WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal:
“The President’s budget acknowledges that we tax and spend too much in this country and we need a serious plan to tackle our national deficit and 20 trillion dollars in national debt. Congress has worked in a bipartisan fashion to reduce the deficit by nearly one trillion dollars and I agree that we need to keep up that momentum. But I do not agree with each and every line item. Cutting programs through the Department of Justice and revenue builders like the NEA are penny wise but pound foolish. Congress will have the final say on spending priorities for the Nation and I want to reach bipartisan solutions on mandatory spending before our rising debt leads to economic hardship. Both political parties contributed to this problem and both need to be engaged in the solution.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after the Energy and Commerce Committee completed a 30 hour mark-up of sections of the American Health Care Act:
“The average American family is now paying $5,000 dollars more a year for health care since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Too many of my constituents can’t afford the Affordable Care Act.
“Despite this trend the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress for years refused to consider any reforms to the law. Year-after-year patients saw premiums spike, sky-high deductibles render some insurance plans unusable and insurance markets collapse across the country. New Jersey’s exchange started with five insurers. It’s now down to two and the Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey co-op recently shut its doors at a cost of over $100 million to taxpayers.
“I think we can do better. I want as many people as possible to have affordable coverage and I do not want to return to the status quo before the ACA. Choice and competition will make insurers compete for patients – not the other way around. The millions who have gained insurance deserve better prices and more options. And the millions more who receive insurance through employment deserve stability.
“In the drafting of this first piece of repairing the health care system I fought for and secured the inclusion of many provisions important to New Jerseyans: continuous coverage and protections for those with pre-existing conditions, young people being able to stay on family plans until 26 and no lifetime caps on insurance. And I was the leading Republican voice for maintaining the Medicaid expansion that has benefitted many New Jersey families.
“This is not the last word on improving health care in this country. There is more work to be done.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) expressed his strong support for the "Scope of Investigation" inquiry released yesterday by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence into Russia's interference in the U.S. election, which will include potential contacts between Trump allies and Moscow as well as U.S. intelligence leaks.
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (CA-22) and ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (CA-28) released a detailed, six-page scoping document outlining the lines of inquiry for the committee’s investigation:
“I have long-supported the House Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russia’s interference in our election,” said Lance. “Under the leadership of Chairman Nunes and Ranking Member Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee has been investigating Russia and the Putin regime for years, including its hostile international actions, its cyber-aggression and international propaganda campaigns. That’s why I believe the House Committee is well equipped to provide a full accounting of all the facts surrounding Russian activities related to the 2016 U.S. elections."Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement:
"Attorney General Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation into potential contacts between Trump presidential campaign allies and Moscow. And Attorney General Sessions must, at the very least, clarify his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) released the following statement after President Trump’s first Joint Address to Congress:
“The most important issue facing our Nation is job creation. I am pleased President Trump spoke in detail about creating more American jobs and policies that will boost take-home pay and I stand ready to work on big ideas like tax reform and an infrastructure package to achieve it.
“New Jersey is one of the highest taxed states in the Nation and any relief to taxpayers and the business community is welcome news. And I agree with the President that having more people work reduces our national debt and keeps safety net programs for those who need them most. And all New Jerseyans know the importance of improving our roads, tunnels and bridges and I was pleased to see those ideas receive bipartisan applause.
“The President also made his case to the American people in support of his nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream conservative who would be a fine Supreme Court Justice.
“Finally, I was very proud President Trump invited New Jersey resident Megan Crowley to his address this evening. Megan’s story of combating a terrible rare disease is a testament to the American spirit. Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act was a major accomplishment of the last Congress. I am encouraged that the Trump Administration will carefully implement its improvements to our health care system and help spur the next great medical innovation.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) is co-sponsoring the Russia Sanctions Review Act after a series of Russian actions suggest it remains a major antagonist against the United States and its interests.
“Russia has meddled in the affairs of the United States and it has done nothing to show it seeks cooperation on the world stage. Russia is a bad actor and it does not share American interests or values. I am absolutely against lifting sanctions against Russia and this legislation will ensure Congress gets the final say,” said Lance.
Lance cosponsored the bipartisan Russia Sanctions Review Act amid growing concern and evidence of nefarious Russian political operations in the U.S. and abroad. The measure would mandate congressional approval before the lifting of any sanctions against Russia. Lance believes any sanctioning decision should involve the legislative branch. Lance also announced he is supporting the bipartisan investigation into recent Russian actions initiated by both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Permanent Select Committees on Intelligence.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the White House Visitors Office will resume public tours of the White House on March 7th.
“Every year many families from New Jersey travel to visit our Nation’s Capital and enjoy the historic monuments, scenery and national treasurers that Washington, D.C. has to offer. I am pleased the Trump Administration has reopened the White House to public tours and I encourage constituents to plan a visit to Washington,” said Lance.
Lance’s Capitol Hill Office can assist in booking tours of the White House, the U.S. Capitol Building, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate chambers and other federal attractions. Tours can be booked online through Lance’s website at lance.house.gov. Several weeks advance planning is recommended.Read More
FLEMINGTON, N.J. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced he will host his 41st in-person town hall meeting on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 7:00pm at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.
During the town hall meeting, Lance is expected to discuss the important issues facing Congress and the American people. He will take questions and share his views on issues like strengthening the economy, tax reform, border security, international affairs and repealing and replacing Obamacare.
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: Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Leonard Lance
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 7:00pm to 8:30pm
WHERE: Raritan Valley Community College, Edward Nash Theatre, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
For more information, please call Lance’s district office at 908-788-6900 (Flemington) or 908-518-7733 (Westfield).
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WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported striking down two burdensome new standards on public teacher education and preparation imposed in the waning days of the Obama Administration.
“Education decisions should be made by local school boards, not officials in Washington. When the school board is in charge of decision-making, students, parents and teachers have control. When a government official in Washington issues costly decrees there is little community involvement and accountability. Congress is now stepping in and using the powers under the Congressional Review Act to strike down this rushed Obama Administration order that would have diverted more funds to compliance and fewer funds to students,” said Lance.
One of the major accomplishments of the 114th Congress was the replacement of ‘No Child Left Behind’ with reforms that greatly reduces one-size-fits-all Washington policies and restores local control and decision making. President Obama signed that reform package into law, but in the closing days of his Administration the Department of Education issued two compliance orders the education community found overly burdensome and expensive. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to step in and strike down such provisions when needed.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today supported passage of the Email Privacy Act, a bipartisan measure he co-sponsored to modernize electronic privacy laws and protect internet users from warrantless searches. Lance serves as the Vice Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and updating privacy laws is one of his top priorities. The measure would revise an arcane 1986 law permitting warrantless searches of emails dated older than 6 months.
“Right now government officials can legally search some electronic communications—even emails—without a warrant. That needs to change. I firmly believe the protection from illegal search and seizure extends to emails and the digital space and this measure ends the ability of government to overreach. Email users deserve privacy and they do not want invasive federal agencies obtaining personal email account information and other digital communications without a warrant. It’s time to update email privacy laws and bring them into the 21st century,” said Lance.
The measure will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows government agencies the ability to access electronic communications that have been stored for 180 days without a warrant. Under this statute, emails and other electronic communications do not receive the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical correspondence, which would require a warrant to access.
“By updating this statute we build trust among government, service providers and consumers,” 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.