Press Releases

January 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Members of Congress to Demand Trump Exempt Entire VA from Hiring Freeze

Federal Hiring Freeze Will Delay Veterans' Access to Care and Benefits, and Hurt Veterans Seeking Federal Jobs Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of 53 members of Congress to demand President Trump exempt the entire VA and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order that freezes federal hiring. In a letter to President Trump, the members highlighted the devastating impacts on veterans and their families that will be caused by … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Legislation Increasing Safeguards for DREAMers, Reducing Vulnerability to Trump Administration’s Deportations

Bill would prevent Trump Administration from accessing confidential information of all young immigrants who applied for DACA Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of Senate Democrats to introduce S. 229, the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2017, a bill to safeguard private information such as addresses and telephone numbers of the young immigrants, also known as DREAMers. The legislation will help ensure any young immigrant who requested … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Seeking to Advance Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Indian Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today after President Trump signed executive orders that seek to advance the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines: "President Trump's efforts to try to resurrect these two controversial pipeline projects won't actually grow the economy or increase our energy independence - this is all about … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote to Confirm Wilbur Ross as Secretary of U.S. Department of Commerce

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement announcing her vote in support of Wilbur H. Ross to be the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce: "Following my discussions with Mr. Ross and a thorough review of his record, I will be supporting him to be Commerce Secretary. Mr. Ross assured me of his commitment to supporting efforts that will grow our … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting against Gen. John F. Kelly to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: "I could not in good conscience vote for General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. While I thank and respect General Kelly for his years of service to our country, I do not believe that he will adequately stand up for our immigrant communities. Our country was founded by … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Supporting the Women’s March on Washington

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in support of the Women’s March on Washington: “By using our voices and being a part of this historic march, we are reminding those who dare threaten our families and communities that we will not stand idle if our rights, health, or safety are at risk. I am proudly marching today in honor of my mother and grandmothers, and to remind young women and girls the most important lesson they taught me: … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Nominating Zero Latinos for Cabinet Positions

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on reports that President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet will not include a Latino for the first time since the Reagan Administration in the 1980s: "For the first time in nearly 30 years, there won't be a single Latino serving in the President's Cabinet. After a divisive campaign that often demonized the Latino community, it is beyond disappointing that President-elect Trump has failed to … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Cortez Masto Presses Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry on Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, questioned President-elect Trump's Energy Secretary nominee Governor Rick Perry on the issue of Yucca Mountain. Senator Cortez Masto, who met one-on-one with Perry yesterday in her office, highlighted Nevada's strong opposition to turning Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste repository and Republican Governor Brian Sandoval's reiterated promise to fight any … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Announces Opposition to Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement announcing her opposition to Betsy DeVos's nomination to be the next Secretary of Education: "Betsy DeVos has no background in public education. In fact, her only experience for this job is her decades of fighting to divert money away from public education to support charter schools and vouchers for private, religious schools - an ideological cause that has been disastrous for her home state … Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Cortez Masto and Fellow Banking Committee Democrats: Trump Administration Needs Cordray As Consumer Watchdog

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), along with a group of fellow Senate Banking Committee Democrats, today praised Richard Cordray's outstanding work as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), emphasizing the need for his leadership at the agency in President-elect Donald Trump's Administration. In a letter to Cordray, whose term expires in July 2018, the Senators highlighted his accomplishments as the nation's top consumer watchdog in … Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Announces Banking Subcommittee Assignments for 115th Congress

Cortez Masto will join the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee and the Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that she would join two subcommittees as a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto will serve on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee and the Securities, Insurance, and Investment … Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Las Vegas and Reno Organizations Receiving Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism Grants

Grants awarded to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Project HELP Nevada in Reno to support organizations' work combatting violence and bringing communities together Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued today the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) announcement that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Reno's Project HELP Nevada have been awarded grants to strengthen their ongoing efforts to counter violent … Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on GOP Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood

Washington, DC - Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement today in response to House Speaker Paul Ryan's new pledge to fast-track legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood: "Millions of women and families depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for critical reproductive services, and this extreme ideological proposal to block Planned Parenthood funding and cut off access to those services is shameful. Congress should be focused on creating good jobs, … Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President Obama’s Announcement of New Civil Rights National Monuments

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) released the following statement recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President Barack Obama's announcement of new national monuments in honor of the civil rights movement: "Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorates the life and legacy of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in history. Under Dr. King's leadership and inspiration, our nation moved forward with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made every American equal … Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Opposing AG Nominee Jeff Sessions

"As Attorney General, Senator Sessions would have enormous prosecutorial discretion, and his record in public office indicates to me that he often hasn't recognized the humanity of the people hurt by his extreme positions, whether it's undocumented immigrants or the African American community or LGBT Americans." Washington, DC - Following the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as U.S. Attorney General in the Trump Administration, Nevada … Continue Reading


January 10, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Supporting Secretary of Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao

Washington, DC - Today, following the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's hearing on the nomination of Elaine Chao to serve as Secretary of Transportation in the Trump Administration, Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement supporting Secretary Chao's nomination: "The Department of Transportation has the crucial task of maintaining our roads, airports, railroads and other critical transportation infrastructure in prime condition with the … Continue Reading


January 10, 2017

Members of Nevada Delegation Stand United Against Yucca Mountain

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto along with U.S. Representatives Dina Titus, Ruben J. Kihuen, and Jacky Rosen teamed to introduce legislation to keep the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository from being resurrected. The legislation, the Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act, permits the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to authorize construction of a nuclear waste repository only if the Secretary of Energy has secured written consent from the governor of … Continue Reading


January 07, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Potential Northern Nevada Floods

Senator Cortez Masto urges Nevadans to beware of flood conditions and follow the state of emergency's procedures Washington, DC - Today, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement after Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced measures to prepare for anticipated floods in Northern Nevada: "Governor Brian Sandoval's decision to declare a state of emergency due to the historic precipitation in Northern Nevada shows the gravity of the situation. I have been in contact with … Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Urge Against Speaker Ryan’s “Harmful, Partisan Path” to Defunding Planned Parenthood

Senators make clear in new letter to Speaker Ryan they are prepared to fight back to protect millions of women and families nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood Washington, DC - Today, following an announcement that House Republicans will attempt to defund Planned Parenthood in reconciliation legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act, Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined 36 Democratic Senators to send a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan demanding that Republicans drop their planned … Continue Reading


January 02, 2017

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Sworn in to the United States Senate

Cortez Masto is Nevada's first female Senator and the nation's first Latina Senator Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada was officially sworn in to the United States Senate. Cortez Masto was joined in Washington today by her husband, Paul, and their extended family. Cortez Masto is Nevada's first female Senator and the nation's first Latina Senator. "I am honored to be Nevada's next Senator, and today's swearing-in has been an awe-inspiring and humbling … Continue Reading

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