Press Releases

December 05, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges President to Swiftly Nominate Aggressive Head of Consumer Watchdog

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and 43 other senators in a letter urging President Trump to follow the law and swiftly nominate a permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who will put working families ahead of Wall Street. In their letter, the senators cited the CFPB's "aggressive enforcement and supervision," which has resulted in $12 billion in relief to 29 million … Continue Reading


December 04, 2017

Cortez Masto Joins Colleagues in Urging FCC Chairman Pai to Delay Vote Rolling Back Net Neutrality Rules

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today joined 27 of her Senate colleagues in a letter, led by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, expressing concern over reports that bots filed hundreds of thousands of comments to the FCC during the net neutrality policymaking process and calling on the Chairman to delay the planned December 14th vote to roll back net neutrality rules until an investigation of the … Continue Reading


December 04, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds DOJ Grant for Hiring, Rehiring Police Officers in Paiute, Shoshone Communities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for disbursing $375,000 in grants under the COPS Hiring Program to the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribes, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and Temoak Western Shoshone Law Enforcement to hire and rehire law enforcement officers: "The COPS Hiring Program provides state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with support in hiring and rehiring officers with … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Sexual Harassment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today after new reports were published related to sexual harassment by Members of Congress, including Nevada Representative Ruben Kihuen: "Sexual harassment in any context is unacceptable. I am frustrated, disappointed, and disgusted by the stories I have learned from women and men who were harassed and disrespected by powerful men in government, entertainment, private business and media. I … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Cortez Masto, Heller Urge Senate Leaders to Take Swift Action in Funding CHIP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) recently urged Senate leaders to swiftly advance a renewal of federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides medical coverage and care to vulnerable children in Nevada, and across the country, who otherwise may not get care. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senators Cortez Masto and … Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Cortez Masto Urges UnitedHealth Group, Aetna to Help Las Vegas Attack Victims

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) wrote a letter to David S. Wichmann, CEO of UnitedHealth Group, and Mark T. Bertolini, CEO of Aetna Inc., urging them and their companies to do whatever they can to help the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting with any potential out-of-network charges, co-payments, and deductibles. Many of the victims of the mass shooting were from outside the state of Nevada. This could potentially expose them to out-of-network costs. … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Joe Crowley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement celebrating the life and legacy of former University of Nevada, Reno, President Joe Crowley, who passed away yesterday at the age of 84: "Paul and I are saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Joe Crowley. Joe dedicated his life to education as a professor of History, and as the longest-serving president of the University of Nevada, Reno. Joe was an institution, a model of public service and … Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Cortez Masto Introduces Legislation to Eliminate Taxpayer Subsidies for Lobbyists

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement announcing legislation to repeal the tax deduction for local lobbying expenses. Under current law, businesses are prohibited from deducting their lobbying expenses when they attempt to influence federal and state lawmakers, but a loophole still allows for these same corporations to deduct for local lobbying expenses. This bill would close this loophole and eliminate taxpayer subsidies for … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Cortez Masto: Part-time Director at CFPB a Slap in the Face to Millions of American Consumers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today after a U.S. District Court ruled not to immediately reinstate Leandra English to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after President Trump's unlawful appointment of White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the CFPB: "Congress passed Wall Street Reform after the financial crisis to protect consumers in Nevada, and across our country, from predatory … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Cortez Masto, Colleagues Pen Letter to AG Sessions on the Alarming Rise of Hate Crimes Across the U.S.

Washington, D.C. - Following the publication of the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report Hate Crime Statistics report, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a group of her Senate Democratic colleagues, led by U.S. Senator Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions raising questions about the Trump Administration's commitment to combat the alarming increase in hate crimes across the United States last year. In their missive, the senators … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Federal Highway Administration’s $3 Million Emergency Relief Grant to Nevada Department of Transportation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for awarding the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) $3 million in emergency repair grants to assist in the reconstruction of roads and highways damaged during the January and February 2017 flooding in Northern Nevada. "Safe roads and highways are vital to a safe community and stable economy," said Senator Cortez Masto. "Emergency repair grants help ensure the Nevada … Continue Reading


November 27, 2017

Cortez Masto: I Reject Trump Administration Effort to Interfere with Independent Consumer Agency

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today calling on the Trump Administration to respect the law and follow the provision under Wall Street Reform that requires that the Deputy Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shall become the Acting Director in the event that a Director has not been confirmed by the Senate: "Wall Street Reform specifically provides that the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Tours Southern Nevada Traffic Management Center, Highlights SMART Communities Initiative

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) toured the Southern Nevada Traffic Management Center as part of her SMART Communities initiative and hosted a roundtable discussion with local transportation officials. Senator Cortez Masto discussed the ways in which technological innovation can help Nevada cities develop more efficient and up-to-date infrastructure and transportation systems. The Senator recently introduced bipartisan legislation that will build on the success of … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto: Revoking TPS for Haitians Will Tear Families Apart, Threaten Lives

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement denouncing the Trump Administration's decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian citizens who fled the catastrophic 2010 earthquake and cholera epidemic: "The Trump Administration's decision to revoke TPS protections for Haitians exposes nearly 60,000 vulnerable Haitians to deportation and rips families apart. By turning its back on people in need, the Administration … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto, Democratic Women Senators to McConnell: Pass the Dream Act Before Senate Recesses in December

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led her Democratic women colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to pass the Dream Act as soon as possible before the Senate recesses in December: In the letter, Cortez Masto and ten other female Democratic Senators, Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), … Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cortez Masto Hosts DACA Roundtable with Immigration Advocates in Reno

Reno, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) yesterday met with Washoe County immigration leaders and advocates at Word of Life Ministries to discuss the importance of protecting Dreamers and those who have benefitted from DACA. "Dreamers grew up in this country, went to school in this country, and now contribute to this country with their hard work, dedication, and perseverance," said Senator Cortez Masto. "They have gone to college to become lawyers, engineers, doctors, small … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Encourages Nevadans to Get Covered in New Open Enrollment Digital Walkthrough

FTPs of Senator Cortez Masto's digital walkthrough are available to TV stations here. Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a new digital walkthrough showing Nevadans how to go online and sign up for health insurance on the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. "Open enrollment began on November 1st, this means that Nevadans have from now until December 15th to go to healthcare.gov and select an insurance plan that is right for them and their family," … Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Cortez Masto Commends Tunisian Government and Civil Society for Women’s Rights Efforts Ahead of U.S. State Department Visit

Reno, Nev. - Ahead of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan's trip to Tunisia, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) sent a letter to the Tunisian government commending the recent passage of the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women. If properly implemented, the law has the potential to increase stability in Tunisia and strengthen protections for Tunisian women. During this critical period in their transition to democracy, Cortez Masto urges the Tunisian government to form a … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cortez Masto: White House Relief Request Shows Trump Administration Continues Inadequate Response

Las Vegas, Nev. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration's woefully inadequate response to funding requests for hurricane relief in Texas and Florida, and their refusal to request additional funding for Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: "Today's announcement by the Trump Administration on hurricane relief shows that this White House refuses to understand the reality confronting Americans who have … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cortez Masto Asks DHS Nominee to Clarify Stance On DACA, The DREAM Act, & TPS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 18 other Senators today in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on her to answer several immigration related questions prior to consideration of her nomination by the full Senate. During her confirmation hearing, when asked whether she agrees that legislation must be passed to protect Dreamers by the end of this calendar year, Nielsen … Continue Reading

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