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

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.

Feb 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) responded to the news that President Trump has eased sanction on Russia imposed by President Obama in the wake of cyberattacks during the 2016 election.

Jan 30, 2017

PATERSON, N.J. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) called on New Jersey's Attorney General to join other attorneys general in responding to the executive order regarding travel bans for Muslim-majority nations signed last week.

Jan 30, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Seventeen years after a deadly fire, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), and fire safety advocates announced a new introduction of the Campus Fire Safety Education Act, which would create a new competitive Campus Fire Safety Education Grant Program at institutions of higher education. The program is aimed at increasing fire safety awareness among college students, helping to improve their fire training, and to save lives.

Jan 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, responded to President Trump's executive orders on restricting refugees entering the United States.

Nov 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday initially introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Peter King (R-NY) that would direct the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary to make surplus anthrax vaccines available to first responders. The First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act (H.R. 1300/S.1915) was introduced in the Senate by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ). The amended bill will now go before President Obama to be signed into law.

Oct 7, 2016

MOONACHIE, N.J. – Today, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06) hosted a press conference in Moonachie, NJ calling on the State to respond to the findings of improper management, oversight, and disbursement of federal recovery dollars to Hammerman & Gainer Inc. in a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General OIG audit.

Oct 3, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced a $2.82 million federal grant award to hire 15 new police officers in the City of Paterson. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office, is part of the COPS Hiring Program (CHP), which promotes public safety through community policing.