Press Releases

November 23, 2021

Cortez Masto Legislation to Deliver More Than $5 Million Owed to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Passes Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after passing her bipartisan, bicameral bill to make vital amendments to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act through the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Cortez Masto's legislation would allow the Tribes to collect over $5 million in interest that they are owed from their 2009 water rights settlement. Interest payments are commonplace in Indian … Continue Reading


November 23, 2021

Cortez Masto Presses Department of Education to Act on Promised Overhaul of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to Help Military Service Members

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led fourteen of her Senate colleagues in a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging the Biden Administration to implement changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program that will make it easier for military service members to access benefits. The Department has already provided relief to many borrowers under the new rules, but the changes have not yet been fully implemented, and … Continue Reading


November 23, 2021

Cortez Masto Applauds Biden Administration’s Move to Lower Gas Prices for Nevadans, Calls for Additional Action to Keep Costs Down

Cortez Masto called on the Biden Administration to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing last week. Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to President Joe Biden to commend him and his Administration's decision to release crude oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to provide near-term relief for American families struggling with high gas prices ahead of … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces REMOTE Act to Protect VA Benefits for Student Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jon Tester (D- Mont.) today introduced the Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act to ensure student veterans can access their full housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. These housing benefits are set to be cut by almost half in December 2021, which will create extreme uncertainty for veterans who could be forced to abandon their education in order to … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Cortez Masto’s Legislation to Protect the Ruby Mountains Advances

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today secured passage through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of her legislation to protect Nevada's beautiful and pristine Ruby Mountains by prohibiting oil and gas development there. The legislation has cleared a major committee hurdle and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. "The Ruby Mountains are a Nevada treasure, and they must be protected," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Nevadans depend … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Cortez Masto’s Legislation to Protect Lake Tahoe Clears Key Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after passing her bipartisan, bicameral bill to extend authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Cortez Masto's legislation would reauthorize federal funding that has been the primary source of support for environmental protection and habitat restoration programs at the Lake since 2000. Now that her legislation has cleared this … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Cortez Masto & Grassley’s Bipartisan Law Enforcement Legislation Becomes Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation to support law enforcement officers seeking mental health services was signed into law by President Biden. The Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support (COPS) Counseling Act will encourage the adoption of law enforcement peer counseling programs across the country and ensure that the information disclosed during peer support … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $600,000 to Extend Indian View Heights Drive in Elko

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $600,000 in grant funding to the Elko Band, part of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, to support planning for an extension of the tribe's main roadway, Indian View Heights Drive. The tribe recently acquired new land to use for housing and economic expansion projects, and this funding will help ensure community members can safely and efficiently access … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures $7 Million to Replace Aging Bridges in Downtown Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that she helped secure $7,000,000 in Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for the city of Reno to replace two aging bridges along its downtown river walk. The funding will replace two bridges on Arlington Avenue with more resilient and accessible designs that will make the area safer for all users. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter of support for the project to encourage DOT to approve this highly … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures $9.3 Million for Carson City’s East William Street Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that she helped secure $9,300,000 in Department of Transportation (DOT) funding for Carson City's East William Street project. This funding will help improve the safety and accessibility of the road while also promoting new investments in small businesses throughout downtown Carson City. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter of support for the project, calling it vital to Carson City's continued downtown … Continue Reading


November 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Push to Deliver Stronger Benefits to Military Veterans and Families

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced her support for the Caring for Survivors Act of 2021 to update and improve monthly benefits for family members and survivors of veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. The bipartisan bill would ensure that survivors of service members who die in the line of duty, and of veterans who die from service-related injuries or diseases, can access the same monthly benefits as surviving spouses of other … Continue Reading


November 15, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Being Signed Into Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The funding Senator Cortez Masto secured in this legislation makes historic investments in Nevada and includes her landmark legislation to combat drought and wildfires. It will also invest in American jobs and manufacturing, strengthening our supply chain and our economy. "The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs … Continue Reading


November 12, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Jason Frierson’s Nomination to Be U.S. Attorney for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced today that President Joe Biden has nominated Nevada State Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson to be U.S. Attorney for the state of Nevada. "Jason Frierson is a Nevada trailblazer who has served his state exceptionally well, and I'm confident he will continue to do so as our next U.S. Attorney," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to get him … Continue Reading


November 10, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $4 Million in Housing Funding to Nevada Tribes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced that more than $4.1 million in American Rescue Plan funding has been awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help Native American tribal communities in Nevada build and improve housing for their members. "The COVID-19 pandemic hit tribes in Nevada especially hard, and to respond to that, I helped make sure that the American Rescue Plan made historic investments … Continue Reading


November 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures $13.5 Million in Economic Development Funding to Support Nevada’s Travel and Tourism Industries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $13,553,863 in grant funds to support Nevada's travel and tourism economy. Cortez Masto worked to secure this funding for Nevada's hard-hit hospitality industry in the American Rescue Plan. These investments will support marketing, infrastructure, workforce and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business, and … Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Cortez Masto: Bipartisan Infrastructure Package Will Boost Nevada’s Economy, Help State Combat Wildfire and Drought

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan infrastructure package, which now heads to President Biden's desk for signature. The funding Senator Cortez Masto secured in this legislation makes historic investments in Nevada and includes her landmark legislation to combat drought and wildfires. It will also invest in American jobs and manufacturing, strengthening our supply chain … Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Bipartisan Effort to Support Taiwan’s Standing in Global Health Community

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) in introducing the U.S.-Taiwan Public Health Protection Act to establish a U.S.-Taiwan Infectious Disease Monitoring Center within the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to partner with Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Representative Michael Waltz (R-Florida) are co-sponsors of the bill. Bill … Continue Reading


November 05, 2021

Rosen, Cortez Masto Join All Women Senators in Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration to Protect Afghan Women and Girls

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined all 24 women senators in a bipartisan letter to the Biden Administration calling for an interagency plan to protect the rights of Afghan women and girls following the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to Rosen and Cortez Masto, the letter was led by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and signed by every sitting female U.S. Senator. "In the wake of the … Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Improve Affordability of Manufactured Housing Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Manufactured Housing Community Improvement Act to help improve affordability and quality of life for families who live in manufactured housing communities. The bill would direct the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to create a competitive grant program to reward manufactured home communities that prioritize affordability for working families. Manufactured housing communities have been a key source of … Continue Reading


November 04, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Improve Affordability of Manufactured Housing Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Manufactured Housing Community Improvement Act to help improve affordability and quality of life for families who live in manufactured housing communities. The bill would direct the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to create a competitive grant program to reward manufactured home communities that prioritize affordability for working families. Manufactured housing communities have been a key source of … Continue Reading

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