New Jersey is the second slowest state in the nation in processing Supplemental Nutrition Aid applications and the state could lose federal aid if it doesn’t get fixed. Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that Congress could work together in a bipartisan manner to make sure that does not happen.
“I think we should work together in Congress in a bipartisan capacity to make sure that is not the case,” said Lance. “New Jersey is a state that is a sending state, not a receiving state in so many of these programs and the district I serve is among the 12 congressional districts in New Jersey, the district that sends the most per capita funds to Washington. And therefore I think we are particularly conscious in New Jersey that we should be vigilant regarding federal programs.”
Lance said that it is important for Congress to work in a bipartisan capacity, for example on the new budget year that begins in October. He also said that he wants the budget to occur on time and that he does not favor a government shutdown, similar to the one in 2013. According to Lance, he was one of the few Republicans in the House of Representatives to reopen the government last October.
“Eighty-seven of us voted that way and I believe that this year, that there will be a continuing resolution passed in September so that government operations can continue,” said Lance.
Lance has voted on party lines in repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Lance said that he does not favor the Affordable Care Care or a single payer system. He said that he would prefer Americans to have access to health care through their employers.
On election day, Lance will be up for reelection along with several other Congress members. On whether the power of incumbency is making it difficult for someone new to get elected into office, Lance said that he considers himself as one of the newest members of the New Jersey delegation and that experience in Washington is important.
Lance also said that New Jersey has a fair system of apportionment, determining the proportional number of members in the U.S. House of Representatives, because it is not done in a political process like most states. According to Lance, the state has a bipartisan commission that includes an independent member.
As for the most important action in Congress besides the continuing resolution to keep the government going, Lance said that it would be creating jobs in the private sector.
“Trying to help the private sector create the jobs America so desperately needs,” said Lance. “I think that will mean tax reform next year and moving forward so that companies in this country can create the jobs we need.”