Press Releases

September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto: Misguided & Dangerous Yucca Mountain to Receive No Federal Funding in 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the federal appropriations legislation that includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bills, which provides no federal funding for Yucca Mountain. Senator Cortez Masto has been an outspoken opponent of wasting any additional taxpayer dollars on the failed Yucca project. "I'm pleased that Congress heeded … Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, House and Senate Democrats Press FEMA, HHS on Updated Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a bicameral letter led by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting information about fatalities in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. The letter comes after a study commissioned by the government of Puerto Rico found that there were an estimated 2,975 deaths resulting from … Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $2 Million HHS Grant for Expansion of Mental Health Services in Northern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $2 million to expand Vitality Unlimited, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), to Carson City and Lyon County. "Nevada was one of 8 states chosen to be part of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) demonstration program. We have already seen these clinics transform access to mental health treatment and access to … Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates the 17th Anniversary of September 11th

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of the 17th anniversary of September 11th, 2001: "Seventeen years ago, our country experienced one of the darkest days in our history. The scars of that day are still with us 17 years later, and so are the memories of the bravery and heroism we saw. At the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, brave firefighters, police officers, and first responders rushed into danger to care for the … Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges FEMA To Take Action To Help Those Affected by the South Sugarloaf Fire

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Region IX Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr., urging FEMA to reevaluate the State of Nevada's application for federal emergency funding through the Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) program. FEMA recently rejected the State's request for FMAG funds to assist with suppression efforts and aid for those who have been affected by the South Sugarloaf Fire. In … Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1.5 Million in Grant Funds for Adult Treatment Drug Courts in Clark, Elko, & Humboldt Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Service' (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for awarding over $1.5 million in total grant funding to help improve services and strengthen rehabilitation efforts at four adult treatment drug courts across Nevada. "Expanding the treatment and recovery services available to those in Nevada's adult drug courts system reduces long-term costs to our … Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $7 Million National Institute of Standards and Technology Grant to NSHE Board of Regents and UNR

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) grant award totaling approximately $7.04 Million to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents and the University of Nevada, Reno to develop projects to help solve new or emerging manufacturing problems. "Manufacturing in Nevada is a contributor to economic growth in the … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Join Judiciary Committee Democrats to Demand Kavanaugh’s Full White House Record

Washington, D.C. - In a letter led by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), fifteen senators joined their Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh's complete White House record available to the Senate and the public. "Access to a Supreme Court nominee's full record is necessary for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to advise and consent," the senators wrote. "More … Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1 Million in Grant Funding for STEM Education Research Programs at UNLV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the National Science Foundation (NSF) for awarding over $1 million in funding to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to research, design and develop programs aimed at helping middle school and college students succeed in STEM classes. "Fostering the talent of our students in science, math and technology is of the upmost importance for the future of Nevada and our 21st century economy. I applaud the National Science … Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Reaching English Language Learners Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced the Reaching English Language Learners Act to address the shortage of teachers qualified to teach English language learners (ELs) in the United States. The bill would create a grant program, under Title II of the Higher Education Act, to provide support and incentivize colleges and schools to create teacher-training programs to address the shortage and better prepare the future generation of EL educators. Senator … Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $2.39 Million HHS Grant for Family Planning Services in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $2,391,000 to assist with family planning services in Nevada. "I want to thank HHS for investing in family planning services in the state. We must ensure that providers of family planning services in Nevada continue to receive the critical funding they need so that we can deliver the best care to women, expectant mothers and children. I will continue my … Continue Reading


September 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $2.2 Million Head Start Grant for Northeastern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $2,255,180 to Head Start of Northeastern Nevada, which provides support and services for low-income children and their families. "Every Nevadan deserves the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their family's income or access to resources. The Head Start program, for more than 50 years, has provided opportunities to countless low-income families and … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Texas v. Nielsen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen declined to issue a preliminary injunction in Texas' lawsuit to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "I'm glad the court recognized that halting DACA would not serve the best interests of the country. Congress must act to spare undocumented youth from further pain and uncertainty resulting from the crisis President Trump … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Labor Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in honor of Labor Day, which falls on Monday, September 3rd: "On Labor Day, we honor the contributions of American workers who fought for better protections, a safer workplace, and a more prosperous economy. Today, our fight continues to make our workplaces more equitable: to end workplace discrimination, to increase wages so that hardworking Americans can lift themselves into the middle class, … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Over $8 Million in Housing and Community Improvement Grants for Communities Across Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) thanked the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for awarding over $8 million in grant funding through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs. The funds will be used to expand access to affordable housing, rehabilitate affordable housing stock, provide stability to people experiencing homelessness, and fund economic … Continue Reading


August 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $29 Million to Expand Broadband Services in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for awarding $29,232,782 to expand access to broadband throughout the state of Nevada. "Access to broadband is a necessity in today's economy. Nevadans who don't have Wi-Fi in their homes can't get access to tele-health services, pay their bills online, do their homework, learn new skills, apply for jobs, or even check the weather forecast. The announcement that the FCC … Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Overturn the Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to overturn the Trump administration's final 'junk insurance' plan rule. The resolution of disapproval would rescind the Trump administration's rule expanding 'junk insurance' plans that don't have to provide health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. "The expansion of junk plans will only hurt Americans in need of affordable health care, … Continue Reading


August 28, 2018

Cortez Masto, Portman Introduce Bill to Create Rural Interagency Council

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced a bill to create a standing 'Council on Rural Community Innovation and Economic Development' to work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to streamline the work of agencies and programs specifically designed to support rural communities. The council will maximize the impact of federal investments across the different agencies in order to promote economic prosperity and quality of … Continue Reading


August 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Over $1 Million in Grant Funding for Early Child Care Programs in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for awarding $1,263,498 to Early Head Start, a program that supports infants, toddlers, and pregnant women from low-income families. "Too many children in our state are born without the resources they need to learn, grow, and prepare for school. Early Head Start is a federally funded program that makes sure that babies and toddlers born in low-income families get … Continue Reading


August 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Enhance the Nation’s Energy Storage Capabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Advancing Grid Storage Act to increase America's energy storage capabilities and help expand the role that renewable energies like wind and solar play in the nation's energy portfolio. This bill also supports the utilization of renewable energy production and storage on personal residential properties. "I am proud to cosponsor a bill that prioritizes investments in renewable energy and good paying green jobs," … Continue Reading

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