Vern Buchanan

Vern Buchanan


Honoring American Heroes


Earlier this month, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France as part of a national security mission to Europe and the Middle East. The memorial honors the American soldiers who gave their lives in the European theatre during World War II.
It was only fitting that my visit to the memorial came on the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day when the Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. 
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U.S. House to Vote on Buchanan’s Vets ID Card Act


Reduces Identity Theft; Provides Proof of Military Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this evening on Congressman Vern Buchanan’s Veterans ID Card Act, bipartisan legislation allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the VA.  The measure (H.R. 91) has been endorsed by House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller and several military service organizations including AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans for Common Sense.   

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U.S. House Passes Rep. Buchanan’s Vets ID Card Act


Legislation now moves to Senate for consideration

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Congressman Vern Buchanan’s Veterans ID Card Act, bipartisan legislation allowing all veterans to receive official identification cards through the VA.  The measure (H.R. 91), which passed the House 402-0, now moves to the Senate for consideration.    

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Buchanan Votes to End “Big Brother” Spying on Americans


Bill Restricts Government’s Ability to Pry into Personal Records of Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, today voted for the USA Freedom Act, which ends the National Security Agency’s (NSA) indiscriminate collection of Americans’ personal information. The measure also adds essential oversight and transparency to government surveillance programs without weakening national security.

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Buchanan: USPS Will Maintain Full Postal Service in Holmes Beach


WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, announced today that after discussion with U.S. Postal Service officials, Holmes Beach will maintain full postal service including all current P.O. Boxes. The announcement comes as a direct result of information received at a community meeting organized by Rep. Buchanan in Holmes Beach last week.

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Buchanan Meets with Netanyahu in Israel


Says Islamic Radicals Want to Create “Master Faith”

JERUSALEUM – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, part of a congressional delegation in the Middle East this week, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran ahead of the June 30th deadline for a final nuclear agreement with the United States.

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Buchanan Backs Balanced Budget Agreement


WASHINGTON – Rep. Vern Buchanan, a member of the House Budget Committee, made the following statement after House passage of a balanced budget agreement for FY 2016:

“The passage of a balanced budget is a major victory for those of us who believe that Washington must control spending and restore fiscal sanity.” Buchanan said.  “I am pleased to report that this budget reduces spending by nearly $6 trillion, creates 1.2 million new jobs and balances the budget within nine years.”

The Senate is expected to approve the budget next week.

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Buchanan Tampa Bay Times Op-Ed: Trade agreement will boost U.S. economy


Trade agreement will boost U.S. economy

By Rep. Vern Buchanan

Published April 29, 2015

America has long been a land of opportunity and the envy of the world. But today we face serious challenges from global competitors looking to replace us as the leading economic force in the world. China, India and a unified European bloc are vying to become the new global powerhouse of the 21st century.

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Buchanan: Manasota Sorting Center Will Stay Open in 2015


WASHINGTON – Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, today announced that after months of discussion with the U.S. Postal Service, the Manasota Postal Distribution Center (PDC) will remain open at least through the end of the year.

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U.S. Humane Society Praises Buchanan as “Legislative Leader”


WASHINGTON –In a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Humane Society presented Congressman Vern Buchanan with its Legislative Leader Award last night for his record on behalf of animal welfare issues.  The award focused on the release of the 2014 Humane Society scorecard, which gave Buchanan one of the highest grades in Congress.

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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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Jeff Miller


Ted Yoho


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


Carlos Curbelo


Ileana Ros-Lehtinen


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