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Catherine Cortez Masto on Government Reform

 

 


Citizens United has been a disaster for our democracy

The Citizens United decision has been a disaster for our democracy, tearing apart our campaign finance laws and bringing on a flood of anonymous "dark money." We can't continue to let the voices of everyday Americans be lost in a sea of special interest spending. I'm running for Senate because I'm committed to fighting back against runaway spending that erodes our democracy. I will work to overturn this decision that has given too much power without any accountability to large corporations.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, CatherineCortezMasto.com , Oct 1, 2015

Statehood for the District of Columbia.

Cortez Masto co-sponsored H.R.317

Congressional Summary: Sets forth procedures for admission into the United States of the state of New Columbia.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (DCist.com, Sept. 2014): The Argument Against: Congress does not have the authority to grant statehood to D.C.; the 23rd amendment, which gave D.C. three electoral votes, would have to be repealed before statehood was granted. Washington is a wholly urban, one-industry town, dependent on the federal government far in excess of any other state. Moreover, with Congress no longer having authority over New Columbia but dependent on it, New Columbia could exert influence on the federal government far in excess of any other state.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: [Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; the District of Columbia has one representative to Congress and no Senators; Rep. Holmes can introduce bills but her vote does not count]: This 51st state would have no jurisdiction over the federal territory or enclave that now consists of the Washington that Members of Congress and visitors associate with the capital of our country. Those would remain under federal jurisdiction. The New Columbia Admission Act was the first bill I introduced in 1991. Statehood is the only alternative for the citizens of the District of Columbia. To be content with less than statehood is to concede the equality of citizenship that is the birthright of our residents as citizens of the United States.

Source: New Columbia Admission Act 15_H317 on Jan 13, 2015

Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access.

Cortez Masto co-sponsored For the People Act of 2019