WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) was honored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce for his support of job creating policies in Washington and his record delivering on issues important to taxpayers. The special presentation came after a tour and small business town hall event at Kerry Ingredients & Flavors in Clark.
“Having been involved in running a small family law practice with my twin brother Jim, I understand how public policies influence economic growth and why it’s important to come to great companies like Kerry to see and hear first-hand what they need from lawmakers to continue delivering great products to their customers and opportunities to their employees,” Lance told the staff. “In every town I visit in New Jersey I hear the same priorities from residents, families and taxpayers. That’s why I vote for lower taxes and policies that lead to more disposable income and job creation.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. The Spirit of Enterprise Award is the Chamber’s prestigious national recognition highlighting the work done in Congress by lawmakers focused on economic issues.
Lance also drew praise from the national organization. “We are pleased to recognize Congressman Lance for engaging in pro-business policymaking that helps strengthen our nation’s spirit of enterprise,” said Tom Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The Spirit of Enterprise Award honors those members of Congress who are committed to ensuring that American businesses can continue to operate and succeed in a free enterprise system.”
This marked the seventh consecutive year Lance has received the award.
Lance was specifically recognized for:
“I am honored to be recognized by the Chamber once again and will continue to fight for New Jersey’s hardworking families and businesses so we can create job opportunities and strengthen our economy for all Americans, ” Lance concluded.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) spoke on the House Floor today in opposition to the Department of Labor's recently-finalized fiduciary rule. The House then passed H. J. Res. 88, a motion of disapproval of the rule.
Lance called the Administration’s action, “the most recent effort by the executive branch to bypass Congress and the American People and enact controversial policy by fiat.”
“The controversial rules proposed by the Department of Labor empower unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to gain significant control over Americans' retirement choices by imposing burdensome new disclosures and requirements on financial advisors,” Lance said after passage of the resolution. “These new regulations will generate nearly 57,000 paperwork hours and cost Americans more than $75 billion in duplicative fees.”
Bipartisan legislation already advancing in the House protects access to affordable retirement advice making the Department of Labor rule unneeded.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, today joined his colleague Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-04) in introducing the Consumer Review Fairness Act, legislation that will allow Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights regarding consumer experiences without fear of retribution.
“Consumers in the 21st century economy 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. 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,” said Lance, the Vice Chair of the subcommittee where the legislation will be referred.
“A consumer has a right to voice their concerns with a business, product or service,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “By eliminating secretive non-disparagement clauses, the Consumer Review Fairness Act would ensure companies can never retaliate against customers for simply expressing an opinion. I thank Congressmen Lance, Swalwell and Issa for their partnership in addressing this issue and strengthening protections for consumers.”
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.
Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) are original cosponsors.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week supported passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act, a bipartisan measure he co-sponsored to modernize electronic privacy laws and protect internet users from warrantless searches. The measure would revise an arcane 1986 law permitting warrantless searches of emails dated older than 6 months.
“Government officials can legally search some electronic communications—even emails—without a warrant. I firmly believe the protection from illegal search and seizure extends to emails and the digital space and this measure ends the ability of government to overreach. Consumers deserve privacy and the peace-of-mind that invasive federal agencies are not obtaining personal email account information and other digital communications without a warrant,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee. “It’s time to update email privacy laws and bring them into the 21st century.”
The measure will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows government agencies the ability to access electronic communications that have been stored for 180 days without a warrant. Under this statute, emails and other electronic communications do not receive the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical correspondence, which would require a warrant to access.
“By updating this statute we build trust among government, service providers and consumers,” concluded Lance.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act:
“For far too long American manufacturers have faced hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary tariff costs. Those costs have hindered domestic production, decreased investment, increased consumer prices and hurt U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace,” said Lance, who has toured dozens of Garden State businesses as part of his dialogue on how Washington policies can spur job creation. “It’s time to level the playing field and put American companies that hire American workers on more equal footing.”
American manufacturers often rely on resources and materials in short supply in the United States. When these resources are imported to the U.S. they are hit with a tariff, or tax, forcing companies to pay more for these necessities and increasing the costs for consumers. As a result, American manufacturing has experienced an effective tax hike of $748 million and the U.S. economy has seen a $1.875 billion loss, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
H.R. 4923 reforms this tariff and tax break system to keeps costs down across the board, making American manufacturers more competitive.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance’s Opioid Review Modernization Act (H.R. 4976) picked up major momentum Wednesday, sailing through the House Energy and Commerce Committee and advancing to the House Floor for consideration.
“The abuse of prescription opioids and heroin is an urgent crisis in this country. I am working in Washington on a package of reforms and law enforcement mechanisms to combat this epidemic that is harming all communities. My bill ensures our federal health agencies are working together with the medical and pharmaceutical industries to combat abuse. I am confident this legislation and others will soon pass the House of Representatives,” said Lance after the unanimous committee vote.
Studies show that opioid addiction is tied strongly to prescription drug abuse. In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions to people for opioids. Lance’s bill will address that issue by reforming and improving the medical drug approval and label process within the federal Food and Drug Administration. 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.
H.R. 4976 will likely be considered in the coming weeks before the House of Representatives along with other drug-abuse-fighting legislation from Lance’s Health Subcommittee and the Combat Heroin Taskforce, of which Lance is a member.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) on Monday presented Mr. Michael Ulaky and his wife Regina with the service medals he earned in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Ulaky never received the honors from the United States military and after assistance from Lance’s constituent casework managers, the Army supplied the awards in time for a special presentation in Westfield.
“Mr. Ulaky earned these awards and I was honored to present them to he and his family,” said Lance. “These medals represent the gratitude and appreciation from the United States of America. I am pleased Mr. Ulaky now has these awards to display with pride and pass on to his family.”
Mr. Ulaky was presented with the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars and the United Service Medal. The Ulakys have lived in Garwood for 62 years where they raised children Mary Ann Rebele and Mike Ulaky.
Lance and his staff are able to assist in obtaining or replacing lost, stolen or never received military commendations. Please contact Congressman Lance’s district office at (908)518-7733 for more information.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s reported $8.6 million purchase of heavy water from Iran:
“Today's report is another example where the Administration appears to be going out of its way to sweeten the nuclear deal for Iran. Despite Iranian missile tests, continued human rights violations and international provocations, the Obama Administration gives Iran whatever it wants with little action in return. Today’s unprecedented concession to the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism comes on the heels of the Administration’s willingness to give Iran access to the U.S. dollar. The Obama policy is clear: what Iran wants, Iran gets.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement today after the House passed six bills this week to make the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more accountable, efficient and professional:
“When it comes to the Internal Revenue Service, every American taxpayer deserves high-quality customer service and the confidence that their tax dollars are being spent wisely and appropriately. The six common-sense proposals we passed this week in the House of Representatives will bring long-overdue accountability, efficiency and professionalism to the Internal Revenue Service and ensure that the IRS focuses on its important mission of serving the U.S. taxpayer."
The six bills passed by the House this week include:
• H.R. 3724, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act
• H.R. 4890, the IRS Bonuses Tied to Measurable Metrics Act
• H.R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending Act
• H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act
• H. Res. 673, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Internal Revenue Service should provide printed copies of Internal Revenue Service Publication 17 to taxpayers in the United States free of charge
• H.R. 4903, To prohibit the use of funds by Internal Revenue Service to target citizens of the United States for exercising any right guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today threw his support behind the bipartisan efforts to release publicly the so-called ‘28 pages’ that were redacted from the 838-page official report on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 28-page chapter was held out of the final report by the Bush Administration ‘for reasons of national security.’
“I am one of the members of Congress who have reviewed the 28 pages of a redacted congressional report of the Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks and believe publishing this information would in no way jeopardize U.S. national security,” the 7th District lawmaker said. “The information should be declassified and made public.”
Many believe that these censored pages suggest that the radical September 11 Islamic terrorists received active support and guidance from wealthy Saudis, Saudi charities and even high-ranking members of the Saudi Arabia government. A renewed push is on to declassify the secret chapter in part because of a lawsuit seeking to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the attacks. That lawsuit, and allegations that may be contained in those 28 pages, may come up during President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia, where he arrived Wednesday morning.
To that end, Lance agreed to cosponsor H.R. 3815 the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, that would allow such lawsuits to go forward. The measure would ensure that terrorism victims in the United States can pursue civil claims against terrorists and those who aided and abetted them.
“Americans who were killed or injured by acts of terror and their families should have a legal avenue of recourse against any foreign state that may have sponsored those attacks,” he concluded.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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