Press Releases

October 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Senate Democrats Slam Carson for Undercutting Transgender Rights

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and thirty one other Senate Democrats in demanding Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson retract his statements about the rights of transgender individuals, following dismissive remarks he made during a staff meeting according to the Washington Post. "We are deeply concerned that your comments undercut protections provided to transgender people under HUD's rules, undermine … Continue Reading

October 25, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation Honoring Purple Heart Veterans and Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week cosponsored legislation led by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to honor Americans who have been wounded or killed while serving in the nation's armed forces. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act would require the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in honor of Purple Heart recipients during 2021. "We owe our nation's servicemembers and their families a debt of gratitude. Minting coins in honor of those … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Celebrate the Silver State with Nevada Day Trivia Video

Reno, Nev. - In honor of Nevada Day, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) shared a video celebrating some of Nevada's most unique and interesting trivia facts. "Home means Nevada for both of us, and we're thrilled by any opportunity to get together to celebrate our great state," said the Senators. "This Nevada Day, we hope Nevadans everywhere honor our rich history, and hopefully learn something new about the great state that we share. Our advice to celebrate … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins Letter Demanding CFPB Continue Collecting Mortgage Data to Protect Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and six senators to demand that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continue to collect all Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data points added in the CFPB's 2015 final rule. In the years leading up to and during the financial crisis, regulators and Congress found that existing HMDA data was insufficient to detect discriminatory and risky lending activity. Congress required the … Continue Reading

October 24, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Reduce Homelessness on Tribal Lands

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan bill, led by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to make it easier for tribes and tribally-designated housing entities to access funding to combat homelessness on tribal lands. "Homelessness is a significant challenge on tribal lands in Nevada and across the country, with families often moving in with friends, relatives or neighbors to get by. I'm proud to cosponsor this … Continue Reading

October 23, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $5 Million in Grants for Housing, Community Development in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $5,782,701 for Northern and Southern Nevada from the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funds will go to develop communities, build affordable housing, reduce homelessness and help Nevadans regain stability after experiencing homelessness, and expand economic opportunities. "We welcome these funds to help communities … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors New Bill to Invest in American Workforce

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.-17), to introduce new bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition … Continue Reading

October 22, 2019

Cortez Masto, Roberts Introduce Legislation to Help Support Rural Hospitals

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced the Rural ACO Improvement Act to support rural health care providers that are delivering high quality care as part of accountable care organizations (ACO). Today, rural providers are discouraged from participating in these payment models because their efficiency may be counted against them. This bill would fix that glitch in the payment system, putting rural providers on a level playing field … Continue Reading

October 21, 2019

Cortez Masto, Van Hollen, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Protect Victims of Corporate Fraud and Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Civil Claims Act. This legislation will protect American consumers' right to sue fraudulent or abusive corporations by eliminating a glitch in the tax code that requires plaintiffs who win these type of cases to pay income tax on money awarded to pay attorneys' fees. "Victims of fraud or abuse shouldn't be punished for holding … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Energy Secretary Nominee Dan Brouillette

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that he will nominate current Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. "It's imperative that our next Energy Secretary respect the voices of the overwhelming majority of Nevadans who oppose the Yucca Mountain project and honor the written commitment I secured from Secretary Perry to remove the secret shipment of … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce Members of Judicial Commissions and Process to Apply to Be Federal Judge

LAS VEGAS, NV - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing the members of their bipartisan Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Judicial Commissions. The Senators have created two five-member commissions, one in southern Nevada and one in northern Nevada, which will review and recommend candidates for potential nomination to the federal bench. Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen invite all Nevadans interested in being … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Questions CFPB Director Kraninger About Letting Debt Collection Agencies Off the Hook

Washington, D.C. - At a Senate Banking Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger about the CFPB's toothless and ineffectual settlement with the debt collection agency Asset Recovery Associates (ARA). Senator Cortez Masto discussed ARA's history of deceptive and threatening tactics in attempting to collect debts. (Nevada barred ARA from operating in the state during Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

October 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Supports Bill Establishing Commission for Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored a bill to create a National Criminal Justice Commission. Introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the National Criminal Justice Commission Act would establish a commission that conducts a comprehensive review and proposes recommendations to address the most pressing issues facing our nation's criminal justice system. "Since my time as Nevada's Attorney … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Cortez Masto, Menendez Lead Group of 19 Senators in Urging FHFA to Fulfill its Duty to Underserved, Limited-English Proficient Borrowers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) led a group of 19 senators in calling on the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to rescind its decision to remove a language preference question and housing counseling information from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA). The FHFA's decision to remove these sections from the URLA could reduce access to mortgage financing for limited-English proficient, … Continue Reading

October 17, 2019

Cortez Masto Urges CMS to Address Medicare Website Concerns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, expressing concerns with the readiness of the Plan Finder website, a critical tool that helps seniors select a plan. The Plan Finder website was recently updated to improve the user experience, and recent reports indicate that problems with the new website could leave consumers with misleading or incorrect information about plan cost and … Continue Reading

October 16, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Statement on Nomination of Nevada’s Jennifer Togliatti to U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced the nomination of Jennifer Togliatti to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. "We welcome the nomination of Judge Togliatti, a Nevadan who served twenty years on our state court bench, including as Chief Judge for Clark County's Eighth Judicial District Court. Over the course of her three decades of service in the … Continue Reading

October 08, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen, Amodei Applaud Final Release of $40.4 Million Grant for Reno’s Virginia Street Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.-02) released the following statement celebrating the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) release of $40.4 million in a Capital Investment Grant (CIG) to fund the Washoe Regional Transportation Commission's (RTC) Reno Virginia Street BRT Extension Project. The project, which began this past April, will upgrade aging utilities infrastructure along Virginia Street … Continue Reading

October 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Unveils New College Resource Guide at Visit to Coral Academy

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Coral Academy of Science in Las Vegas where she spoke to students and introduced her new College and Beyond Guide. The Senator's guide, available in both English and Spanish, includes resources for Nevadans pursuing higher education, through a college degree or vocational education. "Nevada's students, like the ones I met today at the Coral Academy, are leaders, trailblazers and innovators, and they deserve every … Continue Reading

October 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Speaks to Nevada Law Enforcement at Human Trafficking Summit

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks at the Nevada Attorney General Office's Law Enforcement Summit, which focused on the prosecution and prevention of human trafficking. The Senator spoke about her efforts in the Senate to make it harder for human traffickers to do business online, and the need to support law enforcement and empower survivors. "I'm proud to be here today with Nevada's law enforcement community who are on the ground every day … Continue Reading

October 07, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with LGBTQ Nevadans

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today hosted a roundtable with LGBTQ community leaders and advocates in Southern Nevada to discuss the concerns of the LGBTQ community and the consequences of the Trump administration's efforts to undermine hard-fought protections for LGBTQ Americans. During the roundtable, she discussed her efforts in the Senate to fight anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing, employment, the military and education. "On the eve of Las Vegas PRIDE, … Continue Reading

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