Press Releases

August 23, 2018

Cortez Masto: CFPB Nominee Kraninger Will Not Stand Up for Servicemembers, Students and Seniors Against Powerful Special Interests

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs executive session, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) delivered a statement in opposition to Kathy Kraninger's nomination as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Cortez Masto brought attention to Acting Director Mick Mulvaney's elimination of the office for students and young consumers, an office tasked to protect student loan borrowers, and the Consumer … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Cortez Masto Introduces Amendment to Study the Connection between Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Defense and Health and Human Services "minibus III" funding bill to require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on federal efforts to study the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries among victims of domestic violence. "Research has shown that the traumatic brain injuries experienced by professional athletes and soldiers have devastating, … Continue Reading

August 21, 2018

Cortez Masto: Trump Carbon Rule Reversal Attacks Our Communities, Country, & Kids Future

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after the Trump administration announced its reversal of environmental standards reducing carbon dioxide emissions and protecting clean air. "Today's announcement is yet another example of failed climate leadership by this President. This Administration's rule trims less than a tenth of the carbon emissions as the previous rule and allows states to opt out of regulating emissions altogether. … Continue Reading

August 20, 2018

Cortez Masto Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Call Center Workers in Nevada

Washington, D.C. - In the aftermath of news that Wells Fargo closed its Reno call center and laid off 340 employees, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) co-sponsored the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2017 to protect the rights of call center employees. Introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), this bill would require the Secretary of Labor to take certain steps to increase transparency and discourage corporations from shipping jobs overseas. "Wells … Continue Reading

August 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Hosts Roundtable with Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights Advocates

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a roundtable with steering committee members from the 1990 Campaign for Choice and current women's health and reproductive rights advocates to recognize the activists who helped Nevada codify Roe v. Wade into Nevada law and to discuss the ongoing fight for women's health and reproductive freedom. "I am proud that nearly 30 years ago, Nevadans fought to permanently protect a woman's right to choose under state law. Today, these … Continue Reading

August 17, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Protect the Finances of Our Troops & Their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined all 48 of her Senate Democratic colleagues in sending a letter urging Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney not to abandon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's duty to protect our service members and their families under the Military Lending Act (MLA). The MLA was passed in 2006 with bipartisan support to help safeguard active-duty military members and their families from financial fraud, … Continue Reading

August 17, 2018

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Simplify Federal Student Aid

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored the Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2018, legislation to streamline the financial aid application process for graduate and undergraduate students, in an effort to help more underserved students have access to financial aid and attend college. The bill would simplify the FAFSA form, making it more accessible and easier to complete for low-income students by greatly reducing the number of questions a … Continue Reading

August 16, 2018

Cortez Masto Raises Concerns to FCC Chairman Pai About Gaps in Wireless Service in Las Vegas Valley, Digital Redlining

Washington, D.C. - At today's Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) questioned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioners regarding gaps in wireless service in the Las Vegas Valley and how the FCC intends to address the issue of digital redlining, a discriminatory practice where wireless carriers deny services to low-income and minority neighborhoods. The FCC … Continue Reading

August 15, 2018

Cortez Masto, Kennedy Introduce Legislation to Protect Seniors from Opioid Abuse

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced the Stop Excessive Narcotics in our Retirement (SENIOR) Communities Protection Act, legislation that would protect seniors from criminals who misuse the Medicare system to illicitly acquire opioids. The bill will give Medicare Part D, or the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the ability to suspend payments to a pharmacy that is under investigation for fraud. This is the same tool available to … Continue Reading

August 13, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds HHS Research and Emergency Preparedness Grants for Nevada

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) announcement of three new grants for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Nevada, Reno Board of Regents, and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. "I commend HHS for investing in scientific research and emergency preparedness for Nevada hospitals all across the state," said Cortez Masto. "These funds are critical investments to improve … Continue Reading

August 09, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds the Grand Opening of Interstate 11

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today attended the grand opening and applauded the completion of the new Interstate 11. The event was hosted by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to celebrate the completion of a new route between Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona. "I-11's grand opening today is another bold step for Nevada toward economic sustainability and prosperity," said … Continue Reading

August 07, 2018

Cortez Masto at Lake Tahoe Summit: It’s Up to All of Us to Keep Tahoe Blue

"Climate change is one of the biggest threats not only to Lake Tahoe, which experienced its highest ever recorded water temperature last year, but to every community on earth." "We have to work together, because here's the thing: Lake Tahoe doesn't belong to just one of us…one person, or one business, or one party. Lake Tahoe belongs to all of us. That means it's all of our responsibility to keep Tahoe blue for future generations to enjoy." Incline Village, Nev. - Today, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Statement on the Passing of Senator Paul Laxalt

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on the passing of Senator Paul Laxalt. "Today, Nevada has lost a proud son and dedicated public servant. Paul Laxalt, the son of a Basque sheepherder, was a man of determination, honor, and principle. He fought for his values and for Nevada, his home and the state he loved. The constant that ran through the 96 years of his life was a commitment to service. He fought for our country in the U.S. Army in … Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds EPA Grant to Improve Air Quality in Washoe County

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for awarding an additional $136,913 in Clean Air Act grant funds to the Washoe County Health District to help improve air quality in an area experiencing its worst level of ozone air pollution in 10 years due to recent wildfires. "Nevadans are working hard to reduce wildfire smoke pollution. I am very grateful to the EPA for awarding these grants to provide the Washoe County … Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

Cortez Masto Visits North Valleys High School for First Day of School

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after visiting North Valleys High School, where she welcomed students for their first day of school and spoke with school officials about North Valleys' Agricultural Engineering and Natural Resource Management Signature Academy. The Academy is one of nine in the Washoe County Schools District which provide opportunities for students to earn college credits and industry-recognized certifications in … Continue Reading

August 03, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $6 Million USDA Grant to Improve Internet Access in Lincoln County

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for awarding a $6,944,000 Rural Development grant to Lincoln County Telephone System, Inc. This grant will assist Lincoln County in making important improvements to their rural broadband service. "All Nevadans should have access to fast, reliable internet, regardless of their zip code. This grant will strengthen Lincoln County's ability to provide an essential service to its … Continue Reading

August 03, 2018

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Recognize ‘Hidden Figures’ for Contributions to U.S. during the Space Race

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and 43 of her colleagues in introducing a bipartisan bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden; and to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The bill serves to commend these women for their contributions to NASA's success during the Space Race and … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Cortez Masto, Menendez and Over 100 Members of Congress Demand TPS Be Reinstated for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) and a bipartisan group of 110 members of Congress in calling on the Trump Administration to reinstate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants legally living in the United States. The letter comes after the State Department released a series of internal documents showing the Trump Administration's overtly political decisions to … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Cortez Masto, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan ACCESS BROADBAND Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Businesses Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand (ACCESS BROADBAND) Act, bipartisan legislation to establish a single point of contact office to streamline management and oversight of federal broadband resources across multiple agencies. The bill will create a simpler process for small businesses … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Announces Press Team Transition

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing the transition of Communications Director Reynaldo Benitez to the role of Special Advisor based out of her Reno, Nevada office. Cortez Masto also announces that her current Deputy Communications Director, Ryan King, will become Communications Director and that she is hiring Monica Garcia, currently of the Latino Victory Fund, to join her communications staff as Deputy Communications … Continue Reading

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