WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today was recognized by RetireSafe for his leadership on issues important to senior citizens and their families.  RetireSafe is a 400,000 member strong nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing policies that help senior citizens enjoy retirement, financial security and receive the benefits they have earned throughout their life.  Lance was named a recipient of the RetireSafe ‘Standing Up for America’s Seniors’ Leadership Award.

Our Nation’s senior citizens have defended this country in world wars, educated today’s workforce and raised tomorrow’s leaders.  They have earned their retirement and it is up to the next generation of workers and taxpayers to keep the promise our country has made to them,” said Lance, who has previously been recognized by the 60+ Association for his pro-senior record. 

“We are honored to present this award to Representative Lance for standing up for seniors,” said Thair Phillips, the President and CEO RetireSafe.  “I am pleased to recognize Rep. Lance for outstanding work in support of older Americans and name him among the recipients of the RetireSafe ‘Standing Up for America’s Seniors’ Leadership Award.  Congressman Lance has truly distinguished himself through various actions that benefit seniors throughout the Nation, now and in the future.”

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Lance was specifically cited for his proactive efforts to protect Medicare beneficiaries by co-sponsoring H.R. 4160, the ‘Keep the Promise to Seniors Act,’ and by co-sponsoring H.R. 351, the ‘Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2013,’ a bill that would repeal the infamous Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a Board that could effectively ration Medicare benefits.   He was also acknowledged for his leadership in calling for the repeal of the ‘Death Tax’ and his co-sponsorship of H.R. 2429, the ‘Death Tax Repeal Act.’  Repeal of the ‘Death Tax’ is of critical importance to senior citizens who have worked lifetimes to build a legacy that they can leave to their children, without the burden of confiscatory government taxation.   Lance was also praised for his work on the 21st Century Cures Initiative and his co-sponsorship of H.R. 523, the ‘Protect Medical Innovation Act,’ each important for older Americans.

Senior citizens have earned retirement and Congress should give them the peace of mind that taxes and health care costs are not going to prevent them from enjoying it,” concluded Lance.