FLEMINGTON, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement on the Department of Defense's demand for our veterans to repay their bonuses:
“These reports are outrageous. Our military heroes should not be forced to pay back enlistment bonuses and student loan payments a decade later due to military recruiters’ accounting errors. The Department of Defense should immediately suspend efforts to recover these overpayments so Congress has time to complete the work we began in May to protect service members from the Pentagon’s bureaucratic mistakes.”
Section 642 of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House on May 18, would establish a statute of limitations on the military's ability to recover future overpayments and would scrutinize the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s management of existing cases of service member debt. Section 642 is an important first step toward establishing a common standard for correcting accounting errors that applies equally to both the Department of Defense and the individual service member.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been named a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses. Lance was selected for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nearly 7,000 NFIB members are in New Jersey. One of those members, Glen Gardner resident Mike Yates, presented Lance with the award.
“Thousands of new jobs in New Jersey every year come from small businesses that start from the ground up or expand to take on a new challenge. In Washington, I vote for policies that let people keep more of what they earn, get regulators off the backs of innovators and a tax system that is fairer and flatter. And here in New Jersey, I regularly meet with and talk with people like Mike who face these challenges every day. I support policies to put more consumers in stores and restaurants and to boost economic growth across the country,” Lance said after the presentation.
The National Federation of Independent Business, is one of the top national organizations representing the interests of small businesses in New Jersey and across the U.S. The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. Lance received a 100 voting record during the 114th Congress.
Michael Yates runs his own human resources business, Michael F. Yates & Company, Inc., in Washington, N.J. He said, “Congressman Lance has worked hard for small businesses, has fought for small businesses in all forms of federal legislation, and has supported us by the votes he has cast. I am proud to recognize Congressman Lance for his devotion and efforts and present him with the Guardian of Small Business Award.”
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Lance is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”
Lance was specifically cited for his votes:
MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been awarded the "Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award" for his steadfast commitment to our Nation’s senior citizens. Lance was selected by the non-partisan 60 Plus Association and honored by a group of Mountainside senior citizens. The senior citizen honored Lance for his voting record that includes fighting to protect the health care plans senior citizens know and like, preserving Medicare and Social Security for current retirees, ensuring entitlements for future seniors, voting to cut wasteful spending and enacting policies that allow seniors to keep more of what they have saved.
Mountainside resident Eve Vitale introduced Lance to the group. “Congressman Lance is a friend of senior citizens. He votes on the issues important to us – keeping Medicare and Social Security strong, protecting families who want to stay in their homes and keeping our homeland secure so our grandchildren are safe at school and at work.”
“Senior citizens across this country and in New Jersey have earned and were promised benefits in their retirement. I will always vote to ensure Congress keeps up its end of the bargain when it comes to caring for our retirees, veterans and those on a fixed income. Too many senior citizens are rightfully concerned over the future of their health care. Administration plans to change Medicare Advantage and raid Medicare to fund ObamaCare is not a pro-seniors’ agenda and I have fought those proposals in Congress. I support empowering senior citizens through stability and peace of mind,” said Lance after the presentation.
Jim Martin, the founder and chairman of 60 Plus which selected Lance for the award, issued a statement praising Lance. “Dedicated lawmakers like Congressman Lance show compassion toward seniors and the issues they face. We thank him for always protecting Medicare and Social Security since seniors have paid into both all our working lives. We want our lawmakers to vote against wasteful spending of our tax dollars. Excessive spending now has our government borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar it needs to pay our debts. Seniors have to balance their budgets and so should our government. We thank Congressman Lance for his record, he has earned our respect and our appreciation.”
While in Congress, Lance has worked toward successfully halting Medicare Part D changes and working on making prescription drugs more affordable. Lance has also voted for the repeal of the federal estate tax, preserving Social Security for those in the program and championing American-made energy that will lower costs and voting for lower taxes – issues especially important to senior citizens on fixed incomes. Lance was also previously honored by the Association of Mature American Citizens for his record on senior citizen issues.
“I am proud to be a pro-senior lawmaker,” Lance concluded.
Phillipsburg, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) recently visited the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership, Inc (NORWESCAP) in Phillipsburg to announce the organization was awarded a $425,000 federal grant. The Congressman was joined at the presentation by Phillipsburg Mayor Stephen Ellis and trustees of NORWESCAP.
“This grant will help the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership advance its mission of community building, education and child care and economic development. The programming and services administered by have helped many local families manage difficult times, keep children safe and in school and helped connect employers to potential hires. They do good work and this merit based grant recognizes that,” Lance said during a visit to NORWESCAP headquarters.
NORWESCAP’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey primarily by offering, referring or collaborating with others to provide programs and education which help foster self-sufficiency in economic and employment, nutrition and health, childcare and housing. The organization will receive a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Implementation Grant to pursue its goals.
The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program supports local communities in developing new strategies to change neighborhoods and create new opportunities for residents. The grant is to provide federal support for major undertakings where local resources may not be sufficient. Lance has supported the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program in Congress, and believes that projects should be able to earn federal support on a merit system, especially those with strong state, local and private sector backing. NORWESCAP has an accomplished record and support system that was noticed by federal officials.
Lance is also a champion of federal COPS and Byrne grants programs to help address staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs for New Jersey's police officers and assist organizations like NORWESCAP in community relations matters.Read More
KENILWORTH, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited a Kenilworth dialysis center this month to meet with patients, family members and staff to see first-hand the benefits of the Choice Act – legislation Lance supports to improve care for the nearly 20,000 dialysis patients in New Jersey.
Lance backs the Choice Act, H.R. 5659, which would allow individuals who develop kidney failure or end stage renal disease the freedom to participate in Medicare Advantage plans just like all other Medicare beneficiaries. These plans would be especially beneficial to end stage renal disease patients as patients with kidney failure often suffer from multiple disease conditions and take multiple medicines.
“The caregiving team at Fresenius Medical Care Union Dialysis Center is helping patients everyday receive high quality care. I was very impressed with the facility and the important insight I gained from talking with patients. I will continue to work in Congress to improve lab services and ease the burden of those facing these health challenges,” Lance said after the tour.
Pictured at Kenilworth: Ken Brown-Director of Operations, Margaret Milfort-VP Quality NEG, Charles Weldon-RN, Elianne Vedia-RN, Joanne Marzalik-Dietician, Congressman Lance, Renato Pagaduan-PCT, Minda O'Handley-Clinic Manager, Adrienne Lopez-Educator, Zulma Abril-Clinic Secretary, Tim Weaver-RVPRead More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s reported secret agreements with Iran:
“Piece by piece we are uncovering more about the Obama Administration’s flawed Iran nuclear agreement and the secret side deals negotiated with the terrorist state. We again see the disturbing consistency in which the U.S. heeds Iranian demands. Media reports suggest that on the same day four innocent Americans were freed by Iran, the Obama Administration not only agreed to a $1.7 billion cash ransom payment, but also lifted ballistic missile sanctions – despite continued illegal missile testing. The Administration’s Iran policy has been disastrous every step of the way and the world is more dangerous because of it.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the completion of the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study has been authorized in the U.S. House-passed Water Resources Development Act. For years, Lance and the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control have worked to complete the Study, which will plan how to protect central New Jersey communities from Rahway River flooding.
“The Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study will create a lasting solution for the protection of New Jersey municipalities that include Cranford, Kenilworth, Maplewood, Millburn, Rahway, Springfield and Union and the surrounding areas from severe flooding. For years these municipalities have pursued this project based on its great merits. And I have tried to be their champion at the federal level. This is a critical role for federal representatives: effectively helping municipal, county and state officials work with the federal government and ensure efficient services to the areas they represent,” Lance said during debate of the Water Resources Development Act.
Earlier this month, Lance joined Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) and Colonel David A. Caldwell, Commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New York District), for a site visit of the proposed solution, known as Alternative 4A. That plan 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.
Dan Aschenbach, a former Mayor of Cranford and leader of the Mayors Council, praised Lance for his leadership. “The Mayors Council is tremendously grateful for the leadership and initiative that Congressman Lance has shown in support of the Rahway River Upper Basin project and the goal of providing protection from flooding. Securing a designation in the Water Resources Development Act for expedited review is a major milestone in the project, and we are committed to working with Congressman Lance and Congress in getting the WRDA bill and the funding needed to complete the investigation over the finish line this year.”
“The municipalities that have experienced severe flooding from the Rahway River deserve the completion of the Study and the implementation of a plan that will protect life and property. I thank the Mayors Council and local leaders for continuing to advocate on behalf of their communities,” Lance concluded in his remarks on the House Floor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported a historic override of the President’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). JASTA marks the first time a veto by President Obama has been overridden.
“The victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have waited long enough for their day in court. Our action today allows the victims’ families to pursue litigation against the financiers and potential co-conspirators of the 9/11 attacks. I do not advocate an override lightly. I believe however that an override is the better public policy in this momentous situation,” Lance said after the 348-77 vote.
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 legislation was passed earlier this month but was vetoed by President Obama. The House vote today, and the 97-1 vote earlier today by the U.S. Senate, overrides the President’s veto and enacts the legislation.Read More
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:
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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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