Press Releases

June 07, 2021

BREAKING: Cortez Masto & Grassley’s Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Mental Health Support for Law Enforcement Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statements after their bipartisan legislation for law enforcement officers seeking mental health support passed the Senate. The Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support (COPS) Counseling Act would encourage the adoption of law enforcement peer counseling programs across the country and ensure that the information disclosed during peer support counseling sessions by federal … Continue Reading


June 01, 2021

Cortez Masto & Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Overhaul Nationwide Mental Health Crisis Response

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to dramatically expand behavioral health crisis services in Nevada and across the country. Current national standards for addressing mental health crises are woefully inadequate. As a result, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who are not trained to deal with behavioral health crises often serve as first responders. The Behavioral Health … Continue Reading


June 01, 2021

ICYMI: Cortez Masto and Murkowski in CNN: “Shocking history of violence against Native women is a crisis we can stop”

In Case You Missed It - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are highlighting their efforts to combat the national crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native American women and girls on CNN. As the leading lawmakers in the Senate working to curb the epidemic of violence against Native women, Senators Cortez Masto and Murkowski successfully passed two bipartisan bills to improve coordination of violent crime prevention on all levels, create … Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Cortez Masto, Padilla, Menendez, Luján Push Biden Administration to Reduce Barriers, Improve Public Information on Vaccines in Latino Communities

Clear paid sick leave and eligibility and cost information can help increase vaccinations in the Latino community WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh urging the Biden Administration to ensure vaccine resources and information reach Latino communities across the country. Recent … Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Cortez Masto Calls for Tougher Penalties for Automated Phone Calls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to deter harmful robocalls by cracking down on the individuals who intentionally harass consumers. The Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act would increase penalties on companies and individuals placing deceptive calls, which can number in the billions per year, and help block them from taking advantage of people, particularly … Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Cortez Masto Announces VA Makes Site Selection for Elko Veterans Cemetery, Veterans Group Calls Her Efforts Instrumental in Project’s Approval

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen a site for the National Veterans Cemetery in Elko. This announcement comes after Cortez Masto secured a commitment last September from the Trump Administration and the VA that they would move forward with choosing a site for the cemetery. The VA will work with the City of Elko to acquire 15 acres from the city to construct the burial ground. The new site will … Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Create a National Climate Service Corps

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to create a National Climate Service Corps within AmeriCorps. The corps would provide opportunities for Americans to serve their communities through public service projects focused on climate adaptation, mitigation and resiliency. The bill would also create a Climate Careers Network to help connect corps alumni and other interested Americans to long-term, good-paying career opportunities in the clean energy … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Cortez Masto Pushes to Address Mental Health Equity, Access for Youth in Diverse Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) led their Senate colleagues in introducing the bicameral Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act. This bill would address growing issues of suicide and mental health facing young people, particularly in socially and economically disadvantaged communities that have disproportionately faced disparities in access to mental health treatment and outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Ever … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Title X Changes to Increase Access to Care in Rural Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hailing the administration's decision to revoke the harmful Title X provisions implemented under the Trump Administration, which Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen condemned. Trump had severely impacted rural Nevadans' access to care by limiting the types of health care providers who could provide family planning … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Cortez Masto Demands Greater Community Investment From Federal Home Loan Banks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to require the eleven government-sponsored Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) to increase their investments in affordable housing, community development, and small business lending. The FHLB system was created during the Great Depression with the explicit mission of supporting vibrant community economies, affordable housing, and other development projects, but the FHLBanks have not fully invested to meet … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Cortez Masto, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to High-Quality Food on Military Bases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the quality and nutrition of food provided to service members on U.S. military installations. The Senators introduced this bill after hearing from members of the military and their families about the need to improve the accessibility of healthy and affordable meal options on U.S. bases. "Our service members put their lives on the line to protect our nation and … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Cortez Masto, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Pandemic-Driven Expanded Telehealth Access Permanent

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill today with U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) that would make pandemic-driven expanded access to telehealth services permanent. The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 would allow first-dollar coverage of virtual care under high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) so that every American has access to telehealth services without the burden of first meeting a deductible. "The pandemic has taken a huge toll on our … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Expand Affordable Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to expand affordable housing in Nevada and across the country by making more funding available to the Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which has a track record of success in building and renovating affordable housing. The Affordable Housing Production Act would redirect Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) funding returned to the Department of the Treasury to the HTF to help secure and preserve affordable … Continue Reading


May 17, 2021

Cortez Masto & Grassley’s Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Mental Health Support for Law Enforcement Officers Passes Judiciary Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) celebrated their bipartisan legislation to protect the privacy of law enforcement officers seeking mental health support passing out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support (COPS) Counseling Act would encourage the adoption of law enforcement peer counseling programs across the country and protect the privacy of federal officers as they seek mental health … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Cortez Masto Reintroduces Fairness for Immigrant Families Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is reintroducing the Fairness for Immigrant Families Act, legislation to address outdated laws complicating our immigration system and crack down on notario fraud. "For too long, political leaders have used immigration as a wedge issue that has blocked us from ever getting anything done," said Senator Cortez Masto. "We need strong border security and a system that treats everyone with dignity, including access to citizenship … Continue Reading


May 13, 2021

Following Push From Cortez Masto, DOJ Releases $40 Million to Nevada Victims & Survivors

Washington, D.C. - After weeks of delays, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto announced that $39.8 million in federal funding will be coming to Nevada from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to support victims of crimes. Cortez Masto secured this funding through recent appropriations bills, but disbursement has been held up since the beginning of April. These federal grants include $7.9 million in Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) funding to assist with the ongoing Route … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Cortez Masto Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize Lake Tahoe Restoration Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which has served as the cornerstone for federal funding since the original law passed in 2000, helping deliver millions in federal funding for environmental protection and habitat restoration programs. This legislation is supported by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and … Continue Reading


May 05, 2021

BREAKING: Biden Administration Implements Cortez Masto Legislation To Provide Relief to First Responders

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would be implementing her bipartisan legislation to ensure ambulance providers and first responders are still paid for treating Medicare patients who are not transported to emergency rooms or similar destinations. Previously, ambulances were put in the difficult position of only receiving payment if they transported patients … Continue Reading


April 30, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces TRAVEL Act to Boost Nevada’s Tourism Economy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to strengthen the American economy by promoting infrastructure that fosters travel and tourism. The Transportation Resources Adding Vital Economic Longevity (TRAVEL) Act would make sure that federal, state, and local governments are taking travel and tourism needs into account as part of their transportation plans, helping boost economies like Nevada's that have been hit especially hard due to travel … Continue Reading


April 30, 2021

Cortez Masto and Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Further Combat Chinese Government’s Influence on Technology Standards Setting

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure the United States is positioned to lead international standards-setting, counter the Chinese government's influence and protect American jobs. This legislation would require the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to create a task force that would counter Chinese influence and ensure the United States is leading the emerging technology … Continue Reading

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