Press Releases

August 05, 2022

Cortez Masto, Kelly, and Bennet Announce Agreement to Include $4B in Drought Funding in the Inflation Reduction Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) announced an agreement to include $4 billion in funding for the Bureau of Reclamation to combat drought in the Western U.S. in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. "The Western United States is experiencing an unprecedented drought, and it is essential that we have the resources we need to support our states' efforts to combat climate change, conserve water resources, and … Continue Reading


August 04, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $1 Billion in Wildfire Prevention Funding, Encourages Nevada Communities to Apply

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $1 billion in wildfire prevention funding she helped secure in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is now available to Nevada communities seeking to plan for and mitigate wildfire risks. "I fought for funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to help Nevada communities prepare for and defend themselves from devastating wildfires," said Senator Cortez Masto. "I want to make sure these funds get to Nevada … Continue Reading


August 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Votes to Ratify Finland and Sweden’s Membership in NATO

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in voting to approve Finland and Sweden's application to become members of NATO. Over two thirds of the Senate voted in favor of the NATO expansion, formally ratifying the U.S.'s support of Finland and Sweden's membership. "NATO continues to be a critical strategic alliance, and today I voted to strengthen that alliance and send a clear signal that the U.S. stands for … Continue Reading


August 03, 2022

Cortez Masto Helps Secure More Than $15 Million for Workforce and Economic Diversification in Reno, Across the State

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced significant Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding to support projects across Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto helped secure $14.9 million for Nevadaworks in Reno to help workers find good-paying jobs in innovative industries. Additional funds have been awarded to a multi-state program by WTIA Workforce that includes Nevada. "To create jobs and help diversify Nevada's economy, we need to make sure workers … Continue Reading


August 02, 2022

Cortez Masto Votes to Send Bipartisan Bill to Treat Veterans Exposed to Toxins in the Line of Duty to President’s Desk for Signature

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to send the bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act to the president's desk for signature. The bill, named after Sergeant Robinson, who died in 2020 from toxic exposure during his service in Kosovo and Iraq, will ensure that veterans can get access to care and treatment they are entitled to in the wake of toxic exposures during their service to our … Continue Reading


August 02, 2022

Cortez Masto, Grassley Bill to Support Small Police Departments Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) bipartisan legislation to support small law enforcement agencies passed the Senate, an important step towards passage into law. The bipartisan Invest to Protect Act would provide $250 million over the next five years to support small law enforcement agencies across the country so they can invest in training, mental health support, and recruitment and retention. The legislation now heads to the House … Continue Reading


August 02, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Support Critical Energy Projects in Tribal Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to make it easier for Tribes in Nevada and across the country to launch critical energy development projects. The Tribal Energy Loan Improvement Act will create good-paying jobs, bring down energy prices, and increase the production of energy on Tribal lands. "Affordable energy is key to economic development in Tribal communities," said Senator Cortez Masto. "My legislation will provide Tribes across … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Ahead of New School Year, Cortez Masto Visits Las Vegas Middle School to Highlight Support for Nevada Students

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited Monaco Middle School in Las Vegas, accompanied by staff of the Communities in Schools program, ahead of the upcoming school year. She discussed her work to support teachers, students, and their families, and she highlighted the success of Communities in Schools (CIS), an incredibly successful resource for students in Title 1 schools across Las Vegas and Nevada. She supported ESSER funding in COVID relief bills that … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Strengthen Domestic Rare-Earth Magnet Supply Chain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to strengthen the domestic supply chain for rare-earth magnets manufactured in the United States by creating a production tax credit for companies that create these magnets. The Rare Earth Magnet Production Tax Credit Act would provide a $20 per kilogram production tax credit for magnets that are manufactured in the U.S. and increase the credit to $30 per kilogram for magnets manufactured in the U.S. whose … Continue Reading


July 29, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs to Ensure Veterans Have Access to Abortions

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and 24 other colleagues in a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) calling for immediate action to ensure access to abortion related services to veterans and eligible dependents. Following the far-right Supreme Court's disastrous Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, over 800,000 veterans-or half of women veterans in this country-live in … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Leads Bicameral Legislation to Protect Consumers and Prevent Energy Market Manipulation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced bicameral legislation to provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with additional authority to protect consumers from the harm caused by traders that repeatedly manipulate electricity and natural gas markets. The Energy Consumer Protection Act is being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.-09), Don Beyer (D-Va.-08), and … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Help Investors Harmed by Financial Professionals

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation that would help smaller investors get quality legal advice when they are harmed by their brokers or other financial professionals. The Investor Justice Act of 2022 would create a $5 million grant program to fund clinics where law students and professors can provide free legal representation to "small dollar" investors. "Nevada investors who lose savings because of poor financial advice must have … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Cortez Masto and Rosen Vote to Pass Legislation to Support Nevada’s Water Infrastructure, Protect Lake Tahoe

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) voted to pass the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) to improve and invest in key water infrastructure systems throughout the country. The legislation includes provisions championed by Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen to fund environmental improvement projects within the Lake Tahoe Basin and water infrastructure upgrades throughout rural Nevada. "I've made it a priority in the … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $27M She Helped Secure for Broadband in Rural Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $27.1 million in grant funding will go to Uprise Fiber to improve broadband access in Lovelock and the surrounding areas. This funding will help Uprise launch a network to connect 4,884 people, 130 businesses, 22 farms, and 7 public schools across rural Nevada to high-speed internet. Senator Cortez Masto was critical to securing this funding and voted to pass the appropriations bill that helped underwrite … Continue Reading


July 27, 2022

Cortez Masto Votes to Pass Legislation to Invest in U.S. Manufacturing, Bolster National Security

The legislation also includes Senator Cortez Masto's provisions to secure an increase in Nevada's fair share of research and development funding and support Nevada clean energy Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to pass legislation through the Senate to support the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing industry and bolster the United States' international standing in the face of rising competitive pressure from the Chinese and other foreign governments. … Continue Reading


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

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