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September 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement in Recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, which runs from September 10-16, 2017: "This week, we send a message to everyone struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression: you are not alone. We recognize that depression is not a choice or a failure of willpower but a deadly disease that claims the lives of 44,193 Americans every single year. Depression is treatable and suicide is … Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges SEC, DOJ, & FTC to Investigate Equifax Stock Sales Following Data Breach

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of 36 U.S. Senators led by Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) in a letter asking the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the sale of nearly $2 million in Equifax securities held by high-level Equifax executives shortly after the company learned of a massive cybersecurity breach. Equifax, a major … Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Prioritizes Supporting Nevada’s Service Members in National Defense Authorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that she has introduced four amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and worked with Senate colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee to protect remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) personnel. The amendment's Senator Cortez Masto offered address our country's cybersecurity defense readiness, safeguards funding for scholarship opportunities for minority serving institutions that educate … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Senate Passage of Anti-Human Trafficking, Banking Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Senate's passage of three pieces of legislation, the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017, and the U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act. Cortez Masto co-sponsored these bills, which were designed to protect victims of human trafficking and strengthen safeguards for investors. "Combating human trafficking and protecting consumers were two of my top priorities … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Launches New Bilingual Website

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing the launch of her new bilingual website in both English and Spanish: "Spanish has always had a special role in Nevada. Our state's name and many of our towns and cities are Spanish and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans speak it as their native language at home, school, and businesses throughout the Silver State. As Nevada's Senator, I have the responsibility to ensure that all … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Cortez Masto, Franken Lead Coalition of Senators Pushing Equifax to End Use of Forced Arbitration Clauses that Harm Consumers

Senators Also Ask Equifax to Clarify if It Supports New Consumer Financial Protection Rule That Would Limit Forced Arbitration Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) led a broad Democratic effort to push Equifax-the massive credit bureau that recently made public a data breach affecting 143 million Americans-to completely end its use of forced arbitration agreements, which limit the ability of consumers to pursue justice in a public court … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Cortez Masto, Harris Host Mentorship Initiative Meeting with African American Staffers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted her third Cafecito con Catherine as part of her mentorship series to discuss challenges faced by minority congressional staffers in an effort to improve and help advance their career opportunities. Cortez Masto was joined by Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) to meet with African American female staffers to hear their perspective and talk about their ideas. In March and in May, Cortez Masto met with Latina Senate staffers … Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement On Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks: "No one will ever forget where they were on September 11, 2001. I was in a courtroom in Washington, D.C. working as a district attorney when we were asked to evacuate after a plane crashed into the Pentagon. The horror of that day is still marked in our hearts, but even more powerful than the fear we felt is the hope and unity … Continue Reading


September 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grant for Elko Regional Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Transportation for disbursing a total of $2,741,111 in grant funds to the Elko Regional Airport for runway and apron improvements: "There is no doubt that Nevada, being the seventh largest state in the country by size, is vast and many people who call the Silver State home live in the rural heartland of our state. The size of our state and the distances between … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Bill Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Extend Bankruptcy Judgeships Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on a bill she cosponsored to extend temporary bankruptcy judgeships. The Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 calls for a five-year extension for 14 temporary bankruptcy judgeships and will create four new bankruptcy judgeships. The bill passed the Senate yesterday and extends one of the temporary judgeships in Nevada for five years. "An efficient bankruptcy court system is critical for individuals … Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on Congress Pass the DREAM Act Now

"People ask me, 'What would you tell the DREAMers and these families in your state?' I would tell them, you belong here." "These are the kids and families who are in our communities, who go to our churches, who are in our grocery stores, who are in our schools, who are our neighbors and our friends. Why would we make them live a dual life? Why would we treat them differently?" Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump DACA Repeal Betrays America’s Immigrant Heritage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning President Donald Trump's revocation of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Moments ago, President Trump hid behind his Attorney General to attack the lives of hundreds of thousands of productive, taxpaying, and patriotic aspiring Americans. The President's actions clearly show he stands with racists like Stephen Bannon and Joe Arpaio. Today's … Continue Reading


September 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Labor Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in honor of Labor Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, September 4th: "Each year on Labor Day, we honor the hardworking men and women whose contributions form the foundation of our economy. Unions have not only made our workplaces safer and more equitable, they have helped millions of American families lift themselves into the middle class. "Yet much work remains to be done. I will continue to … Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on Trump Administration to End Efforts to Sabotage the Affordable Care Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that it will sharply cut funding for health care sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act: "In July, Republicans in Congress failed to strip away the health care of thousands of Nevadans. Today, after a bipartisan group of governors called on the Administration to end its sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and work with Congress to stabilize the health … Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Urging Trump Administration to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans in US

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and a group of nearly two dozen lawmakers called today on the Trump Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to all eligible Venezuelans currently in the United States. The lawmakers made the request in a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke. The letter also applauds the Trump Administration for confronting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's government through … Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump EPA Cuts Threaten Nevada’s Clean Air, Water, and Public Lands

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting the detrimental impact to the State of Nevada from President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "President Trump's proposed budget will gut the Environmental Protection Agency. This threatens Nevada's significant progress toward ensuring our residents and visitors can enjoy clean air, water, and public lands. President Trump and EPA Administrator … Continue Reading


August 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Rural Nevada Communities

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) completed a month-long tour of Nevada's rural towns, including Elko, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Yerington, Virginia City, Alamo, Incline Village, Pahrump, Eureka, Austin, Baker, Ely, Adaven, and Mcgill . In her meetings with local leaders and community members, Cortez Masto stressed her desire to be a voice and a resource for all Nevadans, regardless of zipcode or party … Continue Reading


August 27, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Great Basin National Park

Ely, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring Great Basin National Park: "Great Basin National Park is a prime example of why we must protect our nation's natural wonders and preserve their beauty for future generations. Our state is blessed with incomparable beauty and we cannot take it for granted. Not only do our national parks protect pristine lands, they create jobs and attract tourists who bring revenue to local businesses and … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Cortez Masto: Arpaio Pardon Example of Trump’s Failure to Unite Country After Charlottesville

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he will pardon documented human rights abuser, and former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio. In July, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for violating an order in a racial profiling case. "President Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio is yet another example of his failed commitment to unite our country after the racist and hateful protests of … Continue Reading


August 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Interior Department Sage Grouse Conservation Report

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to a report indicating that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke may recommend changes to federal sage grouse conservation plans: "The sage grouse is not just a critical part of Nevada's natural ecosystem, it is a symbol of the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Western United States. I stand with Governor Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) in support of a habitat-based approach to sage grouse … Continue Reading

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