Press Releases

January 14, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $45 Million From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Improve Nevada Bridges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that funding to improve bridges across the state is being delivered to Nevada through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act the Senators helped pass. This funding includes $45 million that the state of Nevada will allocate to projects across the state that will improve dozens of bridges and support good-paying construction jobs. Overall, the state of Nevada will allocate funding … Continue Reading


January 11, 2022

ICYMI: U.S. Mint Begins Producing Quarters Honoring Maya Angelou Thanks to Cortez Masto’s Legislation Creating American Women Quarters Program

In Case You Missed It, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) bipartisan, bicameral legislation to create a new series of commemorative circulating coins highlighting remarkable American women was officially enacted this week with the production of U.S. quarters honoring Maya Angelou. In 2019, Senator Cortez Masto introduced legislation with Senator Deb Fisher (R-Neb.) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) authorizing a series of quarters to be minted in honor of women's history … Continue Reading


January 07, 2022

Cortez Masto, Blumenthal, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Ensure Transparency and Accountability for Presidential Pardons

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced the Abuse of the Pardon Prevention Act to ensure transparency and accountability for presidential exercise of the pardon power. The legislation allows Congress and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assess whether a conflict of interest or any other impropriety surrounds a pardon that directly involves the president or the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2022

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Introduced by Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen to Honor Legacy of Senator Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Senate unanimously passed their bipartisan resolution honoring the life and legacy of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, which was co-sponsored by all 100 members of the Senate. "Harry Reid dedicated his life to serving Nevada," said Senator Cortez Masto. "His hard work and dedication to fairness and equality will never be forgotten in the halls of Congress, or in the Silver State. This … Continue Reading


January 06, 2022

Cortez Masto Remarks on the Anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection

Full video can be found here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate floor on the anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. In addition to discussing her personal experience that day, she emphasized her commitment to continuing to defend democracy and protecting voting rights. Below are her remarks as delivered: Mr. President, you know, this morning I've been listening to my colleagues, watching the news, watching our president, … Continue Reading


January 04, 2022

Cortez Masto Honors Life and Legacy of Sen. Harry Reid On Senate Floor

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Mason Reid, Jr., who died on December 28. Senator Reid served the state of Nevada during 5 terms in the Senate, including 12 years as Democratic Leader and 8 as Majority Leader. Below are her remarks as delivered: M. President, Today I want to pay tribute to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a champion for Nevada. He was one of … Continue Reading


December 28, 2021

Declaración de Cortez Masto sobre el fallecimiento del senador Harry Reid

Washington, D.C. - La senadora estadounidense Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre el fallecimiento del senador Harry Reid. "Paul, la familia Cortez entera y yo estamos devastados ante la noticia del fallecimiento del senador Harry Reid. Fue uno de los defensores más poderosos, dedicados y efectivos que haya tenido nuestro estado. Desde el momento en que se despertaba, hasta el final de su día, todo lo que hacía era motivado … Continue Reading


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

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