Press Releases

January 18, 2021

Cortez Masto Reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Activism

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of integrity, intelligence and determination. His legacy lives on in the women and men who are standing up to oppression and injustice in Nevada and across the nation. Many of Dr. King's powerful words still ring true today as we continue to fight against hate, racism and injustice in all forms. As we celebrate and … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets with Treasury Nominee Janet Yellen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Finance Committee, met with former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen today to discuss her nomination for Secretary of the Department of the Treasury. "My first priority is to ensure that Nevada's communities and economy have the resources they need to address the economic devastation caused by the pandemic. From providing further relief to Nevada's state and local governments and supporting our hospitality … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Cortez Masto Speaks With LGBTQ Leaders, Physicians

(Cortez Masto Speaks With LGBTQ Leaders) (Cortez Masto Speaks With LGBTQ Leaders) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met virtually with LGBTQ leaders in Nevada to discuss with them the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQ Nevadans. She also held separate conversations with physicians to address their concerns during the pandemic. "I'm thankful that leaders among LGBTQ Nevadans took the time to speak with me today about … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets With HUD Nominee Rep. Marcia Fudge

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11), who has been nominated by President-elect Biden for Secretary of the Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "I believe that every family deserves a safe and affordable home-and this need is even more urgent during the coronavirus pandemic. Stable, quality housing allows Nevadans to socially distance, work from home, and attend school … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets with Nevada Labor and Faith Leaders to Discuss Priorities for 117th Congress

(Cortez Masto Meets With Labor Leaders) (Cortez Masto Meets With Faith Leaders) Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held separate virtual meetings with organized labor representatives and faith community leaders from across Nevada to discuss ways she can advance their priorities in the 117th Congress, from supporting hardworking families to ensuring all Nevadans have access to quality health care. "Nevada's union members have been especially hard hit … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Holds Meetings With Haaland, Granholm

(Cortez Masto Meets With Deb Haaland) (Cortez Masto Meets With Former Michigan Governor Granholm) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met virtually with Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D.-N.M.-01), who has been nominated by President-elect Biden to be Secretary of the Interior, and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, who has been nominated to be Secretary of Energy. "More than 85 percent of Nevada is publicly-held land, which gives rise to many … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Attends Virtual Opening for Hope Springs Bridge Housing Community

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended the virtual opening of Hope Springs, one of the first bridge housing projects in Northern Nevada. "The vision behind Hope Springs is close to my heart. Everyone working at HOPES appreciates how important housing is for health and stability. Having a safe place to call home at Hope Springs is going to help so many residents get treatment to improve and strengthen their physical and mental health. I'll continue to … Continue Reading


January 13, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets with HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Xavier Becerra, the current Attorney General of California and President-elect Biden's nominee to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Attorney General Becerra's nomination will come before the Senate Finance Committee, of which Senator Cortez Masto is a member. "With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting communities of color, HHS will play a vital role in ensuring we … Continue Reading


January 13, 2021

Cortez Masto Consults African American, Nonprofit Leaders About Coronavirus Needs

(Cortez Masto Meets With African American Community Leaders) (Cortez Masto Meets With Nonprofit Leaders) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted virtual meetings with African American community leaders from across the Silver State, as well as leaders of nonprofit organizations, to hear from them about continuing needs in Nevada during the coronavirus pandemic. "I appreciated the opportunity to hear from Nevada officials, business owners, and other … Continue Reading


January 13, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets with AAPI and Latino Community Leaders to Discuss Priorities for the 117th Congress

(Cortez Masto meets with AAPI leaders) (Cortez Masto meets with Latino Leaders) Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted virtual meetings with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Latino community leaders from across the Silver State to hear directly from them about the needs of Nevada's communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide an update on priorities for the 117th Congress. "As we enter the 117th Congress, I have made it my … Continue Reading


January 12, 2021

Cortez Masto Applauds $65 Million in Federal Funding to Support Nevada Public Transportation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) announcement of over $65 million in funding allocations to continue to support Nevada's public transportation systems during the coronavirus pandemic. This funding is provided through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA). "I'm glad that the most recent coronavirus relief package included substantial funding for Nevada's … Continue Reading


January 12, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Passing of Sheldon Adelson

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) issued the following statement on the passing of Sheldon Adelson, founder, chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. "Sheldon Adelson's vison helped transform Las Vegas from a small desert city into a world-class tourism destination. The Silver State's massive business, entertainment, and convention industries are what they are today because of his life's work and his dedication to building a Las Vegas that can cater … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Cortez Masto Meets With Nevada Tribal Leaders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a virtual meeting with Native American leaders from the state of Nevada to hear from them about the needs of tribal nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as related to mental health. "Today I had the opportunity to discuss the needs of tribal nations in Nevada with leaders around the Silver State. The coronavirus pandemic has hit tribes especially hard, and I'm committed to working to … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Investigation of Dangerous Statement from Chairman of the Nye County Republican Central Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter requesting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) initiate an investigation into an open letter written by the Chairman of the Nye County Republican Central Committee and shared on the organization's website. The Senators expressed concerns that the rhetoric expressed in the Chairman's letter may incite violence and insurrection against elected leaders. "As you can see, the letter, … Continue Reading


January 07, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Events at U.S. Capitol, Certification of Electoral Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the violence at the U.S. Capitol and Congress's certification of the 2020 Electoral College votes that have affirmed Joe Biden as the President-elect. "The violence today at the U.S. Capitol is absolutely unacceptable. President Donald Trump's dangerous rhetoric that inspired these events endangers the very foundation of our democracy. I'm proud Congress has chosen to defend democracy … Continue Reading


January 06, 2021

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Speech Condemning Today’s Violence at the U.S. Capitol and Defending Arizona’s Electoral College Tally

"Many believe that for America to succeed, our politics must find common ground. And that has never been clearer than today, when armed rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, emboldened by President Trump's false and inflammatory rhetoric about the 2020 elections." "I believe that we in this Chamber have a special duty as leaders to work together to lower the temperature of our politics. And I hope that my colleagues who have questioned the legitimacy of this election in Arizona - and all of these … Continue Reading


January 01, 2021

Cortez Masto to Majority Leader McConnell: You Failed Struggling Nevadans by Refusing to Allow a Vote on Stimulus Checks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) issued the following statement on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refusal to allow an up-or-down vote on a clean bill providing $2,000 in direct payments to working Nevadans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. "Nevada has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, at 12%. The week before Christmas, almost 20,000 Nevadans, including gig and self-employed workers, filed for benefits for the first … Continue Reading


January 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote to Override NDAA Veto

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) issued the following statement after she voted to override President Trump's veto of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "This year's NDAA includes many important provisions to protect our armed forces, enhance our national security, and give our troops a well-deserved pay raise. It also includes legislation to increase mental health and health care resources for Nevada's Active Duty, Guard and Reserve … Continue Reading


December 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Unveils 2020 Annual Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released her 2020 Annual Report, which highlights some of the senator's work on behalf of Nevadans over the past year. In 2020, Senator Cortez Masto helped secure over $2 billion in grant funding and voted for five coronavirus relief packages that brought over $19 billion of federal support to the Silver State in a time of great need. She introduced 58 bills and amendments on issues that affect Nevada families, and helped … Continue Reading


December 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $6 Million Grant to Improve Traffic Safety in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) award of $6,000,000 to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada's (RTC) Integrated Safety Technology Corridor project. This grant funding will help RTC expand emerging technologies along Interstate-15 in Las Vegas to enhance traffic management and roadway safety. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen sent letters of support for RTC's … Continue Reading

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