Press Releases

February 16, 2022

At Senate Finance Hearing, Cortez Masto Calls for More Support for Children’s Mental Health, Highlights Efforts to Provide Resources to Vital Programs

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) talked about the importance of supporting kids' mental health and the critical aid she's delivered to Nevada's schools during this pandemic to help them stay open and support their students. Cortez Masto is also working in the Senate on legislation to increase mental health resources for students, including telehealth and peer-to-peer counseling programs. "I hear every day … Continue Reading


February 15, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Bill to Treat Veterans Dealing With Toxic Exposures

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined bipartisan legislation to expand Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care coverage for post 9/11 combat veterans exposed to toxic chemicals. The Health Care for Burn Pit Veterans Act is an important first step in making sure that veterans exposed to toxins during their military service get access to health care and treatment. This legislation unanimously passed the U.S. Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee this month … Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Senate Colleagues in Letter Urging Administration to Limit Junk Health Plans that Undermine Standards of Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined her colleagues in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra urging the Biden administration to limit the sale and availability of short-term, limited-duration insurance (STLDI) plans, also known as "junk plans" because of their failure to provide adequate, comprehensive health insurance coverage. In 2018, in an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump … Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Cortez Masto está trabajando para aumentar la disponibilidad de recursos y servicios del gobierno federal en más idiomas

Washington, D.C. - La senadora de EE.UU. Catherine Cortez Masto se unió a 19 senadores liderados por el Senador Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) para aumentar la disponibilidad de recursos y servicios del gobierno federal en más idiomas, diferentes al inglés. La Senadora Cortez Masto se unió a un grupo de 19 senadores los cuales hicieron un llamado hoy al fiscal general de los Estados Unidos, Merrick Garland, para que ordene a las agencias federales a que actualicen sus Planes … Continue Reading


February 14, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Effort to Make Government Services Accessible in More Languages

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined a group of 19 Senators led by Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) calling on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to direct Federal agencies to update their Language Access Plans, helping ensure people whose primary language is not English can access critical information and resources in their preferred language. "Language barriers can impact access to vital services and information related to education, the legal system, health care, … Continue Reading


February 10, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Congress to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in support of the reintroduction of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act. This landmark legislation expired more than three years ago, and Cortez Masto has consistently advocated for its reauthorization to help address gender-based violence and provide services and protections for survivors. The Senator also announced that her bipartisan Fairness for Rape Kit Backlog Survivors Act is included … Continue Reading


February 10, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $5.6M in Funding for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $5,618,414 would be coming to Nevada to help build a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Energy will receive resources to establish a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. This new office will help develop an EV commission, implement a national strategy to produce and deploy EVs, and create a database on EV … Continue Reading


February 09, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Lower High Gas Prices at the Pump

Bill would temporarily suspend the federal gas tax, provide Nevada families economic relief from high gas prices Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) to introduce the Gas Prices Relief Act, legislation to lower high gas prices and bring much-needed economic relief to Nevada families by temporarily suspending the federal gas tax. This legislation is also co-sponsored by Senators Debbie Stabenow … Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

At Senate Finance Hearing, Cortez Masto Calls for Comprehensive Mental Health Reform

Earlier Today, Cortez Masto Was Named Subcommittee Chair of Senate Finance Committee Effort to Overhaul America's Mental Health System Washington, D.C. - Today, at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called for comprehensive mental health reform that will improve mental health services for Nevadans and Americans across the country. "I think it is so important in this day and age that there is mental health parity with physical health," said … Continue Reading


February 07, 2022

Cortez Masto & Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Coverage of Telehealth Services for Seniors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend Medicare enrollees' access to telehealth services no matter where they reside. "Seniors across Nevada have benefited immensely from having access to a wide range of telehealth services throughout the pandemic, and we need to make sure they continue to have access to quality care from their homes" said Senator Cortez Masto. "We're still feeling the impacts of … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $30.5M in Funding for Public Transit for Nevada Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $30,551,703 she helped secure through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will be coming to Nevada to support public transportation, including cleaner transportation technologies, and help the state's economy continue to recover from the pandemic. "Workers and families need safe and reliable transit services, which is why I made sure that the infrastructure bill included significant funding … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Administration to Implement Key Provisions of Infrastructure Law to Support Electric Vehicles

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm urging them to prioritize the implementation of provisions the Senator secured in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to support zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) such as electric vehicles (EV). Cortez Masto drafted and advocated for numerous pieces of legislation in the bipartisan infrastructure law to make it easier for … Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Hold Tech Industry Accountable, Prevent Online Child Sexual Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to push the tech industry to take online child sexual exploitation seriously. The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act) removes blanket immunity for violations of laws related to online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). "We need to empower law enforcement with the … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls for Justice Department to Clear Hurdle for Equal Rights Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) to withdraw an opinion standing in the way of the Equal Rights Amendment's (ERA) recognition as the 28th Amendment. Since its approval by the House of Representatives and the Senate in 1971 and 1972, respectively, the ERA has reached the constitutionally required threshold of ratification by three-fourths, or 38 states. The ERA text requires the … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement in light of Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement: "Justice Breyer has served on the Supreme Court with integrity and distinction. From his time working as Senate counsel and in the Department of Justice, he gained a pragmatic devotion to American democracy. He has authored thoughtful, measured opinions in support of a woman's right to choose, civil and voting … Continue Reading


January 21, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on the 49th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement ahead of the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. "Roe v. Wade has been settled precedent for nearly fifty years, and it provides a vital guarantee of reproductive rights for Americans," said Senator Cortez Masto. "On this anniversary of the decision, the stakes have never been higher. I'm committed to doing everything I can in the Senate to make … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Secures Funding for Next Phase of Virginia Street Revitalization Project

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Washoe County will receive $300,000 in federal funds for the next phase of the Virginia Street project. The funding will support planning for 12 additional bus stations to connect the Meadowood Mall to the south end of the Virginia Street corridor. This vital extension will create a public transportation route that runs the entire length of Virginia Street, from the Summit Mall in south Reno to the University … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Applauds Move to Distribute Free Masks to Americans, Urges Administration to Prioritize Purchase and Distribution of Made in America Masks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in sending letters to President Joe Biden, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton, and Secretary of the Senate Sonceria Ann Berry, urging them to prioritize the purchase of masks made in the U.S. with U.S. materials. Senator Cortez Masto and her colleagues are pushing to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are being spent on American products made by … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cortez Masto & Rosen Applaud Judicial Nominees for Nevada’s U.S. District Court Advancing Through Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced today that Judge Cristina Silva and Professor Anne Traum, President Biden's nominees for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, advanced out of the Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. The nominees now head to a confirmation vote by the full Senate. "Judge Silva and Professor Traum are remarkable, fair minded, and highly qualified women who will serve Nevada well on the … Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on Protecting Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on today's votes to protect voting rights in the Senate. "Protecting voting rights and stopping billionaires from trying to buy our elections with dark money should not be partisan issues. Yet Mitch McConnell continues to block every effort to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The majority of Americans support these critical protections, and I continue … Continue Reading

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