Press Releases

February 10, 2020

Cortez Masto: Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal Hurts Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump's FY2021 budget proposal and its potential impact on Nevada. "I was sent to Congress to fight for all Nevadans, and while I'm eager to work with my colleagues in Congress to preserve this budget's funding for our rural communities, there is far too much in this proposal that will hurt Nevada families. This budget proposal targets earned benefit programs like Medicare … Continue Reading

February 10, 2020

Cortez Masto Secures Release of $17.9 Million in Down Payment Assistance for Nevada Homebuyers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced the Treasury Department's release of $17.9 million in down payment assistance for Nevada homebuyers in zip codes hardest hit by foreclosures. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $20,000 toward a down payment on a single-family home, condominium, or townhome. Senator Cortez Masto's office has pushed for the disbursement of this second round of funding from Treasury's Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program for seven … Continue Reading

February 07, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Successful Federal Grants Program, Urges Nevadans to Contact Her Office for Grants Assistance

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated the over $376,656,492 in federal grant funding she helped Nevadans secure in 2019, and urged Nevada businesses, non-profit organizations, tribes and constituents to utilize her office's Grants Assistance Program, which is designed to help Nevadans with all grant-related questions or issues throughout the federal grant application process. The program not only helps constituents identify funding opportunities, but can … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Demands Senator McConnell Allow Vote on Bipartisan Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today highlighted another piece of crucial legislation, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), that is languishing in the Senate due to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) refusal to bring this bipartisan bill up for a vote. VAWA plays a critical role in addressing gender-based violence and providing services and protections for survivors in Nevada, and across the country. "It's unconscionable that … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Repeal Trump Travel Ban

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to repeal President Trump's executive order blocking travel from thirteen majority Muslim and developing countries. The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act repeals President Trump's travel bans, strengthens the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, and restores the separation of powers by limiting overly broad executive … Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Senators Say Upgrades to Nevada Air National Guard’s Aircraft Fleet Would Benefit California and Nevada, Improve Firefighting Capabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett requesting eight new state-of-the-art aircrafts for the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno. Upgrading the Nevada Air National Guard's C-130J fleet would help improve the Nevada Air National Guard's readiness and increase their abilities to fight wildfires across both Nevada and … Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Releases Statement for the Record on the Impeachment Trial of President Trump

For two weeks I listened to the arguments presented by both sides, took notes, posed questions, and identified the facts that were supported and substantiated and those that were not. No act in our country is more sacred and solemn for democracy than voting. And nothing in our system of government is more vital to the continued health of our democracy than its elections. No American should stand for foreign election interference, much less invite it. I was sent to Congress not just to fight … Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Cortez Masto Highlights Senator McConnell’s Obstruction of Bipartisan Legislation to Support Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today spoke out about how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has blocked progress on the Deborah Sampson Act to support women veterans, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support in May. Senator Cortez Masto is also urging Leader McConnell to take up numerous other pieces of veterans' legislation introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support. "It's outrageous that Leader McConnell refuses to … Continue Reading

February 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on State of the Union Address

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to President Trump's State of the Union address: "Instead of using the State of the Union as an opportunity to unite the country and bring people together, President Trump delivered more broken promises and lies. In the days and weeks before tonight's address, President Trump announced plans to rip health care away from millions of Americans, expand his discriminatory Muslim ban, and … Continue Reading

February 04, 2020

Cortez Masto Urges HUD to Implement Her Manufactured Housing Modernization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson urging quick implementation of recently passed legislation to empower communities that choose to make manufactured housing part of their affordable housing plans. This will allow state and local governments to support the development of … Continue Reading

February 03, 2020

Cortez Masto Calls on Senator McConnell to Allow Vote on Anti-Trafficking Bill

Washington, D.C. - Following National Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month in January, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to allow the Senate to vote on the bipartisan Fight Illicit Networks and Detect (FIND) Trafficking Act, which passed the House of Representatives last year. The FIND Trafficking Act would require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on how virtual currencies and online … Continue Reading

February 01, 2020

Cortez Masto Honors Black History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today released the following statement commemorating Black History Month. "African Americans have made untold contributions to Nevada and the country. Black History Month memorializes centuries of accomplishments by African Americans in business, politics, education, science, and the arts. Nevada's black community has a long history of shaping and strengthening our great state. From Nelson Stoutmeyer, who in 1872 successfully … Continue Reading

January 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on Senate Republican Vote Against Witnesses & Documents in Senate Impeachment Trial

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after a majority of the Senate Republican Caucus voted to deny Nevadans, and the American people testimony from key witnesses and documents in the Senate impeachment trial: "Today is a sad day for our country and the rule of law in America. The American people were denied a full trial with all of the relevant facts and evidence. As a former Attorney General for the State of Nevada, I know what a … Continue Reading

January 31, 2020

Cortez Masto Invites Reno Police Chief as Guest for State of the Union Address

Senator praises Chief Soto for making access to mental health resources a priority for the Reno Police Department Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced Reno Police Chief Jason Soto as her guest to the State of the Union address. Chief Soto has been a leader in promoting officer safety and wellbeing by providing innovative mental health resources and peer support to his department. He previously joined Senator Cortez Masto at a law enforcement … Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Cortez Masto Statement on State of Nevada Suit to Certify the ERA

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Nevada will join in a lawsuit to require the Archivist of the United States to certify the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "Nevadans ratified the Equal Rights Amendment in 2017, making us the 36th state to do so. Now that three-quarters of the states have approved the amendment's protections for every American … Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Introduce Bill to Boost Investments in Nevada’s Booming Solar and Geothermal Industries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to encourage the growth of Nevada's renewable energy projects by extending and expanding renewable energy credits. The Solar and Geothermal Tax Credit Expansion Act would extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and residential renewable energy tax credit, as well as create tax parity for geothermal and other renewable energy technologies. The bill will support groundbreaking renewable … Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Cortez Masto: Administration’s Medicaid Block Grant Rule Threatens American Families’ Access to Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's new proposal to rip away health care from millions of Americans by ending Medicaid as we know it and converting it to an optional capped block grant for states. This proposal could result in harmful cuts to Medicaid programs across the country and put millions of Americans at risk of losing access to comprehensive health care coverage. "The Trump … Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Cortez Masto, Portman Introduce Legislation to Continue Technical Assistance Program for Small and Rural Physician Groups

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced legislation to ensure that small and rural physician practices participating in Medicare's new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) have access to the technical assistance they need to comply with program rules. MIPS requires physicians to complete complex reporting in order to be eligible for Medicare payments and raises. This bill will help rural and small practices that are struggling … Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Cortez Masto Joins Call for Trump to Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in demanding President Trump retract his comments stating that he'd be open to cutting earned benefits like Medicare or Social Security to pay for his tax giveaway to the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Despite the Administration's claims that the bill was a tax cut for working people, it has failed to deliver for many American families. It has also exploded the deficit, which … Continue Reading

January 28, 2020

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce $1.1 Million in Emergency Preparedness Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) applauded a $1,131,447 grant to the State of Nevada from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund pre-disaster mitigation projects. "These funds will help increase the resiliency of communities across Nevada in the face of possible wildfires, winter storms, floods or other natural disasters. The safety of Nevada families is our top priority, and we'll … Continue Reading

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