Press Releases

September 30, 2022

Cortez Masto, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Bolster Federal Response to Organized Retail Theft

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to protect shops and retailers by targeting flash mob robberies and intricate retail theft schemes. The Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act establishes a coordinated multi-agency response and creates new tools to tackle evolving trends in organized retail theft. "Law enforcement must have access to the tools they need to crack down on organized crime groups that target … Continue Reading


September 30, 2022

Cortez Masto Commemorates Upcoming 5th Anniversary of Route 91 Harvest Festival Attack

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement and video commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy on October 1, 2017. Earlier this week, the senator spoke on the Senate floor to honor the victims and today she participated in the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center's healing lantern project to honor the strength and resilience of the Las Vegas community. "This weekend marks five years since the horrific … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Reform the Electoral Count Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act (ECRA) of 2022 to ensure that electoral votes tallied by Congress accurately reflect each state's public vote for president. The ECRA would reform and modernize the outdated 1887 Electoral Count Act. "This commonsense, bipartisan legislation was crafted in consultation with legal experts from across the … Continue Reading


September 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Support Economic Development in Tribal Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, introduced the Native American Tax Parity and Relief Act of 2022 to help support economic development in Indian Country by removing unfair tax burdens on Tribal communities. This legislation would ensure that Tribal governments are treated similarly to state and local … Continue Reading


September 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Commemorates Upcoming 5th Anniversary of Route 91 Harvest Festival Attack in Speech on the Senate Floor

"I know for many in Las Vegas and all over Nevada, this week especially will bring difficult reminders of that dark day five years ago. But it will also bring a renewed determination to heal, to memorialize, to honor those who were affected, and to work toward a safer future." Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor to commemorate the upcoming 5th anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, … Continue Reading


September 28, 2022

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Send Bipartisan Letter Pressing U.S. Department of Transportation for Update on Overdue National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Plan

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators, including Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) pressing the department to provide a progress update on the National Travel and Tourism Infrastructure Strategic Plan, which has not yet been published. Senator Cortez Masto's bipartisan … Continue Reading


September 27, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Byrne JAG Funding to Support Nevada Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $437,517 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is coming to police departments across Nevada. This round of funding is part of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program, for which Cortez Masto secured historic funding in the FY2022 government funding legislation. The Byrne JAG program is the leading source of criminal justice funding for local police and supports a range of programs related to … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Cortez Masto and Rosen Announce Resolution Recognizing the Las Vegas Aces for First National Championship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sponsored a resolution in the United States Senate recognizing the historic win by the Las Vegas Aces women's basketball team in the WNBA Finals on Sunday, September 18th, 2022. "The Las Vegas Aces made our state proud this Sunday, and all season long," said Senator Cortez Masto, "As Nevadans cheered them on each game, the players showed everyone the power of dedication, teamwork, and talent. I'm … Continue Reading


September 22, 2022

Following Nevada’s Legal Motion, Cortez Masto and Rosen Send Letter to Department of Energy to Reiterate Strong Opposition to Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - Following Nevada's new legal motion to ultimately terminate federal licensing efforts at the failed Yucca Mountain site, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to reiterate their strong opposition to Yucca Mountain and urge the Department to continue its commitment to a consent-based siting process. "For nearly four decades, the state of Nevada has consistently and firmly opposed the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bicameral Bill to Strengthen Tribal Law Enforcement, Protect Public Safety in Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.-7) led Tom Cole (R-Okla.-4), Sharice Davids (D-Kansas-3), and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.-3) in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to strengthen Tribal law enforcement and increase public safety in Indian Country. The Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act would address federal inefficiencies that hurt Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce That Nevada Will Receive $5.9 Million From the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Reduce Wildfire Risk

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that over $5.9 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law they helped pass is headed to Nevada to reduce wildfire risk. This funding, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, will support fuels management projects in Nevada on 14,655 acres of land across the state. "I secured historic funding levels in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help reduce wildfire risk, expand … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces That SMART Community Grants Are Now Available

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the SMART community grants she worked to secure in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are now available to help communities in Nevada and across the nation improve their transportation systems. The infrastructure law incorporated Senator Cortez Masto's bipartisan Moving FIRST Act to promote smart-city innovations that use technology to solve transportation challenges. "I've led bipartisan efforts to help Nevada … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Funding to Support Nevada’s Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Economy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $5.6 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding they secured to support Nevada's tourism and outdoor recreation industry. The Nevada Department of Tourism will receive $3.7 million to construct outdoor recreation visitors centers in Boulder City and Carson City to enhance adventure tourism throughout the state. Boulder City will also receive an additional $1.9 million to … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Titus, Lee, Horsford Issue Statements of Support for Nevada’s Legal Motion to Bring an End to Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Members of the Nevada Congressional delegation - including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), and Susie Lee (D-Nev.) - in expressing their support for Governor Sisolak and the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Project's new legal motion to terminate federal licensing efforts at the failed Yucca Mountain site. The state of Nevada has also launched a new website … Continue Reading


September 19, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1.7 Million to Support North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Combat Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District $1,771,818.18 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program funding to support their operations and combat wildfire risk. This funding will help the department obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other necessary resources. "I've always worked to protect the Lake … Continue Reading


September 19, 2022

ICYMI: Sen. Cortez Masto Announces Completion of Agreement She Secured to Remove Plutonium Secretly Shipped to Nevada

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced on Friday the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed the removal of all weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to Nevada under the Trump administration. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto negotiated a deal with the DOE to remove this from the state starting in 2021. Following continued advocacy from the Senator, the NNSA completed the removal four years … Continue Reading


September 16, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces that DOE Has Completed the Agreement She Secured to Remove Plutonium Secretly Shipped to Nevada, Four Years Ahead of Schedule

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the removal of all weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly shipped to Nevada under the Trump administration. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto negotiated a deal with the DOE to remove this from the state starting in 2021. Following continued advocacy from the Senator, the NNSA completed the removal four years … Continue Reading


September 15, 2022

Cortez Masto Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan Senate resolution to formally recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 through October 15th. "Hispanic Heritage Month is an important time to recognize our community's rich traditions and celebrate the impact we have had across the country. Latinos have long shaped Nevada's story. We have deep roots here. I'm so proud of my heritage, and I'm especially honored to be the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2022

On Senate Floor, Cortez Masto Calls Out Republican Efforts to Pass a National Abortion Ban, Override Nevadans’ Right to Choose

"[T]his was never about states' rights, really, to my right-wing colleagues who want to restrict a woman's fundamental rights. And we know that because now they are pushing for a national abortion ban." "The current legislation introduced by Senator Graham stops the people in pro-choice states like mine, like Nevada, from choosing to protect the rights of women. At the same time, it leaves in place stricter abortion bans in 14 states." "Right now we're seeing some politicians once again … Continue Reading


September 13, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $5M to Walker River Paiute Tribe for Water Upgrades

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Walker River Paiute Tribe will receive $5.2 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants for improvements to water infrastructure that will boost the local economy. These funds were allocated through the American Rescue Plan's Indigenous Communities program to support Tribes. "Tribes in Nevada and across the country were hit hard by the pandemic, and I supported … Continue Reading

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