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

Sep 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) responded to the opening of the dockets for the fatal, Sept. 29, 2016, NJ Transit commuter rail collision in Hoboken, N.J., as well as the Jan.

Sep 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) wrote a letter to President Donald Trump requesting he directly confront Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's about the members of his security detail who attacked peaceful protestors on May 16, 2017. President Trump will be meeting with President Erdoğan at the United Nations this week.

Sep 12, 2017

House Passes Pascrell Amendment to Fund COPS Hiring Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment introduced by U.S. Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, to include $100 million in funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. 

Sep 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 931, legislation coauthored by Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Chris Collins (R-NY) that would require the CDC to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters. The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act addresses an enormous gap in research conducted on the heath impacts of a career of firefighting.

Sep 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced unanimous passage of an appropriations amendment to restore $1 million to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) for State Fire Training Assistance grants. This amendment was necessary because the Republican House Appropriations Committee’s bill mirrored the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate this key public safety program for Fiscal Year 2018.

Sep 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) announced $66,169,252 in federal funds awarded to New Jersey under the Homeland Security Preparedness Grant programs. The funding, through the Fiscal Year 2017, include State Homeland Security Program, Urban Area Security Initiative, Emergency Management Performance Grant Program, Nonprofit Security Grant Program, Port Security Grant Program, Transit Security Grant Program, and Intercity Bus Security Grant Program funds.

Jul 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Chris Collins (R-NY) authored a bill that would require the CDC to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters, which today advanced through the Energy and Commerce Committee. This piece of legislation addresses an enormous gap in research conducted on the heath impacts of a career of firefighting.

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.