Bill (Bill) Pascrell, Jr. (D-09)

US Representative Bill Pascrell

Bill (Bill) Pascrell, Jr. (D-09)
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Capitol: 202.225.5751
FAX: 202.225.5782
District: 973.472.4510
Representative
Room 2409 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3009
367 Valley Brook Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Residence:Paterson, NJ

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Oversight
Co-ChairThe Law Enforcement Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
Co-ChairTextile Caucus
FC MemberDelaware River Basin Task Force
Co-ChairCongressional Home Protection Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Italian American Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional History Caucus
FC MemberHouse Reading Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Fire Services Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Social Security
FC MemberStrengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow Congressional Caucus [SMART Caucus]
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
FC MemberIntelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Caucus
FC MemberRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe
FC MemberAd Hoc Congressional Committee on Irish Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Bangladesh Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Americans
FC MemberCongressional Afghan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Former Mayors Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Macedonia and Macedonian-Americans
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Real Estate Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hockey Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberHouse Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the National Park Service Centennial
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberIndependent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus

Bio

A native son of New Jersey, Bill Pascrell, Jr. has built a life of public service around the principles he learned while growing up on the south side of Paterson. Bill credits his parents and his Italian-immigrant grandparents with instilling in him the value of being a bridge builder- one who seeks to bring together the diverse peoples and neighborhoods in our communities to forge a better society. Bill was first elected Congressman for New Jersey's 8th Congressional District in 1996. After congressional reapportionment, the district was reconfigured and renumbered to be the 9th Congressional District beginning with the 113th Congress in 2013. Bill is now in his twelfth term. Since 2007, Bill has served on the powerful, tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, overseeing numerous economic issues including Social Security, taxes, Medicare, health policy, and international trade. On the committee, Bill has been a champion for the middle class by supporting policies that help facilitate job creation, distribute the tax burden equitably, craft trade agreements that benefit our workers, and make quality health care affordable for all Americans. Bill is a leader in Congress demanding tax fairness. Bill is the lead sponsor of legislation to restore the full state and local tax deduction which was capped by the Republican tax scam law of 2017, stealing a critical economic lifeline for generations of New Jerseyans. Bill is also the prime sponsor on a bill that would finally eliminate the egregious carried interest tax loophole and is leading efforts on the Bring Jobs Home Act to support domestic job creation. Bill has made environmental protection a top priority. Pascrell is the long-time sponsor of legislation that would foster development of offshore wind energy. He has voted to support the Paris Climate Accord and is also proud cosponsor of the landmark Green New Deal which would establish a framework for the United States to more effectively stop the effects of climate change. Bill enthusiastically led the designation of Paterson's Great Falls as a crown jewel unit of our National Park System, shepherding into law the Great Falls Historic District Study Act. Bill worked hand-in-hand with President Barack Obama to see that the Great Falls and its 30-acre surrounding area were recognized as the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. In health care, Bill has always supported the Affordable Care Act and has been tireless in protecting it against Republican efforts to revoke health care for millions of Americans and believes we must preserve and strengthen the law. And as the opioid crisis has ravaged our nation, Bill's Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department Act was signed into law in 2018 to bring nationwide a successful preventative program to fight the epidemic. As the co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, Bill has raised the nation's awareness of the dangers of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was identified as the "signature injury" among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Bill has worked to make sure that our soldiers are properly screened and diagnosed for concussions. Bill has also worked assiduously to shed greater light on efforts the dangers of TBI to young student athletes. He most recently authored the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act and also wrote the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act (the ConTACT Act) to advance federal protocols for youth sports which was signed into law in 2010. Bill is a nationally recognized leader on the issue of fire safety, having proudly authored the Firefighter Investment and Response Enhancement (FIRE) Act of 2000 which established the only federal program that delivers grant dollars directly to fire departments across America. Because of Bill's work, the nation's 32,000 career, volunteer, and combination fire departments have applied for hundreds of millions in federal grants to purchase the equipment, training, and vehicles needed to serve their communities. The AFG program also funds Fire Prevention and Safety Grants for fire awareness and prevention activities, as well as fire safety-related research. Bill also crafted the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant program signed into law in 2003 which provides additional federal support for local fire departments. As an ardent fighter on behalf of our military heroes, Bill secured a new Passaic County VA Outpatient Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson. The community-based facility is the first of its kind in the Ninth District and serves the more than 30,000 veterans in our communities. The Congressman lobbied hard for the clinic, arguing that too often, VA hospitals and clinics such as those in Hackensack and East Orange, are overcrowded and unable to handle the volume of veterans in our communities needing care. As a child, Bill attended St. George's Elementary School in Paterson and graduated from St. John the Baptist High School. After earning two degrees from Fordham University (B.A. in Journalism, M.A. in Philosophy) in the Bronx, Bill worked as both a high school history teacher and an adjunct professor. Bill also served as president of the Paterson Board of Education and as a member of Passaic County Community College's Board of Trustees. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge in 1967. Bill joined the New Jersey General Assembly in 1988 in his first elected office, rising to become Minority Leader Pro Tempore. While serving in Trenton, Bill was elected mayor of Paterson, New Jersey's third largest city, in 1990. Bill and his wife, the former Elsie Marie Botto, have three children and five grandchildren.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Elsie Marie Botto   DOB: 1/25/1937
Counties Representing
Bergen
Hudson
Passaic