Press Releases

December 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions FDIC Chairman About Proposed Changes to the Community Reinvestment Act

Washington, D.C. - In a hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Jelena McWilliams, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), about the imminent publication of a proposed rule to reform the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The CRA requires federal banking regulators, including the FDIC, to encourage financial institutions to meet the credit needs of the communities where they … Continue Reading


December 06, 2019

Following Widespread Reports of Inaccuracies in Medicare’s Plan Finder Tool, Cortez Masto and Democratic Colleagues Urge CMS to Publicize Special Enrollment Period

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and 11 other Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge them to publicize the existence of a Special Enrollment Period for beneficiaries who enrolled in health care plans after using inaccurate information from Medicare's newly redesigned Plan Finder tool. Senator Cortez Masto sent a letter to CMS … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to help give more children a loving home by ending current discriminatory laws that allow organizations to discriminate against prospective adoptive and foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or religion. This legislation would also prohibit discrimination against children and youth in the foster care system on the basis of religion, gender … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Cortez Masto, Crapo Introduce New Bill to Improve Water Conservation at the Department of Energy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced the Energy and Water Research Integration Act. This bill would require the Department of Energy (DOE) to consider water conservation during energy research projects and focus federal research and development on creating technologies to decrease water consumption in energy production. "It takes a lot of water to produce energy, and it takes a lot of energy to produce clean water. Residents of … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Honor Famed American Cyclist Greg LeMond

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in cosponsoring the Greg LeMond Congressional Gold Medal Act to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Greg LeMond for his contributions to America as an athlete, activist, role model and community leader. "I'm delighted to recognize Nevada's own Greg LeMond for his service to this country. Greg is a towering figure in American sport and an icon to all who watched him wear the yellow jersey in … Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan 10-Year Renewal of the Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senate Banking Committee members Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), to cosponsor legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for 10 years. The Export-Import Bank has financed millions of dollars in Nevada exports, and supported 23 businesses in the state, including 16 small businesses, in both urban and rural Nevada. "Many Nevada businesses rely on the … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Northern Nevada Interfaith Association

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a roundtable with members of the Northern Nevada Interfaith Association to discuss ways she can be a voice for them in the United States Senate. During the roundtable, the Senator also discussed legislation she is working on to combat discrimination, antisemitism and intolerance in America. "Faith communities are a bedrock of justice and support throughout Nevada. I was honored to sit down with these community leaders and share … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Meets with Northern Nevada Organized Labor

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with organized labor representatives in Northern Nevada and discussed ways she can support hardworking union families and advocate for collective bargaining rights in the United States Senate, while supporting the growth of good paying jobs in Nevada, and throughout the country. "Nevada's strong organized labor community has fought for the rights and prosperity of hardworking families across the Silver State, including my own. My … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Helps Provide Annual Thanksgiving Meals to Nevadans in Need

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the local organizers, downtown casino properties and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada as they delivered meals, including a hot Thanksgiving meal and Mobile Harvest produce, to Nevadans in need. "I'm so proud of the diligent work done by local organizers and downtown casinos to lend a helping hand to Nevadans in need during Thanksgiving. It was a pleasure to join local volunteers in supporting Nevadans in need this … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Local Law Enforcement on Legislation to Address Suicide

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a roundtable at the Sparks Police Department to discuss her legislation, the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act, which aims to prevent and address the national epidemic of police suicides. "Tragically, we've seen police suicides in Nevada and around the nation. I want to do all I can to make sure Congress is supporting our law enforcement officers in every way possible, but we need more data. This bill will let us learn … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Unveils Small Business Resource Guide

Washington, D.C. - In a video message, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today launched a new guide to educate Nevada's small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs about the resources available to them in the Silver State. The Small Business Resource Guide also includes valuable information about how to write a business plan, obtain a business license and access capital. Nevadans wishing to pick up a copy of the Senator's guide may reach out to her state offices. Below are … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Convenes Workshop to Bring Strong Affordable Housing Investments to Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today convened a workshop to increase grant funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLB-SF) to affordable housing and community development projects in Nevada. Despite facing an affordable housing crisis, Nevada has received only a small fraction of the bank's affordable housing grants. This event brought together FHLB-SF representatives and local stakeholders - including affordable housing groups and … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls on McConnell to Bring Up Legislation Addressing Crisis of Missing and Murdered Native Women In Wake of Department of Justice Announcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in reaction to Attorney General Barr's announcement that the Department of Justice will put forward a framework and strategy to address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Native Americans. The framework is inspired by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Cortez Masto's Savanna's Act. "I'm pleased that the Department of Justice has taken this important step to address the epidemic of missing … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $717,000 in Grants for Rural Access to Health Care and Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) welcomed over $717,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for critical investments in rural medicine and education in Nevada. The grants include funding for telemedicine projects, remote pharmacy projects, distance learning and video equipment. "We can't stress enough the importance of telemedicine to ensure rural Nevadans have access to life-saving, quality services. There are many challenges that … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Remarks on Open Enrollment, Urgency to Protect Nevadans’ Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging Nevadans and all Americans to sign up for health care during open enrollment and highlighting Democratic efforts to protect preexisting conditions and strengthen the Affordable Care Act. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. You may download video of the speech HERE. It's open enrollment season for health care right now, which means Americans have an opportunity to get new … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $2 Million Grant for Battle Mountain Airport Improvement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded $2,000,000 in grant funding awarded under the Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program to Battle Mountain Airport in Battle Mountain, Nevada. The funds will go to reconstruct the airport's apron. "Airports in our rural communities in Nevada are economic hubs and vital parts of their health care delivery, which is why we're glad to see this Department of Transportation grant to … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Cortez Masto: It’s Time to Show That We Care About Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate Indian Affairs Committee considered whether to advance Savanna's Act and the Not Invisible Act, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) stressed the urgency for the full Senate to pass these bipartisan bills to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women. Both bills, which were introduced by Cortez Masto and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), passed through committee with overwhelming support. "The two bills we are considering today are … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud USDA Rural Development Grant for Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development agency for awarding both a grant of $1,300,000 and a loan of $1,626,000 to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony for an extension to the tribe's water and waste system. "Too many Native communities in Nevada and across the country face obstacles in accessing clean water, especially those living in rural parts of the Silver State. In Nevada … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Cortez Masto, Moran Introduce Legislation to Combat ‘Deepfakes’

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced bipartisan legislation to fund research into ways of detecting "deepfakes," online videos that are manipulated to realistically mimic a person's identity, to raise awareness and determine ways to combat the rising threat of this technology. Deepfakes can be used to misinform, scam, or harm a person's reputation by falsely depicting them saying or doing negative things. The Identifying Outputs … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on the Nomination of Dan Brouillette as Energy Secretary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on her vote against Dan Brouillette's nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Energy during a business meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "While I enjoyed meeting with Mr. Brouillette, under his and Secretary Perry's leadership the state of Nevada has continued to battle with the Administration over Yucca Mountain, seen the secret shipment of weapons grade … Continue Reading

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