The “Conservative” Leonard Lance

It's one thing to have a politician lie to your face about his core beliefs and especially about his voting record - but it's another thing entirely when you are helping to pay for those lies. And that's pretty much what is happening in the 7th District, where incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance continues to bombard the voters with campaign flyers (mailed out at taxpayer expense) that blatantly misrepresent his record in Congress and depict him as a "principled conservative."

How does he do this? Easy: he cherry-picks the votes he cast on crucial issues such as Obamacare and the federal budget that make him look like a "principled conservative" while ignoring the votes he cast that clearly identify him as anything but a principled conservative.

How do we know this? Thanks to the efforts of the American Conservative Union we can examine the votes cast by Leonard Lance that he doesn't want you to see. These aren't votes on minor legislative issues - they are votes on legislation that impacts our district, our state and our nation.

As you know by now, the ACU officially endorsed David Larsen for Congress instead of Leonard Lance - who was passed over by the ACU because he has one of the lowest Republican ACU ratings in the House of Representatives: 44%. This means that of the 25 votes conducted by the House on legislation crucial to the conservative agenda of smaller government, lower taxes and a marketplace free of excessive regulations, only 11 of the votes cast by Mr. Lance supported this agenda. The other 14 votes opposed it. (You can find a description of the legislation here and the vote tally for the New Jersey delegation here.)

We’ll examine how Mr. Lance voted on legislation that affects the federal budget and the size and scope of federal government.

 

How Leonard Lance Voted on the Federal Budget

Debt Limit Increase. S 365. (Roll Call 690)
The House passed a bill that allowed a debt increase of up to $2.5 trillion with no spending reductions required in Fiscal Year 2012. The bill also set up a “supercommittee” of twelve members of Congress who were to meet in secret to negotiate a deficit reduction of $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The bill also requires a ”sequestration” or automatic reduction of $1.2 trillion in spending over 10 years if no further agreement is reached by 2013. ACU opposes automatic debt limit increases with no congressional action required and opposed this bill. The bill passed on August 1, 2011 by a vote of 269-161.

Legal Services Corporation. HR 1 (Roll Call 54)
The House defeated an amendment to the 2011 appropriations bill that would have struck all funding for the Legal Services Corporation from the budget bill. ACU has always opposed this wasteful program which has been used primarily to expand the welfare state and was found by a GAO study to be rife with waste, fraud and abuse and supported this amendment. The amendment failed February 16, 2011 by a vote of 171-259.

National Endowment for the Arts. HR 1 (Roll Call 68)
The House passed an amendment to the 2011 appropriations bill reducing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts by $20.6 million. This program had received major increases in funding since 2008. ACU supported this amendment to reduce wasteful spending. The amendment passed on February 17, 2011 by a vote of 217-209.

Foreign Agricultural Service. HR 2112 (Roll Call 432)
The House rejected an amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill to eliminate the Foreign Agricultural Service. This agency uses taxpayer money to fund 98 offices around the world to help find export opportunities for large corporations. ACU opposes this wasteful spending when our national debt stands at $15 trillion and supported this amendment. The amendment was defeated on June 15, 2011 by a vote of 99-324.

Federal Pay Freeze. HR 1 (Roll Call 133)
The House defeated an amendment to include federal pay step increases given for seniority. They have been exempt from the current federal pay freeze as have pay increases given for living or working in high cost cities, such as Washington, DC. ACU supports a pay freeze that actually freezes federal pay and supports this amendment. The amendment failed on February 19, 2011 by a vote of 191-230.

Vehicle Subsidies. HR 2354 (Roll Call 580)
The House rejected an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would eliminate funding for the Advanced Manufacturing Loan Program and apply the funds saved to the federal deficit. This program gives taxpayer money to manufacturers who work on vehicle programs favored by the government. ACU opposes government programs that pick winners and losers in the marketplace and supported this amendment. The amendment failed on July 14, 2011 by a vote of 114-309.

Spending increase. HR 2354 (Roll Call 586)
The House passed an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill increasing spending on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by $10 million. These programs had received massive increases in the 2009 budget and the Obama stimulus program. ACU opposes these attempts to reverse modest spending cuts and opposed this amendment. Nevertheless, the House passed the amendment on July 15, 2011 by a vote of 212-210.

“Catch-All Appropriations. HR 2055 (Roll Call 941)

The House passed a year-end appropriations bill, known as the “Omnibus” bill that funded $915 billion dollars in one 2,300 page bill for Fiscal Year 2012 The bill avoided limits imposed in the debt-limit negotiations by labeling additional spending as “emergency spending” so the total spending for the year is an increase over Fiscal Year 2011. ACU opposes these massive bills that are written in secret and passed with no amendments allowed. Nevertheless the bill passed the House on December 16, 2011 by a vote of 296-121.

 

How Leonard Lance Voted on the Size & Scope of the Federal Government

Offshore Drilling Expansion. HR 1229 (Roll Call 320)
The House passed a bill requiring the Interior Department to expand the area of the outer continental shelf available for oil and natural gas drilling. ACU opposes the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce domestic energy production and supports this bill. The bill passed the House on May 12, 2011 by a vote of 243-179.

Project Labor Agreements. HR 1 (Roll Call 126)
The House defeated an amendment to the 2011 appropriations bill that would bar funds to enforce Project Labor Agreements, which force companies that seek government contracts to agree to union demands. ACU opposes these discriminatory rules and supports this amendment. The amendment failed on February 19, 2011 by a vote of 210-210. Parliamentary rules say that a motion is defeated on a tie vote.

Davis-Bacon Wage Rate Requirements. HR 1 (Roll Call 144)
The House defeated an amendment to the 2011 appropriations bill barring the use of funds to enforce the Davis-Bacon Act. This requires federal projects to pay workers the “prevailing” wage, usually union rage rates which are often well above the local market rate. This adds billions of dollars in cost to federal programs and adds to the deficit. ACU opposes this federal mandate and supports this amendment. The amendment failed on February 19, 2011 by a vote of 189-233.

Insourcing. HR 2917 (Roll Call 390)
The House passed an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that removes a section barring the use of private contractors for certain positions. This would affect the Obama Administration’s efforts throughout the federal government to reduce the number of contracts available to private enterprise and greatly increase the federal workforce, a process known as “insourcing.” ACU opposes “insourcing” and supported this amendment. The amendment passed on June 2, 2011 by a vote of 218-204.

This is the legislative record that Leonard Lance does NOT want you to see. It is a record that completely refutes the claim that he is a "principled conservative" and proves what we have been saying since 2010: Rep. Leonard Lance is a career politician who will say and do anything to get re-elected.

Leonard Lance does not uphold our values, our needs or our dreams.
 
On June 5th, vote for a true conservative. Vote for David Larsen.

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