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

Jul 19, 2017

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.

Jun 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Chris Collins (R-NY) released the following statements on the passage of H.R.931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, which has 166 bipartisan cosponsors, in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The bill would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with this deadly disease.

Jun 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) announced that the Department of Homeland Security awarded a $34,239 federal FIRE Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Secaucus Fire Department. Specifically, the grant will allow the department to invest in new thermal imaging equipment. This grant is the seventh Operations and Safety Grant awarded to Secaucus, totaling $745,215.

Jun 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), a former member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced a $453,497 federal grant for the Global Peace Foundation to do training and engagement to counter violent extremism.

Jun 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), a former member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced a $453,497 federal grant for the Global Peace Foundation to do training and engagement to counter violent extremism.

Jun 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) introduced legislation Thursday that would allow local governments to more easily access private funds for water infrastructure projects.

Jun 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) released a joint statement with Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Dave Reichert (R-WA), and André Carson (D-IN) after the introduction of a House Resolution honoring the United States Capitol Police. Pascrell and Reichert serve together as co-chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus.

Jun 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his pending nomination of Christopher Wray as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) joined colleagues, led by U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), on a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to arrest, prosecute, and jail the members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail who were caught on video brutally attacking protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. last week.