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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Jul 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by the co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Rooney (FL-17).

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), member of the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees, issued the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget request.

May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis asking for the implementation of recommendations in a Government Accountability Office report issued yesterday entitled “Actions Needed to Ensure Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Are Considered in Misconduct Separations.”

Mar 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sent a letter this week urging full funding for the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The request for funding builds on the strong bipartisan effort to improve our understanding of the brain and the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law late last year.

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.

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) reacted to consideration of the Youth Sports Concussion Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting young athletes from the dangers of sports-related traumatic brain injuries. The bill, H.R. 4460, was heard today by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. The Senate version of the legislation authored by Senator Udall (D-NM) was passed out of the Senate Commerce Committee in April and is awaiting action on the Senate floor.

Dec 18, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), a member of the House Budget and Ways & Means Committees, voted in favor or a measure to fund the government. The House adopted the $1.1 trillion Omnibus Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 by a vote of 316 to 113, and with Senate passage, the bill goes to the President for signature.

Dec 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, sent the following letter to John Skipper, President of ESPN, regarding recent comments ESPN analysts have made about concussions. 

Sep 22, 2015

Garfield, NJ –As student athletes across the nation return to the playing field, today U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), Co-founder and Co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, was joined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials in his efforts to raise awareness about concussions and traumatic brain injury among student athletes.

May 15, 2014

PATERSON - Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, commended President Obama for organizing a Summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions.  During the summit, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 29th, the President will be joined by young athletes, parents, coaches, academics and experts, athletes, military service members and other stakeholders.