Press Releases

October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Wendell Williams Elementary

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at Wendell Williams Elementary School. Cortez Masto spoke with community members and discussed the contributions made by the Hispanic community in Las Vegas. Cortez Masto cosponsored a resolution to recognize September 15th through October 15th as a month to celebrate and honor Hispanic culture in the United States. "This month, we proudly celebrate the contributions Hispanics have made in our … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Markey, Brown Demand Answers from Administration Over Reports of Chinese Manipulation of U.S. Technology

Washington, D.C. - Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called on the Trump Administration to look into reports of Chinese government efforts to secretly manipulate U.S. technology. According to a October 4 Bloomberg Businessweek report, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) "designed and manufactured" microchips to be surreptitiously planted within the motherboards of servers assembled by Super Micro Computer Inc. (also known as … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Senators Introduce Legislation to Ensure Affordable Student Loans for Every Borrower

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in introducing the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that would ensure affordable, simple income-based repayment plans for any federal student loan borrowers. The average college senior who has taken out loans now graduates with more than $30,000 in debt, and total student debt nationwide has topped $1.5 trillion, creating a significant drag on the … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) to introduce the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, which expands protections for vulnerable children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The bill has been introduced in the House as H.R. 7047, and in the Senate as S. 3558. "When I visited the Southern border to monitor … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cortez Masto Commemorates National Coming Out Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) today released the following statement and accompanying video message commemorating National Coming Out Day, which is celebrated on every year on October 11. "Coming out is one of the most courageous acts an LGBTQ person will make in their life. On this day, we recognize and reaffirm our support for all LGBTQ Americans who have suffered discrimination, humiliation or violence as a result of their identity. I am proud to stand in … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cortez Masto: Senate Failure to Overturn Junk Insurance Rule A Profound Disservice to Families

FTP for video stations available HERE Watch the full video HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) condemned the Senate's failure to overturn President Trump's expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to individuals with preexisting conditions and aren't required to cover essential services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits, and maternity care. A measure introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) to reverse the expansion failed to … Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Touts Provision Included in Water Infrastructure Legislation, Applauds Final Passage

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement following the passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which includes the Senator's provision to help protect federal funding for critical flood control projects in the Truckee Meadows. "Northern Nevada faces the threat of intense flooding every spring," said Cortez Masto. "The inclusion of this provision in the American's Water Infrastructure Act will ensure that the Truckee … Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendment Protecting Truckee Meadows Funding Advances to Final Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Senate voted 96-3 to advance the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to a final vote. The bill includes the Senator's provision to help protect $181 million in federal funding for critical flood control projects in the Truckee Meadows. "Tomorrow's critical vote will determine whether Northern Nevada has the necessary resources to protect itself from natural disasters. My amendment … Continue Reading


October 09, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez, Duckworth Lead 22 Senators Urging DHS to Withdraw ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led a group of 22 Democratic senators urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw its proposed 'public charge' rule, which would make it more difficult for legal immigrants to obtain permanent residency if they have used public assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid. In a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the senators warned that such a policy … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Honors Reno Philanthropist Evelyn Mount

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today visited the Evelyn Mount Community Outreach Center and presented founder Evelyn Mount with a Congressional Record Statement honoring her lifetime of service fighting hunger in Reno. "Evelyn Mount has been a pillar of the Reno community for over 40 years and has provided meals to thousands of families in need. I'm proud to honor a woman who has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Reno families have the comfort of a holiday … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Honored by Alliance for Retired Americans

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today was awarded a "Heroes Award" by the Alliance for Retired Americans' for her work in Congress representing the interests of Nevada's seniors and retirees. "The Alliance for Retired Americans works tirelessly to advocate for the financial security, health and wellbeing of Nevada's seniors and retirees. I am honored to receive this award highlighting my commitment to protecting retired Nevadans' hard earned benefits, retirement … Continue Reading


October 08, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Domestic Violence with Community Leaders and Advocates

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with community leaders and advocates to discuss the work being done in Northern Nevada to prevent domestic violence and support survivors of abuse. "Far too many women in Nevada are victims of domestic violence each year. Today, I heard from many local leaders on the significant work they are doing to help prevent domestic violence in our communities and provide … Continue Reading


October 06, 2018

Cortez Masto: Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh an Assault on Independence of Judiciary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In addition, Senator Cortez Masto spoke on the floor of the United States Senate early Saturday morning to express her opposition to his nomination: "I'm profoundly disappointed the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I believe based on his record and testimony his stance on a woman's right to choose is extreme and … Continue Reading


October 06, 2018

Cortez Masto: Kavanaugh’s Extreme Judicial Philosophy Threatens Women, Environment, Separation of Powers & Fundamental Civil Rights

When I watched Judge Kavanagh's testimony, I didn't see a fair and impartial justice. I saw a man who is blinded by rage and ideology. If confirmed, I believe that Judge Kavanaugh's extreme, activist judicial philosophy will pose a threat to women, our environment, our constitutional separation of powers and our fundamental civil rights. I stand with survivors and I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. We must work together in a bipartisan way and restore our constitutional role of advice and … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Cortez Masto, Banking Committee Democrats Call for Hearing to Hold Wells Fargo Accountable for Customer Abuses

Senators seek to question bank executives about mass layoffs despite high profits Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined her Democratic colleagues in calling on the Senate Banking Committee to hold a hearing with Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan and Chair of the Board of Directors Elizabeth Duke, in the wake of the bank's rampant consumer abuses revealed over the last year. More than a dozen widespread and persistent failures by the bank have come to light since Tim … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on FBI Background Investigation of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after reviewing the contents of the FBI background investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Today's FBI background investigation only raises more questions about Judge Kavanaugh's character and demonstrates that he is not the right person for the highest Court in America. As a former Attorney General, I know how critical it is to know all of the … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Cortez Masto, Rosen Urge DOJ to Protect Access to Voting for Native Americans Following Violation of Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Representative Jacky Rosen (NV-03) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Office of Tribal Justice Director Tracy Toulou, inquiring about the Department of Justice's (DOJ) efforts to secure future voting sites near tribes in Nevada and reduce barriers to voting faced by Native Americans. The letter follows a lawsuit against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske for violating the Voting Rights Act, … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Address Root Causes of Endemic Violence in Central America, Protect Refugees

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Central American Reform and Enforcement Act, legislation that would provide a coordinated regional response to manage the horrific violence and humanitarian crisis in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The bill would require cooperation between the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of State, to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto, Heller Support Nevada Application to Participate in DOT-FAA Unmanned Traffic Management Pilot Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell in support of Nevada's application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP). The State of Nevada UPP application brings together 17 Nevada-based and global companies to launch the first Smart City Unmanned Aircraft … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Native American Voting Rights Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Native American Voting Rights Act of 2018, landmark legislation to provide the necessary resources and oversight to ensure Native Americans have equal access to the electoral process. "Barriers to voting are far too common in Native communities," said Cortez Masto. "We have a responsibility to ensure that every person with the right to vote can cast a ballot. I'm proud to support this bill to protect Native … Continue Reading

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