Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY

Public Safety

firefighters putting out a fireIn the wake of 9/11, and the emerging threats our nation faces, we are asking our first responders to do more and more to protect us. Whether it is handling hazardous materials, rescuing victims of a natural disaster, or responding to a criminal or terrorist threat, the responsibilities of our public safety officers have grown to face the challenges of a changed world.

Bill has been a consistently vocal advocate for public safety and a champion of increased assistance to those who serve us. He has fought to stop the Administration's annual attempts to decimate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which helps add police officers into our schools and onto our streets. He also authored the enormously successful "Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement Act" or "FIRE Act," signed into law in 2000 by President Clinton, which was the first comprehensive national legislation dedicated to meet the needs of America's 32,000 volunteer, paid, and part-paid fire departments.

He has also lobbied to bring in more federal dollars to help pay for the increased equipment and training of New Jersey's public safety officials, and will continue to work for these first responder grants as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Bill has worked successfully to finally get New Jersey its fair share of security grants by insisting that risk and vulnerabilities are taken into greater consideration within the State Homeland Security Grant Program. This includes his push for additional funding for the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which specifically addresses the unique planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high density Urban Areas.

And with the understanding that public safety is a priority consisting of many components, Bill has authored an array of diverse legislation. Indeed, Bill focuses on the public good when doing his work in Washington-like his common sense legislation that requires that universities conduct annual fire safety reports for their students in his "Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act." Bill has also strived to ensure that new federal chemical security standards will not preempt the stronger chemical security standards already in place in New Jersey.

The federal government asks a lot out of our firefighters, police, and medical personnel. Bill demands that Washington does all it can to help these men and women do their job to ensure the safety of all Americans.

More on Public Safety

Apr 13, 2017

TEANECK, N.J. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a new federal FIRE Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps in the amount of $128,728.

Apr 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Dan Donovan (R-NY) led a bipartisan letter 110 of their colleagues urging the co-chairs of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Homeland Security to fund the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NPSG) at $50 million in the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The letter cites an increase of anti-Semitic threats across the nation.

Mar 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement after FBI Director James Comey testified about the existence of an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the election and collaboration with the Trump campaign, as well as confirmation that there is "no evidence" of President Trump’s claim to have been wiretapped by President Obama:

Mar 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, co-chairs of the bipartisan Law Enforcement Caucus, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting the President illuminate the White House in blue on the night of May 15, 2017 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. Blue lights are traditionally used as a symbol of recognition and appreciation of law enforcement.

Mar 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the Ways and Means and Budget Committees, released the following statement regarding the proposed budget blueprint issued by President Trump today.

"This budget makes severe, draconian, and needless cuts to programs Americans rely on every day – from support for clean air and safe water, to promoting diplomacy abroad, to medical research, to home heating support for low-income families and seniors.

Mar 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA), co-chairs of the bipartisan House Law Enforcement Caucus, sent a letter to President Trump outlining the importance of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), especially its hiring program. Reps. Reichert and Pascrell urged the Administration to put their full support behind COPS and the programs it supports. 

Mar 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement today regarding news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have met with the Russian Ambassador during the campaign without disclosing it to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feb 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) joined 153 colleagues in a bi-partisan letter lead by U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the FBI Director regarding recent bomb threats aimed at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in more than two dozen states across the nation, including the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly.

Feb 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to the Newark Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raising concerns about reported FBI phone calls and attempts to meet in-person with Syrian refugees. The representatives questioned whether the FBI contact might have an adverse impact on ensuring refugees feel safe and secure in their communities.

Feb 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) announced the introduction of the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act with 76 bipartisan original sponsors. The bill would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with this deadly disease. The creation of this registry would enable researchers to study the relationship between firefighters' exposure to dangerous fumes and harmful toxins and the increased risk for several major cancers.