court bench, including as Chief Judge for Clark County's Eighth Judicial District Court. Over the course of her three decades of service in the … Continue Reading

October 08, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Amodei Applaud Final Release of $40.4 Million Grant for Reno’s Virginia Street Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02) released the following statement celebrating the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) release of $40.4 million in a Capital Investment Grant (CIG) to fund the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission's (RTC) Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project. The project, which began this past April, will upgrade aging utilities infrastructure along Virginia Street … Continue Reading

October 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Unveils New College Resource Guide at Visit to Coral Academy

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Coral Academy of Science in Las Vegas where she spoke to students and introduced her new College and Beyond Guide. The Senator's guide, available in both English and Spanish, includes resources for Nevadans pursuing higher education, through a college degree or vocational education. "Nevada's students, like the ones I met today at the Coral Academy, are leaders, trailblazers and innovators, and they deserve every … Continue Reading

October 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Speaks to Nevada Law Enforcement at Human Trafficking Summit

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks at the Nevada Attorney General Office's Law Enforcement Summit, which focused on the prosecution and prevention of human trafficking. The Senator spoke about her efforts in the Senate to make it harder for human traffickers to do business online, and the need to support law enforcement and empower survivors. "I'm proud to be here today with Nevada's law enforcement community who are on the ground every day … Continue Reading

October 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with LGBTQ Nevadans

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a roundtable with LGBTQ community leaders and advocates in Southern Nevada to discuss the concerns of the LGBTQ community and the consequences of the Trump administration's efforts to undermine hard-fought protections for LGBTQ Americans. During the roundtable, she discussed her efforts in the Senate to fight anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing, employment, the military and education. "On the eve of Las Vegas PRIDE, … Continue Reading

October 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Keynote Address to Prosecutors About Gun Violence Prevention

"On this second anniversary, those who survived the Route 91 massacre are again struggling with the lasting scars of body and mind they sustained that night." "Today's summit is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together law enforcement, advocacy groups, survivors, authorities on extremists, and others to dig into the causes of and solutions to gun violence and mass shootings." "Together, let's seize on this chance to learn from one another and find new approaches to one of the most … Continue Reading

October 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Call for Financial Certainty for Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a bipartisan group of 31 senators requesting that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, "Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with large swaths of … Continue Reading

October 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Mark Energy Efficiency Day in October

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution, led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), to designate October 2, 2019 as "Energy Efficiency Day" and to mark October as "National Energy Awareness Month." The resolution celebrates and promotes the benefits, both economic and environmental, that result from steps by industry and government to improve energy savings. "I'm so proud that Nevada's businesses, conservation groups and … Continue Reading

October 02, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome LWCF Grant Funding to Improve Nevada’s Public Parks

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $324,437 in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants awarded to public improvement projects in Lincoln and Mineral counties. "Nevada's public parks bring communities together by encouraging Nevadans to get outdoors, enjoy time with friends and family and stay healthy. This grant funding will support important improvements and upgrades to the Lions Park Pool and Echo Canyon State Park. … Continue Reading

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