Press Releases

September 07, 2023

Cortez Masto, Cornyn Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Human Trafficking at Transit Hubs

Washington, D.C. - Today , U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) reintroduced legislation to help airports, bus stations, and other transit hubs identify signs of human trafficking, engage in public awareness campaigns, and provide support to victims and survivors through the U.S. Department of Transportation. This legislation is modeled on successful human trafficking prevention policies in the state of Nevada. “Human trafficking survivors are often … Continue Reading

September 07, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights New Funding to Combat Drought From Her Water Recycling Program

Cortez Masto created this program in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help Nevada and other western communities combat drought. Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Interior launched a large-scale water recycling program that Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) created and passed as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Overall, the program will provide a total of $450 million for projects to combat drought and protect the water supply of millions of Americans living … Continue Reading

September 07, 2023

Senator Cortez Masto Calls for FTC to Crack Down on Fraudulent Business Impersonation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan calling for new protections for small businesses in the wake of a concerning uptick in fraudulent business impersonation. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01) also joined the letter. Business impersonation fraud causes significant economic … Continue Reading

September 06, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights Grant She Secured to Kick Off Nevada-Based Lithium Manufacturing Facility & Create Clean Energy Jobs

Senator Cortez Masto secured funding for American Battery Technology Company through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create clean energy jobs in battery manufacturing and recycling. Washington, D.C. - Through her Innovation State Initiative, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) has kicked off a multi-year project to design, construct, and operate it first commercial-scale lithium hydroxide manufacturing facility in … Continue Reading

September 06, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Calls for Worker Protections from Extreme Heat with Southern Nevada Union Members

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is leading efforts to protect workers during extreme heat conditions. Last week she joined Executive Secretary-Treasurer Vince Saavedra of Southern Nevada Building Trades Union (SNBTU) and union members at a local construction site to discuss her legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace. KNPR: Nevada senator introduces bill on heat-related work … Continue Reading

September 01, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $3.2 Million to Support Critical Water Infrastructure Upgrades in Carlin

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the City of Carlin will receive a $3.2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan to help the City make vital repairs to their wastewater treatment system, including replacing aging pipes and equipment. The funding will also help replace over five miles of sewer and 50 manhole covers in the area. “This investment will help the City of Carlin create new construction jobs and make … Continue Reading

August 30, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights Efforts to Protect Nevada Workers During Extreme Heat

Las Vegas, Nev. - With the Las Vegas Valley continuing to experience record-setting high temperatures, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Executive Secretary-Treasurer Vince Saavedra of Southern Nevada Building Trades Union (SNBTU) and union members at a local construction site to discuss her urgent fight to protect workers during extreme heat conditions. Senator Cortez Masto is leading legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat … Continue Reading

August 29, 2023

Cortez Masto Visits West Wendover, Discusses Work to Support Community with Mayor and City Manager

West Wendover, Nev. - On Friday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited West Wendover and spoke with Mayor Jasie Holm and City Manager Chris Melville about her work to support the city. Senator Cortez Masto has secured over $1.8 million in federal funding to help both the West Wendover Police Department and the West Wendover Clinic purchase vital new equipment and to support road improvements and business development opportunities downtown. She is working with the city to secure … Continue Reading

August 29, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Feinstein, Padilla Advocate for Reno to Receive Upgraded Aircraft for Firefighting Efforts

Reno Is One Of Eight Candidates Eligible to Receive C-130J Aircraft for the Nevada Air National Guard’s Firefighting Mission Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Director of the Air National Guard urging them to select Reno to receive C-130J aircraft, a newer and more capable plane which the Nevada Air National Guard can use … Continue Reading

August 28, 2023

Cortez Masto & Las Vegas Metro Police Discuss Joint Efforts to Crack Down on Xylazine, Fentanyl

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today , U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez (D-Nev.) joined Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMD) Deputy Chief Nick Farese to deliver a community update on their targeted efforts to fight the spread of illicit drugs in Southern Nevada, including her work to crack down on fentanyl trafficking and the illicit use of xylazine. Cortez Masto has been working to combat the rise of illicit drugs since she was Nevada’s Attorney General, when she worked with law enforcement … Continue Reading

August 25, 2023

Cortez Masto Visits Nevada Businesses and Communities in Pershing, Humboldt, Lander, Eureka and Elko Counties

West Wendover, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spent the week in Pershing, Humboldt, Lander, Eureka, and Elko Counties to meet with rural Nevadans and discuss her work to support their communities, families, and businesses. Cortez Masto has now visited all seventeen Nevada counties this year. “Every year, I make an effort to visit all seventeen Nevada counties because I know how important our rural communities are to our state’s economy and culture,” said Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

August 24, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights Wildfire Prevention and Recovery Efforts During Lamoille Canyon Tour

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez (D-Nev.) joined the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and local firefighters for a tour of Lamoille Canyon five years after a devastating fire burned 9,000 acres in the area in 2018. Cortez Masto discussed her efforts to support federal firefighters and fund wildfire prevention and recovery programs across the state, including restoring Lamoille Canyon. She recently secured $57 million in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help reduce wildfire risk and … Continue Reading

August 23, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Biden Administration to Protect Nevada’s Ruby Mountains

Winnemucca, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) are calling on the Biden administration to prohibit oil and gas leasing in the Ruby Mountains and the neighboring Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge, also referred to as the “Ruby Marshes.” In a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the senators urged the administration to formally withdraw approximately 350,000 acres in Northern Nevada’s Ruby Mountains and Ruby Marshes from mineral leasing. They have … Continue Reading

August 22, 2023

Cortez Masto Joins Community Leaders to Highlight Historic Investments to Improve Broadband in Lovelock and Pershing County

Lovelock, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined USDA Rural Development Director Lucas Ingvoldstad, Lovelock Mayor Mike Giles, Pershing County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Heidi Lusby, Pershing County Commissioner Shayla Hudson, and representatives from Kromer Investments and Uprise Fiber in Lovelock to discuss her efforts to improve broadband access in rural Nevada, including a recent $27.1 million grant she helped secure for Lovelock and the … Continue Reading

August 21, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Helps Mental Health Provider Keep Its Doors Open, Protecting Mental Health Services for 4,000 Nevadans

In Case You Missed It, Senator Cortez Masto helped Bridge Counseling Associates (BCA) cut through red tape at the IRS and keep its doors open, protecting more than 4,000 Nevadans who rely on BCA to get the care they need. One of the oldest and largest mental health providers, BCA was hard hit by the COVID pandemic, but they were able to keep their doors open and their employees paid thanks to a refundable tax credit for eligible businesses. When Cortez Masto learned they were struggling to … Continue Reading

August 18, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights Support for Local AAPI Small Business Leaders at Roundtable and Ribbon Cutting

Las Vegas, Nev. - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto met with 16 local AAPI small business owners and community leaders to discuss her efforts to support Las Vegas’ growing AAPI business community and highlight federal resources available to help these businesses grow. The discussion and grand opening celebration took place at Taps & Barrels, a new AAPI-owned craft beer taproom owned by Ming Liu, a Las Vegas resident and UNLV College of Hospitality alum. “Nevada’s small businesses are the … Continue Reading

August 15, 2023

Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen Announce Grant Funding for Tribal Communities in Nevada

Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $825,549 in grant funding to help four Tribes in Nevada protect the environment and combat climate change. This funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will support environmental programs on Tribal land, including efforts to implement climate change response plans, reduce emissions, and improve the water quality of local rivers, lakes, and streams. “This grant … Continue Reading

August 14, 2023

Cortez Masto and Local Law Enforcement Discuss Efforts to Combat Illegal Drug Activity

Reno, Nev. – Today, U.S.Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, and Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Oliver Miller to provide a community update on their joint efforts to combat the spread of illicit, dangerous drugs in Northern Nevada. Cortez Masto and local law enforcement leaders outlined the steps they are taking to improve public safety. Cortez Masto has been working to crack down on illicit drugs … Continue Reading

August 14, 2023

Cortez Masto Kicks Off Nevada State AFL-CIO 2023 Constitutional Convention

Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary Treasurer of Nevada State AFL-CIO, Liz Sorenson, President of Nevada State AFL-CIO, and union workers from across Nevada at the Nevada State AFL-CIO 2023 Constitutional Convention in Reno. The proud daughter of a Teamster, Cortez Masto discussed her work in the Senate to stand up for Nevada’s working families. “Nevada’s working families are the backbone of our … Continue Reading

August 11, 2023

Cortez Masto Highlights Efforts to Protect Nevada Water Resources at Walker Lake

Hawthorne, Nev. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined conservation leaders at Walker Lake to tour the Basin and discuss her support for this unique desert lake. Last month, she secured $31 million in grant funding to protect Walker Lake, building upon legislation she wrote and passed to extend the Desert Terminal Lakes Restoration program. “Walker Lake is a cultural and economic cornerstone for Nevada and Tribal communities, and I’m working to protect it for … Continue Reading

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