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, September 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) tonight released the following statement after the U.S. State Department confirmed a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners:
“Following three weeks of denials the Obama Administration finally admitted what many of us already knew: the $400 million payment made to Iran was a ransom payment for four innocent Americans unlawfully held by Tehran. Make no mistake, this new dangerous precedent puts Americans overseas in harm's way. And while our government continues to appease the ayatollahs, families here at home continue to seek compensation for loved ones killed at the hands of Iranian terrorism. It’s long past time we put justice for American victims ahead of cash payments to the leading state-sponsors of terrorism.”
Lance will introduce the Victims Before Ransom Act when Congress returns to legislative session in September. The bill would bar the Administration from moving forward on cash payments to Iran until it pays millions in judgments awarded to the U.S. victims of its global terrorist network.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Steve LaTourette:
“Steve LaTourette always put country before politics. I was proud to have served with him and sought his insight on issues before the House of Representatives. I trusted his judgment and so did the Ohioans who sent him to Congress for almost two decades. I will miss his keen intellect and great sense of humor. Heidi and I extend our condolences to his wife, Jennifer, and to his children.”Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) welcomed Basking Ridge resident Clodette Sabatelle to his Flemington District Office to commemorate the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Lance and Sabatelle, a leader in the advocacy group Community in Crisis, and other New Jersey advocates worked for the last year to champion the measure as a way to combat the rampant drug abuse crisis striking New Jersey and the Nation.
“This significant legislative package will help make a difference in the lives of those suffering from drug addiction. It will also help empower and equip the loved ones of those in pain, and the advocacy groups like Community in Crisis, who devote themselves in fighting the scourge of this disease. None of this would have been possible without the work of people like Clodette Sabatelle and organizations like Community in Crisis who helped craft and champion the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. This is an important first step in helping many Americans,” said Lance before he presented Sabatelle with a framed copy of the legislation.
Sabatelle praised Lance and the legislation for getting to the root of the drug abuse issue. “Community in Crisis of Bernards Township was extremely happy upon hearing of Congressman Lance's opioid bill. The pills-to-heroin epidemic starts with over-prescription. A key part of solving this crisis must be preventing people from doctor shopping for pain meds and controlling opioids through prescription monitoring programs. We would like to congratulate and thank Congressman Lance for his diligent and hard work towards making this law. Our hopes are that this public health crisis of opioid addiction will improve dramatically.”
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. Lance’s bill was inserted into the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act along with other pieces of legislation.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today was honored by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and other conservation advocates for his support for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Lance and the organizations gathered at the scenic Spruce Run Recreation Area, where Lance urged the permanent reauthorization of the federal program that has enabled the acquisition and development of over 75,000 acres of open spaces and recreation areas in New Jersey.
“New Jersey is called the Garden State for good reason – our treasured public lands provide recreation, economic opportunity and a healthy quality of life for our residents,” said Lance. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund is dedicated to protecting our special places for hunting, fishing, water conservation and many outdoor activities.”
Spruce Run is among New Jersey’s many special places preserved through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a 51-year-old program financed entirely by revenues from corporate energy development leases - not tax dollars. The LWCF expired last fall, but Congress voted in favor of a three-year extension to allow proponents to work toward permanent reauthorization. Lance is a leader in that effort.
Lance told the audience that all Americans in each corner of this country and in all fifty states have benefitted from the investment in land preservation and recreation as the Land and Water Conservation Fund has supported and protected projects in almost every single county in the Nation. “And right here in Hunterdon County we have helped protect and maintain public spaces like the Spruce Run Recreation Area for everyone to enjoy. Pristine public lands are a trademark of the Garden State and they must be protected and maintained for future generations. This is a national issue and a federal prerogative. Conservation is conservative. The taxpayers win when communities are healthier from clean drinking water, when children perform better in school because of outdoor recreation and when overdevelopment is reduced in our communities.”
Alison Mitchell, policy director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, added, “The Land and Water Conservation Fund provides tremendous benefits everywhere in the nation. It is far and away our nation’s most important conservation program, and with so many natural lands yet to be preserved in New Jersey we want to see it permanently authorized.”
“The LWCF touches virtually every single American and has invested billions of dollars in supporting all of our parks – from the neighborhood park down the street to our iconic national parks,” said Alan Rowsome, senior director of government relations for lands at The Wilderness Society. “Congressman Lance helped ensure the LWCF will continue to protect our wild places for future generations – such as Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Spruce Run Reservoir - and on behalf of the millions of Americans who love their public lands, we thank him for his leadership on this vital program.”
Lance’s Leadership Role
New Jersey conservation leaders praised Lance for his leadership in the effort to secure permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
“Since his days in the State Legislature when he was a staunch supporter of the Green Acres Program, Congressman Lance has always been a champion of open space and parks,” said Tom Wells of The Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey chapter. “On the federal level, he has continued that record through his efforts on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
“We at the Trust for Public Land thank Congressman Lance for his continued support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Anthony Cucchi of the Trust for Public Land. “In his support of the Fund and public lands, Congressman Lance is helping us build healthy, sustainable, and livable communities for the people of New Jersey.”
“At a time when bipartisan conversations are all too uncommon in Congress, Representative Lance has demonstrated consistent support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the importance and worth of cooperation,” said Land Trust Alliance President Andrew Bowman. “On behalf of the Land Trust Alliance, I thank Representative Lance for his support and look forward to our continued work to fully fund and permanently reauthorize LWCF.”
Other New Jersey natural areas funded by the LWCF include Gateway National Recreation Area, Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Morristown National Historic Park, Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement after media reports of the Obama Administration’s secretly shipping $400 million to Iran while the Iranians released some American hostages they were holding last January:
“Iranian officials are bragging to the international community and the vast terrorist network that they coerced a significant ransom payment out of the Obama Administration. These damning reports put a bounty on every American. We already knew the world was less safe from this Administration’s catering to Iranian demands, but this revelation is a stunning new low. And this news comes as many grieving U.S. families continue to await compensation for the murder of their loved ones by terrorists funded and supported by the Iranian government. The irony is sickening. I call on Congress to investigate this matter.”
Lance is authoring legislation that would end taxpayer-funded payments to Iran and has cosponsored legislation enabling Americans to pursue damages against state sponsors of terror.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) issued the following response to recent statements about the parents of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan:
"Captain Humayun Khan is a selfless American hero who gave his life defending our country and our U.S. Constitution. His ultimate sacrifice -- and that of his parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan -- must be honored; not disparaged. Any comments disparaging our service men and women, and their families, are wrong and do not represent my views or the views of an overwhelming majority of Americans."Read More
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
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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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Reports today confirm what many of us have suspected all along: $400 million payment to Iran was a ransom payment. https://t.co/DzmJuzApYL
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