Press Releases

June 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Bill to Prevent Healthcare Providers from Leaving Rural Markets

Washington, D.C. - Following the news that uncertainty surrounding the Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has caused insurance carriers to stop offering plans in nearly all of Nevada's rural counties, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to introduce legislation that would stabilize the healthcare market. Their bill, the Marketplace Certainty Act, would prevent costs from spiraling out of control so that providers are not … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Supports Reauthorization of FAA Bill, Prioritizing Aviation Development and Infrastructure, Increased Safety Measures and Consumer Protections

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, supported the approval of the bipartisan 2017 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill out of committee, moving it one-step closer to becoming law. The Senator's work helped pass legislation that promotes Nevada's aviation initiatives and programs that support America's air infrastructure and competitiveness. The Federal Aviation … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Denounces Trumpcare’s Overwhelmingly Negative Impact on Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing the overwhelmingly negative impact Trumpcare would have on veterans: "The immense sacrifice our veterans have given for our country is unquestionable and deserves our full appreciation and gratitude. As a nation, we have the responsibility to provide our veterans with all the necessary resources they need to rejoin and thrive in civilian life-of which quality affordable healthcare is an … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto, Kaine, Menendez, and Latino Advocacy Groups Highlight the Devastating Effects the Senate GOP Health Care Bill Would Have on Latino Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) joined National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, NCLR's Institute for Hispanic Health, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health to highlight how Senate Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would disproportionately affect the Latino community and significantly roll back the progress Latinos have made under the ACA. Despite the Senate GOP delaying a vote … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors FSOC Insurance Member Continuity Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in introducing legislation that allows the Financial Stability and Oversight Council (FSOC) to continue to benefit from the important insight and contributions of the independent member with insurance expertise if a replacement has not been confirmed. As the statute is currently written, the … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Senate’s First Ever Resolution Recognizing June as Pride Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of her Senate colleagues in introducing the first-ever Senate Resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution notes major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. Today, June 28, marks the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. "Diversity is what makes us strong and what defines us as a nation," … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Anthem Decision to Leave Rural Nevada Market

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to Anthem's decision to pull out of Nevada's healthcare market in 14 rural counties: "The uncertainty caused by Republicans and President Trump threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act and toying with people's healthcare is resulting in health-insurers leaving critical markets, thus hurting Nevadans' access to life-saving care and jeopardizing the lives of many. Rural Nevadans … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on House Bill to Revive Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement on H.R. 3053, a bill that was approved this morning by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and would allow for the revival of Yucca Mountain to move forward: "Any proposed nuclear repository site or storage facility should require the consent of the host state before it can advance. It is unjust and unfair to force Nevadans to … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges Senate Armed Forces Committee to Apply Combat-to-Dwell Policy to RPA Community

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Senate Committee on Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) urging them to work with the Air Force to implement a combat-to-dwell policy for members of the remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) community as soon as possible. Senator Cortez Masto applauded the U.S. Air Force for working toward developing a permanent policy, but urged the committee and the Air Force to take … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Blast Secretary DeVos for Harmful Actions on Civil Rights Protections, Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 34 Senators today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos citing major concerns with steps the Department has taken under her leadership to diminish civil rights enforcement for students across the country. The Senators highlight a number of alarming actions taken by Secretary DeVos, including hosting events with anti-LGBTQ hate groups, proposing to slash the budget of the Office for Civil Rights … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grants for State-Wide Airport Study, Gabbs Airport Runway Rehabilitation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding $239,063 to the State of Nevada to conduct a state system plan study and $225,000 to Gabbs Airport in Nye County for runway rehabilitation: "Investing in our airport infrastructure is essential to maintaining Nevada's connectivity to the rest of the country and the world," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I am grateful that DOT understands this and I thank them for … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on CBO Score of Senate Republican Trumpcare Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the newly released CBO score of the Senate Republicans' Trumpcare bill: "Another day, another appalling CBO score as Republicans continue their despicable mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This sham of a bill does a serious disservice to Nevadans who rely on the ACA for life-saving care and this report proves that. I stand with the 400,000 Nevadans who are at risk of losing their … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Cortez Masto Denounces Trumpcare’s Disproportionate Impact on Latino Community

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing the Senate and House versions of Trumpcare's disproportionate impact on the Latino community: "Although Trumpcare could have a significant impact on all hardworking Nevadans, there are communities that will be disproportionately affected, such as Nevada's Latino community. Trumpcare would undo noteworthy gains in healthcare coverage among Latino Nevadans. From 2013 to 2015 under the … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grant for LVMPD to Counter Terrorist Recruitment and Radicalization

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for awarding $500,000 in funding through the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) for deterring terrorist recruitment and radicalization. "As a world-renowned destination, public safety in the Las Vegas metropolitan area is of utmost importance for residents and tourists alike," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Seeks to Expand Important Tax Credit to Put Money Back in Pockets of Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation that would help expand two anti-poverty tax credits that help put money back in the pockets of hardworking Nevadans and their families. The Working Families Tax Relief Act expands access to and the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), and ensures that no worker can be taxed into poverty by the federal tax system. "It is appalling that hardworking Nevadans face the real … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Rips Energy Secretary Rick Perry for Breaking Promise to Nevada

Washington, D.C. - During today's Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) blasted Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who recently suggested that the government has a 'moral obligation' to revive the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Perry's statement is ill-conceived and a complete reversal of the position he expressed in January that decisions concerning nuclear waste siting should be left to the states. Cortez Masto said, "When you were … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Advance Development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today introduced bipartisan legislation designed to advance the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and build on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) efforts to safely integrate them into the National Airspace System. The Safe Drone Act of 2017 will ensure that the United States keeps pace in the development and implementation of unmanned … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Republican Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the newly released Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "Leave it to Senate Republicans to come up with a more atrocious, callous version of the House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip healthcare from millions of Americans - and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans. Because of the ACA, nearly 400,000 Nevadans have gained access to quality care; … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Strengthen Consumer Protections for Active Duty Servicemembers, Their Families

Washington, D.C. - This week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to strengthen consumer protections for servicemembers and their families. The Military Consumer Enforcement Act, sponsored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), would authorize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Office of Servicemember Affairs to oversee enforcement of financial protections outlined in the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Congress … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Cortez Masto and Senate Dems Hear Testimony Regarding Impact of Trumpcare on Rural Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and her colleagues in the Senate Democratic caucus held a hearing to examine the potential impact of Trumpcare on rural communities. The senators heard testimony from healthcare providers, patients, and advocates from across the country concerned that the Republican healthcare bill would undermine the health of people in rural communities and lead to the closure of rural health clinics. The witnesses also drew attention to … Continue Reading

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