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Cortez Masto on bridging the divide during a divisive time across the country

Catherine Cortez Masto speaks with News 3's Latoya Silmon during Connect to Congress. 2/8/17 (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Nevada's junior senator takes on the latest nominees for President Trump's cabinet.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) says she opposed U.S. Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) because of what she considers "far right views."

Cortez Masto also disagrees with the reversing former President Obama's designation of Gold Butte as a national monument.

She says that move would hurt Nevadans on several levels.

"Not only does it protect our public lands for the future and for our hunters, for people that want to use it for recreational purposes in Nevada. It promotes tourism, brings needed dollars into our communities," said Cortez Masto.

Nevada's senior senator, Dean Heller (R-NV), supports overturning Gold Butte's designation.

However, both senators are united in their refusal to make Yucca Mountain a nuclear depository.

They've teamed up on a bill opposing efforts to make it a waste dump.

Cortez Masto also touched on the divisive time the country is experiencing along party lines and she is helping to bridge the divide.

"It's about building relationships and working with your colleagues to find that common ground. That's what I did as attorney general in Nevada," said Cortez Masto. "That's no different here. I'm making sure I'm talking to my colleagues on the Democratic side as well as the Republican side of the Senate."

Despite the potential for tension, she says she doesn't find that to be a challenge.

"We're not going to agree on everything, but there is common ground," said Cortez Masto. "It's just a matter of getting out there and talking to your colleagues."

Wrapping up, the junior senator also shared a message for her constituents in Nevada.

"Thank you so much, first of all. I'm honored to serve Nevada as a United States senator. I'm going to do everything that I can to fight for our state and bring resources and do whatever I can to work with so many fabulous people in the community," said Cortez Masto. "Thank you for the honor of letting me serve you."

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