Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) visited the Long Hill FORCE Robotics Club last week to emphasize the importance of STEM education as well as to urge the students to participate in the Congressional APP Challenge. During the meeting Lance commended the students for participating in a program that will hone and enhance their technical skills.
“It is great to see such talented students in this rising STEM field. Our economy becomes more digital and technologically advanced every day, it is imperative that we equip our students with an education that will allow them to be successful. A curriculum that includes STEM gives our students a substantial advantage in an increasingly competitive global economy. The Congressional APP Challenge is a fun way for students to demonstrate their acquired technical skills,” said Lance.
The Congressional App Challenge is a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Students in participating districts code original applications for the chance to be selected for recognition by their Member of Congress, win prizes, and have their work put on display in the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.
Long Hill Robotics is a recreational club comprised of Long Hill Middle School students that promotes and cultivates an interest in robotics and engineering among younger students. STEM is a curriculum focused on educating students in four specific areas — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
Students can learn more about participating in the Congressional APP Challenge at http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/. The deadline for applications is November 1st, 2017.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement after President Trump tasked Congress with revising the Iran nuclear agreement:
“The President made the right move in asking Congress to reevaluate the Iran nuclear agreement. Iran has violated both the letter and spirit of the agreement by its failure to establish required nuclear export policies and practices, working with North Korea on boosting prohibited trade, supporting and funding international terrorism, testing ballistic missiles and the brutalization of its own people. If Iran wants to join the world community then the country’s leaders need to comply with the numerous U.N. resolutions designed to keep the world safe.
“Iran’s nuclear weapons program and support for terrorism are not separate conversations. Congress must consider all of the deadly threats posed by Iran. I support improvements to the agreement that hold Iran accountable and actually lower nuclear enrichment levels. An improved deal must deny Iran all steps to a nuclear weapon.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it was ending certain payments to insurance companies through Obamacare:
“I have long argued that funding for the cost-sharing reduction program is unconstitutional. Under our Constitution, the power of the purse belongs to Congress and a federal court last year affirmed this view by deeming these health insurance subsidy payments illegal. Now Congress must act and pass the Problem Solvers Caucus health care plan that I have endorsed. It funds the cost-sharing reduction program through the congressional appropriations process and implements free-market policies to improve our health care system and lower medical and insurance costs for all.”Read More
A program originally established by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) to enhance community mental and behavioral health services would be expanded and extended under legislation announced on Oct. 3.
Eight states were granted funding as part of a pilot program under the Excellence in Mental Health Act, which was signed into law in 2014, in order to provide community behavioral health and addiction services through mental health centers, Veterans Health Administration clinics, federally qualified health centers and additional mental health organizations. Under the new bill, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, S. 1905/H.R. 3931, funding in the original eight states would be extended for a year, and funding also would be made available to 11 additional states.
“I’m proud that Missouri, as a participant in the Excellence in Mental Health Act pilot program, is leading the nation in developing strategies to improve and expand access to mental and behavioral treatment,” Blunt said. “This bill will allow all states in the pilot program to continue the important work that’s underway, and enable more states to join the effort. I urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill, and help get us closer to our goal of treating mental health like all other health in this country.”
The Excellence in Mental Health Act pilot program aims to improve community mental and behavioral health by setting high-quality standards and offering additional services like 24-hour psychiatric crisis care, counseling and integrated services.
“The Excellence in Mental Health Act is working by improving coordination and services offered to those most in need,” Lance said. “New Jersey is one of the original states selected for increased funding for comprehensive mental health services and this bill makes sure we maintain the improved programming. States that come forward with a plan to improve mental health care need to have a strong federal partner thanks to this bicameral, bipartisan legislation.”
The bill, which Blunt and Lance introduced with bipartisan support from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), has garnered support from more than 50 mental health organizations, including the National Council for Behavioral Health.
“With rising rates of overdoses and suicides, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act offers lifesaving mental health and addictions services that people can count on,” Linda Rosenberg, the president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, said. “We thank Senators Debbie Stabenow and Roy Blunt and Representatives Leonard Lance and Doris Matsui for once again demonstrating their leadership and ongoing commitment to science-based community treatment.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the Milford Fire Company has been awarded a $141,000 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The funds will be used to replace important equipment like air packs and associated compressed air bottles.
“The Milford Fire Company needs the best tools when entering a dangerous situation. FEMA earned this merit-based grant to assist local firefighters in making sure they had the best equipment to protect life and property. I’m proud of the team at the Milford Fire Company, under the direction of Chief Fleck, for the work they do in Milford and surrounding communities.” said Lance.
Milford Mayor Henri Schepens added, “Since 1911 the Milford Fire Company has served our Borough as well as the surrounding communities. We are very proud of our volunteer First Responders for their outstanding dedication and commitment. Last year Station 92 responded to 125 calls. In order to keep all their equipment up to date and certified, Chief Fleck and Firefighter Gordon continuously conduct fundraising and apply for grants. This grant award is critical and will be used to purchase replacement air bottles, packs and face pieces to enable firefighters to access burning structures. I appreciate Congressman Lance’s support of the SAFER grant programs and the Milford Fire Company.”
As a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, the Seventh District lawmaker has voted to increase federal investments in 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 Responders.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the Republican tax reform retreat and the announcement of a tax reform framework:
“There is a lot I agree with in the tax reform outline announced today. Lower individual rates on middle-class families and a competitive corporate rate will unleash tremendous economic growth and job creation. These reforms will have a positive effect on take-home pay in every state and should enjoy large bipartisan support. I hope these items are included in the final package.
“When our leadership opened the floor for comments I was the first to make the case to my colleagues for maintaining the state and local tax deduction that is so critically important for New Jersey. New Jersey taxpayers support federal initiatives more than any other state. The elimination of this deduction would further increase the disparity in New Jersey’s support for the federal government versus the return in federal tax funds.
“I will continue to speak out on this issue and work hard to include the state and local tax deduction among those itemized deductions that need to be preserved. There are many hearings and debate still to come.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced Community in Crisis, Inc., Hunterdon Prevention Resource, Inc. and Empower Somerset, Inc. have each been awarded a $125,000 grant by the Drug-Free Communities Support Program and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The grants are designed to assist communities addressing the problem of opioid and heroin abuse, provide education and implement prevention measures.
“Too often we are hearing about another life cut short from the scourge of drug addiction. This is not just a New Jersey problem, but an epidemic facing the entire country. We need to be working together and empowering the groups and organizations that are succeeding in turning the tide against drug abuse. Community in Crisis, Inc., Hunterdon Prevention Resource, Inc. and Empower Somerset, Inc. are great partners in connecting people with the resources and support they need. These investments are not only the right thing to do, but help lessen the significant strain on law enforcement resources. I commend each group on its important work,” said Lance.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use.
“We’re losing more than 60,000 people per year to drug overdose, but if we can stop young people from starting to use drugs in the first place, we can save lives,” said Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy. “Our local DFC coalitions are a key part of this effort because they are bringing together parents groups, schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, businesses and others to prevent drug use and improve the health of the community.”
Lance is a leader in Congress in the anti-opioid abuse fight. Lance served on the conference committee charged with assembling the federal legislation to combat the Nation’s opioid epidemic. That measure was signed into law last year. Lance also worked with Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, on legislation that improves the medical drug approval and label process for prescription drugs, a major contributing factor to drug abuse.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has joined as a cosponsor of the bipartisan Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, authored by Congressman Pat Meehan (PA-07). The bipartisan legislation will require incidents of hazing to be reported as part of a college’s annual crime report so that such information is public record.
“The tragic death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza hit close to home here in New Jersey. It is heartbreaking to see his young life cut short. On this anti-hazing week, I am adding my name as a cosponsor to the recently introduced Report and Educate About Campus Hazing Act, which will require colleges and universities to report incidents of hazing as part of annual crime reports. This transparency measure will put pressure on college administrators to make sure anti-hazing measures are effective on campuses across the country and ensure that data are being properly reported and crimes are prosecuted,” said Lance.
The University of Maine conducted the National Study on Hazing in 2008. They sampled 11,000 college students and found that 55% of students experienced some form of hazing, yet of those, 95% never reported hazing to school officials or authorities. Colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs are required by federal law to report crimes committed on campus. The REACH Act adds hazing as one of the crimes and required colleges and universities to:
• Disclose incidents of hazing in their Annual Security Report;
• Report statistics of referrals for discipline and arrests specific to hazing; and
• Implement a hazing education program for students.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the required government funding measures by the end of the fiscal year. The package includes start-up funds for the Gateway Tunnel among other Lance priorities.
“Under the leadership of Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, the House of Representatives kept its promise to the American people to return to normal budgeting and pass the required spending bills by the end of the fiscal year. Important priorities include a bipartisan victory for Gateway Tunnel funding and securing the continuation of the COPS law enforcement grant program. The U.S. Senate should now complete its work on the appropriations process so that the two Houses of Congress can reach a final agreement to send to the President for his signature.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement after the release of a single-payer health care plan in the U.S. Senate.
“Senator Sanders’ single-payer health care plan is one that my constituents cannot afford. Most Americans would lose their health insurance plans if single-payer became law and dramatic tax increases would be unavoidable. Those tax increases would fall across the board to meet the tremendous cost of the program.
“There are millions of Americans who lack access to affordable insurance and millions more who have been hit with soaring health care costs. That’s why I’ve rallied behind centrist health care proposals - like the Problem Solver Caucus plan - to drive down health care costs for all Americans. These proposals have momentum in Congress and deserve support.
“I call on the Congressional Budget Office to score the Sanders Plan as soon as possible so we can have serious, nonpartisan figures to debate.”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.