Press Releases

June 01, 2023

Cortez Masto and Colleagues Hold Companies Accountable for Contracting with Slaughterhouse Cleaning Firm That Unlawfully Employed Children

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has seen a 69 percent increase in companies illegally employing children since 2018 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) and several Senate colleagues in leading an oversight effort aimed at holding accountable nine companies that contracted with Packers Sanitation Services, Inc. (PSSI), which the Department of Labor found were unlawfully employing child labor at these host … Continue Reading

May 31, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $12 Million for Sagebrush Restoration and Wildfire Prevention in Nevada

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is awarding $12 million to fund sagebrush restoration and wildfire fuels reduction in the Montana Mountains in Humboldt County and the Upper Humboldt/O’Neil basin in Elko County. These grants are funded through the Inflation Reduction Act and will leverage additional funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, both of which … Continue Reading

May 31, 2023

Cortez Masto Pushes Legislation to Combat Wildfires, Help Nevadans Impacted by Worsening Fire Seasons

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto introduced two bills to provide sweeping support for efforts to prevent wildfires and help communities recover. Her comprehensive Western Wildfire Support Act will fund state-of-the-art firefighting equipment, create new training programs, and support recovery efforts for communities impacted by wild and rangeland fires. Her Small Business Wildfire Smoke Recovery Act will help small businesses whose operations … Continue Reading

May 31, 2023

Senator Cortez Masto Reintroduces Resolution Recognizing the Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), along with 22 of her Senate colleagues, reintroduced a resolution commemorating the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and honoring the lives and legacies of the nearly 300 Black men, women, and children who were killed and the nearly 9,000 Black individuals who were left homeless as a result. The resolution encourages schools and universities to incorporate the history of the Tulsa Race Massacre into … Continue Reading

May 31, 2023

Cortez Masto & Colleagues Call on Administration to Streamline Cancellation of Removal Process

Update: Responses from USCIS and EOIR from July, 2023. Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in calling on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to make cancellation of removal more accessible for long-term noncitizen residents of the United States. For decades, noncitizens who have … Continue Reading

May 30, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Updated Broadband Map, Expanded Federal Funding and Access for Nevada

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an updated version of their National Broadband Map that will ensure Nevada receives more federal funding from the $42.5 billion in broadband grants she pushed for in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Senators Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) pushed the FCC to update their map after the previous version of the … Continue Reading

May 26, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Over $4.5 Million for Cleanup and Economic Development at Brownfield Sites Across Nevada

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding over $4.5 million to expedite the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites in Nevada. Brownfield sites are parcels of land that are abandoned or underutilized due to pollution from industrial use. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these sites can help communities access new land for economic development, increase their … Continue Reading

May 25, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Seek Healing for Native Communities Impacted By Indian Boarding School Injustices

Senator Cortez Masto visits the graveyard at the Stewart Indian School in Cason City, Nevada in August of 2022 Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 25 of their Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act, to investigate, document, and acknowledge past injustices of the federal government's Indian Boarding School Policies. … Continue Reading

May 23, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Fights to Protect Affordable Over-The-Counter Birth Control

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is continuing her fight to protect women’s rights by reintroducing her legislation to ensure that women across the country have affordable access to FDA-approved birth control without a prescription. Senator Cortez Masto has been fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights—introducing legislation to ensure legal protections for women traveling across state lines to receive reproductive care, urging … Continue Reading

May 23, 2023

Cortez Masto Joins Bicameral Effort to Combat America’s Maternal Health Crisis

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in a reintroduction of the bicameral Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. This historic legislation will save moms’ lives and address the drivers of maternal mortality, morbidity, and health disparities in the United States. “Our health care system should work for everyone, regardless of their background, which is why I have always fought to deliver inclusive, quality … Continue Reading

May 22, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statements on Lower Basin States’ Colorado River Deal to Combat Drought

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statements in response to the Lower Basin States’ proposed plan to conserve 3 million acre-feet of water over the next three years to protect the Colorado River system.  “Nevada continues to lead efforts to combat drought in the West, and this plan will make a real difference while putting … Continue Reading

May 19, 2023

Cortez Masto & Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Certainty, Security to TPS Recipients

TPS Recipients in Limbo Due to Trump-led Efforts to Eliminate Lawful Protections Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in reintroducing the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. “I’ve met with dozens of TPS families who … Continue Reading

May 19, 2023

Cortez Masto & Young Introduce Bipartisan Small Business Innovation Voucher Act

Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Todd Young (R-Ind.) reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Innovation Voucher Act to ensure America’s small businesses can compete in the 21st century economy. This legislation would create a voucher program at the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide grants for small businesses to partner with institutions of higher education to conduct research and development. This would allow … Continue Reading

May 18, 2023

NEW: 39 AGs Endorse Cortez Masto’s Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Xylazine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D-Nev.) bipartisan effort to crack down on xylazine continues to pick up support from across the country, with 39 attorneys general from both parties calling for Congress to pass her Combating Illicit Xylazine Act. In a new letter, attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, … Continue Reading

May 18, 2023

Cortez Masto, Murray, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Protect Affordable Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cortez Masto joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in re-introducing the Affordability is Access Act, legislation to ensure that women across the country have affordable access to FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) birth control without a prescription. “Women’s reproductive freedoms are under attack across the country, and we know that far-right extremists won’t stop at limiting a … Continue Reading

May 18, 2023

Cortez Masto, Collins, Stabenow, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect and Enhance Emergency Ambulance Services

Washington, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Access to Ground Ambulance Medical Services Act, which would ensure that all communities, particularly those in rural and underserved areas, have access to quality emergency ambulance services no matter where they live. Last year, Cortez Masto passed a law to make sure ambulance … Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

During Police Week, Cortez Masto Calls for Increased Support for Law Enforcement on the Senate Floor

“The Invest to Protect Act will help these police departments with recruitment and retention so they have enough officers to serve. These are important jobs that make good careers in public service. In honor of Police Week and the sacrifices our officers have made to protect us, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me and Senator Grassley in supporting the Invest to Protect Act.” Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the … Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

Cortez Masto Legislation Protecting Lake Tahoe, Ruby Mountains Clear Key Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) passed legislation to protect Lake Tahoe and Nevada’s Ruby Mountains through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today. Her bipartisan, bicameral legislation to extend the authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act will help deliver more federal funding to Lake Tahoe to support environmental protection and habitat restoration programs. Her Ruby Mountains Protection Act prohibits oil and … Continue Reading

May 17, 2023

Cortez Masto Leads Legislation to Increase Solar Manufacturing in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) re-introduced the Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act to expand the solar manufacturing supply chain in the U.S. and enhance our global competitiveness. This legislation also supports good-paying union jobs by requiring solar manufacturing facilities to have strong labor protections to be eligible for this … Continue Reading

May 16, 2023

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Limit Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing on Lands with Low Potential for Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) re-introduced the End Speculative Oil and Gas Leasing Act to prohibit oil and gas leasing on public lands that have low or no potential for oil and gas development. The bill would update the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) administration of public lands, cut wasteful speculation, and allow lands with low or no potential to be reprioritized for more appropriate purposes, … Continue Reading

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