Energy and the Environment
Congressman Pascrell has spent 16 years in Congress fighting for the protection and preservation of our air, land, and water, in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Americans. He believes that we must take back our finite natural resources from polluting industries that favor the bottom line over the public's interest in a clean and healthy environment, and has taken an active role in advancing legislation that achieves this goal.
As such, he was proud to fight for key energy provisions in the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," stimulus legislation signed into law by President Obama. To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on polluting fossil fuels, this legislation increases renewable energy production and renovates public buildings to make them more energy efficient. It also provided funding to improve the energy efficiency of more than 1 million modest-income homes through weatherization, saving low and middle class families money and lowering our emissions of greenhouse gases.
In addition, this stimulus legislation provides $19 billion for clean water, flood control, and environmental restoration investments, which will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Bill was a member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment for ten years, and has long advocated for these investments in clean water infrastructure.
But this is not enough. Much of the stimulus' water infrastructure funding is in loans, and communities simply can't afford to pay back loans in these tough economic times. Because of this, Bill has worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft legislation that authorizes grant funding for municipalities to upgrade clean water infrastructure, to protect the public health from dangerous pollution and create badly needed jobs. Congressman Pascrell's "Water Quality Investment Act", HR 895, was introduced in 2009 to ensure that our cities and towns have the funds they need to repair aging sewer systems that overflow during wet weather events. This critical legislation was passed in the House of Representatives during the 111th Congress.
He also continues to fight every day for tough clean water standards and the federal dollars to help states meet their commitments. He works hand in hand with the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA, steering dollars to important flood control and mitigation projects such as the Peckman River, while ensuring the protection of our natural habitats.
Bill has made it a priority to ensure the cleanup of polluted and contaminated sites that are the legacy of industrialization throughout the 8th Congressional District. Bill has worked to secure federal support to aid in the removal of thorium in Wayne, radium in West Orange, Montclair and Glen Ridge, and abandoned chemical facilities in Clifton. Bill is dedicated to the full and complete cleanup of the contaminated lower 17 miles of the Passaic River, and continues to hold polluters accountable for the cleanup and mitigation of environmental contamination in residential Pompton Lakes.
A lifelong resident of Paterson, Bill has dedicated himself to bringing much deserved recognition and resources to the Great Falls Historic District in Paterson, where Alexander Hamilton famously implemented his vision of an economically-secure America. In a fruitful partnership with community leaders, Bill has made important strides towards one day realizing the vision of the Great Falls as both a tourist destination and a refuge for local residents, most recently passing legislation to create a National Historical Park at the site. More information about the Great Falls can be found here.
Bill is one of the most stalwart supporters of environmental conservation in the United States Congress. He will work every day to promote policies that ensure that we give the next generation an environment as breathtaking as the one we have received.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) opposed H.R. 2874, the so-called 21st Century Flood Reform Act after offering amendments to the bill, which were denied a vote by Republican Leadership. The partisan bill would make flood insurance more expensive, less available, and less fair for millions of Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), and Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) today introduced the Give Assistance and Help to Americans impacted by Natural Disasters Act (“Give A HAND” Act) to provide relief to individuals and businesses to recover in the immediate aftermath of the recent natural disasters and assist the ongoing rebuilding process in communities touch by natural disasters in years past.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called on the committee to take action on a number of legislative items that would aid in Puerto Rico’s disaster and economic recovery during a bill markup. Additionally, Rep. Pascrell urged Republican Congressional Leadership and the Trump Administration to mount a meaningful response to the humanitarian and public health crisis in Puerto Rico. Video of his remarks is available here.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) issued the following statement after House Republicans turned down an amendment to include victims of Hurricane Sandy and other recent events in disaster tax relief.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Frank Pallone (NJ-06) introduced the bipartisan Sustainable, Affordable, Fair and Efficient National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (SAFE NFIP) of 2017. The bill protects policyholders from skyrocketing premiums and reauthorizes the NFIP for six years, while also reforming current practices. Those reforms include: improved flood mapping, greater affordability, and increased oversight of the program.
WASHINGTON, DC – Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today released the following statements after the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a summary of objectives for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
Ranking Member Neal:
PATERSON, N.J. – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement after President Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the landmark, 195-signatory Paris Climate Accord that would significantly slow the progress of global warming:
PATERSON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement after it was reported that the Trump Administration may pull out of the landmark, 195-signatory Paris Climate Accord that would significantly slow the progress of global warming:
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued a statement on President Trump's review of national monument designations.