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Reps. Pascrell & Pallone Offer Amendments to Flood Program Bill

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Yesterday Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) opposed H.R. 2874, the so-called 21st Century Flood Reform Act after offering amendments to the bill, which were denied a vote by Republican Leadership. The partisan bill would make flood insurance more expensive, less available, and less fair for millions of Americans. "In the five years since Superstorm S...

Bipartisan Letter Calls on Justice Department to End Blockade of Law Enforcement Grants

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Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA), co-chairs of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice expressing concerns about the delay in disbursing funds for a community crime-fighting program to states. The letter urges DOJ to release the $174 million in approved funds for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Gra...

House Passes Iran & Hizballah Sanctions Bills

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Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) voted for the passage of three bills to take on the growing global threat of the Iranian missile program and the Hizballah terrorist organization. Rep. Pascrell was co-sponsor of all three bills, H.R.1698, H.R.3329, and H.Res.359 (details below). “We must continue sending a strong signal that the United States is serious about combating the gro...

Pascrell, Vargas, Cicilline, Gutiérrez, and Jayapal Lead More than 100 Colleagues in Letter Asking White House to Increase Refugee Intake

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Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Juan Vargas (CA-51), David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led a letter to President Donald Trump expressing disappointment in his decision to set the presidential determination for refugee admissions at 45,000 for Fiscal Year 2018. The letter urges the President to reconsider his determination and esta...

Pascrell Statement on President Trump’s Refusal to Certify the Iran Nuclear Deal

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Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s announcement that he will not certify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran nuclear deal) under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA): "The Trump Administration seems unable to handle one nuclear crisis in Asia and now is charting a path to another in the Mi...

Rep. Pascrell Presses Ways and Means Committee, Trump Administration for Increased Response to Puerto Rican Crisis

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Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, called on the committee to take action on a number of legislative items that would aid in Puerto Rico’s disaster and economic recovery during a bill markup. Additionally, Rep. Pascrell urged Republican Congressional Leadership and the Trump Administration to mount a meaningful response to the huma...

Rep. Pascrell Blasts House Republicans for Denying Tax Relief to Sandy Victims

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Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) issued the following statement after House Republicans turned down an amendment to include victims of Hurricane Sandy and other recent events in disaster tax relief. "New Jersey and other federal disaster areas were thrown aside this week without explanation," said Rep. Pascrell, New Jersey’s only member of the tax writing Ways and Means Commit...

Booker, Pascrell Announce Introduction of Legislation Protecting Commuters, Operators from Dangers of Sleep Apnea

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Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the tragic Hoboken rail crash, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) announced the introduction of legislation to protect commuters, rail operators and commercial truck drivers from the dangers of sleep apnea. The legislation, which is cosponsored in the Senate by U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Charles Sc...

Pascrell Statement on Trump Administration Reduction in Refugee Acceptance

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U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), a leading advocate for the refugee admission program in Congress, issued the following statement reacting to news reports that the Trump Administration slashed the number of refugees admitted to the United States to lowest level in almost four decades. Pascrell submitted an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations package that would have prev...

Pascrell to Trump: Turkish Bodyguards Should be Brought to Justice

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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. “As a free nation of laws, upholding the rights enshr...

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