Press Releases

July 27, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Include Wildfire Smoke as Eligible for Small Business Disaster Relief Loans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Small Business Wildfire Smoke Recovery Act to help small businesses whose operations are harmed by wildfire smoke. The legislation would amend the Small Business Act to ensure that small businesses are eligible for disaster relief if they are forced to close or limit hours due to wildfire smoke and unhealthy air quality. The Senator introduced this legislation after hearing from Nevada small businesses about … Continue Reading


July 26, 2022

On Senate Floor, Cortez Masto Calls Out Dark Money Groups for Lying to Nevadans About Her Legislation to Lower Drug Costs

"I'm standing up for Medicare, just like I always have. I'm pushing legislation to lower prescription drug costs for Nevadans and save Medicare almost $300 billion." "Seniors in Nevada and across the country can expect even stronger benefits under the legislation that I am working on." "I stand up to bullies. And when I was Attorney General, I was very proud that not only did I take on the Big Banks during the foreclosure crisis, but . . . I stood up to Big Pharma, suing Pfizer for millions … Continue Reading


July 22, 2022

After Years of Fighting Red Tape, Cortez Masto Tours Fulcrum BioEnergy to Celebrate the Start of Operations at Its New Sierra BioFuels Plant

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited Fulcrum BioEnergy's new Sierra BioFuels Plant in Storey County. For years, governmental red tape prevented this plant from launching operations, but as a result of advocacy by Senator Cortez Masto with both the Trump and Biden administrations, the plant will soon begin production. Cortez Masto's work has helped protect 120 permanent jobs and over 1,000 indirect jobs across Nevada. "Businesses like Fulcrum are … Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Help Nevada’s Servicemembers Obtain Affordable Housing

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored two bills with Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) to help servicemembers access affordable housing. These two pieces of legislation would update the method the Department of Defense (DoD) uses to calculate housing allowances and identify ways to increase homeownership for military families. "Our servicemembers sacrifice so much for our country, and it is our responsibility to do all we can to provide … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Over $2M to Increase the Number of Truck Drivers and Improve Public Safety

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that, thanks to a letter of support she wrote, The National Judicial College (NCJ) in Reno, Nevada has been awarded a grant of $2,182,033 for its work on the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Program. The NCJ provides education to judges and others in the court system so that only qualified drivers can earn a commercial license, which reduces crashes involving large trucks and buses and helps ensure America's … Continue Reading


July 20, 2022

Cortez Masto, Luján Introduce Bill to Support Nevada’s Clean-Energy Economy

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to support Nevada's clean-energy economy and the good-paying jobs it creates by funding regional research partnerships to develop and deploy new clean-energy technologies. The Regional Clean Energy Innovation Act would authorize a Regional Clean Energy Innovation Program at the Department of Energy (DOE) to award grants to public-private partnerships working on cutting-edge … Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Cortez Masto and Rosen Cosponsor Legislation to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in introducing the Expanding Access to Family Planning Act. The bill would protect access to critical reproductive health care services-like birth control, cancer screenings and more-by providing a consistent and strong source of funding for the Title X Family Planning Program. "Women should have control over … Continue Reading


July 18, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding to Teach Northern Paiute Language

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe will receive $299,198 from the Department of Health and Human Services to preserve and teach the Tribe's native language, the Northern Paiute language, also known as Paviotso. "I'm proud to announce this important grant, which will support the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe in its work to reinforce its rich cultural heritage," said Senator Cortez Masto. … Continue Reading


July 14, 2022

Republican Senator Blocks Cortez Masto, Murray Effort to Protect Right to Travel

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), sought unanimous consent to pass their bill to protect Americans' fundamental right to travel across state lines-but Republican Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) blocked the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022. The legislation would protect every woman's fundamental right to travel across state lines … Continue Reading


July 12, 2022

Cortez Masto, Whitehouse, Murray, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation to Protect the Right of Women to Cross State Lines to Seek Abortion Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a group of her Democratic colleagues, including Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), in introducing the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022. This legislation would make it crystal clear that it is illegal for anti-choice states to limit travel for abortion services and would empower … Continue Reading


July 08, 2022

Following Push from Senator Cortez Masto, Biden Administration Announces Executive Action to Protect Access to Reproductive Care and Women’s Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) has been leading calls for the Biden Administration to take bold executive action to protect access to reproductive care and improve the accessibility of birth control across the country. Last week, she sent a letter urging President Biden to stand up for women's reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and as Congressional Republicans make it clear they want to enact a nationwide abortion ban. Today, President … Continue Reading


July 05, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $900,000 for the Southern Nevada Water Authority

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that $900,500 they helped secure in the bipartisan infrastructure law is coming to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to fund restoration of the Las Vegas Wash. The wash helps to clean and conserve the urban runoff and wastewater that runs through the Las Vegas Valley into Lake Mead. Last week, the Senators introduced a bill to authorize an additional $25 million for the Las … Continue Reading


July 01, 2022

Cortez Masto, Bennet Call on HHS to Update Privacy Protections for Patients Seeking Abortion

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) called on the Biden Administration to update the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect the privacy of patients who receive abortions from infringement by law enforcement agencies. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Department of Health and Human … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Public Safety Officers and Their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) signed on to the bipartisan Public Safety Officer Support Act, introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), to support the families of officers who struggle with their mental health or who die due to trauma-linked suicides. The House companion to this legislation recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. "The families of law enforcement officers who die by suicide deserve … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1.9 Million for Affordable Housing in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLB-SF) has awarded $1.9 million to help build affordable housing in Nevada under the Affordable Housing Program. The Senator has repeatedly urged the Bank to do more to support affordable housing and community development in the state. "I've been working for a long time with the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco to make sure it's fulfilling its mission to invest … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1.49 Million in Funding to Support Low-Income and First-Generation UNLV Students Majoring In STEM

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) $1,499,136 to support the graduation of low-income and first-generation students studying in the STEM fields. Over its six-year duration, this project will fund 43 scholarships to support full time students who are pursuing bachelor's degrees in biological sciences. "Many students who are the first in their family to … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

House Passes Three Bipartisan Bills Cosponsored by Cortez Masto to Support Veterans’ Mental Health

Washington, D.C. - Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills championed in the Senate by U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) as part of a comprehensive veterans' mental health package called the Support the Resilience of Our Nation's Great (STRONG) Veterans Act. This bipartisan package now heads to the Senate, where Cortez Masto will work to pass it and send it to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Nevada's veterans sacrifice so much to defend our … Continue Reading


June 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Prevent Housing Discrimination Against Veterans, Working Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and other Senate colleagues in introducing the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 to protect veterans and working families from housing discrimination. Current law allows landlords to deny housing to individuals based on source of income, and many veterans and low-income families have reported discrimination when using vouchers to pay their rent. The Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 would … Continue Reading


June 28, 2022

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Take Bold Action to Protect Abortion Access

Washington, D.C. - This weekend, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and 31 Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to take bold action to protect reproductive rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and as Congressional Republicans make it clear they want to enact a nationwide abortion ban. "Now is the time for bold action to protect the right to an abortion. You have the power to … Continue Reading


June 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Cancer Screenings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led bicameral legislation with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to introduce the Screening for Communities to Receive Early and Equitable Needed Services (SCREENS) for Cancer Act to reauthorize the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), a lifesaving program that provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic … Continue Reading

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