AGAINST OBAMACARE: Leonard Lance has voted 26 times to either fully repeal, defund, or dismantle portions of the President’s health care law.
What he doesn’t tell you is that he voted for a continuing budget resolution (Amdt. 111 to HR 1) that funds the implementation of Obamacare to the tune of $105 billion or that he voted to expand Obamacare (HR 525) by making taxpayer-funded grants available to - believe it or not - veterinarians.
FIGHTING FOR A BETTER ECONOMY: Leonard Lance voted for fiscally responsible proposals that will bring growth, prosperity and certainty to our economy. And Lance has voted for proposals that lift bureaucratic hurdles, red tape, and cost burdens that have hurt New Jersey’s small businesses.
What he doesn't tell you is that he voted in favor of legislation that eliminates the statute of limitations regarding lawsuits for wage discrimination, creating unlimited liability for employers and a disincentive to hire. (S 181) and that he voted to maintain the Davis-Bacon Law (Amdt. 596 to HR 1) that forces non-union employers to pay prevailing union-scale wages on government projects, thereby driving up the cost to the taxpayers.
LOWER TAXES FOR NEW JERSEY: Leonard Lance voted to renew all of the expiring Bush tax cuts and has been a vocal opponent of the President’s plan to raise taxes on New Jersey’s small businesses. Lance voted to eliminate the “death tax” and cosponsored legislation to repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
What he doesn't tell you is that his vote in favor of Cap & Trade would have walloped New Jerseyans with major increases in energy costs.
While he was a state senator, Lance supported and voted for the Highlands Act, which essentially prohibits residents who own large tracts of land in rural counties from ever developing the properties.
VOTED FOR RESPONSIBLE BUDGET PLAN: Leonard Lance voted for the House Republican budget (Ryan Budget) that lowered spending, reformed entitlements, reduced our deficits and debt.
What Lance isn't telling you is that he voted FOR spending funds far in excess of the limits outlined in the Ryan Budget (HR 2112 and HR 2055), that he voted FOR INCREASING the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion (S 365) and that he voted AGAINST cutting $3 billion from various programs in the Interior appropriations bill, including eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Huelskamp Amendment (H. AMDT. 715 to HR 2584).
SUPPORTS A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT: Leonard Lance voted for a federal balanced budget amendment and is the author of the Lance Amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution that prohibits further state borrowing without voter approval.
What he doesn't tell you is that, since 1844, the NJ state constitution already prohibits the state from borrowing money without voter approval. He also doesn't tell you that while he was a state senator, he voted to re-confirm for lifetime tenure three of the NJ Supreme Court justices who permitted state borrowing without voter approval in the first place.
“CUT, CAP & BALANCE”: Leonard Lance voted for the “Cut, Cap and Balance” legislation that included substantial spending cuts, statutory spending caps and a constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to balance its books each year.
Lance didn't tell you that the "Cut, Cap & Balance" plan would increase the debt limit by $2.4 trillion in exchange for cutting spending by $111 billion next year. He was more than happy to increase the debt limit, but later balked and voted AGAINST the $111 billion spending cut.
STOP THE SPENDING: Leonard Lance voted against the $1 trillion stimulus bill and the 9,000-earmark spending bill. Lance voted to ban earmarks and authored legislation to repeal the wasteful ethanol subsidy.
Lance forgot to mention that he also voted for numerous omnibus and mega budget-busting appropriation bills. Before entering Congress, he signed a pledge not to take earmarks - but within four months after taking office, he was named Porker of the Month by Citizens Against Government Waste for all the wasteful earmarks he took. Lance also voted against a bill that would cut $3.25 billion in subsidies to Solyndra-type, "green energy" companies.
SUPPORTS AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY: Leonard Lance voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline project and supported measures to rein in overly burdensome federal environmental regulations. Lance voted to lift the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico while also speeding up the approval of off-shore oil leases and drilling permits that have been slowed by bureaucratic delays.
What Lance doesn't tell you is that he has often sided with groups such as the Sierra Club to restrict the U.S. from developing its own energy. As one of eight Republicans to vote for Cap & Trade and more recently one of five Republicans to support programs such as RGGI, Lance cares more for his environmentalist agenda than he does about escalating energy prices. Lance was one of only 9 Republicans to vote AGAINST reversing President Obama’s offshore drilling moratorium (HR 1231).
NO BAILOUTS; REJECT TOO-BIG-TO-FAIL: Leonard Lance voted against the $350 billion TARP bailout bill. Lance voted to rein in housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and cosponsored legislation to audit the Federal Reserve. And he voted against the disastrous Dodd-Frank financial reform bill that codified "too-big-to-fail" and created a permanent federal bailout authority paid for by the taxpayers.
Lance isn't telling you that before he voted against the TARP II bailout (HR 384), he voted to enable it.
CONSISTENT CONSERVATIVE: Leonard Lance voted to ban federal funds from being spent on abortion health care coverage, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, opposes the “card check” bill and supports the Defense of Marriage Act. Leonard has a perfect voting record in Congress on issues concerning the Second Amendment.
Prior to this election cycle, Lance was proudly pro-choice and declared as much in a 2003 interview with the New York Times and then seven years later in a 2011 interview with the NJ Jewish News in which he insisted that his pro-choice credentials were intact despite a recent vote to end funding to Planned Parenthood.
During his first term he was one of only 7 Republicans to vote for promoting abortion and advocating same-sex marriage in foreign countries (HR 2410), one of only 9 Republicans to vote against de-funding Planned Parenthood (Pence Amendment (H. AMDT. 389 to HR 3293) and one of only 9 Republicans to vote in favor of permitting same-sex marriage on Navy bases in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act (Huelskamp Amendment (H. AMDT. 573) to HR 2219). How is THAT for consistency?
When it became clear that he would be running for re-election in a strongly conservative district, Lance realized it would be necessary to pretend that he was pro-life. So much for principle.