Press Releases

August 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Fights for Worker Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and congressional colleagues in cosponsoring the Every Worker Protection Act. This bill would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to all those working during the pandemic to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus. "Countless Nevadans are working on the front lines during this health crisis without maximum … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces $619,000 HHS Grant for the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a $619,660 Preventative Health and Human Services block grant awarded to the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Grant funding will enable DHHS to address prioritized public health needs in the state of Nevada. "The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has done a great job protecting the health of Nevada families in its response to the current health care crisis. This new grant … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands More Support for Nevadans Facing Eviction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor about the looming eviction crisis in Nevada and across the country. She called on the Senate to pass meaningful legislation to help renters and homeowners stay in their homes and get financial support paying their rents or mortgages. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as delivered: When I'm talking to constituents in Nevada, they look at Washington … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Presses White House to Restore Full Funding for National Guard’s COVID-19 Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 33 U.S. Senators, led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), in a letter asking President Trump to restore full funding to states, including Nevada, for the National Guard forces responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the President reduced FEMA reimbursement for National Guard units from 100 percent to 75 percent, with no explanation, and with the unexplained exception of Florida and Texas. Since March, National … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Majority Leader McConnell to Protect At-Risk Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recently joined 42 Senate colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader McConnell to protect at-risk Americans in the next COVID-19 pandemic relief package. The Senators are pushing for Congress to affirm its commitment to securing the health and well-being of older adults, people with disabilities, children, Indian Tribes, communities of color, and low-income families. The letter advocates for strengthening Medicaid, improving the … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $4.5 Million in Federal Funding for Nevada Children and Education Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $2,605,791 to support child health and wellness programs in Northern Nevada and that the Department of Education has awarded $2,369,676 to Nevada institutions of higher education to fund student support services and promote academic development. "These grant funds will help support Nevada education programs from early childhood interventions to higher … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $4 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Washoe County Public Transportation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $4,080,000 in Department of Transportation (DoT) grant funding for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe Country (RTC Washoe) to upgrade its public bus fleet. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter in support of this grant award. "As Nevadans safely return to work, this grant funding will help ensure Washoe County's public transportation infrastructure has the resources it needs to make upgrades, and health and … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Cortez Masto, Wyden Introduce Bill to Improve Emergency Response to Mental Health Crises

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) proposed a new bill to help states adopt mobile crisis response teams that can be dispatched when a person is experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder (SUD) crisis instead of immediately involving law enforcement. "For individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, the assistance of trained health care and social workers is more effective than interventions from law enforcement in … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $7 Million Initiative to Prevent Domestic Violence and Aid Survivors in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that the Department of Justice, through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is awarding nearly $7 million in grant funding to assist law enforcement agencies, tribes, victims of domestic violence, and local and state government in Nevada in combating domestic and sexual violence. The grant awards will fall under the title "Project … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Fights to Provide Mental Health Care for American Indian & Alaska Native Youth During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) recently joined U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Senate colleagues in demanding accessible, comprehensive, and culturally competent mental health care and related services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth during the coronavirus pandemic. "We must act quickly to ensure that Tribes, Native communities, and the schools serving Native students - whether at the early childhood, primary, secondary, or … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the monumental Voting Rights Act into law in 1965. "Representative John Lewis often reminded us that the right to vote was democracy's most precious, powerful tool. Yet until President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law 55 years ago, millions of Black, Latino, Asian and Native Americans were shut out of the … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Celebrates Senate Passage of Olympics Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the Senate's passage, by unanimous consent, of the bipartisan Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act. Senator Cortez Masto is a proud cosponsor of this legislation that will improve oversight and accountability at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee so that athletes are better protected against sexual abuse and intimidation. "The passage of this legislation will help hold the U.S. Olympic & … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls for More Support for Schools, Broadband During Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor about the need to support schools in upcoming coronavirus legislation. She also emphasized the importance of funding critical broadband access at a time of social distancing. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: In a couple of weeks, students in Nevada and around the country are going to begin their studies again. I want … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Help School Nutrition Programs Best Serve Students through Upcoming School Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Child Nutrition Relief Act to extend waiver authorities for school nutrition rules granted to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the upcoming school year. These waivers for school nutrition programs, originally granted in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, have provided school districts in Nevada and across the country with the flexibility to deliver meal services to kids even when schools are … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Urgent Need for More Funding for States, Cities, and Tribes During Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor about the need for funding to address critical shortfalls in state, local, and tribal government budgets. She called on Senate colleagues to pass additional coronavirus legislation to help governments pay for essential first responders, health care, education, and other critical services. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are available in VIDEO FORMAT. Below are her remarks as prepared for … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Fund Virtual Peer Support Behavioral Health Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Virtual Peer Support Act to help boost the capacity of peer behavioral health support programs by transitioning them to an online setting. Specifically, this bill would provide $50 million in grants through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to eligible organizations to fund the implementation of new virtual peer support programs and the expansion of existing online services to … Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Coronavirus Relief Package Negotiators to Ensure Arbitration Clauses are Not Attached to Needed Relief Payments for Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and fellow Democratic Banking and Finance Committee members in a letter to Senate Leadership urging for the next COVID-19 stimulus package to prohibit the Federal Government from attaching forced arbitration agreements to any form of benefit payments to Americans. Last March, the pre-paid debit cards IRS sent to four million Americans, loaded with CARES Act stimulus payments, also contained a … Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $300,000 to Support Nevada Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $300,000 to the Nevada System of Higher Education in Reno to fund a response to the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. "These funds will go to help Nevada businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technology, training, and research to retrain workers, adapt business plans, and develop new … Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Address Mental Health Equity and Access for Communities of Color

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led a group of Senate colleagues in introducing the Mental Health Equity Act of 2020 to address the issues of suicide and mental health in youth with a focus on those in socially and economically disadvantaged communities. Senator Cortez Masto recently introduced a bicameral resolution to designate July as BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month. The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. … Continue Reading


August 03, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues to McConnell: Immigrants Are Essential and Deserve Support in Coronavirus Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 24 of their colleagues in a letter urging Majority Leader McConnell to support tax-paying immigrant families who have Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) by ensuring they have access to economic relief payments provided in the CARES Act and any future coronavirus relief package. An estimated 20 million immigrants work in essential industries. These … Continue Reading

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