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October 20, 2017

Cortez Masto, Wicker Introduce SPEED Act

Bipartisan Measure Would Streamline Permitting Process to Expedite Broadband Rollout Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced today the "Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2017" (SPEED Act). The measure would accelerate the deployment of new broadband infrastructure to both rural and urban areas by streamlining the permitting process for telecommunications equipment that is … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate, House Democrats Push to Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined today 34 Senate and House Democrats in introducing the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim final rules issued on October 6th that allow companies to interfere in their employees' health care choices and force women to pay more for an essential part of their health care. If enacted, the Protect Access to Birth Control Act would ensure President Donald Trump's rules … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cortez Masto, 22 Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras, El Salvador

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined today 22 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke urging the Trump Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from Honduras and El Salvador living in the United States, who are contributing to the U.S. economy, paying taxes, and supporting their families. Temporary Protected Status … Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Create Medicare-X, a Public Plan to Provide Low-Cost, High Quality Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to create Medicare-X, a public plan that would offer families, individuals, and small businesses additional, low-cost health insurance choices and create more competition in the marketplace. The Medicare-X Choice Act would build on the Medicare framework to establish a public insurance plan offered on the individual and small business health … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cortez Masto: In Honor of Loved Ones Lost to Gun Violence, Congress Must Pass Commonsense Reforms

FTPs of Senator Cortez Masto's speech are available to TV stations here. "When I was preparing to deliver my maiden speech before this body, my intention was to honor the Silver State's history and people… Unfortunately, my maiden speech on the floor of this body will instead talk about mass murder." "This chamber should speak in a unified voice that these tools don't belong in our country. And this has nothing to do with infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Submits Letter to VA Secretary Requesting Solution to High Veteran Suicide Rate in Western States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) submitted a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David J. Shulkin, M.D., requesting solutions to the high veteran suicide rate across the Western United States. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Senate Veterans' Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) joined Senator Cortez Masto in this bipartisan effort. According to a 2017 report from the VA, the veteran suicide rate throughout the West in 2014 … Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Request Additional DOJ Funding to Cover Overtime Costs of Law Enforcement Response to Las Vegas Shooting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking for additional funding from the Department of Justice to cover overtime hours worked by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County, including the Clark County Fire Department, for their response to the October 1st shooting. The DOJ recently announced a grant award of $1 million to the State of Nevada to assist with the … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Submit Letter to the Social Security Administration Requesting Formal Public Notice as to How It Intends to Assist Las Vegas Attack Victims, Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) sent a letter today to Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration and Steve Breen, Acting San Francisco Regional Commissioner (Region IX), requesting a formal public notice or an announcement regarding how it intends to assist the victims and the families of the Las Vegas attack, including special procedures for expedited enrollment and claims processing. "In response to … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cortez Masto, Commerce Committee Democrats Call for FCC Oversight Hearing to Address President Trump’s Threat to Press Freedom

Senators: "FCC Chairman's failure to quickly denounce threats raises questions about FCC's ability to act independently under Chairman Pai" Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and other members of the Senate Commerce Committee, in calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the committee to hold an FCC oversight hearing to highlight President Trump's attacks on … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Urge VA to Support Veterans Impacted by Las Vegas Shooting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) today urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that all military veterans impacted by the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, have access to the health care, benefits, and assistance they may need as they recover from the tragedy. In a letter sent to VA Secretary David J. Shulkin, Heller and Cortez Masto applauded the local VA hospital and Vet Centers for their response to … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

VIDEO: Cortez Masto Calls for Stronger Consumer Protections in Wake of Equifax Data Breach

"We have to do a better job of protecting individuals, data, and information, because if you are the victim of identity theft, you may have to spend the rest of your life trying to reclaim your identity." "What it comes down to is this: shouldn't the consumer have the absolute right to control their information and how it's being used?" Washington, D.C. - In today's Banking, Housing, and Urban Development Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called for stronger … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cortez Masto, Capito Introduce Legislation to Encourage Young Women to Pursue STEM Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the following statement announcing Code Like a Girl Act, legislation that will create two National Science Foundation (NSF) grant programs to encourage young girls to pursue computer science. A companion bill, H.R. 3316, was introduced by Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) in the House of Representatives. "The idea that science, tech, engineering or math are gendered is patently false, and we … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Introduce Resolution in Honor of Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today introduced a bipartisan resolution memorializing the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, on October 1st, 2017. The resolution also recognizes the bravery of all first-responders, law enforcement officials, and emergency medical technicians on the scene, as well as the countless staff at local hospitals and hotels who assisted in the response. "The victims, their families, and the Las Vegas … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts Mentorship Initiative Meeting with LGBTQ Staffers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted her fourth Cafecito con Catherine meeting with LGBTQ congressional staff as part of her mentorship series. Senator Cortez Masto discussed challenges faced by women-identified, transgender, and gender non-binary staff in an effort to improve and help advance their career opportunities. Over the past ten months, Cortez Masto has held roundtables with Latina, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and African American women … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Treasury IG to Investigate Noreika’s SGE Status

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined today Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Robert Menéndez (D-N.J.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in signing a letter asking the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of the Inspector General initiate an investigation into the misapplication of Special Government Employee (SGE) status with regard to Acting Comptroller of the … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats File Amicus Brief in Support of Planned Parenthood

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who led a group of 23 Senate Democrats in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventive Health Services, Inc. et al v. Charles Smith et al. In 2016, Texas revoked Planned Parenthood's status as a qualified medical provider for Texans on Medicaid. While the … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Economic Development, Water, and Waste Disposal Grants for North Las Vegas & Yerington

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Economic Development Administration and USDA for awarding over $3.7 million in economic and rural development grants to assist in the construction of waste systems in North Las Vegas and the replacement of sewer collection lines in the City of Yerington. These investments will provide upgraded infrastructure in industrial areas in North Las Vegas and improve outdated infrastructure in Yerington that has led to health … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds USDA Loan for Rural Development

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development loan of $500,000 to two counties in Nevada. The loan's funds will provide 30-year loans at 1 percent interest to small businesses in rural Clark and Washoe Counties, with a focus on minority- and women-owned businesses. "Historically, rural businesses, especially those owned by women and minorities, have faced unfair barriers in … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump’s Decision to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Trump announced his plans to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and his Administration's new proposed strategy for Iran: "Two years ago, I announced my support for the Iran nuclear deal because it was the best option we had to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Since then, the U.S. government and international monitors have … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump Decision to End Cost-Sharing Payments Will Hurt Working Families

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he will end cost-sharing subsidies that help American families afford health insurance: "The president's latest efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act will make it harder for tens of millions of Americans, including tens of thousands of Nevadans, to access the healthcare they need. Instead of working with Congress to lower costs and premiums, … Continue Reading

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