Press Releases

June 26, 2018

Cortez Masto: Travel Ban Decision Flies in Face of Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's anti-Muslim travel ban: "This decision flies in the face of our nation's founding principle of religious freedom. President Trump's Muslim Ban is in direct opposition to American principles and sends yet another prejudiced message to Muslim-Americans, refugees and immigrants. His ban serves only to incite recruiting for ISIS and undermines efforts … Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Prioritizes Water Conservation in Energy & Water Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passage of the 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which includes language Cortez Masto proposed to reauthorize for the Colorado River System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP). "The Colorado River is vital to the health and well-being of Nevada's families and Nevada's economy. I am proud to help guarantee the continuation of the System Conservation Pilot Program. The … Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Cortez Masto: President Trump is Fully Responsible for the Chaos and Trauma I Witnessed at the Southern Border

McAllen, Texas - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured several facilities where asylum seekers and their children are currently being processed and detained in Texas. During the visit, Senator Cortez Masto met with mothers and fathers who have been deeply scarred by the ongoing effects of President Trump's inhumane family separation policy. "My visit of detention facilities and a processing center in Brownsville, McAllen and Los Fresnos today was heart-wrenching. … Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Truckee Meadows Fire Station, Meets with Local Firefighters

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the new Truckee Meadows Fire Station and met with the Fire Chief Charles Moore and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) firefighters to listen to their concerns and discuss her recent partnership with Nevada fire departments to encourage fire season preparedness. "Nevada firefighters' dedication to their jobs is unmatched and their courage to run towards danger saves lives every day," said Cortez Masto. "I am … Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Our Center, Hosts LGBTQ Roundtable

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured Our Center's facility in Reno, an organization devoted to empowering the LGBTQ community in Northern Nevada by providing programs, education and advocacy opportunities to the local LGBTQ community. The senator also hosted a roundtable with leaders and advocates to discuss their experiences with discrimination in housing, healthcare and the workforce. "Despite all the progress we've made in our fight for equal rights, the LGBTQ … Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Amendment to Require VA Inspector General to Investigate Veterans Nursing Homes with Quality Concerns, Including Reno Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced an amendment that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General's office to conduct an investigation of all VA nursing homes rated an overall one-star rating in the two years prior to the enactment of her amendment. A newly released report by the VA identified a Reno veterans nursing home that received a one-star rating in 2016. Overall ratings measure the quality of care and staffing provided to … Continue Reading

June 20, 2018

Cortez Masto: Trump Executive Order Continues to Target Families Fleeing Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order maintaining his 'zero tolerance' policy that targets thousands of immigrant children and their parents fleeing violence in their home countries: "President Trump's executive order still enforces his cruel immigration policy that prosecutes parents fleeing violence to protect their kids. Millions of Americans have stood up in opposition to the cruel … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Highlights Her Commitment to Fighting the Alzheimer’s Public Health Crisis

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Aging Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) highlighted the importance of improving access to Alzheimer's care for patients and providing greater community resources for caregivers. Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the bipartisan BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act, which would create a public health infrastructure to combat Alzheimer's disease and preserve brain health. At the hearing, … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Clark County Lands Bill Resolutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the Clark County Lands Bill Resolutions: "I applaud the Clark County Commission for working closely with local leaders, advocates, and stakeholders to spur economic development and to protect Nevada's public lands. These resolutions are an important first step in addressing Clark County's needs as its population continues to grow. In addition, these resolutions highlight Clark County's … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates Juneteenth 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Juneteenth. Senator Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of a resolution designating June 19th, 2018 as Juneteenth Independence Day: "On Juneteenth we commemorate the emancipation of the last enslaved Africans and African descendants on U.S. soil and celebrate the fulfillment of independence. Juneteenth marks the end of a painful chapter in our history and celebrates African-American … Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Priorities for Nevada Service Members Included in NDAA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, which includes several of her bills and amendments that prioritize the needs of Nevada's service members and encourages technological advancement in the state. Senator Cortez Masto worked closely with her colleagues to include five bills she led in the NDAA, as well as several others she supported. "Nevada is home to thousands of … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Cortez Masto on 6th Anniversary of DACA: I Stand With DREAMers in Nevada & Across America

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the 6th anniversary of the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The DACA program has allowed thousands of hardworking young men and women to attend college, contribute to our economy and become vital parts of our communities. In Nevada, and throughout America, DREAMers are teachers, engineers, leaders, service members, business owners, parents, … Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand Secretary Zinke Follow the Law During Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Review

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and 28 Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Secretary of the Interior, demanding that any actions taken in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be in full compliance with the law. "We strenuously opposed enactment of section 20001, which authorizes the Department of the Interior to undertake an oil and gas … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Cortez Masto to President Trump: Stop Separating Children and Their Parents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in the Families Belong Together Day of Action Rally to demand that President Trump put an immediate end to the inhumane practice of separating parents from their kids at the Southwest border. "Separating families is not only inhumane, it is against everything we stand for as a country. President Trump should immediately reverse his administration's new 'zero tolerance policy' for migrants at the border," said Cortez … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Meets with Battle Mountain High School Students

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto meets with top-10 team from Battle Mountain High School Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with students from Battle Mountain High School today to discuss their top-10 finish in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's 15th Annual Capitol Hill Challenge. Cortez Masto sponsored the Battle Mountain team to participate in the competition. The team finished 10th overall amongst thousands of participants and earned … Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Strengthen Unions and Protect Workers’ Rights to Collective Bargaining

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2018, legislation led by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to strengthen union protections and support workers' fundamental rights to organize and negotiate for better wages and working conditions. "Unions make our workplaces safer, more equitable and have helped millions of hardworking men and women advocate for fair treatment and better wages," said Cortez Masto. "At a time … Continue Reading

June 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Presses FEMA, HHS on Federal Government’s Failures on Puerto Rico Fatality Count Following Hurricane Maria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a bicameral letter led by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Nydia M. Velá?zquez (D-N.Y.), and Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking information about the federal government's role in the official accounting of fatalities due to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They pressed FEMA … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on U.S.-North Korea Summit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following President Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: "While I am encouraged to see diplomatic negotiations take place, it would be foolish to trust a regime that has repeatedly broken the same promises before. Until we see progress, sanctions must remain in place and the Trump administration must develop and share with Congress a clear and robust plan on how to execute and … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Allow Tribal Governments to Determine How Programs to Combat Hunger Best Serve Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) to support tribes across the country to have more control over how federal hunger programs are administered in their communities. The bill would help ensure Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as SNAP) is administered in a culturally-appropriate way that promotes the health and economic well-being of tribal communities. "Tribal governments … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Cortez Masto: Sessions Continues to Betray American Values

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to drastically overhaul the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) interpretation of United States asylum laws by making it impossible for victims of domestic or gang violence to seek protection from persecution in the United States. "Victims of gang related violence and survivors of domestic violence whose home governments have failed to protect … Continue Reading

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