Vern Buchanan

Vern Buchanan

FLORIDA's 16th DISTRICT

Buchanan, Bipartisan Group Back Bill to Stop Chinese Opioids

2017/02/22

Manatee County Has Most Fentanyl-Related Deaths in Florida

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan said today he has co-sponsored legislation to toughen screening of overseas shipments of deadly synthetic drugs coming into the United States.

The Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act will help stem the flow of dangerous drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil by requiring more intensive screening at U.S. Postal Service facilities. Fentanyl and carfentanil are synthetic drugs similar to heroin but more than 50 times more powerful. These drugs are often manufactured in foreign countries like China and mailed into the United States.

Specifically, the STOP Act, introduced last week by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, Rep. Buchanan and five other members of Congress from both parties, would require shipments from foreign countries through the U.S. Postal Service to provide electronic advance data stating information such as where and who the package is coming from, where and who it’s going to, and what’s inside. FedEx, UPS and other private sector carriers are already required to provide this information. Currently the USPS does not adequately screen all “non-letter” packages entering our country from abroad for dangerous or illegal contents.

Experts have cautioned the synthetic drugs, which are odorless and colorless and therefore more difficult to detect, are now being mixed with heroin by dealers to boost profit margins and give a more potent and potentially deadly high for users.


“While our community is making progress to curb the heroin crisis, we are now confronting a growing threat – fentanyl,” Buchanan said. “If we want to save lives and reduce overdose deaths we must stop these new killer drugs from crossing the border.”

Buchanan represents Sarasota, Manatee and part of Hillsborough counties, where officials have warned about an increase in the number of overdoses due to fentanyl and carfentanil.

Manatee County ranked highest in the state for the number of fentanyl-related deaths in 2015, according to the latest figures from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Medical Examiners Commission. The same report also cited the fact that statewide, fentanyl-related deaths increased by more than 77 percent from 2014 to 2015.

These substances can come in several forms, including powder, tablets and spray and can be absorbed through the skin or by accidental inhalation. Carfentanil is an incredibly powerful synthetic opioid normally used to tranquilize large animals like elephants, and up to 100 times stronger than its cousin fentanyl. A lethal dose of fentanyl can be as small as two or three grains of salt, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The U.S. experienced a 79 percent spike in deaths from synthetic opioid overdoses, including fentanyl, from 2014 to 2015 according to a just-released study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And in 2015, a record amount of fentanyl was seized by American law enforcement according to a study by a U.S. government commission on China.


Fentanyl and carfentanil are both so hazardous that first responders often wear protective gear when responding to a crime scene where the synthetic drugs may be present.

With this advance information, U.S. Customs and Border Protection can better target potential illegal packages and prevent dangerous drugs from ending up in the hands of traffickers.

The bill also makes clear that U.S. citizens are not required to pay for this process, which is the industry standard for other imports.

Buchanan co-sponsored similar legislation in December during the last Congress, but Congress failed to take action on the bill before the session ended.

The Congressman has been an active leader in addressing the opioid crisis in Florida. Last May, Buchanan chaired a hearing examining the impact of addiction on kids. He also hosted a roundtable in Bradenton, Fla. with local police officers, medical professionals and stakeholders. Buchanan also chaired a meeting of the bipartisan 29-member Florida congressional delegation in Washington, DC where members heard testimony from anti-drug experts. Buchanan serves as co-chair of the Florida delegation. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration and the DEA adopted Buchanan’s proposal to make it more difficult for abusers to obtain certain highly addictive narcotics.  

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UPDATE: Buchanan Meets With U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

2017/02/21

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is in Afghanistan, Israel and other countries this week as part of a congressional delegation focused on national security.

Buchanan met with Florida troops, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Hugo Llorens and Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan.


Buchanan eats with Florida troops from Orlando, Panama City and St. Augustine

 
His briefings included an overview of Afghan security and the status of the war against terror, including efforts to contain an estimated 20 terrorist groups currently operating in Afghanistan. He was also briefed on terrorist recruitment and radicalization.

From left: Gen. John Nicholson, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Buchanan

 
“Maintaining strong ties with our allies in the fight against terrorism is critical to our national security,” Buchanan said. “It was an honor and privilege to meet some of the Florida soldiers keeping us safe overseas.”
 


Buchanan (front row, second from right) with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (front row, third from left) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Hugo Llorens (second row, second from left)

Roughly 8,500 American troops and 5,000 foreign allies are stationed in Afghanistan. The U.S.-led coalition forces are focused on training and advising Afghan soldiers, who are fighting Taliban militants.

The overseas trip will continue through the week.

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Buchanan Calls USDA Action “Insufficient”

2017/02/17

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) said the partial restoration of a government website that exposes animal cruelty was “insufficient and not good enough.”

The government website publicly documents animal abuse in research labs, puppy mills and other facilities.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service suddenly and without notice removed the online database earlier this month citing “privacy concerns.”

“There’s no reason to hold back this vital information,” said Buchanan, the new co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus in Congress. “This website protects animals and the database should be fully restored. At the end of the day, putting a few documents back online is not good enough.”

The website had posted complaints, official warnings, inspection reports and other information related to the USDA’s monitoring of animal welfare for more than a decade.

Buchanan, along with over 100 other members of Congress, sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday requesting that the database be “immediately” restored as an important safeguard to prevent animal cruelty.

Animal welfare advocates noted that information that was available on the database was heavily redacted to ensure that personal information was not released along with reports of animal abuse, according to CNN.

The country’s leading animal protection organizations have blasted the surprising and disappointing move. In addition to watching puppy mills, animal welfare groups and journalists used the information to monitor circuses, zoos and research facilities according to the Washington Post.

The database has been used to expose animal abuse in the past, including instances where bighorn sheep and grizzly bears were given harmful doses of drugs and killed, according to CNN.

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Buchanan Chairs Meeting on Red Tide, Water Quality

2017/02/15

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today chaired a bipartisan Florida congressional delegation meeting that focused on the state’s most pressing water issues.

Thirteen members of Congress from both parties heard about the harmful impact of red tide and toxic algae on the state’s environment and economy.

“Let’s get the politics out of this and make a difference,” said Buchanan, who co-chairs Florida’s congressional delegation with Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. “We should be doing all we can to preserve the natural beauty of our state’s beaches and waterways. Coasts, lakes and rivers are key contributors to Florida’s thriving economy and serve as a vital habitat for plants and wildlife.”


Buchanan (left) talks with Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw (right) and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla.

Buchanan represents Sarasota, Manatee and part of Hillsborough counties, where red tide outbreaks have recently left thousands of dead fish along the Suncoast’s shores.

“Red tide should be an inconvenience, not a crisis,” said Dr. Richard P. Stumpf, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Stumpf discussed improving forecasting for red tide and getting more information to the public.

Red tide produces a toxin that can harm and kill a variety of animals, including birds, fish, sea turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins and the endangered Florida manatee. It can also have devastating effects on humans, as shellfish from active red tide areas can cause poisoning.

Red tide season usually takes place from late summer to early fall. However, red tide has lingered in the Gulf of Mexico this season, washing up on Southwest Florida beaches in December and earlier this year.

This was the first meeting of the 29-member bipartisan Florida congressional delegation in 2017. Buchanan was joined by Florida delegation members U.S. Reps. Neal Dunn, Gus Bilirakis, Darren Soto, John Rutherford, Francis Rooney, Charlie Crist, Al Lawson, Ted Yoho, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica Wilson, Brian Mast and Lois Frankel.


Buchanan (center) welcomes new Florida members of Congress.

Others panelists appearing before the delegation included Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds and Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw.

Sarasota Mayor Shaw discussed the economic and environmental impact of beach erosion and the need for renourishment. Shaw said the coastline is not only essential to the quality of life in Sarasota, but also serves as a “shield against disasters.” Lido Key Beach, Shaw said, has a $151 million annual impact on the economy.

“Without renourishment we lose. We lose as a city, we lose as a state,” Shaw said.

Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds shared with members how critical is to release waters from Lake Okeechobee ahead of storms, noting that in 2016 the lake had 1 trillion gallons of water – enough to cover the state of Delaware in 2ft of water.

“Lake Okeechobee has 92 inches of water, and that doesn’t include rainfall,” Reynolds said. “During a storm the lake can rise three feet.”

This past summer record amounts of toxic algae wreaked havoc across Florida, producing a bloom so large it was visible from space. The blue-green guacamole-thick algae, also known as cyanobacteria, forced many Floridians to wear masks near the water and some complained of skin rashes, headaches and respiratory issues, according to press reports.

Congressman Buchanan said he was encouraged that the meeting helped reinforce for members the importance of protecting Florida’s waters for future generations. 

“We need to find bipartisan solutions to keep our waters clean,” Buchanan said. “Our state’s residents and visitors are depending on us.”

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Buchanan: Restore Watchdog Website

2017/02/14

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) called on the Trump administration today to restore a government website that for more than 10 years has documented animal abuse in research labs, puppy mills and other facilities.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service suddenly and without notice removed the on-line database earlier this month citing “privacy concerns.”

“Secrecy in government is never good,” said Buchanan, the new co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus in Congress. “Sunshine is always the best disinfectant.”

The website had posted complaints, official warnings, inspection reports and other information related to the USDA’s monitoring of animal welfare for more than a decade.

Buchanan, along with over 100 other members of Congress, sent a letter to Trump requesting that the database be “immediately” restored as an important safeguard to prevent animal cruelty. “The public has a right to know if regulated entities have subjected animals in their care to abuse or otherwise failed to meet basic welfare standards,” the letter said.

Animal welfare advocates noted that information that was available on the database was heavily redacted to ensure that personal information was not released along with reports of animal abuse, according to CNN.

The country’s leading animal protection organizations have blasted the surprising and disappointing move. In addition to watching puppy mills, animal welfare groups and journalists used the information to monitor circuses, zoos and research facilities according to the Washington Post.

The database has been used to expose animal abuse in the past, including instances where bighorn sheep and grizzly bears were given harmful doses of drugs and killed, according to CNN.

Buchanan and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) co-chair the bipartisan Animal Protection Caucus in Congress, a group dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and the humane treatment of animals.

Buchanan received the U.S. Humane Society’s Legislator of the Year award for his record in support of animal welfare legislation during the last Congress.

Text of the letter below.

February 14, 2017

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We are writing today in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) decision to remove from its website key documents regarding enforcement and oversight of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA), including inspection reports for all regulated entities and annual reports submitted by research laboratories.

We join a broad coalition of organizations – from animal welfare groups to pet store chains, biomedical research groups, and accredited zoos and aquariums – in urging the agency to restore comprehensive online, searchable access to these documents immediately in order to maintain ongoing transparency.

Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act decades ago, and in recent years Congress has provided tens of millions of dollars for enforcement of these laws. USDA annually inspects approximately 9,000 licensed facilities including commercial dog and cat breeding facilities, laboratories, zoos, circuses, airlines, Tennessee walking horse shows, and other operations. The work product of USDA employees executing these enforcement programs – invaluable information about both compliant and non-compliant licensees – is valued by lawmakers; the media; a variety of industries that use animals in commerce, exhibition, and research; the animal welfare community; and the general public. These are two of our nation’s most important and broadly supported animal welfare programs.

The public has a right to know if regulated entities have subjected animals in their care to abuse or otherwise failed to meet basic welfare standards. Public access to information can guide consumer decision-making and plays an important role in deterring regulated entities from violating the law. Public release of inspection reports and laboratory annual reports increases pressure on entities to abide by the rules.

Access to these records has enabled the public to learn about many animal-care violations including by puppy mills, roadside zoos, and training barns engaged in cruel horse soring. It has also provided accountability for research facilities that violate the law, and allowed assessment of how many animals are used (often with taxpayer funding) for research that causes unrelieved pain.

Lack of access to AWA and HPA documents not only undermines these federal laws, but also interferes with state and local laws meant to protect animals and consumers. For example, seven states currently prohibit the sale of dogs from breeding operations with a history of serious AWA violations. Without ready access to inspection reports, dog sellers in those states will have no practical way to comply with these laws, and state and local law enforcement efforts will be severely impeded.

While the agency has indicated that the public can access these documents by submitting a request under the Freedom of Information Act, history has shown that such requests can take months, and even years, to fulfill. We should be increasing government transparency, not diminishing it and shielding those cited for violations of these key animal welfare laws. We hope you will immediately restore what was removed from USDA’s website regarding the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act, and resume posting inspection reports, annual reports, and other animal welfare related documents so that the public can access them in an efficient and timely way.


Sincerely,

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Buchanan Co-Chairs FL Delegation Meeting on State’s Water Issues

2017/02/13

WASHINGTON — The co-chairs of Florida’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., announced today a bipartisan delegation meeting on some of the state’s most pressing water issues.

The meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in 2020 Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington, DC.

The delegation will discuss red tide, harmful algal blooms, beach renourishment and other water quality issues. This will be the first meeting of the 29-member bipartisan Florida congressional delegation in 2017.


“Our pristine beaches and rivers are a draw for Floridians and countless visitors each year,” Buchanan said. “That’s why it’s so important that our delegation works together to ensure Florida’s oceans and waterways are clean and healthy.”

Recently, red tide outbreaks left thousands of dead fish along the Suncoast’s shores. The tide produces a toxin that can harm and kill a variety of animals, including birds, fish, sea turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins and the already endangered Florida manatee. It can also have devastating effects on humans, as shellfish from active red tide areas can cause poisoning.

Panelists will include Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw and representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Each year, red tide poses a serious threat to Southwest Florida’s wildlife, ecosystems and economy,” Buchanan said. “We need to do everything we can to stop future damage.”

This past summer, record amounts of toxic algae wreaked havoc across Florida, producing a bloom so large it was visible from space. The blue-green guacamole-thick algae, also known as cyanobacteria, forced many Floridians to wear masks near the water and some complained of skin rashes, headaches and respiratory issues, according to press reports.

Harmful algae blooms cause $82 million in economic losses to the seafood, restaurant and tourism industries each year in the U.S., according to NOAA.

Buchanan said he also looks forward to hearing from Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw about beach renourishment. In 2007, the Congressman secured $1.7 million in federal funding for beach renourishment projects in the 16th Congressional District.

WHO:

  • U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.
  • U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla.
  • Republican and Democratic Members of Florida congressional delegation
  • Lt. Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Willie Shaw, mayor of Sarasota, Fla.
  • Dr. Richard P. Stumpf, oceanographer, NOAA

WHAT: Bipartisan Congressional Florida Delegation Meeting on water issues facing coastal communities and the Lake Okeechobee Watershed.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

WHERE: 2020 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.

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Buchanan Meets with Sun City Residents

2017/02/09


Buchanan (right) addresses residents of Sun City Center

SUN CITY, Fla — Congressman Vern Buchanan today addressed a group of nearly 100 people at Sun City Center, saying job growth, caring for veterans and protecting Social Security and Medicare are among his top priorities.

The Congressman also told the group he is working to promote a bipartisan approach to break through Washington gridlock.

Buchanan is co-chair of the 29-member Florida congressional delegation and works with his colleagues from both parties to advance issues important to Florida, such as retirement security, a healthy environment, flood insurance and strong economic growth.

The meeting was hosted by the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce.


Buchanan (right) answers a question from the audience

Buchanan noted Sun City and other parts of Hillsborough County were added to the 16th Congressional District last year. “I’m excited to be your new congressman and your voice in Washington,” he said. “Please let me know how I can help because I work for you.”

Buchanan highlighted his top priority issues, including protecting Medicare and Social Security, caring for veterans, growing the economy and creating high-paying jobs through tax reform and reversing unnecessary regulations.

He also spoke on combatting the local heroin crisis, the fight against citrus greening and the impact of red tide on the region.

“Republicans and Democrats need to put politics aside and do what’s right for the people,” Buchanan said.

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Buchanan Statement on Circus Sarasota Accident

2017/02/08

WASHINGTON – Congressman Buchanan released the following statement on today’s accident at Circus Sarasota:

"My thoughts and prayers are with those injured in today’s tragic accident. I wish them a full and speedy recovery. I would also like to thank the first responders who arrived quickly at the scene and the excellent staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital."

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Buchanan Gives Keynote Speech on Tax Reform

2017/02/08

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan, in a keynote address to the Bipartisan Policy Center, said today Congress needs to act swiftly and reduce tax rates on small businesses to jumpstart the economy.

Appearing before a group of nearly 100 government and business leaders, Buchanan said, “In the past three decades, we have never been better positioned to achieve sweeping tax reform."


Buchanan answers a question on tax reform from the audience.

Buchanan spoke about the need to reduce the tax burden on small businesses in order to spur job creation and economic growth. The event also featured a panel of tax experts moderated by Richard Rubin, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal.

The event was on the topic of taxes paid by small businesses, which account f
or more than 90 percent of all American businesses. Unlike corporations, these businesses file their taxes as individuals and pay much higher rates than large corporations.

“We need policies that jumpstart the economy,” Buchanan said. “Congress should be focused on assisting small businesses that create good-paying jobs for all Americans.”


Buchanan (behind podium) addresses the crowd.

Buchanan’s signature bill on the topic, the Main Street Fairness Act, would ensure that small businesses never pay a higher tax rate than large corporations.

A blueprint released earlier this year by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady called for Congress to “build on concepts developed by Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida in his Main Street Fairness Act.”

The principle behind Buchanan’s bill is also a part of a tax cut package supported by President Donald Trump.

The businesses that would be helped by Buchanan’s bill account for more than 68 million jobs.

The Bipartisan Policy Center was founded by former Senate leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell and is a respected voice in Washington’s policy debates.

Buchanan’s Main Street Fairness Act will establish that businesses that file taxes as passthrough income, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and S corporations, will never pay a higher rate than a corporation.

Under current law, corporations pay a maximum tax rate of 35 percent, while small business owners pay up to 39.6 percent under the individual income tax code on top of additional taxes on earnings and investments. These small businesses pay more than 50 percent of their income in taxes in some states; in Florida, they face an effective tax rate of 42.6 percent according to the Tax Foundation.

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Buchanan to Chair Hearing on Protecting Social Security Beneficiaries

2017/02/07

WASHINGTON — Congressman Vern Buchanan will chair a congressional hearing this morning on protecting Social Security recipients from fraud when other individuals control their finances. The hearing will feature witnesses from the Social Security Administration and academia.

“I’m focused on protecting Social Security beneficiaries,” Buchanan said. “We need to make sure that seniors are not exploited financially.”

The Congressman plans to bring up the case of a Social Security-aged Polk County, Fla. woman whose daughter, as the court-appointed guardian, stole more than $40,000 from her own mother.

Local press can watch the hearing here.

WHO: U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, FL-16.

WHAT: Joint Ways and Means Oversight and Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Social Security’s Representative Payee Program.

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

WHERE: 1100 Longworth House Office Building, Washington D.C.

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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


Buchanan Questions Treasury Secretary on Obama Economic Plan

2015-02-03 16:57:28


Contact Information

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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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Neal Dunn

FLORIDA's 2nd DISTRICT

Ted Yoho

FLORIDA's 3rd DISTRICT

John Rutherford

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Ron DeSantis

FLORIDA's 6th DISTRICT

Bill Posey

FLORIDA's 8th DISTRICT

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Gus Bilirakis

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Dennis Ross

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Tom Rooney

FLORIDA's 17th DISTRICT

Brian Mast

FLORIDA's 18th DISTRICT

Francis Rooney

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Mario Diaz-Balart

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Carlos Curbelo

FLORIDA's 26th DISTRICT

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