Press Releases

February 15, 2018

Cortez Masto: I’m Still Fighting For Dreamers & Their Parents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after she voted in favor of bipartisan immigration legislation sponsored by Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-ME) that would have put 1.8 million Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship. "Dreamers are not numbers, or charts. They're teachers, service members and business owners in our communities. They are exemplary Americans. For decades, they've lived their lives under constant threat … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Trump Administration to End Unlawful Attacks on Women’s Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash), urging the Trump Administration to reverse its decision to rollback protections that prevent states from excluding qualified women's health care providers from the Medicaid program. The letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar comes after recent reports that in formulating its new policy, the Administration worked with … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Introducing Families of Fallen Service Members First Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), along with Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday in introducing the bipartisan Families of Fallen Service Members First Act to ensure service member death benefits are paid during government shutdowns. When service members perished during government shutdowns in … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Floor Speech in Support of Protecting Family-Based Immigration

"I rise today to call on my colleagues and President Trump to abandon the use of the offensive and misleading term "chain migration." It paints a picture that does not reflect reality." "There are numerous steps families must take to legally immigrate to the United States. It is a long and arduous process that leaves husbands, wives, parents, brothers and sisters waiting for decades." "It makes no sense to me that we are fighting today to protect these kids to keep them in this country and … Continue Reading


February 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution Celebrating National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week, which is celebrated from February 11 to February 17, 2018. Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Senate Resolution recognizing the unique and important role tribal colleges and universities play in providing higher education opportunities for Native students. While Nevada does not have any Tribal college or universities, … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges Senate Appropriators to Preserve Strong Marijuana Regulations Created by States

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a bipartisan letter led by Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) urging Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to respect states' laws regarding the regulation of marijuana when finalizing fiscal year 2018 appropriations. The majority of states have some form of reduced restrictions on marijuana. Recognizing this, the Department of Justice has issued a … Continue Reading


February 13, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Investigation Into HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s Family’s Alleged Illicit Business Ties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), along with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), sent a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of the Inspector General requesting an investigation into Secretary Ben Carson's actions, and those of his family members, during his tenure as Secretary. Recent press reports indicate the Secretary defied warnings from legal … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Cortez Masto: Dreamers Are Our Neighbors, This Is Their Time Of Need

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today as it began to consider immigration legislation. In her remarks, Senator Cortez Masto shared the story of Nevadan's impacted by President Trump's decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the critical importance of putting Dreamers on a path to citizenship. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: It has been nearly four months … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Cortez Masto: Congress Must Stop Throwing Away Taxpayer Money on Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement after news reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requested an additional $60 million for its FY'19 budget, $47.7 million of which will be designated to funding Yucca Mountain: "It's a disgrace that President Trump and some Members of Congress find it acceptable to continue throwing away tax payer money on a failed project. Proponents of Yucca Mountain have already wasted more … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Administration Budget & Infrastructure Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in reaction to the Trump Administration's proposed budget and infrastructure plan. "President Trump has offered two proposals that threaten Nevada's economy and the most vulnerable in our communities. This budget is nothing less than an assault on the health care of Nevadan's by cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and targeting vulnerable families by ending Medicaid as we know … Continue Reading


February 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Raises Concerns Over Trump Administration’s Proposal to Separate Immigrant Children from Parents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), condemning the Trump Administration's proposal to systemically separate immigrant children from their parents upon arrival in the United States. The senators asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to unequivocally reject this measure. "We believe that a … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Demands Explanation for Porter’s Continued Access to Classified Information from Kelly, McGahn

Washington, D.C. - As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history of alleged abuse - and when they knew it - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), along with 10 of her Senate Democratic colleagues led by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), wrote White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter's ongoing access to classified information … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto, Cruz Urge Administration to Facilitate 5G Technology Deployment in Coordination with Private Sector

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent a letter to U.S. National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, underscoring the need to avoid a federalized 5G telecom deployment, and urging them instead to facilitate a timely and efficient rollout of 5G technology in coordination with the private sector. "If the United States is to maintain its global leadership in mobile broadband both Congress and the … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Help Native Students Access Healthy Foods

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) reintroduced legislation in the Senate and House to give Tribes an important tool to address the pervasive and serious problem of child hunger and nutrition-related diseases. The Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2018 acknowledges that Tribes understand the needs of their communities and are best positioned to ensure tribal … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Nevada’s Olympians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement celebrating Nevada athletes as they participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. "Congratulations to our outstanding Olympians: David Wise, Evan Weinstock and Tim Jitloff, who will be competing for gold in Pyeongchang. Reno local David Wise, the 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist in halfpipe skiing, will once again look to show the world that the best skiers are born in … Continue Reading


February 09, 2018

Cortez Masto on Two-Year Budget Agreement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in support of the bipartisan two-year budget agreement: "I am encouraged by this breakthrough and hope that this bipartisan spirit will carry over to our efforts to put Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship. This agreement increases investments in several of our domestic priorities, including combating the opioid epidemic, funding community health centers, and giving low-income parents of children … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Staff to Host Office Hours in Fallon, Fernley, Gardnerville & Carson City

Washington, D.C. - A Regional Representative will host in-person office hours on behalf of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in Fallon, Fernley, Gardnerville and Carson City this month to assist residents of Northern Nevada with questions about federal resources available to them and to work through challenges with federal agencies. Information on the services the Senator's office offers will be provided on-site and is are available online at … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Meets with TPS Workers Employed by Government Contractors in U.S. Senate and Pentagon

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with U.S. Senate and Pentagon workers on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) employed by government contractors. These men and women provide essential services to the United States Congress and the Pentagon, serving as custodians and cafeteria workers, among other positions. The group of thirteen TPS recipients originally from El Salvador discussed their fears and the challenges they've faced in coming to the United States and … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Consumer Protection Bureau to Continue its Investigation of Equifax Data Breach

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which expresses concerns about recent reports that the bureau has halted its investigation into the massive Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of 145.5 million Americans. "We are deeply troubled by recent news reports that, under Director Mulvaney's leadership, the CFPB may have stopped its … Continue Reading


February 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Testifies in Support of Critical Nevada Lands Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) testified today before the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Legislative Hearing in support of two lands bills critical to Nevada. These two bills, the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act and the Eastern Nevada Economic Development and Land Management Improvement Act for the State of Nevada, were introduced by both Senators Cortez Masto and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and are supported by every … Continue Reading

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