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

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.

May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Co-Chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, announced the completion of a successful Police Week. Several measures passed by Congress this week in support of law enforcement officers across the nation. First proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National Police Week has grown to a series of events that attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

May 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) released the following statement after the Probation Officer Protection Act passed the U.S. House with a bipartisan vote. The Probation Officer Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. David Reichert (R-WA), protects probation officers and enhances their ability to do their jobs by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.

May 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and David Reichert (R-WA) released the following statements after the Department of Justice announced the nationwide rollout of the National Blue Alert Network, which was created by the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015. This bill was sponsored by Reps. Pascrell and Reichert, who jointly chair the House Law Enforcement Caucus, and was signed into law by President Obama on May 19, 2015.

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) and Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $716,088 in federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) funding to purchase new breathing apparatus for the firefighters. The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Reps. Don Beyer, David Cicilline, Bill Pascrell, Jr., and Pramila Jayapal yesterday led 106 House Democrats in calling upon President Trump to help innocent Syrians by rescinding his Executive Order suspending the Refugee Admissions Program and to maintain support for humanitarian aid programs that assist Syrians in crisis.

Apr 13, 2017

TEANECK, N.J. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a new federal FIRE Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps in the amount of $128,728.