Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance


Lance To Secretary of State Kerry: Bring N.J. Cop-Killer Chesimard to Justice


Letter Demands U.S. State Department To Include Fugitive’s Extradition In Cuba Talks FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry today insisting that the extradition of fugitive Joanne Chesimard be included in any attempt to normalize relations with Cuba.  Cuba granted Chesimard political asylum in 1984.  “Despite numerous appeals over the years from New Jersey and federal officials to return Chesimard back to the United States to serve the remainder of her sentence, the Castro regime has remained intransigent,” the letter reads.  “I write to request that the Obama Administration work toward the extradition of U.S. fugitive Joanne Chesimard from communist Cuba immediately.” Chesimard was a member of the Black Liberation Army who was found guilty in 1977 of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster and critically injuring another state law enforcement officer.  She was sentenced to life in prison, but two years later escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.  She was granted political asylum by Cuba and is currently on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List. “Any attempt by the Obama Administration to normalize relations with Cuba must include the extradition of Joanne Chesimard back to New Jersey so that she can face justice and serve out her sentence,” the letter concluded.  Read the letter HERE. Read More

Lance Thanks Fall Interns for Public Service


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Lance Statement on Passage of Government Funding Bill


WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released a statement following House passage of H.R. 83, which funds the majority of the federal government through September 30, 2015 consistent with the Ryan-Murray budget agreement. "This legislation abides by the Ryan-Murray budget agreement and brings federal discretionary spending to its lowest level in nine years.  It puts our Nation on track to save taxpayers more than $2.1 trillion while protecting jobs and supporting our national defense and our veterans.  And I am pleased this bill included provisions from my legislation which prevents a taxpayer bailout of health insurance companies under ObamaCare’s risk corridor program. "This bill addresses President Obama’s executive overreach by only funding the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration enforcement, through February.  This will allow Congress to challenge to the President’s unilateral actions on immigration directly next month when there will be new Republican majorities in both chambers. “With a unified Republican-led Congress beginning in 2015, I look forward to working with my colleagues in January to pass a spending bill that defunds the President’s executive overreach.” Additional highlights in the bill include: *Returns discretionary spending to pre-Speaker Pelosi levels. *Reduces funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by $345 million. *Bans the IRS from targeting those individuals and organizations who are simply seeking to exercise their freedom of speech. *Cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by $60 million. *Supports America’s commitment to our ally Israel by including $3.1 billion in aid. *Provides $2.5 billion for processing VA disability claims to end the backlog and rescinds $41 million in performance bonuses at the VA *Prohibits funds from being used to transfer detainees from the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. *Prohibits the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing regulations that would allow union organizing rules to circumvent the rights of workers. *Provides no new funding for ObamaCare, and cuts $10 million from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – an unelected board of 15 bureaucrats given authority to address rising health care costs by denying care to seniors. *Provides needed oversight of ObamaCare’s tax subsidies by directing the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of the Treasury to report back on any waste, fraud or abuse. *Provides $5.4 billion to Fight Ebola at home and abroad. *Funding is prohibited for acquiring, storing or monitoring electronic communications of a US citizen from a public service provider under section 501 of FISA. *All existing pro-life protections are extended, with new protections included in the bill such as requiring the Office of Civil Rights to respond to claims of violations of conscience protections. *Funding for any future "Fast and Furious" type activity is prohibited. *The UN Arms Trade Treaty cannot be funded or implemented. *There is no funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). *Eliminates Race To The Top, a main driver of Common Core. *The Administration’s school lunch regulations are relaxed. *ACORN and its subsidiaries are prohibited from receiving federal funds. Read More

Lance To Chair Congressional Rare Disease Caucus


Caucus has served as platform for countless advocates, clearinghouse for ideas and solutions WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will continue as the Republican Chair of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus in the 114th Congress that will begin in January.  Lance has chaired the caucus for four years with Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14), who will continue to serve as the Democratic Chair.  The Congressional Rare Disease Caucus is a forum for Members of Congress to voice constituent concerns, collaborate on ideas, facilitate conversations between the medical and patient community and build support for legislation that will improve the lives of people with rare diseases. “I have a great interest in the work of the Rare Disease Caucus.  I am impressed and humbled continually by the tireless advocates and their commitment to those suffering from challenging diseases – many without any treatments or cures.  Our job in the Rare Disease Caucus is to help them meet with our Nation’s leaders, question the decision makers in both the public and private sector and connect with the best minds in innovation.  I look forward to building on our success in the new Congress,” said Lance.   New Jersey advocate Lisa Schill, a member of RASopathies Network USA, participated in many of the Caucus activities.  She added, “30 million Americans are affected by more than 7,000 rare diseases.  95% of them do not have a single FDA approved treatment.  We need a Rare Disease Caucus to help streamline the process of drug development by creating incentives for companies, reforming the policies and procedures of the FDA, to result in more efficient production that will save money, time, and most importantly, precious lives.  I thank Congressman Lance for his leadership and look forward to continued progress next Congress.”   Lance has vowed to continue championing two causes close to the rare disease community: the Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures Initiative and the MODDERN Cures Act.  Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, has joined in the year-long effort to work to ensure there is no gap between 21st Century science and the Washington regulatory process.  This includes supporting better medical research to keep the United States at the global center of biomedical innovation.  Legislation encompassing lessons from the 21st Century Cures Initiative is expected early in the next Congress.  Lance has also vowed to continue working on his Modernizing Our Drug & Diagnostics Evaluation and Regulatory (MODDERN) Cures Act which will update the Nation’s drug evaluation process to encourage the discovery and development of new treatments for chronic and rare diseases.  The measure would also create a system that rewards efficiency and effectiveness to the benefit of all persons with chronic diseases.  The Rare Disease Caucus, and both legislative efforts, will prioritize the drug development process in the next Congress.  Schill added, “treatments for our families will take over 15-20 years to develop. Unfortunately for most of us, time is not on our side. We need a Rare Disease Caucus to help push to streamline the process of drug development.” “The Rare Disease Caucus works toward results that will make a positive difference in the lives of many.  We will continue to work to achieve goals that are bipartisan, realistic and effective to give hope to the many who are counting on our efforts,” concluded Lance.      Read More

Lance: Bill To End Benefits for Nazis Passes House


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today hailed passage of H.R. 5739, the ‘No Social Security for Nazis Act,’ which will terminate Social Security benefits for those associated with the Nazi atrocities.  House passage comes 15 years after the effort was originally championed by the late Congressman Bob Franks (NJ-07).  Lance continued to push the effort with nearly identical legislation, the ‘Nazi Social Security Benefits Termination Act’ with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York City, and the duo worked to see H.R. 5739 pass the House today on a unanimous vote.   “Today the House acted to correct an injustice of two generations and right a terrible wrong in the name of the lives that were lost as a result of the Holocaust.  This action is yet another step in demonstrating that our resolve for justice is unyielding and our commitment to pursue what is right continues even 70 years after World War II,” said Lance, an original cosponsor of the legislation and co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus. Lance had urged his colleagues to send the measure to the United States Senate before the session ends later this month, and in remarks before passage in the House he noted that “Nazis receiving Social Security benefits derived from tax receipts of the American people is sickening and morally wrong.”  The overwhelming support suggests consideration in the Senate could be swift which would send the legislation to the President’s desk. At an event last month in Battery Park,  Holocaust survivors and Jewish community leaders joined Lance and Maloney in urging immediate passage to this egregious practice. WATCH LANCE’S REMARKS Full text of Lance remarks: Mr. Speaker: I rise today to urge passage of H.R. 5739, the No Social Security for Nazis Act, which will correct an injustice of two generations and right a terrible wrong in the name of the lives that were lost as a result of the Holocaust.  To think Nazis are receiving Social Security benefits derived from tax receipts of the American people is sickening and morally wrong.  And today Congress will move to put an end to it.     This effort was originally championed in the 1990s by my predecessor, the late Congressman Bob Franks, and I am proud to continue his effort and see this legislation pass on the Floor of the House today.  The United States, including my home state of New Jersey, stands in solidarity with the Jewish people, the State of Israel and the decades long struggle for peace in the world following the Nazi atrocities.  This action is yet another step in demonstrating that our resolve for justice is unyielding and our commitment to pursue what is right continues even 70 years after World War II. I thank my colleague, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York City, for her leadership on this issue and for asking me to cosponsor the bill she initiated.  I also thank Congressman Sam Johnson and the Ways and Means Committee for joining us in this effort. The world can never forget the hate and intolerance of the 1930s and 1940s that claimed the lives of millions of people of the Jewish faith and forever scarred the face of mankind.  Let this effort be another chapter in the healing that has brought vigor to the pursuit of justice, attention and care to all human suffering and the work toward a world of greater understanding and peace.   When given the chance to put an end to an egregious practice we must act.  I urge passage today of this important piece of legislation.    Read More

Lance Honored For ‘Keeping the Promise’ to Senior Citizens


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today was recognized by RetireSafe for his leadership on issues important to senior citizens and their families.  RetireSafe is a 400,000 member strong nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing policies that help senior citizens enjoy retirement, financial security and receive the benefits they have earned throughout their life.  Lance was named a recipient of the RetireSafe ‘Standing Up for America’s Seniors’ Leadership Award. “Our Nation’s senior citizens have defended this country in world wars, educated today’s workforce and raised tomorrow’s leaders.  They have earned their retirement and it is up to the next generation of workers and taxpayers to keep the promise our country has made to them,” said Lance, who has previously been recognized by the 60+ Association for his pro-senior record.  “We are honored to present this award to Representative Lance for standing up for seniors,” said Thair Phillips, the President and CEO RetireSafe.  “I am pleased to recognize Rep. Lance for outstanding work in support of older Americans and name him among the recipients of the RetireSafe ‘Standing Up for America’s Seniors’ Leadership Award.  Congressman Lance has truly distinguished himself through various actions that benefit seniors throughout the Nation, now and in the future.” Lance was specifically cited for his proactive efforts to protect Medicare beneficiaries by co-sponsoring H.R. 4160, the ‘Keep the Promise to Seniors Act,’ and by co-sponsoring H.R. 351, the ‘Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2013,’ a bill that would repeal the infamous Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a Board that could effectively ration Medicare benefits.   He was also acknowledged for his leadership in calling for the repeal of the ‘Death Tax’ and his co-sponsorship of H.R. 2429, the ‘Death Tax Repeal Act.’  Repeal of the ‘Death Tax’ is of critical importance to senior citizens who have worked lifetimes to build a legacy that they can leave to their children, without the burden of confiscatory government taxation.   Lance was also praised for his work on the 21st Century Cures Initiative and his co-sponsorship of H.R. 523, the ‘Protect Medical Innovation Act,’ each important for older Americans. “Senior citizens have earned retirement and Congress should give them the peace of mind that taxes and health care costs are not going to prevent them from enjoying it,” concluded Lance.   Read More

Ratifying the Bill of Rights: New Jersey Leads the Way


Ratifying the Bill of Rights: New Jersey Leads the Way By Congressman Leonard Lance in The Official NJ350 Blog Editor’s Note: On November 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. This year, as we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey, we also celebrate the 225th anniversary of our state’s quick work to embrace these fundamental American freedoms. How appropriate that New Jersey was the first state in the new nation to ratify the Bill of Rights. That distinction is a fitting keystone in our state’s 350-year history of serving as the crucible for American innovation, enterprise, and culture and our prized role on the forefront of American history: from the crossroads of the American Revolution to the cutting-edge of the 21st century. The freedoms and liberties ratified in the Bill of Rights are engrained in the American experience with a continuing appreciation that this opportunity has been maintained in war and peace. The Constitution and its Amendments are revered by our citizenry and emulated by countries around the globe that seek the same freedoms we have in the United States. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, enhances personal freedoms, limits the strength and reach of government, and reserves powers to the states and the people. These rights preserve our sacred liberties and enable the free exercise of our beliefs, both political and religious, and strengthen the debate that has continuously moved our Nation forward from the 18th to the 21st century. The Bill of Rights continues to stand the test of time. Without the guiding hand of the Bill of Rights where would our Nation be? Where would we be if the suffragists, led by New Jersey’s own Alice Paul, could not assemble, Martin Luther King could not speak, The New York Times could not report, and citizens could not petition? Would the government and public servants still be accountable to the people, or would our citizens be in service to the government? Would the accused be able to defend themselves or would hysteria condemn the innocent? Would we have 50 laboratories of democracy or would the heavy hand of the federal capital attempt to control all levels of government? I can imagine how difficult writing and then ratifying the Bill of Rights must have been. My family has had a little experience in this area. My father, Wesley L. Lance, was a delegate to the convention that drafted New Jersey’s 1947 Constitution, which starts with a 21-point section on Rights and Privileges. (In fact, he was the last surviving of the 81 members of that convention when he died in 2007 at the age of 98.) He was called again to serve as a delegate to New Jersey’s 1966 Constitutional Convention, which dealt with reapportionment of the Legislature. Neither convention was without conflict and controversy. With so many variations in the American experience, with such great differences in perspective and so many cultural and geographic points of view, controversy and dissent are assured. Yet we have remained one country, one Nation, challenged, though still united under these guiding principles authored more than 200 years ago. The American experiment of representative democracy gains essential strength from the Bill of Rights. My tenure in the United States House of Representatives is guided by voices at my townhall meetings, correspondence to my offices, and petitions that support causes or issues that need the attention of the Congress. The process of building consensus to address the Nation’s challenges relies on a people confident in their ability to be heard, knowing their speech is protected and the power of government is in check. It is that confidence that has continually advanced the Nation as a whole. I am very proud as a Member of Congress and, more important than that, as a citizen of this great Republic, that New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. Leonard Lance is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. Prior to joining 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. Read More

Lance Statement on Executive Amnesty


WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) tonight released the following statement after President Obama’s announcement that he will use executive orders to shield millions from the Nation’s immigration laws: “President Obama has stretched his constitutional powers and his actions this evening have brought us closer to a constitutional confrontation.  Rather than work constructively with the new 114th Congress in January to reform our Nation’s broken immigration system, the President is awarding amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants unilaterally in violation of the exclusive power of Congress to amend statutory law.  In response, my colleagues in both the U.S. House and the Senate will review all of the tools established by the Founders to restrain executive overreach, including the power of the purse and the authority to write legislation.  Litigation may be necessary to reaffirm the essential role of Congress under our system of checks and balances. Congress must not allow the President’s actions to stand unchallenged.” Earlier this week, Lance joined fellow Republican House members in calling on President Obama to work with Congress to pass immigration reform instead of moving forward with his expected executive amnesty.  In a letter to the President dated Tuesday, nearly three dozen Republicans lawmakers argued that executive action would hurt efforts to legislate the issue. “While Congress certainly understands the need for reforms to the current system, it is imperative that we work together to pass legislation that improves our immigration system, increases border security, and disincentives undocumented immigration from illegally entering the United States,”  they wrote.  “Any unilateral action taken by the Administration will impede our efforts.” The lawmakers referenced a Nov. 5 statement Obama made when asked about his executive actions following strong Republican gains in the midterm elections:  “I’ll be reaching out to both Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and other Republican as well as Democratic leaders to find out how it is that they want to proceed. And if they want to get a bill done -- whether it’s during the lame duck or next year -- I'm eager to see what they have to offer,” the President said, after asserting his plans to continue moving forward with executive actions before the end of the year. According to Lance and other members, Obama needs to work with Congress now and not hurt the prospect of immigration reform via the legislative process. “We ask that you deliver on your word and allow Congress to debate and vote on a bill for you to sign. We strongly encourage the Administration under your leadership, to work with the 114th Congress to pass sensible, long-term reforms to address our nation’s immigration issues. Our nation’s immigrants deserve concrete policies that become law after thorough discussions,”  the lawmakers concluded. Read More

Lance Reappointed Vice Chair of Energy and Commerce Subcommittee


Other assignments include major health care, telecommunications portfolio WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he has been reappointed Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 114th Congress.  He will also return to the Health Subcommittee and the Communications and Technology Subcommittee —assignments of great importance to New Jersey life sciences and telecommunication industries.  “The Energy and Commerce Committee has been the most productive committee in Congress, passing more bills into law than any other committee in either the U.S. House or Senate,”  said Lance.  "I look forward to continuing to be at the center of congressional efforts to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing sector, spur economic growth and enact health care reforms that are affordable for all Americans." The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House of Representatives and is widely considered the most important due to its vast jurisdiction over the Nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy and interstate and foreign commerce. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) praised Lance as a workhorse.  “Leonard Lance is a valued member of the Energy and Commerce team, and as Vice Chairman of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee he will once again play a significant role in the committee’s efforts to support job creation and economic growth."  Lance’s three subcommittee assignments will once again give the 7th District lawmaker a platform in which to advocate for many New Jersey interests.  The 7th Congressional District includes nearly 600 manufacturing facilities that employ 40,000 employees.  New Jersey is also the epicenter of the Nation’s life science sector with many issues coming before the influential Health Subcommittee, where Lance will remain the conduit between patient advocates and the rare disease community and companies working on new treatments and cures.  Major legislation is also expected in the new session that will update the Nation’s telecommunications infrastructure to create jobs,  harness the digital economy and keep the Internet free.  “My committee assignment will allow me to continue to champion patient centered health care, 21st century medical innovation and jobs bills that boost American-made energy and renew American manufacturing.  I am honored by this appointment.  Our work for the Nation will continue at an accelerated pace in the new session of Congress,” added Lance. Read More

Lance, Bucco Announce Drive for Operation Jersey Cares


NEW JERSEY -  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his district offices will serve as satellite drop-off locations for donations for Operation Jersey Cares, an organization that sends much needed items to our troops overseas.  Assemblyman Anthony Bucco is organizing a drive for many central New Jersey communities and using Lance’s Westfield and Flemington District Offices will allow many more to participate.  Collected items will be packaged in Raritan and shipped out in time for the holiday season.  Contributions are welcome immediately and will collected through Monday, November 24th.  Congressman Lance District Office Locations: 425 North Ave, East Westfield, New Jersey 07090 361 Route 31 (Unit 1400) Flemington, New Jersey 08822 Assemblyman Bucco District Office Location: 1040 Route 10, West Randolph, New Jersey 07869 Complete list of needed items: FOOD Beef Jerky/Turkey Jerky Granola Bars Slim Jims Breath Mints Gum Soup (cup of soup/soup at hand) Powdered drink mix Hot Chocolate Sugar/Coffee Cereal (single serving size) Kraft Easy Mac Tea Bags Cereal Bars/Pop Tarts Microwave Foods(non-perishable) Trail Mix Canned fruit/vegetables Mustard/ketchup/Ranch dressing/ Italian Dressing Tuna or Chicken (can or foil) Coffee Creamer Powdered Drink Mix Twizzlers Cookies (sandwich type) Pringles (cans only) Oatmeal Dried Fruits Pumpkin/Sunflower Seeds/Nuts Spam/Canned Meat (Chicken/Tuna/Vienna sausage)   TOILETRIES (NO GLASS CONTAINERS) Baby Powder First Aid Items Soap Bug Repellent Wipes Foot Powder-Foot Care Sunscreen Chap Stick/Lip Balm Hand Lotion Tissues Nail clippers Moisturizer Toilet Paper(individual) Dental Floss Q-Tips Toothbrush Deodorant (non-aerosol) Over the Counter Meds Toothpaste/ wisp Baby Wipes Razors (disposable) Waterless Hand Sanitizer Eye Moisture Drops Underwear/Undershirts Socks-boot socks/black or White on the bottom-black on top Feminine Hygiene Products Shaving Gel Cough Drops/Throat Drops   OTHER Batteries (AA and AAA) Playing Cards DVD Movies Zip Ties Phone Cards (International) Utility rings/hooks/rope Duct Tape Magazines 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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