Murray Hill, N.J. ---- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) used a tour of historic Nokia Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J. to showcase the work of the U.S. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, where he serves as the Vice Chair. Lance welcomed Commissioner Michael O’Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission to help lead a round table discussion on the next generation of wireless networks and 5G technology. Lance also welcomed several businesses from the Seventh Congressional District that are helping to pave the way for 5G innovation, including Nokia, Verizon, AT&T, Qualcomm and Samsung. CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, also participated.
“The Internet touches nearly all aspects of American life and the U.S. economy. Every user wants faster speed, better reliability and affordable options. That’s why I’m working to help make the 5G economy a reality and to keep companies like Nokia Bell Labs at the center of this innovation. New Jersey is leading the world and we need to keep it that way,” said Lance. “Many American households now have a number of mobile devices. And small businesses are fully integrated into cutting-edge technology. We have to make sure the laws coming out of Washington are keeping up and allowing these technological advancements to continue to transform public health, the economy and education.”
The panel discussed the potential 5G innovation has to revolutionize wireless communications and the American economy and how the private and public sectors should work together to speed deployment. There was broad agreement among the industry and government stakeholders that removing barriers to deployment such as federal siting rules for small cells and a robust spectrum pipeline are essential to deploying 5G. Head of Policy and Government Relations at Nokia, Brian Hendricks, thanked Congressman Lance for his advocacy on the issue, “Congressman Lance's leadership on technology policy has been an important part of creating a positive investment environment to enable deployment of the next generation of broadband. It will be critical for Congress and the FCC to remain aggressive in removing regulatory barriers to deployment and freeing additional spectrum for mobile broadband.”
Bernardsville Mayor Kevin Sooy attended and highlighted how Bernardsville is one of 11 cities nationwide that Verizon is using to test 5G service. New Providence Mayor Al Morgan also attended and coined #5GinNP. “Thank you to the Nokia Corporation of Murray Hill and Congressman Leonard Lance for inviting me to participate. 5G Technology can potentially improve data rates and speeds for consumers, and for commercial applications in the health, energy, and manufacturing industries. We here in our district will be a hub of 5G development, leading the effort to maintain the United States as a leader in wireless innovation. Very cool indeed!”
Lance sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. The committee is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and has broad jurisdiction over the commerce of the United States, including the telecommunications and technology industries, through its oversight of the Federal Communications Commission. One of the top priorities of the Committee this Congress is increasing access to broadband internet and encouraging private innovation.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today proudly announced his congressional offices have successfully closed its 5000th constituent casework request. Constituent cases are opened by Lance’s staff when residents ask the office for assistance and are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, the State Department or any other federal agency. Lance’s staff works as an advocate for the constituent until a successful resolution.
“My New Jersey offices are dedicated to advocating for constituents who need help with federal agencies. Every day constituents contact my office to help sort through issues concerning Veterans Affairs benefits, Social Security checks and passport requests. Too often these important matters get lost somewhere in the federal bureaucracy. My offices stand ready to help residents get the services or assistance they need and are entitled to receive. I am proud of our team in Westfield and Flemington and I encourage all residents experiencing difficulty with a federal agency to use our offices as a resource,” said Lance.
Lance’s offices are well-equipped to handle a variety of casework matters. Some successful examples:
Assisting constituents in dealing with the Armed Services.
“I had an issue dealing with the U.S. Army. Congressman Lance’s office persisted and got me the answers I needed. And the Congressman and his staff still follow up and continue to be attentive to my family and me.” --- Frank White of Clinton, N.J.
Obtained earned benefits from the Veterans Administration.
“The Congressman’s staff was relentless in its pursuit of our Dad’s rights. Through continual determination, the Congressman’s staff secured what had at one time seemed an unrealistic goal of obtaining benefits. We can rest assured that our father will receive all of the benefits he so rightly deserves as a veteran of our country due to the office’s hard work.” --- Paul Ligas of Cranford, N.J.
“After 2 1/2 years of frustration everything has been approved from the V.A.! My dad will finally receive the benefits that we have been waiting for, if not for your help, I do not think this would have ever been resolved; I was ready to give up on the whole process. My family thanks you for staying involved over all these months to finally make this happen. Thank you for getting this to the finish line!” --- Dan Ramella of North Plainfield, N.J.
Contesting inaccurate or incomplete pension awards.
“On behalf of my mother Judy Barends and myself, we would like to thank the Congressman’s staff for all the time and effort put into regaining my father’s pension. Had we not had your help we would not be at this point. Your efforts are very much appreciated.” --- Judith Barends of Asbury, N.J.
By the numbers:
· Over 100 Passports in the hands of students and travelers.
After submitting Passport requests, some constituents never hear back from the Department of State as graduations, weddings and vacations quickly approach. Lance’s office has helped over 100 constituents get the paperwork sorted out in time for travel.
· $22,000 in one case alone from the Veterans Administration.
Constituents have received thousands of earned veteran benefits after contacting our office for assistance with stalled dependency claims and benefits/compensation claims. Lance casework managers are able to escalate cases and clear the way for payment. Thousands of dollars have been recouped by caseworker managers’ diligence.
· $400,000 in total missed earnings from Social Security Administration.
One Hunterdon County constituent had been waiting for months for a decision on his Social Security case. Our caseworkers made an inquiry, submitted additional information to the file and determined that his situation warranted an expeditious resolution. This story has played out on almost a weekly basis.
· 25 veterans receive never awarded military medals.
Lance’s office has assisted 25 veterans or family members receive medals earned in military service. These include those lost, stolen or never-awarded.
A Union County family was billed $65,000 from the IRS in mistaken liens. Our caseworkers advocated for them until there was a successful resolution.
Residents in need of assistance should call Lance’s Westfield District Office at (908) 518-7733 or Flemington District Office at (908) 788-6900. Lance’s offices can assist with problems with the IRS, missing or incorrect figures from Social Security, assistance with passports and visas and a number of veterans related services including health care and pensions, treatment access and receiving service medals.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced the White House Internship Program application is now open for the Spring 2018 term. The application portal will remain open until 11:59PM EDT on September 8, 2017. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
The Spring 2018 White House Internship Program term runs from January 10 to April 27, 2018. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the Internship Program start date, and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible. Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet at least one of the following criteria to apply:
The White House Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership in the community, and commitment to the Trump Administration. Questions about the White House Internship Program application can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, including details about placement in the White House Internship Program and frequently asked questions can be found on the White House website.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that St. Luke’s Warren Hospital and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center are among the awardees of $36.5 million in federal grant funds specifically to assist rural communities. 17 New Jersey hospitals will receive federal funding to help compensate physicians and other providers treating senior citizens and low-income patients. Lance has worked in Washington to ensure New Jersey remain eligible for funding designated for rural areas.
“New Jersey needs to receive its fair share of Medicare reimbursements from the federal government. Our patients pay into this program and the doctors and hospitals in these communities should receive funding. The medical teams at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center provide high quality health care to many in need. The federal government should keep up its end of the bargain when it comes to those in the Medicare system. Warren County is well-served by health care professionals and area patients have earned and paid into this benefit,” said Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
Despite being the ‘Garden State’, New Jersey has had to repeatedly contest regulations from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that categorizes New Jersey as one of three states with no areas designated as rural under Medicare guidelines. Lance, who represents rural areas such as Hunterdon County and southern Warren County, has protested this decision and authored letters to CMS explaining the need in these communities. After the public pressure, CMS officials included New Jersey in a special funding arrangement called the ‘rural floor policy’ to support rural hospitals.
Betsy Ryan, President and CEO at the New Jersey Hospital Association, also welcomed the news. “Thank you to the members of the New Jersey delegation who joined together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the imputed floor for New Jersey hospitals and patients. This floor extension now ensures that New Jersey healthcare providers will receive federal payments that are fair and equitable with other states that have the protection of a rural floor.” The New Jersey Hospital Association represents the State's 71 acute-care facilities.
St. Luke's Warren Hospital (Phillipsburg, Warren County) – $3.5 million.
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (Warren County) – $2.4 million.
“These funds are going to make a positive difference in patient care in rural communities. I will continue to work with CMS to ensure equitable treatment for New Jersey,” concluded Lance.Read More
WESTFIELD, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 45th in-person town hall meeting on Thursday, August 3 beginning at 5:30pm in the John LaPorta Theater at the Warren County Technical School in Franklin Township, New Jersey.
During the town hall meeting, Lance will take questions on the important issues facing Congress and the American people. Lance will discuss his leadership role in imposing sanctions against Russia, his involvement in a bipartisan health care solution, the federal budget, tax reform and foreign affairs.
Additionally, members of Lance’s staff will be available 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: 45th Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance
WHEN: Thursday, August 3 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Warren County Technical School
John LaPorta Theater
1500 Rt. 57
Washington, N.J. 07882
This is a free, ticketed event open to NJ-07 residents only. Tickets are required for all attendees and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis online through Lance’s website at lance.house.gov beginning Wednesday, August 2 at 12 noon. Two ticket limit per online entry.
For more information, please call Lance’s Westfield District Office at 908-518-7733.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he has introduced legislation that would permanently authorize and require employers use the E-Verify system to ensure their employees are eligible to be working in the United States. Lance is introducing the U.S. House-version of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (IA)’s Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act.
“E-Verify is a proven system for making sure job opportunities are for American workers. E-Verify is a deterrent against illegal immigration and expanding it to new workplaces will make sure legal, American workers are not shut out of employment. We need E-Verify up and running and we need all employers to participate to make it effective,” said Lance last week before the House of Representatives.
E-Verify is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and uses information provided by an employee to confirm legal status through the Social Security Administration. Participation is currently voluntary for employers, but the Lance-Grassley effort (H.R. 2461) will make employer participation mandatory. This is no cost for the employer or employee to use E-Verify.
“700,000 American business successfully use the E-Verify system. Expanding it removes a major incentive for illegal immigration. I am pleased to join Senator Grassley in this effort and protect American workers,” concluded Lance.
H.R. 2461 does the following:
According to the Federation For American Immigration Reform, states that enacted or expanded E-Verify saw unemployment rates drop. States that made E-Verify mandatory for all employers, public and private, experienced the most pronounced decrease in unemployment rates.Read More
WASHINGTON,D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported S. 114, appropriating $2 billion of additional funds for the successful Veterans Choice Program.
“The Veterans Choice Program has transformed medical care for our Nation’s veterans. The program has allowed veterans to bypass long wait-times and be spared travel to distant care facilities. Instead, veterans can now seek care closer to home. Veterans in New Jersey who live too far from our V.A. hospitals and clinics are using the Choice program to visit doctors and specialists in their community and closer to their support network. The failures of the Veterans Administration are well-established, but the Choice program has started to turn the numbers around. This program is working and needs continued funding,” said Lance after the unanimous bipartisan vote.
Instituted in the wake of the wait-time scandal, the Veterans Choice Program allows veterans to seek private care outside of the Veterans Administration system. Choice appointments are up dramatically. There have been 18 million Choice appointments so far this year — 3.8 million more than last year, or a 26% increase, according to the V.A. claims system. The additional funding allows the continued use of the program for millions of veterans.Read More
WASHINGTON,D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the U.S. House passed H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act:
“I voted for the Make America Secure Appropriations Act to fund our critical homeland and national security functions. This bipartisan measure secures our borders and gives our men and women in the military the largest pay raise in eight years and ensures they have the resources to complete their missions overseas. And it takes care of our veterans here at home, with more funding for veterans' health care and services. I applaud my friend and colleague, Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, for shepherding the Make America Secure spending bill through the House.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and the House Energy and Commerce Committee have advanced legislation aimed at bringing self-driving vehicles to America’s roadways. The measure, known as the Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act of 2017, is the U.S. government’s first major step toward establishing a clear legal and regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle deployment.
“Self-driving vehicles are going to transform many aspects of American life and our economy. The potential benefits are tremendous. Autonomous vehicle technology will spur job creation while increasing productivity, accessibility and safety for consumers across the country,” said Lance after the committee mark-up.
The Seventh District lawmaker said the issue has taken new urgency because road deaths in the United States rose 7.7 percent in 2015 over the previous year to 35,200 — the highest annual increase since 1966. And traffic deaths climbed nearly 8 percent in the first nine months of 2016, government data showed. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of traffic deaths involve human error, including distracted driving and driving while intoxicated.
“Self-driving cars can reverse the rising trend of distracted and impaired driving, road accidents and highway fatalities. This is major legislation involving 21st Century technology achieved through true bipartisan consensus in Washington.”
The Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Lance is a member, has crafted the initial legislation to build a process for which driverless cars can enter the consumer market. Safety is the paramount concern and this bipartisan legislation establishes safeguards to make sure new technology is safe for use and require automakers to submit safety assessment reports to U.S. regulators. The bill also creates a federal advisory committee to study areas like workforce and privacy issues.
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), one of leading voices in Congress calling for tough sanctions on Russia, hailed passage of a bill that would impose new sanctions against Russia and require President Trump to get permission from Congress before lifting or easing the existing sanctions. The bipartisan measure also imposes economic penalties against Iran and North Korea for their recent provocations.
The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, H.R. 3364, is in direct response to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, its ongoing human rights violations, its annexation of Crimea and military operations in Eastern Ukraine and Syria.
“The governments of Iran, North Korea and Russia do not share American values or interests and are active threats to our national security. These regimes will see a united message from the Congress of the United States with an overwhelming vote in favor of strong sanctions,” said Lance during debate on the measure before it passed 419-3.
“Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. North Korea, the most dangerous and isolated place on Earth, has tested long-range missiles, demonstrating a frightening potential to target our west coast. And Russia has intolerably involved itself in our Nation’s democratic electoral process,” Lance continued.
Lance was one of the first Republican cosponsors of the Russia Sanctions Review Act after the U.S. Intelligence Community presented evidence of nefarious Russian political operations in the U.S. and abroad. That measure would mandate congressional approval before the lifting of any sanctions against Russia. Those provisions where included in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
And as chair of the Congressional Republican Israel Caucus, the Seventh District lawmaker has continually warned against Iran’s ballistic missile tests, support for terrorist groups and violations of international law including rampant human rights abuses. And North Korea is a growing threat to the U.S., most recently testing long-range missiles and continuing to pursue nuclear weapons.
“I urge the U.S. Senate to support this package and I hope President Trump will sign it into law. Our country needs to act decisively and put these hostile states on notice: by violating international law and threatening the United States sanctions will increase,” concluded Lance.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.