Press Releases

December 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her cosponsorship of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 and voicing her support for Congress to finally pass anti-lynching legislation: "Congress has for too long failed to designate lynching as an illegal hate crime. This legislation would allow Congress to finally stand up for justice for all those murdered in the name of hate and racism, and to begin to right the wrongs … Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Auto Industry, American Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the American Cars, American Jobs Act, legislation that will support the auto industry and keep auto jobs in the United States. The bill will give consumers a $3,500 voucher towards the purchase of a vehicle produced primarily in the U.S. or Canada and revoke tax breaks for auto manufacturers that send jobs overseas. It was introduced by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "The American Cars, American Jobs Act will … Continue Reading


December 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of President George H. W. Bush. "President Bush was a proud statesman, honored veteran, and man of principle who dedicated his life to serving the American people. He will be remembered not only as a pragmatic and committed leader, but as a dedicated father, husband, brother, and friend. Paul and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bush family during this … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Cortez Masto, Rosen: Keep Yucca Mountain Funding out of Future Funding Bills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator-elect Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) today sent a letter to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Vice Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urging them to oppose any efforts and funding requests to restart the licensing process for Yucca Mountain in the FY19 … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Cortez Masto: On World AIDS Day We Recognize Achievements, Rededicate Ourselves to Goal of Achieving an AIDS Free Generation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released this statement today to mark World AIDS Day, which falls on Saturday, December 1st: "World AIDS Day is a time for us all to reflect and recognize the achievements we've made on the path to realizing an AIDS free generation while also rededicating ourselves to the work we still have left to do to fight the AIDS epidemic worldwide. AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 51% since their peak in 2004 and yet in 2017, … Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $16.7 Million DOJ Relief for 1October Survivors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Justice's decision to award $16.7 million, through its Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), to individuals impacted by the 1October Massacre. "More than a year after the Las Vegas shooting that took the lives of 58 individuals and injured hundreds more, my hometown and those directly affected are still recovering from wounds that are both visible and invisible. The DOJ's grant … Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges Passage of Savanna’s Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today called for passage of Savanna's Act, in light of a recent report that identified over 500 cases of missing or murdered Native women across 71 American cities. Savanna's Act was introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senator Cortez Masto. "The voices of hundreds of Native women and girls have been tragically silenced, and it's time for Congress to … Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution to Oppose Privatization of the Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan resolution led by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) that would make clear Congress' opposition to privatizing the United States Postal Service (USPS). "The United States Postal Service - the highest rated government agency in the country - has been integral to connecting rural and urban communities, and serving the needs of hundreds of thousands of businesses," said Cortez Masto. "Any plan to privatize … Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Remarks in Opposition to Kathy Kraninger as CFPB Director

As a faithful disciple of Mick Mulvaney, the architect behind this Administration's plan to destroy the CFPB from the inside out, Kraninger will continue crippling its power to protect American consumers The next director of the CFPB will be called upon to make a choice…to stand aside and allow powerful special interests to call the shots in our country's financial system…or to fight for families who want a fair and affordable loan to buy a car, home or college education for … Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

At Aging Committee Hearing, Cortez Masto Introduces Nevadan Barbara Buckley to Discuss Guardianship Reform

Washington, D.C. - At an Aging Committee Hearing entitled, "Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans," Cortez Masto introduced Barbara Buckley, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Ms. Buckley led sweeping reforms of the guardianship system in Nevada to protect seniors from abuse. "We are fortunate enough today to hear and have Barbara Buckley, who is not only a friend of mine, but was one of the … Continue Reading


November 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978. Prior to the passage of the ICWA, studies had shown that a significant number of Native American children were being separated from their families by state child welfare and adoption agencies. Since its enactment, the rate has been reduced from 85 percent to 56 percent. "The ICWA was enacted to address the staggering and … Continue Reading


November 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds EPA Grant to Reduce Diesel Vehicle Pollution in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for awarding $412,457 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). The funds will be used to support Clark County School District's (CCSD) plans to replace 17 older diesel school buses with new 2019 buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. "I applaud the EPA and the State of Nevada's combined … Continue Reading


November 16, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Recognize Native American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in introducing a Senate resolution marking November as Native American Heritage Month. "Native American Heritage Month is a time for all of us to celebrate the immense economic, cultural and political contributions that Native Americans have made to our … Continue Reading


November 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Resettlement Process for Unaccompanied Children, Protect Sponsors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Families Not Facilities Act, legislation that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information gathered from unaccompanied immigrant children to detain and deport their prospective sponsors. The legislation would also redirect ICE funding to programs that would provide for the safety and welfare of unaccompanied children. The bill was introduced by Senators Kamala Harris … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Remarks Honoring Reno Health Care Advocate Emily Fay Reese

She was a Battle Born woman and she bore her fight against cancer and for healthcare for every American with grace, dignity, and courage Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor to honor her friend and courageous advocate for protecting healthcare for every Nevadan, Emily Fay Reese, from Reno. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: I rise today to honor my dear friend, Emily Fay Reese, who passed away on November 3rd at age 44 after … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $450,000 NTIA Grant Award to Assist Nevada’s Implementation of Public Safety Broadband Network

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for awarding the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety in Carson City, Nevada $450,000 to assist in identifying, planning, and implementing the operation of a public safety broadband network, titled FirstNet, in the region. "In times of crisis, the use of innovative technology can improve timely and reliable … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Encourages Nevadans to Get Covered During ACA Open Enrollment

"Too often, unexpected medical bills can cause financial hardship or even lead to bankruptcy. Nevadans shouldn't be forced to decide between paying for their medical bills and putting food on the table." "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Nevadans can purchase affordable, comprehensive health insurance plans on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange and coverage is available at a reduced or no cost for most families." Washington, D.C. - As open enrollment season kicks into full gear, … Continue Reading


November 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Grant to Help Senior Veterans Live Independently

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded Senior Corps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, for awarding $450,000 to the Jewish Family Service Agency in Las Vegas. This grant award will fund volunteer support for 150 senior veterans in Southern Nevada, helping them build and maintain independent living skills, including meal preparation, self-care, and medication compliance. "Americans are forever indebted to our veterans for their … Continue Reading


November 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Veterans Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, November 11th. "On Veterans Day, we are reminded of the thousands of Nevadans, and millions of Americans, who have put their lives on the line to protect and defend our freedom. As veterans of the United States Army, my father and grandfathers taught my sister and I the values of hard work, integrity, and respect as well as reminded … Continue Reading


November 08, 2018

Cortez Masto: New Asylum Rule Targets Central Americans Fleeing Violence

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to a new Trump Administration rule to restrict asylum eligibility for individuals who make unauthorized entry into the United States from Mexico. "This refugee ban is just the latest example of the Trump Administration targeting immigrants and refugees of color. From ripping children from the arms of their parents, to trying to deport hardworking TPS families living and working in our … Continue Reading

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