Press Releases

September 09, 2019

Cortez Masto Highlights Nevada’s Leadership in the Future of Drone Delivery at Flirtey Event

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Flirtey, a pioneer of commercial drone delivery, at the national unveiling of their 'Flirtey Eagle' drone. Last year, Flirtey and the City of Reno were selected to participate in the highly competitive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, which continues to attract investments, create jobs and drive innovation in Nevada. Senator Cortez Masto also highlighted the … Continue Reading

August 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Participates in Law Enforcement Training on How to Identify Child Trafficking

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today participated in a training led by the Texas Department of Public Safety to help Southern Nevada law enforcement identify and rescue child trafficking victims. The training is part of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) Program created by Captain Derek Prestridge to teach patrol officers to recognize suspicious behaviors in adults and children indicative of child trafficking and exploitation. "As Nevada … Continue Reading

August 30, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Welcome $3.5 Million to Help Low-Income Students Thrive in School

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $3.5 million awarded to the Nevada Department of Education to increase opportunities for low-income middle and high school students. Provided through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), the grant will finance educational services at high-poverty schools and fund scholarships for low-income students. "Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty, … Continue Reading

August 30, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Remarks to National Native American Law Enforcement Association

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered remarks at the 27th Annual National Native American Law Enforcement Association Training Event. In her remarks, the Senator addressed ways to support Native American law enforcement so that they can stem the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: Good afternoon, and thank you for letting me be here with you as you close out the 27th Annual NNALEA … Continue Reading

August 29, 2019

Cortez Masto to AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention: We Must Expand Collective Bargaining Power

"For decades, the AFL-CIO has been leading the charge in the fight for workers' rights and stronger unions. You have been pioneers for social and economic justice throughout the Silver State." "We're building the economy of the 21st century in the Silver State-not just because it's good for our environment, but because it means thousands of good paying labor jobs that support those innovative, cutting-edge industries coming to our state, at a time when the whole world needs those creative … Continue Reading

August 29, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration End Remain in Mexico Policy

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a group of 23 Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its Remain in Mexico policy. The deceptively named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy blocks legal asylum seekers from being in the U.S. while they await court hearings in their cases, forcing them to wait in dangerous cities in Mexico for extended periods of … Continue Reading

August 29, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Trade Roundtable with Nevada Businesses, Visits Pershing County

Reno, Nev. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with local businesses to discuss trade, participated in a demonstration of innovative broadband delivery solutions in rural communities, and met with local officials in Pershing. "Yesterday, I met with businesses in Nevada that are job creators and economic drivers in our state. It's critical that we ensure that the playing field is fair for American businesses and that they have the certainty to plan for their … Continue Reading

August 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Over $9 Million for Bridge Repairs on I-515

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed over $9 million awarded to the Nevada Department of Transportation for bridge repairs to I-515 to ease travel through downtown Las Vegas. The grant was provided by the Department of Transportation as part of a Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP). "I-515 is crucial to Las Vegas' economy and for accessibility and travel in Southern Nevada, connecting Henderson to our booming downtown Las Vegas. I'm confident these grants … Continue Reading

August 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds $1.7 Million to Combat Violence Against Women

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced over $1.7 million to help Nevada reduce violence against women. Awarded to the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, the grant funding was provided by the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program to facilitate coordination between law enforcement, courts and victims services organizations to combat violent crimes against women. "Since my time as Attorney General, protecting women from violence and strengthening … Continue Reading

August 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Visits Elko, Humboldt and Lander Counties

Winnemucca, Nev. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited Elko, Humboldt and Lander Counties. She spent her morning touring the Carlin Historical Society and the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association's new memorial and exhibit honoring 13 Chinese residents who lived and worked in Carlin approximately 100 years ago. In Battle Mountain, she also met with Lander County officials and members of the Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. … Continue Reading

August 27, 2019

Cortez Masto Reviews Fire Rehab Efforts

Elko, Nev. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured Lamoille Canyon to survey the damage from the 2018 Range 2 fire there and review the efforts underway to rehabilitate the canyon. Later in the day, she met with representatives from Nevada Gold Mines LLC and Elko County government officials. "I'm so grateful for the work being undertaken to restore and rehabilitate Lamoille Canyon. I'll continue to fight in the Senate to get the funds Nevadans need to rebuild in the … Continue Reading

August 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Meets With Partners to Protect the Ruby Mountains

Elko, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today met with local conservation groups, small businesses, tribal and community leaders committed to protecting Nevada's Ruby Mountains from gas and oil drilling and highlighted the legislation that she introduced in the Senate, the Ruby Mountains Protection Act. "I'm proud to stand with Nevadans who recognize that the Ruby Mountains are one of our irreplaceable national treasures. Nevadans rely on our public lands not only for the … Continue Reading

August 26, 2019

Cortez Masto, Democrats Condemn Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined 45 Senate Democratic colleagues in a letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella to oppose the Labor Department's recent proposal to undermine the highly effective and widely supported registered apprenticeship program. The proposed rule would create duplicative, unnecessary and lower-quality "industry-recognized apprenticeship programs" (IRAPs), that would not provide the same crucial benefits and protections as … Continue Reading

August 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Health Care Roundtable with Nevadans

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Nevadans - including health care advocates, cancer survivors and patients with a variety of chronic illnesses - who shared their firsthand experiences with the Affordable Care Act. The roundtable included discussions of the Senator's efforts to protect pre-existing conditions safeguards, reduce the price of prescription drugs, and other health care related priorities she is focused on in the Senate. "Today, I heard so many … Continue Reading

August 23, 2019

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Conservation

Las Vegas, Nev. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with leaders from conservation groups active in Nevada and across the nation. During the roundtable, the senator discussed her efforts in the Senate to protect the Ruby Mountains from oil and gas drilling, promote clean energy, and encourage recreation on Nevada's public lands. "Many Nevadans depend on our land for their livelihood, which is why we need to value and conserve the state's natural … Continue Reading

August 22, 2019

Cortez Masto and Rosen Applaud Over $5 Million for Improving Rural Broadband

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for awarding $5,400,558 to maintain, improve, and expand rural broadband in 675 locations throughout the state of Nevada. "Nevada's rural communities deserve this kind of federal support to improve broadband quality and increase access. Without it, Nevadans are unable to access key services like online banking and … Continue Reading

August 22, 2019

Cortez Masto Delivers Remarks at Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Clean Energy and Transportation Summit

"At a time when we're staring down climate change-one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced-we can't afford to sideline such rich, carbon-free resources." "We can ask people in our factories to be flexible and fast in responding to changing times-but only if we provide the kind of jobs that in turn let them build stable and successful lives." "We have terrific challenges in front of us, but we also have solutions that people barely dreamed of a century ago. And Nevada is to me … Continue Reading

August 21, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $2.7 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development in Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for awarding grants totaling over $2.7 million for community development and affordable housing in Las Vegas and Sparks. "As one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, Nevada continues to experience an affordable housing crisis. These grants provide crucial support for Nevadans struggling to maintain a safe and secure home. … Continue Reading

August 20, 2019

Cortez Masto at Lake Tahoe Summit: Climate Change Innovation Is Up to Us

"It's up to us, working in close collaboration-the way we have right here in Tahoe for more than two decades-to come up with innovative approaches to climate." "There is a heroic role for each and every one of us to play in the millennia-old story of Tahoe, to make the lake and its communities more resilient to climate change." "So let all of us use today as an occasion to challenge ourselves to think a little longer, work a little harder, dream a little bigger about this lake." South … Continue Reading

August 20, 2019

Cortez Masto Demands Fix to System Error Preventing Nevada TPS Recipients from Renewing Driver’s Licenses

Reno, Nev.- U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging them to fix an issue preventing TPS holders in Nevada from renewing or receiving their driver's licenses. Currently, the USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) System is erroneously showing the administration's original TPS cancellation date, despite the fact that the deadline has been … Continue Reading

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