Press Releases

March 14, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on the U.S. Forest Service’s Decision to Not Allow Oil and Gas Leasing in the Ruby Mountains

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest released its draft decision in the Ruby Mountains Oil and Gas Leasing Availability Analysis. The U.S. Forest Service found that proposed lands within the Ruby Mountains are not suitable for oil and gas leasing. "I commend the Forest Service for recognizing what the majority of Nevadans have loudly said: oil and gas drilling has no place in the Ruby … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Cortez Masto: President Trump’s Budget Doesn’t Put Nevada First

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after reviewing the specifics of President Trump's budget proposal and its impact on the State of Nevada. "While I commend the Administration for recognizing that the issue of childcare is crucial for families, there is little in this budget that is good for America. From repealing the Affordable Care Act, targeting Medicaid and SNAP, to gutting crucial housing and education funding; the … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Cortez Masto, Menendez Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Contributions of Latinas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a resolution to celebrate the contributions of Latinas in the United States during National Women's History Month. The Senators' resolution honors the heritage, culture and contributions of Latinas in a variety of fields while acknowledging the pervasive barriers that prevent their full recognition as equal members of society. Representative Lou Correa (D-Calif.) introduced a companion … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on Yemen Resolution Vote

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she voted in support of a joint resolution to end the United States' role in Yemen's civil war. "As we approach four years of war in Yemen, Congress must do more to push for an end to the conflict and ensure humanitarian aid reaches the millions of innocent civilians who have been suffering for far too long. We must also take action to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for its role in this … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Provide Debt Relief to Students Pursuing Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to ease students' debt burdens by allowing eligible borrowers to refinance their federal loans. By closing tax loopholes and providing options for lower interest rates, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act significantly reduces barriers for eligible students to pursue higher education and save for their futures. "Nevada students averaged over $23,000 … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors EQUALITY Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). This legislation would amend existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly ban discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. "For decades, LGBTQ Americans have fought relentlessly to achieve social and political equality in the United States. While we've made strides together, LGBTQ Americans continue to face … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

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 2019, which defends Native Americans' civil rights by ensuring their right to vote is protected. "For too long Native communities throughout America have waited for the federal government to guarantee their civil rights, including the right to vote. The Native American Voting Rights Act is essential to removing barriers to voting that are all too common in Tribal communities. … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Cortez Masto Grills Kraninger over CFPB Failure to Protect Servicemembers from Predatory Lenders

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) grilled Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger about the agency's decision to stop monitoring banks' and payday lenders' compliance with the Military Lending Act (MLA), a law that protects servicemembers and their families from predatory lending. "By choosing not to include the MLA as part of the CFPB's supervisory exams, particularly of payday lenders, … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Cortez Masto, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Inclusion of Contractor Back Pay in Upcoming Disaster Package

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen and a bipartisan group of 37 Senators in sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Combat Animal Cruelty

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to protect the lives of animals. The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act outlaws a heinous form of animal maiming and torture known as "crushing." "It's unacceptable that acts of animal cruelty and torture, such as 'crushing,' aren't already punishable by federal law. This needs to change. I'm proud to join this bipartisan effort … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Recognize Legacy, Contributions of Indigenous Women

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the nation. The resolution recognizes the heritage, culture and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women. "American … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

Washington, D.C. - In light of the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 23 Senate colleagues in a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Udall, Tester Demand Answers After Tribal Health Care Resources Removed from HHS Websites

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar calling on him to explain why HHS removed vital health care resources for tribal communities from its Office of Minority Health and Administration for Native Americans (ANA) websites. In their letter, the Senators note that American Indian and Alaska … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cortez Masto, Cassidy, Sinema, Moran Introduce Bill to Combat Financial Crime

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) introduced legislation to combat money laundering and terrorism through financial intelligence. The FinCEN Improvement Act of 2019 bolsters national security by expanding the capacity of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to work with tribal law enforcement agencies, protect against domestic terrorism and focus on virtual currencies. "Since … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Child Tax Credit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation to put money back in the pockets of Nevada families during tax season. The American Family Act would create a new expanded child tax credit for families with children under 6 and increase the maximum child tax credit for children 6 years and older. The bill would make both credits fully refundable, ensuring low-income families receive the full benefit of the credits. "Far too many Nevada families are … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto: Chad Readler’s Confirmation Could Unleash Chaos on American Health Care System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke today on the Senate floor in opposition to the nomination of Chad Readler to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In his position at the Department of Justice, Mr. Readler led the legal briefs for some of the department's most extreme positions, including the DOJ's legal brief for the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, arguing against the Affordable Care Act's protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Below are her … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Three Bills that Prioritize the Protection of Immigrant Children and Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.) at a press conference announcing the introduction of three pieces of legislation that protect the rights of families and children fleeing violence and ensures they are treated humanely and fairly once in the United States. Senator Cortez Masto joined her colleagues in introducing the Child Trafficking Victims Protection and Welfare Act, which expands … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Repeal Cadillac Tax

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, a bill introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) to repeal a 40% excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health insurance plans known as the "Cadillac Tax." The tax is expected to impact half of employer-based health plans by 2025. "The rising cost of health care is one of the top concerns I hear from Nevadans. The Cadillac … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and 39 of her Senate colleagues in introducing the Save the Internet Act of 2019. This legislation would undo the FCC's 2017 rule to repeal net neutrality, and prohibit any similar attempt in the future. "Americans should be able to access a fair and open internet, yet FCC Chairman Pai's … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Support Auto Industry, Preserve American Jobs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to support the auto industry and keep auto jobs in the United States. The American Cars, American Jobs Act gives consumers a $3,500-$4,500 voucher towards the purchase of a vehicle produced primarily in the U.S. or Canada and revokes tax breaks for auto manufacturers that send jobs overseas. "The American Cars, American Jobs Act protects hardworking union households … Continue Reading

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