WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) introduced legislation today in the House of Representatives that would permit the President of the United States to award David Dunnels White the Medal of Honor posthumously for the act of gallantry during the Civil War. White is an ancestor of the White Family of Lebanon, New Jersey.
For years the White Family has researched and fought for the recognition that was earned by David Dunnels White, a member of the Union 37th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War. At the battle at Sailor’s Creek, Virginia in 1865, Union forces captured Confederate Major General George Washington Custis Lee, the eldest son of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Harris S. Hawthorn, a veteran of the 121st New York Regiment, applied for and was awarded a Medal of Honor for the capture of Custis Lee. However, the White Family has uncovered hundreds of pages of supporting documents proving that it was White, not Hawthorn, who captured Lee.
“The White Family asked for my assistance and I was happy to meet with them regarding their strong case. The capture of Custis Lee was a turning point in the Civil War and proved a psychological blow to Robert E. Lee. I have reviewed the materials presented by the White Family and I am convinced that it has merit. Introducing this legislation will raise awareness about the issue and help advance a formal review of this award,” said Lance.
Frank White of Lebanon, who originally asked Lance for assistance, said, “I sought out my federal representative, Congressman Lance, to help me advance this case and he has helped me navigate the red tape to make sure my case and research is heard. This matter is of great importance to me and my family and I believe when the facts are reviewed the Pentagon will see the strength of my argument to awarding my ancestor this award.”
Lance’s legislation will be referred to the House Armed Services Committee for consideration. Frank White is scheduled for a meeting at Pentagon next month on the matter.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the Zufall Health Center in Dover has secured a $3.2 million federal grant through the Department of Health and Human Services. Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, has helped lead the effort in Congress to preserve and protect community health centers.
“Zufall is the reason that many New Jersey residents have access to high quality health care. Strong community health centers bring medical professionals into communities, thus reducing emergency room visits, saving taxpayer funds and resulting in healthier lives. Zufall is very deserving of this merit grant,” said Lance.
Eva Turbiner, President and CEO of Zufall, added, “This important support from the federal government will allow Zufall Health to continue to make much-needed, affordable health care services available to low-income patients throughout north and central New Jersey. We also appreciate the strong support we receive from Congressman Lance that ensures that Zufall and the community health centers across the country receive the funding they need.”
Since the first community health centers were founded nearly fifty years ago, health centers have become the Nation’s largest primary care network, collectively serving more than 22 million patients in more than 9,000 communities in every state and territory. Health centers are locally-governed small businesses providing a comprehensive range of primary care services while remaining responsive to community needs. Health centers employ more than 150,000 people, and generate an economic impact in the billions in some of the nation’s most economically deprived communities. Studies have shown health centers generate savings to the health care system on the order of $24 billion annually, primarily through reductions in unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Last year, Lance was presented with the “2015 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award” by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). NACHC honored Lance for his steadfast commitment to the Nation’s Community Health Centers and the millions of people they serve.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today proudly announced the Seventh Congressional District students who were nominated and accepted into the Unites States Services Academies. Lance and a board of local veterans reviewed applications for nomination to the five Service Academies of the United States: The Air Force Academy (USAFA), Naval Academy (USNA), Military Academy (USMA), Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and Coast Guard Academy (USCGA). Students were informed in recent weeks on their acceptance by the respective academies.
“I proudly commend these brave men and women who have stepped forward in service to our Nation. Placing nominations for the United States Service Academies is among the most gratifying responsibilities for a Member of Congress. I have great confidence in these talented and qualified young people,” said Lance.
Pictured with Lance are Hayden Coyne (USMMA) of Lebanon, Russell Horn (USMMA) of Skillman, Daniel Stern (USMMA) of Short Hills, Karsten Tribus (USMMA) of Stewartsville, Robert Vanacore (USNA) of Ringoes, Jenna Kugel (USNA) of Skillman, Hunter Vogel (USMA) of Annandale, Bennett Mirabito (USMA) of Ringoes, Maxwell McVicar (USMA) of Mount Olive, Alex Wang (USAFA) of Basking Ridge, Chipu Chu (USAFA) of Montgomery and Amy Renne (USAFA) of Mount Olive. Jillian Bellows (USNA) of Flanders is not pictured.
Students interested in the process for securing a nomination to a Service Academy should contact John Malone in Lance’s Westfield District Office at (908) 518-7733.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed the National Defense Authorization Act:
“This National Defense Authorization Act demonstrates a commitment to funding support for our troops, better defenses and state-of-the-art equipment to keep our Nation safe and ensure that our brave servicemen and women are prepared to protect the United States and our allies around the globe.
“President Obama opposes this approach, threatening to veto this defense plan for the country. That’s despite a pay raise for our troops, better resources for warfighters against radical Islam, an aggressive stance against Russian expansion, funding for Israel’s missile defense and the elimination of millions of dollars in waste and bureaucracy. The President should put the national security of the United States ahead of partisan politics and support the House-passed measure.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) was appointed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with assembling final legislation to combat the Nation’s opioid epidemic.
“The mission of this conference committee will be to iron out the differences between the House and Senate bills and deliver to the President a final package that will give public and private entities new and better tools to confront the opioid crisis and save lives,” said Lance, who has worked on these issues for months as a member of the Combat Heroin Taskforce. “This is how Congress should be working, proceeding through regular order and moving bills that make a difference in the lives of many. I commend Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell on getting us this far. I look forward to being an active and effective member of the conference committee.”
Last week, the House passed 18 bipartisan bills that address different aspects of the problem. One of those bills was authored by Lance. Those measures must now be merged with the Senate-passed provisions.
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N.J. prosecutor backs Lance bill updating opioid labels (Hunterdon Democrat)Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the Congressional Combat Heroin Taskforce, today hailed passage of a major legislative package that will address the drug abuse problem facing the United States. Lance’s own measure, H.R. 4976, the Opioid Review Modernization Act, won unanimous approval on the House Floor.
“This bill and the larger package are a great step forward in the fight against the scourge of drug addiction,” Lance said during debate. Lance specifically targeted the contribution of prescription drugs to the abuse epidemic. “H.R. 4976 targets opioid addiction’s strong ties to prescription drug abuse and the issue of over- prescription. Studies have shown health care providers write nearly 300 million opioid prescriptions a year in this country. That number is truly staggering.”
Lance’s bill will make sure the Food and Drug Administration rigorously reviews the benefits and risks of opioid pain medications and how they are communicated to prescribers and patients. The bill also reforms critical product approval and labeling decisions and encourages the development and approval of opioids with abuse-deterrent properties.
The House-passed measure will be merged with 17 other bills the House is expected to pass this week. That package will be conferenced with measures passed in U.S. Senate and sent to the President for his signature.
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.
Sallie Graziano may be reached at email@example.com.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement after a federal district judge ruled in favor of the U.S. House’s lawsuit that the Obama Administration funded parts of Obamacare unlawfully:
“The Constitution is clear: only Congress has the power of the purse. President Obama cannot spend more than $ 150 billion in taxpayer funds without approval from the People’s House. Today’s ruling vindicates continued congressional efforts to hold the Obama Administration accountable for overreaching its executive authority and overstepping its constitutional bounds repeatedly.”
U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer on Thursday ruled the Obama Administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program that was never authorized by Congress.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Lance has led the fight in the House against the Obama Administration’s efforts to spend taxpayer funds unconstitutionally without approval from Congress.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus and member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, hosted Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) advocates for a press conference on Capitol Hill today, including Nirali Shah of Basking Ridge, New Jersey who spoke about her mother, Sonal Shah, who lost her fight with ALS in November 2015. Lance and Shah used the gathering of ALS advocates in Washington to push for new efforts to spur medical innovation.
“We need a new way. Right now, there is no treatment available that significantly slows or stops the progression of the disease. That needs to change. We need to do all that we can to speed the development of new treatments for ALS and other diseases and we need to do it now. It is for that reason I championed the Dormant Therapies Act, to break down barriers that exist to ALS drug developments,” said Lance, who has championed the cause of public health and disease prevention in Congress.
Ms. Shah shared memories of her mother who was a passionate advocate who had helped build support for the Dormant Therapies Act during her trips to Washington for ALS Advocacy Day. Shah noted the importance of continuing her mother’s fight, saying, “Although our loved ones may not be physically with us, their legacies and dreams live within each one of us. We can take our time to mourn, cry, and celebrate their lives, but I am sure they would want us to take action. We must keep their momentum and legacy alive.”
Lance pointed out that there are potential treatments for ALS and other diseases that are not being developed. Lance said that it is not because those potential treatments do not hold promise; rather it’s because the current system rewards the development of treatments that are easy to produce and do not take a long time to develop and bring to market. Lance added, “It is time to create a system that rewards efficiency and effectiveness to the benefit of all persons with rare diseases by encouraging the development of drugs abandoned in the development process.” Lance authored the MODDERN Cures Act, later renamed the Dormant Therapies Act, which would open the innovation pipeline and bring promise to those with ALS and other unmet medical needs.
Lance’s event was part of The ALS Association’s National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference in collaboration with the National Health Council.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) hosted a student leadership conference on Saturday at Governor Livingston High School for over 100 high schools student interested in government and politics. The event included a hands-on activity to balance the federal budget and a keynote address from Mike DuHaime, a Westfield resident, political strategist and currently a partner at the public affairs firm Mercury LLC. Lance also spoke and took questions on current events and issues facing the Nation.
“I hope each of you uses this conferences as an opportunity to learn something new about your potential career, your thoughts on a policy matter or an issue on the 2016 campaign trail,” said Lance in his welcoming remarks.
Lance then oversaw an interactive federal budget exercise where students reviewed current spending and tax policies and suggested priorities for the country through evidence and by applying their own policy interests. Lance and the other speakers also discussed public policy ideas and career advice for students interested in public service.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) met with Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, recently in Flemington to discuss the opioid and drug abuse epidemic. Following the meeting, Kearns gave his support to Lance’s bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4976, The Opioid Review Modernization Act, that reforms and improves the medical drug approval and label process for prescription drugs, a major contributing factor to drug abuse. Lance spearheaded the bill through the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee in Congress. The duo also discussed new strategies and initiatives taken by the Prosecutor’s Office.
“Prosecutor Kearns is a great partner in helping to end the scourge of drug addiction. Too many lives are cut short in New Jersey communities and across the country due to drug abuse. This is an epidemic. 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. My bill ensures that our federal health agencies are working in concert with the medical and pharmaceutical communities to combat drug abuse and I am pleased to receive a thorough update from the Prosecutor on his efforts here in Hunterdon County,” said Lance after the meeting.
“I commend Congressman Lance’s efforts to curb this epidemic through his proposed Opioid Review Modernization Act. Making people aware of their own vulnerabilities to opioid abuse and to the dangers these drugs 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,” Kearns said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose — nearly three deaths, every hour, of every single day. There were at least 781 heroin-related deaths in the Garden State in 2014, the most recent data available. Studies show that opioid addiction is tied strongly to prescription drug abuse, and in 2012 health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions to people for opioids. Since 1999, opioid prescriptions have quadrupled and the CDC has found that now more than six out of ten drug overdoses involve opioids.
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. 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.
For his part, Prosecutor Kearns partnered with Hunterdon Healthcare Systems to equip all law enforcement officers in Hunterdon County with Narcan, a life-saving overdose medication. Prosecutor Kearns was also responsible for launching a new initiative called START, Steps to Action Recovery and Treatment, this new concept was designed to provide direct referral information, contained in a prepared packet, to individuals who may be ensnared in the grips of an addiction or other crisis. Prosecutor has worked closely with the Safe Communities Coalition and other prevention and addiction treatment providers. Prosecutor 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. The federal government should improve and strengthen regulations governing opioid prescriptions,” concluded the 7th District lawmaker.
Lance is also a cosponsor of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and a member of the Combat Heroin Taskforce.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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