Press Releases

March 18, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces “For the People” Act to Protect Democracy & Voting Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in sponsoring sweeping legislation to combat voter suppression, get dark money out of politics, and protect our democracy from foreign interference. "American democracy is under attack, with states targeting voters of color and suppressing their right to vote, dark money flooding our elections, and bad actors from … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bills to Combat Housing Discrimination

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) re-introduced comprehensive legislation to address housing discrimination. With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the affordable housing crises facing the United States and specifically Nevada, Cortez Masto is introducing the Housing Fairness Act to fully fund nationwide fair housing efforts and the Home Loan Quality Transparency Act to reinstate federal housing protections to ensure lenders are held accountable for … Continue Reading


March 17, 2021

Cortez Masto Leads Bill to Expand Access to Loans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the Expanding Access to Lending Options Act, bipartisan legislation to expand access to lending options for hardworking families across the country. The bill will allow credit unions more flexibility in the type of loans they may offer, providing consumers with more options and better payment plans, including for student and agricultural loans. "Credit unions offer opportunity to many Nevadans, … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Increase Housing Affordability and Improve Transportation Planning

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to make more housing available and improve congestion by including housing considerations in transportation planning. The Better Planning and Land-Use for Accessible Neighborhoods (PLAN) Act would create more affordable housing and better integrate transportation between homes and jobs to make it easier to commute to and from work. This legislation would provide a more equitable transportation … Continue Reading


March 16, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Protect Defrauded Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) re-introduced legislation to protect American consumers who sue corporations for fraud. The End Double Taxation of Successful Consumer Claims Act will help ensure that people who win fraud cases receive the full amount of the damages they are awarded, rather than being unfairly taxed on fees awarded to their attorneys. "Since my time as Nevada's Attorney General, I've been working to defend the Silver State's consumers from … Continue Reading


March 15, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Confirm Congresswoman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.-01) as Secretary of the Interior. "Congresswoman Deb Haaland is committed to protecting public lands, ensuring our natural resources are available for future generations, and confronting climate change. She holds an important perspective as the first Native woman in a Cabinet-level position and first Native American Secretary of the Department of the Interior, which is positioned to benefit … Continue Reading


March 12, 2021

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for COVID-19 Data Collection in Immigration Detention Facilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) this week joined their Senate and House colleagues in reintroducing the bicameral COVID-19 in Immigration Detention Data Act, legislation that would require immigration-detention facilities to collect and publicly report data about COVID-19 cases, vaccine distribution, and the preventative measures in place in these facilities. "From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have called on the Department … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Cortez Masto & Rosen Re-Introduce Bill to Create National Veterans Cemetery in Elko

Washington, D.C. -?U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) re-introduced legislation to authorize the creation of the Elko Veterans Cemetery. The Senators' legislation would authorize the transfer of the land needed for use as a national cemetery. Last September, Senator Cortez Masto announced that she had secured a verbal agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to speed up the Elko Veterans' Cemetery project. "I've been working alongside Elko's … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Cortez Masto: The American Rescue Plan Will Make A Real Difference for Nevada Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. Cortez Masto secured a number of priorities for Nevada in the final legislation, including funding for workers' health care coverage, $750 million in emergency relief for the tourism industry, and $4 billion in state and local funding for Nevada. The package will help deliver $1,400 stimulus checks for struggling families, … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

NEW: Cortez Masto Named Third Most Effective Democrat in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is the third most effective Democratic Senator, according to a new analysis from the Center for Effective Lawmaking. As measured by the Center's metrics, Cortez Masto stands out as the most effective Democrat serving a first term, and the Center recognized her bipartisan leadership on issues concerning law enforcement suicide and human trafficking in the 116th … Continue Reading


March 11, 2021

Cortez Masto, Durbin Introduce Legislation to Allow Dreamers to Work in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) this week introduced the American Dream Employment Act, legislation to rescind the current prohibition on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients working or participating in paid internships in Congress. "The laws created here in Congress affect the whole country, yet for too long we have failed to reflect America's diversity in our policy making … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Invest in America’s Schools, Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today led Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in introducing the Renew America's Schools Act, bipartisan legislation to support America's schools in making critical infrastructure upgrades that improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. "Our kids deserve the healthiest possible environments for … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Improve Student Safety, Internet Access

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today re-introduced two bills to protect students who walk or bike to school and to improve rural students' access to broadband and other technologies. The Safe Routes to All Schools Act is bipartisan legislation, co-led by Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), to make pedestrian and bicycle safety projects targeting high school students who walk or bike to school eligible for federal support from the Department of Transportation (DOT). … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Confirm Marcia Fudge to Lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, D.C. -?U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11) as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "For over a decade, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has worked tirelessly in Congress to address the challenges Americans are facing in their daily lives. After meeting with her earlier this year, I know she will bring her knowledge, collaboration, and problem-solving approach to the Department of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Confirm Marcia Fudge to Lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, D.C. -?U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted today to confirm Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio-11) as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). "For over a decade, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has worked tirelessly in Congress to address the challenges Americans are facing in their daily lives. After meeting with her earlier this year, I know she will bring her knowledge, collaboration, and problem-solving approach to the Department of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2021

Cortez Masto Votes to Approve Merrick Garland for Attorney General

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) voted to confirm Merrick Garland as the next Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. "Our country needs a Justice Department noted for its integrity and separation from politics. Since serving as Nevada's Attorney General to now as United States Senator, I have worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to address the issues of human trafficking, domestic violence, law enforcement training and … Continue Reading


March 09, 2021

Cortez Masto Introduces Bills to Promote Smart Transportation Development

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released two pieces of legislation as part of her Innovation State Initiative designed to promote smart transportation solutions. She introduced the Moving and Fostering Innovation to Revolutionize Smarter Transportation (Moving FIRST) Act with Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to create a competitive grant program to help rural communities and metropolitan areas seek federal grants … Continue Reading


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

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