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January 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls for Reform of Senate Ethics Committee Investigations on Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Ranking Member Chris Coons (D-Conn.), calling on the Committee to evaluate its practices and procedures to ensure that the investigative process for any sexual harassment allegation referred to the Committee is expeditious, transparent and thorough. Last year, a series of allegations brought a national spotlight to sexual misconduct, … Continue Reading


January 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours All Nevada Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after completing her tour of all 17 Nevada counties: "There is no better way to learn about issues that matter to Nevadans than to hear from them directly at events, town halls, roundtables, or even at a local grocery store. The stories I've heard and the people I've met all across Nevada are what drives me every single day, and I am honored to bring their voices to Washington. From fighting for … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senators Urge Federal Agencies and Mortgage Lenders to Assist Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico Ahead of Looming Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a bipartisan group of senators in a letter to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, urging them to help hurricane victims keep their homes as they rebuild and recover from Hurricane Maria's devastation. Puerto Rico is on track for a foreclosure crisis that could surpass the worst of the Las Vegas housing crisis nearly a decade ago, and Hurricane Maria has reportedly worsened delinquency in … Continue Reading


December 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Calls on Trump Administration to Develop Bipartisan Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on two members of the Trump administration, Gary Cohn, Director of the National Economic Council, and Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation, to work with Democrats to develop a bipartisan consensus on how best to invest in our nation's infrastructure. Cortez Masto wrote that fiscally responsible, pro-growth infrastructure investments are needed to grow Nevada's economy and improve Nevadans' quality of life. She … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Cortez Masto: Christmas Can Wait, No Deal Without Nevada’s Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on tonight's vote on the continuing resolution in the Senate: "We have been telling Dreamers to sit back and be patient for over 16 years. For 16 years, we've been telling them to wait their turn. And then when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program went into effect, we told Dreamers that if they gave the government all of their personal information and paid an annual fee, they would … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Presses U.S. Forest Service on Greater Sage-Grouse Review

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 12 other senators wrote a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke to request information about the agency's role in the Trump Administration's review of 2015 plans to protect the imperiled greater sage-grouse. In a Federal Register notice last month, the U.S. Forest Service signaled that the agency may be seeking potential changes to the 2015 plans. Because modifying the plans could have a significant economic impact … Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

Cortez Masto Rejects Scott Garrett’s Nomination to Head Ex-Im Bank

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement on her vote earlier today against Scott Garrett's nomination to head the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States: "Today's bipartisan rebuke of Mr. Scott Garrett's nomination is indicative of how poor of a candidate he is to lead the Ex-Im Bank. Scott Garrett has vowed to eliminate the Bank and his record has … Continue Reading


December 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds DHS for FEMA Winter Storm Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for awarding a more than $1.4 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. "With a name that means 'snowy' in Spanish, Nevada is no stranger to winter storms, specifically throughout the Great Basin and at higher altitudes," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Snow storms can be dangerous, even life threatening. DHS's latest … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Cortez Masto on Passage of Bipartisan Bill Banning Egregious Form of Animal Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after a bill she cosponsored, the bipartisan Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, passed the Senate last night. The PACT Act seeks to outlaw a heinous deadly form of animal maiming and torture known as "crushing." It is the first-ever federal law to grant all animals federal protections against cruelty and abuse. "Any form of abuse against animals must be punishable by law, and I am … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senators to Experian: Fix System to Allow Consumers with Credit Freezes to Easily Sign Up for ACA Health Care Plan

Las Vegas, Nev. - Following reports that some consumers with credit freezes are experiencing issues enrolling into a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of senators, led by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), in calling on credit reporting agency Experian to work quickly to resolve the issue in their system so that consumers can verify their identity online and to waive any fees for consumers who choose to … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds HUD Grants for Southern Nevada, Reno Housing Authorities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for awarding a $612,000 grant to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA) and a $99,765 grant to the Housing Authority of the City of Reno (RHA) for HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. The FSS Program empowers low-income families that receive public housing or Section 8 assistance with finding employment, pursuing personal and career goals, … Continue Reading


December 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds DOT Public Transportation Grant for Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for awarding a $200,000 grant to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. The community will use the grant to establish the first tribal public transit system in the area in order to connect residents with healthcare, education, and other necessary services in and around the reservation. "Living in remote, rural areas should not prevent Nevadans from … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Cortez Masto, Udall, Murkowski Bill Would Restore Tribal Jurisdiction Over Domestic Violence Incidents on Tribal Land to Children and Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the bipartisan Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act (NYTOPA) to build on the Tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by extending protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on Tribal lands. The bill also will enhance federal coordination of victim … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Cortez Masto: Proposed Cuts to EPA Threaten Public Health

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to push back on proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget that would threaten public health and the environment. "The Trump Administration has made dismantling the EPA a core mission. We urge you to oppose any legislation that advances that goal by further cutting the EPA's already decimated funding levels," the Senators wrote. "Because of these … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Cortez Masto: Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules Will Hurt Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement concerning the Federal Communication Commission's vote to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules: "Despite my calls to cancel today's vote, the FCC has now granted permission to internet service providers to play favorites with customers who can afford to pay more while leaving others behind. Without net neutrality protections, Nevada's schools, libraries, first responders, rural communities, and … Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Cortez Masto, Online Community Participate in Website Blackout in Support of Dreamers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Wednesday's digital day of action and website blackout in support of Dreamers. Cortez Masto organized the day of action to bring attention to Dreamers who are losing DACA and face deportation, and for Congress to urgently pass the Dream Act before the end of the year: "Each day that Congress fails to protect Dreamers, 122 more young individuals get their DACA protections taken away from … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

Cortez Masto: Republican Tax Plan Fails to Consider Concerns of Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement today in anticipation of the conference report on the Republican tax legislation: "I am disappointed with Congressional Republican leadership and the Trump Administration for moving forward with a plan that would target the most vulnerable people in our communities and raise taxes on Nevada's working … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

Cortez Masto: Congress Must Act Now to Protect Dreamers from Deportation

"We cannot turn our backs on Dreamers. We must embrace them. They are living examples of what America stands for as a nation built through the sweat and hard work of generations of immigrants." "Blue jeans, hamburgers, ketchup, YouTube, Google, Apple. Even America's best idea-our national parks. These are iconic American inventions, and yet they were all created, in whole or in part, by immigrants." "We must pass the Dream Act before the end of the year." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Announces Website Blackout in Support of Dreamers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that, tomorrow, December 13th, she will black out her website with a message of support for Dreamers for three hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. E.T. Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus will also demonstrate their solidarity with Dreamers throughout the day. "Three months ago, President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The damage is already being felt for Dreamers … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Urging FCC Chairman Pai to Postpone Vote on Repeal of Net Neutrality Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), joined a letter, led by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to postpone the vote to repeal pro-consumer net neutrality protections. If approved, the repeal will place internet service providers back in complete control of their networks' management, allowing them to potentially discriminate access to content, which would be a departure from a truly free and open … Continue Reading

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