Press Releases

April 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Massacre Rim as Nevada’s First Dark Sky Sanctuary

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Bureau of Land Management and other Massacre Rim advocates in a presentation of a Congressional Record statement honoring the Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area as Nevada's first Dark Sky sanctuary. This designation will promote long-term conservation in Nevada, preserve natural resources and strengthen Nevada's strong outdoor recreation economy. "Designating the Massacre Rim as our first Dark … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates $40 Million DOT Allocation for Midtown Reno Revitalization Project

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) on a tour of the Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project after it was announced last week that the project will receive a $40.4 million federal Capital Investment Grant (CIG). This grant allocation will help extend the RAPID bus service to the University of Nevada, Reno and will upgrade aging utilities infrastructures along Virginia Street in Midtown. "Thousands of … Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

Volume 2, Issue 1 - A Message for Nevada


April 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Transparency in Elections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- R.I.) requiring organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors and helping guard against hidden foreign interference in American democracy. "The American people deserve a fair and transparent political process. No organization that engages in campaign activity should be exempt from disclosing their donors," said Senator Cortez Masto. … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $36.9 Million in Funding For Affordable Housing Projects Across Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for awarding over $36.9 million in Fiscal Year 2019 grant funding for affordable housing projects across Nevada. "These HUD grants are a critical investment toward addressing the affordable housing crisis in Nevada, where we face one of the most severe housing shortages in the nation. This funding will support housing for low-income … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Legal Cannabis Businesses Can Access Banking Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to introduce legislation to provide access to banking services for legal cannabis businesses. The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act would allow banks and credit unions to provide financial services to licensed cannabis businesses, cannabis-related businesses and service providers in states that have legalized medicinal or recreational … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote Against Interior Secretary Nominee David Bernhardt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following her vote against the confirmation of David Bernhardt to be U.S. Interior Secretary: "In Nevada, our public lands and national monuments are living examples of our state's history; and for thousands of Nevadans they're essential to their livelihoods from recreational tourism to grazing and renewable energy development. With Secretary Bernhardt at the helm of the Department of the … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Important Family Tax Credits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and 39 Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would help expand two tax credits aimed at putting money back in the pockets of hardworking Nevada families. The Working Families Tax Relief Act would expand access to and increase the value of both the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand Transparency, Public Input for Oil and Gas Leasing on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led thirteen senators in a letter to Acting Secretary Bernhardt to demand clarity on his decision to systemically limit public input on his initiative to open more public lands for oil and gas leasing. "As the United States Senate continues to consider your nomination for Secretary of the Interior, we are extremely concerned about actions taken by the Department of the Interior (DOI), under your direction, to limit opportunities … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Amodei Applaud $40.4 Million Grant for Reno’s Virginia Street Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02) released the following statement celebrating the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) announcement of a $40.4 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) to fund the Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project. This project will extend Reno's existing bus rapid transit service that operates in the Virginia Street corridor by 1.8 miles, linking the University of … Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bill Allowing Workers to Receive Paid Sick Days

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 31 Senate colleagues in re-introducing the Healthy Families Act, which ensures workers are able to earn paid sick leave so they can stay home when they are ill, care for a sick family member, obtain preventive medical care or seek assistance related to domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault. "Hardworking Nevadans shouldn't be forced to decide between their health and security in … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Congressional Passage of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. Senator Cortez Masto cosponsored this legislation which ensures the implementation of the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) while also respecting vital environmental protections for the states along the Colorado River Basin. This evening, the House also passed companion DCP legislation. The measure will be sent to … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senators Call for Reinstatement of Policy Against Holding Pregnant Women in Immigration Detention

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led fifteen of her Senate colleagues in calling for the reinstatement of an Obama-era policy ordering most pregnant women to be released from immigration detention. In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the senators called for the reinstatement of presumptive release for pregnant detainees as well as improved medical care for expectant mothers. In February, a 24-year-old … Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Cortez Masto, Sisolak, Rosen and Nevadans Helped by ACA Come Together to Say: Protect Our Health Care

Cortez Masto, Sisolak, Rosen and Nevadans Come Together to Share Impact of Affordable Care Act in Strengthening Families & Providing Care to Over 200,000 Nevadans, Condemn Trump Administration Efforts to Repeal Health Care for Nevadans Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Nevadans protected by the Affordable Care Act to discuss the vital health care they've been able to secure as a result of … Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Warn President Trump Against Cutting Funding to Northern Triangle Countries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a group of 33 Democratic senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump opposing his plan to cut national security funding to Northern Triangle countries. In their letter, the senators make clear the U.S. Congress already … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Announces Co-Sponsorship of DREAM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her co-sponsorship of the Dream Act. "I'm proud to again support bipartisan legislation that finally puts Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship and gives them the certainty to lead their lives and build their careers in the only country they've ever known. From Las Vegas, to Elko, to Reno and Pahrump, Dreamers are making positive impacts in our lives and contributing to our communities. … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on FHFA Authorization of Payments to Housing Programs Benefitting Low-Income Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency finally released millions of dollars in funding for affordable housing programs benefitting low-income Nevadans. The funds, destined for the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and Capital Magnet Fund, were delayed by the Trump Administration for one month. "Affordable housing is essential to providing stability and economic security for Nevada families. The … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Immigrant Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation that will protect immigrant veterans and service members from deportation. Introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act prevents the Administration from deporting veterans for low-level offenses and bolsters resources that facilitate naturalization and citizenship. "The courageous men and women who've immigrated to America and risked … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Protect States’ Marijuana Policies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in reintroducing the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act to ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. "Nevadans voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana. The federal government must respect the will of Nevada voters and allow states that have chosen to … Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto, Tonko Introduce Bicameral ACCESS BROADBAND Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.-20) today introduced the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, bicameral legislation that fosters the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses as well as underserved urban and rural communities in Nevada, and throughout the country. The companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind). "Far too many communities across Nevada … Continue Reading

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