Press Releases

February 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on President Trump’s Rescission of Guidelines Protecting Transgender Students

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today on President Trump's rescission of guidelines that protect transgender students: "All Americans deserve to be granted equal protections and rights under the law - and this is especially true for our young children and students. President Trump's rescission of guidelines that help schools and communities protect LGBTQ students reverses hard-fought progress in the fight for equality. I will … Continue Reading


February 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Northern Nevada HOPES Community Health Center, Highlights Importance of Affordable Care Act

Reno, NV - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited Northern Nevada HOPES Community Health Center, where she discussed with the center's staff their concerns about Congressional Republicans' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and how this would negatively impact their ability to provide affordable services to Northern Nevada's women and families. "HOPES has been essential to Nevadans who rely on their services and we must ensure that it continues to get the support it … Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Legislation to Make Voting Easier for All Americans

The Same Day Registration Act would require states to allow people to register to vote on election day Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to make voting easier for all Americans. The Same Day Registration Act would require states to allow people to register to vote on election day. "Voting is one of the most fundamental rights we have as Americans, and it is absolutely necessary to make the exercise of … Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on New DHS Mass Deportation Guidelines

Reno, NV - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to recent Department of Homeland Security memoranda detailing the implementation of Donald Trump's mass deportation executive orders. "Enacting policies based on hatred and fear is no way to govern. We should be focusing our limited resources on those who have violent criminal records and finding thoughtful solutions to fix our broken immigration system instead of tearing hardworking … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Opposition to Trump’s EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt, Need to Extend Senate Debate on Nomination

"With the impending release of as many as 3,000 emails on this matter, it is only right that we delay Mr. Pruitt's confirmation vote until we have had time to thoroughly review this information. It is our job as U.S. Senators to ensure nominees are adequately vetted and failure to do so is a disservice to Americans." Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement outlining her opposition to Scott Pruitt's nomination to serve as the next … Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Reports of a Trump Administration National Guard Deportation Force

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on reports on a draft memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly that directs Immigration and Customs Enforcement to engage with Governors to deploy National Guard troops to deport undocumented immigrants, specifically naming 11 states, including Nevada. "Regardless of the White House's response, this document is an absolutely accurate description of the disturbing … Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Cortez Masto Leads Group of 20 Senate Democrats to Introduce Legislation Rescinding Trump’s Massive Deportation Executive Order

Bill would rescind Trump's Executive Order that targets law-abiding undocumented immigrants for deportation Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of 20 Democratic Senators to introduce legislation to rescind President Trump's Executive Order on Interior Enforcement, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of a vast majority of undocumented immigrants living and contributing to U.S. communities. Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Announces Commerce Subcommittee Assignments for 115th Congress

Cortez Masto will join the Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet Subcommittee and the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced she will be joining two subcommittees as a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto will serve on the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Opposition to Trump’s OMB Director Nominee Rep. Mick Mulvaney

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement opposing Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s nomination to be the next Office of Management and Budget Director: “Rep. Mulvaney’s misguided beliefs on government spending runs counter to the Office of Management and Budget’s role of responsibly overseeing the government’s fiscal policy. He is well known for spending his congressional career strongly opposing federal spending, disregarding the catastrophic … Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Republican Efforts to Roll Back Environmental Protections, Repeal BLM’s Methane Rule

BLM's methane rule prevents waste of country's natural oil and gas supply, reduces harmful air pollution, and ensures taxpayers receive fair compensation for federal and tribal land use Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement opposing Republican plans to overturn the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) methane rule by the legislative vehicle, the Congressional Review Act (CRA): "The BLM's methane rule is a common sense measure to … Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement after voting to confirm Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs: “The Department of Veterans Affairs needs a leader who is committed to providing the very best for our veterans and their families. Our veterans rely on the VA for much needed support and care, but backlogs and long wait times have prevented them from getting immediate access to critical and lifesaving … Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Cortez Masto Participates in Floor Debate in Opposition to Steven Mnuchin’s Nomination for Treasury Secretary

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in the floor debate in opposition to Steven Mnuchin's nomination to serve as President Trump's Treasury Secretary. In her remarks, Cortez Masto highlighted how Mnuchin's OneWest Bank used predatory practices to take advantage of Nevadans facing foreclosure and how she worked to combat those practices as the state's Attorney General. Watch Senator Cortez Masto's remarks here. Below are Senator Cortez Masto's … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement Opposing Secretary of Health & Human Services Nominee Congressman Tom Price

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement on her opposition to Congressman Tom Price's nomination to serve as Donald Trump's Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "Rep. Tom Price has spent his career working to weaken and dismantle basic programs and services that allow the Department of Health and Human Services to fulfill its mission. I cannot in good conscience support Rep. Price to lead HHS and put … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Ruling Against Reinstating Muslim Ban

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration's appeal to reinstate its Muslim ban on travel to the United States: "This ruling reaffirms that President Trump's hateful and divisive executive order amounts to religious discrimination against Muslims. Imposing a religious test like this on who can travel to the United States is immoral, alienates our allies in … Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Blasting Dakota Access Pipeline Decision, Calling on Trump Administration to Stand up for Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Members of Congress: "We strongly oppose this decision and any efforts to undermine tribal rights" Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House Committee on Natural Resources in sending a letter to President Donald Trump blasting the Trump Administration's approval of a final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and their failure to undertake meaningful consultation with … Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Cortez Masto and Senators to Trump: Expand Pell Grant to Make College More Affordable

28 Senators urge Trump Administration to help students pay for college by expanding Pell Grant starting in FY 2017 Washington, DC - In an effort to help make college more affordable for American families, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined with 27 of her Senate Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump asking him to expand the Pell Grant beginning in Fiscal Year 2017. Pell Grants are federal, need-based financial aid awarded to qualified undergraduate … Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cortez Masto on Trump’s Executive Orders to Cripple Measures Holding Wall Street Accountable and Increasing Protections for American Consumers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's actions to weaken reforms made in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that hold financial institutions accountable and increase protections for consumers. This statement follows Senator Cortez Masto's op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal today highlighting the serious risk posed to American families by confirming … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Senate Effort Urging FCC to Close Rural Broadband Gap

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators to send a letter to the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging him to prioritize mobile broadband deployment in rural and underserved areas. Specifically, the Senators are calling on the agency to move forward with Phase II of the Universal Service Fund's (USF) Mobility Fund, which is aimed at providing broadband service to these areas. "Advances on … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cortez Masto RGJ Op-Ed: “Why I Can’t Support ‘Foreclosure King”

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, wrote an op-ed column for the Reno Gazette-Journal highlighting why she cannot support President Trump's Treasury Secretary nominee, former OneWest Bank CEO and Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin. The column highlights Heather McCreary of Sparks, Nevada, who recently came to Capitol Hill to discuss OneWest's controversial foreclosure … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Co-Signs Letter to Wells Fargo Calling for Answers into Bank’s Alleged Fraud Cover-up

Scathing report alleges Wells Fargo branches were tipped off ahead of investigations, shredded, forged documents to hide massive customer fraud Washington, DC - U.S. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, joined five Democratic committee members today signing a letter to Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan demanding answers after revelations that the bank reportedly tried to cover its tracks by shredding and forging documents to conceal the widespread customer fraud. … Continue Reading

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