Press Releases

July 10, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Oversight into Department of Energy’s Misclassified Nuclear Waste Shipments to Nevada National Security Site

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement demanding answers into the Department of Energy's (DOE) potential misclassification and shipment of illegal low-level radioactive waste (LLW) from DOE's Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, TN. The classified low-level waste was shipped to the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) from the Y-12 facility, violating the NNSS Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC), which establishes … Continue Reading

July 09, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Floor Speech Calling on Trump Administration to Stop Lawsuit to End Pre-existing Conditions Protections for Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor highlighting the stories of Nevadans who would lose their health care and pre-existing conditions protections if President Trump and 18 Republican Attorneys General and Governors win their lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. The Senator's remarks come on the first day of oral arguments in Texas v. United States in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Senator Cortez Masto's remarks are … Continue Reading

July 09, 2019

Cortez Masto: Alexander Acosta Must Resign Now

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement calling on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign. "As Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta is responsible for enforcing child labor laws and protecting against human trafficking. I've reviewed the recent indictment against Mr. Epstein and the reporting by the Miami Herald on Secretary Acosta's role as U.S. Attorney in arranging his plea agreement. Secretary Acosta showed a blatant disregard … Continue Reading

July 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Visits Churchill County

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with numerous stakeholders in Churchill County to discuss the proposed expansion of the Naval Air Station at Fallon. The Senator met with ranchers whose grazing permits could be significantly impacted, as well as with local government officials, business leaders, tribal representatives and others to discuss the proposed modernization and expansion of the Fallon Range Training Complex. "I was eager to talk to stakeholders … Continue Reading

July 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Visits White Pine and Eureka Counties

Eureka, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) yesterday visited White Pine and Eureka Counties, where she spent her morning touring the Robinson Mine and afternoon meeting with local government officials, sheepherders and members of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe to discuss local issues. The Senator finished her day with a tour of the historic Eureka Opera House. "Yesterday I met with local officials and community leaders in White Pine and Eureka counties. From Amanda Hilton, the … Continue Reading

July 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Address Conditions in Immigrant Detention Facilities and Protect Children

Washington, D.C. - Following shocking reports of neglect and mistreatment of immigrant children and families, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to address conditions in immigrant detention facilities. Introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would prohibit the detention of immigrant children, establish enforceable humane standards for detention facilities, and end the use of private prisons to hold immigrants. "It's … Continue Reading

July 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Visits City of Caliente, Tours Caliente Youth Center and Views Panaca Charging Station

Panaca, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with City of Caliente officials and later visited the Caliente Youth Center, a community-based facility north of Las Vegas, where she discussed the center's programs dedicated to the education and recovery of young Nevadans in the juvenile justice system. She also viewed the Panaca electric vehicle charging station and discussed her recent introduction of cleaner vehicle legislation in the Senate to strengthen Nevada's … Continue Reading

July 01, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Prescription Drug Costs

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a roundtable with Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela and Nevadans impacted by the high cost of prescription drugs. As part of the roundtable, the senator discussed her efforts in the Senate to bring down prescription costs and heard from Nevadans and state leaders on lessons from the State of Nevada that she can take to Washington to address the high cost of prescription drugs. "Hardworking Nevadans shouldn't have to … Continue Reading

July 01, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Honor Anniversary of Title IX, Landmark Civil Rights Law Prohibiting Discrimination in Education on the Basis of Sex

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution honoring the 47th Anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). The passage of Title IX created unprecedented opportunities for women, girls and LGBTQ individuals to find success both in academics and athletics. Introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), this resolution honors the anniversary by reaffirming the commitment to strengthening Title IX and ensuring equity in the … Continue Reading

June 29, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts ‘Know Your Rights’ Event in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a Know Your Rights event at the Immigrant Home Foundation with local immigration attorneys and mental health professionals to share how Nevada immigrants can receive legal resources and support in the face of President Trump's attacks on immigrant families. As part of the event, Senator Cortez Masto also heard from families in Nevada on how President Trump's recent deportation threats are personally impacting them and the Las … Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues: Census Should Stay on Schedule, Omit Citizenship Question

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and 26 other senators in demanding that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross meet the Trump Administration's self-imposed deadline of July 1 to begin printing materials for the 2020 census, without adding a politically motivated question about citizenship. Their call comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's rationale for adding the question "appears to have been … Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill To Empower Tribal Communities to Prosecute Domestic Violence, Protect Native Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation today to close gaps in tribal jurisdiction that fail to shield Native children and Tribal law enforcement officers from violent offenders. Introduced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M.), the Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act restores tribal jurisdiction over crimes against children and strengthens existing laws to ensure that tribes can prosecute domestic … Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Over 100 Colleagues in Introducing the LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 99 Members of Congress to introduce the LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act. The bill would require federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity on a voluntary basis, which would ensure lawmakers and agencies have robust information to adequately address LGBTQ issues. "Fifty years since the Stonewall Riots, our policy … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislative Package to Promote Cleaner Vehicles, Fight Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today introduced four bills in the United States Senate: The Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act; The Electric Transportation Commission and National Strategy Act; The Clean Fuel Infrastructure Act; and The Greener Transportation for Communities Act. These bills are designed to promote the use of cleaner transportation options throughout America, encourage the construction of electric charging and hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure on … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Stop Trump Administration Proposal to End Protections for Homeless Transgender People

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and nine other senators in introducing new legislation to block a proposed rule at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would strip away protections for homeless transgender people. The bill, the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act, is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Robert … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Cortez Masto: It's Past Time to Move On from the Same Old Playbook on Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - At today's hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) decried the lack of a consent-based and comprehensive approach to nuclear waste storage in America. As part of the discussion, she highlighted her concerns with the Nuclear Waste Administration Act¸ which fails to give Nevada the opportunity to consent to nuclear waste storage, a right all other states would receive. She also questioned Ms. Maria … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Secures Privatized Military Housing Reform, Prioritizes Needs of Nevada Service Members in 2020 NDAA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, which includes reforms Senator Cortez Masto introduced to improve the management of privatized military housing installations, prioritize the needs of Nevada's service members stationed at Fallon Naval Air Station and Nellis and Creech Air Force bases, and cut wasteful Department of Defense spending. "I'm proud to fight for … Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in Census Case

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York, sending the case back to lower court and requiring the Administration to provide more information to justify its decision to add a political question on citizenship to the 2020 Census. "Today's decision is a clear sign that the Supreme Court recognizes this administration tried to lie its way through our judicial system in order … Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Strengthen Rights of Public Sector Workers to Join Unions, Bargain Collectively

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Democratic colleagues in introducing bicameral legislation that will guarantee the right of public employees to organize, act concertedly and bargain collectively in states that currently do not afford these basic protections. The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act is a response to the absence of a federal law protecting the freedom of public sector workers to join a union and … Continue Reading

June 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bicameral Legislation to Promote Title IX, Gender Equity in Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) to introduce bicameral legislation to provide more resources, training, and technical assistance to address discrimination in education throughout the United States. The Patsy T. Mink and Louise M. Slaughter Gender Equity in Education Act (GEEA) would provide these resources through the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, more commonly … Continue Reading

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