Press Releases

February 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Administration to Implement Key Provisions of Infrastructure Law to Support Electric Vehicles

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm urging them to prioritize the implementation of provisions the Senator secured in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to support zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) such as electric vehicles (EV). Cortez Masto drafted and advocated for numerous pieces of legislation in the bipartisan infrastructure law to make it easier for … Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Hold Tech Industry Accountable, Prevent Online Child Sexual Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to push the tech industry to take online child sexual exploitation seriously. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act) removes blanket immunity for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). "We need to empower law enforcement with the … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls for Justice Department to Clear Hurdle for Equal Rights Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to withdraw an opinion standing in the way of the Equal Rights Amendment's (ERA) recognition as the 28th Amendment. Since its approval by the House of Representatives and the Senate in 1971 and 1972, respectively, the ERA has reached the constitutionally required threshold of ratification by three-fourths, or 38 states. The ERA text requires the … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in light of Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement: "Justice Breyer has served on the Supreme Court with integrity and distinction. From his time working as Senate counsel and in the Department of Justice, he gained a pragmatic devotion to American democracy. He has authored thoughtful, measured opinions in support of a woman's right to choose, civil and voting … Continue Reading


January 21, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement ahead of the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. "Roe v. Wade has been settled precedent for nearly fifty years, and it provides a vital guarantee of reproductive rights for Americans," said Senator Cortez Masto. "On this anniversary of the decision, the stakes have never been higher. I'm committed to doing everything I can in the Senate to make … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Secures Funding for Next Phase of Virginia Street Revitalization Project

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Washoe County will receive $300,000 in federal funds for the next phase of the Virginia Street project. The funding will support planning for 12 additional bus stations to connect the Meadowood Mall to the south end of the Virginia Street corridor. This vital extension will create a public transportation route that runs the entire length of Virginia Street, from the Summit Mall in south Reno to the University … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Applauds Move to Distribute Free Masks to Americans, Urges Administration to Prioritize Purchase and Distribution of Made in America Masks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in sending letters to President Joe Biden, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton, and Secretary of the Senate Sonceria Ann Berry, urging them to prioritize the purchase of masks made in the U.S. with U.S. materials. Senator Cortez Masto and her colleagues are pushing to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are being spent on American products made by … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cortez Masto & Rosen Applaud Judicial Nominees for Nevada’s U.S. District Court Advancing Through Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced today that Judge Cristina Silva and Professor Anne Traum, President Biden's nominees for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, advanced out of the Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. The nominees now head to a confirmation vote by the full Senate. "Judge Silva and Professor Traum are remarkable, fair minded, and highly qualified women who will serve Nevada well on the … Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on Protecting Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on today's votes to protect voting rights in the Senate. "Protecting voting rights and stopping billionaires from trying to buy our elections with dark money should not be partisan issues. Yet Mitch McConnell continues to block every effort to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The majority of Americans support these critical protections, and I continue … Continue Reading


January 14, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $45 Million From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Improve Nevada Bridges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that funding to improve bridges across the state is being delivered to Nevada through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act the Senators helped pass. This funding includes $45 million that the state of Nevada will allocate to projects across the state that will improve dozens of bridges and support good-paying construction jobs. Overall, the state of Nevada will allocate funding … Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

ICYMI: U.S. Mint Begins Producing Quarters Honoring Maya Angelou Thanks to Cortez Masto’s Legislation Creating American Women Quarters Program

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) bipartisan, bicameral legislation to create a new series of commemorative circulating coins highlighting remarkable American women was officially enacted this week with the production of U.S. quarters honoring Maya Angelou. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto introduced legislation with Senator Deb Fisher (R-Neb.) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) authorizing a series of quarters to be minted in honor of women's history … Continue Reading


January 07, 2022

Cortez Masto, Blumenthal, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Ensure Transparency and Accountability for Presidential Pardons

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act to ensure transparency and accountability for presidential exercise of the pardon power. The legislation allows Congress and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assess whether a conflict of interest or any other impropriety surrounds a pardon that directly involves the president or the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2022

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Introduced by Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen to Honor Legacy of Senator Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Senate unanimously passed their bipartisan resolution honoring the life and legacy of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, which was co-sponsored by all 100 members of the Senate. "Harry Reid dedicated his life to serving Nevada," said Senator Cortez Masto. "His hard work and dedication to fairness and equality will never be forgotten in the halls of Congress, or in the Silver State. This … Continue Reading


January 06, 2022

Cortez Masto Remarks on the Anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection

Full video can be found here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate floor on the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. In addition to discussing her personal experience that day, she emphasized her commitment to continuing to defend democracy and protecting voting rights. Below are her remarks as delivered: Mr. President, you know, this morning I've been listening to my colleagues, watching the news, watching our president, … Continue Reading


January 04, 2022

Cortez Masto Honors Life and Legacy of Sen. Harry Reid On Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Mason Reid, Jr., who died on December 28. Senator Reid served the state of Nevada during 5 terms in the Senate, including 12 years as Democratic Leader and 8 as Majority Leader. Below are her remarks as delivered: M. President, Today I want to pay tribute to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a champion for Nevada. He was one of … Continue Reading


December 28, 2021

Declaración de Cortez Masto sobre el fallecimiento del senador Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - La senadora estadounidense Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre el fallecimiento del senador Harry Reid. "Paul, la familia Cortez entera y yo estamos devastados ante la noticia del fallecimiento del senador Harry Reid. Fue uno de los defensores más poderosos, dedicados y efectivos que haya tenido nuestro estado. Desde el momento en que se despertaba, hasta el final de su día, todo lo que hacía era motivado … Continue Reading


December 28, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Passing of Senator Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. "Paul, the entire Cortez family, and I are devastated to learn of the passing of Senator Harry Reid. He was one of the most powerful, dedicated, and effective advocates our state has ever had. From the moment he woke up to the moment he went to bed, everything he did was motivated by his love for and devotion to the Silver State. … Continue Reading


December 22, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto’s Legislation to Protect VA Benefits for Student Veterans Becomes Law

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) REMOTE Act to protect VA benefits for student veterans was signed into law. The Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act will ensure that eligible student veterans can access their full VA housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. KTVN: Senator Cortez Masto Legislation To Protect Benefits For Student Veterans Signed Into Law "If you are an eligible … Continue Reading


December 21, 2021

Cortez Masto & Tester’s Legislation to Protect VA Benefits for Student Veterans Becomes Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jon Tester (D- Mont.) released the following statements after their legislation to protect VA benefits for student veterans was signed into law. The Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act will ensure that eligible student veterans can access their full VA housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. "Nevada's student veterans who are learning remotely … Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $40 Million to Fight Drought in Nevada and Across the West

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that funds she worked to secure to fight drought are being delivered to Nevada through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This funding includes $40 million to help implement the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan and keep water in Lake Mead. "Nevada has endured two decades of drought, and that's why I worked to secure funds to cope with this ongoing emergency," said Cortez Masto. "The … Continue Reading

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