Press Releases

January 07, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Events at U.S. Capitol, Certification of Electoral Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement in response to the violence at the U.S. Capitol and Congress's certification of the 2020 Electoral College votes that have affirmed Joe Biden as the President-elect. "The violence today at the U.S. Capitol is absolutely unacceptable. President Donald Trump's dangerous rhetoric that inspired these events endangers the very foundation of our democracy. I'm proud Congress has chosen to defend democracy … Continue Reading

January 06, 2021

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Speech Condemning Today’s Violence at the U.S. Capitol and Defending Arizona’s Electoral College Tally

"Many believe that for America to succeed, our politics must find common ground. And that has never been clearer than today, when armed rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, emboldened by President Trump's false and inflammatory rhetoric about the 2020 elections." "I believe that we in this Chamber have a special duty as leaders to work together to lower the temperature of our politics. And I hope that my colleagues who have questioned the legitimacy of this election in Arizona - and all of these … Continue Reading

January 01, 2021

Cortez Masto to Majority Leader McConnell: You Failed Struggling Nevadans by Refusing to Allow a Vote on Stimulus Checks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) issued the following statement on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refusal to allow an up-or-down vote on a clean bill providing $2,000 in direct payments to working Nevadans impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. "Nevada has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, at 12%. The week before Christmas, almost 20,000 Nevadans, including gig and self-employed workers, filed for benefits for the first … Continue Reading

January 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Statement on Vote to Override NDAA Veto

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) issued the following statement after she voted to override President Trump's veto of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "This year's NDAA includes many important provisions to protect our armed forces, enhance our national security, and give our troops a well-deserved pay raise. It also includes legislation to increase mental health and health care resources for Nevada's Active Duty, Guard and Reserve … Continue Reading

December 31, 2020

Newsletter - Advocating For Nevadans Is My Top Priority – Read My 2020 Annual Report

December 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Unveils 2020 Annual Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released her 2020 Annual Report, which highlights some of the senator's work on behalf of Nevadans over the past year. In 2020, Senator Cortez Masto helped secure over $2 billion in grant funding and voted for five coronavirus relief packages that brought over $19 billion of federal support to the Silver State in a time of great need. She introduced 58 bills and amendments on issues that affect Nevada families, and helped … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $6 Million Grant to Improve Traffic Safety in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) award of $6,000,000 to the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada's (RTC) Integrated Safety Technology Corridor project. This grant funding will help RTC expand emerging technologies along Interstate-15 in Las Vegas to enhance traffic management and roadway safety. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen sent letters of support for RTC's … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

PBS Stations in Reno, Las Vegas to Air 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit Hosted by Cortez Masto

Washington, D.C. - On August 25, 2020, with support from the Tahoe Fund and Team Tahoe Partners, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) virtually hosted the 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, entitled "Resilient Tahoe." This virtual summit highlighted 50 years of bi-state cooperation and 24 years of bipartisan collaboration by stakeholders through a series of keynote speakers and panel discussions from Nevada's and California's congressional delegations, governors, frontline workers, tribal … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Celebrate Passage of Water Resources Development Act in Omnibus, Highlight Inclusion of Provision to Protect Lake Tahoe from Invasive Species

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the final passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA 2020) in the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress yesterday. This bipartisan legislation to improve and invest in key water infrastructure systems throughout the country. This bill, which is now headed to the President's desk to be signed into law, includes a provision championed by … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Cortez Masto: Omnibus Funding Bill Delivers for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the spending agreement that passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate and is on its way to the President's desk for signature. The Senator fought for the elimination of surprise medical billing, the extension of renewable energy investment tax credits, and the passage of her ACCESS BROADBAND Act to ensure Nevadans have easier access to federal broadband programs. "The money … Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passage of COVID-19 Relief Legislation

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the recently-passed coronavirus relief legislation. The Senator highlighted the coronavirus-related relief contained in this bill, which includes support for struggling families and small businesses, more funding for vaccine distribution, enhanced unemployment benefits and rental assistance, and direct payments to Nevadans. The package also includes a provision the Senator pushed for to … Continue Reading

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

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