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November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto: Revoking TPS for Haitians Will Tear Families Apart, Threaten Lives

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing the Trump Administration's decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian citizens who fled the catastrophic 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic: "The Trump Administration's decision to revoke TPS protections for Haitians exposes nearly 60,000 vulnerable Haitians to deportation and rips families apart. By turning its back on people in need, the Administration … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Women Senators to McConnell: Pass the Dream Act Before Senate Recesses in December

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her Democratic women colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to pass the Dream Act as soon as possible before the Senate recesses in December: In the letter, Cortez Masto and ten other female Democratic Senators, Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts DACA Roundtable with Immigration Advocates in Reno

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) yesterday met with Washoe County immigration leaders and advocates at Word of Life Ministries to discuss the importance of protecting Dreamers and those who have benefitted from DACA. "Dreamers grew up in this country, went to school in this country, and now contribute to this country with their hard work, dedication, and perseverance," said Senator Cortez Masto. "They have gone to college to become lawyers, engineers, doctors, small … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Encourages Nevadans to Get Covered in New Open Enrollment Digital Walkthrough

FTPs of Senator Cortez Masto's digital walkthrough are available to TV stations here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a new digital walkthrough showing Nevadans how to go online and sign up for health insurance on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. "Open enrollment began on November 1st, this means that Nevadans have from now until December 15th to go to healthcare.gov and select an insurance plan that is right for them and their family," … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Commends Tunisian Government and Civil Society for Women’s Rights Efforts Ahead of U.S. State Department Visit

Reno, Nev. - Ahead of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan's trip to Tunisia, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the Tunisian government commending the recent passage of the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women. If properly implemented, the law has the potential to increase stability in Tunisia and strengthen protections for Tunisian women. During this critical period in their transition to democracy, Cortez Masto urges the Tunisian government to form a … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cortez Masto: White House Relief Request Shows Trump Administration Continues Inadequate Response

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration's woefully inadequate response to funding requests for hurricane relief in Texas and Florida, and their refusal to request additional funding for Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: "Today's announcement by the Trump Administration on hurricane relief shows that this White House refuses to understand the reality confronting Americans who have … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Asks DHS Nominee to Clarify Stance On DACA, The DREAM Act, & TPS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 18 other Senators today in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on her to answer several immigration related questions prior to consideration of her nomination by the full Senate. During her confirmation hearing, when asked whether she agrees that legislation must be passed to protect Dreamers by the end of this calendar year, Nielsen … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced her support for bipartisan gun safety legislation, the Fix NICS Act, to strengthen the federal background check system in order to safeguard American communities from gun violence. Jointly introduced by U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the Fix NICS Act is aimed at preventing violent felons and domestic abusers from purchasing a gun. "On October 1st, my hometown of Las Vegas became the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Passage of House Republican Tax Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning today's vote in the House of Representatives to pass tax legislation that benefit corporations on the backs of middle class families: "House Republicans have once again refused to engage with Democrats in a bipartisan process to reform our nation's tax code. Today they have voted to pass legislation that, over time, amounts to nothing more than a tax increase for working families and a … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Impartial Investigation Into Potential Quid Pro Quo Between FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump Administration & Sinclair Broadcasting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 13 of her Senate colleagues are requesting the Inspector General of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) open an investigation into the objectivity and impartiality of the FCC's review of the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media. "Millions of Americans rely on Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media for news and information every day," said Senator Cortez Masto. "We need to ensure that their … Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Senator Franken

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement regarding Senator Franken: "I am deeply disappointed. This type of behavior is unacceptable for any public official. I support the Ethics Committee process and investigation into this inappropriate conduct and look forward to hearing more from my colleague on this … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Close Loophole in Military Justice System that Enables Convicted Domestic Abusers to Buy Guns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act, legislation to close a dangerous loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that enables convicted abusers to purchase firearms. "We've lost too many lives to gun violence at the hands of dangerous individuals who should not have been allowed to buy a gun in the first place. Congress must take necessary steps to prevent tragic shootings … Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Resignation of CFPB Director Richard Cordray

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the resignation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray: "Richard Cordray has been a staunch protector of hardworking Americans against injustices committed by powerful financial institutions. Director Cordray lead the CFPB on behalf of American consumers in protecting students, seniors, and homeowners. He fought to hold banks accountable for wrongdoing and … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Signs Letter to FCC Chairman Raising Concerns Over Proposed Rule That Could Harm Rural Americans Who Depend on Landline Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined a group of senators led by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai raising concerns about a proposed rule that could harm rural consumers by undermining existing protections for landline service. The Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure and Investment Report and Order lessens notifications to consumers about … Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds U.S. Department of Transportation for Emergency Repair Grant

Washington, D.C. - U. S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) $3 million in emergency repair grants. These investments will provide restoration to roads and highways in Northern Nevada that suffered damage as a result of flooding in January and February 2017. "I am pleased the U.S. Department of Transportation has provided these necessary funds to help repair broken … Continue Reading


November 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues to Call for Investigation Into Immigration Enforcement in Sensitive Locations

Washington, D.C. - Following reports that a young girl with cerebral palsy was detained on her way to receive surgery, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and twelve others, in calling for an investigation into ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. The Senators' … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Veterans Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day, which falls on Saturday, November 11: "Nevada is home to thousands of veterans and services members-men and women whose bravery and sacrifice in service to our country have earned them our deep respect and gratitude. It is one of my priorities as Nevada's Senator to make sure our veterans get the care they deserve, and any assistance that can make their transition … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Resolution to Make Sexual Harassment Training Mandatory in U.S. Senate

Legislation co-sponsored by Senators Cortez Masto, Grassley, Shelby, and Capito will require anti-harassment training for senators, staff and interns of the Senate Training would need to be completed within 60 days from the date of passage of the resolution; Each employing office in the Senate would be required to submit certification of completed training, which would be published on the public website of the Secretary of the Senate Washington, D.C. -Today, legislation introduced by U.S. … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Highlights Essential Skills DREAMers Offer to Our Military and Advocates for Passage of the Bipartisan DREAM Act

A video recording of the press conference is available here. Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Harminder Saini, a DREAMer enlisted in the U.S. Army, House Members, and advocates for a press conference to urge Congress to immediately pass the bipartisan DREAM Act. Nearly 900 DREAMers are currently serving in the U.S. military and some could be forced to leave unless … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate GOP Tax Proposal

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the release of the Senate Republican tax plan: "Republicans in Congress have introduced yet another tax reform proposal crafted behind closed doors and without bipartisan input from Senators. I have stated clearly that my priorities in any proposed tax legislation are that working and middle class families in Nevada and our small businesses do not receive a tax increase and that our federal … Continue Reading

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