Vern Buchanan

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

AARP Endorses Buchanan’s Bill to Help Taxpayers

2015/09/01

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest seniors organization has endorsed Rep. Vern Buchanan’s bill to prevent federal authorities from unfairly seizing a senior citizen’s tax refund.

Buchanan’s bill would end the practice of confiscating a person’s tax refund because the government miscalculated their federal survivor benefits decades earlier, when they were a minor. A child can qualify for federal survivor benefits through the Social Security Administration when one or both of their parents dies.

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Buchanan Urges President Obama to Stand up to China

2015/08/28

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, R-FL, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today urged President Obama to stand up to increased Chinese aggression ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States next month. In a letter to the President, Buchanan said that China must alter its posture towards the U.S. on issues like cyberterrorism and currency manipulation if the two countries are to work together as partners in the 21st century.

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Buchanan Statement on 50th Anniversary of Medicare

2015/07/30

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, R-FL, issued the following statement in observance of the 50th anniversary of Medicare:   

"Medicare is one of the most successful government programs of the past half century. For five decades, Medicare has represented a sacred trust between the American people and their government.

That trust is based on a simple promise:  if you pay into the program, it will be there for you when you need health care in your golden years.

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Buchanan Backs VA Accountability Act

2015/07/29

WASHINGTON  - U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today voted for bipartisan legislation to improve veterans’ health care by giving the Secretary of Veterans Affairs sweeping new authority to fire or demote any employee for incompetence or misconduct. The VA Accountability Act (H.R. 1994) also strengthens protections for whistleblowers who come forward to report negligence at VA facilities.

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Buchanan Washington Examiner Op-Ed on VA Accountability Act

2015/07/29

More work needed to reform the VA

The Washington Examiner

By REP. VERN BUCHANAN • 7/29/15

President John F. Kennedy once remarked, "As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."

Too often, the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed in its responsibility to treat our nation's veterans with the respect they deserve and provide them with the care they need.

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The Daily Signal on Buchanan's Support Our Start-Ups Act

2015/07/27

“This prudent policy will promote new business activity, boost employment and foster economic growth.”

One Step Lawmakers Could Take to Boost Job Creation

By David Allen

July 27, 2015

For the last 30 years start-ups have been steadily declining as a share of total businesses in the U.S.

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IN THE NEWS: Buchanan Introduces Support Our Start-Ups Act

2015/07/21


President Obama Signs Buchanan Bill

2015/07/20

Latest initiative from Florida Lawmaker to help veterans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s bill allowing all veterans in America to receive an official identification card from the VA was signed into law by President Barack Obama today.

“Every veteran – past, present, and future – will now be able to prove their military service without the added risk of identity theft,” Buchanan said.  “It’s the least we can do for the brave men and women in uniform who put it all on the line for us.”

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Rep. Buchanan Introduces “Support Our Start-ups” Act

2015/07/15

Endorsed by NFIB and Florida Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would make it easier and less costly for an entrepreneur to start a new business. 

Buchanan’s “Support our Start-Ups Act” (H.R. 2524) would quadruple the amount of start-up costs small business owners can deduct from their federal income taxes, raising it from $5,000 to $20,000. 

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Buchanan: Greece a “Wake-up Call” for America

2015/07/09

WASHINGTON –As European leaders face a Sunday deadline for settling the Greek debt crisis, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan warned that the episode should serve as a wake-up call for the United States as it deals with its own mounting debt.

“What is happening in Greece today could very well become the fate of America if we do not take serious steps to control spending,” Buchanan said, noting the U.S. national debt has doubled from $9 trillion in 2007 to $18 trillion today.

“It’s a wake-up call we should not ignore,” Buchanan said.

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5015
Fax 202-226-0828
buchanan.house.gov

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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