Press Releases

October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Welcomes CEO of Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce at Hearing, Teases Bill to Improve Water Conservation at DOE

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power, Ranking Member Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a conversation about opportunities for technology to advance water conservation and management. She invited Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary Beth Sewald to discuss how Southern Nevada has modernized its water infrastructure to support the region's growing population and economy. "Looking to the future, climate change is expected to further stress our … Continue Reading

October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto, Hawley, Coons, Blunt Introduce New Bill to Help Reduce Police Officer Suicides

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today introduced a bill to track law enforcement suicides. The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act requires the FBI to collect voluntary, anonymous data on police suicides and attempted suicides from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Collecting this data will help inform policy solutions so that law enforcement suicides can be … Continue Reading

October 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Effort to Improve Native American Lending Services at HUD, Help More Native Families Become Homeowners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing the Native American Housing Affordability Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation reforms the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program, which provides mortgage loans to Native Americans and Alaska Natives, by speeding up the loan processing time. "Buying a home is an important step toward building wealth and … Continue Reading

October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Amendment to Study Food Access on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced an amendment to study food insecurity among Native Americans. The amendment would require the federal government to report on access to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) for program enrollees who are elderly, disabled, homebound or otherwise challenged in physically accessing food assistance. Below are Senator Cortez Masto's remarks as prepared for delivery. You may download video of … Continue Reading

October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Increase At-Home Services for Americans with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Disability Integration Act, legislation introduced by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) to help ensure Americans with disabilities are given the option to live independently and access care in their communities rather than being forced into institutional care. "Remaining at home with the proper supports can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals with … Continue Reading

October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and thirty one other Senate Democrats in demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that your comments undercut protections provided to transgender people under HUD's rules, undermine … Continue Reading

October 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation Honoring Purple Heart Veterans and Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week cosponsored legislation led by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to honor Americans who have been wounded or killed while serving in the nation's armed forces. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in honor of Purple Heart recipients during 2021. "We owe our nation's servicemembers and their families a debt of gratitude. Minting coins in honor of those … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Celebrate the Silver State with Nevada Day Trivia Video

Reno, Nev. - In honor of Nevada Day, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) shared a video celebrating some of Nevada's most unique and interesting trivia facts. "Home means Nevada for both of us, and we're thrilled by any opportunity to get together to celebrate our great state," said the Senators. "This Nevada Day, we hope Nevadans everywhere honor our rich history, and hopefully learn something new about the great state that we share. Our advice to celebrate … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Demanding CFPB Continue Collecting Mortgage Data to Protect Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and six senators to demand that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continue to collect all Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data points added in the CFPB's 2015 final rule. In the years leading up to and during the financial crisis, regulators and Congress found that existing HMDA data was insufficient to detect discriminatory and risky lending activity. Congress required the … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Reduce Homelessness on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan bill, led by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to make it easier for tribes and tribally-designated housing entities to access funding to combat homelessness on tribal lands. "Homelessness is a significant challenge on tribal lands in Nevada and across the country, with families often moving in with friends, relatives or neighbors to get by. I'm proud to cosponsor this … Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $5 Million in Grants for Housing, Community Development in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $5,782,701 for Northern and Southern Nevada from the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will go to develop communities, build affordable housing, reduce homelessness and help Nevadans regain stability after experiencing homelessness, and expand economic opportunities. "We welcome these funds to help communities … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors New Bill to Invest in American Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.-17), to introduce new bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Roberts Introduce Legislation to Help Support Rural Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced the Rural ACO Improvement Act to support rural health care providers that are delivering high quality care as part of accountable care organizations (ACO). Today, rural providers are discouraged from participating in these payment models because their efficiency may be counted against them. This bill would fix that glitch in the payment system, putting rural providers on a level playing field … Continue Reading

October 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Van Hollen, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Victims of Corporate Fraud and Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act. This legislation will protect American consumers' right to sue fraudulent or abusive corporations by eliminating a glitch in the tax code that requires plaintiffs who win these type of cases to pay income tax on money awarded to pay attorneys' fees. "Victims of fraud or abuse shouldn't be punished for holding … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Energy Secretary Nominee Dan Brouillette

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he will nominate current Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. "It's imperative that our next Energy Secretary respect the voices of the overwhelming majority of Nevadans who oppose the Yucca Mountain project and honor the written commitment I secured from Secretary Perry to remove the secret shipment of … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Members of Judicial Commissions and Process to Apply to Be Federal Judge

LAS VEGAS, NV - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing the members of their bipartisan Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Judicial Commissions. The Senators have created two five-member commissions, one in southern Nevada and one in northern Nevada, which will review and recommend candidates for potential nomination to the federal bench. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen invite all Nevadans interested in being … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions CFPB Director Kraninger About Letting Debt Collection Agencies Off the Hook

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger about the CFPB's toothless and ineffectual settlement with the debt collection agency Asset Recovery Associates (ARA). Senator Cortez Masto discussed ARA's history of deceptive and threatening tactics in attempting to collect debts. (Nevada barred ARA from operating in the state during Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Supports Bill Establishing Commission for Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored a bill to create a National Criminal Justice Commission. Introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the National Criminal Justice Commission Act would establish a commission that conducts a comprehensive review and proposes recommendations to address the most pressing issues facing our nation's criminal justice system. "Since my time as Nevada's Attorney … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Menendez Lead Group of 19 Senators in Urging FHFA to Fulfill its Duty to Underserved, Limited-English Proficient Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) led a group of 19 senators in calling on the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to rescind its decision to remove a language preference question and housing counseling information from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA). The FHFA's decision to remove these sections from the URLA could reduce access to mortgage financing for limited-English proficient, … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Urges CMS to Address Medicare Website Concerns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, expressing concerns with the readiness of the Plan Finder website, a critical tool that helps seniors select a plan. The Plan Finder website was recently updated to improve the user experience, and recent reports indicate that problems with the new website could leave consumers with misleading or incorrect information about plan cost and … Continue Reading

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