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April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush: "I am saddened by the news of the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush was a committed public servant, a caring mother, and a devoted wife. Her love of family and country will continue to be an example for us all. Her dedication to improving literacy in America through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Facebook to Address Discriminatory Advertising

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to Facebook's CEO Mark Zukerberg urging the company to strengthen its targeted advertising policies to combat discrimination in online advertisements for housing and employment opportunities. "While targeted ads can be a tremendous tool for businesses and organizations, the unregulated use of such targeting for housing and employment advertising can facilitate unlawful discrimination." … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Cortez Masto: Congress Must Take Bipartisan Action to Address Critical Challenges Facing Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she opposed legislation that would have undermined critical workplace protections in Indian country: "The Senate missed an opportunity to tackle critical challenges facing Indian country in a bipartisan way. Native American communities have been waiting on this Republican Congress to work across the aisle to expand access to health care in Indian country, work on real tax reform that … Continue Reading


April 17, 2018

Cortez Masto: On Tax Day Nevadans Wonder How Much Damage GOP Plan Will Have On Their Family’s Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Tax Day 2018 and the detrimental long-term impact of the #GOPTaxScam on Nevada families: "The biggest concern I hear from Nevadans on the Republican tax plan is what this bill means for their future and their family's financial security. We know that while the Republican tax plan may result in a modest break for some middle class families in the short term, these cuts will expire while big … Continue Reading


April 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Federal NeighborWorks Grants to Support Affordable Housing in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding NeighborWorks America for awarding grant funds to two Southern Nevada non-profit organizations dedicated to providing Nevada families with affordable housing and home ownership assistance. "Nevada's economy continues to grow at a record rate, and yet we have the lowest supply of affordable homes of any state in the nation. All Nevadans deserve a secure and stable place to live, which is … Continue Reading


April 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on U.S. Missile Strikes Against Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the United States' strike against the Syrian regime: "The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is unacceptable under any circumstances. The Assad regime must be held accountable for its atrocious behavior. The United States and our allies must ensure that we pursue every effort to eliminate Assad's capacity to conduct chemical warfare. President Trump and his … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Video Conference Calls With Nevada High School Students

Senator Cortez Masto talks to Battle Mountain High School Students from her Washington, D.C. Office Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted two video conference conversations with Nevada high school students this week. The Senator spoke to students from Battle Mountain High School about their experience competing in the Capitol Hill Challenge - Stock Market Game, a game she sponsored the high school for, that teaches students how to invest in the stock market … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Cortez Masto to OMB Director Mulvaney: Why Are You Taking Steps to Undermine the Consumer Bureau?

Watch a video of the questioning here. Washington, D.C. - In today's Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney about his attempts to initiate the process to deny public access to information used to protect consumers. The mission of the CFPB is to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent banking practices like the ones that led to the financial crisis of 2008. … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces DOT Grants to Fund Infrastructure Projects in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for awarding over $9 million in emergency relief to help repair highways and roads on federal lands throughout Nevada that have suffered damage from natural disasters. "I commend the Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding these grants to restore many of the highways and roads in Nevada that were damaged by severe flooding," said … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Cortez Masto to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Stop Apologizing, Make A Change

Washington, D.C. - At today's joint hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the recent announcement that Facebook exposed the data of 87 million Americans to Cambridge Analytica without user consent. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto focused on what control individual users have over their data, user privacy and how Facebook failed … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Equal Pay Day 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in recognition of Equal Pay Day: "It is unacceptable that in 2018 women who work full-time still make only 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes - and the pay gap is even worse for women of color. All women deserve equal pay for equal work. Women are business owners, CEOs, teachers and leaders in America. The pay gap has only decreased five cents in the past 20 years - it is far past … Continue Reading


April 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HUD Grants to Provide Affordable Housing Vouchers to Homeless Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) announcement that Reno Housing Authority and Nevada Rural Housing Authority will receive $72,438 in total federal dollars to provide homeless veterans with affordable housing vouchers and access to an array of supportive services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Veterans shouldn't have to struggle to find homes they can afford. It is important we … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Students on Gun Violence Prevention

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a roundtable discussion yesterday with local students about the impact of gun violence in America. Senator Cortez Masto discussed Congress' responsibility to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation that reduces mass shootings and saves lives in the United States. "I am proud to represent so many bright young men and women from Nevada who are making their voices heard. These students are right - inaction in … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on ICE to Reverse Decision to Detain Pregnant Women

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) Acting Director Thomas Homan, strongly urging him to reverse the agency's decision to end their policy of presumptive release for pregnant women in immigration detention. "ICE's previous policy was sufficient to detain any undocumented pregnant woman who may pose a threat to herself or the public safety. The former policy, in place for almost … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Moapa River Paiute Reservation, Meets with Tribal Council of Moapa Band of Paiutes

Moapa, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with the Tribal Council of the Moapa Band of Paiutes and participated in a tour of the Moapa River Indian Reservation on Wednesday. During her meeting, Senator Cortez Masto discussed how best she can partner with the Moapa Band of Paiutes in working with the federal government and discussed her work advocating on their behalf as a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. "The Tribal to federal trust relationship is a serious … Continue Reading


April 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds DOT Grants to Nevada Public Transportation Systems

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding more than $6.5 million in funding to improve public transportation systems and increase road safety in three Nevada communities. "As a growing state and a worldwide tourist destination, Nevada has a special interest in strengthening our public transportation infrastructure," said Cortez Masto. "I thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for supporting our … Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Participates in the Women in Law Panel hosted by the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Las Vegas Latino Bar Association and La Voz, the Latino/Hispanic Law Student Association at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law to highlight the importance of diversity and the role women play in the legal profession. "One of my core beliefs is that government works best when our leaders are as diverse as the people they represent. I am … Continue Reading


April 04, 2018

Cortez Masto: Omnibus Delivers Funding for Enhanced Environmental Protection, Blocks Yucca Mountain Funding

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the spending agreement that passed in the Senate, highlighting its increased or matched funding for environmental and science programs despite the Trump administration's calls for spending cuts to advance the president's anti-science agenda. "Despite the administration's repeated calls to cut funding for environmental and science programs, I am pleased that the omnibus will deliver critical … Continue Reading


April 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Affordable Housing Roundtable

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted an affordable housing roundtable with local government officials, community leaders, and housing experts on how she can best partner with local stakeholders to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Southern Nevada. Cortez Masto emphasized her work in the Senate on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, highlighted the affordable housing priorities she secured in the omnibus agreement for the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on HHS to Restore LGBT Questions to Key Older Americans and Youth Surveys

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.) and over 20 of her colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging HHS to continue to include sexual orientation and gender identity questions on data collection instruments used to evaluate the effectiveness of programs serving older Americans and children in the foster care system. "Time and time again, this … Continue Reading

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