Press Releases

April 14, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Highlights PACT Act Benefits She Secured for Nevada Veterans

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with veterans community leaders and VA representatives in Las Vegas and Reno to highlight medical and disability benefits available to them through the PACT Act. Senator Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting for Nevada veterans. She wrote and passed the Brian Neuman Act to remove roadblocks for disabled veterans accessing their benefits, and worked across the aisle to get legislation helping veterans exposed to Agent … Continue Reading

April 13, 2023

Following Call from Cortez Masto, White House Expands Health Care Access for DACA Recipients

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement praising the Biden administration for heeding her call to give Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients access to essential health care benefits through Obamacare and Medicaid eligibility. Despite paying taxes, DACA recipients have not been able to obtain health care from these critical programs, and Cortez Masto has called on the administration to issue a rule allowing them to … Continue Reading

April 12, 2023

At Senator Cortez Masto’s Urging, White House Moves to Protect Women Seeking Reproductive Care

Washington, D.C. - In response to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) call to update the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to protect the privacy of women seeking reproductive care, the Biden Administration proposed a new rule to do just that, preventing the private medical information of women receiving abortions from being used against them. "I've been calling on the Biden administration to protect the privacy of women seeking abortions since before Roe v. Wade was … Continue Reading

April 12, 2023

Cortez Masto Visits Family She Helped Bring to Las Vegas After They Assisted U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Las Vegas, Nev. - Last week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) visited with Mohammad "Benny" Shirzad, an Afghan interpreter for U.S. troops, and his family, who she helped bring to Las Vegas from Afghanistan following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. After learning about the danger from the Taliban the family was facing in Afghanistan, Cortez Masto successfully helped cut through red tape to expedite the processing of their visa applications. "I pushed hard to cut … Continue Reading

April 12, 2023

Cortez Masto Statement on Xylazine’s Designation as “Emerging Threat”

Reno, Nev. - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the White House designating xylazine an "emerging drug threat" through the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). "With xylazine continuing to spread across the country, this is an important first step that demonstrates the White House is committed to working with us to crack down on traffickers and protect our communities," said Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. "Now it's critical we … Continue Reading

April 11, 2023

Cortez Masto, Congressional Democrats File Amicus Brief Urging Appeals Court to Prevent Dangerous Ruling Threatening Access to Abortion Pill

In new amicus brief lawmakers make clear: Friday's ruling has no basis in law, poses serious health risks to pregnant patients, and threatens FDA's Congressionally-mandated drug approval process Reno, Nev. - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Schumer, Murray, Durbin, Sanders, and Blumenthal and 240 total Members of Congress-in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, in support … Continue Reading

April 11, 2023

ICYMI: Cortez Masto Highlights Clean Energy Jobs She Secured for New Battery Recycling Facility in Northern Nevada

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured Aqua Metals' brand new Innovation Center in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), highlighting Nevada's growing clean energy economy and the new jobs coming to the region. Senator Cortez Masto has been a champion for renewable and clean energy since first arriving in the Senate. Through her Innovation State Initiative, she has positioned Nevada to lead the rest of the country into the clean energy future. Cortez Masto … Continue Reading

April 10, 2023

On MSNBC: Cortez Masto Rips Abortion Pill Court Ruling

In Case You Missed It, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined MSNBC's Inside with Jen Psaki to discuss the dire consequences of a federal judge in Texas ruling to limit access to the abortion pill across the country. Cortez Masto raised the alarm about far-right extremists' efforts to ban the abortion pill nationwide with earlier this year. "This is a concerted effort they have had to really erode and take back women's rights in this country - and this is about our freedom," said … Continue Reading

April 07, 2023

Cortez Masto Statement on Abortion Pill Ruling

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in response to a federal judge in Texas limiting access to the abortion pill, mifepristone, across the country. Mifepristone is the most common abortion method in the country, and it has been proven safe and effective. Earlier this year, she raised the alarm about far-right extremists' efforts to ban the abortion pill nationwide with this case. "A single right-wing judge limiting access to … Continue Reading

April 06, 2023

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $2 Million for Marble Bluff Dam along Pyramid Lake and Truckee River in Northern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced $2,432,220 in funding for Northern Nevada's Marble Bluff Dam on Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River to help Nevada communities and Tribes improve water storage and build drought resiliency. These funds were allocated through the Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that both Senators Cortez Masto and Rosen passed into law to upgrade our … Continue Reading

March 31, 2023

Cortez Masto Announces Bipartisan Delegation Trip Along the Colorado River to Discuss Drought

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced that she would join a bipartisan delegation trip along the Colorado River with U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper (D -Colo.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.). The senators will be joined by U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton to discuss the urgent work ahead to secure the future of the Colorado … Continue Reading

March 31, 2023

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Incentivize Whistleblowers to Report Consumer Fraud

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Financial Compensation for CFPB Whistleblowers Act to authorize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to award financial compensation to whistleblowers who report wrongdoing to the Consumer Bureau. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Bernard Sanders … Continue Reading

March 30, 2023

Cortez Masto, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Hold Big Pharma Accountable for Price Hikes and Reduce the Deficit

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Cortez Masto highlighted this legislation and the need to lower prescription drug prices for families Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Lower Drug Costs for Families Act, legislation to hold Big Pharma accountable and reduce the national deficit by more than $34 billion over a decade. Specifically, her bill would punish … Continue Reading

March 30, 2023

Senator Cortez Masto Leads Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation To Innovate Western Water Management, Combat Drought

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today led Senator John Hickenlooper (D-Col.) and Representatives Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), Chris Stewart (R-Utah-02), Jared Huffman (D-Cal.-02), and Burgess Owens (R-Utah-04) in reintroducing the bicameral, bipartisan Open Access Evapotranspiration (OpenET) Act, which will make water data more accessible for everyone and improve water management across the West. This is a critical tool for farmers, ranchers, and decision-makers to … Continue Reading

March 29, 2023

Cortez Masto Bill to Ensure the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Receive Over $5 Million They’re Owed Passes Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's (D-Nev.) bill to make vital amendments to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee with bipartisan support. The legislation would allow the Tribes to collect over $5 million in interest that they are owed from their 2009 water rights settlement. Now that her legislation has cleared this critical procedural hurdle, it will advance to the full … Continue Reading

March 29, 2023

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Claw Back Compensation From Failed Bank Executives

After hearing about enforcement gaps at a Senate hearing, Cortez Masto is fighting to strengthen claw back authority and hold reckless bank executives accountable Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Failed Bank Executives Clawback Act. Yesterday, Cortez Masto pressed federal regulators to take action against the executives at Silicon Valley Bank, and this new bipartisan … Continue Reading

March 28, 2023

Cortez Masto & Daines Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Nevadan’ Access to Telehealth Services

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to make expanded access to telehealth services permanent. Telehealth services have been critical for rural and tribal communities in Nevada. "Telehealth is critical for workers and their families to access the essential health care services they need," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Nevadans should not face barriers when seeking preventive care, and I'll continue … Continue Reading

March 28, 2023

At Senate Hearing on Recent Bank Failures, Cortez Masto Pushes Federal Regulators to Claw Back Executive Compensation From Failed Banks

Cortez Masto received some assurances on accountability, but federal regulators say legislation is needed to fill in gaps Washington, D.C. - Today, at a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) raised the alarm about Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank executives taking bonuses in the final days before their banks failed. Cortez Masto pushed federal regulators to hold them accountable by clawing back executive … Continue Reading

March 28, 2023

Cortez Masto, Grassley & Hassan Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Xylazine

Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation Would Make Illicit Use of Xylazine a Schedule III Controlled Drug While Protecting Access for Veterinarians Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) are introducing the Combating Illicit Xylazine Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation with Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.-19), August Pfluger (R-Texas-11), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.-12), Ken Buck (R-Colo.-04), and Chris Pappas … Continue Reading

March 27, 2023

Cortez Masto and Colleagues Urge the Pentagon to Protect Abortion Access for U.S. Service Members

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and 35 of their Senate colleagues in urging the Pentagon to protect access to abortion and reproductive health care services for women. "Following the Dobbs decision, the RAND Corporation estimates that 40% of active duty women serving in the continental United States face limited or no access to abortion services where they are stationed. When service members are assigned to duty … Continue Reading

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