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Vern Buchanan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 16, Republican
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Vern Buchanan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Vern Buchanan is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life. I will work hard to defend life from conception to natural death." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/197630/defend-the-sanctity-of-life#.Vbfe0uRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/2 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Fox News "That urgent effort begins with breaking the destructive cycle of tax, spend and borrow and forcing Washington to live within its means." http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/06/27/america-urgently-needs-balanced-budget-heres-how-to-get-there.html (www.foxnews.com)
  • "If we are serious about reducing unemployment and strengthening our economy, we should let people keep more of their own money and help small businesses grow, not punish them with higher taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1105401/issue-position-tax-relief-for-middle-class-working-americans-and-small-businesses (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Buchanan's legislation, the 'Pill Mill Crackdown Act' is supported by more than 50 members of Congress from both parties. It would double the penalties and triple the fines for drug violators and use assets seized to fund prescription databases in states like Florida and reclassify one of the most abused and deadly narcotics to make it more difficult to obtain." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/598570/buchanan-applauds-anti-drug-initiative (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)
  • "This bill provides critical funding to repair our roads and bridges [...] It's another example of what Washington can do when both parties work together on behalf of the country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1041756/buchanan-backs-sweeping-highway-funding-bill (votesmart.org)
  • Fox News "That urgent effort begins with breaking the destructive cycle of tax, spend and borrow and forcing Washington to live within its means." http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/06/27/america-urgently-needs-balanced-budget-heres-how-to-get-there.html (www.foxnews.com)
  • "Whether it's the trillion dollar 'stimulus' package or the trillion dollar health care bill, spending in Washington is out of control." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/560407/issue-position-spending-and-taxes#.VbfgCeRMGH8 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As Florida’s only member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, I will work to restructure our tax system to make it simpler, flatter and fairer. We need a tax code that spurs economic growth, creates jobs and puts money back in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers." https://buchanan.house.gov/issues/economy-and-jobs (buchanan.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50971#.Vabiy_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Local mom and pop stores and medium-sized businesses should not be burdened with a higher tax rate than multinational corporations with billions of dollars in earnings." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1072404/buchanan-introduces-small-biz-tax-cut-bill (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sunshine State News "The pipeline offers us a prime opportunity to boost our nations energy security and strengthen the economy by creating tens of thousands of new American jobs."http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/vern-buchanan-calls-obama-back-keystone-xl-pipeline (www.sunshinestatenews.com)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need to ramp up our production and utilization of renewable energy sources, increase conservation including recycling, bring online more, new nuclear power plants, and authorize environmentally-safe drilling for oil and gas in the Alaskan wilderness." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567271/issue-position-a-balanced-comprehensive-energy-plan-to-break-our-dependence-on-foreign-oil#.Va6043UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Florida's own burgeoning renewable industry is a leader in developing alternative sources of energy. That's why I will continue to support policy that invests in research and development of clean and renewable fuels like solar and wind power as well as alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567274/issue-position-energy#.Va6ywnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I voted against the Cap and Trade bill last year because it would harm the economy and punish working families, seniors and small businesses with higher energy costs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567280/issue-position-climate-change#.VbfjBeRMGH (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.Vakp1vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against H.R.2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VafLKPlViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • "Our district is a likely target for national anti-gun groups, extreme liberals and Hollywood types that would take away our Second Amendment rights. I am a strong defender of the Second Amendment, a Life Member of the NRA, and a gun owner and hunter." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/197629/defend-the-second-amendment#.Vbfjj-RMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/37 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "While the Supreme Court did not declare the President's government takeover of health care unconstitutional, the law remains unworkable and unaffordable. […] Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to repeal and replace the health care law with common-sense reforms that lower the cost of health insurance and ensure that the American people can go to the doctor of their choice." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712502/buchanan-statement-on-supreme-court-ruling (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51284#.Vabj2PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44099#.VbfkwORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "I oppose amnesty. Illegal immigration is a serious and costly problem." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630989/issue-position-immigration#.VbflkORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The sanctity of life and marriage must be defended." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/197613/values-matter-most/?search=marriage#.Va7HlHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)
  • "I consider it a high privilege to defend the sanctity of human life, protect traditional marriage, and uphold the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, hunters and sportsmen."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/197606/#.Va7GfXUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Protecting Social Security is one of my highest priorities. Seniors have worked their entire lives with the promise of a safe retirement." https://buchanan.house.gov/issues/social-security (buchanan.house.gov)
  • "Key Federal safety net programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, must be protected and their long-term solvency be ensured to help retirees and seniors in their post-employment years." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/567267/issue-position-retirement-security#.Vbfm0eRMGH8 (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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