Press Releases

April 19, 2018

Cortez Masto, Harris Introduce Legislation to Protect Workers from Occupational Health Hazards

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the Environmental Justice Right to Know Act - legislation to address shortcomings in the disclosure of chemicals in pesticides and personal care products. Workers who handle these personal care products-in hair salons, nail salons, and agricultural settings-are often women from low-income communities or communities of color. These workers are more likely than the general … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Highlights Her Commitment to Safeguarding Nevada Seniors from Abuse and Exploitation

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Aging Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) highlighted the work she did as Attorney General of the state of Nevada to protect seniors from abuses in the state's guardianship system. The reforms enacted in Nevada are crucial steps to ensuring that all seniors are protected from those in positions of power who may wish them harm. Senator Cortez Masto believes Nevada's reformed guardianship laws should be a model for the rest … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto: US Olympic Governing Bodies Need Advocates Who See Athletes as People, Not Commodities

Sen. Cortez Masto questions U.S. Olympic Athletes during a Commerce Subcommittee hearing. Watch HERE Washington, D.C. - In today's Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with Olympic athletes who are survivors of sexual abuse. Cortez Masto requested this hearing in the wake of revelations that generations of young athletes had been subject to sexual abuse as they moved through … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto: Auto Loan Borrowers Deserve the Same Terms Based on Credit-Worthiness, Not Skin Color

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she voted against Senate Republicans' Congressional Review Act resolution, which revokes protections put in place by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to combat discrimination in auto lending: "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued guidance five years ago to protect borrowers from discriminatory practices in auto lending. Prior to OMB Director Mulvaney's involvement … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto & 171 Members of Congress Call for Pruitt’s Resignation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), and a group of 170 members of Congress in introducing companion resolutions in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives formally calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign. The resolution comes in response to Pruitt's repeated ethics violations, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and actions that … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation To Fight Illegal Robocalls

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, cosponsored the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2018. The legislation was introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to help the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prosecute violations of its automated telemarketing call rules by increasing the statute of limitations from one year to three. "Congress must do more to protect … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Inaugural Committee Transparency Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Inaugural Committee Transparency Act of 2018 to increase oversight and public disclosure of how presidential inaugural committees spend the millions of dollars they raise. "Hundreds of millions of dollars from special interests have been donated to inaugural committees, but because of loopholes in the law, the public has no idea how that money is being spent," said Cortez Masto. "The American people deserve … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush: "I am saddened by the news of the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush was a committed public servant, a caring mother, and a devoted wife. Her love of family and country will continue to be an example for us all. Her dedication to improving literacy in America through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call on Facebook to Address Discriminatory Advertising

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her colleagues in sending a letter to Facebook's CEO Mark Zukerberg urging the company to strengthen its targeted advertising policies to combat discrimination in online advertisements for housing and employment opportunities. "While targeted ads can be a tremendous tool for businesses and organizations, the unregulated use of such targeting for housing and employment advertising can facilitate unlawful discrimination." … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Cortez Masto: Congress Must Take Bipartisan Action to Address Critical Challenges Facing Indian Country

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after she opposed legislation that would have undermined critical workplace protections in Indian country: "The Senate missed an opportunity to tackle critical challenges facing Indian country in a bipartisan way. Native American communities have been waiting on this Republican Congress to work across the aisle to expand access to health care in Indian country, work on real tax reform that … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Cortez Masto: On Tax Day Nevadans Wonder How Much Damage GOP Plan Will Have On Their Family’s Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on Tax Day 2018 and the detrimental long-term impact of the #GOPTaxScam on Nevada families: "The biggest concern I hear from Nevadans on the Republican tax plan is what this bill means for their future and their family's financial security. We know that while the Republican tax plan may result in a modest break for some middle class families in the short term, these cuts will expire while big … Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Federal NeighborWorks Grants to Support Affordable Housing in Southern Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding NeighborWorks America for awarding grant funds to two Southern Nevada non-profit organizations dedicated to providing Nevada families with affordable housing and home ownership assistance. "Nevada's economy continues to grow at a record rate, and yet we have the lowest supply of affordable homes of any state in the nation. All Nevadans deserve a secure and stable place to live, which is … Continue Reading

April 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on U.S. Missile Strikes Against Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to the United States' strike against the Syrian regime: "The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is unacceptable under any circumstances. The Assad regime must be held accountable for its atrocious behavior. The United States and our allies must ensure that we pursue every effort to eliminate Assad's capacity to conduct chemical warfare. President Trump and his … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Video Conference Calls With Nevada High School Students

Senator Cortez Masto talks to Battle Mountain High School Students from her Washington, D.C. Office Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted two video conference conversations with Nevada high school students this week. The Senator spoke to students from Battle Mountain High School about their experience competing in the Capitol Hill Challenge - Stock Market Game, a game she sponsored the high school for, that teaches students how to invest in the stock market … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Cortez Masto to OMB Director Mulvaney: Why Are You Taking Steps to Undermine the Consumer Bureau?

Watch a video of the questioning here. Washington, D.C. - In today's Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Hearing, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney about his attempts to initiate the process to deny public access to information used to protect consumers. The mission of the CFPB is to protect consumers against unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent banking practices like the ones that led to the financial crisis of 2008. … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces DOT Grants to Fund Infrastructure Projects in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for awarding over $9 million in emergency relief to help repair highways and roads on federal lands throughout Nevada that have suffered damage from natural disasters. "I commend the Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding these grants to restore many of the highways and roads in Nevada that were damaged by severe flooding," said … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Cortez Masto to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg: Stop Apologizing, Make A Change

Washington, D.C. - At today's joint hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the recent announcement that Facebook exposed the data of 87 million Americans to Cambridge Analytica without user consent. In her questioning, Senator Cortez Masto focused on what control individual users have over their data, user privacy and how Facebook failed … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Equal Pay Day 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in recognition of Equal Pay Day: "It is unacceptable that in 2018 women who work full-time still make only 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes - and the pay gap is even worse for women of color. All women deserve equal pay for equal work. Women are business owners, CEOs, teachers and leaders in America. The pay gap has only decreased five cents in the past 20 years - it is far past … Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HUD Grants to Provide Affordable Housing Vouchers to Homeless Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) announcement that Reno Housing Authority and Nevada Rural Housing Authority will receive $72,438 in total federal dollars to provide homeless veterans with affordable housing vouchers and access to an array of supportive services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Veterans shouldn't have to struggle to find homes they can afford. It is important we … Continue Reading

April 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Students on Gun Violence Prevention

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) held a roundtable discussion yesterday with local students about the impact of gun violence in America. Senator Cortez Masto discussed Congress' responsibility to pass common sense gun violence prevention legislation that reduces mass shootings and saves lives in the United States. "I am proud to represent so many bright young men and women from Nevada who are making their voices heard. These students are right - inaction in … Continue Reading

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