Press Releases

July 18, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Congressman John Lewis

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.-05). Congressman Lewis served in the United States House of Representatives for 30 years and was a leader in the civil rights movement, organizing the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Congressman Lewis was also an original Freedom Rider in 1961, a principal speaker at the March on Washington in 1963 and one of the many peaceful protestors … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Cortez Masto: GAO Report Shows Administration’s Negligence Toward Migrant Children’s Health

Las Vegas, Nev. - Following the deaths of migrant children in the custody of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine the facility conditions for children who are detained by CBP. The GAO report found CBP does not follow its own guidelines for medical care for migrant children and ignored the recommendations from … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Discussion with Northern Nevada’s Special Events Industry Leaders Navigating the Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Northern Nevada professionals in the special events industry to discuss the ramifications COVID-19 has had on their companies and organizations. During the video call, the Senator acknowledged the importance of the special events sector to Northern Nevada's economy and the specific challenges many Northern Nevada non-profit organizations have faced accessing federal aid. She also discussed the work she is doing in the … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Briefing on the Importance of Broadband to Nevadans During Coronavirus Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a virtual briefing on the importance of fast, reliable internet connectivity in Nevada, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. During the conversation, panelists discussed real examples of broadband challenges and opportunities in online education and telehealth, and community members described their experiences with broadband projects throughout the state of Nevada. "Like Americans all over the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Meets with Nevada Director of COVID-19 Response, Discusses Nevada’s Needs in Next Relief Package

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Caleb Cage, Nevada Director of COVID-19 Response, to discuss the work the Silver State is doing in coordination with local, tribal and federal entities to combat coronavirus. They also discussed the specific support that Nevada needs from Congress in the next coronavirus relief package. "I'm proud of Nevada's coordinated and comprehensive coronavirus response and all the state is doing to save lives, protect our most … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Administration Comply with the Supreme Court’s DACA Decision

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and 33 colleagues in a letter sent to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calling on the Trump Administration to immediately comply with the Supreme Court's decision rejecting the Administration's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and requiring the Administration to reopen DACA for new applicants. "There is no indication that … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Awards of $1.5 Million for Affordable Housing in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco awarded $1,570,000 to four affordable housing projects in Nevada, which will go to build or renovate 196 apartments. The funds, which Senator Cortez Masto advocated for, are given out through the Bank's Affordable Housing Program and are awarded through a competitive application process to Bank members working with housing developers or community organizations to create … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto and the Nevada Delegation Call for Extension of Nevada National Guard’s Coronavirus Response Efforts

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Nevada's Congressional delegation, including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev), Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02), Congressman Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), in a bipartisan letter to President Trump asking him to extend the 502(f)(2)(A) of Title 32 funding authorization for the Nevada National Guard through December 31, 2020. This extension will … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $53 Million in Additional HHS Grants Awarded to Healthcare Providers in Nevada Impacted by COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a total of $53,270,816 in grant funding awarded to health care providers in Nevada by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The new funding provides $47,480,089 for safety net hospitals that serve vulnerable populations and $5,790,727 for specialty providers in small metropolitan areas and urban hospitals with rural Medicare … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Mnuchin and Powell to Provide Greater Financial Assistance to State and Local Governments

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell and Department of Treasury (Treasury) Secretary Steve Mnuchin urging that they provide greater financial assistance to state and local governments in the current economic downturn. The letter notes the importance of aggressive Fed and Treasury efforts to help cash-strapped state and local … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Nevada LGBTQ Leaders, Urges Trump Administration to Rescind Anti-LGBTQ Policies

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a phone conversation with LGBTQ leaders from across Nevada to discuss their ongoing efforts to advocate for Nevada's LGBTQ community and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQ individuals. During the call, the Senator also highlighted her letters urging the Trump Administration to rescind their anti-LGBTQ policies in light of the Supreme Court's recent affirmation that federal civil rights protections apply to gay, … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Fix for Provision Blocking Nevada from Receiving Over $3 Million to Help Address Economic Impacts of COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) expressing serious concern with a "maximum allotment" provision that is significantly limiting the amount of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act relief funds that can be awarded to smaller states through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, including over $3.6 million in CSGB funding for Nevada. In … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 95 Senate and House colleagues in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. universities this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply with the … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Administration to Combat Drone Incursions in Wildfire Response

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson, U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director William Perry Pendley requesting an update on interagency efforts to inform the public about the dangers of flying drones near active wildfires. Drone incursions in the airspace surrounding wildfires can cause aerial firefighting tools to be grounded, limiting the … Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces New Bill to Help More Small Businesses Access SBA Loans

Las Vegas, Nevada - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) in introducing new legislation that will help more small businesses access flexible Small Business Administration (SBA) funding to cover their operational costs and stay open.The legislation will make key updates to the economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) program, including cutting the interest rate to 1 percent, raising the cap on maximum loan amounts, adding a new EIDL advance for hard … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on SCOTUS Ruling Allowing Employers to Opt Out of ACA’s No-Cost Birth Control Requirement

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump Administration's efforts to expand the number of employers who can refuse to provide free birth control for their workers despite the Affordable Care Act mandate. "Since his first day in office, President Trump has been intent on gutting women's health care and reproductive freedoms. I'm disappointed that today's decision allows the Administration … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Protect the Post Office

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in cosponsoring a resolution outlining the importance of the U.S. Postal Service and urging increased funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to help the key agency offset losses incurred due to the pandemic. The resolution also makes clear that the USPS should not be forced to reduce its services, close post office facilities, or excessively raise rates. "The U.S. Postal Service is a … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Homeowners, Renters Struggling Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in introducing the Coronavirus Housing Counseling Improvement Act, legislation that would expand access to critical information, assistance programs and services for millions of families struggling to remain in their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. Specifically, this legislation would provide $700 million for NeighborWorks to support housing counseling services … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $400,000 Grant to the Western Nevada Development District for Economic Recovery

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the Department of Commerce has awarded $400,000 to the Western Nevada Development District (WNDD) to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic and drive economic development planning going forward. "Nevada has been one of the hardest-hit states in the nation in terms of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our citizens and small business owners," said … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Raises Concerns About Tribes Being Denied Access to Critical Federal COVID-19 Data

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) in a letter calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to clarify their policies and practices regarding Tribal epidemiology centers' (TECs) access to disease surveillance data, … Continue Reading

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