FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, today announced New Jersey has secured a $13 million dollar federal grant to combat the opioid crisis. The programming and funding was created under the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation Lance helped write and pass into law last year.
“The opioid crisis is devastating families and communities across the Garden State. In 2015, New Jersey’s heroin death rate was two-and-one-half times the skyrocketing U.S. rate. This grant award will help expand access to treatment, recovery, and prevention programs and strengthen our state’s ability to combat this growing epidemic,” said Lance.
The funding comes from the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Lance and his colleagues are prioritizing five specific strategies: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs and supporting cutting-edge research.Read More
FLEMINGTON, NJ --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited the ShopRite in Flemington, New Jersey to honor World War II veteran Archie Fagan. Fagan, 91, served in the 51st Armored Infantry Battalion of the United States Army from June of 1944 to December of 1946. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp and was a military observer during the Nuremberg Trials. Lance presented Fagan with an American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol and thanked him for his service.
“It was my privilege to meet Archie and show my gratitude for the great sacrifices he has made for this country,” said Lance. “I think it is important, now more than ever, to engage with WWII veterans to ensure that their stories do not go untold and that their lessons are not forgotten. Archie is an outstanding citizen and his life should be an inspiration to all Americans.”
Fagan graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1950 and then took over his family owned grocery business until 1993. Although he could have retired, Fagan has spent the last 24 years at the Flemington ShopRite because of his passion for the work. He currently lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania with his wife Ellen.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court of the United States:
“Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves to be on our Nation’s High Court. Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream conservative who will be a fair jurist on the important issues facing the Nation. I am impressed with his command of jurisprudence and his respect for the rule of law. I commend President Trump on his nomination of Judge Gorsuch and the Senate on its confirmation of him. I congratulate United States Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, NJ --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on Syria:
“The Assad regime is responsible for the death of thousands of innocent civilians and the use of chemical weapons poses a threat to U.S. national security interests. I commend President Trump’s decision for a measured response. This crisis is complex and the Administration must engage Congress in a resolution in accordance with war powers and Constitutional responsibilities. Further actions should be debated in Congress.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 43rd in-person town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 12 beginning at 6:30pm at the Mount Olive High School Performing Arts Center in Flanders.
During the town hall meeting, Lance will discuss the important issues facing Congress and the American people, including his recent opposition to the American Health Care Act. Lance is also expected to take questions and share his views on other issues like the Supreme Court, tax reform, strengthening the economy, border security and international affairs.
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: 43rd Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12 6:30pm to 7:30pm
WHERE: Mount Olive High School Performing Arts Center, 18 Corey Road, Flanders 07836
The event is free and open to NJ-07 residents only. Tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets will be available online through Lance’s website at lance.house.gov beginning Friday, April 7 at 10:00am. Tickets will available on a first-come, first-served basis until the auditorium reaches capacity.
For more information, please call Lance’s Westfield District Office at 908-518-7733.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) is hosting a student leadership conference on Saturday, April 29 at Mountainside Borough Hall. Lance is inviting high school students from across the Seventh Congressional District to participate in a morning of hands-on activities and speeches about current events and issues facing the Nation. New Jersey State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. will be serving as the conference’s keynote speaker.
“Nearly 100 students joined us last year to learn about lawmaking and governing. At this conference, students will be put in the role of lawmaker – tasked with balancing the federal budget and reforming tax policy while weighing the priorities of the Nation. All students interested in public policy and politics should participate.” said Lance.
Lance and Kean will discuss public policy ideas and lessons for students interested in public service. Lance will also oversee an interactive federal budget exercise where students will review current spending and tax policies and suggest priorities for the country through evidence and by applying their own policy interests.
Student Government Conference with Congressman Leonard Lance
Keynote Speaker: State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr.
Mountainside Borough Hall
1385 US Highway 22
Mountainside, NJ 07092
Saturday, April 29, 10am – 12:00 noon
This event is free and open to all interested high school students. Interested students should sign up at lance.house.gov/studentconference.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced the creation of a public-private partnership between FirstNet, a first responder network, and AT&T to provide a wireless broadband network for communications. Lance sits on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee which took the lead in the program’s creation following a recommendation by the 9/11 Commission.
“On one of the worst days in the history of our Nation we saw tremendous bravery from first responders. Their iconic heroism on 9/11 is forever engrained in the country’s memory. One of the promises of that day was to deliver to our first responders a nationwide wireless broadband network for improved communications. I thank FirstNet and New Jersey’s AT&T for forming this public-partnership. This is an important new tool for those entering dangerous situations. Robust communications capabilities will save lives.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- U.S. Representatives Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) have introduced bipartisan legislation called the Cancer Drug Parity Act (H.R. 1409) that would require health insurance plans that cover traditional chemotherapy to provide no less favorable coverage for prescribed, orally-administered anticancer medications. With the rising usage of oral medication by cancer patients, Lance believes this reform to coverage options will lower out-of-pockets costs for patients.
“Insurance coverage for cancer treatments must keep up with innovation. Many patients are now using promising oral treatments but are forced to pay astronomical out-of-pocket costs or forgo treatment altogether. We have to fix this disparity in coverage so cancer patients are making health care decisions based on the best information, not which treatment fits into outdated guidelines,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
Lance has built a record in Congress on cancer-related issues. Lance played a major role in the 21st Century Cures Act becoming law last year and Lance’s Breast Cancer Patient Education Act was put into implementation last year. Lance has again recruited Susan G. Komen to help get this legislation through Congress. “We want to thank Congressman Lance for introducing this vital legislation on oral parity, which we've already passed in the state of New Jersey,” said Director of Community Health of Komen North Jersey Tina Jacobs, a resident of Summit, New Jersey. “We’ve seen the impact of this bill in our community, including especially huge benefits for women with metastatic breast cancer, which is why Komen and our Affiliate are proud to support this bill.”
Lance is trying to build a bipartisan consensus behind ideas that will lower costs across the health care market. Rep. Brian Higgins, a member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, will be the lead Democrat on Lance’s bill. “Today’s medicine allows some cancer patients the opportunity to take chemotherapy in the form of a pill at home rather than through an IV in the hospital; yet under the existing broken system, in some cases it is more costly to fill the prescription than spend hours in a medical facility under health care supervision. The Cancer Drug Parity Act levels the cancer drug playing field so patients can focus on fighting cancer, not fighting for coverage on life-saving medication.”
Oral chemotherapy is becoming more common for patients with many types of cancer. Doctors and patients though have found that health insurance coverage for different types of cancer treatments is not uniform. Often orally-administered, anti-cancer medications are covered under a plan’s prescription drug component that often places a higher percentage of cost sharing on the patient. Reform is needed, as oncologists suggest 35% of present research is focused on oral chemotherapy. The measure has been referred to the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee where Lance is a member.
The national Susan G. Komen organization also backs the duo’s legislation. “Every breast cancer patient should have access to the right treatments without undue economic or regulatory burdens to that care. Oral chemotherapy allows patients to be with families or productive on their jobs, rather than spending hours at a clinic taking traditional chemotherapy, and should be available at no additional cost,” said Komen Interim CEO Ellen Willmott. “We will work with Congressman Lance to pass the Cancer Drug Parity Act.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he is inviting high school students in the Seventh Congressional District to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Contest.
“Every year I am impressed with the talent and ability of New Jersey students who have a passion for art. The Congressional Art Contest grows with greater participation each year and last year’s contest saw over 90 original pieces. I look forward to showcasing the incredible work and creativity and I urge all interested young artists to participate,” said Lance, the current Republican Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus and Congressional Humanities Caucus and past chair of the annual national contest.
Lance’s contest is free and open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in the Seventh Congressional District of New Jersey. All artwork must be original in concept, design and execution and meet the guidelines outlined by the Congressional Institute.
The Congressional Art Contest began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since that time more than 650,000 high school students have been involved in the competition. The winning art work will hang in a corridor in the United States Capitol Building for one year along with art from similar art contests held in congressional districts across the country. The winner will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and see the art on display during a special ceremony.
All entries must be submitted to Lance’s Flemington or Westfield district office no later than Thursday, April 28. Entries will then be formally displayed in a public ceremony on Saturday, May 13, at Merck’s Kenilworth facility, located at 2000 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033.
Students who would like to participate should visit http://lance.house.gov/services/art-competition.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after the vote on the American Health Care Act was canceled:
“Greater choice and competition will be the free-market forces that lower health care costs for all Americans. The legislation Congress was considering this week missed that mark and did not meet my goals for an Obamacare replacement plan: greater access for the American people, better options for all patients and lower costs across the health care market. I am hopeful future legislation will achieve these goals and I will work with President Trump, Speaker Ryan and all those who wish to improve the health care system in this country.
“And that includes my Democratic colleagues. For years Americans have experienced rising premiums, declining insurance options and health care costs that continue to rise. President Obama was reluctant to admit any fault in his signature bill and sign any reforms into law. And despite repeated calls by Democrats to ‘fix’ Obamacare, they put forward no major legislation. Democrats in Congress need to come to the table. They passed Obamacare into law. They need to help with the solution that all our constituents deserve.”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.