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April 28, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on President Biden’s Speech

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement following President Joe Biden's speech on the eve of his 100th day in office. "Over the past 100 days, our nation has made tremendous progress, coming together to deliver a historic rescue package that is helping bring American communities back from a devastating year. Back at home, I have seen firsthand how the American Rescue Plan is getting shots in arms, students back in the classroom, and … Continue Reading


April 26, 2021

Cortez Masto & Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Upgrade Schools and Public Buildings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the Public Buildings Renewal Act, bipartisan legislation that incentivizes private investment to rebuild schools and other public buildings through public-private partnerships. Implementing public-private partnerships to fund repairs in just 20% of all government buildings would create 1.3 million jobs … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Cortez Masto, Murkowski Hail Interior & DOJ Announcement on Their Bipartisan Law to Curb Epidemic of Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Native Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released the following statements after the Departments of Interior (DOI) and Justice (DOJ) announced that they would be enacting a joint commission to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, a key component of Cortez Masto's bipartisan Not Invisible Act, which was signed into law last year. "This is a welcome step from the Administration and it will make an enormous difference … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Cortez Masto & Toomey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Survivors of Sexual Assault Can Access Victims’ Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) re-introduced the Fairness for Rape Kit Backlog Survivors Act to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have access to the same benefits as victims of other crimes. As a result of rape kit backlogs across the country, many survivors of sexual assault are unable to access state crime victim compensation when they need it-when their kits are finally tested and matched. Cortez Masto's bipartisan legislation … Continue Reading


April 22, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which passed the Senate on a bipartisan 94-1 vote. Originally introduced by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Representative Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), this legislation will address the rise of hate crimes and violence targeted at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Cortez Masto signed onto this bill as a cosponsor last month … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand & Make Permanent Minority Business Development Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Minority Business Resiliency Act of 2021. The bill would make permanent and expand the reach of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), which was created by Executive Order in 1969. The bill would also place MBDA regional offices in more communities, increase the agency's grant making capacity, and create a Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development. "It's critical … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Help Expand Access to Nevada Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced two pieces of legislation to help underrepresented communities, educational organizations, and community groups access and enjoy Nevada's public lands for outdoor recreation. "Every Nevadan should have access to our beautiful public lands - it's part of what makes the Silver State so special," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Yet the cumbersome permitting process often prevents small organizations, schools, and … Continue Reading


April 21, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets With Education Secretary Cardona, Urges Robust Support for Student Mental Health

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met virtually with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to discuss the mental health needs of Nevada's school children. She recently wrote a letter calling on the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education to launch a coordinated, all-of-government response to help students recover from the severe stress and trauma they experienced during a year of remote school and isolation. "Nevada's students have endured an … Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. "This was the right decision. George Floyd should still be alive today. Though the pain experienced by Mr. Floyd's family, Minneapolis, and all of America cannot be erased, this is a step toward justice. Black Lives Matter. Our work is far from done. We must continue working together to create a stronger, more inclusive justice system that protects … Continue Reading


April 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Visits White House, Calls for Focus on Jobs & Economic Recovery for Nevada’s Latino Community

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her visit with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to the White House, where she advocated for additional support to help Hispanic-Americans get back to work and to boost Hispanic-owned small businesses. During the meeting, Senator Cortez Masto specifically called for President Biden to create an interagency American Jobs Plan equity task force to ensure federal resources go to communities with … Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Leads Legislation to Curb Harmful Practices in the Franchise Sector, Protect Small Business Owners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) re-introduced legislation to protect entrepreneurs from bad actors in the franchise industry who use deceptive financial information to sell underperforming or unprofitable businesses. The SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Act, cosponsored by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), would require that a prospective franchise owner receive accurate … Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Cortez Masto Releases Alarming New Report Detailing Harmful Practices in Franchise Sector, Calls For Transparency and Oversight

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a report on a slew of troubling practices affecting businesses operating as franchises that have squeezed investors and entrepreneurs for decades, causing countless Americans to go into bankruptcy while boosting the bottom line of multi-national corporations. Senator Cortez Masto's white paper is the first major Congressional report on the harm deceptive franchise practices have caused franchise owners across the country. … Continue Reading


April 10, 2021

Newsletter - A busy couple of weeks in Nevada


April 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on the Implementation of COBRA Benefits She Secured in American Rescue Plan

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Department of Labor (DoL) implemented the COBRA benefits she secured in the American Rescue Plan. Cortez Masto's provisions mean that laid off and furloughed workers in the Silver State and across the country can keep their health insurance plans if they are laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic. The DoL guidance includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions for workers wondering … Continue Reading


April 06, 2021

Cortez Masto Urges Biden Administration to Address COVID-19 Student Mental Health & Suicide Crisis

Las Vegas, Nev. - In response to widespread challenges in students' mental and behavioral health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the spike in student suicides, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) is calling on the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education to launch a coordinated, all-of-government response. In a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Cortez Masto highlights the severe stress and trauma experienced by … Continue Reading


April 05, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures More Than $6 Million to Address Nevada’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the state of Nevada will receive $6,754,852 in Housing Trust Fund (HTF) grants, more than double what the state usually receives. These grants are a direct result of Cortez Masto's advocacy during the previous administration, which tried to cut funding for this vital program. With HTF funding, Nevada will be able to build, rehabilitate, and maintain affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income … Continue Reading


April 02, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto vows to oppose potential Biden FDA pick

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) is vowing to lead opposition to President Biden's potential nominee for commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Cortez Masto is fervently opposed to acting commissioner Janet Woodcock because of her history overseeing the approval of powerful and addictive opioid drugs. "We cannot have an FDA administrator who oversaw the approval of dangerous drugs without sufficient … Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $155 Million in Funding to Support Public Transportation, Help Nevadans Get to Vaccine Sites

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $155,465,085 that she helped secure as part of the American Rescue Plan will be delivered to Nevada to support the state's public transportation systems as the state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cortez Masto has consistently led efforts in the Senate calling for robust investments to help Nevada's public transportation systems during the pandemic, which will now bolster public transit while … Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

Cortez Masto & Rosen Announce New Members of Bipartisan Judicial Commissions

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced the members of two bipartisan judicial commissions to interview and recommend candidates for Nevada's federal judicial vacancies. The commissions include diverse and bipartisan representatives from the legal community across Nevada. "We're dedicated to ensuring that the voices of Nevadans are reflected in the federal judicial nomination process, and our two bipartisan judicial … Continue Reading


March 26, 2021

Cortez Masto Urges VA to Combat Vaccine Misinformation, Encourages Veterans to Get Vaccinated

Washington, D.C. - In light of recent reports on veterans' concerns about the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to take an active role in combating vaccine-related misinformation and to encourage our veterans to get vaccinated. A recent poll by the Blue Star Families found that almost half of veteran families surveyed do not expect to receive a vaccine, with 75 percent of those … Continue Reading

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