Press Releases

October 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Works to Provide Nevada’s Independent Contractors with PUA Assistance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D- Va.) and 13 colleagues in cosponsoring the Mixed Earner Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act of 2020, which would allow mixed income workers to access Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). "Too many Nevadans have struggled to obtain Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic because they have mixed sources of income. Although we know that one job … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate passed in a bipartisan vote of 84-10 a continuing resolution to fund the government until December 11, 2020. "I'm proud to join my colleagues in a bipartisan vote to fund the government and secure critical priorities for Nevadans. This legislation includes a key priority of mine, ensuring that local school districts in Nevada, and across the country, have the necessary flexibility … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $7.9 Million Grant to Support Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation $7,975,389 in Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding to address the workforce impacts of COVID-19 across Nevada. These grant funds can be used to provide disaster-relief employment opportunities, job training and reemployment services. "Nevada workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic deserve all … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds More Than $4 Million for Young People in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have awarded $4,125,917 in grants to organizations in Nevada to support young people, students, and families in Nevada. "I'm relieved to see these grants awarded to support children and young people in the Silver State. In particular, I'm pleased to see funds go to the Nevada Department of Education to hire … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

Cortez Masto: We Should Strive for Suicide Prevention & Awareness Every Day

Washington, D.C. - Nevada has the 11th highest rate of suicide in the United States, nearly double the national rate. U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement to conclude September as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month: "For too long this nation hasn't paid enough attention to the mental health crisis devastating American families. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but the 8th leading cause for Nevadans across the … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Create Justice Ginsburg Monument in the Capitol

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and 24 other Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by creating a monument to her in the halls of the United States Capitol building. "Justice Ginsburg was a real-life heroine to so many Americans. During her long career, she was a keen legal mind, a law professor, an activist for women's rights, a ground-breaking … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Inez Casale Stempeck

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of "Mama" Inez Casale Stempeck, owner of Casale's Halfway Club, the oldest continuously family-owned and operated restaurant in Reno. "Inez Casale Stempeck provided the Reno community with great food and even better company for more than 70 years. Born to Italian immigrant parents and widowed at a young age, she became a successful business owner, entrepreneur and matriarch for the … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Asking President Trump to Further Mobilize Federal Response to Unprecedented Wildfires Ravaging the West

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Western Senate Democrats and Ranking Members of key Senate Committees on wildfire relief and prevention in asking President Donald Trump to provide additional federal assistance to improve the response to wildfires and assist the states, Tribes and communities grappling with fires and their aftermath. "We need to work together to fight these fires now, support … Continue Reading


September 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $3.8 Million in Grants for Health, Economic Development to Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $3,893,248 to the state of Nevada for childhood vaccinations, COVID-19 vaccine preparedness, medical research, and economic development on tribal lands. "I'm glad to see these funds going to the state of Nevada for health care and economic development. It's particularly important that Nevada receive the funding the Senate approved in the CARES Act … Continue Reading


September 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Trump Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to Lifetime Supreme Court Appointment

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intention to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment, less than 40 days before the 2020 presidential election. "President Trump has chosen to ignore the will of American voters today. Americans are already voting in this election and I continue to believe that the American people should have … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $13 Million in Grants to Support Nevada Workforce Training Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a $13,818,298.92 grant, funded through the CARES Act, from U.S. Department of Education to the Governor's Office of Workforce Innovation. This grant will fund the Supporting and Advancing Nevada's Dislocated Individuals project (Project SANDI), a program designed to help dislocated and underemployed workers by modernizing Nevada's workforce system and expanding remote access to accelerated trainings for in-demand … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $13 Million in Grants to Support Nevada Workforce Training Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a $13,818,298.92 grant, funded through the CARES Act, from U.S. Department of Education to the Governor's Office of Workforce Innovation. This grant will fund the Supporting and Advancing Nevada's Dislocated Individuals project (Project SANDI), a program designed to help dislocated and underemployed workers by modernizing Nevada's workforce system and expanding remote access to accelerated trainings for in-demand … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rick Scott Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Requiring Apps to List Country of Origin

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced the American Privacy Protection (APP) Act to require digital apps to disclose their country of origin. Following recent security concerns about apps made by U.S. competitors, including China and Russia, the APP Act will require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to ensure all entities that operate application platforms disclose the location in which the application was developed and where data … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Honor American Women Workers During World War II

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and 74 other Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bipartisan bill to honor the millions of American women who joined the workforce during World War II to help provide the aircraft, vehicles, weaponry, ammunition, and other materials to win the war. Many of these women were recruited by the ad campaign that used the indelible image of "Rosie the Riveter" to emphasize the significance of their role in … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Nevada Delegation in Calling on the Trump Administration to Reconsider Decision to Deny Full Funding for Nevada National Guard

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Nevada's Democratic Congressional delegation, including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), in a bicameral letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to reconsider his decision to deny Governor Sisolak's request for a full federal cost share for the use of the Nevada National Guard to combat COVID-19. In August, … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Leads Nevada Delegation in Letter Calling for Additional Support for the Air Travel Industry

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Nevada's Congressional delegation, including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), in a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Congressional leadership requesting additional support for airports, airport concession small businesses, and airline workers. The letter specifically requests … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Prompts Secretary Mnuchin to Commit to Bipartisan Comprehensive COVID-19 Relief

FTPs for TV stations are available here. Washington, D.C. - Today, during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs legislative hearing on the "Quarterly CARES Act Report to Congress," U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on targeted relief aid for Nevada's tourism and hospitality industry and the need for a comprehensive package to provide relief to families, businesses and state and local governments as COVID-19 … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Cortez Masto, Durbin Introduce Bill to Protect Unemployed Workers' Health Insurance During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Worker Health Care Coverage Protection Act, a bill that would protect millions of unemployed or furloughed workers from losing their health insurance by enabling them to access subsidized COBRA coverage and keep their insurance. This bill would provide a 100 percent subsidy of COBRA health insurance premiums owed by unemployed workers, in nearly all employment-based health plans, to ensure … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Combat Administration’s Politics-Before-Science Response to COVID-19

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Scientific Integrity Protection Act. The bill would require a task force, comprised of five members of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, to conduct an investigation of political interference with significant decisions made by scientific agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. "This week, our country marked a bleak milestone when we … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Newsletter - The November Election is Around the Corner: Make Sure You Have Everything You Need to Vote

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