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Private equity's growing control of long-term care endangers the underserved

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Originally published in the Bergen Record. Last month, the House Oversight Subcommittee I chair held an important hearing on ominous trends in American health care. We examined the growing control of the health care system by Wall Street and private equity firms, particularly in long-term care facilities. What we found is not pretty. The pandemic has caused unbearable suffering, with its worst imp...

Trump attacks on our military go beyond 'losers,' 'suckers' smears

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Originally published in the North Jersey (Bergen) Record -- President Donald Trump’s reported desecration of American soldiers who fell in World War I may rank among the worst slurs he has uttered in office. But Trump’s hostility toward troops and veterans is not new. Trump has compiled a record in word and deed that is derisive to the health of service members, especially those who have suffered ...

Donald Trump vs. law enforcement: All the ways he’s hurt policing in America as president

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Originally published in the NY Daily News. Donald Trump vs. law enforcement: All the ways he’s hurt policing in America as president By Bill Pascrell, Jr. Desperate to deflect from his catastrophic failure to contain the pandemic or help millions of unemployed Americans, Donald Trump is making support for law enforcement a centerpiece of his administration. But even a cursory scan of Trump’s recor...

Our sacred right to vote is under grave threat

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Originally published on NJ.com. The passing of my friend Congressman John Lewis has been a terrible blow. His death at this moment crystalizes the imperative of what was perhaps John’s most important life’s work: protecting your right to vote. Because there is no question that your sacred right is under grave threat. Almost daily, Donald Trump uses his pulpit to target election officials. He spews...

Americans deserve to see Trump's tax returns

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Originally published in The Record (NorthJersey.com). Americans deserve to see Trump's tax returns Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. Guest columnist The Supreme Court’s decisions in the Trump tax returns cases were bittersweet. The good news is the court affirmed the principle it established during Watergate that no president is above the law. But the rulings will allow Donald Trump to continue to obstruct m...

Pascrell Essay: Impeachment, the GOP, and the ‘ongoing tragedy’ of our times

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Originally published in the Bergen Record THE BERGEN RECORD / NORTHJERSEY.COM DECEMBER 27, 2019 Pascrell: Impeachment, the GOP, and the ‘ongoing tragedy’ of our times By Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. In recent days, just prior to adjournment of Congress, I voted to impeach the 45th President of the United States. My vote was included on two articles of impeachment— abuse of power and obstruction — that ...

What Workers Need From the Revision of NAFTA

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Orignally published in the American Prospect: https://prospect.org/world/what-workers-need-from-the-revision-of-nafta/ As negotiations with the Trump administration on a new North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico approach their crescendo, Congress may soon have a once-in-a-generation chance to remake our nation’s core trade relationship. A generation after...

Time to fight back against right-wing extremism | Pascrell

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In the summer of 2009, I had an exchange with then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, one that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. With Democrats in complete control of the federal government, the committee hearing at the time wasn’t meant to be contentious. But shortly before Napolitano’s testimony, the Obama administration had quietly announced that it was retracting a DHS report o...

Sports, music fans are being ripped off by dysfunctional ticket market, congressman says. It’s time for that to stop.

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Orinally printed in the Star Legder: https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/07/sports-music-fan-are-being-ripped-off-by-a-dysfunctional-ticket-market-congressman-says-its-time-for-that-to-stop.html A familiar script. You read that your favorite band is going to be in town. Excited, you rush online to buy tickets, only to find somehow, they’re all gone. The Prudential Center has about 17,000 seats, but ho...

Pascrell to the Star Ledger: It will be devastating for N.J. if the Supreme Court allows Trump to weaponize the Census

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Originally published in the Star Ledger which can be found here. The requirement for the federal government to conduct a census every 10 years dates to 1790, but its integrity is in greater peril than ever before. In a nakedly political attack, the Trump administration has moved to add a last-minute question on citizenship status to the Census. The implications of this move are momentous, as it ri...

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