Pascrell Discusses Gun Violence, Public Safety with Local Community Leaders

Statement

By:  Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Date: March 25, 2013
Location: Lyndhurst, NJ

As the nation continues to debate sensible gun safety measures, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, today held a meeting of his Congressional Public Safety Advisory Committee to discuss gun violence prevention, police and fire safety grants, as well as an update on Hurricane Sandy relief with more than 70 sheriffs, police and fire chiefs, gun policy advocates and faith community leaders.

'During my tenure in Congress, each advisory committee I assembled has given me an important and unique perspective into many of the policy decisions I make in Washington, and the Congressional Public Safety Advisory Committee is no different," said Rep. Pascrell. "Every person on this important committee has a vital part to play in protecting our communities, whether it is patrolling our neighborhoods to prevent gun violence, rescuing hurricane victims from a flood, or prosecuting criminals in our courts. I appreciate how all of these brave men and women put their lives on the line each and every day so that the rest of us can live free from fear.

"As a former mayor, I understand the challenges our first responders face, and I believe that ensuring they have all the tools they need to do their job effectively is one of my greatest responsibilities. This is why I have made it a priority to fight for funding for both the COPS program and the FIRE Act, which I originally authored, in order to help keep our communities safe. I thank the entire advisory committee for all their hard work and I look forward to continuing to work together to keep our communities safe."

Rep. Pascrell hosts a series of advisory committee meeting throughout the year to gain insight from community leaders on the issues important to the residents of New Jersey's 9th Congressional District. He has assembled numerous advisory committees that he meets with regularly for counsel on issues important to senior citizens, veterans, laborers, students, educators and transportation leaders.