WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) secured authorization of the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study in the final water infrastructure package that passed the U.S. House today on a 360 - 61 vote. Lance’s Rahway River provision instructs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish the study. The U.S. Senate is expected to pass the measure immediately.
“Residents and businesses in Cranford, Kenilworth, Maplewood, Millburn, Rahway, Springfield and Union have waited long enough. My provision tells the Army Corps to finish the study and finalize the flood mitigation plan. Congress will soon deliver this legislation to the President’s desk and I urge his signature so these communities can get the help they need,” Lance said after passage.
Lance has led the federal effort to secure authorization for completion of the study. Lance and his staff have met with the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control and the Army Corps regularly to coordinate efforts. Lance recently 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.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement on the passing of former New Jersey State Senator Leonard T. Connors, Jr.:
“For a half-century Leonard Connors served the public with great distinction. I was proud to have known him and worked with him in the State Legislature. I always trusted his insight and counsel and valued his tremendous experience in public service from three levels of government: municipal, county and state. His faced each decision with great compassion, respect for all points of view and the best interest of New Jersey at heart. Heidi and I will be thinking of the Connors Family in the coming days.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, today joined U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan as he signed off on Lance’s Consumer Review Fairness Act. Lance’s consumer protection legislation passed both the House and U.S. Senate and now heads to President Obama. The legislation will allow Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights regarding consumer experiences without fear of retribution.
“This law 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. This will now end,” said Lance.
In the 21st century 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. Some 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. It also would ensure companies are still able to remove false and defamatory reviews.
Lance also wants to maintain the integrity of the online crowdsourcing economy and prevent consumers from assuming online posts aren’t genuine. “A few months ago I visited Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe in Westfield, N.J. Bovella’s has the highest Yelp review of any bakery in that part of New Jersey. The good people at Bovella’s earned that review from their hard work and excellent customer service. They get a lot of business from people who turn to Yelp for insight on bakeries in town. This crowdsourcing system thrives because of its integrity. People trust it. Bad actors who bully consumers are ruining the system that helps Bovella’s prosper.”
Lance has championed a number of consumer protection measures in Congress. Earlier this month, his Anti-Spoofing Act was passed in the House. That bill prevents telemarketers from disguising their caller ID in an effort to evade law enforcement or trick consumers.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today hailed passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in the U.S. House. Lance, the chair of the Congressional Rare Disease Caucus and a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Committee, praised the landmark bill which has been two years in the making:
“This legislation is for anyone who has lost a loved one from cancer, had a friend who struggled with a rare disease or chronic condition, seen the pain of those suffering from mental illness or seen a life cut short from addiction. These are national priorities and I am proud to see this legislation through to the finish line. Patients are waiting. I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this measure and send it to the President for his signature,” said Lance after passage.
Lance has worked for years to secure the following priorities, each was included in the final product:
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the death of Fidel Castro:
"Fidel Castro's tyranny oppressed the lives of many, separated families for a lifetime and subjugated Cuba to a half century of poverty and despair. Tens of thousands of brave men and women lost their lives in an effort to escape his rule or in the fight for freedom and liberty. For many of them this day has come too late, but for their families and loved ones, including many in New Jersey, let this day be filled with hope that the island will soon become democratic and free."Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that his Westfield District Office will host office hours for the Veterans Administration, bringing the expertise of V.A. agents specializing in assisting veterans directly to constituents.
Veterans, their families and advocates are encouraged to schedule a time to meet with Lance’s caseworker managers and the V.A. official to tackle inquires regarding V.A. benefits, compensation, pension, insurance, loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation and employment and education benefit programs. All inquires are welcome.
WHAT: V.A. casework office hours in Westfield
WHEN: Thursday, December 8 from 9:30am to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Lance’s Westfield District Office, 425 North Ave. East, Westfield, 07090
Appointments are encouraged. For more information, please call Lance’s district office at 908-518-7733.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his district offices are serving as drop-off locations for the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. Interested residents should visit either of Lance’s New Jersey offices until Wednesday, December 14th with cards of holiday well wishes to be delivered to members of the Armed Services serving overseas.
“Receiving a note during the holiday season will brighten a service member’s day. It will only take a moment but mean a lot those who are away from friends and family during the holidays. Last year we received over 500 cards. I hope we have as great participation this year,” said Lance.
To ensure cards reach their destination, the following program guidelines apply:
Lance’s District Offices
Westfield District Office:
425 North Ave. East
Westfield, NJ 07090
Flemington District Office:
361 Rt. 31 (Unit 1400)
Flemington, NJ 08822
Offices are open normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm.Read More
WESTFIELD, NJ – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance issued the following statement on the F.B.I. reopening its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mail arrangement:
“Today’s news of the F.B.I.’s decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server is serious and overdue. I hope F.B.I. Director Comey will conduct this investigation expeditiously and in a completely transparent manner to determine if Hillary Clinton and her aides carelessly mishandled highly classified information.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has been named a ‘Hero of Main Street’ by the National Retail Federation (NRF) for his pro-business record in Congress. The organization praised Lance for his proactive outreach to the large and small business communities and his votes in Congress help workers and consumers.
“Over-regulation, high taxes and mandates from Washington hurt retailers and the ability of consumers to buy affordable goods. That’s why I vote in Washington for policies that enable retailers to expand and hire, to obtain capital and pursue big ideas and for American workers to keep and spend more of what they earn,” said Lance.
National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay praised Lance’s record. “Congressman Lance has shown through his support that he cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country. Congressman Lance is an advocate for a thriving Main Street and the long-term growth of the retail industry -- our nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”
Lance was specifically cited for voting for lower taxes, energy policies that drives prices down on businesses and consumers, bringing transparency to trade deals and infrastructure investment. NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers. Retail is the Nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans and contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP.
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
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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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