Press Releases

March 11, 2019

Cortez Masto, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Inclusion of Contractor Back Pay in Upcoming Disaster Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen and a bipartisan group of 37 Senators in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Combat Animal Cruelty

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to protect the lives of animals. The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act outlaws a heinous form of animal maiming and torture known as "crushing." "It's unacceptable that acts of animal cruelty and torture, such as 'crushing,' aren't already punishable by federal law. This needs to change. I'm proud to join this bipartisan effort … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Recognize Legacy, Contributions of Indigenous Women

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the nation. The resolution recognizes the heritage, culture and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women. "American … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

Washington, D.C. - In light of the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 23 Senate colleagues in a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Udall, Tester Demand Answers After Tribal Health Care Resources Removed from HHS Websites

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar calling on him to explain why HHS removed vital health care resources for tribal communities from its Office of Minority Health and Administration for Native Americans (ANA) websites. In their letter, the Senators note that American Indian and Alaska … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Cassidy, Sinema, Moran Introduce Bill to Combat Financial Crime

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced legislation to combat money laundering and terrorism through financial intelligence. The FinCEN Improvement Act of 2019 bolsters national security by expanding the capacity of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to work with tribal law enforcement agencies, protect against domestic terrorism and focus on virtual currencies. "Since … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Child Tax Credit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to put money back in the pockets of Nevada families during tax season. The American Family Act would create a new expanded child tax credit for families with children under 6 and increase the maximum child tax credit for children 6 years and older. The bill would make both credits fully refundable, ensuring low-income families receive the full benefit of the credits. "Far too many Nevada families are … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto: Chad Readler’s Confirmation Could Unleash Chaos on American Health Care System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Chad Readler to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In his position at the Department of Justice, Mr. Readler led the legal briefs for some of the department's most extreme positions, including the DOJ's legal brief for the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, arguing against the Affordable Care Act's protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Below are her … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Three Bills that Prioritize the Protection of Immigrant Children and Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) at a press conference announcing the introduction of three pieces of legislation that protect the rights of families and children fleeing violence and ensures they are treated humanely and fairly once in the United States. Senator Cortez Masto joined her colleagues in introducing the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, which expands … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Repeal Cadillac Tax

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, a bill introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to repeal a 40% excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health insurance plans known as the "Cadillac Tax." The tax is expected to impact half of employer-based health plans by 2025. "The rising cost of health care is one of the top concerns I hear from Nevadans. The Cadillac … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and 39 of her Senate colleagues in introducing the Save the Internet Act of 2019. This legislation would undo the FCC's 2017 rule to repeal net neutrality, and prohibit any similar attempt in the future. "Americans should be able to access a fair and open internet, yet FCC Chairman Pai's … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Auto Industry, Preserve American Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to support the auto industry and keep auto jobs in the United States. The American Cars, American Jobs Act gives consumers a $3,500-$4,500 voucher towards the purchase of a vehicle produced primarily in the U.S. or Canada and revokes tax breaks for auto manufacturers that send jobs overseas. "The American Cars, American Jobs Act protects hardworking union households … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Protect Pregnant Women from Detention and Shackling

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and 16 additional senators introduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act to protect the health and safety of pregnant women and youth in immigration detention. This legislation will prohibit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from detaining pregnant immigrants except under extraordinary circumstances, ban the shackling of pregnant women in its custody and set new standards of … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Allow Voters to Register to Vote on Election Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Same Day Registration Act, legislation introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to require states to provide same day registration at polling places on the day of a Federal election, making voting easier for all Americans. "The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and Congress should be doing everything it can to remove hurdles and make voting as accessible as possible. This bill prevents citizens … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Cortez Masto, Titus, Rosen, Horsford and Lee Introduce Bill to Stop Any Attempt to Revive Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), along with Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Representative Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04), and Representative Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03) introduced the Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act in the United States Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation ensures Nevadans have a voice in any plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and provides a voice to all states who are … Continue Reading


March 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Demands Answers About Allegations of Sexual Abuse at Shelters for Immigrant Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today requested a briefing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Inspector General regarding reports that HHS has received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and its contracted shelters. "There must be an enforceable zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse and misconduct for all shelters housing children," Senator Cortez … Continue Reading


March 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Counter Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). This legislation would restore and modernize Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and provide the federal government with other critical tools to combat what has become a full-fledged assault on Americans' right to vote. "Over the years, we've seen the critical protections so many Americans fought for as part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 … Continue Reading


March 01, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Grant for Heart and Vascular Diseases Research Awarded to UNR

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) celebrated the Department of Health and Human Services' National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarding over $400,000 to the University of Nevada Reno for heart and vascular diseases research. The research investigates the impact of sarcomere acetylation, which helps regulate cardiac contractions, to develop better therapies for patients with heart failure. "Heart disease is the leading cause of death … Continue Reading


March 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Hails Women’s 2018 Accomplishments as Women’s History Month Begins

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Women's History Month: "The year 2018 was a watershed for women in America. From coast to coast, women - including many women of color - decided to run for office in unprecedented numbers and shattered expectations as they won nail-biting races at local, state and federal levels. Since the swearing-in of the 116th Congress, women are securing critical positions of power in … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Consumers and Employees from Forced Arbitration

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation to reduce the prevalence of forced arbitration agreements and restore justice through the court system. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), protects workers and customers from forced arbitration, which often hurts Americans' ability to challenge practices like predatory lending, wage theft and discrimination. "Forced arbitration is … Continue Reading

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