Press Releases

June 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $2 Million Award for Wildfire Research to the University of Nevada, Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $2,000,000 to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue research into digital platforms that could be used to predict and monitor fire risks and help direct emergency responses to fires. "As wildfire season gets longer, Nevada needs this kind of innovative, technology-driven research into preventing and responding to wildfires. I am proud of the incredible work of … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Conversation with Nevada Nurses Combating COVID-19

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a call with nurses across Nevada for a conversation about the ways she can support medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted her work to ensure Nevada's nurses continue to have the support and supplies they need to care for patients and keep themselves safe. "Nevada's nurses have saved countless lives during the coronavirus pandemic, all while putting their own health and safety on the line in … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Colleagues Request Information About the Distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Tribal Governments

Las Vegas, Nev.- U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and nine of their colleagues in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting that the agency clarify the disbursement formula used to allocate payments to Tribal governments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The senators echoed the concerns of many Tribes that the Treasury … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $3.8 Million DOT Green Energy Grant to Reduce Public Transportation Emissions

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3,853,200 to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada for the purchase of no or low emission public transportation vehicles. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen wrote a letter of support for RTC of Southern Nevada's grant application. "Thousands of Las Vegas residents rely on public transportation every day, and I … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Cortez Masto Congratulates Nevadans Admitted to Service Academies

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Nevada students admitted to the United States service academies and preparatory schools as well as their families via teleconference to congratulate them on their achievements. "I'm so proud of these young men and women, who represent the best of the Silver State. Their hard work, dedication, and willingness to serve their country should inspire us all. I know they have bright futures as leaders, both at college and beyond, … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Over $1.4 Million Grant to University of Nevada, Las Vegas to Study Rail Transport

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $1,427,900 under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to fund research into the durability of transportation infrastructure. "These funds will allow the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to continue its groundbreaking work on our railways, bringing them into the 21st century with … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge HHS to Halt Effort to Undermine the ACA’s Anti-Discrimination Provisions in Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a group of over 30 colleagues in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary expressing serious concerns with Administration's intention to finalize a proposed rule that would roll back anti-discrimination protections for millions of American patients, even though these protections are especially critical during the COVID-19 public health emergency. "The … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Highlight Over $1 Billion in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) highlighted over $1 billion in federal funding they've helped secure for Nevada workers, families, businesses, and communities as a result of their efforts in Congress during the coronavirus pandemic. This critical funding has gone to support state, tribal and local governments, small businesses, non-profit organizations, working families and individual Nevada taxpayers. Over $896 million in funding has … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Push for Trump Admin to Start Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bicameral group of almost 100 colleagues in urging U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to fulfill HHS' commitment to its Healthy People 2020 objectives by collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The current lack of demographic data that includes sexual orientation and gender identity will make it difficult for health care … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Seek Additional Funding for Community Health Centers in Upcoming COVID-19 Stimulus Packages

Washington, DC. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and over 135 of their colleagues, wrote a bicameral letter to congressional leadership urging them to provide at least $77.3 billion for community health centers (CHCs) in upcoming coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stimulus packages. "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate communities across America, most specifically people of color and … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Proposed West Bank Annexation

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the below statement in response to Israel's proposed annexation of territories in the West Bank. "I'm concerned that Israel may choose to unilaterally annex territories in the West Bank. As a strong supporter of Israel, who believes in a robust U.S.-Israel relationship, I oppose unilateral actions on the part of Israelis or Palestinians that could harm the already difficult prospects of a negotiated two-state solution, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto Hosts Call with Nevada League of Cities to Discuss Impact of Coronavirus on Nevada Municipalities

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a phone conversation with mayors, city managers and other members of the Nevada League of Cities to discuss Nevada's ongoing needs in response to COVID-19. The Senator also shared what she's working on in the Senate to provide more direct federal funding to municipalities across Nevada to ensure our cities, towns and counties have the resources they need to support their economies and keep Nevadans safe. "Nevada's counties, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Funds for Rural Health Clinics to Increase COVID-19 Testing

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provided $791,383 to 16 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) across Nevada to fund COVID-19 testing. "We're glad to see these funds go to support testing in rural areas of Nevada," said the Senators. "With less capacity to handle large outbreaks, these parts of the Silver State … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge Senate Leadership, Appropriators to Support Minority Serving Institutions in Next Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined 17 of their colleagues in urging Senate leadership and appropriators to support minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in the next coronavirus stimulus package, including by providing $1 billion in emergency funding to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). "As MSIs enroll a high number of low-income, … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome LWCF Grant to Improve Spooner Lake State Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $593,533.35 in grant funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) awarded to Spooner Lake Nevada State Park as part of a public-private partnership project to develop a new visitor's center and amphitheater and improve park facilities. "Spooner Lake is just one of Northern Nevada's many beautiful outdoor recreation areas that has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund," … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Commemorates Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement honoring Memorial Day, which is observed on Monday, May 25th. "Members of our Armed Forces selflessly serve our nation both abroad and at home, and today we pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and reflect on the significance of their service. As our nation navigates unprecedented times, the heroism of our brave men and women in uniform and the sacrifice of … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges DoD to Enhance COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Federal Contractors Working on Military Bases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter with four of her colleagues to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting enhanced enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines for federal contractors working on Department of Defense (DoD) military instillations, including guidance on who is responsible for the enforcement of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DoD COVID-19 procedures for quarantine, telework, social distancing, and the use of PPE. The … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Join Bipartisan Group of 127 Members of Congress in Calling on Administration to Ensure National Guard Receives Benefits Earned on COVID-19 Front Lines

Lawmakers Push President Trump, Defense Secretary, and FEMA Administrator to Address National Guard Health Care, GI Bill and Retirement Benefits Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Jason Crow (D-Colo.-06) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo-05), as well as over 120 other Members of Congress, in a letter to President Donald … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urges SBA To Quickly Distribute EIDL Loans To Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter, joined by U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and 22 of their colleagues, urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to quickly administer Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to Nevada small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA has not yet allowed most businesses to access the online application despite receiving new funds from Congress. "Small businesses and non-profits that have … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Push Senate Leaders to Include Additional Funding for Tribal and Urban Indian Health Facilities in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with 56 of their U.S. Senate and Representative colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to include additional funding for Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs and Urban Indian Health Organizations (I/T/U) to recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue. "I/T/U facilities … Continue Reading

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