Press Releases

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


September 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Condemns Administration Rule That Would Penalize Immigrant Families for Using Health Care and Safety Net Benefits

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) condemned a decision by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to allow the Trump administration's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deny visas and green cards to certain immigrants who use key safety net programs, including Medicaid and SNAP. "Nevada has been one of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, and hardworking immigrant families shouldn't be penalized for trying to make ends meet and seeking care … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds More than $500,000 for Nevada Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $514,305 in grants to support education in Nevada that will fund distance learning, expanded course offerings, and training for parents to empower students with disabilities. "I'm so glad to see these funds get to the Silver State to support students with a variety of unique needs, from those in rural areas to those with disabilities … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Nevadans to Get Registered to Vote on National Voter Registration Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today highlighted National Voter Registration Day by rolling out a "How to Vote in Nevada" infographic and video tutorial in English and Spanish. The voter infographic explains what steps Nevadans can take to make sure they can exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election. "We're just 42 days out from the 2020 General Election, and I know that many Nevadans are concerned about voting safely during a pandemic and have … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Administration to Keep Protections Against Predatory Lenders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and five other Senate colleagues in expressing strong opposition to the "true lender" rule proposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In their letter to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, the Senators emphasize that this proposed rule would serve as a boon to predatory lenders across the nation, harming vulnerable consumers who … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Online Platforms to Take Additional Measures to Stop Voting Related Misinformation and Disinformation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, along with 16 colleagues in sending a letter to Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and YouTube, urging executives to take further measures to stop voting related misinformation and disinformation. "As our country grapples with the spread of information designed to sow division and reduce Americans' … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds More Than $1 Million for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had awarded more than $1 million to Nevada organizations working to support trafficking victims. "I'm glad to see federal funds going to support survivors of modern-day slavery and exploitation. Survivors need stable places to live, meaningful work, and extensive support to cope with the trauma they've experienced. I'll continue working in the Senate to get more assistance to … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Nearly $9 Million in Grants for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $8,971,413 in grants for Nevada organizations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide clean water infrastructure, improve housing related safety, invest in trainings to assist local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and help the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's environmental programs. "I'm glad to see that Nevadans are receiving … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on DHS IG to Investigate Alleged Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and 37 colleagues calling on the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies and other egregious abuses at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga. "Forced sterilizations infringe on … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Praises Court Ruling on USPS, Urges DeJoy to Reverse Changes Immediately

Washington, D.C. - In response to the recent changes implemented at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and 13 of her Senate colleagues in an amicus brief supporting several states, including Nevada, that are suing the USPS. On September 17th, Judge Stanley Bastian of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington issued a decision to temporarily block the USPS from … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Washington, D.C. - U.S Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice and trailblazer of women's equality Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Justice Ginsburg was a pioneer, an icon and a fighter in every sense of the word. She earned a law degree while raising a toddler, fought for gender equality in countless male-dominated courtrooms and spent 27 years serving the American people on the nation's highest court. She has inspired countless … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins 42 Western Lawmakers in Calling for Increased Federal Funds to Support Comprehensive Wildfire Response and Recovery

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of the devastating wildfires and rangeland fires across the West, and U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) floor speech calling for more action to prevent and manage wildfires, the Senator joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with 7 Senators and 34 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a letter asking Senate and House leaders to replenish and increase funding for wildfire response and recovery. The letter called for funding in any … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Virtual Roundtable With Individuals From the Air Travel Industry in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today held a virtual roundtable with individuals who work in the airline and travel industries to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the airline industry. "I was glad to hear directly from those employed in the air travel industry who are working hard every day to keep passengers safe during this challenging time. The airline industry is struggling due to the pandemic, and … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Urge Trump to Work with Congress to Provide Emergency Rental Assistance, Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and 28 Senate colleagues in a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation that provides the emergency assistance and protections renters need to stay in their homes. Millions of children and youth are at risk of being evicted from their homes due to the Trump administration's refusal to support critical … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Resolution Honoring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution honoring the work and achievements of 539 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the country and designates the week of September 14 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. This week also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. "Nevada is home to four great Hispanic-Serving Institutions that play a key role in addressing the … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish celebration of the new year, which begins today and runs through sunset on Sunday. "I know that Nevadans of faith are finding new ways to mark and find joy in the High Holy Days at this time of uncertainty and transition. I hope you are able to refresh and renew treasured traditions so that you can celebrate, reflect, and turn … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Honor Emmett Till

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and 37 other Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bipartisan bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. In 1955, when he was fourteen years old, Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi, and his death sparked outrage and calls for justice that fueled the Civil Rights Movement. "Emmett Till had a … Continue Reading

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