Press Releases

March 11, 2020

Cortez Masto, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Encourage Mental Health Support & Protect Privacy of Law Enforcement Officers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to encourage the adoption of law enforcement peer counseling programs and protect the privacy of federal officers who participate. The Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support (COPS) Counseling Act would ensure that the information disclosed during peer support counseling sessions by federal law enforcement officers is kept confidential. The legislation also requires the … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Grills Kraninger About CFPB’s Failure to Protect Small-Dollar Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - As many American workers face financial uncertainty due to the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger about the CFPB's efforts to roll back commonsense protections for small-dollar borrowers. The senator pressed Kraninger about the CFPB's lack of enforcement against predatory lenders and asked if the Bureau was proceeding with plans to rescind existing small-dollar … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Permanently Fund LWCF, Help Reduce National Park Maintenance Backlog

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide funding for National Park Service deferred maintenance projects at the Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Education schools. The Great American Outdoors Act would fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the fully authorized annual amount of $900 … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Action of Bipartisan Bill to Increase Access to Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement urging action to advance the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act. Introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), this bill renews and expands a successful pilot program currently operating in eight states, including Nevada, to treat mental health issues and addiction. "We have a shortage of behavioral health providers in this country, especially in our rural … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Cortez Masto, Banking Democrats Urge Regulators to Provide Guidance to Financial Institutions About Forbearance Due to Coronavirus Impacts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and several members of the Senate Banking Committee in a pair of letters to financial regulators and trade groups urging our nation's financial sector to prepare for the likely impacts of the coronavirus and take steps to protect consumers who may suffer financially as a result of a coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to leaders of the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Cortez Masto, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Access to Lending Options For Families, Students and Farmers

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 student lending options and agricultural loans. "Credit unions play an important role … Continue Reading


March 09, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges Passage of Legislation to Help Reduce Law Enforcement Suicides

Washington, D.C. - Since U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) invited Reno Police Chief Jason Soto to attend the President's State of the Union Address on February 4th to highlight the importance of addressing the crisis of police suicide, at least 15 law enforcement officers across the country have died by suicide. In light of this ongoing tragedy, Senator Cortez Masto called for the passage of her bipartisan Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act. This bill would require the FBI … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Send Letter to Azar Requesting HHS Fulfill Governor Sisolak Request for Additional Test Kits To Enhance Local Health Agency Capacity

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting the agency fulfill Governor Steve Sisolak's request for additional COVID-19 test kits for the State of Nevada to enhance the capacity of Nevada's health agencies to test patients and protect Nevada communities. "As of today, Nevada has two presumptive-positive cases of coronavirus in both the northern and southern … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on McConnell to Take Action on Reigning in Prescription Costs for Seniors in Nevada, Across America

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act on the Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) would allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to negotiate prescription drug prices under the Medicare prescription drug benefit. "The top issue confronting Nevada's seniors is the high cost of … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Reads to Students During Nevada Reading Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) read to a 3rd grade class at Ronnow Elementary yesterday through a video call during Nevada Reading Week. The senator read Sofia Valdez Future Prez and answered questions from students during the video call. "Reading plays such a big part in the development of kids across Nevada," said Senator Cortez Masto. "That's why Nevada Reading Week is so important. I had so much fun reading Sofia Valdez Future Prez to students at Ronnow … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Transparency from HHS on Internal Indian Health Service Patient Abuse and Management Response Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) - along with fellow Indian Affairs Committee members Vice Chairman Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) - requested that Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar provide the Committee with an unredacted copy of the internal audit report on the Indian Health Service (IHS) management response to former IHS pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber's patient abuse compiled by Integritas Creative … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call on Census Bureau to Address Impact of Coronavirus on 2020 Census

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in calling on the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau to put a plan in place to ensure that the expanding Coronavirus outbreak doesn't impact the accuracy of the 2020 Census, and to make certain the health of census takers is protected. In addition to calling on the Census Bureau to provide guidance to census takers and the public, the senators requested a Senate … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Vice President Pence to Ensure Coronavirus Resources for Tribes and Urban Native Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a bipartisan group of 26 senators in writing to Vice President Mike Pence requesting the administration meaningfully engage with Native communities and Tribal leaders on their response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The senators sent the letter following congressional passage of a coronavirus emergency supplemental appropriations bill that includes $40 million for Tribes, Tribal … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Increase Diversity in Corporate Leadership

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act of 2020 to ensure transparency and encourage corporate leadership so that corporate boards reflect our nation's diversity. Despite a strong business case for diverse leadership, corporate boards have not reflected the gender, … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call on HHS & DHS to Investigate Reported “Weaponizing” of Confidential Therapy Sessions to Deport Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in pressing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General to review the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) reported disclosure of confidential information from children's therapy sessions to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for use in efforts to deport … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Votes in Favor of Coronavirus Response Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after voting in favor of an $8.3 billion funding package to combat coronavirus. "America must act quickly to address the spread of coronavirus and protect those most vulnerable to the disease. I'm pleased that Congress was able to pass this emergency response package with bipartisan support and far above the funding levels requested by the Trump Administration. This package ensures all Americans' … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Announcement of First Presumptive COVID-19 Case in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Southern Nevada Health District announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in the State of Nevada. "I'm continuing to work with Governor Sisolak and the entire Nevada congressional delegation to ensure the state has every possible resource and support necessary to test suspected cases of coronavirus and manage public health needs. I will be supporting the $8 billion supplemental … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Importance of Collaboration to Protect Lake Tahoe from Climate Change, Invasive Species

Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power Hearing U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke with panelist Julie Regan, Chief of External Affairs & Deputy Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, about the importance of a comprehensive, collaborative and science-based approach to protect Lake Tahoe and other water resources in Nevada from the threat of climate change and invasive species. In her introduction, Senator … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto: Today’s Supreme Court Hearing Marks a Critical Moment for Reproductive Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo: "In Nevada, with the only majority-women legislature in the nation, we're working hard to remove burdens on women's reproductive rights. But that's not true everywhere in America. The Supreme Court today is considering whether Louisiana can require doctors in the state who terminate pregnancies to have specific agreements … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Judge Togliatti at Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing

A video of Senator Cortez Masto's remarks can be found here. A video of Senator Rosen's remarks can be found here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced Judge Jennifer Togliatti during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider her nomination to be District Judge for the District of Nevada. The senators previously praised Togliatti's nomination, calling her "fair-minded and objective." "Not only does she … Continue Reading

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