Press Releases

May 24, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Administration to Resolve Uncertainty Around Solar Panel Supply Chain

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor about the urgent need for the administration to act to protect jobs in Nevada's booming solar energy industry. An investigation into solar panels by the Department of Commerce has caused disruption to the solar industry because of concerns that it could result in harmful tariffs that create uncertainty, threaten renewable progress, and put jobs at risk. During her speech, Senator Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


May 24, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration to Swiftly Advance NATO Applications for Sweden and Finland

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and a bipartisan group of 79 other senators in writing a letter to President Biden urging him to expedite the Executive Branch's process to advance Sweden and Finland's applications for NATO membership and pledging to work with the administration to ensure swift ratification of the Washington Treaty. In the letter, the senators noted that NATO's expansion will send a … Continue Reading


May 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Urges FTC to Protect Data Privacy of Women Seeking Reproductive Health Care

Senators express concern that data brokers are selling personal location data related to reproductive health care, including abortion servicesWashington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and 13 other Senate colleagues in urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect the data privacy of women seeking reproductive health care, following the Supreme Court’s leaked decision … Continue Reading


May 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Grant Funding for Las Vegas Program to Combat Opioid Epidemic Among Young People

In recent years, drug overdoses have increased 550% among young people and 120% among LatinosWashington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $50,000 in federal funding is headed to the PACT Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Communities in Las Vegas to help prevent opioid, methamphetamine, and prescription drug misuse among young people.“I’m glad this funding I helped secure will support mental health treatment and reduce substance abuse among young … Continue Reading


May 20, 2022

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating National Police Week

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating the end of National Police week. This week, the Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution that she cosponsored to designate the week of May 15 through May 21, 2022 as “National Police Week” and express support for law enforcement officers across the United States. “I’m proud to support this bipartisan resolution honoring our law enforcement officers who put their … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Federal Wildfire Science

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and a coalition of other senators in introducing the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program Act. This legislation will help the country's federal science agencies to identify and invest in research and development (R&D) and cutting-edge technology to help improve wildfire preparedness and response. "Wildfires are becoming … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues Calling for Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing on Bipartisan Bill to Investigate Indian Boarding School Policies

Legislation Would Establish a Formal Commission to Investigate, Document, and Acknowledge Past Injustices of Federal Government’s Indian Boarding School PoliciesWashington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev) joined 18 of her Senate colleagues in a letter to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) leadership, requesting a committee hearing as quickly as possible on the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act, … Continue Reading


May 19, 2022

Cortez Masto’s Bipartisan Bill to Fund Small Police Departments Advances Through Committee

Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) legislation to support small law enforcement agencies across the country passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation now heads to the Senate floor for consideration by the full Senate. The bipartisan Invest to Protect Act would provide $250 million over the next five years to support small law enforcement agencies across the country so they can invest in training, equipment, mental health support, and recruitment and … Continue Reading


May 17, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Urging WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal to Stop Spread of Spanish-Language Mis/Disinformation on Their Group Messaging Apps

A study found that 66% of respondents whose primary language is Spanish received mis/disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine through messaging apps like Signal, Telegram, and WhatsApp.Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and 20 other colleagues in sending bicameral letters to the heads of WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal to express serious concerns about the rise of Spanish-language … Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge FDA to Do More to Combat Infant Formula Shortage, Address Supply Chain Challenges

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf urging the agency to act quickly to combat the critical shortage of infant formula across the U.S., and to use the tools at the agency's disposal to help predict and prevent future supply chain problems. In the letter, the senators specifically call on the FDA to highlight the steps they are taking to combat this … Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Cortez Masto Leads Nevada Delegation in Urging the Administration to Support Nevada’s Tourism Industry by Removing COVID Testing Requirements for Fully Vaccinated International Travelers

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led the entire Nevada Congressional delegation - including Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), and Susie Lee (D-Nev.) - in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to support Nevada's travel and tourism economy by suspending the coronavirus testing requirement for fully vaccinated international travelers and taking other actions to spur … Continue Reading


May 16, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $20 Million in Funding for Nevada Program to Prevent Wildfires

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that $20 million is headed to the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), in partnership with University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Desert Research Institute, to fund wildfire prevention research and workforce development throughout the state. This project is funded by the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, which helps states like … Continue Reading


May 13, 2022

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Nearly $5 Million in Grants for Rural Airports in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $4,998,504 in federal funding to 10 Nevada airports in rural areas. These grants were funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will help update airport infrastructure and improve safety. “Our airports provide so many essential services to Nevada’s rural communities, and I’m glad these federal funds I secured will … Continue Reading


May 13, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan LIFELINE Act to Unlock American Rescue Plan Funds for Affordable Housing Development

An estimated 46 percent of renters across the nation are burdened by housing costsWashington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Low-Income Financing Enabling Long-term Investment in Neighborhood Excellence (LIFELINE) Act, legislation to improve the ability of states and localities to allocate American Rescue Plan funds for new affordable housing built with the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit … Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces Historic Preservation Grants to Nevada and Tribes

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, announced that the Silver State will receive $357,143 and seven Native and Tribal communities in Nevada will receive $557,263 in historic preservation grants through the National Park Service (NPS). Senator Cortez Masto has consistently supported these grants to ensure preservation of tribal sites and cultural traditions in Nevada.“I’m glad these federal dollars, … Continue Reading


May 12, 2022

Cortez Masto, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support New Business Development & Growth

Legislation aims to jumpstart decades-long declining entrepreneurship Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced the Supporting NEW BUSINESSES Act, legislation to make it easier to start and grow a new business. This bipartisan bill will require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide annual awards that would encourage states and localities to reduce red tape and streamline the process for starting a new … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Cortez Masto Applauds First Steps in Federal Indian Boarding School Investigation

The investigation found burial sites across the Federal Indian Boarding School system, along with evidence of horrifying abuse Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the administration’s report on federal Indian boarding school policies and their devastating impacts on Native communities across the United States. Due to the history of the Stewart Indian School in Carson … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Cortez Masto Calls on Colleagues to Protect Women’s Reproductive Freedom Nationwide

Washington, D.C. - Tonight, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of protecting the right to choose for women around the country and calling on her colleagues to pass federal legislation to guarantee reproductive freedoms for Americans. The Senate will vote on Wednesday on the Women's Health Protection Act. Senator Cortez Masto has been a tireless advocate for reproductive rights and the Women's Health Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Calling for Improved Transparency from U.S. Trade Representative

Senators cite failure to consult with Congress on recent trade negotiationsWashington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) in calling on the U.S. Trade Representative to dramatically improve transparency and consultation with Congress on pending trade negotiations. The bipartisan group of senators cited negotiations to waive … Continue Reading


May 05, 2022

Cortez Masto Highlights Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Applauds Administration for Answering Her Call to Do More to Address It

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) and applaud the administration for answering her call to do more to implement legislation she secured to help address the epidemic of violence against Native people. This afternoon, the Departments of Interior and Justice named members to the commission required by Senator Cortez Masto's Not Invisible Act. During the … Continue Reading

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