Press Releases

July 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Public Lands Groups to Call on Trump Administration to Listen to Overwhelming Public Support for National Monuments

More than 2.7 million public comments support national monuments across the country Washington, D.C. - With over 2.7 million comments submitted opposing the Department of the Interior's unprecedented national monument review as the 60-day public comment period closed last night, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined public lands and community advocates … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Colleagues Demand Answers, Action from Administration to Reverse Alarming Rate of Latino and Immigrant Workplace Deaths

Recent actions by the Administration and congressional Republicans to rollback worker protections, gut Labor Department budget will only put more workers at risk, Senators say Washington, D.C. - Citing a report by the AFL-CIO on safety and health protections for America's workers, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) today wrote Labor Secretary Alexander … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Commends CFPB for Implementing Rules Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its intention to implement new rules that will prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses preventing consumers from seeking justice: "For far too long, mandatory arbitration clauses have allowed financial services companies to engage in duplicitous and harmful practices, all while avoiding legal action from their victims. This new rule … Continue Reading

July 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Basin and Range National Monument’s Second Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Basin and Range National Monument's second anniversary: "The vast expanse of Nevada's Basin and Range is not only rich with archaeological history, but is a place for us to discover and appreciate the beauty of our public lands, and enjoy outdoor recreational activities with our families. Today, we celebrate two years since it was designated as a national monument under the … Continue Reading

July 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Highlights Impact of Repealing ACA for Nevadans

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Nevadans Together for Medicaid, a coalition of healthcare advocates working to protect and support Medicaid and CHIP for all children and families in Nevada, to highlight the impact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on Nevadans. "The report that was unveiled today found an estimated 328,000 Nevadans who will lose their healthcare under the Senate Republicans' version of Trumpcare. It is far from what … Continue Reading

July 06, 2017

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve U.S. Election Cybersecurity, Infrastructure, and Administration

The Helping State and Local Governments Prevent Cyber Attacks Act would help combat foreign interference by providing state and local governments with information and resources they need to keep our elections secure and improve voter confidence The legislation would also simplify registration and voting processes to save taxpayer dollars and increase efficiency Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over … Continue Reading

July 05, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Urge HUD Secretary Ben Carson to Restore Resources that Protect LGBTQ from Housing Discrimination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led 28 U.S. senators in a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reinstate resources that protect LGBTQ people from housing discrimination. These resources, designed to help housing providers comply with HUD's nondiscrimination rules, were removed from HUD's website in recent months. "It is concerning that HUD apparently removed these tools from its website, which are meant to assist … Continue Reading

July 05, 2017

Cortez Masto to Secretary DeVos: Stand Up for Students and Families, Reverse Delay of Protections for Defrauded Students

Secretary DeVos delayed a series of borrower protections for defrauded students before July 1 implementation, using inconsistent and legally questionable justifications Members of Congress again cite concerns that Secretary DeVos is putting financial interests of for-profit colleges ahead of students who had been cheated and defrauded by predatory colleges Washington, D.C. - Last week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 56 Members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of … Continue Reading

July 04, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates Independence Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the Fourth of July. Today marks the 241st anniversary of our nation's independence from the British Empire: "On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers made the courageous decision of declaring independence from Great Britain, one of the most powerful empires in the world at that time. Signing the Declaration of Independence could have cost them their lives, but they knew their actions were … Continue Reading

June 30, 2017

Sens. Cortez Masto, Heinrich, Harris Release Video Highlighting Importance of National Monuments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country. In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act. The Gold Butte and Basin and Range National Monuments in Nevada, the Organ Mountains-Desert … Continue Reading

June 30, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $4 Million in Federal Grants for Nevada’s Tenants and Homeowners

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) announcement that Nevada's communities will receive more than $4 million in federal dollars to increase access to affordable housing, improve housing conditions, and promote financial literacy among tenants and homeowners. "As Nevada's population expands, we must safeguard access to high quality, affordable housing," said Cortez Masto. "These grants … Continue Reading

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

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