Press Releases

July 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Amendment to Increase Drone Integration Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) to the FY19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) portion of the 'minibus II' package that provides $6 million towards unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research to safely integrate this technology into the national airspace. The bill was also cosponsored by Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.). "Increased funding for unmanned aircraft systems … Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Infrastructure Improvement Grants for Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for awarding a total of $4,998,518 in grants to help fund infrastructure improvement projects at five Nevada airports. "I am thankful that the Department of Transportation continues to prioritize the revitalization of Nevada's airports. These funds will help improve the runways and taxiways at airports across our state, ensuring that … Continue Reading


July 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Increase Transparency in Elections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to overturn a new controversial rule allowing special interests to hide their donations to political campaigns. The Spotlight Act will reverse the Treasury Department's decision that allows non-profit organizations who engage in political activity to avoid disclosing certain donor information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The bill also requires these … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Harmed by Agent Orange

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), legislation to ensure that thousands of Navy veterans, known as 'Blue Water' veterans, are able to receive the disability and health care benefits they earned after exposure to Agent Orange while fighting in the Vietnam War. "It is shameful that thousands of Blue Water veterans, who are potentially … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Cortez Masto, Murkowski Introduce End Trafficking of Native Americans Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today introduced the End Trafficking of Native Americans Act of 2018. This bill addresses some of the gaps between tribal communities and the federal government in combatting human trafficking of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. It would establish an advisory committee on human trafficking comprised of law enforcement, tribal leaders, and … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call for Increased Resources for Domestic Abuse Victims in the Digital Age

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Robert Casey (D-Penn.) and other Senate Democrats in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take steps to make updated resources and assistance available to victims of a new form of domestic abuse where internet-connected home devices are used to harass and control victims. "The adoption of these technological advancements shows no sign of slowing … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Demands Justice for Separated Families in Meeting with DHS Secretary Nielsen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in a meeting with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. In the meeting, Cortez Masto outlined a list of steps that must be taken, immediately, to reunite separated children with their parents. Specifically, she insisted that 400 deported parents be returned to the United States and reunified with their kids as soon as possible. She also noted that over 900 parents have already been … Continue Reading


July 24, 2018

Cortez Masto Stands with Survivors Ahead of Third Hearing on Sexual Abuse Within USA Gymnastics

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the third Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on sexual abuse within USA gymnastics and other Olympic sports, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in standing with more than 80 survivors who shared personal stories of abuse and discussed reforms necessary to provide a safe environment for all athletes. "The stories these brave women shared today illuminate the horrors of the abuse they went through … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after voting to confirm Robert L. Wilkie, Jr. as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "The Department of Veterans Affairs provides veterans with critical and lifesaving services, yet long wait times and medical staff vacancies have prevented our veterans from receiving the care they deserve. I was pleased to hear Mr. Wilkie express his support for transgender service in the military, as well as … Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

Cortez Masto, Cruz Introduce E-FRONTIER Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today introduced the Eliminate From Regulators Opportunities to Nationalize The Internet in Every Respect Act (E-FRONTIER Act). This bill would protect commercial 5G broadband networks from nationalization without authorization from Congress. Senators Cortez Masto and Cruz have been leading advocates against the nationalization of 5G … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Senate Democrats in Supporting Resolution to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led the Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing a resolution that would authorize Senate Legal Counsel to intervene in the Texas v. United States lawsuit, on behalf of the U.S. Senate, to defend the protections for people with pre-existing conditions. "I am proud to join my colleagues in defending important protections that make health care affordable and accessible for all Nevadans," said Cortez Masto. "Insurance companies … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Cortez Masto Opposes Kraninger Nomination to Lead Consumer Bureau

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement opposing the nomination of Kathy Kraninger to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): "President Trump's pick to lead the CFPB offers no relevant experience or background that qualifies her to be its next director. The CFPB provides essential services and necessary safeguards to Nevadans, protecting them from fraud and getting their hard-earned money back from … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $5 Million in Wildfire Emergency Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding a total of $5,145,844.24 to the State of Nevada to help cover fire management, suppression, and recovery costs associated with the Little Valley Fire. "The Little Valley Fire took a devastating toll on Washoe Valley and recovery efforts are still ongoing. I am thankful that FEMA has provided Nevada with additional … Continue Reading


July 18, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Stop Trump Administration from Detaining and Shackling Pregnant Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and 18 additional senators, introduced the Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act to protect the health and safety of pregnant women and youth in immigration detention. This legislation will reinstitute presumption of release of pregnant women and youth, prohibit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from shackling pregnant women in its custody, and set new standards of care and … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $10 Million in Infrastructure Grants for Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for awarding a total of $10,371,986 in airport infrastructure grants to help make improvements to five Nevada airports. "Nevada's airports connect our communities and keep our tourism economy moving. Improving runways, taxiways and terminals will help reduce airport congestion at major hubs like McCarran International Airport and support … Continue Reading


July 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Harris, Merkley Introduce Bill to Reunify and Protect Immigrant Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced the Reunite Every Unaccompanied Newborn Infant, Toddler and Other Children Expeditiously (REUNITE) Act, a bill to immediately reunify all families and establish a permanent system of coordination between agencies and non-governmental organizations to protect detained immigrants with children. Government inaction has resulted in a failure of young migrant children … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Leads Colleagues in Call for Continued Support of DOE Electricity Infrastructure Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry in support of the Western Area Power Administration's (WAPA) Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP). In order to expand and modernize the electric grid, this program provides financing assistance to developers to construct electric power transmission projects that enhance the delivery of electricity from renewable energy resources to … Continue Reading


July 11, 2018

Cortez Masto to President Trump: Stop Making Excuses. Reunite Separated Families Now

"Today, I want to share with my colleagues and the American people what I witnessed on a visit to a couple of immigrant detention facilities on our Southern border." "The Trump Administration is missing deadlines to reunite these families for one reason and one reason only: because they never made a plan to reunite them." Watch HERE FTPs for TV Studios Available HERE Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) called on the Trump Administration to release a concrete … Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Basin And Range National Monument’s Third Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Basin and Range National Monument's third anniversary: "Three years ago, Basin and Range National Monument was established to preserve the natural beauty of our state. In the past three years, Basin and Range has welcomed thousands of visitors to explore the outdoors with their friends and family, and discover Nevada's rich archaeological and cultural history. Nevada's public … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat on the Supreme Court being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy: "President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court will hold immense power over the most critical issues facing our nation, including a woman's right to choose, protection for those with preexisting conditions, LGBTQ rights, money … Continue Reading

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