Press Releases

July 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United, Get Big Money out of Public Elections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tom Udall and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives, to reintroduce the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. This amendment would reverse a series of bad court decisions that have allowed corporations and private interests to funnel unlimited amounts of money into public elections and would restore power to the … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill to Protect Children When Parents Detained By Immigration Authorities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in introducing legislation that would protect the safety and well-being of children who might be left alone and vulnerable after their parents are arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities in communities across the country. "As the Trump Administration steps up its efforts to separate families, we must ensure children aren't left to fend for themselves or care for younger … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome Award to Support Civil Engineering Undergraduates at UNLV

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) celebrated over $2 million from the National Science Foundation awarded to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) to assist undergraduate civil engineering majors. The program seeks to address retention and graduation rates in UNLV's undergraduate civil engineering program. "In Nevada, we have so many of the brightest young minds. We must provide them with every opportunity to have the support they … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto, Van Hollen Introduce FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the FHA Foreclosure Prevention Act, legislation to ensure banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders follow the law before foreclosing on Americans' homes. When homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments, lenders who benefit from taxpayer-backed mortgage insurance through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) are required to communicate with the borrower, connect the borrower to … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Renewable Energy Extension Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation to promote the use of renewable energy, increase carbon reduction, spur solar innovation, and invest in thousands of jobs. The Renewable Energy Extension Act would extend clean energy tax incentives set to begin expiring at the end of this year and ensure continued deployment, growth, and innovation of these technologies. "Protecting the environment is good for our health and our economy. These tax … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Elections from Foreign Interference

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal's (D-Conn.) Duty to Report Act, legislation to help protect our elections from foreign interference by requiring federal campaign officials to notify law enforcement if offered assistance by agents of another government. "If a federal candidate, or any member of their campaign, receives unsolicited information from a foreign power about a rival candidate, they should have a legal duty … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Calls for Improved Accountability and Reporting to Protect Seniors in Nursing Care

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned government experts and health care advocates about elder abuse and neglect in America's nursing homes. Cortez Masto called for better data tracking instances of abuse and neglect as well as stricter reporting standards for nursing homes. "In your testimony, you stated that when Medicare beneficiaries residing in nursing homes are admitted to emergency rooms, twenty percent … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Passage of Bill to Support 9/11 Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hailed the passage in the Senate of the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act to ensure that 9/11 victims are fully compensated for their losses. This bipartisan legislation ensures that all 9/11 first responders and survivors suffering from injuries related to the attacks or to exposure at Ground Zero who have certified 9/11 illnesses receive their full compensation … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Highlights Importance of Access to Banking Services for Legal Cannabis Businesses

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the challenges of cannabis banking, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) discussed the need to ensure legal cannabis businesses have access to banking services and the security those services bring. She highlighted the importance of passing the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would allow banks and credit unions to provide financial services to licensed cannabis businesses, cannabis-related businesses and … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Welcomes $200,000 to Build New Public Park in Reno

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced a $200,000 grant to fund the creation of a new 5.6 acre park, Somersett West Park, in Reno. The park will be complete with a playground, open turf, community garden, picnic shelter and walking trail and will provide front country access to part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. "Nevada's public spaces provide us with the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with loved ones, and they create jobs in the Silver … Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $21.2 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development Projects in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced over $21.2 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding for affordable housing and community development projects in Southern Nevada. "Nevada is experiencing one of the most severe affordable housing shortages in the nation, and these investments will provide a lifeline for Nevadans struggling with skyrocketing rent and outdated housing infrastructure. … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Hears from Small Business Owner about Predatory Practices in Franchise Industry, Announces Future Bill to Increase Transparency

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Ranking Member Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) shed light on predatory practices in the franchise industry. Cortez Masto questioned franchise owner Keith Miller about how bad actors in the franchise industry prey on hard-working Americans, particularly on immigrants, veterans, retirees, and other vulnerable groups, and she announced that she would introduce legislation to bring greater … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Women Senators to Introduce Equal Pay Bill for All U.S. National Teams

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in introducing the Athletics Fair Pay Act, a bill to require equal pay and compensation for all Olympic and amateur athletes. "Pay is a reflection of how workers are valued in our society, and the inherent message behind paying women less is they offer less than male counterparts. Women deserve to receive compensation for their extraordinary performance, and … Continue Reading


July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud $1.5 Million to Fund Las Vegas Reentry Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Labor's $1.5 million grant to Las Vegas' Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (FIT) to help those who have been involved in the justice system access job training and employment opportunities. "The Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow has helped hundreds of Nevadans find meaningful employment and build a better future for themselves and their families. With this … Continue Reading


July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions Facebook about Digital Currency Guardrails, How It Will Combat Money Laundering

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned David A. Marcus, head of Calibra, Facebook's new digital currency subsidiary, about how the company will combat money laundering and terrorism financing. "One [concern] for me, in particular, is something I've dealt with as Attorney General of the state, which is the issue of money laundering. I know there's clear regulatory oversight that we have right now to address the … Continue Reading


July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Leads Bill to Support Travel & Tourism, Boost Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in introducing legislation to reauthorize Brand USA, a public-private partnership that enhances tourism across the country by promoting international travel to the United States. "Restoring funding to Brand USA is a critical investment in Nevada and the hundreds of thousands of jobs in our tourism and hospitality industries," said Cortez Masto. … Continue Reading


July 16, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Health Care Affordability and Provide Certainty to Marketplaces

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) Marketplace Certainty Act to lower enrollees' out-of-pocket costs and improve market stability. The legislation would reduce deductibles and co-pays for low-income and middle-income patients by expanding the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) assistance for individuals enrolled in marketplace coverage, making it available to more families. It would also provide permanent funding for those … Continue Reading


July 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Legislation to Block Immigration Enforcement at Sensitive Locations

Washington, D.C. - As the Trump Administration plans to target immigrant communities with widespread raids starting on Sunday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and a group of fifteen Senators in introducing legislation to block immigration enforcement actions at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions without prior approval and exigent circumstances. The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act codifies the … Continue Reading


July 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions Fed Chair about Wage Stagnation, Highlights Importance of Investing in Trades

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell about the wage stagnation affecting college and non-college educated workers and raised concerns about the lack of detailed data on labor skill levels in the Monetary Policy Report. Cortez Masto argued that higher education is not the only way for Americans to achieve higher incomes, and she called on Powell to consider the value of … Continue Reading


July 11, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Former LVMPD Captain Larry Burns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following release on the passing of retired Las Vegas Police Captain Larry Burns. "Paul and I are deeply saddened to learn of Captain Larry Burns' passing. Larry was a friend and beloved figure in Las Vegas for nearly 40 years. He dedicated his life to serving and protecting our community for twenty-seven years and was the longest-serving SWAT commander in Metro history. From his work to rehabilitate the communities he … Continue Reading

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