Press Releases

November 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement marking November as Native American Heritage Month: "November marks National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the cultural diversity and history of Native people and the ways they have influenced America. Nevada is home to 27 tribes that have unique traditions spanning generations and whose contributions have enriched the Silver State. … Continue Reading


November 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Van Hollen, Cardin Lead Letter to McConnell in Support of TPS Holders

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led 25 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The letter requests that an 18 month extension of status for TPS holders be included in the December appropriations package. Like millions across the country, TPS holders are facing unprecedented … Continue Reading


November 13, 2020

Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Van Hollen, Cardin Lead Letter to McConnell in Support of TPS Holders

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led 25 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in support of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. The letter requests that an 18 month extension of status for TPS holders be included in the December appropriations package. Like millions across the country, TPS holders are facing unprecedented … Continue Reading


November 13, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.6 Million in Emergency Funds to Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $1,684,038 in grants funding to the Nevada Division of Emergency Management for measures to respond to COVID-19. The funds will reimburse the state for its purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, and medical supplies for essential workers statewide. "I'm … Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Veterans Day

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Veterans Day. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are also available in VIDEO FORMAT. "Today, on Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans-those brave men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our freedom. I am proud to come from a long line of veterans. My father and grandfathers all answered the call of duty, and they instilled in my … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Celebrates Passage of Her Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating her bipartisan Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act being passed into law. The legislation, co-introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), will create an intergovernmental task force to identify opportunities to expand access and usage of public lands to veterans for outdoor wellness and rehabilitation treatments. "The passage of this bill is great news for Nevada's veteran … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Grant to Improve Water Conservation Resources

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the awarding of $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support efforts to better conserve water resources and implement drought resilience measures in Lyon County. "Fresh water is one of the most important and scarce resources on the planet. I'm so grateful to see the Walker River Irrigation District receive funding through the WaterSMART Initiative … Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Reiterate Demand for No Yucca Mountain Funding in Letter to Colleagues

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water (E&W) Development to reiterate their annual request that zero funds be appropriated to support licensing activities at the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository site in any Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 funding measures. "The … Continue Reading


November 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Grants for Maternal and Child Health in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $422,635 in grants to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services for maternal and child services in the Silver State. "Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, pregnant women, mothers, and children need all the support they can get in Nevada. I'm happy to see these funds go to support health for mothers and children, and I'll keep … Continue Reading


November 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $3 Million in Grants for Broadband and Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded two grants worth a total of $3,075,000 to Nevada. One grant worth $2.7 million will connect Elko County residents with high speed broadband and the second grant of $775,000 will help the Ely Shoshone Tribe build a road, sidewalk, curb, and gutter to improve access between housing and tribal facilities. "Having access to reliable internet and safe ways to reach … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Raises Alarm Over Administration’s Inability to Fully Implement Provisions Under President Trump’s Executive Order to Expand Critical Mental Health Resources to Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in urging Secretary Wilkie of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve veterans' access to mental health care by following through on authorities under President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) 13822 to increase veterans' access to mental health care. "More than 6,000 veterans die by suicide annually, and each loss of life is immeasurable," wrote the senators. "Congress … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Celebrates 156th Nevada Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the observed 156th anniversary of the State of Nevada's admission to the Union: "Today marks the 156th anniversary of Nevada's admission to the Union, and while this year's celebrations looks a little different, we can still celebrate our beautiful state and its rich history with our neighbors, family, and friends. Hardworking Nevadans have stepped up this year to keep our … Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $4.5 Million for Rural Water Infrastructure in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $4,577,528 to rural communities in Nevada to fund water and waste infrastructure improvements. "We're glad to see these funds go to rural communities to modernize water systems, improve health outcomes, increase resilience, and promote economic development," said the Senators. "Updating these systems will help thousands in … Continue Reading


October 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges DeVos to Help 8.2 Million Federal Student Loan Borrowers Access Relief

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 32 of her Senate colleagues in a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling for swift action to support federal student loan borrowers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by using the available relief under the CARES Act and administrative extension. In the letter, the senators call on Secretary DeVos to immediately reach out to borrowers … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Explanation of Justice Department’s Sudden Change to Election Non-Interference Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a letter to Corey R. Amundson, Chief of the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, requesting an immediate explanation of the Department's recent decision to weaken its longstanding policy of non-interference with elections, which ensures that election fraud investigations do not affect an upcoming election. "It is deeply troubling that the Department has chosen to weaken … Continue Reading


October 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Unveils Tax Cut to Provide Critical Relief to Working Families in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - As the nation continues to recover from the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to put more money in the pockets of hardworking families in Nevada and across the country. The Rebuild Americans' Income to Strengthen and Empower (RAISE) Working Families Act would create a new $500 refundable tax credit for individuals and $1,000 refundable tax credit for joint filers to boost … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Cortez Masto: ACA Brought Lifesaving Innovation to Washoe County, Repealing the Law Could Take Us Backward

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement highlighting the innovative programs the Affordable Care Act has brought to the State of Nevada, including the REMSA Community Health Programs, which created new cost efficient options to help ensure those seeking emergency assistance through 9-1-1 receive the best. This program has been so successful that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a national program based on … Continue Reading


October 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Speech on Threat of Barrett Nomination to Nevadans’ Health Care, Urgent Need to Act on Comprehensive, Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Now

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today on the threat that Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination poses to health care protections for Nevadans and all Americans, as well as the urgent need for a bipartisan, comprehensive COVID-19 relief package. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: I rise today to … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $4 Million for 16 Tribes in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarding over $4,000,000 to 16 tribes across Nevada. The funding will support investments in environmental protection and infrastructure improvement programs. "Tribal nations in Nevada are working hard to protect their health, conserve their natural resources and improve their infrastructure. I'm grateful to see the Environmental Protection Agency assist their efforts, and I … Continue Reading


October 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Opposition to Administration’s Attempt to Misclassify Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a group of her Senate colleagues in a letter urging U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia to rescind a proposed rule regarding classification of workers as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule proposes a misguided test to determine if a worker is an employee under the FLSA, failing to address misclassification of workers as independent … Continue Reading

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