Press Releases

March 01, 2023

Cortez Masto Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reauthorize Lake Tahoe Restoration Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced her bipartisan, bicameral legislation to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. This law has delivered millions in federal funding to Lake Tahoe since the original law passed in 2000, supporting environmental protection and habitat restoration programs across the basin. This legislation is supported by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and … Continue Reading

March 01, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Boost Hiring Of Military Spouses

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) in cosponsoring the bipartisan Military Spouse Hiring Act, bipartisan legislation to amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses. "Nevada's military spouses share in the sacrifices of their loved ones bravely serving our country, and we need to make it as easy as possible for them to support … Continue Reading

February 28, 2023

Cortez Masto Introduces PRO Act to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate and House Members in introducing the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2023, comprehensive proposal to protect workers' right to come together and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer workplaces. "I'm the proud daughter, cousin, and niece of union members and I'll always stand up for organized labor," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Unions are … Continue Reading

February 28, 2023

President Biden Heeds Call from Cortez Masto and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to Nominate Julie Su as the Next U.S. Labor Secretary

Su would be the first Asian American to serve as Cabinet Secretary in the Biden Administration Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, Senator Cortez Masto released the following statement after President Biden announced he will nominate Julie Su to be the next U.S. Labor Department Secretary. Earlier this month, Cortez Masto joined the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in urging the President to elevate Su to the Cabinet position. "I have no doubt that Julie Su will make an excellent Labor … Continue Reading

February 27, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Over $780,000 for Nevada Tribes

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, announced $783,252 coming to Tribal communities in Nevada for the preservation of cultural sites and traditions. This funding was awarded through the National Park Service to ensure Tribes and communities across the country can preserve their unique customs, languages, and cultures. Cortez Masto also announced an additional $1,037,725 for Nevada state preservation grants to help … Continue Reading

February 27, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces $31 Million From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Support Renovations at the Harry Reid International Airport

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $31,000,000 she secured as part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be awarded to the Harry Reid International Airport to help them make vital improvements. Senator Cortez Masto pushed for the airport to receive this funding so it can better serve the millions of Nevadans and visitors who travel to Las Vegas each year. "The Harry Reid International Airport is seeing record numbers of … Continue Reading

February 24, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Over $11 Million to Support Nevada Water Infrastructure Upgrades

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the state of Nevada will receive $11,390,000 this year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to help communities upgrade essential water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. Senator Cortez Masto has championed funding for the CWSRF and ensured that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act put more federal dollars into the program. "Every … Continue Reading

February 23, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Help Get Dark Money Out of Politics

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act of 2023 to end the use of dark money in politics. "American voters deserve transparency during elections," said Senator Cortez Masto. "The DISCLOSE Act would eliminate the hold dark money and shady special interests have over our elections and protect the integrity of our democracy." The DISCLOSE Act ensures that … Continue Reading

February 21, 2023

Cortez Masto & Colleagues Renew Bipartisan Push to Ensure Timely Processing of Rape Kits

Federal law enforcement program is set to expire in 2024 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto, John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and their colleagues are renewing their bipartisan push to ensure rape kits are tested in a timely, efficient manner by introducing legislation to reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act. Originally signed into law in 2004, the Debbie Smith Act provides state and local law enforcement agencies … Continue Reading

February 21, 2023

Cortez Masto Calls on FEC to Claw Back Illegal & Foreign Donations to Politicians & PACs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to ensure the U.S. government is enforcing election law and holding individuals who make illegal contributions to campaigns and political organizations accountable. In recent years, foreign billionaires and companies contracting with the federal government have been caught making illegal contributions totaling millions of dollars, only to have their donations returned in full. … Continue Reading

February 16, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan SHRED Act to Keep Ski Fees Local, Support Tahoe Resorts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act (SHRED) to support local ski resorts by keeping ski fees local. The legislation would enable the U.S. Forest Service to retain a portion of the annual fees paid by ski areas operating within their boundaries and use that money to invest in local year-round recreation opportunities future and to … Continue Reading

February 16, 2023

Cortez Masto, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Tribal Law Enforcement, Help Combat MMIW Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen Tribal law enforcement and increase public safety throughout Indian Country. The Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act would support Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement recruitment and retention, increase the effectiveness of federal missing persons resources, and give Tribes and states resources to … Continue Reading

February 15, 2023

Cortez Masto Calls on Meta to Confront Drug Trafficking, Human Smuggling on Platforms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), in sounding the alarm on Meta's failure to address malicious actors' exploitation of its platforms - including Facebook and WhatsApp - to facilitate drug trafficking and human smuggling in the Western Hemisphere. In a letter to Meta Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the senators cited … Continue Reading

February 14, 2023

Cortez Masto, Titus Lead Nevada Delegation in Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Waste Storage at Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led bicameral legislation, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), to guarantee state, tribal, and local officials have a seat at the table when a permanent nuclear waste repository is proposed in their backyards. The Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act, cosponsored by Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), will … Continue Reading

February 13, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces New Funding for Environmental Cleanup in Northern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law the Senator helped pass to support cleanup efforts at the Carson River Mercury Site in Lyon and Storey counties. "This funding I delivered in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will go a long way in supporting the continued cleanup of communities impacted by legacy contamination," said Senator … Continue Reading

February 09, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veterans from Benefits Fraud

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect veterans from benefits fraud. Approximately 9% of Nevada adults are U.S. military veterans, and in recent years, the number of fraud attacks against veterans and their families has soared, with many resulting in financial losses that total millions of dollars. The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act creates a new criminal offense for fraudulent … Continue Reading

February 09, 2023

Cortez Masto Touts Department of Energy’s $2 Billion Investment to Support Northern Nevada Battery Recycling, Create Clean-Energy Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Biden Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s announcement that they have approved a $2 billion conditional loan to help Nevada-based Redwood Materials manufacture and recycle critical components of lithium-ion batteries.. These batteries play a crucial role in the country's growing clean-energy economy, powering everything from computers to electric vehicles. Cortez Masto has led the calls … Continue Reading

February 08, 2023

On Behalf of Indigenous Students, Cortez Masto Asks First Native American Woman in Space About Trailblazing Career During Live Video Call from Intl. Space Station

FTP for video stations available HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke with NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, the first Native American woman in space, during a live video call from the International Space Station. Cortez Masto asked Col. Nicole Mann a question about her trailblazing career, which was submitted by students at Pyramid Lake Junior High School in Nevada. "I'm so excited to be able to ask you this question, because this comes from Pyramid … Continue Reading

February 07, 2023

Cortez Masto Statement on the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to President Biden's State of the Union address: "Over the past two years, we've made bipartisan investments in Nevada's infrastructure, brought down health care costs, and created good-paying union jobs for Nevadans. We have more work to do to support working families, and I'll keep working with the Administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to lower gas prices and … Continue Reading

February 06, 2023

Cortez Masto Hosts Nevada Crisis Call Center’s Executive Director as State of the Union Guest

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced Rachelle Pellissier, Executive Director of Crisis Support Services of Nevada (CSSNV), as her guest to the State of the Union address. Senator Cortez Masto continues to champion support for mental health care, building on her work to implement and fund the nation's 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which is operated in Nevada by CSSNV. In December, Senator Cortez Masto delivered robust funding to expand behavioral … Continue Reading

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