Press Releases

March 05, 2018

Cortez Masto Seeks Information on Sec. Carson’s Extravagant Taxpayer-Funded Furniture Order

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Suzanne Tufts, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Administration, urging the department to explain the process that led to approval of an expenditure in excess of $31,000 for an office dining set, which is an apparent violation of federal law. "These actions are the latest in a troubling pattern of senior … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $1 Million National Park Service Grant to Open New State Park

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant of $1,091,451, which will go toward state efforts to create the State of Nevada's newest state park at the Pitchfork Ranch section of the Walker River State Recreation Area. "My love for the great outdoors is shared by many of my fellow Nevadans. Nevada's parks have given us access to explore and enjoy all the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on DHS to Fix Funding Formula to Help Las Vegas Prevent Terrorism

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Governor Brian Sandoval and the entire Nevada congressional delegation today urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to modify its relative risk formula to better reflect the threats posed to high volume tourist cities like Las Vegas. In a letter sent to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the group requested that DHS reconfigure its Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program, which was established to ensure the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Women’s History Month

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Women's History Month: "2017 was a landmark year for women. Millions of us marched across the nation to reiterate our fight for equality, and protest misogyny, sexism and discrimination. More women are running for elected office and even more are turning out in droves to vote for candidates who are champions for women's rights. We persisted, despite being silenced by those who … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto, Warren, Feinstein Seek Data on Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Financial Sector

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today sent letters to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), requesting information on the prevalence of sexual harassment within the financial sector. The financial services industry employs over six million people. According to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data, the "finance and insurance" … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Bipartisan Senate Delegation to U.K., Israel, Jordan, and Greece

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after her trip to the United Kingdom, Israel, Jordan, and Greece as part of a bipartisan Senate delegation from Saturday, February 17 to Sunday, February 25, led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). In addition to Cortez Masto and Graham, the delegation included U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). "It … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto, Flake, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Ban Bump Stock Devices

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of bump stock devices and other mechanisms which enable semi-automatic firearms to effectively operate as fully automatic weapons. A bump stock was used during the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, resulting in the deaths of 58 victims. "The deadliest shooting in modern American history was due in large part to bump stocks, a … Continue Reading


March 01, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Fair Day in Court for Kids Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing her cosponsorship of the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, legislation that will require the government to provide legal counsel to unaccompanied children. This bill will address the surge of unaccompanied children coming to the United States after fleeing violence in their countries of origin, and ensure that they get legal representation while seeking asylum. Children who do not receive … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Resolution to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Washington, D.C. - On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and colleagues from both the Senate and House introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality. At a press conference today, Cortez Masto joined in announcing the introduction of House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Senate CRA resolution of … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Help Prosecute Criminals in DNA Cold Cases

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Justice Served Act of 2018, legislation led by Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that would provide funds to prosecute cold cases when criminals have been identified through DNA evidence and exonerate those wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. "DNA technology allows the possibility of a breakthrough in unsolved crimes, which could bring closure and long-awaited justice to … Continue Reading


February 27, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill Supporting CDC Research on Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) addressing the issue of gun violence across the United States. The bill sets aside $10 million in funding each year for FY2018-2023 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention. "Mass shootings in our schools, concert venues, movie theaters and other … Continue Reading


February 26, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on DHS to Include Israel in Global Entry Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), urging the Department of Homeland Security to expedite Israel's full membership in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry program. In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, the full Senate emphasized that Israel's full membership and reciprocal privileges for Americans would grow the U.S. economy and … Continue Reading


February 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces USDA Rural Development Grant to Yerington Paiute Tribe

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency for awarding a grant of $465,000 to the Yerington Paiute Tribe and the City of Yerington for water infrastructure improvements. "I want to thank the USDA for awarding necessary funds to the City of Yerington to replace aging water infrastructure. In an arid state like Nevada, the importance of protecting our infrastructure … Continue Reading


February 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges CMS to Reverse Rollback of Rules to Keep Nursing Home Patients Safe

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging CMS to restore rules designed to enforce nursing home health and safety standards. In the last year, CMS has significantly weakened and delayed penalties against nursing homes that endanger the wellbeing of … Continue Reading


February 20, 2018

Volume 1, Issue 1 - Welcome to the First Quarterly Newsletter!


February 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Urges Department of Transportation to Prioritize Consumers Over Airlines

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, urging the Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider the rights of consumers before rolling back critical protections in the commercial aviation sector. The letter follows requests from DOT for a list of rules and regulations that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification. The airline industry … Continue Reading


February 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on Lunar New Year

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement in celebration of Lunar New Year: "For many Asian Americans across the nation, today is the beginning of a prosperous new year. Lunar New Year is a celebration of family, food and a centuries-old tradition of marking a new year filled with blessings and new beginnings. For others, it offers a glimpse into the rich culture and heritage of Asian American communities. It is a reminder of their many … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Cortez Masto: I’m Still Fighting For Dreamers & Their Parents

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) issued the following statement after she voted in favor of bipartisan immigration legislation sponsored by Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-ME) that would have put 1.8 million Dreamers on a pathway to citizenship. "Dreamers are not numbers, or charts. They're teachers, service members and business owners in our communities. They are exemplary Americans. For decades, they've lived their lives under constant threat … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Calls on Trump Administration to End Unlawful Attacks on Women’s Health Care

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined in a letter led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash), urging the Trump Administration to reverse its decision to rollback protections that prevent states from excluding qualified women's health care providers from the Medicaid program. The letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar comes after recent reports that in formulating its new policy, the Administration worked with … Continue Reading


February 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Introducing Families of Fallen Service Members First Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), along with Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) yesterday in introducing the bipartisan Families of Fallen Service Members First Act to ensure service member death benefits are paid during government shutdowns. When service members perished during government shutdowns in … Continue Reading

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