Press Releases

June 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan STATES Act to Protect State Marijuana Policies

FTPs for TV Stations are available here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bicameral, bipartisan legislation entitled the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (STATES Act) to ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. The bill also extends these protections to Washington D.C, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes, and contains common-sense … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement ahead of the 55th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 on June 10, 2018. A coalition of equal pay groups are recognizing June 7, 2018 as a day of action this year. "Fifty-five years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, gender wage discrimination still exists in the workplace. Although we've made progress over the years to narrow the gap, we still have a lot of work to do. The … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds over $13 Million in HHS Grants for Nevada Health Programs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for disbursing over $13 million in grant money to help support critical health services for Nevada's seniors and low-income families. "I am thankful for the Department of Health and Human Services' support in bringing more federal funding to Nevada programs that provide affordable health care and quality services to our state's most … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $14.8 million DOT Grant to Rural Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commending the Department of Transportation's (DOT) announcement that it will award a total of $14.8 million to airports in rural areas. "I commend the Department of Transportation for prioritizing the revitalization of Nevada's airports. These funds will ensure our runways and facilities are improved and operable so that we can continue to serve the transportation needs of Nevadans, provide … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez Call for Education Secretary DeVos to Correct False Statements that Stoke Fear in Immigrant Community

Washington, D.C. - Ahead of her testimony today in front of the Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) led 118 Members of Congress in calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to immediately correct her recent false and dangerous testimony asserting that local schools have the discretion to allow personnel to report undocumented … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Cortez Masto: Supreme Court Should Take A Stand

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling today in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. "Today, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to take a strong stand against discrimination. I am disappointed that the Court did not take this opportunity to say so unequivocally. I will continue to fight in Congress for the passage of the Equality Act to ensure federal … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Cortez Masto: Veterans Deserve Our Utmost Thanks and Gratitude

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after attending the opening ceremony of the Moving Wall at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden, Nevada on Friday: "This past Friday, I was humbled and honored to join members of Northern Nevada's veteran community and their families in commemorating the opening of the Moving Wall and reading the names of Nevadans who lost their lives in service to our country. The Moving Wall provided Northern … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Alzheimer’s Advocates, Caregivers and Patients

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable today with members of the State Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, the Dementia Friendly Nevada initiative, family caregivers and individuals living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. Senator Cortez Masto heard from local caregivers and advocates about their experiences and highlighted federal efforts to support individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and their families. She also discussed the unique … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on LGBT Pride Month

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of LGBT Pride Month: "In June, the LGBTQ community and allies come together to celebrate Pride Month. Born out of the Stonewall riots that rocked our nation almost 50 years ago, this month celebrates truth, it honors courage, and it embraces love. LGBTQ Nevadans contribute to our communities in our military, law enforcement, social services, and as small business owners. LGBTQ Americans … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month: "This month, we are reminded of the challenges faced by our immigrant ancestors in search of a better life and the contributions they've made to our nation. But may we also remember the challenges that immigrants face now in an environment where hate and vitriol run rampant, anti-immigrant rhetoric is normalized, and families are separated every day. During … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Cortez Masto: Our Public Lands Belong to All of Us

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined Patagonia and Nevada conservation advocates in an event focused on the importance of civic activism to protect our public lands. She spoke about the role that public lands play in Nevada's outdoor economy and the need for conservation efforts to preserve these beautiful natural places for generations to come. "Nevada's public lands belong to all of us. They are home to ancient Native American artifacts, unique animal … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Innovation State Initiative Roundtable

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with stakeholders at the Truckee Meadows Community College's Applied Technology Center to discuss how Nevada can integrate technology in transportation, service delivery, housing and other sectors, as well as workforce development. Cortez Masto toured the center and learned about specialized programs in Nevada focused on emerging technologies. She also touted several bills she introduced in the Senate to advance her … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Visits the Best Buy Teen Tech Center

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Clark County Library on Flamingo Avenue today, where she spoke with Las Vegas-Clark County Library District representatives about the impact this innovative partnership has on youth in Las Vegas. This center is the first of its kind in Nevada. It provides state-of-the art technology and a safe learning environment for teens in underserved communities through afterschool programs and … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Women Veterans Roundtable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable discussion today with women veterans and leaders in the Southern Nevada veterans community at Las Vegas City Hall. The discussion focused on the challenges women veterans face as they transition out of the military, as well as the steps lawmakers can take to better support women veterans. "Serving as a voice and an advocate for Nevada's veterans is one of my top priorities as a United States Senator. The … Continue Reading


May 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Tours Affordable Housing Complex

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Nevada HAND, a Las Vegas-based affordable housing organization, to tour the newly opened Boulder Highway Collaborative Community Campus. This development provides safe and affordable homes to 264 low-income individuals and families, a Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada clubhouse, a Lutheran Social Services of Nevada office building, and is in proximity to a Title I charter elementary school. This campus is the first of … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Memorial Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement commemorating Memorial Day, observed on Monday, May 28th: "This Memorial Day, we recognize the bravery of our fallen servicemembers and remember their dedication in defense of our freedom. We will never forget your commitment to our nation's values and can never repay your sacrifice. In their honor, I am committed to being a voice for our nation's veterans and members of our military, and I … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable on Threats to the Affordable Care Act

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable today in Las Vegas on the current threats to the Affordable Care Act, including increasing premium costs and the short-term "junk plans" proposed by the Trump Administration. Senator Cortez Masto spoke with local patients and advocates about their concerns with the current state of healthcare in America and discussed Congress's responsibility to ensure patients have access to quality, affordable … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Cortez Masto, Grijalva, Langevin Lead Bicameral Letter Urging Secretary DeVos to Preserve Educational Equity for English Learners

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and James R. Langevin (D-R.I.) led a bicameral group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, opposing the consolidation of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and integration into the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Twenty-five Members of Congress joined Cortez Masto, Grijalva and Langevin, urging the … Continue Reading


May 24, 2018

Volume 1, Issue 2 - Senator Cortez Masto Unveils "Innovation State" Initiative


May 23, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Sessions to Uphold Protections for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez (D-Nev) Masto joined Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and other Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging that the Justice Department uphold a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that provides protections for LGBTQ asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution. In the letter, the senators highlight the increasing threat of violence LGBTQ individuals face in … Continue Reading

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