Press Releases

August 28, 2020

Virtual Nevada Tour 2020: Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable Conversation with Local Conservation Leaders

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with Nevada conservation leaders on her work to pass the recently enacted Great American Outdoors Act, which will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). "From Lake Tahoe to the Great Basin National Park, without a doubt Nevada has some of the most beautiful landmarks our country has to offer. It's important for us to permanently fund the Land and Water … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $2.6 Million in HHS Grants for Health and Research

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced two U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants totaling $2,606,543. The first grant of $1,978,941 was awarded to the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. The second grant of $627,602 is awarded to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for oral diseases and disorders research. "I'm proud to announce a new round of HHS … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Virtual Nevada Tour 2020: Cortez Masto Visits Storey, Pershing Counties as Part of Her Virtual Nevada Tour

Las Vegas, Nev. - This week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is participating in a virtual tour of all of Nevada's 17 counties, meeting via teleconference with community officials and government representatives, and attending virtual tours of local businesses and non-profits. Today, Senator Cortez Masto attended a virtual tour of the Virginia City Boardwalk. She also had a conversation with officials in Pershing County and the City of Lovelock about how they are using … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Administration to Ensure Timely Delivery of Medication to Seniors

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on Administrator Seema Verma of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to ensure that seniors receive prescription medication on time in the face of ongoing delays at the United States Postal Service. "The recent changes implemented by the Postmaster General that have slowed mail delivery across the country will unquestionably impact the timely delivery of … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Historic Preservation Grant Funding for Nevada Northern Railway

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced $487,160 in grant funding to help the Nevada Northern Railway repair their iconic Locomotive No. 40, the "Queen of Steam". The grant funding was awarded by the Save America's Treasures grant program through the Historic Preservation Fund. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter in support of this grant. "The Nevada Northern Railway is one of the premier historic railroads in the country, offering everything from rides … Continue Reading


August 27, 2020

Cortez Masto Discusses Investor Protections During Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) yesterday joined representatives from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as Nevada Securities Administrator Erin Houston to discuss how investors can manage investments and protect themselves from fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I was glad to get a chance to join regulators at the state and federal levels today working hard to make sure investors are protected … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Virtual Nevada Tour 2020: Cortez Masto Visits Carson City, Douglas and Lyon Counties as Part of Her Virtual Nevada Tour

Las Vegas, Nev. - This week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is participating in a virtual tour of all of Nevada's 17 counties, meeting via teleconference with community officials and government representatives, and attending virtual tours of local businesses and non-profits. Today, the Senator spoke with elected officials from Carson City and Douglas and Lyon counties and conducted virtual tours of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum in Carson City and Peri and … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Requests Information from State and Local Election Officials on the Impact of Delays on Election Mail and Other Postal Service Changes

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and five congressional colleagues in a letter to state election officials requesting information on the impact of delays to election mail, delivery time and prices for election mail, any changes made to state requirements in light of election mail delays and other important information for investigating operational and … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Virtual Nevada Tour 2020: Cortez Masto Holds Virtual Meeting With Nevada Veterans

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met by teleconference with Welcoming All Veterans Everywhere (WAVE) to discuss challenges that Nevada's rural veterans are facing throughout the state. "I am grateful for today's virtual conversation to discuss issues facing veterans across Nevada. At a difficult time for all Americans, I want to make sure that the those who have served their country get the support they need, from medical … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Nearly $100,000 to Address Microplastics in Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $97,000 for projects to address microplastic pollution in Lake Tahoe. "I'm delighted to see these funds go to studying the problem of microplastics at Lake Tahoe, and supporting the excellent research of scientists and community leaders working to address it. I'll keep working in the U.S. Senate to keep Lake Tahoe's waters clean and support the communities … Continue Reading


August 26, 2020

On 19th Amendment’s Centennial, Cortez Masto Honors Women’s Equality Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement on Women's Equality Day, which this year falls on the hundredth anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution granting women the right to vote. "The Nineteenth Amendment marked a turning point in U.S. history, opening the door for women to participate more fully in the political process. Like other landmarks in our history, it created … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted the first-ever virtual and 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, entitled "Resilient Tahoe." During the virtual summit, Senator Cortez Masto was joined by members of Nevada's and California's congressional delegations, governors, front-line workers, tribal members, scientists and conservationists. The summit focused on the success of public-private partnerships to protect Lake Tahoe and convened discussions on the challenges … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Remarks at Virtual Tahoe Summit

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today delivered remarks at the first-ever virtual and 24th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, highlighting the importance of maintaining the lake's resilience and strengthening the communities that depend on it. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. We gather today, as we have each year for nearly a quarter century, to rededicate ourselves to working together to protect this incredible lake and the life that depends on it. As … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $444,000 NIH Grant Award for University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases award of $444,540 to the University of Nevada Las Vegas for Allergy, Immunology & Transplantation research. "The University of Nevada Las Vegas is one of the nation's top public research institutions thanks to the pioneering work conducted by its faculty and students. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Virtual Legislative Briefing on Bills to Ban Oil and Gas Drilling on the Ruby Mountains, Prohibit Oil and Gas Speculation on Low Potential Lands

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a virtual legislative briefing with national and Nevada stakeholders on the status of her End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act and Ruby Mountains Protection Act. During the legislative briefing, Senator Cortez Masto heard from large retailers like Patagonia, Nevada outdoor guides and other small business owners, local government officials, Tribal leaders, representatives from state agencies and advocates on the … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Interior Secretary Bernhardt to Remove Pendley As Leader of Bureau of Land Management

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to remove William Perry Pendley from his position leading the Bureau of Land Management. The Senators also call on the President to nominate a qualified director for consideration through the regular confirmation process. Following a letter from the Democratic Caucus to … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Ahead of 24th Annual Tahoe Summit, Cortez Masto Announces New RTC Pilot Program to Provide Public Transit Between Reno-Sparks and Lake Tahoe

Las Vegas, Nev. - Ahead of tomorrow's first-ever virtual and 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a new pilot program by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County to sustainably connect the Reno-Sparks community with Lake Tahoe. The program, which is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2021, will allow people in the Reno-Sparks area to book public transit trips to Lake Tahoe on an RTC FlexRIDE vehicle. "This exciting new … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Press for Accurate 2020 Census Count for Native Communities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and 18 Senate Democrats in urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to honor their previously announced 2020 Census completion date to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community. The letter urges the Trump administration to reverse its decision to end the census collection period on September 30th instead of the … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $900,000 in HHS Grants to Improve Quality of Life for Nevada Families

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced two grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) totaling $902,720. The first grant of $155,150 was awarded to the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division for their Lifespan Respite Care Integration and Sustainability Program which coordinates systems of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of children and adults of all ages with special needs. … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Postal Service Address Delivery Delays of Veterans’ Prescription Drugs

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and 29 of her colleagues in sending a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie demanding immediate action following reports of significant delays in veterans' prescription medications through the U.S. … Continue Reading

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