WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) helped secure passage of two bills this week to confront Iran – H.R., 5931 the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act and H.R. 5461, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act.
“I do not trust Iran. I do not trust Iran’s leaders and I do not trust their motives. Iran’s actions on the world stage are designed to continue its antagonist behavior toward the United States and Israel. The concessions made to the Iranian regime by the Obama Administration – including paying ransom for the release of innocent captured Americans – have not been warranted. These bills keep the pressure on the Obama Administration and Iran,” said Lance.
Lance had a major hand in both measures. H.R. 5931 mirrors legislation Lance authored to stop American tax dollars from going to Iran. And Lance wrote a provision of H.R. 5461 to ensure monitoring of the finances and assets of the leadership of Iran’s nuclear program.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) secured passage of H.R. 2669, the Anti-Spoofing Act, through the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The measure now heads to the House Floor for consideration. The Anti-Spoofing Act outlaws ‘spoofing’ - a practice where con artists disguise their phone numbers to make it appear that they’re calling from a government agency.
“The problem of caller ID spoofing has gotten out of control. Millions of Americans continue to get ripped off by con artists and scammers who perpetrate this despicable crime, with many victims losing thousands of dollars. This disgraceful practice must end and my consumer protection legislation goes a long way toward accomplishing that critical goal. I hope the House will consider it immediately,” said Lance after the committee vote.
The Anti-Spoofing Act would target caller ID spoofing. In addition to government entities, scammers have reportedly spoofed banks, police departments, credit card companies, pharmacies and hospitals. Once unsuspecting recipients answer the call, scammers ask for and often receive the person’s personal or financial information, then use it to commit fraud. Lance joined Reps. Grace Meng (NY-06) and Joe Barton (TX-06) in authoring the legislation to combat the widespread telephone scam. To date millions have been defrauded including veterans, immigrants and particularly senior citizens.
Lance’s legislation earned the support of Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano. Provenzano’s office reported that scammers cloned the phone number of the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and impersonated the sheriff's staff in an effort to steal residents’ personal information.
“I feel that this legislation will give us the tools to fully prosecute the people who take advantage of the unsuspecting public,” Sheriff Provenzano previously stated.
This legislation aims to combat spoofing by strengthening the Truth in Caller ID Act. The measure would:
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight supported H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act, which passed the U.S. House on the heels of three acts of terror that struck the United States over the weekend.
“We saw great bravery in New Jersey this week. Police, fire and other emergency response professionals need more tools to keep our neighborhoods safe and to detect and stop suspicious activity and apprehend potential terrorists before they strike. And in the event of a plot that goes undetected, first responders need the best equipment to act quickly and save lives,” Lance said after passage.
H.R. 5859, the Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act is bipartisan legislation provides greater resources for America’s front line defenders, including authorizing $40 million in additional funds to emergency response providers in major metropolitan areas for training and exercises to prevent, prepare for and respond to the most likely terrorist attack scenarios.Read More
BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited Bernardsville this week to accept the Defender of Housing Award from the National Association of Home Builders and the Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association of New Jersey.
While visiting an under-construction condominium project, Lance declared that “a strong building sector is a top economic indicator and a robust housing market helps keep our communities vibrant. Smart and sustainable growth boosts existing property values, shares the property tax burden and puts builders to work. I support policies that keep this industry moving.”
Lance was selected for Defender of Housing Award for his work on economic issues and for his strong support for position shared with National Association of Home Builders, such as tax reform, energy efficient construction, flood insurance protection and safe communities.
“Congressman Lance is among a group of lawmakers who have built a strong record of defending housing from unnecessary laws and regulations that drive up the cost of homes,” said Philip A. Calinda Jr., president of the Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association of New Jersey. “His positions and defense of common sense make it easier for families to achieve the American Dream of home ownership.”
The Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association of New Jersey represents about 300 builders, remodelers, tradespeople and professionals who work with the building industry across Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren counties.
Lance accepted the award at 25 Mill Street, a condominium complex under construction in downtown Bernardsville. Calinda pointed out that the complex represents many of the features New Jersey home builders try to incorporate in their work: energy efficiency, sites that replace abandoned or aging structures with new, vibrant homes; a walkable community and locations close to public transportation.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after Linden, N.J. police arrested 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with explosions in New York City and New Jersey:
“I praise the work of law enforcement who rushed to the scenes, the first responders who assisted those injured and the brave Linden police officers who engaged and apprehended the suspect at great risk to themselves. These terror attacks hit especially close to home and remind us that we must be ever vigilant and give law enforcement all the tools and support they need to protect our homeland.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement after the U.S. House passed H.R. 5351, legislation to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
“President Obama’s preferred policy of transferring detainees out of Guantanamo Bay is dangerous and wrong. At a time when radical Islamic terrorism is on the rise we must take every precaution to ensure that known terrorists are not making their way back on to the battlefield. I am proud that my colleagues have come together to protect the American people and prohibit the transfer of detainees out of GITMO.”
Lance participated in a tour and inspection of the detention operations, living conditions and medical facilities at Guantanamo Bay in May 2011.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today hailed passage of reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs, including passage of his bipartisan VA Regional Office Accountability Act.
“Too often across New Jersey I hear from veterans complaining about a Veterans Administration that is not serving them nearly as well as it should. It’s time we institute strict metrics and report on what tools and resources can better adjudicate claims. 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,” said Lance.
The legislation requires a V.A. Regional Office carry out claim adjudication within 125 days with 98% accuracy. Regional Offices must submit a three step report every time it fails to meet its 125 day goal with explanation, reasoning and solutions for improvement. It will also contain a description of additional resources necessary for the office to reach its goals, from staffing to policy changes and an action plan to enable the office to meet its goal.
“We must continue our progress in reforming the V.A. so it may regain the trust and confidence of our Nation’s heroes. By holding executives to account we will indentify and diagnose the persisting problems preventing the delivery of high quality care,” concluded Lance.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, secured passage of his Consumer Review Fairness Act in an unanimous vote in the U.S House. The legislation will allow Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights regarding consumer experiences without fear of retribution.
“This bill is about protecting consumers posting honest feedback online. Online reviews and ratings are critical in the 21st Century and consumers should be able to post, comment and tweet their honest and accurate feedback without fear of retribution. Too many companies are burying non-disparagement clauses in fine print and going after consumers when they post negative feedback online. That needs to stop,” Lance said of his legislation.
In today’s economy, it is easier than ever for consumers to make informed choices on which business or service to use by consulting websites and apps that publish crowdsourced reviews of local businesses and restaurants. Consumer reviews are a powerful informational tool because consumers place a high value on the truthful reviews of other consumers. Some businesses have become frustrated by online criticism and some have employed a questionable legal remedy known as a non-disparagement clause to retaliate against consumers. These are often buried in fine print. The Consumer Review Fairness Act would void any non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts. It also would ensure companies are still able to remove false and defamatory reviews.
Lance also wants to maintain the integrity of the online crowdsourcing economy and prevent consumers from assuming online posts aren’t genuine. “A few months ago I visited Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe in Westfield, N.J. Bovella’s has the highest Yelp review of any bakery in that part of New Jersey. The good people at Bovella’s earned that review from their hard work and excellent customer service. They get a lot of business from people who turn to Yelp for insight on the best bakery in town. This crowdsourcing system thrives because of its integrity. People trust it. Bad actors who bully consumers are ruining the system that helps Bovella’s prosper.”
The measure now heads to the U.S. Senate, where a very similar version already secured unanimous support.Read More
UNION COUNTY, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) and Colonel David A. Caldwell, Commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New York District), for a site visit on the proposed solution to end chronic flooding of the Rahway River.
“It’s time for a lasting solution for the residents of Cranford, Kenilworth, Maplewood, Millburn, Rahway, Springfield and Union and the surrounding areas. Severe flooding has for too long challenged these communities and caused great hardship for many residents. It’s time to get this project moving and protect these towns,” said Lance.
The solution, known as Alternative 4A, includes a modification to the Orange Reservoir and downstream channel improvements through Cranford as well as the acquisition of numerous properties in the City of Rahway. The fix was selected based on a cost benefit analysis and has the support of the local municipalities
The tour was given to the lawmakers and the Army Corps to gain a first-hand look of the work. Pre-construction could begin as soon as the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study is completed. Lance has personally advocated for funding of the study. Lance successfully secured appropriation language funding for the project in the draft of a spending measure.
Lance also secured legislative language in the Water Resources Development Act, which passed out of the U.S. House Transportation Committee earlier this Spring. That legislation urges expedited completion of the feasibility study on the Rahway River Upper Basin project. Further, when the feasibility study is completed, and if the project is determined by USACE to be justified for construction, then USACE may proceed with preconstruction planning, engineering and design. The U.S. Senate is expected to pass its version of the Water Resources Development Act this week with the Rahway language included and Lance has called for the House to act quickly on the measure.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed S. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), in an unanimous, bipartisan vote. Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), a cosponsor of the legislation, urged the support of his colleagues and the signature of the President to see this bill into law.
“New Jersey lost more than 700 residents in the attacks, 81 of them from communities I represent here in Congress,” Lance reminded his colleagues. “As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 it is appropriate that we in Congress are finally authorizing that victims from that terrible day have the right to pursue full justice in our courts of law. I know some of those names and I know all of those communities. They deserve their day in court.”
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will ensure that terrorism victims in the United States can pursue civil claims against terrorists and those who aided and abetted them. The need for the legislation came into greater focus this Spring, after Lance and others called for the declassification of the so-called ‘secret 28 pages’ that were redacted from the 838-page official report on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Administration finally agreed to declassify the pages after public pressure, and now many 9/11 families want to pursue litigation against Saudi Arabia for possible terror ties. While the new information is not expressly incriminating, Lance agrees this matter belongs in U.S. courts to determine the facts. The House bill, which ratified an unanimously passed U.S. Senate version, now heads to the President’s desk.
“I am a lawyer and I have worked with constitutional and statutory issues. This legislation does not convict any one person or any one nation, but gives the loved ones of those who died recourse for full justice and compensation,” Lance said during debate.
Terry Strada of Morris County, a 9/11 widow and mother of three and National Chair of 9/11 Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, also touted the bill and urged the President’s signature. “For the memory of my husband, Mr. President, please sign this bill into law. As a 9/11 widow, I thank the members of Congress, like Congressman Lance, who stood today with the 9/11 community and supported this bill. It is good policy to hold accountable those who aid and abet terrorist attacks against our nation that murder innocent people and cause injuries to our citizens. JASTA is an important tool in our arsenal against the evil ideology that spawned the hate-filled murderous attacks against our country on 9/11.”
The White House has said President Obama may veto the legislation, saying it will compromise U.S. relationships with foreign countries implicated in terror actions - but Lance disagrees. “This is backward logic. Those nations should recognize the fundamental justice in legal remedies against a terrorist network that killed 3,000 Americans.”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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