Press Releases

February 21, 2023

Cortez Masto Calls on FEC to Claw Back Illegal & Foreign Donations to Politicians & PACs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to ensure the U.S. government is enforcing election law and holding individuals who make illegal contributions to campaigns and political organizations accountable. In recent years, foreign billionaires and companies contracting with the federal government have been caught making illegal contributions totaling millions of dollars, only to have their donations returned in full. … Continue Reading

February 16, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan SHRED Act to Keep Ski Fees Local, Support Tahoe Resorts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development Act (SHRED) to support local ski resorts by keeping ski fees local. The legislation would enable the U.S. Forest Service to retain a portion of the annual fees paid by ski areas operating within their boundaries and use that money to invest in local year-round recreation opportunities future and to … Continue Reading

February 16, 2023

Cortez Masto, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Tribal Law Enforcement, Help Combat MMIW Crisis

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen Tribal law enforcement and increase public safety throughout Indian Country. The Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act would support Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement recruitment and retention, increase the effectiveness of federal missing persons resources, and give Tribes and states resources to … Continue Reading

February 15, 2023

Cortez Masto Calls on Meta to Confront Drug Trafficking, Human Smuggling on Platforms

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), in sounding the alarm on Meta's failure to address malicious actors' exploitation of its platforms - including Facebook and WhatsApp - to facilitate drug trafficking and human smuggling in the Western Hemisphere. In a letter to Meta Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the senators cited … Continue Reading

February 14, 2023

Cortez Masto, Titus Lead Nevada Delegation in Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Waste Storage at Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led bicameral legislation, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Dina Titus (D-Nev.-01), to guarantee state, tribal, and local officials have a seat at the table when a permanent nuclear waste repository is proposed in their backyards. The Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act, cosponsored by Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representatives Steven Horsford (D-Nev.-04) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), will … Continue Reading

February 13, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces New Funding for Environmental Cleanup in Northern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law the Senator helped pass to support cleanup efforts at the Carson River Mercury Site in Lyon and Storey counties. "This funding I delivered in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will go a long way in supporting the continued cleanup of communities impacted by legacy contamination," said Senator … Continue Reading

February 09, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veterans from Benefits Fraud

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect veterans from benefits fraud. Approximately 9% of Nevada adults are U.S. military veterans, and in recent years, the number of fraud attacks against veterans and their families has soared, with many resulting in financial losses that total millions of dollars. The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act creates a new criminal offense for fraudulent … Continue Reading

February 09, 2023

Cortez Masto Touts Department of Energy’s $2 Billion Investment to Support Northern Nevada Battery Recycling, Create Clean-Energy Jobs

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Biden Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s announcement that they have approved a $2 billion conditional loan to help Nevada-based Redwood Materials manufacture and recycle critical components of lithium-ion batteries.. These batteries play a crucial role in the country's growing clean-energy economy, powering everything from computers to electric vehicles. Cortez Masto has led the calls … Continue Reading

February 08, 2023

On Behalf of Indigenous Students, Cortez Masto Asks First Native American Woman in Space About Trailblazing Career During Live Video Call from Intl. Space Station

FTP for video stations available HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke with NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, the first Native American woman in space, during a live video call from the International Space Station. Cortez Masto asked Col. Nicole Mann a question about her trailblazing career, which was submitted by students at Pyramid Lake Junior High School in Nevada. "I'm so excited to be able to ask you this question, because this comes from Pyramid … Continue Reading

February 07, 2023

Cortez Masto Statement on the State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to President Biden's State of the Union address: "Over the past two years, we've made bipartisan investments in Nevada's infrastructure, brought down health care costs, and created good-paying union jobs for Nevadans. We have more work to do to support working families, and I'll keep working with the Administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to lower gas prices and … Continue Reading

February 06, 2023

Cortez Masto Hosts Nevada Crisis Call Center’s Executive Director as State of the Union Guest

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced Rachelle Pellissier, Executive Director of Crisis Support Services of Nevada (CSSNV), as her guest to the State of the Union address. Senator Cortez Masto continues to champion support for mental health care, building on her work to implement and fund the nation's 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which is operated in Nevada by CSSNV. In December, Senator Cortez Masto delivered robust funding to expand behavioral … Continue Reading

February 02, 2023

Cortez Masto Pushes Administration to Take Action on Soaring Egg Prices, Protect Nevadans from Potential Price Gouging

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take action on rising egg prices and protect Nevada families and businesses from potential price gouging. Egg prices in Nevada are well above the national average, at over $6 per dozen, and Cortez Masto is urging the Administration to work together to bring down costs. "As grocery prices for essential items continue to rise, I echo recent calls … Continue Reading

February 01, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Over $3.5 Million to Improve Las Vegas Road Safety

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Southern Nevada will receive $3,539,000 through the Safe Streets and Roads for All program to support projects that will improve road safety and prevent roadway deaths across the Las Vegas valley. Senator Cortez Masto funded this program through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. "Last year was one of the deadliest on Nevada roads, and I'm focused on making our streets safer for our families," said Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

February 01, 2023

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Help More Americans Access High-Quality Job Training, Get Good-Paying Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) on the Jumpstarting Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act. This bipartisan legislation would help more Americans get good-paying jobs by allowing students to use federal Pell Grants to afford high-quality, shorter-term job training programs for the first time. Senator Cortez Masto has been a strong supporter of Pell Grants, which are need-based education grants … Continue Reading

January 31, 2023

Cortez Masto Joins Resolution Affirming Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in a bipartisan, bicameral joint resolution to affirm the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and take a critical step toward enshrining equality for women in the United States Constitution. The resolution removes the arbitrary deadline for ratification of the ERA and recognizes the amendment as a valid part of the Constitution, with the 38-state … Continue Reading

January 31, 2023

Cortez Masto Leads Bipartisan Letter in Support of Medicare Advantage Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and a bipartisan group of 57 of their Senate colleagues in urging the administration to continue support for the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities across the U.S. "The number of Americans who choose Medicare Advantage continues to grow each year, with … Continue Reading

January 30, 2023

Cortez Masto, Grassley Continue Their Push to Protect Small Businesses from Organized Retail Crime

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are continuing their push to help protect small businesses by reintroducing legislation to provide law enforcement with resources to crack down on organized retail crime like flash mob robberies and cargo theft. Organized retail crime costs retailers $720,000 for every $1 billion in sales - up 50 percent since 2015. Cortez Masto and Grassley's bipartisan, bicameral Combating Organized Retail … Continue Reading

January 26, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Push to Bring Down Gas Prices And Hold Big Oil Accountable

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) is continuing her fight to hold Big Oil accountable for profiting off the backs of families in Nevada while raking in historic profits. This week, she reintroduced her Fair and Transparent Gas Prices Act to investigate unfair practices, provide market transparency, and prevent price gouging by Big Oil and gas companies. Senator Cortez Masto has led efforts in the Senate to lower costs for Nevadans, leading bicameral legislation … Continue Reading

January 26, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $2 Million to Support Virginia City Biofuel Company

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that they have secured a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help Nevada-based Comstock Inc. produce biofuel. Comstock has developed an innovative and cost-effective process that produces sustainable, renewable fuel from wood byproducts. This project will create new jobs and help lower Nevada's carbon footprint. "Nevada is a hotspot for clean energy, and the federal … Continue Reading

January 26, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Funding for More Mental Health Professionals in Nevada Schools

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that Nevada State College will receive $1, 218,626 to train school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals to provide school-based mental health services in Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto led the effort to include these funds in the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that was signed into law last year to address the acute shortage of mental health professionals in Nevada … Continue Reading

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