Press Releases

November 30, 2018

Cortez Masto: On World AIDS Day We Recognize Achievements, Rededicate Ourselves to Goal of Achieving an AIDS Free Generation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released this statement today to mark World AIDS Day, which falls on Saturday, December 1st: "World AIDS Day is a time for us all to reflect and recognize the achievements we've made on the path to realizing an AIDS free generation while also rededicating ourselves to the work we still have left to do to fight the AIDS epidemic worldwide. AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 51% since their peak in 2004 and yet in 2017, … Continue Reading

November 30, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $16.7 Million DOJ Relief for 1October Survivors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Justice's decision to award $16.7 million, through its Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), to individuals impacted by the 1October Massacre. "More than a year after the Las Vegas shooting that took the lives of 58 individuals and injured hundreds more, my hometown and those directly affected are still recovering from wounds that are both visible and invisible. The DOJ's grant … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges Passage of Savanna’s Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today called for passage of Savanna's Act, in light of a recent report that identified over 500 cases of missing or murdered Native women across 71 American cities. Savanna's Act was introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senator Cortez Masto. "The voices of hundreds of Native women and girls have been tragically silenced, and it's time for Congress to … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution to Oppose Privatization of the Postal Service

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a bipartisan resolution led by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) that would make clear Congress' opposition to privatizing the United States Postal Service (USPS). "The United States Postal Service - the highest rated government agency in the country - has been integral to connecting rural and urban communities, and serving the needs of hundreds of thousands of businesses," said Cortez Masto. "Any plan to privatize … Continue Reading

November 29, 2018

Cortez Masto Remarks in Opposition to Kathy Kraninger as CFPB Director

As a faithful disciple of Mick Mulvaney, the architect behind this Administration's plan to destroy the CFPB from the inside out, Kraninger will continue crippling its power to protect American consumers The next director of the CFPB will be called upon to make a choice…to stand aside and allow powerful special interests to call the shots in our country's financial system…or to fight for families who want a fair and affordable loan to buy a car, home or college education for … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

At Aging Committee Hearing, Cortez Masto Introduces Nevadan Barbara Buckley to Discuss Guardianship Reform

Washington, D.C. - At an Aging Committee Hearing entitled, "Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans," Cortez Masto introduced Barbara Buckley, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. Ms. Buckley led sweeping reforms of the guardianship system in Nevada to protect seniors from abuse. "We are fortunate enough today to hear and have Barbara Buckley, who is not only a friend of mine, but was one of the … Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978. Prior to the passage of the ICWA, studies had shown that a significant number of Native American children were being separated from their families by state child welfare and adoption agencies. Since its enactment, the rate has been reduced from 85 percent to 56 percent. "The ICWA was enacted to address the staggering and … Continue Reading

November 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds EPA Grant to Reduce Diesel Vehicle Pollution in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for awarding $412,457 in Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). The funds will be used to support Clark County School District's (CCSD) plans to replace 17 older diesel school buses with new 2019 buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. "I applaud the EPA and the State of Nevada's combined … Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Recognize Native American Heritage Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in introducing a Senate resolution marking November as Native American Heritage Month. "Native American Heritage Month is a time for all of us to celebrate the immense economic, cultural and political contributions that Native Americans have made to our … Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Legislation to Improve Resettlement Process for Unaccompanied Children, Protect Sponsors

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Families Not Facilities Act, legislation that would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from using information gathered from unaccompanied immigrant children to detain and deport their prospective sponsors. The legislation would also redirect ICE funding to programs that would provide for the safety and welfare of unaccompanied children. The bill was introduced by Senators Kamala Harris … Continue Reading

November 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Remarks Honoring Reno Health Care Advocate Emily Fay Reese

She was a Battle Born woman and she bore her fight against cancer and for healthcare for every American with grace, dignity, and courage Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke on the Senate floor to honor her friend and courageous advocate for protecting healthcare for every Nevadan, Emily Fay Reese, from Reno. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: I rise today to honor my dear friend, Emily Fay Reese, who passed away on November 3rd at age 44 after … Continue Reading

November 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $450,000 NTIA Grant Award to Assist Nevada’s Implementation of Public Safety Broadband Network

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for awarding the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety in Carson City, Nevada $450,000 to assist in identifying, planning, and implementing the operation of a public safety broadband network, titled FirstNet, in the region. "In times of crisis, the use of innovative technology can improve timely and reliable … Continue Reading

November 14, 2018

Cortez Masto Encourages Nevadans to Get Covered During ACA Open Enrollment

"Too often, unexpected medical bills can cause financial hardship or even lead to bankruptcy. Nevadans shouldn't be forced to decide between paying for their medical bills and putting food on the table." "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Nevadans can purchase affordable, comprehensive health insurance plans on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange and coverage is available at a reduced or no cost for most families." Washington, D.C. - As open enrollment season kicks into full gear, … Continue Reading

November 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds Grant to Help Senior Veterans Live Independently

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded Senior Corps, part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, for awarding $450,000 to the Jewish Family Service Agency in Las Vegas. This grant award will fund volunteer support for 150 senior veterans in Southern Nevada, helping them build and maintain independent living skills, including meal preparation, self-care, and medication compliance. "Americans are forever indebted to our veterans for their … Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Veterans Day

Las Vegas, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, November 11th. "On Veterans Day, we are reminded of the thousands of Nevadans, and millions of Americans, who have put their lives on the line to protect and defend our freedom. As veterans of the United States Army, my father and grandfathers taught my sister and I the values of hard work, integrity, and respect as well as reminded … Continue Reading

November 08, 2018

Cortez Masto: New Asylum Rule Targets Central Americans Fleeing Violence

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in response to a new Trump Administration rule to restrict asylum eligibility for individuals who make unauthorized entry into the United States from Mexico. "This refugee ban is just the latest example of the Trump Administration targeting immigrants and refugees of color. From ripping children from the arms of their parents, to trying to deport hardworking TPS families living and working in our … Continue Reading

November 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Delivers Remarks at 7th Annual Awaken Banquet

Reno, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) spoke at the 7th Annual Awaken Banquet in Reno. Awaken is the only non-profit in Northern Nevada that works to increase awareness and education on commercial sexual exploitation and provides housing, support, and rehabilitation services for its survivors. "I want to thank Awaken for its dedicated advocacy and the essential services it provides to survivors of sexual exploitation in Northern Nevada. Sex trafficking is a serious … Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Attends SEMA Show

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended the final day of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. "I thank the organizers of SEMA for giving me an inside look at one of the most important trade conventions in Las Vegas. These conventions are perfect opportunities to highlight local small businesses in Nevada, and throughout the country, while also continuing to highlight Las Vegas as one of the premier … Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $5.8 Million for Environmental Improvements on Tribal Lands in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $5.8 million in environmental and water infrastructure funding to 18 Nevada tribes awarded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The EPA is one of our most important federal agencies, and its grants help ensure that tribal communities have clean air and safe drinking water," said Cortez Masto. "I'm thankful that, even with the Trump Administration's vicious attacks on the EPA and its staff, Nevada's tribes … Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Visits Mineral, Esmeralda, and Nye Counties

Goldfield, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) met with the Walker Lake Working Group in Hawthorne, Nevada, to discuss federal support for local conservation efforts. She later toured the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Tonopah, Nevada, and visited the Historic Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada. "Today I heard from members of the Walker Lake Working Group about the importance of preserving Walker Lake for Nevada's ecological and economic future. I will continue to … Continue Reading

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