Press Releases

August 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Colleagues Urge Zinke to Maintain DOI’s Existing 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources, joined Democratic Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to maintain his Department's exististing 2017-2022 Outer Continetal Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The existing five-year plan was developed in over two years with extensive public comment. The original program did not include lease sales of … Continue Reading

August 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Flirtey Drone Delivery Startup

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility of drone delivery startup, Flirtey, to participate in a delivery demonstration and view flight operations. According to Flirtey, their mission is to save lives and change lifestyles by making delivery instant. "The state of Nevada is proud to drive drone innovation and Flirtey's milestones in the space have truly cemented Nevada's position as the leader in the drone industry," said … Continue Reading

August 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Participates in Women Veterans Roundtable

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a roundtable discussion with women veterans hosted by Veterans Guest House. The discussion focused on experiences with the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, the resources and support provided to service members who have experienced sexual trauma as well as the role and treatment of women serving in the United States military. "Providing sufficient resources to our veterans so they can thrive in civilian life is … Continue Reading

August 16, 2017

Cortez Masto: We Must Work to Break Down Barriers to Diversity, Equip Young Latinas to Compete in Tech

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the TECHNOLOchicas Organization, an initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Televisa Foundation, to introduce young Latinas and their families to opportunities in technology at the Mario C. and Joanne Monaca Middle School in Las Vegas. Cortez Masto discussed the importance of diversity in both government and the private sector and encouraged young Latinas participating in the … Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

On Fifth Anniversary of DACA, Cortez Masto Participates in Dreamer Town Hall

Las Vegas, Nev. - On the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), participated in a town hall for DACA recipients, their families and the community to highlight the overwhelming benefits DACA has had for our country as well as the state of Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto reiterated her commitment to protecting DACA recipients from anti-immigrant advocates who threaten this vital … Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Centene for Entering Rural Nevada Health Insurance Market

Pahrump, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Centene announced its plan to enter the rural Nevada health insurance market: "Nevadans should have access to quality, affordable health care regardless of whether they live in Las Vegas or Tuscarora. Centene, which operates as Silver Summit Health Plan in Nevada, announced today that it will provide health insurance plans through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange to our rural … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Unveils Report on CDBG’s Role in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center managed by HELP of Southern Nevada. After the tour, Cortez Masto unveiled a report on the role of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs in Nevada, in light of the Trump Administration's proposal to eliminate CDBG funding. The report can be found here. "The Shannon West Homeless Youth Center stands today because of CDBG funding and thanks to its construction, Clark … Continue Reading

August 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Opioid Crisis, Touts Importance of Medicaid in Fighting the Epidemic

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement after hosting a roundtable on the opioid crisis and the importance of Medicaid in treating addicts. Cortez Masto heard from law enforcement, clinicians, advocates, and individuals recovering from addiction. "The opioid epidemic continues to devastate lives and has resulted in far too many deaths every single day. At today's roundtable, we were able to discuss how we can fight this growing epidemic and I heard … Continue Reading

August 10, 2017

Cortez Masto to DHS: At Time of Increased Global Threat, Ensuring Nevada has Needed Resources is Top Priority

Las Vegas, Nev - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev) sent a letter yesterday to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine C. Duke calling on DHS to provide full and proper consideration for grant funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to strengthen the Las Vegas - Paradise metropolitan statistical area (MSA)'s ability to prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks. The Senator also called on the agency to review its funding formula for … Continue Reading

August 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Basin and Range, Calls on Secretary Zinke to Protect National Monuments

Caliente, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement calling on Interior Secretary Zinke to protect the state's national monuments after visiting Nevada's Basin and Range National Monument: "With its stunning desert landscapes filled with Joshua trees, wild desert animals and rock art created by Native Americans over thousands of years, Basin and Range exemplifies our rich archaeological history and cultural heritage. It is a place Nevadans are fortunate to … Continue Reading

August 07, 2017

Cortez Masto on Anthem’s Decision to Leave Nevada Health Care Market

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Anthem's decision to leave Nevada's health care market: "As a provider on the Nevadan insurance exchange, Anthem received preferential treatment in its bid to be selected as one of Nevada's Medicaid managers. It is disappointing that after reaping the benefits of this relationship Anthem has decided to break its commitment to Nevada, leaving thousands of Nevadans with disrupted health care … Continue Reading

August 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Highlights Drug Enforcement Administration Proposal to Reduce Opioid Production Quotas

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) praised the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) proposal to reduce production quotas for nearly all Schedule II prescription opioids by 20 percent for next year. The DEA is responsible for establishing annual quotas determining the exact amount of each opioid drug that is permitted to be produced in the U.S. each year. Last year - after years of dramatic increases to the volume of opioids allowed to come to the market - the DEA … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bills to Protect Immigrant Veterans and Service Members

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week cosponsored two bills intended to protect veterans and service members-men and women who have proven they are willing to lay down their lives to defend America-from being deported. The bills, sponsored by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), an Iraq War veteran, would help keep our promises to these brave individuals by preventing the Administration from deporting veterans, giving legal permanent residents a path to … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Cortez Masto Condemns Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning Senate Republicans' immigration bill endorsed by the White House yesterday: "Without immigration, there would be no America-plain and simple-and my Republican Senate colleagues' recent immigration bills show that they have not fully grasped that historical fact. Immigrants-from the first New England Puritans fleeing religious persecution in Europe to recent Central American migrants … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Grant for Reno-Tahoe International Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for providing $5,961,034 in grant funding to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority for miscellaneous improvements and runway reconstruction at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. "The DOT's continued support for Nevada's airports has contributed to the state's ability to maintain its airport infrastructure at a high standard," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I thank the DOT … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Colleagues Call on FCC to Extend Net Neutrality Comment Period

FCC has received more than 15 million comments on its proposal, previous net neutrality proceedings provided 60 days for the reply comment period Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, joined a group of 21 senators today in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the reply comment period for its proposal to undo the Open Internet Order and net neutrality protections. … Continue Reading

August 03, 2017

Cortez Masto, Banking Democrats Demand Answers from Wells Fargo on Latest Auto Insurance Fraud Scandal

Washington, D.C. - Following a request from Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee for a September hearing with Wells Fargo leaders, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) along with Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sent a letter to the bank's CEO Tim Sloan and Board of Directors Chairman Stephen Sanger, demanding responses to specific questions regarding … Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Forever GI Bill Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Benefit Veterans’ Education Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Assistance Improvement Act of 2017 or Forever GI Bill: "This bill will create opportunities for veterans to pursue higher education, regardless of when they choose to do so in their careers, and also allows them to gain the skills required to remain competitive in the job market. We must continue to seek ways to improve their quality of life and … Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Cortez Masto’s Bipartisan Bill to Prevent, Prosecute Elder Abuse Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, released the following statement after the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act, a bill Senator Cortez Masto cosponsored to prevent and prosecute elder abuse throughout the country, was approved by the Senate. "The principle of respecting and honoring our elders was instilled in me at a very young age," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Our elders, however, are all too often … Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Banking Committee Democrats Ask Chairman Crapo for September Hearing with Wells Fargo CEO, Board Chair

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and her Democratic colleagues in the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs asked Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) for a September hearing with Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan and Board of Directors Chair Stephen Sanger, to receive testimony about new developments in the bank's fake accounts scandal and related matters. In a letter to Chairman Crapo, Senator Cortez Masto and her colleagues noted a … Continue Reading

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