Congressman Bill Pascrell

Representing the 9th District of NEW JERSEY

Public Safety

firefighters putting out a fireIn the wake of 9/11, and the emerging threats our nation faces, we are asking our first responders to do more and more to protect us. Whether it is handling hazardous materials, rescuing victims of a natural disaster, or responding to a criminal or terrorist threat, the responsibilities of our public safety officers have grown to face the challenges of a changed world.

Bill has been a consistently vocal advocate for public safety and a champion of increased assistance to those who serve us. He has fought to stop the Administration's annual attempts to decimate the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which helps add police officers into our schools and onto our streets. He also authored the enormously successful "Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement Act" or "FIRE Act," signed into law in 2000 by President Clinton, which was the first comprehensive national legislation dedicated to meet the needs of America's 32,000 volunteer, paid, and part-paid fire departments.

He has also lobbied to bring in more federal dollars to help pay for the increased equipment and training of New Jersey's public safety officials, and will continue to work for these first responder grants as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. Bill has worked successfully to finally get New Jersey its fair share of security grants by insisting that risk and vulnerabilities are taken into greater consideration within the State Homeland Security Grant Program. This includes his push for additional funding for the Urban Areas Security Initiative, which specifically addresses the unique planning, operations, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high density Urban Areas.

And with the understanding that public safety is a priority consisting of many components, Bill has authored an array of diverse legislation. Indeed, Bill focuses on the public good when doing his work in Washington-like his common sense legislation that requires that universities conduct annual fire safety reports for their students in his "Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act." Bill has also strived to ensure that new federal chemical security standards will not preempt the stronger chemical security standards already in place in New Jersey.

The federal government asks a lot out of our firefighters, police, and medical personnel. Bill demands that Washington does all it can to help these men and women do their job to ensure the safety of all Americans.

More on Public Safety

Nov 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – 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.

Nov 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – 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 Grants (Byrne JAG) program, the cornerstone federal crime-fighting program that enables communities to target resources to their most pressing local needs, as soon as possible.

Nov 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), co-chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, led fellow Democrats from New Jersey in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) expressing concerns about the delay in disbursing funds to New Jersey and its municipalities. Rep. Pascrell was joined by U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ).

Oct 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – 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 humanitarian and public health crisis in Puerto Rico. Video of his remarks is available here.

Sep 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Peter King (R-NY), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Dave Reichert (R-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Fire Service Caucus, and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, announced introduction of the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017, which renews vital federal funding streams for local fire departments.

Sep 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – 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 Schumer (D-NY) and cosponsored in the House by Albio Sires (NJ-08), would require the U.S.

Sep 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) responded to the opening of the dockets for the fatal, Sept. 29, 2016, NJ Transit commuter rail collision in Hoboken, N.J., as well as the Jan.

Sep 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – 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.

Sep 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House passed H.R. 931, legislation coauthored by Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Chris Collins (R-NY) that would require the CDC to develop and maintain a registry to collect data regarding the incidence of cancer in firefighters. The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act addresses an enormous gap in research conducted on the heath impacts of a career of firefighting.

Sep 12, 2017

House Passes Pascrell Amendment to Fund COPS Hiring Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment introduced by U.S. Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Dave Reichert (R-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, to include $100 million in funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill.