Press Releases

March 09, 2021

BREAKING: Cortez Masto Secures $4 Billion in State & Local COVID Relief Funding for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Nevada will receive over $4.1 billion in state and local funding from the American Rescue Plan. Cortez Masto has long advocated for COVID-19 relief to include investments in our state and local governments to help address budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic and ensure they can continue to provide critical services for Nevadans. "This funding will be a lifeline for Nevada's state and local … Continue Reading

March 09, 2021

Cortez Masto Calls for Filibuster Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called to reform the legislative filibuster, calling specifically for the implementation of the "talking filibuster," which would require any Senator who wishes to filibuster - or block - legislation to do so by publicly speaking on and holding the Senate floor. "Nevadans expect their Senators to work across the aisle and get things done. Even when Mitch McConnell tried to shut out the Democratic minority, I worked to pass major … Continue Reading

March 08, 2021

Cortez Masto, Daines Introduce Package to Support Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today re-introduced their bipartisan legislative package to help level the playing field for rural communities in areas with large amounts of federal land. The federal government manages roughly 28 percent of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States, the majority of which is found in Western states, including in every county in Nevada. This can limit localities' ability to generate tax … Continue Reading

March 08, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces More Than $150,000 for Tahoe Economic Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced that the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a grant of $164,348 to the Tahoe Prosperity Center to support economic revitalization in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "I was thrilled to support the Tahoe Prosperity Center's application for an EDA grant for CARES Act funds. These funds will allow the Center to continue to partner with other groups to coordinate an … Continue Reading

March 06, 2021

Cortez Masto Secures Critical Nevada Priorities in Senate-Passed COVID Relief Bill

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after passing the American Rescue Plan to provide Nevadans with vital coronavirus relief. Cortez Masto has been a leader in negotiations, allowing her to secure a number of priorities for Nevada, including funding for workers' health care coverage and $750 million in emergency relief for the tourism industry. With Cortez Masto's support, the comprehensive package will help deliver stimulus … Continue Reading

March 05, 2021

Newsletter - 5,000 Nevada Lives

March 04, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bills to Protect Ruby Mountains, Ruby Lake, and Other Public Lands From Oil and Gas Leasing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today re-introduced legislation designed to protect public lands from speculative oil and gas leasing, including a bill to prohibit oil and gas development in Nevada's beautiful and pristine Ruby Mountains. "Nevadans depend on the public lands in our beautiful state for grazing, mining, recreation, and our outdoor and travel economy. This legislation would protect these landscapes from oil and gas companies' speculative oil and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Highlights Nevada Priorities During Meeting With AG Nominee Merrick Garland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met virtually with Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden's nominee for Attorney General of the United States. "As Attorney General of Nevada, I spent every day focused on keeping our state safe, and during my conversation with Judge Garland I was pleased to discuss our shared goal of protecting Nevadans in every corner of our state. Our Department of Justice must support Nevada's tribes, protect women from trafficking and … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces New Communications Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her new Communications Director, Josh Marcus-Blank. "I'm thrilled to welcome Josh to our team. An experienced communicator, Josh will help my office engage Nevadans in every corner of our state and make sure our communities know that we are here to make a difference for them, during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond." Josh Marcus-Blank is the former campaign communications director … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act. The bipartisan legislation will protect over 2 million acres of public land for conservation and recreation while allowing Clark County to develop affordable housing and responsibly plan for population growth projections. This text would be the largest conservation bill in Nevada history. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) is a cosponsor of the bill. … Continue Reading

March 02, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Reintroduce Background Check Expansion Act to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in leading 39 of their colleagues in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. 97% of … Continue Reading

March 02, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Place Raimondo as Head of the Commerce Department

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her vote to confirm Gina Raimondo as Secretary of Commerce: "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges to our struggling small businesses, hospitality, travel, and tourism industries, Nevada needs a partner in the fight to give these industries the support they need to recover. And as the census count continues, the Commerce Department must follow the Constitution … Continue Reading

March 02, 2021

Cortez Masto, Titus Lead Rosen, Horsford, and Lee in Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Waste Storage at Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), along with Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Representative Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Representative Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), re-introduced the Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act in the Senate and House. This legislation would ensure that state, local, and tribal governments are central to a permanent repository and storage program, and it would give Nevadans a meaningful voice in any … Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Discussion on Infrastructure With Accelerator for America

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Representative Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.-09), Mayor David Holt, and Mayor Eric Garcetti for a bipartisan discussion about the importance of investing in infrastructure in Nevada and across the country, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Cortez Masto discussed her legislative priorities to support new transportation technologies, engage in better planning, and foster greater assistance for projects in … Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes in Favor of Miguel Cardona for Secretary of Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Miguel Cardona as Secretary of Education. "Teachers, students, and parents across the Silver State have endured an incredibly challenging year. As a former teacher, principal, and administrator, Secretary Cardona understands these challenges and is well-equipped to lead the Department of Education as it seeks to help our nation's young people recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better a better … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Support State Medicaid Programs During an Economic Crisis

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and U.S. Representative Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) introduced the Coronavirus Medicaid Response Act. This legislation would respond to the increased need for health care during the public health and economic crisis by creating a quicker and more responsive process for supporting state Medicaid programs. It would address fluctuating demand in states for Medicaid by automatically connecting the Medicaid Federal … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Cortez Masto Joins Efforts to Reduce Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in reintroducing the updated COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act that would support targeted and culturally competent public awareness campaigns about COVID-19 vaccines and preventative measures such as masking and social distancing. These campaigns would specifically target communities disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including racial … Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Civil Rights Bill to Protect LGBTQ Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in cosponsoring the Equality Act, comprehensive civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community in the areas of employment, education, credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and public accommodations. "LGBTQ+ Americans have fiercely fought for social and political equality for decades but continue to face discrimination in a host of … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Cortez Masto Leads House and Senate Colleagues in Bipartisan Bill to Support Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Industries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) along with U.S. House of Representatives Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), Darin LaHood (R-Ill.-04), and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.-20) today unveiled the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act of 2021, legislation that would provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for the convention, trade show, entertainment, travel and hospitality industries and their workers. It would stimulate the economy by … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Cortez Masto Outlines Aggressive Legislative Strategy to Promote Cleaner Transportation, Fight Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced a comprehensive package of bills designed to promote the use of cleaner transportation and improve the health and safety of Nevada communities. The bills, which are part of the Senator's Innovation State Initiative, would require a national commission and strategy to promote electric vehicle adoption, ensure all communities have access to clean transportation technology, encourage construction of clean fueling … Continue Reading

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