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September 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Help Nevadans Overcome Barriers to Employment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act, legislation to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2019. "Too many Nevadans are struggling to secure good-paying, stable jobs, especially vulnerable populations like our veterans. Making this tax credit permanent … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation, led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), to improve veterans' access to mental health care and prevent veteran suicide. The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act seeks to improve VA care by bolstering the VA's mental health workforce and increasing rural or hard-to-reach veterans' access to VA care, while making sure veterans have access to … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote Against Labor Secretary Nominee Eugene Scalia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following her vote against the confirmation of Eugene Scalia to be U.S. Labor Secretary:"Eugene Scalia has spent his career fighting for the interests of powerful corporations at the expense of the health and safety of American workers and families. He has sought to weaken workers' rights at every turn, from leading the roll back of protections for retirees to defending companies who undermined the … Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation To Combat White Supremacist Terrorist Threat

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored Senator Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) bicameral legislation to address the growing threat of white supremacists and other violent right-wing extremists. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would enhance the federal government's efforts to prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess this threat and provide training and resources to assist state, local and tribal law … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democratic Women Show Solidarity with Asylum Seekers at the Border

Washington, D.C. - While visiting the Arizona-Mexico border in August, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) purchased bracelets handwoven by migrants and asylum seekers at the Kino Border Initiative's Nazareth House women's shelter in Nogales, Mexico. Upon her return to Washington, Senator Cortez Masto gave the bracelets to her female Senate Democratic colleagues as a reminder of the human consequences of America's immigration policies. "To me, these bracelets serve as a reminder … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome Nearly $500,000 to Support Community Schools in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $498,287 awarded to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to improve coordination of academic, social, and health services at three Las Vegas elementary schools serving minority and low-income students. Provided through the Department of Education's Full Service Community Schools Program, the grant will establish targeted support for students at Booker Elementary School, Kelly Elementary … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rep. Horsford Introduce Legislation to Make Health Care More Affordable for Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Dependent Income Exclusion Act to make health insurance more affordable for families with children who have part-time jobs or are enrolled in job training programs. Specifically, this legislation would allow families to exclude specific dependent income when calculating their eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are cosponsors of this … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Commemorates Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a resolution recognizing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week, which began on September 16th and ends September 22nd. The resolution celebrates the achievements and goals of the 523 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the United States. "The pathway to the middle class is directly tied to a college education, yet Latinos continue to be underrepresented in higher education. Hispanic-Serving Institutions play a key … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Over $1.6 Million in Grant Funds for Nevada Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded a $1,684,013 grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase the treatment capacity of Nevada's Medicaid providers to furnish substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services. "This grant will provide important funding to better equip Nevada Medicaid providers to care for Nevadans with substance use disorders. We'll continue to support federal … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill Rescinding President’s Climate Regulations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bill, led by Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), to restore U.S. climate regulations to what they were before President Trump took office. The Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act would undo the Executive Order signed by the President in March of 2017, which dismantled health and environmental protections, by ensuring that no federal funds could be used to implement it. "This Administration is endangering the health and … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Bipartisan Nevada Judicial Appointment Commissions

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen announced the formation of bipartisan judicial commissions to make recommendations for Nevada's judicial vacancies. The commissions include diverse representatives from the legal community across Nevada, ensuring the voices of Nevadans are reflected in the federal judicial nomination process. "As Nevada's United States Senators, we're committed to recommending qualified individuals that have the support of our … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $3 Million to Support Fire Departments in Northern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced over $3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding to support Northern Nevada fire departments. This funding will be used to purchase new vehicles, protective gear and safety equipment, as well as to support the training and hiring of additional firefighters in Northern Nevada. "Nevada's brave firefighters are on the front lines keeping our communities safe every … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Congress to Combat Threats to $7.6 Billion for Highway Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) wrote a letter to Congressional leaders to urge the repeal of a current provision in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that would rescind $7.6 billion - including $50 million for Nevada - from critical infrastructure funding. The provision threatens the needed certainty and planning for current and future Nevada roadway investments such as Interstate 11. "At a time when our … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Urges Administration to Reinstate Program Aimed at Reuniting Filipino WWII Veterans with Loved Ones

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging them to reverse their decision to terminate the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program. This program was created to allow aging Filipino World War II veterans to reunite with their children and siblings who have been approved for family-based immigration visas but are caught in the 20+ year backlog. "In … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Autism Legislation to Address Challenges ‘Across the Lifespan,’ Continue Critical Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation, led by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), that shapes federal autism policy and prioritizes investment in research, early detection, and the development of new treatments and therapies for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. The Autism Coordination, Accountability, Research, Education and Support (CARES) Act of 2019 builds upon the current … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $1.8 Million in Nevada Transportation Safety Grants

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding a combined $1,847,425 in grant funding from the Department of Transportation to support transportation safety investments within the Silver State. "We're thankful the Department of Transportation is supporting education and outreach programs that will help our state, local and tribal officials better understand and respond to transportation related public … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Mental Health Providers in Low-Income Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act, legislation that would help expand the workforce of mental health providers serving students in school. Through grants and student loan forgiveness, the bill incentivizes trained psychologists, social workers, and school counselors to serve low-income and rural schools. "Nevada's children deserve all the tools for academic and personal success. Yet our state faces … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on Sunday, September 15th and ends on Tuesday, October 15th. "Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the rich traditions and contributions of our Hispanic community. In Nevada, our state's Hispanic heritage transcends the names of our cities and towns. From Raphael Rivera's exploration of the Las Vegas Springs, to the Mexican miners … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

Washington, D.C. - Nearly two years after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, the Route 91 massacre in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as Senate Democrats continue to keep the pressure on Republican Leader McConnell and President Trump to take action on House-passed universal background checks legislation, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivers this week's Weekly Democratic address. In the address, Senator Cortez Masto outlines the immediate need for the Senate to vote … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Resolution Condemning North Korean Labor Camps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) co-led a bipartisan resolution with Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) political prison labor camp system. The resolution calls on the DPRK to dismantle their brutal system, noting instances of religious persecution, rape, forced abortions and brutal executions within the camps. "It's unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have disappeared at the hands … Continue Reading

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