HIGH BRIDGE, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited the High Bridge Fire Department to announce the department was awarded a $105,953 federal grant to procure new safety equipment. The Congressman was joined at the presentation by High Bridge Mayor Mark Desire and Fire Chief Jeff Smith, as well as members of the Fire Department.
“Every day in our communities our fire fighters, police officers and first responders enter dangerous situations. To prepare for and confront the array of challenges they may face we must make sure they are equipped with the best tools and capabilities. High Bridge will put this grant to great use modernizing and upgrading equipment and the residents of this community will continue to be well-served by this team,” Lance said during a visit to the station.
High Bridge Mayor Mark Desire added, “High Bridge firefighters work tirelessly and risk their lives to keep our families safe. This funding will help ensure that the High Bridge Fire Department has what it needs. The residents of High Bridge would like to thank Congressman Lance whose support was instrumental in obtaining this federal funding during a time of municipal budgetary constraints. We all have deep appreciation for the work our firefighters perform and this new equipment will improve their ability to do so safely.”
The grant will be used to purchase Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses complete with air masks and accompanying spare bottles that will help protect the health and welfare of the department’s firefighters, citizens and property to the highest degree.
As a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the Seventh District lawmaker has voted to increase federal investments for both the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs. These programs were created by Congress to help address the significant staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs of our Nation's First.
MORRIS COUNTY --- The staff of Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) will host summer office hours in the Mine Hill Municipal Building on three Thursdays this summer: July 28, August 4 and August 25. Lance’s staff will be available from 10am-3pm 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: Lance Staff Office Hours in Morris County
WHERE: Mine Hill Municipal Building
10 Baker Street
Mine Hill, N.J. 07803
WHEN: Thursdays July 28, August 4 and August 25
No appointments are necessary.
Lance represents the Morris County towns of Chester, Dover, Long Hill, Mine Hill, Mt. Arlington, Mt. Olive, Netcong, Roxbury, Washington and Wharton.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement on the attack in Nice, France:
“Again our Nation grieves with our great ally following yet another unconscionable act of terror. Again radical Islamic terrorism killed scores of innocent people and again the world community awaits the leadership of the United States. The scenes from Nice, Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris and many others are becoming too familiar. The United States and our allies must recommit ourselves to the War on Terror.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed the Iran Accountability Act.
“For too long the Obama Administration has too often failed to hold Iran accountable for its support and financing of terrorism, the illegal tests of its ballistic missile program and its numerous human rights abuses. The President’s Iran policy is simple: whatever Iran wants, Iran gets. Today’s sanctions and other actions counter the Administration’s view of Iran and makes clear the position that if Iran wants to join the global community it must first earn the world’s trust.”
Last week Lance offered an amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations Act that would tie the hands of U.S. Treasury officials attempting permit Iran’s use of the U.S. dollar. Lance’s amendment passed unanimously and this week’s legislation goes further in adding new sanctions, stopping the Administration’s purchase of heavy water from Iran and preventing any additions steps to appease Iran.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, saw his legislation, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, advance out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a unanimous vote. The legislation will allow Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights regarding consumer experiences without fear of retribution.
“This bill is about protecting consumers posting honest feedback online. Online reviews and ratings are critical in the 21st Century and consumers should be able to post, comment and tweet their honest and accurate feedback without fear of retribution. Too many companies are burying non-disparagement clauses in fine print and going after consumers when they post negative feedback online,” Lance said of his legislation.
In today’s economy it is easier than ever for consumers to make informed choices on which business or service to use by consulting websites and apps that publish crowdsourced reviews of local businesses and restaurants. Consumer reviews are a powerful informational tool because consumers place a high value on the truthful reviews of other consumers. A number of businesses have become frustrated by online criticism and some have employed a questionable legal remedy known as a non-disparagement clause to retaliate against consumers. These are often buried in fine print. The Consumer Review Fairness Act would void any non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts if they restrict consumers from publicly reviewing products or businesses accurately and would authorize the Federal Trade Commission to take action against businesses that insert these provisions into their contracts. It also would ensure companies still are able to take action against individuals who post false and defamatory reviews.
“In 2016 online platforms are where consumers turn to praise or criticize their shopping, eating or traveling experiences. They should be able to do so without harassment from companies eager to protect an image,” Lance concluded.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 39th in-person town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 19 beginning at 5:30pm at the Chester Township Courtroom.
During the town hall meeting, Lance is expected to discuss the important issues facing Congress and the American people. He will take questions and share his views on issues like homeland security and terrorism, the fight against ISIS, federal spending and the economy.
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: Chester Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance
WHEN: Tuesday, July 19 5:30pm to 7:00 pm
WHERE: Chester Township Courthouse located at One Parker Road, Chester, N.J. 07930
The event is free and open to the public. Area residents are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call Lance’s district office at 908-518-7733.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) saw his legislative package confronting drug abuse pass the U.S. House of Representatives today in a 407-4 vote. Lance served on the conference committee that merged the House-passed and Senate-passed bills and helped guide the final deal to passage today.
“I rise today in strong support of this conference report that is a great step forward in the fight against the scourge of drug addiction,” Lance told his colleagues. “This measure includes language that I authored with my Democratic colleague, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of the Hudson Valley in New York State, that targets opioid addiction’s strong ties to prescription drug abuse and the issue of over- prescription. It is one part of a comprehensive plan that will make serious progress on this challenge that strains law enforcement and taxpayer resources and cuts too many lives tragically short.”
The package comes the same week Lance and others secured passage of a landmark overhaul of the Nation’s mental health care system. In the wake of the events in Dallas Thursday evening, Lance concluded his remarks by saying “on this very sad day given the horrific events in Dallas last night, we are reminded that a great many issues face our country. I hope the spirit of collaboration that secured this week’s productivity will guide us on the other challenges we face as a Nation. I want to work on what unites us in the United States and on the priorities of all Americans.”
Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7th) met with Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III recently to discuss the opioid and drug abuse epidemic.
Both men have taken steps to address the issue. Kearns had been making presentations at all the county's high schools about the growing heroin epidemic in Hunterdon, and he's due to make the final presentation at Hunterdon Central on May 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.
"We cannot look at the heroin epidemic as just a law enforcement problem; rather we must also consider it and address it as a public health crisis," Kearns has said.
For his part, Lance spearheaded bipartisan legislation addressing opioids through the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee in Congress. H.R. 4976, the Opioid Review Modernization Act, reforms and improves the approval and labeling process for prescription drugs, a major contributing factor to drug abuse.
Lance's legislation will make sure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation's gatekeeper in approving and vetting patient access to safe and effective drugs and therapies, rigorously reviews the benefits and risks of opioid pain medications and how they are communicated to prescribers and patients.
Following their meeting, Kearns gave his support to the bill.
"Prosecutor Kearns is a great partner in helping to end the scourge of drug addiction," Lance said. "Those in Washington and county leaders need to be working together for the benefit of urban and suburban families alike and reduce the strain on law enforcement resources."
Kearns updated Lance on his efforts in Hunterdon, including partnering with Hunterdon Healthcare System to equip all law enforcement officers with nalaxone, a life-saving overdose medication. Kearns also expanded the START initiative ( Steps to Action Recovery and Treatment), which provides direct referral information to people who may be battling addictions or other crises.
The Prosecutor's Office has worked closely with the Safe Communities Coalition and other prevention and addiction treatment providers. Kearns was also instrumental in launching LEAP, the Law Enforcement Adolescent Program, an early intervention program for adolescents.
"While families, communities and local law enforcement are and should remain on the front lines against addiction, Congress has an important role as well," said Lance. "The federal government should improve and strengthen regulations governing opioid prescriptions.
"My bill ensures that our federal health agencies are working in concert with the medical and pharmaceutical communities to combat drug abuse."
The bill also requires the agency to work closely with expert advisory committees before making critical product approval and labeling decisions and to make recommendations regarding education programs for prescribers of extended-release and long-acting opioids. It would also encourage the development and approval of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.
Kearns said of Lance's legislation: "Making people aware of their own vulnerabilities to opioid abuse and to the dangers these drugs pose is vital in our efforts to fight against the scourge of addiction. The fight against heroin and opioid abuse must be fought on many fronts. Congressman Lance's leadership on this front is greatly appreciated and needed."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose — nearly three deaths every hour, every day. Studies show that opioid addiction is tied strongly to prescription drug abuse, and in 2012 healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions to people for opioids, Lance said in a press release. Since 1999, opioid prescriptions have quadrupled and the CDC has found that now more than six out of 10 drug overdoses involve opioids.
Lance is also a cosponsor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and a member of the Combat Heroin Taskforce.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the attack on Dallas law enforcement:
“I am horrified about last night’s ambush of Dallas law enforcement. Every day in this country law enforcement personnel put their lives and safety on the line to protect and serve. Let us grieve for all the victims and their families.
“It appears these murders were retaliation for incidences earlier in the week. The Department of Justice was rightfully investigating those matters. It is sickening the perpetrators took the lives of the innocent Dallas law enforcement officers for revenge. This is not the United States we want for our families.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Caucus and one of the leading opponents of the Iran nuclear deal, successfully secured passage of an amendment to a spending measure that would eliminate the possibility of the Obama Administration’s granting Iran access to the U.S. dollar.
“In an effort to advance his nuclear agreement the President may act unilaterally – as he has done so often in the past – and permit the Treasury Department and other federal entities to proceed with granting Iran the access to the dollar it so desperately wants,” Lance said during debate on the House Floor. “We cannot allow this to happen. Allowing Iran access to the dollar would mark an unprecedented additional concession to the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.”
As the U.S. House considered the funding bill for U.S. Department of the Treasury, Lance stood on the House Floor and offered his legislative language that would prevent the Department from granting Iran access to the U.S. dollar. As Iran continues to violate international law with illicit ballistic missile tests, undermine U.S. foreign policy and destabilize the Middle East, the Obama Administration has indicated a willingness to ease restrictions on Iran’s access to the dollar and potentially reward Iran’s international provocations with coveted access to world financial markets. Lance’s amendment would tie the hands of Treasury officials and block any action to assist Iran.
“Since agreeing to the Iranian deal last year, the Obama Administration has seemingly gone out of its way to appease Iran. Access to the dollar would be an undeserved reward to a country that tortures its own people, denies human rights to women and has the blood of Americans and our allies on its hands,” Lance concluded.
The Lance Amendment received unanimous support.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and his Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues secured a major legislative victory on Wednesday when the U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark reforms to the country’s mental health care system in an overwhelming vote of 422-2. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
In remarks during debate on the legislation, Lance recalled how since 2013 he and the original sponsors “called on Congress to address a mental health care system in crisis; a system where millions of Americans suffer every year and are all too often pushed into the shadows by archaic regulations and an outdated federal bureaucracy.
“Two-and-one-half years later I am proud that the House stands poised today to pass the most significant reform to our Nation's mental health programs in decades. This bill also includes provisions I championed to help provide early detection to eating disorders and improve access to treatment coverage. This is a historic achievement as it marks the first time Congress has addressed eating disorders specifically through legislation.”
Lance joined Congressman and psychologist Tim Murphy (PA-18) in crafting the bill. The measure builds on reforms included in Lance’s 2014 legislation that put community mental health centers on more equal footing with other health centers by improving quality standards and expanding access. H.R. 2646 also boosts resources and psychiatric care for patients and families by increasing inpatient and outpatient treatment options. It also updates legal framework to help families and physicians make informed decisions by viewing those who need care through the mental health lens, not just through the criminal justice system. The legislation also includes Lance-championed provisions from the Anna Westin Act which will help to train health professionals and school personnel to identify eating disorders and improve access to eating disorders treatment coverage.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.
Lance brings news of $105K to High Bridge firefighters https://t.co/z1nyg1OPNq
Thank you @NEAJaneChu for visiting NJ-07 on July 25. And thank you @MathenyMedical for being a wonderful host. https://t.co/wSEsXekOO3
Basking Ridge Patch: National Endowment for the Arts Chair Visits Matheny’s Arts Access Program https://t.co/putXoi0kmS
Kudos to P’burg’s James Foran for completing his service project—renovating rooms @ Grandma's House women's shelter. https://t.co/DTChkQt1j8