Press Releases

December 28, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Passing of Senator Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. "Paul, the entire Cortez family, and I are devastated to learn of the passing of Senator Harry Reid. He was one of the most powerful, dedicated, and effective advocates our state has ever had. From the moment he woke up to the moment he went to bed, everything he did was motivated by his love for and devotion to the Silver State. … Continue Reading


December 22, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto’s Legislation to Protect VA Benefits for Student Veterans Becomes Law

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) REMOTE Act to protect VA benefits for student veterans was signed into law. The Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act will ensure that eligible student veterans can access their full VA housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. KTVN: Senator Cortez Masto Legislation To Protect Benefits For Student Veterans Signed Into Law "If you are an eligible … Continue Reading


December 21, 2021

Cortez Masto & Tester’s Legislation to Protect VA Benefits for Student Veterans Becomes Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jon Tester (D- Mont.) released the following statements after their legislation to protect VA benefits for student veterans was signed into law. The Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act will ensure that eligible student veterans can access their full VA housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. "Nevada's student veterans who are learning remotely … Continue Reading


December 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $40 Million to Fight Drought in Nevada and Across the West

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that funds she worked to secure to fight drought are being delivered to Nevada through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This funding includes $40 million to help implement the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan and keep water in Lake Mead. "Nevada has endured two decades of drought, and that's why I worked to secure funds to cope with this ongoing emergency," said Cortez Masto. "The … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Declaración Conjunta de los Senadores Cortez Masto Schumer, Durbin, Menéndez, Luján y Padilla sobre la Opinión de la Parlamentaria Respecto a Provisiones de Reforma Migratoria en el Build Back Better

Washington, D.C. - Los Senadores estadounidenses Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ili.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) y Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) emitieron la siguiente declaración conjunta sobre la nueva opinión de la parlamentaria del Senado respecto a la inclusión de provisiones de una reforma migratoria en el Build Back Better Act para ofrecerle protecciones legales a millones de inmigrantes … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Joint Statement by Senators Cortez Masto, Schumer, Durbin, Menendez, Luján, Padilla on Parliamentarian’s Opinion on Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following joint statement on the Senate Parliamentarian's latest opinion regarding the inclusion of Democrats' immigration provisions in the Build Back Better Act, which would offer legal protections to millions of undocumented immigrants: "We strongly disagree with the Senate … Continue Reading


December 16, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces More Than $58 Million for Nevada Airports from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $58.3 million is coming to Nevada airports from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded these funds to 30 airports all over the state, including $43,982,805 to upgrade Harry Reid International Airport and $6,851,041 for improvements at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. "Nevada's airports connect our state and are the gateways to our travel, … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Cortez Masto, Tester Pass Legislation to Protect VA Benefits for Student Veterans

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jon Tester (D- Mont.) announced that their Responsible Education Mitigating Option and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act has passed both the House and the Senate and is on its way to President Biden's desk for signature into law. This vital piece of legislation will ensure that eligible student veterans can access their full VA housing allowances while pursuing education remotely during the pandemic. These housing … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Cortez Masto’s Bipartisan Legislation to Restore Travel and Tourism Industry Passes Commerce Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Omnibus Travel and Tourism Act of 2021 she helped develop advanced through the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation with strong bipartisan support. This bipartisan legislative package is focused on restoring and expanding the nation's tourism industry in the face of ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Nevada is a world-class tourism destination, and I'll always champion our … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Passage of 2022 Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 on a bipartisan 88-11 vote. The defense bill includes a pay raise for service members, important reforms to the military justice system to support sexual assault survivors, and funding for military construction projects across Nevada that support U.S. national security. Critically, this bill includes Senator … Continue Reading


December 15, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Highlights Work to Lower Drug Costs for Nevadans

In Case You Missed It - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) published a new op-ed highlighting her efforts in the Senate to lower prescription drug prices for seniors and Nevada families. Senator Cortez Masto has advocated for lower drug costs for Nevada families throughout her time in the Senate and has helped negotiate provisions to address drug prices in the Build Back Better bill. In the op-ed, she lays out how provisions in the bill will make a difference for Nevadans, including … Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $200,000 to Help Washoe Sheriff’s Department Quickly Process Sexual Assault Kits and Other Forensic Evidence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $200,000 would be coming to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office to help the department speed up processing of DNA forensic tests, including rape kits and DNA evidence collected at crime scenes. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto helped pass legislation to reauthorize funding essential to clearing the country's sexual assault kit backlog, and in February of this year, Northern Nevada announced that it had cleared its backlog. … Continue Reading


December 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $1.1 Million to Help Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Quickly Process Sexual Assault Kits and Other Forensic Evidence

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $1,183,001 would be coming to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to help the department speed up processing of DNA forensic tests, including rape kits and DNA and fingerprint evidence collected at crime scenes. The LVMPD currently has a backlog of DNA evidence kits and will use this funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide overtime pay for their forensic scientists and … Continue Reading


December 09, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Small Business Loan Program

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) to introduce the bipartisan Streamlining EIDL Act to improve the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) application process for small businesses and combat programmatic fraud. The legislation will require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide timely and helpful responses to small business applicants and submit a report to Congress on how it is … Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on New EPA Rule to Promote Advanced Biofuel

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new package of proposed rules, including one to allow for the production of renewable transportation fuel at multiple facilities. This framework would allow for innovative, clean fuel options to be generated and sold on the market. The new rule is the direct result of Cortez Masto's advocacy with both the Trump and Biden administrations - … Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $24.5 Million in Grants for Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $24,557,660 in COVID-19 relief funding to 15 Nevada airports and the small businesses that serve as airport concessionaires. This includes a total of over $23 million to support airport concessions businesses at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport and the Harry Reid International Airport. "Nevada's travel and tourism industries, … Continue Reading


December 07, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support Entertainment Industry

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in introducing the Music Under Severe Income Crisis (MUSIC) Act to support the entertainment industry impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation would expand the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program to include the many support and service companies, including convention and trade show organizers, that work with live event venues and performers and have been … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Holds Town Hall With Northern Nevada Firefighters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today held a virtual town hall with Northern Nevada firefighters to discuss the most recent fire season and the Senator's efforts to provide much-needed support for those on the front lines of this year's devastating wildfires across the state. Cortez Masto also heard their firsthand accounts of where she can work with state and local officials to secure additional resources and support for both firefighters and Northern Nevada … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce over $71 Million in Water Infrastructure Funding for Nevada Thanks to Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will deliver $71.6 million from the bipartisan infrastructure law to help Nevada communities and Tribes upgrade drinking and wastewater systems across the state in 2022. This is the first round of water infrastructure funding that Nevada will receive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. "These funds … Continue Reading


December 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Calls for Congress to Protect Reproductive Rights as SCOTUS Hears Challenge to Roe v. Wade

"This is by far the biggest threat to Roe v. Wade in almost three decades. I'm here today to sound the alarm and call on my colleagues to stand with me to protect the health of America's women." "Three out of every four of us-including the vast majority of Nevadans-agree that the people who should be making decisions about pregnancies are women and their doctors." "[M]ake no mistake: as long as there are active efforts to eliminate the right to choose, whether in the courts or in Congress, … Continue Reading

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