Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY


Aug 18, 2011 Op-Ed

There are no Congress members on Capitol Hill this month.

Jul 13, 2011 Op-Ed

I’m not sure if the House Republican leadership understands that we are moving in the wrong direction. A disappointing jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor last Friday indicated that despite 54,000 private-sector jobs created last month, the unemployment rate increased a tenth of a percent.

Jun 11, 2011 Op-Ed

There are jobs waiting to be created beneath our feet.

Jun 2, 2011 Op-Ed

PERHAPS the most significant part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress last week wasn’t any singular thing that he said, but where he said it.

May 11, 2011 Op-Ed

Americans have walked the moon. Americans have scoured the earth bringing our worst enemies to justice. So why is it when we consider our energy crisis, “Drill baby, drill!” is some Americans’ only solution?

How did we get so pessimistic about our own country?

Mar 14, 2011 Op-Ed

One of the first commitments I made after becoming a congressman 14 years ago was to make the U.S. Congress, and the public, aware of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). As part of that commitment and in my role as co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, every year I host a day on Capitol Hill dedicated to brain injury awareness.

Feb 17, 2011 Op-Ed

President Abraham Lincoln, who led our nation through a time of great crisis, warned us that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

Jan 20, 2011 Op-Ed

Last week, the 112th Congress began with a reading of the U.S. Constitution. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona read from the First Amendment, the portion that gives every American the right to peaceably assemble. Two days later, violence erupted in Tucson, Az. that left Rep. Giffords and others severely wounded and took the lives of six people, including a 9-year-old girl.

Dec 1, 2010 Op-Ed

What a difference 34 years doesn’t make.

The following words appeared in a Time Magazine editorial about the federal government in 1976:

Jul 27, 2010 Op-Ed

KEN GROSS, a Washington attorney who advises corporations on campaign finance laws, recently gave his forecast for corporate
spending in this fall’s campaigns on National Public Radio.

“There are opportunities there that the corporate community is interested in exploring,” he said.

May 21, 2010 Op-Ed

A few Republicans in Congress have offered various alternatives to financial reform legislation. Most of their rhetoric about fixing the Wall Street collapse is factually bankrupt.

May 21, 2010 Op-Ed

The recent attempted attack in Times Square reminds us as a nation that the threat of terrorism continues to be real and our vigilance must be everlasting.

Mar 29, 2010 Op-Ed

There’s been a lot of talk about winners and losers since health care reform has become the law of the land. However, the real winners are the American people, and in particular, people who live in New Jersey.

Mar 26, 2010 Op-Ed

It's hardly surprising that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court recently suggested that he and his associates should sit out future State of the Union speeches.

Jan 7, 2010 Op-Ed

Of all the great plays during 2009 NFL regular season, my favorite was made by the league itself.

Nov 10, 2009 Op-Ed

It was a car accident victim who couldn’t get the right medical treatment because her insurance company wouldn’t cover it. It was a family who agonized over their finances when their health insurance premiums increased more than 150 percent.

Aug 19, 2009 Op-Ed

A health care insurance co-op would work well if you’re on Wall Street.
Carl MacDonald, a health industry analyst for Oppenheimer and Co., said in June that the creation of co-ops would be a “big positive” for publically traded insurance companies that own managed care groups. Remember the HMO’s, folks?

Apr 2, 2009 Op-Ed

On Monday I had the distinct honor of joining President Barack Obama at the White House for a ceremony that established a new national park at the Great Falls, consecrating Paterson’s transformative role in American history.  

Feb 1, 2009 Op-Ed
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced his landmark highway investment plan to Congress in 1955, it was unceremoniously rejected.
Dec 28, 2008 Op-Ed

The deadly attacks in Mumbai last month were a grim reminder of how easily a terrorist strike can rock a nation and send shockwaves rippling around the globe. With Sept. 11, 2001, forever fresh in our minds, Americans empathize with the Indian people. We understand India's security challenges, pledge our support and pray for its resiliency.