Vern Buchanan

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

Buchanan Horse Slaughter Ban Gains Momentum

2017/08/10

Companion Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan’s bill to ban horse slaughter continues to build momentum with a growing list of co-sponsors and the introduction of companion legislation in the U.S. Senate, Buchanan announced today.

Buchanan’s bill would ban the killing of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and prohibit the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is a barbaric practice that must end,” Buchanan said, noting his legislation picked up its 150th co-sponsor this week, Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y. “We need to build on this momentum and get this bill signed into law.”

Companion legislation to Buchanan’s SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports) was introduced in the Senate this month by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I).

The SAFE Act has been endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare Institute and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Although the slaughter of horses for human consumption is currently not allowed in the United States, the prohibition is temporary and subject to annual congressional review. There is no federal law prohibiting the transport of horses across American borders for slaughter in Canada or Mexico. 

More than 100,000 American horses are exported to Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those horses are butchered and then transported overseas for consumption in Japan, Italy and other countries. More than 90 percent of these horses were healthy and in good condition.

These animals suffer abuse even before arriving at the slaughterhouse. They are often transported for long periods of time without food and water in overcrowded trailers. Once at the slaughterhouse, horses are forced into a “kill box” and then shot with a bolt gun in an attempt to stun the animal.

A national poll conducted on behalf of the ASPCA found that 80 percent of Americans favor a ban on horse slaughter and want to protect these animals from abuse.

Many humane options are available to horse owners who can no longer care for their animals, including:

  • Selling to a private owner.
  • Leasing to another horse enthusiast.
  • Donating to a therapeutic program or a mounted police unit.

Buchanan has received the U.S. Humane Society’s Legislator of the Year award for his strong record against animal cruelty.  

 

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Congress Passes Buchanan-Backed Hearing Aid Bill

2017/08/03

1 in 5 Americans Suffer from Hearing Loss
 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan today applauded Senate passage of legislation he co-sponsored to make hearing aids more affordable for millions of Americans who suffer from hearing loss. The bipartisan bill now heads to President Trump's desk for his signature. 

“This bill could help improve the quality of life for nearly 50 million Americans who struggle to hear everyday conversations,” Buchanan said. “Many people who need the hearing aids cannot afford the high price tag of $4,000 or more.”

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act would drive down costs by allowing people with mild to moderate hearing loss to purchase aids without a doctor’s prescription. The bill, which was endorsed by AARP, could bring the cost of a pair of hearing aids down from several thousand dollars to only a few hundred dollars according to the New York Times. 

Buchanan last week urged the Senate to pass the proposal before adjourning for the month of August. “I look forward to the president signing this important measure so we can start making hearing aids more affordable and accessible."

The legislation was included in a broader bill to fund the Food and Drug Administration, which passed the Senate in an 94-1 vote. 

The bill will also reduce costs by simplifying the hearing aid purchasing process. Currently, a formal medical evaluation is required before seniors can purchase hearing aids. In most cases, consumers can only buy hearing aids from audiologists — professionals trained in treating hearing problems — or licensed hearing aid sellers after the evaluation.  The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act would remove these requirements so the hearing aids could be purchased in a simple, over-the-counter fashion.

Sadly, an estimated 86 percent of people who would benefit from hearing aids do not get them, primarily because of high cost, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. Hearing aids are not covered by Medicare or most private insurance plans. Out-of-pocket costs for a pair of hearing aids average $5,400, according to Consumer Reports. 

Buchanan represents the 4th-highest number of seniors 65 and older of any district in the country. He noted that more than 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss – more than diabetes, cancer or vision trouble. 

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Buchanan Testifies Before U.S. House Judiciary Committee

2017/07/31

Mounting Debt “Bankrupting Our Grandchildren”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan, testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, urged passage of a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment to reduce the snowballing national debt. 

Buchanan, who has championed the cause of a Balanced Budget Amendment since coming to Congress, was asked to outline his legislation to the committee. His bill would require the federal government to balance its budget each year, prohibiting deficit spending except in time of war. 

“Our national debt is on an unsustainable path,” Buchanan told the committee. “We are clearly bankrupting our children and grandchildren. I have no confidence in this Congress – Republicans and Democrats – to do anything on this issue short of a balanced budget amendment.”

Buchanan’s testimony came during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing last week on America’s unsustainable federal debt burden. America is nearly $20 trillion in debt and is on pace to hit more than $30 trillion in the next 10 years if no changes are made, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Forty-nine out of 50 states, including Buchanan’s home state of Florida, have balanced budget requirements. Buchanan noted that these states make tough choices in their budget every year as part of their obligation to be responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ money.  

Earlier this year, Buchanan also introduced his No Pay Raise for Congress Act, legislation that prohibits pay raises for members of Congress in any fiscal year they fail to balance the budget.

Buchanan is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Buchanan: "No Pay Raise for Congress!"

2017/07/28

WASHINGTON – Saying “Congress has not earned a pay raise,” U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan voted last night to block funding for any salary increase for members of the U.S. House and Senate.

“Washington is broken,” Buchanan said. “The last thing we should do is reward Congress with a pay raise.”

The provision blocking a pay raise was included in a legislative branch appropriations bill for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. It is the ninth consecutive year the appropriations bill has blocked funding for congressional pay raises.  

The government funding bill, which was approved 235-192, rejects the annual pay increase for members of Congress that was established under the 1989 Ethics Reform Act.

Specifically, the bill text states “no adjustment shall be made under section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 4501) (relating to cost of living adjustments for Members of Congress) during fiscal year 2018.”

Earlier this year, Buchanan also introduced his No Pay Raise for Congress Act, legislation that prohibits pay raises for members of Congress in any fiscal year they fail to balance the budget.

“Successful businesses do not reward an employee who fails to do their job,” Buchanan said. “This same common sense must be used in Washington. Members of Congress should not be eligible for pay raises if they cannot fulfill one of their most basic responsibilities.” 

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Buchanan to McConnell: Pass Hearing Aids Bill

2017/07/25

Hearing Loss Affects 1 in 5 Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take action before the August recess and approve House-passed legislation making hearing aids more affordable. 

In a letter sent to McConnell today, Buchanan said the legislation could have a big impact on the lives of millions of Americans, especially senior citizens. 

Buchanan is a co-sponsor of the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, a bipartisan bill that would drive down costs by allowing people with mild to moderate hearing loss to purchase aids without a doctor’s prescription. The legislation was included in the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 which passed the House earlier this month.

Regardless of what action the Senate takes this week on replacing the Affordable Care Act, Buchanan said the hearing aid bill is one specific measure that could immediately benefit people, citing studies that show one in five Americans suffer from hearing loss. McConnell has indicated that he will keep the Senate in session for the first two weeks of August to deal with confirmations and other priorities. 

“Let’s help reopen the world to seniors who struggle to hear everyday conversations with their family and friends,” Buchanan wrote. “Before the Senate adjourns for its summer recess, I urge you to pass bipartisan legislation that will make hearing aids more affordable for our nation’s seniors.”

Sadly, an estimated 86 percent of people who would benefit from hearing aids do not get them, primarily because of high cost. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act could bring the cost of a pair of hearing aids down from several thousand dollars to only a few hundred dollars, according to the New York Times.

Buchanan’s letter comes on the heels of a study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revealing that hearing aids purchased over the counter perform essentially the same as prescription hearing aids. 

Text of the letter can be found below.

July 25, 2017

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
S-230, the Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Majority Leader McConnell:

Before the Senate adjourns for its August recess, I urge you to approve House-passed legislation to make hearing aids more affordable for millions of Americans.

Nearly 50 million people have some degree of hearing loss – more than diabetes, cancer or vision impairment. The impact of hearing loss, particularly among seniors, can lead to isolation and other health problems including anxiety and depression. 

Buying a hearing aid is a complex and costly process. In most cases, consumers can only buy hearing aids from audiologists or licensed hearing aid sellers after a formal medical evaluation. Because the aids are not covered by Medicare or most private insurance plans, out-of-pocket costs for a pair of hearing aids average $5,400.

The U.S. House recently passed legislation I co-sponsored to reduce the cost of hearing aids by allowing people with mild to moderate hearing loss to purchase devices without a doctor’s prescription. The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act, which was included in the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017, could lower the cost of a pair of hearing aids from several thousand dollars to only a few hundred dollars, according to the New York Times.

Moreover, in a study published earlier this month, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that hearing aids purchased over the counter perform essentially the same as prescription hearing aids.

Let’s help reopen the world to seniors and others who struggle to hear everyday conversations with their family and friends. Washington dysfunction must not get in the way of passing this life-improving proposal. I urge swift Senate approval of this important legislation. 


Sincerely,

  

Vern Buchanan
Member of Congress

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Buchanan Chairs Hearing to Fight Medicare Fraud

2017/07/19

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan today chaired a congressional hearing aimed at weeding out fraud in the federal Medicare program.  

Buchanan represents Florida’s 16th congressional district, which is home to more than 200,000 Medicare recipients.

“Strengthening Medicare should be a top priority for both parties,” Buchanan said. “Seniors have worked their whole lives with the promise of a safe retirement and need to know that Medicare will be there for them during their golden years.”


Buchanan, second from the right, chairs a hearing on Medicare fraud

Buchanan is the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, a key watchdog panel with investigative authority over health care, the IRS, welfare, Social Security and Medicare.

The hearing follows one of the largest crackdowns on health care fraud in U.S. history. The Justice Department charged more than 400 individuals last Thursday with falsely billing $1.3 billion to the Medicare program as well as some private insurers, according to the Miami Herald.

Today’s hearing focused on how the government identifies and combats waste, fraud and abuse in all parts of the Medicare program. The committee heard from two witnesses: Jonathan Morse, acting director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity and James Cosgrove, director for the Government Accountability Office’s health care analysis.

There are nearly 55.5 million Medicare beneficiaries across the country, including four million in Florida alone, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Sunshine State ranks second in the country only to California for the highest number of Medicare beneficiaries.

Unfortunately, incidents of Medicare fraud have become all too common, occurring in communities across the country. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates nearly $60 billion was spent on improper payments program-wide in fiscal year 2015.

Other recent cases of Medicare fraud include:

  • In Florida, a medical director and an owner of four Orlando-based infusion clinics were sentenced for their roles in a $13.7 million Medicare fraud conspiracy for submitting claims for expensive drugs that were never purchased, never provided and not medically necessary.
     
  • In Louisiana, two owners of psychological services companies were sentenced for their involvement in a $25.2 million scheme to defraud Medicare by charging for nursing home services that were unnecessary or never performed.
     
  • In Michigan, six doctors were charged for allegedly operating a scheme to provide patients with unnecessary opioid prescriptions and later billed Medicare for $164 million in false claims. Authorities said some of those drugs were sold on the street, according to USA Today.

Buchanan, a strong advocate for Medicare, said he is hopeful Congress will put forward a bipartisan plan that protects and preserves Medicare for future generations.

“Medicare is one of the government’s most successful programs and is a lifeline for millions of seniors,” Buchanan said. “Abuse of taxpayer dollars must end. I’m committed to strengthening Medicare to make sure it’s preserved for today’s seniors and future generations.”

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Buchanan Supports Largest Troop Pay Raise in 8 Years

2017/07/14

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan today supported a sweeping national defense bill that increases troop pay and provides vital funds for the Pentagon to combat terror threats at home and abroad. The bill passed the U.S. House in a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) funds the U.S. Department of Defense and helps ensure America’s military has the resources necessary to fight the war on terror.

“No one deserves a raise more than the brave men and women of the Armed Forces,” Buchanan said, adding, “They put it all on the line in defense of our freedoms.”  

Specifically, the annual defense authorization bill provides a 2.4 percent salary increase, the largest pay raise for troops in the past eight years.

The NDAA also enhances America’s military readiness by making significant investments in the following:

  • Missile defense – A 25 percent boost in funding for missile defense systems. North Korea recently fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. 
     
  • Counter-terror operations – Funding for counter-terror operations as the U.S. military combats ISIS and other terrorist groups in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries. 
     
  • Military assistance for European allies – A significant increase in funding for the European Deterrence Initiative, which directly addresses Russia’s opposition to NATO interests in eastern Europe. This program provides for intelligence and warning capabilities on NATO’s eastern flank, as well as funding for joint operations training, ground combat and air defense capabilities in countries at risk of Russian aggression.  

In recent months, Buchanan has participated in two national security missions to key countries in the fight against terror. He met with top military leaders and government officials in Israel, Afghanistan, Germany and Kuwait to discuss intelligence cooperation, threats posed to NATO and efforts to eradicate ISIS.

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Buchanan Votes to Combat Human Trafficking

2017/07/13

Women, Children Exploited by Vile Crime

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan today praised House passage of legislation to fight human trafficking – a vile crime against women and children that is a growing problem in the Suncoast region and across Florida.

Buchanan shined a spotlight on the issue two weeks ago when he chaired a congressional hearing on the need for action. 

The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act was approved by the U.S. House Wednesday with Buchanan’s strong support. 

“Human trafficking victims suffer unspeakable acts of violence and exploitation,” Buchanan said. “The bill passed by the House will help curb this monstrous crime in my home state and across the country. I’m hopeful the Senate will move swiftly to get this to the president’s desk.”

The bill would invest $130 million in efforts to prevent human trafficking and provide assistance to victims, most of whom are children abducted or recruited for sexual exploitation. 

The legislation extends federal grants to educate children about avoiding traffickers, incentivizes hotels to train staff to recognize potential victims, and requires airlines to train pilots and flight attendants to identify trafficking. The bill also encourages more accurate reporting and for survivors to work with the government to better prevent trafficking.

Florida ranks third in the nation behind California and Texas in the number of reported trafficking cases and experienced a 54 percent increase last year.

More than 80 percent of all human trafficking cases involve sex trafficking, according to data from the Department of Justice. It can also involve illegal organ harvesting and forced labor. 

During the hearing chaired by Buchanan, the Florida delegation heard from several experts on the subject, including Elizabeth Fisher, the founder and head of Selah Freedom, a national anti-sex trafficking nonprofit based in Sarasota.

Ms. Fisher briefed the members on her group’s efforts to help more than 2,000 young women in the Suncoast region.

Buchanan is a strong supporter of bipartisan legislation to crack down on trafficking and is a co-sponsor of the Abolish Human Trafficking Act, which increases penalties for perpetrators and gives law enforcement more tools to treat human trafficking like organized crime.

The House also recently passed the Put Trafficking Victims First Act, a bill that provides federal grants to train prosecutors and law enforcement on how to best protect victims and investigate, prosecute and prevent human trafficking. It also would provide assistance for trauma care and mental health services to victims. The proposal is currently awaiting action in the Senate.

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Buchanan: Stop Rewarding Palestinians for Terrorism

2017/07/12

Buchanan-Backed Bill to be Reviewed by Key Senate Panel Today

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today urged Congress to pass legislation that will cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority for its despicable practice of rewarding terrorism.

The Palestinian Authority currently pays hundreds of millions of dollars a year to jailed terrorists and the families of so-called ‘martyrs’ who die committing acts of terror in Israel. Buchanan is a co-sponsor of the Taylor Force Act, legislation that withholds economic assistance to the Palestinians unless the Secretary of State certifies that the PA has terminated the payments to terrorists.

“American tax dollars should never be used to reward terrorism,” Buchanan said. “The Palestinian Authority must not receive another dime until they end this horrific practice.”

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the Taylor Force Act in a hearing this morning that will include Daniel Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Elliott Abrams, former deputy national security advisor to President George W. Bush, as witnesses.

The bill is named after U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, who was brutally stabbed to death last year by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Israel on a Vanderbilt University trip. According to the Wall Street Journal, Force’s murderer, Bashar Masalha, was killed by police but his relatives “now receive monthly payments equal to several times the average Palestinian wage.”

Last year the Palestinian Authority paid out $315 million – accounting for nearly 8 percent of the PA’s entire budget – in payments to prisoners and relatives of terrorists, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Under Palestinian law, terrorists convicted of attacks are eligible for monthly “salaries” after their arrest, as well as cash grants and priority civil-service job placements upon their release, as reported by the Washington Post. Even more disturbing, the deadlier the attack or longer the prison sentence, the more money their families receive.

The U.S. sends nearly $400 million in annual assistance per year to Palestinian territories according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service. Since the mid-1990s the Palestinian Authority has received over $5 billion in foreign assistance from the United States alone.

Buchanan noted that he was encouraged that President Trump raised the issue of terrorism-related payments to President Mahmoud Abbas when the Palestinian Authority leader visited the White House in May.

However, Abbas said days ago that he would rather lose his presidency than stop the program that pays terrorists. “Even if I will have to leave my position,” Abbas said, “I will not compromise on the salary of a martyr or a prisoner.”

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Buchanan Praises Fentanyl Crackdown

2017/07/11

“Fentanyl Is Poisoning Our Community”


Buchanan talks about the need to confront the drug crisis

SARASOTA — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today joined Gov. Rick Scott and local leaders at a bill signing ceremony for a new state law imposing stricter penalties for fentanyl dealers. Buchanan’s congressional district is the epicenter of the fentanyl crisis in Florida. 

“Fentanyl is killing a growing number of people in Florida,” said Buchanan, noting the drug is 50 times more powerful than heroin. “We need to work together at the local, state and federal level to take back our communities. We are sending the message today that drug traffickers will be held accountable for the lives they have destroyed.”  

Florida House Bill 477, sponsored Rep. Jim Boyd, add fentanyl and other forms of the drug to Florida’s list of schedule 1 controlled substances. The new law also imposes strict mandatory minimum sentences for individuals found in possession of fentanyl, and allows dealers who sell the drug to be charged with murder if a user dies from an overdose. State Sen. Greg Steube introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

“I want to commend Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for swiftly addressing this growing crisis,” Buchanan said. “This synthetic drug is so powerful that several police officers have overdosed just from accidentally touching it.”

For months, Buchanan has been urging Congress to take action on legislation to combat the fentanyl crisis. Earlier this spring, the Congressman co-sponsored a proposal that will strengthen U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to intercept synthetic opioids like fentanyl from entering the country. The INTERDICT Act will help stem the flow of fentanyl and other drugs by providing border agents with drug-detecting chemical screening devices at ports of entry and more personnel, including scientists, to detect drugs being sent into the U.S. from Mexico, China and other countries. 

To cut down on drugs entering the U.S. through the mail, Buchanan is also a co-sponsor of the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act Act. The bipartisan bill requires more intensive screening at U.S. Postal Service facilities. He previously co-sponsored the bill in the 114th Congress.


Buchanan joined Gov. Scott, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells, Florida Senator Greg Steube, Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan, Sarasota Deputy Police Chief Pat Robinson and more at today’s bill signing.

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ABC 7: Buchanan Proposes Pandemic Response Fund

2017-04-13 15:04:24


Bay News 9: Buchanan Fights Social Security Fraud

2017-02-09 16:27:36


ABC 7: Rep. Buchanan Holds Anti-Heroin Roundtable

2016-03-10 17:57:59


ABC 7: Rep. Buchanan Acts To Combat Heroin Crisis

2016-02-27 15:13:23


Cox TV: Buchanan Introduces Plan To End Public Housing Scams

2016-02-03 17:36:48


WWSB-TV: Rep. Buchanan visits businesses in St. Armands Circle

2016-01-25 16:15:15


WWSB-TV: New Law To Protect Americans From Identity Fraud

2016-01-22 17:30:07


No Syrian Refugees!

2015-11-17 17:35:33


Buchanan Applauds Sarasota Memorial’s 90th Year of Service to the Community

2015-11-03 20:46:52


ABC-7 on Buchanan Presentation of Congressional Fire and Rescue and EMS Awards

2015-10-06 15:21:10


ABC-7 on Buchanan's Talk to Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

2015-09-14 23:21:30


Bay News 9 on Sarasota Iran Nuclear Deal Town Hall

2015-07-27 13:55:34


President Obama Signs Buchanan Veterans ID Card Act into Law

2015-07-21 15:31:22


ABC-7 on Buchanan's Veterans ID Card

2015-07-08 17:22:06


Buchanan Vets ID Card to Become Law

2015-07-07 19:17:46


Pastor Bezet of Sarasota-Manatee Bayside Community Church Delivers Morning Prayer before Congress

2015-06-25 15:32:15


Buchanan: Balancing the Budget is an Urgent Priority

2015-06-17 21:43:25


Buchanan Speaks on Veterans ID Card Act

2015-05-18 21:03:41


Rep. Buchanan Named to House Budget Committee

2015-03-18 16:40:43


Buchanan Hosts Venice Listening Session on Jobs and the Economy

2015-02-09 16:57:18


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Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is the only Florida member of Congress to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, international trade, health care and Social Security.

A self-made businessman, Buchanan understands that America’s economic strength flows from its entrepreneurial spirit and pro-growth, free-market policies. Buchanan has worked tirelessly to enact tax incentives to help small businesses, end burdensome regulations, and limit frivolous lawsuits.

In his fourth term, Buchanan is an outspoken advocate of reforming the U.S. tax code to make it simpler and fairer. He serves on the Trade and Health subcommittees on Ways and Means.

As a member of the Trade Subcommittee, Buchanan recognizes that international competitiveness is key to revitalizing the economy. He will seek to move three free trade agreements through the Congress and conduct oversight on U.S. trade relations with the European Union, China, India, among others.

Buchanan is also a member of the Health Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and employer-provided health insurance benefits. With 190,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida’s 16thDistrict, Buchanan is committed to preserving Medicare’s long-term solvency for senior citizens, as well as bringing down the cost of health care for all Americans.

And as the Chairman of the Friends of Panama Caucus, Buchanan will continue his efforts to help Port Manatee grow and capitalize on the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal.

A strong fiscal conservative, the Congressman’s signature bill is the Buchanan Balanced Budget Amendment Act. He also introduced legislation to stop automatic pay raises for Members of Congress until the budget is balanced.

Congressman Buchanan’s previous committee assignments include the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Veterans Affairs Committee, and the House Small Business Committee, where he also served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Finance and Tax.

Vern Buchanan grew up with five siblings in a blue collar household in a small town near Detroit, Michigan. He served six years in the Air National Guard and worked his way through college.

The self-made businessman is a respected leader in Florida’s business community. He chaired both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Board of the U.S. Chamber, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.

In addition, Congressman Buchanan is a dedicated philanthropist, committing himself to diverse community causes, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes, the American Heart Walk, the Mote Marine Laboratory, and the Ringling Museum of Art.

A husband and father, Congressman Buchanan lives in Longboat Key, Florida with his wife of more than 30 years. Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan have two grown sons, James and Matt.


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