Press Releases

June 22, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces $1.6 Million for Health Programs to Support Local Communities of Color

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced the City of Las Vegas would receive $1.67 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund efforts to improve health outcomes in communities of color. Specifically, the funds will support health education and literacy programs to train providers to respond to the needs of Nevada's disenfranchised communities and help underserved Nevadans find, understand, and use health care information on … Continue Reading

June 21, 2021

PSA: On Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, Cortez Masto Highlights Resources for Nevadans, Advocates for Permanent Tax Relief for Working Families

Washington, D.C. - On Child Tax Credit Awareness Day, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) highlighted the benefits of the expanded Child Tax Credit for Nevada families and repeated her calls for Congress to permanently increase this vital tax relief for working families. Cortez Masto worked to ensure the American Rescue Plan included an increase in the Child Tax Credit to $300 per month for children under 6 years old and $250 per month for children age 6-17. This increase will … Continue Reading

June 17, 2021

Cortez Masto, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Access to Physician Training

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced bipartisan and bicameral legislation today to address the looming shortages of physicians across the country. The Physician Shortage GME Cap Flex Act would give hospitals an additional five years to establish the number of residency positions reimbursed by Medicare and provides targeted assistance to hospitals working in underserved areas, training primary care, and specialties facing … Continue Reading

June 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled to dismiss the California v. Texas Affordable Care Act (ACA) case. "Every American deserves access to affordable health care. I'm glad that the Supreme Court denied this politically-motivated attempt to jeopardize the care of millions of Americans, including 1.2 million Nevadans with pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act has been a lifeline for our … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

At Senate Legislative Hearing, Cortez Masto Advocates for Passage of Critical Nevada Lands Bills

Washington, D.C. - While chairing today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) highlighted the urgent need to pass her legislation to protect and conserve public lands across Nevada and promote sustainable and responsible growth in Clark County. During the hearing, Cortez Masto called for the passage of her Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act to protect over 2 million acres of public land for … Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

Cortez Masto & Grassley Call for Increased Funding for Law Enforcement to Prevent and Address Crime

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today led 46 other Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter calling for full funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. The program is the leading source of criminal justice funding for state, local, and tribal governments and provides support for a range of programs related to crime prevention, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, and mental and behavioral health. Some … Continue Reading

June 15, 2021

On 9th Anniversary of DACA, Cortez Masto Leads Call to Fix DACA Program, Address Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the 9th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program being announced, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) are leading their colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to address the extreme backlog for DACA applicants and reduce wait times for DACA renewals. Current delays are a result of the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies and the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to negatively impact the … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Cortez Masto & Collins Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Emergency Ambulance Service in Rural Areas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that all communities, including rural and underserved areas, have access to quality emergency health care. The Protecting Access to Ground Ambulance Medical Services Act would make sure that ambulance providers are adequately reimbursed by Medicare for the cost of providing services, protecting ambulance and EMT services across the country and … Continue Reading

June 10, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues’ Legislation Includes Measures to Promote Human Rights Economic Empowerment of Women in Trade Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) announced today that key provisions from their legislation, the Women's Economic Employment in Trade Act, were added in the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, which advanced in the Senate this week. The measures included from the senators' bill promote human rights and the economic empowerment of women and address discrimination in our nation's trade and development … Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Visit America Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Angus King (I-Maine), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) recently introduced the bipartisan Visit America Act to support the travel and tourism industry. This bill would authorize the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and create an assistant secretary position within the Department of Commerce focused on bolstering America's travel and tourism industry and coordinating a strategy … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures Nevada Priorities in Senate Passed Bill to Strengthen U.S. International Leadership and Counter Chinese Government

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation she helped shape to bolster the United States' international standing in the face of rising competitive pressure from the Chinese government and other foreign governments. The bill would provide over $100 billion in new funding for technology and research and development, and provide robust support to American entrepreneurs, small businesses, and … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Protect Reproductive Rights Nationwide

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) in cosponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), bicameral federal legislation to guarantee equal access to abortion everywhere. The bill's introduction follows the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments in a case … Continue Reading

June 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Make Sure English Learners Are Not Left Behind

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) today introduced the Reaching English Learners Act to strengthen public education for English language learners (ELs) in the United States and to address the shortage of teachers qualified to teach these students. Cortez Masto's bipartisan bill, which is cosponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), would create a grant program to fund partnerships between institutions of higher education and … Continue Reading

June 07, 2021

BREAKING: Cortez Masto & Grassley’s Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Mental Health Support for Law Enforcement Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation for law enforcement officers seeking mental health support passed the Senate. The Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support (COPS) Counseling Act would encourage the adoption of law enforcement peer counseling programs across the country and ensure that the information disclosed during peer support counseling sessions by federal … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

Cortez Masto & Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Overhaul Nationwide Mental Health Crisis Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to dramatically expand behavioral health crisis services in Nevada and across the country. Current national standards for addressing mental health crises are woefully inadequate. As a result, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who are not trained to deal with behavioral health crises often serve as first responders. The Behavioral Health … Continue Reading

June 01, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto and Murkowski in CNN: “Shocking history of violence against Native women is a crisis we can stop”

In Case You Missed It - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are highlighting their efforts to combat the national crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native American women and girls on CNN. As the leading lawmakers in the Senate working to curb the epidemic of violence against Native women, Senators Cortez Masto and Murkowski successfully passed two bipartisan bills to improve coordination of violent crime prevention on all levels, create … Continue Reading

May 28, 2021

Cortez Masto, Padilla, Menendez, Luján Push Biden Administration to Reduce Barriers, Improve Public Information on Vaccines in Latino Communities

Clear paid sick leave and eligibility and cost information can help increase vaccinations in the Latino community WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh urging the Biden Administration to ensure vaccine resources and information reach Latino communities across the country. Recent … Continue Reading

May 28, 2021

Cortez Masto Calls for Tougher Penalties for Automated Phone Calls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to deter harmful robocalls by cracking down on the individuals who intentionally harass consumers. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act would increase penalties on companies and individuals placing deceptive calls, which can number in the billions per year, and help block them from taking advantage of people, particularly … Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces VA Makes Site Selection for Elko Veterans Cemetery, Veterans Group Calls Her Efforts Instrumental in Project’s Approval

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen a site for the National Veterans Cemetery in Elko. This announcement comes after Cortez Masto secured a commitment last September from the Trump Administration and the VA that they would move forward with choosing a site for the cemetery. The VA will work with the City of Elko to acquire 15 acres from the city to construct the burial ground. The new site will … Continue Reading

May 27, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Create a National Climate Service Corps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to create a National Climate Service Corps within AmeriCorps. The corps would provide opportunities for Americans to serve their communities through public service projects focused on climate adaptation, mitigation and resiliency. The bill would also create a Climate Careers Network to help connect corps alumni and other interested Americans to long-term, good-paying career opportunities in the clean energy … Continue Reading

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