Leonard Lance

Leonard Lance

NEW JERSEY's 7th DISTRICT

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

“Coffee with the Congressman” Set for Stockton

2014/07/23

August 3 morning visit starts District Work Period FLEMINGTON, N.J. --  Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host “Coffee with the Congressman” on Sunday, August 3rd beginning at 11:30 am at Cravings in Stockton. The Seventh District lawmaker will host the August 3 discussion on current events as he begins the August District Work Period.  He will take questions and share his views on current issues like the ongoing situations in Ukraine and Israel, the crisis at the Southern border, ObamaCare, the economy and federal spending. “The start of the August district work period allows me to return home from Washington and continue to hear directly from job creators, working families and taxpayers on the issues that matter most to them,” said Lance, who has hosted more than 100 in-person meetings, telephone town hall events and small business roundtables during the 113th Congress.  “It is important for me to continue listening to constituent concerns so that I can be the most effective voice for the Seventh Congressional District in Washington." WHAT:  “Coffee with the Congressman” with Rep. Leonard Lance and staff WHEN:  Sunday, August 3rd from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm WHERE:  Cravings, 10 Risler St, Stockton, 08559 The event is free and open to the public.  Area residents are encouraged to attend.  For more information, please call Lance’s Flemington District Office 908-788-6900. Read More

Lance: ObamaCare Rulings Are Very Consequential

2014/07/23

Flashback: “The courts will rule against the Administration in this regard” WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement following two federal appeals court rulings that effect one of the pillars of ObamaCare.  One ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states, potentially ending the ability of the federal government to issue subsidies to those enrolled in exchanges established by the federal government.  A second ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia found the opposite.   “Today’s legal rulings are very consequential and undoubtedly will not be the last word on the matter.  Millions of taxpayer funds have already been dedicated to these exchanges and now the market, insurers and consumers are left in limbo.  This is the exact reason why Congress should not pass thousand page bills without thorough analysis.  The Administration has consistently been forced to re-work, delay or completely ignore parts of the President’s law as it finds the statute unworkable.  The Supreme Court of the United States should review this matter in its coming term.” Lance questioned then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the legality of the Administration’s decision to subsidized non-state exchanges during a December hearing of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.  Sebelius said she was “not a lawyer” and admitted the authority was not explicitly written in statute. Read More

Lance Recognized For Fighting to Protect Medicare Advantage

2014/07/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Coalition for Medicare Choices has recognized Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) as an advocate in protecting senior citizens enrolled in Medicare Advantage.  The group cited Lance for joining nearly 300 of his House and Senate colleagues in a bipartisan effort to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon a 5.9 percent rate cut the Medicare agency proposed earlier this year.  CMS changed its position following the pressure from Lance’s group and senior citizen organizations. “Cuts to Medicare Advantage threaten the high quality, affordable health coverage that senior citizens have earned and the financial security they have worked their lives to obtain.  In New Jersey more than 220,000 senior citizens and other individuals with disabilities rely on the MA program for the better services, high-quality care and additional benefits these plans provide.  The Administration is wrong fix something that isn’t broken,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and a House leader in the effort to keep Medicare Advantage the way senior citizens like it.   ObamaCare raided more than $700 billion from Medicare to spend on the new law with more than $300 billion in cuts coming out of the Medicare Advantage program. According to Oliver Wyman Actuaries, New Jersey would be one of the states hardest hit by steeper cuts to the program.  New Jersey enrollees could have seen an average reduction in benefits of as much as $75 per member per month had the original CMS plan taken effect.  These cuts could further complicate coverage options and the ability of senior citizens to keep the plans they know and like. Read More

In good deal, Iran won’t get the bomb

2014/07/16

As chaos and turmoil grip Iraq, the United State is again reminded of the great dangers in the world and how quickly foreign affairs can change. The ongoing nuclear negotiations in Iran — quietly overshadowed on the global stage in recent months — will soon again make headlines as we approach the July 20 deadline for an agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. This deadline is fast approaching, and it appears the gaps between the sides remain vast. Iran’s intransigence stands as the key stumbling block to attaining a comprehensive resolution that will ensure Iran is blocked from any pathway to a nuclear weapons capability. A nuclear Iran would forever change the balance of power in the world away from those who work toward peace through deterrence. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty would be mortally wounded as rival powers scramble to acquire their own nuclear weapons, ensuring proliferation of the world’s deadliest weapons in the world’s most volatile region. A robust nuclear program is the centerpiece in Iran’s strategy to dominate the Middle East and reduce the influence of the United States. And of most pressing concern, a nuclear Iran would pose a direct existential threat to our nation and to our key Middle Eastern ally, Israel. Simply put: The United States and Israel cannot abide a nuclear-capable Iran. The U.S. made a good-faith effort to resolve the issue diplomatically. By contrast, Iran has responded to the West’s overtures by ramping up oppression at home and escalating its support for terror abroad. Iran’s leadership has repeatedly declared its unwillingness to compromise on core issues, including centrifuges, addressing possible military dimensions of the nuclear program and Iran’s ballistic missile program. As such, any final agreement with Iran must lead to the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure so that it is left without a uranium or plutonium pathway to a nuclear weapon. Iran must agree to a robust inspection regime that allows for full-time monitoring of Iran’s nuclear facilities and no-notice spot inspections. Any comprehensive final agreement must also address the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, as well as past efforts in the realm of weaponization and Iran’s ballistic missile program. Despite Iran’s defiant rhetoric, the West has the leverage to make such a deal attainable. Iran’s economy is in shambles, badly hampered by years of strict sanctions, and rumors of a restless citizenry work in our favor. Enforcement of the current sanctions on the books will keep the economic screws tight on Tehran, and ensuring the global sanctions regime maintains its integrity will also keep up the pressure. We cannot allow Tehran to extend the talks past the July 20 deadline and receive further sanctions relief merely for keeping the talks going. The administration cannot allow Iran to use the negotiations as a ploy to secure an economic lifeline while advancing its nuclear program. We need tangible Iranian concessions. Tehran must take steps to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and commit to a robust inspections and verification regime. These tenets are the bare minimum before sanctions can be eased. Disregard Iran’s public bravado. Its leaders will only make concessions if the alternative is economic ruin, but, of course, even then there are no guarantees. The path to ending Iran’s economic isolation is crystal clear, but first Tehran must overcome its own intransigence. The United States and Israel have a great deal at stake in the coming weeks. Lance has represented New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District since 2009. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and he is co-chairman of the Republican Israel Caucus. Read More

Lance Votes To Keep Internet Access Tax-Free

2014/07/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) joined an overwhelming bipartisan House majority today in reauthorizing the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would make the ban on Internet access taxes permanent. “New taxes to access e-mail and other Internet services is the last thing our economy needs right now.  Enactment of a permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes will allow American consumers and small businesses to continue to grow and thrive in our Nation’s digital economy,” said Lance. H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), permanently renews the ban on Internet access taxes.  If not renewed by November 1, the old measure would expire and open consumers to the potential tax burden that some experts estimate could be more than twice the average rate for all other goods and services. “A tax on internet access would burden the millions of Americans who rely on the Internet every day.  Americans must be assured they will never be taxed just for going online,” concluded Lance. Read More

Working to Create Good-Paying Jobs

2014/07/15

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two more jobs bills this week that continue to give employers the tools they need to hire more workers. One measure expected to be signed into law by President Obama in the coming days would streamline the process for connecting employers with job seekers and coordinate education and employment programs. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will reform and improve our Nation’s outdated workforce training programs so New Jersey’s job seekers can obtain the skills they need to go back to work. This measure passed with strong bipartisan support. This soon-to-be law is a win for taxpayers, job seekers and employers. A second extends a tax credit for companies that invest in major projects. Making this credit permanent will provide much-needed certainty in lowering the cost of capital improvements for American businesses. A farmer in Hunterdon County can now invest in a new tractor or equipment knowing tax credit policies are going to be in place next year. This will help businessmen and women plan for the future and expand their workforce. Many other measures that include increasing American-made energy, incentivizing hiring and streamlining red tape sit in the United States Senate awaiting consideration. I urge the U.S. Senate to consider these common-sense proposals to help put as many Americans back to work as possible. Read More

Lance Votes to Spur Business Investment, Job Creation

2014/07/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4718, legislation that makes permanent a tax provision allowing companies to deduct half the cost of new business investments: “A permanent bonus depreciation deduction for businesses will encourage investment that will lead to more good-paying jobs,” said Lance.  “That’s why enactment of H.R. 4718 is supported by associations representing a variety of industries – farmers, telecommunications, manufacturers, life sciences, energy, construction, retailers and technology.  I urge the U.S. Senate to act and give small businesses the added certainty to further invest in their companies, thereby boosting the U.S. economy and job creation right now.” Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan job training and workforce development bill that will reform and improve our Nation’s outdated workforce training programs so New Jersey’s job seekers can obtain the skills they need to go back to work.  “This week we have passed, in a bipartisan capacity, two more bills that would encourage businesses to invest and to create jobs here at home.  The House of Representatives continues to make job creation its top legislative priority,” concluded the 7th District lawmaker. Read More

Lance: Israel Has Right to Self-Defense Against Terror

2014/07/10

U.S.-Designated Terrorist Organizations Again Targeting Jewish State WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, today released the following statement concerning the persistent terrorist-led attacks against Israel: “The terrorist organization Hamas and its allies have one goal: the destruction of the State of Israel.  I will continue to support Israel’s fundamental right to defend itself against these unprovoked attacks.  The United States will hold Hamas accountable for its actions and our Nation will continue to stand steadfast with our friend and ally, Israel." Lance announced his support for two legislative proposals this week reaffirming his unwavering support for Israel’s right to self-defense amidst the recent escalation of rocket fire from Gaza: * H.Res. 657, expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the State of Israel has the continued support of the United States as it combats unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization. * H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, will impose severe new sanctions on Hezbollah’s fundraising channels and restrict its ability to use its illegal financial network to support global terrorist activities.  Hezbollah is responsible for more American deaths abroad than any other terrorist organization, with the sole exception of al Qaeda. Read More

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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

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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