Press Releases

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

August 11, 2023

PHOTO RELEASE: Cortez Masto Visits Lyon, Mineral, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties to Discuss Support for Rural Communities and Businesses

Tonopah, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her tour of Lyon, Mineral, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties, where she discussed her work to support Nevada’s farmers and ranchers, protect rural communities from flooding, fund vital conservation efforts at Walker Lake, and bolster critical mineral development in the state. “From our family farms to our mining industry, rural Nevada is helping drive our state’s … Continue Reading

August 11, 2023

Cortez Masto Visits Lyon County to Tour Flood Damage and Discuss Her Work to Support Recovery Efforts

Lyon County, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Lyon County Manager Andrew Haskin and Lyon County Commissioner David Hockaday to survey flood damage caused by record rain, snowfall, and snowmelt in the region. In the wake of unprecedented winter storms, Cortez Masto led the successful fight to get Lyon County a Major Disaster Declaration, which will provide the County with federal resources to repair damage and protect local businesses and … Continue Reading

August 11, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Program She Helped Create to Help Nevada Families Access Clean Energy, Lower Energy Costs

Tonopah, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) have finalized a program she helped create in the Inflation Reduction Act to assist low-income and Tribal communities across Nevada access solar energy and lower costs. The final rules include changes Cortez Masto pushed for to simplify the program’s application process and speed up the rollout of solar energy in … Continue Reading

August 10, 2023

Senator Cortez Masto Touts New Electric Vehicle Commission She Created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the launch of an Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) she created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to create a national strategy to better promote and deploy electric vehicles and clean-energy technology while supporting the good-paying jobs these industries create. This group will include electric vehicle (EV) industry experts and leaders from across the country. “Cleaner transportation is good for … Continue Reading

August 08, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Secures Housing Win With Updated Land Management Policy

In Case You Missed It, after repeated advocacy from Senator Cortez Masto, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced streamlined and improved guidance for building affordable housing on federal land under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.  Cortez Masto worked with local stakeholders and the Biden Administration to update this land management policy to help expand affordable housing options for Nevadans. Senator … Continue Reading

August 07, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $1.3 Million to Help Washoe Tribe Strengthen Energy Infrastructure and Invest in Clean Energy

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California will receive $1.3 million to modernize and strengthen their energy infrastructure and invest in clean energy. The funding comes from the Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants program, which was created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen both helped draft … Continue Reading

August 07, 2023

Cortez Masto, Mullin, Matsui, Johnson Introduce Legislation to Expand Access to Health IT for Behavioral Health Providers

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) introduced the Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT) Coordination Act to improve coordination of mental and physical health care by supporting behavioral health providers’ efforts to adopt health information technology (IT) systems. “Mental health is just as important as physical health, and … Continue Reading

August 03, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Updates to Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act to Make it Easier to Build Affordable Housing in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) have made updates the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act’s (SNPLMA) Affordable Housing Guidance to make it easier to build affordable housing units on federal land across Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto worked with local stakeholders in Las Vegas to repeatedly push for streamlined and improved … Continue Reading

August 03, 2023

In Las Vegas, Cortez Masto Meets with Advocates to Discuss Lack of Access to Birth Control & Her Bill Requiring Full Contraceptive Coverage

Las Vegas, Nev. –  Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with reproductive rights advocates and health care providers to discuss the need to ensure all Nevada women can access birth control without a prescription. Senator Cortez Masto and participants talked about the barriers Nevada women still face to access and afford contraceptives, and she highlighted her legislation to require insurers to fully cover the cost of over-the-counter birth … Continue Reading

August 02, 2023

Cortez Masto Tours Boulder City Airport, Discuss Investments She Secured to Improve Infrastructure and Construct Air Traffic Control Tower

Boulder City, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Boulder City Airport to discuss federal funding she’s secured to improve infrastructure and safety at the airport.  “From making sure the airport can get the funding it needs to build a new air traffic control tower to delivering grants to keep their runways up-to-date, I’ve fought to help the Boulder City Airport make infrastructure upgrades and keep travelers … Continue Reading

July 28, 2023

Legislation Championed by Cortez Masto to Build More Affordable Housing for Tribes in Nevada Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after bipartisan legislation she supported to lower housing costs for Tribal communities passed the Senate. The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) is the main source of federal funding to support Native American housing programs. This legislation will ensure we can continue to serve Tribal communities through 2032.  “We need to make sure … Continue Reading

July 27, 2023

Cortez Masto Passes Annual Defense Bill With Critical Measures to Crack Down on Fentanyl, Support Service Members and Nevada Military Installations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2024 in the Senate with strong support for U.S. service members, Nevadans, and allies who are critical for American national security. The defense bill includes legislation she cosponsored to restrict the fentanyl supply chain as well as funding for Nevada military installations, pay raises for service members, and measures to stand up … Continue Reading

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