WESTFIELD, NJ -- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today addressed the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting.   Lance’s visit with job creators is part of an ongoing listening session the Seventh District lawmaker is hosting throughout the summer in north central New Jersey.

During a meeting at Turning Point Restaurant with Westfield Chamber members, the Seventh District lawmaker answered questions and discussed issues before the Congress – including the importance of extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts which are set to expire January 1, 2013, — the need for more economic certainty from Washington to help New Jersey’s small businesses grow and hire new employees and national security matters pertaining to the Nation.

“The number one issue confronting America is the state of our national economy,” said Lance. “I believe the most effective way Congress can help our struggling economy is to provide better certainty for the job creators in New Jersey and across the county."

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During the meeting, Lance pointed out that the U.S. House last week approved a bipartisan plan to extend the expiring tax relief for all Americans and he called on the United States Senate and President Obama to act quickly on the measure.  

The House action on taxes adds to the list of more than 32 House-passed bills aimed to help small businesses create jobs.  They include measures to lower taxes, reduce wasteful spending, repeal cumbersome federal regulations, reduce costs of federal red tape and pass an all-of-the-above energy plan.

“Senate Democrats continue to ignore numerous job creation bills already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide greater economic certainty for job creators and help get our economy moving again.  It is past time that the U.S. Senate act on these sensible measures including extending the current tax rates for all Americans," concluded Congressman Lance.

The Seventh District lawmaker held similar listening sessions last month in Cranford at small business All-State Legal and at the Robert Treat Deli in downtown Westfield.