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February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Demands Explanation for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information from Kelly, McGahn

Washington, D.C. - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse - and when they knew it - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), along with 10 of her Senate Democratic colleagues led by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto, Cruz Urge Administration to Facilitate 5G Technology Deployment in Coordination with Private Sector

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, underscoring the need to avoid a federalized 5G telecom deployment, and urging them instead to facilitate a timely and efficient rollout of 5G technology in coordination with the private sector. "If the United States is to maintain its global leadership in mobile broadband both Congress and the … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes understand the needs of their communities and are best positioned to ensure tribal … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Nevada’s Olympians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement celebrating Nevada athletes as they participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. "Congratulations to our outstanding Olympians: David Wise, Evan Weinstock and Tim Jitloff, who will be competing for gold in Pyeongchang. Reno local David Wise, the 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist in halfpipe skiing, will once again look to show the world that the best skiers are born in … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto on Two-Year Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in support of the bipartisan two-year budget agreement: "I am encouraged by this breakthrough and hope that this bipartisan spirit will carry over to our efforts to put Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship. This agreement increases investments in several of our domestic priorities, including combating the opioid epidemic, funding community health centers, and giving low-income parents of children … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Staff to Host Office Hours in Fallon, Fernley, Gardnerville & Carson City

Washington, D.C. - A Regional Representative will host in-person office hours on behalf of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in Fallon, Fernley, Gardnerville and Carson City this month to assist residents of Northern Nevada with questions about federal resources available to them and to work through challenges with federal agencies. Information on the services the Senator's office offers will be provided on-site and is are available online at … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Meets with TPS Workers Employed by Government Contractors in U.S. Senate and Pentagon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with U.S. Senate and Pentagon workers on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) employed by government contractors. These men and women provide essential services to the United States Congress and the Pentagon, serving as custodians and cafeteria workers, among other positions. The group of thirteen TPS recipients originally from El Salvador discussed their fears and the challenges they've faced in coming to the United States and … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Consumer Protection Bureau to Continue its Investigation of Equifax Data Breach

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which expresses concerns about recent reports that the bureau has halted its investigation into the massive Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of 145.5 million Americans. "We are deeply troubled by recent news reports that, under Director Mulvaney's leadership, the CFPB may have stopped its … Continue Reading


February 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Testifies in Support of Critical Nevada Lands Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) testified today before the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Legislative Hearing in support of two lands bills critical to Nevada. These two bills, the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act and the Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement Act for the State of Nevada, were introduced by both Senators Cortez Masto and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and are supported by every … Continue Reading


February 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Establish an Investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee & USA Gymnastics Over Decades of Sexual Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) consponsored a resolution led by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to establish a special committee in the Senate to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Gymnastics regarding how team doctor Larry Nassar was allowed to sexually abuse female gymnasts over decades. Cortez Masto previously called for an oversight hearing in a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls for Details on President Trump’s Joint Action Plan to Address High Veteran Suicide Rates

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) requesting further information on President Trump's Executive Order Joint Action Plan aimed at expanding mental and behavioral health care resources for service members and newly discharged veterans during their period of transition out of the military. This Joint Action Plan is part of an effort to reduce the rate of veteran suicides, which are nearly 15% higher among newly … Continue Reading


February 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Senate Leadership to Prioritize Funding for Community Health Centers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funding for community health centers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Demands Answers for Systemic Failure to Enter Court-Martials and Criminal Convictions into the Federal Background Check System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) demanding answers from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray regarding a dangerous lapse in the incorporation of courts martial or criminal convictions into the FBI's background check database. Under the current system, even if the Department of Defense attempts to notify the FBI of a servicemember's criminal conviction, it may not be properly … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Banking Committee to Hold Oversight Hearing on Puerto Rico Housing Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to 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 an oversight hearing on the current housing crisis facing Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, delinquency in mortgage payments have worsened as Puerto Ricans struggle to recover and rebuild their homes and businesses, many of whom are … Continue Reading


February 05, 2018

Cortez Masto: The 1.3 Million Nevadans Impacted by Equifax Deserve Accountability

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in reaction to news reports that the Consumer Bureau will drop its investigation of Equifax at the behest of the contested head of the Consumer Bureau, Trump appointed OMB agency director Mick Mulvaney. "In Nevada, 1.3 million people - nearly half of the population - were impacted by Equifax's data breach. The Consumer Bureau has a central role in the fight to ensure accountability from Equifax, … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces USDA Grant to Assist Low-Income Homeowners from Rural Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing a grant of $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency to assist homeowners from Churchill, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties with repairs to their homes. "When people live in homes with leaky roofs, outdated windows, safety hazards or that are not accessible to someone who uses a wheelchair or walker, families suffer ill health and threats to their … Continue Reading


February 02, 2018

Cortez Masto on Nunes Memo: Chairman Nunes is Enabling Trump Assault on Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration authorized the release of the partisan House Intelligence Committee memo authored by Chairman Nunes' staff. "Chairman Nunes has enabled President Trump in his assault on law enforcement and on the integrity of the investigation over foreign interference in our elections. This partisan memo is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the very real issue: Did a … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on President to Preserve Rights and Integrity of Federal Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate two qualified individuals to key positions on the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). The MSPB serves a critical function in protecting the rights of the federal workforce by ensuring that actions taken against government employees are fair and not politically motivated. However, due to vacancies on the three-member board since January 2017, the board has been unable to … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Enhance Medical Care for Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her cosponsorship of the No Hero Left Untreated Act. This legislation will enhance medical care for veterans by providing access to additional treatment options. Senators David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) reintroduced the No Hero Left Untreated Act in 2017 as a companion legislation to a bill introduced by Representative Steve Knight (R-Calif.) in the House of … Continue Reading


February 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges President to Prioritize Rural Broadband in Infrastructure Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) urging President Trump to include funding to support broadband deployment in unserved rural areas across the country. While the Administration prepares a broad infrastructure plan, around 23 million Americans living in rural areas across the country still lack access to high-speed broadband. "In an increasingly interconnected world and global … Continue Reading

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