Press Releases

April 05, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Warn President Trump Against Cutting Funding to Northern Triangle Countries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a group of 33 Democratic senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump opposing his plan to cut national security funding to Northern Triangle countries. In their letter, the senators make clear the U.S. Congress already … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Announces Co-Sponsorship of DREAM Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her co-sponsorship of the Dream Act. "I'm proud to again support bipartisan legislation that finally puts Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship and gives them the certainty to lead their lives and build their careers in the only country they've ever known. From Las Vegas, to Elko, to Reno and Pahrump, Dreamers are making positive impacts in our lives and contributing to our communities. … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on FHFA Authorization of Payments to Housing Programs Benefitting Low-Income Nevadans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency finally released millions of dollars in funding for affordable housing programs benefitting low-income Nevadans. The funds, destined for the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and Capital Magnet Fund, were delayed by the Trump Administration for one month. "Affordable housing is essential to providing stability and economic security for Nevada families. The … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Immigrant Veterans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored legislation that will protect immigrant veterans and service members from deportation. Introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the Immigrant Veterans Eligibility Tracking System (I-VETS) Act prevents the Administration from deporting veterans for low-level offenses and bolsters resources that facilitate naturalization and citizenship. "The courageous men and women who've immigrated to America and risked … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Protect States’ Marijuana Policies

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in reintroducing the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act to ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders. "Nevadans voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana. The federal government must respect the will of Nevada voters and allow states that have chosen to … Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Cortez Masto, Tonko Introduce Bicameral ACCESS BROADBAND Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.-20) today introduced the ACCESS BROADBAND Act, bicameral legislation that fosters the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses as well as underserved urban and rural communities in Nevada, and throughout the country. The companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind). "Far too many communities across Nevada … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Statement on McConnell Move to Pack Federal Courts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules to fast track the Trump Administration's judicial and executive nominees. "When I talk to Nevadans, they aren't telling me they want President Trump's controversial judicial nominees confirmed quicker. They ask me to consider the qualifications, record, and character of each nominee and ensure they're the best choice for a … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Hold Pharmaceuticals Accountable in Drug Pricing

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding yesterday's passage of the Right Rebate Act in the Senate as part of the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019. The Right Rebate Act, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), strengthens congressional oversight of drug companies and closes a Medicaid loophole that has permitted pharmaceutical manufacturers to misclassify drugs and … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Cortez Masto, Rosen Applaud Over $200,000 to Improve Health Care for Indigenous Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating over $200,000 awarded to Nevada Urban Indians, Inc. in Reno. Offered through the Office of Urban Indian Health Programs, the grant will finance programs offered at the nonprofit including community health and medical services, victim services programs and diabetes education and outreach for indigenous communities in Nevada. "We welcome this grant to secure … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Address Crisis of Missing, Murdered and Trafficked Native Women

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today introduced the Not Invisible Act of 2019, legislation aimed at addressing the crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked Native people by engaging law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, and service providers and improving coordination across federal agencies. This bipartisan bill establishes an advisory committee of local, tribal and federal stakeholders to … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bicameral Bill to Promote Electric Vehicle Production

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in introducing the Electric CARS Act of 2019. This bicameral legislation fully extends the Electric Vehicle (EV) tax credit for 10 years and helps deploy critical alternative fuel charging infrastructure. "We know that when we incentivize the use and development of electric vehicles, we not only take steps to combat climate change but also grow our economy. … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto: It is Past Time American Women Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor today recognizing Equal Pay Day, which marks the number of additional days American women must work to earn what their male counterparts earned in the previous year. She highlighted the economic impact of pay disparity and emphasized the even greater wage gaps that exist for women of color, women with disabilities and transgender women. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery. Senator Cortez … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Grills Secretary Perry Over Yucca Mountain

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) grilled Energy Secretary Rick Perry about his Department's budget request for $116 million to restart licensing activities at Yucca Mountain. Senator Cortez Masto highlighted Nevadans' strong opposition to the project and questioned Secretary Perry about the hazards posed by storing nuclear waste in Nevada. "The most recent geological survey taken in this area … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto, McSally, Rosen, Sinema Unveil Historic Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and ten western senators to introduce the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation ensures the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) devised by the seven Colorado River Basin states and Indian tribes can be implemented without delay while respecting environmental protections. "I applaud the … Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cortez Masto Joins All 47 Senate Democrats to Introduce Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections And Health Care For Millions

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and all 47 of her Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reverse its recent decision to side with U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling that deems health care protections enjoyed by hundreds of millions unconstitutional and repeal the ACA in its entirety. This latest act of health care sabotage from the Trump … Continue Reading

March 29, 2019

Cortez Masto, Young Lead Bipartisan Bill to Help Rebuild Schools and Public Buildings

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Public Buildings Renewal Act of 2019, which incentivizes private investment to rebuild schools and public buildings through public-private partnerships. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) also joined as cosponsors of the bipartisan legislation that aims to spur needed infrastructure improvements. "Throughout Nevada, I'm hearing … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Make Child Care More Affordable

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and 19 of their Senate Democratic colleagues introduced the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act, legislation to make child care accessible and more affordable for working families. "The average Nevada family spends $9,852 per year on child care, and the costs are similarly high across the country. For many middle class families this amounts to more than 18% of their income, placing a major … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Western Senate Colleagues Counter Proposed Cuts to Wildfire Prevention Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and six Western Senate colleagues to demand the Trump administration reverse proposed funding cuts to critical wildfire prevention and fire restoration projects throughout the country. "The administration's proposed FY 2020 funding levels to restore our nation's public forestlands are profoundly low and will fail the nation, leading to lost lives and billions in damages," the senators … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Condemn Trump Administration’s Attempts to Undermine SNAP Food Assistance Eligibility

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in a letter condemning a proposed rule from the Trump Administration that would affect the eligibility of 1.1 million Americans who receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This action follows a failed attempt by the Administration and House Republicans to toughen eligibility requirements for SNAP recipients in the … Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Prepare for Health Impacts of Climate Change

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) to improve America's public health response to climate change by supporting research, health impact monitoring, and preparation in the health sector and by developing a national action plan. The Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a National Strategic Action Plan to assist health … Continue Reading

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