Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY

Brain Injury Task Force

BrainApproximately 1.4 million Americans experience Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year and an estimated 3.2 million Americans are living with long-term, severe disabilities as a result of brain injury. Another 360,000 men and women are estimated to have been inflicted by a TBI in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The national cost of TBI is estimated to be $60 billion annually. That is why I founded the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force in 2001. Co-Chaired by Rep. Thomas J. Rooney of Florida, the task force will serve as a clearinghouse of information for Congress and the public. It will promote full funding for the TBI Act and other brain injury research programs, and provide guidance to federal agencies on policies and proposed rulemakings.

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May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, was joined by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) today in introducing bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting youth athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The Youth Sports Concussion Act of 2013 would ensure that new and reconditioned football helmets for high school and younger players meet safety standards that address concussion risk and the needs of youth athletes.

Sep 27, 2012

CLIFTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08), founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, today joined Dr.

Sep 13, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin III to announce a joint initiative that will work towards treating and preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) in both athletes on the playing field and soldiers on the battlefield.

May 26, 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to include two amendments to the 2012 National Defense Authorization bill authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8). Both amendments are aimed at helping U.S service members who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Apr 7, 2011

WASHINGTON – Legislative staff for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-8) joined with U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8), Dr. Brent Masel, national medical director of the Brain Injury Association of America, and Dr. Keith D. Cicerone, director of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at JFK Medical Center, Edison, N.J. began their efforts today to rally the Obama Administration to address a “treatment gap” among individual who sustain a traumatic brain injury.

Mar 14, 2011

One of the first commitments I made after becoming a congressman 14 years ago was to make the U.S. Congress, and the public, aware of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). As part of that commitment and in my role as co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, every year I host a day on Capitol Hill dedicated to brain injury awareness.


Planning this year’s event, which will be held Wednesday, has allowed me to take stock of how far we have come since the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force first began its work in 2001.

Feb 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – In a continuing commitment to protect America’s student-athletes from the dangers of sports-related concussions, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8), U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to implement provisions of the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act.

Feb 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – Responding to reports of American soldiers with traumatic brain injuries being denied essential treatment, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) and Todd Platts (R-PA-19), co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, along with U.S. Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), led more than 70 members of Congress in signing a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Nov 19, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8), author of the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act, today addressed the 33rd annual Sports Medicine Seminar, which was held at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

Oct 21, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), both sponsors of the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act – legislation to reduce the risks of concussions in youth sports – commended the NFL for its recent announcement that it would begin to more strictly enforce rules forbidding dangerous hits on the field. Both lawmakers hope the NFL’s affirmed stance against dangerous hits will reduce serious injuries for professional players as well as student athletes from grade school through high school.