WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the 58th Presidential Inauguration:
“I congratulate President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on their inauguration. Today’s celebration was one of American freedom and the peaceful transfer of power. It is now important for the two elected branches of government to address the challenges confronting the Nation. I stand ready to work in a bipartisan fashion to address these important issues and I will work to build the common ground to achieve the results the American people expect.”
Lance hosted over two hundred constituents from New Jersey who had entered a ticket lottery to attend the ceremony.Read More
NEW JERSEY --- U.S. Reps. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) today took up the cause of many New Jersey municipalities and law enforcement groups by proposing the Blue Line Use Exception (BLUE) Act (H.R. 566). Legislation that will permit ‘blue lines’ to be displayed on roadways.
“One hundred thirty five police officers died in the line of duty in 2016. Seeing those faces on the news has been heartbreaking. And events like the mass killing of Dallas police officers last year are sickening and outrageous. Local communities should be able to honor law enforcement without the federal government’s telling them no. We should honor police personnel all year, especially as we celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Our bill will let local New Jersey communities keep their ‘blue line’ dedications,” said Lance.
Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), co-chair of Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, will lead the legislation with Lance. “I can assure the U.S. Department of Transportation that there is no confusion on the meaning of the painted blue line across many communities in New Jersey. In addition to being a daily reminder of the dangers our brave law enforcement officers face, it is a small show of support to honor their hard work and dedication to keeping our community safe. I am proud to introduce the Blue Line Use Exception (BLUE) Act with Congressman Lance to ensure communities are able to take an easy and safe way to recognize the dedication of law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day.”
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey was one of the municipalities that has participated in the national movement. Mayor Bob Woodruff praised the Lance bill. “Berkeley Heights is proud of our police department and all those who put their lives on the line every day. The federal regulation is a reach and I’m glad Congressman Lance is taking up this cause. The ‘blue line’ means a lot to people in town and we want to keep it right in the heart of Berkeley Heights.”
‘Blue lines’ have become a popular display some municipalities have installed on roadways to show support for law enforcement. But the Federal Highway Administration recently wrote a letter to Somerset County, New Jersey officials stating ‘blue lines’ displays are in violation of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. Lance and Pascrell, members of the Law Enforcement Caucus, think that directive is an overreaction and their legislation will add an exemption to the federal manual that says temporary ceremonial displays can be permitted.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed a budget resolution that gives Congress the legislative tools to repeal and replace Obamacare:
“With passage of S. Con. Res. 3, Congress has taken an initial step, albeit a procedural step, toward making critical improvements to our health care system.
“Too many Americans are disappointed and disillusioned with Obamacare. The law is too expensive, too restrictive and too burdensome. Premiums have dramatically increased, co-ops and state exchanges have failed, and medical costs continue to skyrocket.
“That's why the health care law must be repealed and replaced with true reforms that include more choices and competition, lower prices and comprehensive, high quality healthcare that all Americans deserve.
“And as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee I will work with my colleagues and the incoming Administration in developing repeal legislation that will include a stable transition period as we work toward enacting responsible and effective health care reforms as outlined above.”
NOTE: For his part, the Seventh District lawmaker has called for replacing the health care law with more patient-centric sensible proposals. They include bolstering health savings accounts, incentives for states to control health care costs, allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines, permitting small businesses to pool together to purchase coverage for their employees, creating state-based insurance pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions and medical malpractice reform.
Health care policies allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, prohibiting lifetime limits on insurance coverage, protecting those individuals suffering from preexisting conditions and making refundable tax credits available have bipartisan support and will undoubtedly be incorporated into the next generation of healthcare reforms pushed by congressional Republicans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that New Jersey has been selected to participate in a demonstration program to expand access to community mental health services and strengthen the quality of care for those living with mental and behavioral health issues. The demonstration program was created under Lance’s Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was signed into law in 2014.
“Too many Americans are not receiving the mental or behavioral health care treatment they need. This program will help New Jersey change that by expanding and improving access to high quality care. This is good news for New Jersey families and is another important step in fixing our Nation’s broken system. The momentum is now the side of reform. I was proud to help enact the Excellence in Mental Health Act into law as well as the Helping Families In Mental Health Crisis Act into law just last month. And I am very pleased to see that New Jersey leads the Nation in developing the new solutions, treatments and tools that will change mental and behavioral health care for the better,” said Lance, one of the leading mental health care reform voices in Congress.
New Jersey will receive a planning grant to work with interested community mental health centers, Federally-Qualified Health Centers, VA clinics and other mental health organizations to design a state program that meets the new quality standards for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers. Lance has been a champion for putting community mental health centers on more equal footing with other health centers by improving quality standards and offering patients increased services like 24-hour crisis psychiatric care, counseling and integrated services for mental illness.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Chair of the Republican Israel Caucus, today announced he has introduced legislation that would facilitate the relocation of the United States Embassy in Israel to the capital city of Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish State. The presence of a United States embassy sends a message and symbolizes our diplomatic relationship. It should stand in the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, not in a compromise location. Our embassies stand in nations’ capitals across the world - except in Israel. It is time we pass legislation to allow the establishment of an embassy in Jerusalem. It will send a strong message to the Jewish people and those who wish Israel harm that the United States stands with our great ally,” said Lance after introduction.
Lance’s Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act was previously introduced by former Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-05). Lance decided to take up the pro-Israel legislation after recent Obama Administration actions that Lance believes have weakened the U.S. –Israeli relationship. Last month, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations did not use the U.S.’s veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block Resolution 2334, which categorized the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, as “occupied territory.” Lance believes the U.S. needs to be taking action proactively to reaffirm the U.S.’s longstanding support for the only true democracy in the Middle East. The measure recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requires the U.S. Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been appointed Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee under the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. The influential panel has oversight over the United States digital economy, the Federal Communications Commission and rules and regulations effecting New Jersey’s many telecommunications companies.
“I thank Chairman Walden for this appointment. The digital economy is going to be the driving force of job creation across the country. Millions of jobs and countless opportunities depend on a reliable and high-speed digital infrastructure. I am looking forward to being on the forefront of crafting smart policies in Washington that will build better networks, improve consumer experiences and keep people safe. The communications and technology fields employ thousands of people in New Jersey and I want to be their advocate in keeping the United States the global leader of digital innovation,” said Lance.
Chairman Greg Walden, the new Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, praised Lance. “Congressman Leonard Lance has been one of the biggest advocates working to address issues facing 21st century consumers, and I know he’ll approach his role as Vice-Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee with the same passion and tenacity. This subcommittee does critical work updating communications laws, improving mobile networks, and protecting consumers, and Congressman Lance will be a key voice throughout these discussions as we craft policy to move across the finish line.”
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considered one of the most important in Congress. It has jurisdiction over much of the Nation’s energy, health care, telecommunications, environmental and consumer protection policies. In addition to his Vice-Chairman role, Lance will continue to serve as a senior member of the Health Subcommittee as well as the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) voted in favor of H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act – which requires federal regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more to receive congressional approval. Lance was an original cosponsor of the legislation.
“I have toured many businesses and the consensus is clear: let the American worker innovate, build and create not spend time complying with regulations that are impractical and a waste time and money,” said Lance during debate on the legislation. “The Obama Administration handed down a record-breaking 600 major new regulations, imposing more than $700 billion in costs on the U.S. economy and millions of hours of compliance busy-work on workers across the country. The REINS Act fulfills a promise Congress made to American small business owners: to get onerous regulations off the backs of job creators.”
The REINS Act requires that every new major regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more (as scored by the Office of Management and Budget) receive a House and Senate vote within 70 legislative days of being introduced. According to the Small Business Administration, the annual cost of federal regulations is nearly $2 trillion, with hundreds of federal agencies writing thousands of new mandates every year. One recent study found that federal regulations have reduced the annual growth rate of the US gross domestic product (GDP) by nearly 1 percent.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) was joined by his wife, Heidi Rohrbach, as he took the oath of office for the 115th Congress. The oath was administered by House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“My work in Washington will focus on the priorities of New Jersey families: a better healthcare system, lower taxes, greater wages and a brighter future for our children. The oath I took today affirmed my commitment to the sacred responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. To lead the House of Representatives I cast my vote for Paul Ryan. Speaker Ryan is an experienced leader who has outlined an agenda that will raise all Americans. That agenda has a mandate from the American people and now we must get to work on the people’s priorities.”
Lance will continue to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Speaker Ryan has also named Lance to serve on the House Committee on Ethics.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on sanctions imposed against Russia:
"For too long the Obama Administration has let Russia dictate international politics. Today's action brings consequences for Russian hacking of our political parties - which I have long called unacceptable.
"This country is in serious need of a reevaluation of our standing on the world stage. A delayed response to Russian hacking and betraying our ally Israel before the United Nations this week have affirmed the impression of a weakened United States. We must again act from a position of strength before we further embolden the world's bad actors."
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following Christmas greeting:
“May the light of the Christmas season remind all people that this is ‘a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time.’ It is time to be spent in the warm embrace of family, friends and loved ones. May God be with our men and women in the military and may His blessings extend to those in all lands. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”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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