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April 10, 2018

Cortez Masto to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Stop Apologizing, Make A Change

Washington, D.C. - At today's joint hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the recent announcement that Facebook exposed the data of 87 million Americans to Cambridge Analytica without user consent. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto focused on what control individual users have over their data, user privacy and how Facebook failed … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Equal Pay Day 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in recognition of Equal Pay Day: "It is unacceptable that in 2018 women who work full-time still make only 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes - and the pay gap is even worse for women of color. All women deserve equal pay for equal work. Women are business owners, CEOs, teachers and leaders in America. The pay gap has only decreased five cents in the past 20 years - it is far past … Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HUD Grants to Provide Affordable Housing Vouchers to Homeless Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) announcement that Reno Housing Authority and Nevada Rural Housing Authority will receive $72,438 in total federal dollars to provide homeless veterans with affordable housing vouchers and access to an array of supportive services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Veterans shouldn't have to struggle to find homes they can afford. It is important we … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Students on Gun Violence Prevention

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a roundtable discussion yesterday with local students about the impact of gun violence in America. Senator Cortez Masto discussed Congress' responsibility to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation that reduces mass shootings and saves lives in the United States. "I am proud to represent so many bright young men and women from Nevada who are making their voices heard. These students are right - inaction in … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on ICE to Reverse Decision to Detain Pregnant Women

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) Acting Director Thomas Homan, strongly urging him to reverse the agency's decision to end their policy of presumptive release for pregnant women in immigration detention. "ICE's previous policy was sufficient to detain any undocumented pregnant woman who may pose a threat to herself or the public safety. The former policy, in place for almost … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Moapa River Paiute Reservation, Meets with Tribal Council of Moapa Band of Paiutes

Moapa, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with the Tribal Council of the Moapa Band of Paiutes and participated in a tour of the Moapa River Indian Reservation on Wednesday. During her meeting, Senator Cortez Masto discussed how best she can partner with the Moapa Band of Paiutes in working with the federal government and discussed her work advocating on their behalf as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "The Tribal to federal trust relationship is a serious … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds DOT Grants to Nevada Public Transportation Systems

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding more than $6.5 million in funding to improve public transportation systems and increase road safety in three Nevada communities. "As a growing state and a worldwide tourist destination, Nevada has a special interest in strengthening our public transportation infrastructure," said Cortez Masto. "I thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our … Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Participates in the Women in Law Panel hosted by the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association and La Voz, the Latino/Hispanic Law Student Association at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law to highlight the importance of diversity and the role women play in the legal profession. "One of my core beliefs is that government works best when our leaders are as diverse as the people they represent. I am … Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

Cortez Masto: Omnibus Delivers Funding for Enhanced Environmental Protection, Blocks Yucca Mountain Funding

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the spending agreement that passed in the Senate, highlighting its increased or matched funding for environmental and science programs despite the Trump administration's calls for spending cuts to advance the president's anti-science agenda. "Despite the administration's repeated calls to cut funding for environmental and science programs, I am pleased that the omnibus will deliver critical … Continue Reading


April 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Affordable Housing Roundtable

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted an affordable housing roundtable with local government officials, community leaders, and housing experts on how she can best partner with local stakeholders to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Southern Nevada. Cortez Masto emphasized her work in the Senate on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, highlighted the affordable housing priorities she secured in the omnibus agreement for the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on HHS to Restore LGBT Questions to Key Older Americans and Youth Surveys

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.) and over 20 of her colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging HHS to continue to include sexual orientation and gender identity questions on data collection instruments used to evaluate the effectiveness of programs serving older Americans and children in the foster care system. "Time and time again, this … Continue Reading


April 02, 2018

Cortez Masto: Transportation and Infrastructure Funding in Spending Agreement Will Help Drive Nevada’s Economy

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting the infrastructure priorities she fought for in the omnibus spending agreement: "Nevada is leading the way in technology innovation that will help propel us towards a smarter, cleaner future. The federal government plays a crucial role in fostering this 21st century economy and the appropriations bill restores much needed funding to important transportation and infrastructure programs. … Continue Reading


April 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Tri-Source Pharma to Explain 1,400% Price Spike of Decades-Old Cancer Drug

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) sent a letter to Robert DiCrisci, the CEO of Tri-Source Pharma, seeking additional information on a significant price spike for the 40-year-old, off-patent cancer drug lomustine. NextSource Biopharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Tri-Source Pharma, acquired lomustine and increased the price 1,400 percent over a four-year period. "…[W]e want to learn more about NextSource … Continue Reading


March 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Renown Regional Medical Center

Reno, NV - Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring Renown Regional Medical Center facilities today: "Renown Health plays a crucial role in providing Northern Nevada residents with first-rate primary, urgent, long-term and emergency health services. The talented and compassionate staff at Renown know what it means to provide personal and quality care to every patient, and I thank them for their dedication and service," said Cortez Masto. "Renown's … Continue Reading


March 28, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Banking Committee to Hold Hearing on the SAFE Banking Act

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), urging them to hold a legislative hearing on S. 1152, the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow cannabis and cannabis-related businesses that are legal under state law to access financial services in the banking system and give law … Continue Reading


March 28, 2018

Cortez Masto: Omnibus Wildfire Funding a Win for Nevada

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement detailing the appropriation of additional federal money to address wildfire funding shortfalls and support Nevada's brave firefighters. "In the past year, the U.S. Forest Service and Department of the Interior spent nearly $2.9 billion on fighting wildfires, the most expensive fire season on record. In Nevada, there were 658 wildfires in 2017, burning a total of 1.19 million acres across the state. As … Continue Reading


March 28, 2018

Cortez Masto, Women Colleagues Call on Senate Leadership to Bring Forward Legislation to Reform Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Rules in Congress

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Rules Committee Working Group along with Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), joined all twenty two Democratic and Republican women of the U.S. Senate today to call on Senate leadership to bring legislation that would update and strengthen the procedures available to survivors of all forms of sexual harassment and discrimination in congressional workplaces before the full Senate. The House of … Continue Reading


March 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Warns CFPB Against Repeal of Rule Cracking Down on Predatory Payday Lending Schemes

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in sending a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, urging them to end any efforts to undermine and repeal the CFPB's payday lending rule, which represents an important step in reining in predatory business practices by payday lenders nationwide that are designed to exploit the financial … Continue Reading


March 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Highlights of her tour included visiting the University's School of Medicine, the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center and the Innevation Center. Senator Cortez Masto also hosted a roundtable with current university students where participants discussed issues of diversity, inclusion and affordability in higher education. "The University of Nevada, Reno has a proud history … Continue Reading


March 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Food Bank of Northern Nevada

McCarran, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN) and hosted a roundtable where she highlighted the importance of SNAP and food bank programs in the state. Cortez Masto also discussed issues concerning hunger and poverty in Nevada, and commended the FBNN for its leadership in helping Nevadans struggling with hunger. "The Food Bank of Northern Nevada provides an invaluable support system to both our urban and rural communities, not … Continue Reading

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