Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

NEW JERSEY's 7th DISTRICT

Lance Meets With Rahway River Mayors

2014/09/11

Vows to Continue Fighting to Complete Flooding Project For Central New Jersey WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed members of the Mayors’ Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control to Washington this week to present their constituent petition and meet with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to address the chronic flooding problems that plague the municipalities along the Rahway River.  Lance has vowed to continue working on a solution and secured a meeting between the Council and Mark Mazzanti, Chief of the USACE Civil Works Program.  Lance and the Council then met on Capitol Hill to discuss action to further the cause of completing the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study to ensure flood mitigation in central New Jersey. “Completing this project is vital to these municipalities and we will continue to work across all levels of government to see it through,” said Lance, the federal representative for several of the affected towns. “The project has strong merits and this prolonged process leaves thousands of residences, businesses and infrastructure in the towns and counties in the Rahway River basin vulnerable to more flooding and more clean-up costs as a result of future storms.” The USACE and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) signed a Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement for this project in 2002. Twelve years later the study has yet to be completed.  Lance again agreed to lead a letter to the USACE to ask them to find the funding to complete the Feasibility Study by allocating resources from any source currently available including disaster funds or general appropriations in the USACE budget.  For the past several fiscal years, Lance has led an effort and letter writing campaign to urge the USACE to include the completion of the Rahway River Basin in upcoming fiscal year priorities.  Lance believes the course of action decided by the Council is the most economical and cost-efficient and deserves further consideration from USACE. Lance has expressed frustration at the pace of decision-making and earlier this year backed a measure in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (Public Law 113-121) that limits feasibility studies to three years.  The Rahway River Basin’s feasibility study has continued on far longer than that.    “The project has merit, a plan and the support of the community.  It’s time to finalize the details and give central New Jersey towns the protection they need,” concluded Lance. Meeting Attendees:   Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman Cranford Mayor Andis Kalnins Millburn Mayor Robert Tillotson Union Mayor Clifton People Springfield Deputy Mayor David Barnett Maplewood Deputy Mayor Kathleen Leventhal Read More

Lance Votes To Protect Group Health Insurance

2014/09/11

Fulfills President’s Broken Promise Of, ‘If You Like Your Healthcare Plan, You Can Keep It' WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today voted in favor of bipartisan legislation that would allow workers to keep their health plans and preserve access to affordable group healthcare coverage otherwise unavailable under ObamaCare.  The Employee Health Care Protection Act (H.R. 3522), which passed the House by a vote of 247 to 167, would permit existing group insurance plans to remain on the market, preventing any ObamaCare-forced changes as seen last year in millions of cancellations of individual insurance plans. “Americans were repeatedly told by the President that ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it’ but we now know that was not true,” said Lance who as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee helped craft the legislation.  “Today the House is acting in a bipartisan capacity to renew the President’s broken promise and ensure that millions of working families currently in the group insurance market won’t see their health care taken away because of ObamaCare.” Passage of H.R. 3522 comes on the heels of reports that many employees of small businesses will soon be receiving notices informing that their existing health plans are being canceled.  Insurance industry experts testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee that approximately 50 million American workers with fully-insured coverage face plan cancellations or disruptions because of ACA requirements and regulations. Lance also said the House-passed measure is fiscally responsible.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill would lower the deficit by $1.25 billion.  “The Employee Health Care Protection Act is a common-sense proposal that will protect the American people from one of ObamaCare’s many broken promises.  It is fiscally responsible, provides more health plan options with lower premiums and allows Americans to keep more of what the earn,” concluded the 7th District lawmaker. Read More

Lance Statement on September 11th Anniversary

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON, D.C.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this morning released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States: “On this most somber day we recall the memories, images and emotions that will never be forgotten.  We remember the exact spot we stood when we heard the news that our country was under attack and we vividly recall the pain of a wounded Nation.  We will never forget the lives lost that terrible day, nor the lives lost in defense of our Nation in the years that followed. “Though the horrific memories are unshakeable, let us never forget the stories of tremendous heroism and self-sacrifice from that day and the bravery and courage of those who have put on the Nation’s uniform to serve and protect us from the dangers we still face.   May God continue to bless the United States of America.” Read More

Lance Consumer Protection Measure Passes House

2014/09/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his legislation, H.R. 3670, The Anti-Spoofing Act, has passed the House of Representatives unanimously.   Lance’s measure, coauthored with U.S. Reps. Joe Barton (TX-06) and Grace Meng (NY-06),  protects consumers against fraudulent actors and deceptive text messages by updating the Truth in Caller ID Act, which prohibited entities from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information.  “Fraudsters adapt to new technology which means the law needs to as well.  By outlawing Caller ID spoof texting we are giving consumers another layer of protection from scammers, spammers and unscrupulous telemarketers,” said Lance, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which reviewed and passed the legislation.  “It’s a simple fix but a new and important safeguard, especially for senior citizens.”     A recent case in New Jersey resulted in a resident’s reportedly being scammed out of more than $5,500 by a caller claiming to be a federal tax agent attempting to collect back taxes.  According to investigators, the victim’s caller ID showed the number of the local police department.  Nationwide there have been reports of numbers appearing as banks, credit card companies or another government agency. AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers said, “AARP shares your belief that this bipartisan legislation would combat widespread caller identification schemes known as ‘spoofing’ and would do much to stem the mounting harm of spoofing to unsuspecting seniors who trust that the person or entity displayed on caller ID is legitimate.”  The measure adds to the growing list of bills passed by the full House of Representatives that originated in the Energy and Commerce Committee.  The Committee has a proven bipartisan record of success with approximately 70 bills passing the House and over two-dozen signed into law in the 113th Congress.  WATCH Lance urge passage of the Anti-Spoofing Act. Read More

Lance Brings 21st Century Cures Initiative To New Jersey

2014/08/19

WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) recently joined two dozen leaders from the patient advocate community, medical innovators and academia in a roundtable discussion to advance biomedical innovation in the 21st century.  The roundtable discussion was part of the 21st Century Cures Initiative, a project of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Lance is a member.  The 21st Century Cures Initiative seeks to accelerate the pace of cures by exploring advancements in technology, the role of federal programming, regulation and research and how best to contribute to medical breakthroughs that are vital for Americans to live longer, better and healthier lives.  The roundtable was held at Celgene Corporation in Summit, a global biopharmaceutical leader that is changing the course of human health through transformational science and life-enhancing medicines. “The 21st Century Cures Initiative is breaking barriers in its effort to work effectively and efficiently to ensure there is no gap between 21st Century science and the Washington regulatory process, to support medical research and to keep the United States at the global center of biomedical innovation.  This will make a lasting difference in the lives of many and provide patients with the best possible care, treatment and support,” said Lance after the event.    Mark Alles, Celgene President and Chief Operating Officer, participated in the roundtable as a panelist, focusing on the great promise of medical science and the opportunity to achieve dramatic breakthroughs in patient care with a supportive policy environment. “Celgene and the patients we seek to serve have benefitted from existing regulations and policies including Orphan Drug incentives and the FDA Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) mechanism for reviewing and agreeing to the design of phase 3 clinical trials,” said Alles. “We enthusiastically support the goals of the ‘21st Century Cures Initiative,’ and will continue to work with government to build a policy environment that supports innovation leading to breakthrough therapies for patients with serious unmet medical needs.” Lance, who chairs the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus, also invited advocates to attend and share their personal experience and insight.  “Great meetings like the 21st Centuries Cure Roundtable keep the new ideas for collaboration reverberating within you long after you attend! The rare disease community is primed to ensure more timely access to care and improved treatments happen sooner than later and the Champions assembled for the roundtable were a great starting point,” said RareNJ advocate Karen Ball.    Since its launch, the Energy and Commerce Committee has held a series of hearings and roundtables on issues such as the role of incentives, technology and healthcare, clinical trials, data sharing, personalized medicine and more.  Many members of the Committee, including Lance, are hosting these dialogues in their districts during the August District Work Period.    Lance has requested constituent input on the initiative be directed to NJ07cures@mail.house.gov. “Remarkable advancements in technology and innovation are transforming health care and presenting a huge opportunity to advance new cures and treatments.  Many young people will see cures in their lifetime for some of today’s greatest public health challenges.  To do this right we need first-hand experience and testimony from people who fight this battle every day.  We need the ideas and contributions from patients, health care professionals, innovators and those advocating for a loved one, ” Lance concluded.       Read More

Lance Town Hall in Somerville Monday

2014/08/18

Seventh District Lawmaker Is Hosting His 31st In-Person Town Hall Gathering WESTFIELD, N.J. --  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 31st in-person town hall meeting on Monday, August 18th from 6pm to 7pm at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville. The 7th District lawmaker is expected to share his views on current issues like reforms to the Veterans Administration, the crisis at the Southern border, healthcare, the economy and federal spending, while also taking questions from the audience.  The Congressman will also discuss his recent trip to China and South Korea. Additionally, members of Lance’s staff will be available to assist residents who are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the State Department or any other federal agency. WHAT:   Somerville Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance. WHEN:  Monday, August 18 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm WHERE:  Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Fuld Auditorium (located on the hospital’s lobby level), 110 Rehill Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876 The event is free and open to the public.  Area residents are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please call Lance’s Westfield District Office 908-518-7733.   Since coming to Congress, Lance has hosted more than 60 in-person and telephone town hall meetings where 7th district constituents are able to share their views on important issues facing Congress and the American people. Read More

Lance Statement on Veterans’ Care

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement following passage of the bipartisan compromise on reforming the Veterans Adminstration, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act: “This is the first step in a long road to true transformation of the Veterans Administration that must restore the confidence our Nation’s heroes have lost in the desperately broken bureaucracy.  Today’s package will immediately allow veterans experiencing long wait-times to have access to the timely and high quality care they need and deserve, make critical improvements to facilities, hold executives and managers accountable for poor performance and hire more doctors and staff with expertise in PTSD, brain injuries and sexual assault.  The brave men and women who have stepped forward to serve our Nation deserve our continued dedication to fixing the V.A. and ensuring they receive the services they have earned in our defense.”       Read More

Effort to Stop Insurance Company Bailouts Gains Momentum

2014/07/28

Energy and Commerce Committee Holds First Hearing Chairman Upton: “I would like to thank Mr. Lance and Dr. Cassidy for introducing legislation that would protect our constituents from footing the bill for insurance company losses and stop the administration from circumventing the rule of law.” WASHINGTON, D.C.--- Health Subcommittee members Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Bill Cassidy (LA-06) used today’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing, "Protecting Americans from Illegal Bailouts and Plan Cancellations Under the President’s Health Care Law," to scrutinize the possibility of a taxpayer funded bailout of insurance companies under ObamaCare and how best to stop unlawful payments under the risk corridor program, the mechanism by which payments would be made.  The hearing focused on more legal questions regarding ObamaCare since the risk corridor program – as written in statute – not only lacks an appropriation of funds for the purpose of administering the program, but also has the potential to operate at a significant cost to American taxpayers.  “There are two questions at work: does the law allow the Administration to cover insurance company loses and are taxpayers going to have to foot the bill.  Taxpayers need to be protected from more bailouts and we need to ensure that the Administration is following the letter of the law.  I thank Dr. Cassidy for working hard to protect taxpayers and small businesses from a potential financial liability,” said Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), the lead sponsor of H.R. 4406 and H.R. 5175 each designed to shield taxpayers from an insurer bailout.        “Americans’ healthcare costs are going up. Individuals and families are paying more in out-of-pocket costs upfront, while their tax dollars are being spent behind the scenes to prop-up Obamacare exchanges. Only Congress can appropriate funding for this. The Obama administration wishes to bypass constitutional restrictions and give hard working taxpayer's money to insurance companies to bail out Obamacare. This is wrong and I oppose these bailouts,” said Congressman Bill Cassidy (LA-06), the lead cosponsor of Lance’s Protecting Americans from Illegal Bailouts Act. The implementation of the risk corridor program has raised more serious legal questions regarding the Administration’s actions.  Without an appropriation from Congress, any payments delivered to cover the loses of insurers would be illegal as the statute does not authorize or appropriate taxpayer funds to do so.  Lance and Cassidy have suggested the backstop insurers enjoy are meant to lure their participation in volatile exchanges.  Last week’s split court decisions regarding the ability of the IRS to issue subsidies to those in non-federal exchanges further complicates the viability of the exchanges and increases the possibility of insurance company loses.  Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) thanked Lance and Cassidy in his opening statement: “I would like to thank Mr. Lance and Dr. Cassidy for introducing legislation that would protect our constituents from footing the bill for insurance company losses and stop the administration from circumventing the rule of law.”     OUT TODAY   A No-Brainer for the House GOP Jeffrey H. Anderson and William Kristol The Weekly Standard July 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 This fall, voters will get another chance to register their opinion on Obamacare. President Obama’s signature legislation is causing health costs to spike, federal spending to soar, doctors to leave their profession, millions of Americans to lose their health plans, and millions more to be coerced into buying overpriced insurance against their will. For those who care about quality and affordability in health care, fiscal solvency, the separation of powers, liberty, or economic prosperity—which is to say pretty much everyone—Obamacare is a disaster, and it must be repealed and replaced with a well-conceived conservative alternative. Yet, despite having broken with more than 200 years of precedent in requiring all Americans to buy a product from a private company—namely, Obamacare-compliant health insurance—the Democrats who passed Obamacare are accusing Republicans of being in the pocket of health insurance companies. They accuse Republicans of wanting “to put insurance companies back in charge of Americans’ health care.” Meanwhile, voters would like the party to take a clear stand against cronyism, which benefits well-connected operatives in Washington at the expense of citizens in the heartland. Well, there’s a way for congressional Republicans to go after Obamacare, cronyism, and the Democrats’ assertion that the GOP is in league with health insurers, all at once: by repealing Obamacare’s risk-corridor bailout. And after overcoming some internal resistance from don’t-rock-the-corporate-boat Beltway Republicans, it looks as if the House GOP is going to move in this direction. If they do—and if they were also to refuse to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and were to move to reverse President Obama’s failed amnesty policies—Republicans could legitimately make the case this fall that they stand with Main Street America. Obamacare’s risk-corridor program is a way of shifting risk from insurance companies to taxpayers—of putting the latter on the hook if the former lose money. The risk corridors’ existence incentivizes insurers to lowball their prices, since they know taxpayers will help cover their losses. It’s bad policy, and it’s unpopular. Recent polling by McLaughlin & Associates, commissioned by the 2017 Project, asked, “If private insurance companies lose money selling health insurance under Obamacare, should taxpayers help cover their losses?” Only 10 percent of respondents said yes; 81 percent said no. Yet, absent congressional action, that is exactly what’s poised to happen. In response to recent inquiries by the House Oversight Committee, 12 insurance companies said they expect to be taking money out of the risk corridors this year, 1 expects to be paying in, and 2 expect it to be a wash. In all, health insurers expect to take nearly $1 billion more out of the program this year than they pay in—at taxpayer expense. If that weren’t bad enough, President Obama has converted the risk corridors into a slush fund, which he has used to help cover up his lawless refusal to execute Obamacare as written. When, amidst a public outcry, Obama unilaterally declared that some Americans whose insurance policies had been banned by Obamacare could temporarily keep those policies after all, insurers weren’t happy. They had been planning on those people—most of whom are generally healthy—being forced into the exchanges. When insurers complained, Obama responded by changing the risk corridor rules to funnel more money their way. This helped buy the insurers’ silence in the face of the president’s lawlessness. Hans Leida, an actuary for the independent consulting firm Milliman, has explained that the administration’s transitional policy for canceled plans allowed certain individual and small group plans that did not comply with the ACA [Obamacare] to be renewed for one additional year. This change, announced long after health insurers filed their premium rates for 2014, could result in a less healthy population in the ACA-compliant market, since healthier individuals may be more likely to retain their noncompliant plans. If this occurs, there is an increased risk that the filed premium rates could be inadequate to cover the higher claim costs. To mitigate this concern, the government proposed changes to certain rules for 2014—namely, the federal reinsurance program, the risk corridor program, and the medical loss ratio (MLR) requirement. Seth Chandler, a University of Houston law professor with a background in insurance law, is blunter, writing that Obama’s gambit is “an extremely sneaky way of sending money to the insurance industry.”  In addition to all of this, Obama has no lawful authority to pay insurers through the risk-corridor program, even in the very unlikely event that payments don’t exceed receipts. Any payments would require an appropriation, and Congress hasn’t appropriated any money for the risk corridors. Yet the Obama administration is now saying the money for such payments can be understood as “user fees,” which—the administration says—“section 1342 [of Obamacare] authorizes the collection and payment of.” In truth, section 1342 contains fewer than 500 words, none of which is “user,” “fees,” or anything akin to “user fees.” The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service notes that federal agencies are prohibited “from making payments in the absence of a valid appropriation,” and that Obamacare’s risk-corridor section “would not appear to constitute an appropriation.” It adds that agencies “may not create a revolving fund absent specific authorizing legislation,” and “there does not appear to be sufficient statutory language to create a revolving fund.” So, in addition to providing a taxpayer bailout for insurers, the risk-corridor program has become a vehicle for presidential lawlessness. Repealing the risk corridors is a way of putting the issues of Obamacare, cronyism, and the rule of law front and center this fall. The House, which now seems ready to move, should do so expeditiously. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) have championed legislation to repeal the risk corridors, with the active support of Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton. If the House passes such legislation by early September, Democrats in the Senate and the White House will have to defend a program that’s bad policy and bad politics: an unholy alliance between Big Government and Big Insurance that prospers at the expense of taxpayers—and voters. Read More

Lance Votes To Help Families Struggling With The High Costs Of Raising A Family

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today issued the following statement applauding House passage of the Student & Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393) and the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act (H.R. 4935): “The House this week passed two measures designed to help Americans struggling with the high costs of raising a family.  We acted to reform the child tax credit and ensure it keeps up with inflation.  And earlier this week we worked together to pass an education bill that will make college more affordable for students and their families.  Both measures -- passed with broad, bipartisan support -- will allow working families to keep more of what they earn." Read More

Lance: 21st Century Cures Initiative Welcomes Constituent Input

2014/07/25

New initiative aims to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his office is welcoming constituent testimony and comment on a major initiative launched by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The 21st Century Cures Initiative seeks to accelerate the pace of cures by exploring advancements in technology, the role of federal programming, regulation and research and how best to contribute to medical breakthroughs. “Remarkable advancements in technology and innovation are transforming health care in the 21st century and presenting an excellent opportunity to advance new cures and treatments.  Many young people will see cures in their lifetime for some of today’s greatest public health challenges.  To help get there, the 21st Century Cures Initiative is – for the first time – taking a comprehensive look at the full arc of accelerating cures.  To do this right we need first-hand experience and testimony from people who fight this battle every day,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.  “We need the ideas and contributions from patients, health care professionals, innovators and those advocating for a loved one.”      Lance is asking constituents from New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District to email in their ideas, suggestions or questions on the initiative to NJ07cures@mail.house.gov.  These ideas will then be researched and incorporated into a report Lance will present to the Committee. “New Jersey has always been on the forefront of scientific advancement and medical innovation.  If we want to save lives, tackle these major challenges together and keep New Jersey and the United States as an innovation capital then we need all the good ideas we can get,” concluded Lance.         Read More

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Congressman Leonard Lance was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2008 and reelected to a third term on November 6, 2012 to represent New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.

As a result of the 2011 congressional redistricting process the 7th Congressional District now includes parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren counties as well as all of Hunterdon County.

Prior to coming to Congress, Lance served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate beginning in 2002, where he represented the 23rd Legislative District. He held the position of Minority Leader of the Senate from 2004 to 2008.

Lance was sworn in as a Member of Congress on January 6, 2009 and was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, where he worked on a wide range of issues relating to the financial services sector and the American economy.

In 2011 Congressman Leonard Lance left the House Financial Services Committee and has been appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce has a broad legislative jurisdiction including national energy and environmental policy, health and health facilities, interstate and foreign commerce, consumer affairs and consumer protection, and travel and tourism.

As a member of the powerful committee Lance will play a greater role in protecting and growing jobs in New Jersey’s energy, life sciences and telecommunication sectors.

Before his election to the State Senate Lance served in the New Jersey General Assembly for 11 years (1991-2002), where he chaired the Budget Committee.

As a member of the State Legislature Lance led the fight against borrowing without voter approval. In 2004 he successfully sued Governor James McGreevey on the issue before the State Supreme Court and in 2008 New Jersey voters approved the “Lance Amendment” to the State Constitution, which requires all future borrowing to be approved by the voters. Lance also authored the successful effort to require funding for open space preservation and he was the prime sponsor of the measure that established funds for the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

Leonard Lance was the third generation of his family to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature, following his great-uncle, H. Kiefer Lance, and his father, Wesley L. Lance.

Lance was born in 1952 and raised in Hunterdon County, where he attended North Hunterdon Regional High School. Lance received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.

Lance served as the law clerk to the Warren County (NJ) Court in 1977 and 1978. He was assistant counsel for county and municipal matters to Governor Thomas H. Kean from 1983 to 1990. He has been a member of the New Jersey Council on the Humanities and a trustee of the Newark Museum, McCarter Theatre in Princeton and Centenary College in Hackettstown.

He is married to Heidi A. Rohrbach and they have a son, Peter Frank, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. The Lances reside in Clinton Township.


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