By Congressman Leonard Lance
Tomorrow June 5 Republicans throughout New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District will go to the polls to cast a vote for their Republican nominee for Congress.
I ask all Republican primary voters to support my reelection because I believe I am the only candidate that has a consistent, conservative record of reducing spending, lowering debt, creating jobs, spurring economic growth and providing energy independence.
As a strong fiscal conservative I have voted for the Ryan Budget that lowered spending, reformed entitlements, simplified our tax code and put the Nation on a path toward a balanced budget.
I also voted in favor of the “Cut, Cap and Balance” budget alternative that included further spending cuts today, enforceable spending caps tomorrow and balances the budget in five years.
I voted for a balanced budget Constitutional amendment and am proud to be the author of New Jersey’s Lance Amendment prohibiting further state borrowing without voter approval.
In Congress I have fought against wasteful government spending, opposing the $1 trillion stimulus, the 9,000-earmark omnibus spending bill and President Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget.
And I was one of the first Republicans to reject earmarks for 2010 and authored legislation to repeal the wasteful ethanol subsidy.
On the issue of health care as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee I am on the frontlines in the fight against ObamaCare, voting 32 times to either fully repeal, defund, or dismantle portions of this onerous legislation.
I have been a forceful advocate of replacing the President’s health care law with sensible measures that include allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, improving health savings accounts (HSAs), establishing Association Health Plans (AHP) insurance pools and enacting real medical malpractice reform.
I opposed TARP and joined Republican efforts to rein in housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I cosponsored legislation to audit the Federal Reserve.
And I voted against the Administration’s disastrous Dodd-Frank financial reform bill that has codified “too-big-to-fail” and created a permanent federal bailout authority paid for by the taxpayers.
As New Jersey’s only Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee I am committed to an “all of the above” American-made energy policy to help bring down fuel prices, create more jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign energy.
I voted to expand offshore drilling in Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, open federal lands for oil and natural gas production, encourage the development of 1.5 trillion barrels of oil shale in the Rocky Mountain West, and speed up the approval of off-shore oil leases and drilling permits that have been slowed by bureaucratic delays.
And four times I voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring secure energy to America, support the creation of thousands of jobs, and help bring down prices at the pump.
Additionally I have voted to protect American businesses from overly burdensome environmental regulations, including twice casting my vote in support of the Energy Tax Prevention Act to stop the EPA from moving ahead with its cap-and-trade proposal.
On taxes, I voted to renew all the expiring tax cuts and have been a vocal opponent of the President’s plan to raise taxes on New Jersey’s families and small businesses.
I voted to eliminate the “death tax,” voted to cut business taxes by 20 percent and cosponsored legislation to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
And on tax reform I voted for a plan that calls for a simpler, flatter and fairer tax system that will restore economic opportunity and prosperity to our Nation’s economy.
Strong conservatives like Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, former U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson, State Senators Mike Doherty, Tony Bucco and Steve Oroho and Assembly members Anthony Bucco, Alison Littell McHose and Michael Patrick Carroll have all endorsed my reelection to Congress.
I am proud of my record and hope to continue to represent the people of the 7th Congressional District with ethical integrity, fiscal responsibility and certainly wholeheartedly and to the best of my ability.
I humbly ask for your vote on June 5.
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