Press Releases

December 21, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rubio, Tillis Applaud Relief for Mixed-Status Families in New COVID-19 Package

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statements regarding the inclusion of their provision in the coronavirus relief package that will allow mixed-status families to be eligible for COVID-19 direct economic impact payments: "While the CARES Act provided relief to many, it wrongly excluded millions of taxpayers, including American citizens, from receiving the direct stimulus payments they … Continue Reading

December 18, 2020

Cortez Masto, Murphy, Feinstein Call on FTC to Strengthen Protections for Franchise Owners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.-09), filed a comment with the Federal Trade Commission, calling on the FTC to strengthen its Franchise Rule and increase enforcement of the rule to protect prospective franchisees. They recommended a variety of amendments to the rule, including increased financial disclosure, a ban on unfair contract terms, and protections … Continue Reading

December 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Proposes Essential Fixes to Broken Immigration System in New Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Fairness for Immigrant Families Act, her landmark immigration legislation designed to help hundreds of thousands of undocumented and mixed status families who have lived in the United States for long periods without a clear path to legal permanent residency. Through meaningful changes to the current broken immigration system, Senator Cortez Masto's bill would address the most common issues in immigration law … Continue Reading

December 17, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $63 Million for Rural Broadband in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has allocated $63,536,610.90 to support rural broadband construction and development in the state of Nevada through its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase I auction. The auction allows providers of high-speed broadband to bid for the opportunity to connect families and businesses in rural areas to high-quality internet service at more … Continue Reading

December 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Trump Administration to Waive Late Filing Penalties for Taxpayers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and twelve Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig urging the Trump Administration to waive late filing penalties for taxpayers whose filing delay is caused by COVID-19. Other Senators include Senators John Kennedy (R-La.), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kyrsten Sinema … Continue Reading

December 17, 2020

Cortez Masto Co-Hosts Senate Banking Subcommittee Hearing on US-China Economic Competition, Highlights Importance of Investing in U.S. Ability to Lead in 21st Century

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) hosted a hearing in the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy, entitled "US-China: Winning the Economic Competition, Part II." Senator Cortez Masto and Senator Cotton convened this discussion to underscore the urgency around growing economic competition with China and to emphasize the bipartisan commitment in Congress to investing in U.S. competitiveness. Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Meets With Nevada Seniors, Rolls Out Senior Resource Guide

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a virtual roundtable with representatives of several Nevada seniors' groups to discuss the challenges they continue to face during the coronavirus pandemic. She also introduced her Senior Resource Guide, a print and online brochure that provides Nevada's seniors with information, resources, and guidance in obtaining federal benefits. "I'm working to get additional support for Nevada seniors-funding for … Continue Reading

December 16, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Comprehensive Mental Health Legislation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to help give Nevada communities the tools they need to develop and deliver comprehensive behavioral health crisis services. The Behavioral Health Crisis Services Expansion Act would create a continuum of crisis services across the country by directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to define national standards for behavioral health crisis care, expand coverage of mental health services for … Continue Reading

December 15, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Cosponsor Bicameral Legislation to Require COVID-19 Data Collection in Immigration Detention Facilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined the COVID-19 in Immigration Detention Data Transparency Act, introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Representative Joaquin Castro (D-Texas.), to require immigration detention facilities to collect and publicly report data about COVID-19 cases and the preventative measures that are in place at these facilities. "Nevada's immigrant communities have been … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Help Communities Prepare for Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) has cosponsored the Wildfire Defense Act, comprehensive legislation to help communities implement science-based methods for mitigating wildfire damage and defending life and property. The legislation would provide local communities with up to $10 million dollars to implement Community Wildfire Defense Plans to ensure they are resilient in the face of the growing threat of wildfire in Nevada and across the … Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Final Passage of NDAA, Inclusion of Nevada Priorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. In addition to securing status-quo extensions for the Nevada Test and Training Range and the Naval Air Station Fallon, this legislation includes language Senator Cortez Masto advanced to improve mental health services for members of the National Guard and Reserves, support Navy members in getting the … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Congressional Leaders: Pass The Bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act Before Too Late

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in urging Congressional leaders to immediately pass the bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act to establish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and provide Nevadan restaurateurs with funding to rehire workers and deal with the long-term ramifications of COVID-19. "The restaurant industry has been uniquely devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly one in four jobs … Continue Reading

December 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Resolutions Opposing Arms Sales Package to UAE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement on her votes supporting two bipartisan resolutions prohibiting the Trump administration's planned $23 billion arms sale package to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The resolutions, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and cosponsored by Senator Paul (R-Ky.) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), would prohibit the sale of elite F-35 fighter planes, MQ-9B "Reaper" drones, and other advanced … Continue Reading

December 09, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud More Than $2.5M for Nevada Nursing Homes

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), operating under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will distribute $2,662,919 to 40 nursing homes across Nevada. These facilities are being rewarded for successfully reducing COVID-19-related infections between September and October of 2020. "We're glad to see more funds going to nursing homes in Nevada that are … Continue Reading

December 08, 2020

Cortez Masto, Fischer Introduce Legislation to Protect Americans’ Data Privacy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today introduced legislation to advance emerging data privacy technologies, which will enable Americans to continue reaping the benefits of data analysis while also protecting their personal data. The Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote research into privacy-enhancing technologies (PET) and develop standards for the integration of PETs … Continue Reading

December 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Senate Leadership for a Comprehensive COVID-19 Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) wrote to Senate leadership to call on them to pass additional comprehensive, bipartisan COVID-19 relief to support the hard-hit Nevada economy. The priorities she outlined in the letter include more funds to shore up the health care system, rental and mortgage assistance, additional pandemic unemployment benefits, nutrition assistance, support for small businesses, including Nevada's vital travel, tourism, and hospitality … Continue Reading

December 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Meets With Nevada Affordable Housing Organizations Facing Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today held a virtual roundtable with the Nevada Housing Division and Regional Housing Authorities across Nevada to listen to their needs and their concerns. She also discussed with them her work in the Senate to keep Nevadans housed during the pandemic and to protect them as the economy continues to recover. "I was grateful to speak with Nevadans today who shared their views on the challenges of finding and providing affordable … Continue Reading

December 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Secures Status Quo Extensions for NTTR and NAS Fallon in FY2021 NDAA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced the inclusion of 25 year status quo extensions for both the Nevada Test and Training Range and the Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon in final conference version of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senator Cortez Masto worked over the past year with key Nevada stakeholders, the Air Force and the Navy, and her colleagues in the Senate to secure this extension. This decision will allow Nevada's … Continue Reading

December 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Bills to Increase Affordable Housing and Promote Fair Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced two bills to address the affordable housing crisis in Nevada by reauthorizing existing affordable housing programs and doing more to fight housing discrimination. Both the HOME Investment Partnership Reauthorization Act and the Housing Fairness Act of 2020 would authorize an increase in the amount of federal funds available for affordable housing and strengthen fair housing enforcement. "Housing is a fundamental need … Continue Reading

December 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Delivers Remarks at Summit on Adapting to Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today delivered remarks at the Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities Summit. The summit, which was presented via Zoom by the University of Nevada, Reno and the Nevada Division of Forestry, was designed to give community leaders, agency professionals, and the public more guidance on how to increase communities' resilience to the destructive wildfires that are increasingly common in Nevada and the … Continue Reading

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