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Pascrell & Bacon Respond to Trump’s Remarks on Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Today, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Don Bacon (R-NE-02), co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, expressed concern and disappointment over comments made by President Trump regarding 34 U.S. servicemembers who sustained possible brain injuries during the January 8 attack on the Al-Asad airbase in Iraq. “Brain injury should never be minimized. Unfortunately, too many p...

Pascrell Assails Trump Comments on Traumatic Brain Injury

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– U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the co-chair and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, today responded to comments made by Donald Trump yesterday denigrating the impact of traumatic brain injury that likened brain injuries to mere “headaches.” Pascrell wrote a letter to the Department of Defense Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness and the Assistant Secretary of Def...

Pascrell Supports Spending Deal for the American People, Votes Against Border Wall Funding

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Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) released the following statement regarding the House’s vote to approve the minibus spending bills H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865, which is Pascrell’s own bill: “Today the House considered two spending bills to fund our government for the next fiscal year. Both bills contained several of our shared priorities and wins for New Jersey and the American people, in...

Pascrell, Bacon, Hassan, Capito Introduce Resolution Declaring Concussion Awareness Day

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Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Don Bacon (R-NE-02), co-chairs of the Congressional Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, introduced H.Res 567, a bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives recognizing September 20 as Concussion Awareness Day. Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). “Fr...

Pascrell Cheers House Passage of Bipartisan Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), the co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, celebrated the passage in the House of Representatives of H.R. 6615, the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program Reauthorization Act of 2018. The legislation extends federal TBI programs through 2023. It also authorizes resources to boost the CDC’s efforts to launch a National...

House Passes Final Defense Authorization Bill With Pascrell, Rooney TBI Amendment

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference committee report of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment from the co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Rooney (R-FL). This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress within 180 days on the implementation of r...

House Passes Pascrell, Rooney TBI Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill

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Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by the co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Tom Rooney (FL-17). This amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress within 180 days on the implementation of recommendations from a recent report from...

Rep. Pascrell Statement on Trump Budget Proposal

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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. "President Trump has proposed a budget more cruel and extreme than I have ever seen during my time in the Congress. In total, this budget proposal would cut more than $1 trillion from important safety-net programs ...

Rep. Pascrell asks Defense Dept. to Consider Brain Injury Study Recommendations

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U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis asking for the implementation of recommendations in a Government Accountability Office report issued yesterday entitled “Actions Needed to Ensure Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Are Considered in Misconduct Separations.” "I urge you and your Department to gi...

Pascrell Leads Push For Full Funding Of Brain Research

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U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Tim Murphy (R-PA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sent a letter this week urging full funding for the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The request for funding builds on the strong bipartisan effort to improve our understanding of the brain and ...

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