Press Releases

August 30, 2017

Cortez Masto: Trump EPA Cuts Threaten Nevada’s Clean Air, Water, and Public Lands

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement highlighting the detrimental impact to the State of Nevada from President Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "President Trump's proposed budget will gut the Environmental Protection Agency. This threatens Nevada's significant progress toward ensuring our residents and visitors can enjoy clean air, water, and public lands. President Trump and EPA Administrator … Continue Reading

August 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Rural Nevada Communities

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) completed a month-long tour of Nevada's rural towns, including Elko, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Carson City, Fallon, Hawthorne, Yerington, Virginia City, Alamo, Incline Village, Pahrump, Eureka, Austin, Baker, Ely, Adaven, and Mcgill . In her meetings with local leaders and community members, Cortez Masto stressed her desire to be a voice and a resource for all Nevadans, regardless of zipcode or party … Continue Reading

August 27, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Great Basin National Park

Ely, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring Great Basin National Park: "Great Basin National Park is a prime example of why we must protect our nation's natural wonders and preserve their beauty for future generations. Our state is blessed with incomparable beauty and we cannot take it for granted. Not only do our national parks protect pristine lands, they create jobs and attract tourists who bring revenue to local businesses and … Continue Reading

August 25, 2017

Cortez Masto: Arpaio Pardon Example of Trump’s Failure to Unite Country After Charlottesville

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced he will pardon documented human rights abuser, and former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio. In July, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for violating an order in a racial profiling case. "President Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio is yet another example of his failed commitment to unite our country after the racist and hateful protests of … Continue Reading

August 25, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Interior Department Sage Grouse Conservation Report

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to a report indicating that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke may recommend changes to federal sage grouse conservation plans: "The sage grouse is not just a critical part of Nevada's natural ecosystem, it is a symbol of the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Western United States. I stand with Governor Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) in support of a habitat-based approach to sage grouse … Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

Cortez Masto on Trump Trans Ban: I Will Not Stand For It

Battle Mountain, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after media reports indicated the Trump Administration will send guidance to the Department of Defense implementing a ban on transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military: "In Nevada, our first openly transgender national guardsman, Sgt. Sam Hunt, is a testament to the bravery, commitment, and diversity that our Armed Forces represent. The President's order to ban transgender troops … Continue Reading

August 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $9.5 Million in Federal Grant Funding for Southern Nevada Airports

Battle Mountain, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding more than $9.5 million in funding for two airports in Clark County, Jean Airport and McCarran International Airport. "Because people come from all over the world to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer, Las Vegas's economy relies on the airports nearby," said Cortez Masto. "I'm thankful for the Department of Transportation's support in our efforts to … Continue Reading

August 23, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Pershing & Humboldt General Hospitals in Lovelock & Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring Pershing and Humboldt General Hospitals in Lovelock and Winnemucca: "Pershing and Humboldt General Hospitals play a critical role in providing general, urgent, long-term, and emergency health care to Lovelock and Winnemucca as well as the surrounding areas. Without Pershing and Humboldt General Hospitals, local residents would lose vital access to a broad range of medical services … Continue Reading

August 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Remarks at Lake Tahoe Summit

"As we meet today, we are not just at a pivotal point for Lake Tahoe. We are at a pivotal point for our planet's history and in Nevada's and California's history." "The threats to Lake Tahoe, to our states, to our country, and to our planet are very real. And while we may not have a President that supports the Paris Climate Accord, or a majority in Congress that supports direct action to stop climate change, each one of us has a voice. Now, more than ever, we must make sure we use it." … Continue Reading

August 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts DACA Roundtable

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with beneficiaries of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Cortez Masto discussed the role that DACA has played in the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States as children. She also advocated for the passage of The DREAM Act, a law that would codify many of the provisions of the DACA program into federal law. "The DACA program has … Continue Reading

August 18, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Colleagues Urge Zinke to Maintain DOI’s Existing 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources, joined Democratic Senate colleagues in writing a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to maintain his Department's exististing 2017-2022 Outer Continetal Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The existing five-year plan was developed in over two years with extensive public comment. The original program did not include lease sales of … Continue Reading

August 18, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Flirtey Drone Delivery Startup

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility of drone delivery startup, Flirtey, to participate in a delivery demonstration and view flight operations. According to Flirtey, their mission is to save lives and change lifestyles by making delivery instant. "The state of Nevada is proud to drive drone innovation and Flirtey's milestones in the space have truly cemented Nevada's position as the leader in the drone industry," said … Continue Reading

August 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Participates in Women Veterans Roundtable

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) participated in a roundtable discussion with women veterans hosted by Veterans Guest House. The discussion focused on experiences with the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, the resources and support provided to service members who have experienced sexual trauma as well as the role and treatment of women serving in the United States military. "Providing sufficient resources to our veterans so they can thrive in civilian life is … Continue Reading

August 16, 2017

Cortez Masto: We Must Work to Break Down Barriers to Diversity, Equip Young Latinas to Compete in Tech

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined the TECHNOLOchicas Organization, an initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and the Televisa Foundation, to introduce young Latinas and their families to opportunities in technology at the Mario C. and Joanne Monaca Middle School in Las Vegas. Cortez Masto discussed the importance of diversity in both government and the private sector and encouraged young Latinas participating in the … Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

On Fifth Anniversary of DACA, Cortez Masto Participates in Dreamer Town Hall

Las Vegas, Nev. - On the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), participated in a town hall for DACA recipients, their families and the community to highlight the overwhelming benefits DACA has had for our country as well as the state of Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto reiterated her commitment to protecting DACA recipients from anti-immigrant advocates who threaten this vital … Continue Reading

August 15, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Centene for Entering Rural Nevada Health Insurance Market

Pahrump, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Centene announced its plan to enter the rural Nevada health insurance market: "Nevadans should have access to quality, affordable health care regardless of whether they live in Las Vegas or Tuscarora. Centene, which operates as Silver Summit Health Plan in Nevada, announced today that it will provide health insurance plans through the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange to our rural … Continue Reading

August 14, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Unveils Report on CDBG’s Role in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today toured the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center managed by HELP of Southern Nevada. After the tour, Cortez Masto unveiled a report on the role of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs in Nevada, in light of the Trump Administration's proposal to eliminate CDBG funding. The report can be found here. "The Shannon West Homeless Youth Center stands today because of CDBG funding and thanks to its construction, Clark … Continue Reading

August 11, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Opioid Crisis, Touts Importance of Medicaid in Fighting the Epidemic

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement after hosting a roundtable on the opioid crisis and the importance of Medicaid in treating addicts. Cortez Masto heard from law enforcement, clinicians, advocates, and individuals recovering from addiction. "The opioid epidemic continues to devastate lives and has resulted in far too many deaths every single day. At today's roundtable, we were able to discuss how we can fight this growing epidemic and I heard … Continue Reading

August 10, 2017

Cortez Masto to DHS: At Time of Increased Global Threat, Ensuring Nevada has Needed Resources is Top Priority

Las Vegas, Nev - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev) sent a letter yesterday to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine C. Duke calling on DHS to provide full and proper consideration for grant funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to strengthen the Las Vegas - Paradise metropolitan statistical area (MSA)'s ability to prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks. The Senator also called on the agency to review its funding formula for … Continue Reading

August 08, 2017

Cortez Masto Visits Basin and Range, Calls on Secretary Zinke to Protect National Monuments

Caliente, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto released the following statement calling on Interior Secretary Zinke to protect the state's national monuments after visiting Nevada's Basin and Range National Monument: "With its stunning desert landscapes filled with Joshua trees, wild desert animals and rock art created by Native Americans over thousands of years, Basin and Range exemplifies our rich archaeological history and cultural heritage. It is a place Nevadans are fortunate to … Continue Reading

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