Press Releases

October 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Southern Nevada Family Justice Center & Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Southern Nevada Family Justice Center and the Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center to hear from advocates, leaders, and local law enforcement on their work to provide assistance and support to domestic violence, sex trafficking, and sexual assault survivors, as well as keeping at-risk youth out of the local juvenile justice system. "These resource centers provide a central hub for survivors of domestic violence, sex … Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Attends Domestic Violence Awareness Month Program Hosted by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended a Domestic Violence Awareness Month program hosted by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Social Services and the Moapa Band of Paiutes Vocational Rehabilitation Project INPUT. The gathering included dramatic performances, poetry, dance and moving testimony to empower survivors and community members to discuss the impacts of domestic violence. "Tonight's program was a sobering reminder that far too many in our tribal communities … Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Support for Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced her support of and requested to cosponsor the bipartisan Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, legislation that would provide 1.3 million more affordable rental homes nationwide in the next ten years. In Nevada, there is a shortage of 81,787 rental homes affordable for low-income renters. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). "Nevada's affordable housing crisis … Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Honored By Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) was recognized as the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada's "Woman of the Year" for her work in Congress on behalf of LGBTQ Nevadans. The Center, as it is more commonly known, is celebrating twenty-five years of service to Las Vegas' LGBTQ community. "The Center has been a cornerstone of Southern Nevada's LGBTQ community for decades, advocating for equal rights and providing essential services to LGBTQ Nevadans," … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates National School Lunch Week with Whitney Elementary School Students

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated National School Lunch Week with students at Whitney Elementary School. Cortez Masto had lunch with students and education leaders to highlight the importance of federally assisted meal programs in providing low-cost or free lunches to millions of students every day. "The National School Lunch Program has made a difference in the lives of low-income students by ensuring that hunger isn't an obstacle to learning. For … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Urging USDA to Reverse Reductions in Coverage for Rangeland Crop Insurance Program

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to reconsider the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) recent decision to reduce the policy protection amounts value for crop insurance within the Pasture, Rangeland, and Foraging (RPF) program. These insurance reductions could affect alfalfa famers, cattlemen, and dairy farmers in at least five Nevada … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds USDA Rural Development Grant of $150,000 to Nye County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture for awarding Nye County a $150,000 Rural Development grant. The funds will be used to establish a pilot technical assistance program to identify local health care facility needs in the region and to update the Duckwater Tribe irrigation system. "Rural Nevadans often face challenges when accessing health care due to limited or distant medical facilities. I commend the USDA for … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on NIH to Improve Racial, Ethnic Minority Representation in Clinical Trials

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and 26 additional Senate colleagues in urging the National Institutes of health (NIH) to ensure communities of color are appropriately represented in clinical trials. "We appreciate NIH's efforts to reduce health disparities by addressing significant barriers to clinical trial participation and recognize that NIH-funded clinical trials are designed to ensure … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Honors Filipino WWII Veterans

Las Vegas, Nev. - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project and the Filipino Veterans Group of Las Vegas in presenting Congressional Gold Medals to Filipino WWII veterans from Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and California. Filipino World War II veterans were officially recognized for their service in a 2017 Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in Washington D.C., however, some of the veterans were unable to travel due to health issues. "The … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Speaks at October Mandatory Unit Training Assembly for the 926th Wing, Air Force Reserve

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks at the biannual 926th Wing Mandatory Unit Training Assembly (MUTA) in support of Air Force Reservists. Senator Cortez Masto also reaffirmed her commitment to fight for military families and their benefits. "The 926th Wing works tirelessly to ensure that our country is prepared and ready for sustained combat operations. Our military personnel, both active duty and reserve, and their families deserve the highest … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Participates in Roundtable Discussion on Issues Concerning AAPI Community

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a roundtable discussion with the Asian Community Development Council and other leaders of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Southern Nevada "I was privileged to meet with leaders of Nevada's Asian American and Pacific Islander community today. These roundtables are crucial opportunities for me to hear the concerns of communities throughout the State of Nevada and effectively represent … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Wendell Williams Elementary

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at Wendell Williams Elementary School. Cortez Masto spoke with community members and discussed the contributions made by the Hispanic community in Las Vegas. Cortez Masto cosponsored a resolution to recognize September 15th through October 15th as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States. "This month, we proudly celebrate the contributions Hispanics have made in our … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Markey, Brown Demand Answers from Administration Over Reports of Chinese Manipulation of U.S. Technology

Washington, D.C. - Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called on the Trump Administration to look into reports of Chinese government efforts to secretly manipulate U.S. technology. According to a October 4 Bloomberg Businessweek report, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) "designed and manufactured" microchips to be surreptitiously planted within the motherboards of servers assembled by Super Micro Computer Inc. (also known as … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators Introduce Legislation to Ensure Affordable Student Loans for Every Borrower

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in introducing the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that would ensure affordable, simple income-based repayment plans for any federal student loan borrowers. The average college senior who has taken out loans now graduates with more than $30,000 in debt, and total student debt nationwide has topped $1.5 trillion, creating a significant drag on the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) to introduce the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, which expands protections for vulnerable children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The bill has been introduced in the House as H.R. 7047, and in the Senate as S. 3558. "When I visited the Southern border to monitor … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates National Coming Out Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today released the following statement and accompanying video message commemorating National Coming Out Day, which is celebrated on every year on October 11. "Coming out is one of the most courageous acts an LGBTQ person will make in their life. On this day, we recognize and reaffirm our support for all LGBTQ Americans who have suffered discrimination, humiliation or violence as a result of their identity. I am proud to stand in … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cortez Masto: Senate Failure to Overturn Junk Insurance Rule A Profound Disservice to Families

FTP for video stations available HERE Watch the full video HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) condemned the Senate's failure to overturn President Trump's expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions and aren't required to cover essential services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits, and maternity care. A measure introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to reverse the expansion failed to … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Touts Provision Included in Water Infrastructure Legislation, Applauds Final Passage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which includes the Senator's provision to help protect federal funding for critical flood control projects in the Truckee Meadows. "Northern Nevada faces the threat of intense flooding every spring," said Cortez Masto. "The inclusion of this provision in the American's Water Infrastructure Act will ensure that the Truckee … Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendment Protecting Truckee Meadows Funding Advances to Final Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate voted 96-3 to advance the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to a final vote. The bill includes the Senator's provision to help protect $181 million in federal funding for critical flood control projects in the Truckee Meadows. "Tomorrow's critical vote will determine whether Northern Nevada has the necessary resources to protect itself from natural disasters. My amendment … Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez, Duckworth Lead 22 Senators Urging DHS to Withdraw ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a group of 22 Democratic senators urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw its proposed 'public charge' rule, which would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain permanent residency if they have used public assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid. In a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the senators warned that such a policy … Continue Reading

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