Press Releases

May 23, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Action on Key FERC Renewable Energy Rule

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and fourteen other senators in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to finalize a rule that paves the way for Americans to connect their rooftop solar, wind, and energy storage devices to the electrical grid. Allowing these distributed energy resources (DER) better access to America's power distribution system would help to grow a more flexible and … Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bicameral POWER Act to Protect Immigrant Workers Filing Labor Violation Claims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Protecting Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act, a bicameral bill led by Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.). The legislation will provide protections for immigrant workers who report unsafe or unlawful labor practices. "President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric has emboldened unethical employers to threaten immigrants, causing immigrant workers to endure … Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HHS Grant to Support Lyon and Storey Counties

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the Department of Health and Human Services for awarding a $200,000 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program grant to the Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties. This grant will help enhance health care quality in Lyon and Storey counties by improving access to essential services and providing local residents with educational health forums and programs. "The … Continue Reading


May 23, 2018

Cortez Masto: Casino Workers Deserve to Have Their Rights Upheld

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Las Vegas union members voted in favor of better pay, enhanced workplace safety and stronger anti-harassment policies. There are ongoing negotiations to renew contracts, which will expire on June 1st, between Las Vegas hotel and casino properties, Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165. "Hotel and casino workers work behind the scenes and in the front of the house to … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez Call on NCAA to Permanently Change Policy on Championship Site Selection

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President, Dr. Mark Emmert, urging the NCAA to reevaluate its policy on championship site selection in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) is unconstitutional. The senators urge the NCAA Board of Governors to consider sites with well-regulated sports betting ahead … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Support Nevada’s RPA Community

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation today to require the Air Force to take steps to reduce physical and mental stress on members of Nevada's remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) community and their families. "I am proud to introduce legislation that prioritizes the concerns of many of Nevada's service members," said Cortez Masto. "I have continually called on the Air Force to ensure that Nevada's RPA pilots are provided with the appropriate level … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Cortez Masto, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Improve the Quality of Military Housing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to improve housing on military bases by calling on the Department of Defense to increase oversight of privatized military housing projects. "Service members and their families in Nevada, and across the country, all deserve have access to quality, affordable housing. This legislation would direct the Department of Defense to increase oversight on privately owned … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Amendments to Protect American Companies, Military Bases and Democratic Institutions From Foreign Threats Advance Through Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced today that three of her amendments to protect American companies, military bases and democratic institutions from foreign threats were included in the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018, which was reported out of committee today. S.2098 would protect US businesses and military bases from undue foreign interference, through the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HUD Grants for Native American Housing Developments

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for providing a total of $17,020,640 in grant funding for the development and operation of affordable housing in Native American communities across Nevada. "I thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development for providing over $17 million in grant funding for the development and operation of low-income Native American … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HUD Grants for Nevada Public Housing Developments

Washington, D.C. - 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 the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority a grant of $4,845,435 and the City of Reno Housing Authority a grant of $1,446,328 from HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund program. This program provides funds to public housing agencies for the development, financing, management and modernization of public housing … Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Bill Requiring President Trump to Report U.S. Strategy in Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill requiring the President to explain its strategy to combat threats facing the United States, Israel, and other allies from the conflict in Syria. The U.S. has spent $14 billion to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while lacking a plan to secure military gains against ISIS. The conflict in Syria has resulted in half a million deaths and the largest refugee crisis the world has seen since World War … Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Create New Apprenticeship Opportunities for American Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to establish a tax credit for high-demand apprenticeship programs, enhancing America's ability to train and educate its workforce and increase the competitiveness of our businesses in the global marketplace. "A workforce with the right knowledge and training is a critical component of a productive economy, and many of the fastest … Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in Congress

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to overhaul the processes for victims of harassment and discrimination in Congress. Resolutions were recently passed in both the House and the Senate to mandate harassment training, but more reforms are necessary in order to combat sexual harassment and ensure victims are treated fairly. "The Congressional process for dealing … Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Demands NRC to Release Information on Yucca Mountain Hearing Facility in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Kristine Svinicki, requesting detailed information on directives made by the NRC instructing staff to move forward with researching Nevada hearing venue sites. In light of the Trump administration's plan to store nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain, the NRC may need to reestablish a shuttered hearing facility in Las Vegas to restart the licensing process. Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


May 18, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on the CFPB to Protect Public Consumer Complaint Database

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Gary C. Peters (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and 31 of their colleagues sent a letter urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to preserve public access to the Bureau's Consumer Complaint Database. Last month, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney stated he wanted to shut down the important consumer protection tool that allows consumers to file public complaints, … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Heller: Don’t Fund Yucca Mountain, Pursue a Consent-Based Approach

Senators Request Language in Support of Consent-Based Siting in Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) today urged the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development to exclude federal funding to support licensing activities to restart a nuclear repository at Yucca Mountain in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill and instead pursue a consent-based siting approach. In a letter … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds USDA Grant to Reduce Summer Food Insecurity for Nevada’s Children

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for awarding the State of Nevada $3,021,889 in Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (SEBTC) grant money, which will provide Nevada's children with the nutrition they need during the summer months when they do not have access to school-based meals. "Thousands of children in Nevada, and across the country, … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge the Department of Justice to Protect Voting Rights of Native Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member on the Senate Rules Committee, Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Ranking Member on the Committee on Indian Affairs, Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) in sending a letter urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the voting rights of Native Americans by continuing its work to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act in all states and tribal communities, especially … Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Passage of CRA to Preserve Net Neutrality Protections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passage of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reinstate Net Neutrality protections in the Senate after it was repealed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in December of last year. Cortez Masto delivered remarks on the Senate floor last week in defense of Net Neutrality, advocating for the state's small businesses and Nevada's leadership in technology and innovation through her Innovation State … Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges FTC to Protect Consumers from Potential Misuse of AI Technology

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons, urging the Commission to make protecting consumers from potential abuses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) a top priority. The newly unveiled Google Duplex, which made headlines for uncannily mimicking a human voice, has raised concerns for potential misuse by bad actors. With the rapid advancement of AI technology, Cortez Masto is calling on the FTC to work … Continue Reading

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