Press Releases

September 30, 2021

Cortez Masto Marks Fourth Anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival Attack

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today to honor the victims of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, which took place nearly four years ago on October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. Video of her full remarks is available here. "For so many of us, 1October is a lingering presence-one that can return in a rush at the faintest reminder, like the sounds of sirens or fireworks. The day remains the … Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Seek Healing for Native Children and Their Communities

Washington, D.C. -Today, on the National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined bipartisan legislation, The Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act, to establish a formal commission to investigate, document, and acknowledge past injustices of the federal government's Indian Boarding School Policies. This includes attempts to terminate Native cultures, religions, and languages; … Continue Reading


September 30, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $1.5 Million in Grants for Native American Tribes to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California would receive a total of $1.5 million to help respond to violent crimes against Indigenous women. "Women and girls in Native communities have been living in an epidemic of violence for far too long. This funding will allow the Pyramid Lake Paiute and Washoe Tribes to address violence against Indigenous women with resources from their own … Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

On Senate Floor: Cortez Masto Calls on Congress to Stand Up for Reproductive Health Care

"Anti-abortion extremists are going to great lengths to stop women from seeking reproductive care." "We cannot let a dedicated minority take that right away from the rest of us." Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today about her work to protect reproductive health care while abortion access is under attack nationwide. "Women's health care isn't optional," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Nevadans know this. That's why we worked so hard in … Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

Cortez Masto, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Shortage of Health Care Providers in Native American Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to help the Indian Health Services (IHS) recruit and hire more health care professionals by providing medical, nursing, and other students with fully tax-exempt scholarships and loan repayment programs. IHS has a 25% vacancy rate for health care providers and currently needs more than 1,300 positions filled, which Cortez Masto's legislation could help … Continue Reading


September 28, 2021

At Senate Hearing Cortez Masto Blasts Republicans for Refusing to Address Debt Limit, Highlights Urgent Need for Additional Support for the Hospitality Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called out Senate Republicans for blocking votes to raise the debt limit, which could threaten the entire U.S. economy and jeopardize benefits for Social Security recipients, veterans, and vulnerable Americans receiving health care through Medicaid. At today's Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell, Cortez Masto focused … Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces Federal Grant Funding to Prevent Elder Abuse in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded over $200,000 in federal funds to combat and prevent elder abuse in Nevada. Since her time as Nevada's Attorney General, Senator Cortez Masto has been committed to protecting Nevada's seniors and ensuring that they have access to the resources they need to thrive. The funds from this grant will provide training to professionals to enhance their ability to address … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces Over $308,000 in Grant Funding for Reno Police to Stop Dangerous Drivers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Reno Police Department would receive $308,978 from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue its program to stop dangerous drivers of both regular and commercial vehicles. "Reno police have been working hard to crack down on unsafe drivers and lower the risk of dangerous accidents to keep our roads safe," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I'll continue to advocate for our officers in the Senate and help push … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Cortez Masto Applauds Administration for Implementing Initiatives She Called For to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Biden administration launched a coordinated, interagency effort to respond to the health impacts of extreme heat on American workers. Cortez Masto co-led legislation with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) to direct the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create a federal heat standard to help protect workers and … Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Incentivize Whistleblowers to Report Consumer Fraud to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to authorize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to reward whistleblowers who report wrongdoing to the CFPB with financial compensation. Whistleblower statutes protect people from unfair practices, fraud, and abuse. The bill is cosponsored by Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Cortez Masto & Congressional Democrats Urge SCOTUS to Protect Reproductive Rights by Upholding Roe and Rejecting Mississippi’s Blatantly Unconstitutional Law

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 47 Democrats in the Senate and 188 in the House in filing a bicameral amicus brief in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade and protect the constitutional right to abortion care. After the Court refused to block the dangerous, cruel abortion ban in Texas from going into effect, Dobbs represents yet another case that … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Push for Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United, Get Big Money Out of Politics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment. This constitutional amendment would overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision and other alarming decisions around campaign finance that have led to floods of corporate and dark money in politics and diminished the voice of the American people in … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $7 Million Grant for the Reno Fire Department

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Reno Fire Department (RFD) will receive a grant for more than $7 million, allowing RFD to hire an additional twenty firefighters. The new firefighters will lower response times for Nevadans in need and help the department save over $2 million annually in overtime costs. In April, Cortez Masto sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Managing Agency (FEMA) advocating for the RFD to receive this Staffing for … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Cortez Masto & Rosen Urge Administration to Increase Federal Firefighter Pay

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) are joining Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in urging the Biden administration to implement provisions related to wildland firefighters in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act following its expected enactment. Amid historic wildfires across the West, federal firefighting agencies are facing major staffing shortfalls due to a significant pay gap between federal and state wildland … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Nevadans Recover From Natural Disasters

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced bipartisan legislation Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to provide relief for impacted taxpayers in states that have issued state-level disaster declarations. Currently, the IRS has the authority to postpone filing deadlines in the event of a presidentially-declared federal disaster, but this does not extend to state-level emergencies. This summer, Nevada has declared state-level emergencies … Continue Reading


September 11, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on the 20th Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement for the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001: "Twenty years ago nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in a senseless act of terrorism. Paul and I continue to remember the lives we lost and stand with the countless families and communities touched by this horrific attack. This day is also a reminder of the heroism of the firefighters, first responders, law enforcement officers, and every day … Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Historic Transit Expansion Legislation As Congress Drafts Reconciliation Measure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) to introduce the Public Transportation Expansion Act, which would for the first time fund construction of public transportation specifically connecting affordable housing with transit networks in order to serve riders and commuters in low-income communities. "To address the affordable housing crisis we must invest in accessible public transportation that will … Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Shows How Infrastructure Deal Will Make a Difference for Nevada

In Case You Missed It - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) traveled across Nevada during the in-state work period to highlight the bipartisan infrastructure package she passed and the impact this historic investment will have on Nevada communities. The funding Cortez Masto secured in this bipartisan legislation will help create thousands of new jobs for Nevadans, strengthen the local economy, boost the clean energy sector, and address two of the greatest environmental crises facing … Continue Reading


September 09, 2021

Newsletter - Preparing for the future


September 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Leads Federal Push to Secure Funding For Innovation Research in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is leading a bipartisan, bicameral effort to deliver federal research dollars to underserved states like Nevada with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), as well as Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (R- S. Dak.). Cortez Masto and her colleagues are highlighting the importance of provisions in the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) that set aside … Continue Reading

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