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Pascrell, Gottheimer Applaud Replacement of Paramus Veterans Home Head

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U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05) this afternoon praised the replacement of Paramus Veterans Home CEO Matthew Schottlander by Governor Phil Murphy. They released the following joint statement. “Today’s announcement is a long time coming. The explosion of COVID-19 demanded transparency, honesty, cooperation, and competency, and the people in charge at the state-r...

Pascrell, Gottheimer Praise New Jersey Attorney General Probe into Veterans Home Deaths

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U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), and Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) today lauded reports that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has launched a probe into the dozens of deaths in state veterans and nursing home facilities. “The deaths of so many of our veterans and seniors will long remain one of the greatest tragedies of this pandemic,” said Rep. Pascrell. “It is so painful because many of th...

Pascrell Op-ed: Trump attacks on our military go beyond odious smears

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Reacting to reports that Donald Trump referred to American servicemembers as “losers” and “suckers,” U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) has an article in the North Jersey (Bergen) Record detailing Trump’s long record of hostility to the military and to veterans. The full text of Pascrell’s article is provided below. Trump attacks on our military go beyond 'losers,' 'suckers' smears By Bill Pas...

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 ...

Pascrell & Gottheimer Demand Resignation of Paramus Veterans Home CEO

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U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05) today demanded the resignation of Matthew Schottlander, Chief Executive Officer of the state-run New Jersey Veterans Home in Paramus, New Jersey. The tragedy at Paramus resulted in the deaths of dozens of residents and an employee, and the endangerment of many more. Since April, the two congressmen have monitored the crisis clos...

Pascrell Offers Testimony on Veterans Home Covid Crisis

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U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today submitted testimony before a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health addressing the nationwide crisis in veterans care homes ravaged by COVID-19. Pascrell focused heavily on the COVID outbreak at the New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus (NJVHP), including his efforts to provide relief to the facility, find answers for the devastation...

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 Measures to Aid Injured Servicemembers Pass House

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U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, praised House passage of provisions he co-authored in H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The measures ensure blast exposure history will be recorded in medical records of servicemembers, requiring the enclosure of critical details including the date and duratio...

House Passes Pascrell Measure to Help Injured Servicemembers

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U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-chair of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, lauded House passage of a provision he co-authored in H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Specifically, the measure ensures blast exposure history will be recorded in medical records of servicemembers, requiring the enclosure of critical details including the da...

Pascrell Statement on the American Airstrikes in Syria

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U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) issued the following statement after President Trump launched airstrikes against the Syrian regime, days after a brutal chemical attack on civilians in Douma: “This administration is commencing military action without seeking congressional authorization. There has not even been an invitation to debate these strikes. What is our strategy? Have we taken Russia’...

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