Vern Buchanan

Vern Buchanan


Buchanan Votes to Freeze Syrian Refugee Program


U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, voted today to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States until an iron-clad screening process is developed, saying “the safety of Americans comes first.”

The SAFE Act, passed by the U.S. House 289-137, requires the FBI director, the secretary of Homeland Security and the director of National Intelligence to personally certify that each and every refugee from Syria and Iraq is not a security threat.

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Buchanan Named Chairman of Ways and Means Subcommittee


U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, has been named chairman of a key House Ways and Means subcommittee that will put him at the center of debate over efforts to reform the nation’s welfare system.
Buchanan will lead the Human Resources Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over federal assistance for families, children, the disabled, and the unemployed.  The chairmanship opening was created when Rep. Paul Ryan left the committee to become House Speaker, thereby altering the committee’s seniority structure.

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Buchanan Calls for Halt to Syrian Refugees Entering US


U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today called on President Obama to impose an immediate moratorium on accepting refugees from Syria into the United States.

Noting reports that one of the terrorists may have slipped into France disguised as a refugee, Buchanan said in a letter delivered to the President that we cannot risk the lives of Americans on an imperfect screening process.

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Buchanan Demands Answers in Illegal Slaughter of 1,800 Horses


WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, sent a letter today to the Secretary of the Interior demanding to know how 1,800 American horses ended up being butchered at a Mexican slaughterhouse in violation of federal law.

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Buchanan Introduces Bill to Revitalize Citrus Industry


WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to aid Florida citrus growers affected by citrus greening, a deadly bacterial disease that is crippling one of the state's most iconic industries.

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Buchanan Backs Sweeping Highway Funding Bill


WASHINGTON –  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today voted for a six-year, $325 billion highway bill that provides funding for critical transportation needs across the country, with many projects in Sarasota and Manatee counties eligible.

The legislation will provide Florida with more than $11 billion in transportation and infrastructure funding over the next six years to help support key construction projects.

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Buchanan Pans “Photo-Op” Veto of Defense Bill


Urges President Obama to Reconsider Veto and Support Troops, Military

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, said today he was disappointed in President Obama’s decision to veto a national defense bill that authorizes funding for the military and our soldiers at a time when America faces growing threats across the globe.  The White House decision to announce the veto at a staged “photo op” was inappropriate and an insult to our troops.

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Buchanan Calls on Senate to Hold Iran Accountable


“No lifting of sanctions until every American victim is compensated”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today called on the Senate to approve the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, bipartisan legislation that prevents the lifting of any sanctions on Iran until it has paid court-ordered damages to victims of Iranian terrorism.  The measure passed the House by a vote of 251 to 173 and is awaiting consideration in the Senate.  

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Buchanan to Hold Town Hall with Social Security Commissioner


SARASOTA  – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16) announced today that he will hold a town hall meeting with the acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Carolyn W. Colvin.

"I’m pleased that Commissioner Colvin has accepted my invitation to address the residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties,” said Buchanan. “I wanted seniors in our region to have a chance to meet the person who runs one of the most important federal programs in the nation.”

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Buchanan Supports Bill Combating Cyber-attacks


Social Security Numbers, Mental Health Records, Financial Files all at Risk

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, praised legislation approved by the House this week to protect the privacy and personal information of all Americans against the growing sophistication of hackers. U.S. House passage of this critical bill comes three months after suspected Chinese hackers stole the personal files, including Social Security numbers, of 21 million current and former federal employees.

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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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Ander Crenshaw


Ron DeSantis


John Mica


Bill Posey


Daniel Webster


Rich Nugent


Gus Bilirakis


David Jolly


Dennis Ross


Tom Rooney


Curt Clawson


Mario Diaz-Balart


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