Representative Vern Buchanan's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 16, Republican
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Issue Positions

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  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Why Vern is Running for Congress. 20 September 2011. "The American Family is under attack in Washington, where activist judges and organizations like the ACLU are attacking the faith and freedom that make our nation the greatest on Earth. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Values Matter Most. 20 September 2011. "Tolerance and kindness are virtues, but values matter most. The sanctity of life and marriage must be defended." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Defend the Sanctity of Life. 20 September 2011. "I am pro-life. I will work hard to defend life from conception to natural death. I oppose embryonic stem cell research and think we should instead encourage use of adult stem cells or umbilical cord cells. I support parental notice and consent and oppose partial birth abortion. I oppose federal funding of abortion. I will work to promote traditional family values and I will be a strong defender of life." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Vern Buchanan a rating of 38 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • Vern Buchanan. Troops In Afghanistan. 3 November 2009. "Mr. Speaker, I returned yesterday from a 4-day visit to Afghanistan to meet with the troops and our military leaders as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. It's clear to me that our soldiers are performing at a high level in a challenging environment. Their dedication and spirit is strong as they work to prevent al Qaeda from regaining a foothold. It's also clear that we need to increase the number of troops there to help them succeed. I believe firmly that this is the best means of protecting the United States and our people from terrorist attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Positions: National Security. "Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan would add to instability in the Middle East and make America less safe. We need to work with other nations to stabilize the region and improve security so democracy can take hold and a civil society can move forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Rep. Buchanan: "We Can't be the Global Cop". 8 June 2011. "America is broke and we are still spending billions of dollars halfway around the world that serve no vital national interest. This new study finds that our nation-building efforts in Afghanistan have had only limited success and may not even survive an American withdrawal. We can't be the global cop. It's time to put America first and not waste any more taxpayer dollars on overseas ventures that serve no strategic interest." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Positions: Iraq and Afghanistan. 29 October 2008. "In Afghanistan, what was once a safe haven for al-Qaida and the Taliban is now a young democracy. But security there has recently deteriorated and our enemies are on the offensive. The United States needs to continue to provide critical support along with NATO and other international partners to help Afghanistan improve security so democracy can take hold and a civil society can move forward." (vernbuchananforcongress.com)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of Peace Action West 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Fresh From Visit To Afghanistan, Buchanan Praises Troops. 2 November 2009. "The Taliban is a destabilizing force in Afghanistan with ties to Al Qaeda. They are a threat to the United States. We need to provide additional combat troops in the region to enable the counterinsurgency strategy focusing both on al Qaeda and the Taliban to succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Peace Action 25 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vern Buchanan. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 84 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 14 August 2012. "I, Vern Buchanan, pledge to the taxpayers of the 16th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (www.atr.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 70 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vern Buchanan. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan Opposes Tax and Spend Budget. 2 April 2009. "This budget borrows, taxes, and spends more than any other budget in history. Tax increases and deficit spending on big government programs won't boost the economy. It will discourage job creation and burden future generations with a crushing debt." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Vern Buchanan a rating of 85 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Economy. 28 September 2011. "Wasteful spending is threatening our future and will unfairly burden our children and grandchildren with debt that is not their own. A constitutional amendment will force Congress to make the tough choices necessary to balance the budget for taxpayers today and for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan To Discuss Jobs Plan With Obama Friday. 21 January 2010. "Instead of spending trillions of dollars on Wall Street bailouts and big-government programs that continue to increase the deficit, we should enact targeted measures to help small businesses and families, boost the economy and put people back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan Votes for $6 Trillion in Spending Cuts. 15 March 2011. ""We cannot spend our way to prosperity. We have to put an end to the irresponsible spending policies that have created a mountain of debt for our children and grandchildren." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Facebook: Notes. What did the Stimulus Get Us? 18 February 2010. "This week we marked the one year anniversary of the stimulus package. What did the stimulus get us? The facts are clear: not much. We know the new federal spending did little to create new jobs. In fact, over the last year, over 3,000,000 jobs have been lost and the debt we are passing onto our children and grandchildren, has sky-rocketed." (www.facebook.com)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Economy. 20 September 2011. "I voted against the trillion dollar stimulus package because it spent too much and didn't do enough to create jobs. Recent data shows that 48 out of 50 states have seen a net job loss since the President signed the stimulus package. Meanwhile, Washington D.C. has seen a big increase in government jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vern Buchanan. Facebook: Notes. $2 Million Per Job? $111 Million in federal "stimulus" funds were used to create only 55 city jobs in Los Angeles. Thoughts?. 20 September 2010. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating 70% of all new jobs. We must do everything we can to make sure small businesses have the resources they need to thrive, expand, and create new employment opportunities that will put Americans back to work." (www.facebook.com)
  • Vern Buchanan. Twitter: @VernBuchanan. 21 September 2011. "RT if you think the last thing we should be doing is raising taxes on small business -America's job creators." #JobsNow." http://twitter.com/#!/VernBuchanan/statuses/11657985916. (bit.ly)
  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan Calls For Lower Taxes And Less Spending To Grow The Economy. 8 October 2010. "Today's jobless numbers are further evidence that higher taxes, more regulations, and ballooning deficits are not the answer to grow our economy. We need to stop these job-killing policies and end the uncertainty that has kept job creators from investing in our economy. That means less spending and extending the tax cuts so that small business and working families can keep more of their hard earned money to invest in the economy and put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan Says White House Plan to Raise Taxes "Will Kill Jobs". 28 September 2011. "The last thing we should be doing in an economic downturn is raise taxes. A $1.5 trillion tax hike on job creators as we're on the brink of a double dip recession is not the answer. 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Economy. 20 September 2011. "Extend a provision that allows small business to deduct all or part of the cost of a business investment in one year, instead of spreading the tax savings across several years. Eliminate for one year the capital gains tax for small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Facebook: Info. About me. 26 Septmeber 2011. "As a businessman for over 30 years, I have seen firsthand that the government does not create jobs. The private sector does. Small business does. My jobs plan would expand overseas markets for U.S. goods and services, lower taxes on business, eliminate frivolous lawsuits, and abolish unnecessary regulation." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Economy. 20 September 2011. "I am a businessman, not a politician. I have created jobs, met payrolls, and balanced budgets. I know what makes a strong economy and just as importantly I know what will harm our economy---higher taxes, more regulations, and ballooning deficits are not the answer." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Spending and Taxes. 20 September 2011. "I support tax relief to encourage small businesses to invest and create jobs and allow American workers to keep more of their hard earned money to meet the needs of their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Rep. Buchanan Walks Main Street . 28 September 2011. "Buchanan said the message from local business owners like Gina Marini of El Greco restaurant was that fewer regulations and government mandates will lead to greater economic growth and prosperity. "These people aren't asking for a handout. They are simply asking government to cut the red tape, keep taxes low and stop enacting burdensome regulations. With Florida's unemployment rate a staggering 10.7%, they want to see the President and Congress work together and enact policies that grow the economy and create jobs." (votesmart.org)

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  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Education - Local Control. 29 October 2008. "I support local control of education. I think local school boards working with administrators, teachers, and parents should be allowed to make decisions regarding education. Nevertheless, I also think local schools need to be held accountable for results in return for federal funding." (vernbuchananforcongress.com)

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  • Vern Buchanan. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)

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  • Vern Buchanan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of Environment America 53 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Climate Change. 28 September 2011. "While global warming is a genuine problem that deserves a serious response, we need to address the issue in a balanced and thoughtful manner that does not further weaken our economy by increasing costs on small businesses, hard-working families and seniors living on fixed incomes. That's why I supported the responsible, bipartisan Warner-Lieberman bill which would have prevented the worst effects of global warming by steadily reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective manner." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan Helps Pass Responsible Energy Bill - Bill Increases Efficiency Standards, Encourages Alternative Fuels, and Reduces Harmful Emissions Bill Increases Efficiency Standards, Encourages Alternative Fuels, and Reduces Harmful Emissions. "Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13) helped pass a responsible energy bill today to help meet the nation's need for affordable energy and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. The "Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act" (H.R. 6) increases fuel efficiency standards by 40 percent, requires the use and development of renewables and biofuels, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions scientists say contribute to global warming." (votesmart.org)

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  • Vern Buchanan. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Vern Buchanan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Vern Buchanan a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Defend the Second Amendment. 20 September 2011. "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. I support tougher laws against criminals - not against gun owners or firearms manufacturers. I will be a strong voice and sure vote in the battle to defend our Second Amendment rights." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Values Matter Most. 20 September 2011. "I support the Second Amendment and the right of our children to pray." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Why Vern is Running for Congress. 20 September 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Health Care Reform. 28 September 2011. "I think most of us agree that we need health care reform to ensure that Americans get the health care they need, when they need it. I support health care reform that protects the quality of health care for all Americans. I am strongly opposed to a government takeover of heath care." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Vern Buchanan voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Health Care Bill Will Negatively Affect Seniors. 17 November 2009. "This bill would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions of others. My district has more than 267,000 seniors, the oldest congressional district in the country. I will not stand by while we devastate Medicare and raise taxes on individuals and small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Health Care. 28 September 2011. "In January of this year, I voted for H.R. 2, to repeal President Obama's health care law. This government takeover of the health care system does nothing to bring down the cost of health care for Americans." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Health Care. "Health insurance can be out of reach to families who struggle to put a roof over their heads and food on the table. Unfortunately, the new health care law did nothing to lower the cost of health care. Instead, the new law cuts Medicare and increases taxes on small businesses and individuals who can't afford to buy health insurance." (votesmart.org)

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  • Vern Buchanan. Buchanan Votes Against Senate Amnesty Bill. 27 June 2007. "I disagree with the president and my colleagues in the Senate who support this bill. This bill rewards illegal behavior by granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and is a slap in the face to those who played by the rules and complied with our laws. I stand with my constituents who feel our focus should be on securing the border, enforcing our laws, and creating a tamper-proof id card for non-citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Vern Buchanan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Vern Buchanan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Facebook: Notes. Amnesty for Some Illegals; How do you feel about the DREAM Act? 9 December 2010. "Last night, on the floor of the U.S. House, I voted AGAINST an amnesty bill called the "DREAM Act." Unfortunately, this legislation passed -- a grave mistake for many reasons. Rewarding law-breaking illegal immigrants only encourages more illegal immigration and at the same time, punishes those who have applied legally to enter the United States and are patiently waiting for permission to do so." (www.facebook.com)
  • Vern Buchanan. Facebook: Notes. Hopes Dim for Smaller Immigration Overhaul, Including Youth Amnesty Bill. 15 September 2010. "As the news article below reveals, amnesty supporters like Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Chicago are "pressing feverishly" to enact a pathway to citizenship bill. I will oppose this legislation. Instead, let's enforce existing laws and secure the border -- and no amnesty!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 September 2011. "I oppose amnesty. Illegal immigration is a serious and costly problem. Florida taxpayers pay approximately $5.5 billion a year for education, medical treatment, and incarceration of illegal immigrants, costing every Florida household $1,117 per year. Providing amnesty to illegal immigrants is unfair to those who have respected the rule of law and entered our country legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 September 2011. "Illegal immigration creates an underground economy, places financial burdens on our communities, and endangers our national security [¦] Congress should reject amnesty and heed the call of the American people for border security to keep terrorists, drug lords and illegal gang members out of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vern Buchanan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the American Family Association 88 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Vern Buchanan voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Why Vern is Running for Congress. 20 September 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Vern Buchanan. Rep. Buchanan Statement on Death of Osama bin Laden. 5 February 2011. "I would also like to commend the Obama and Bush administration's tireless efforts in bringing the September 11th mastermind to justice. While it will not bring back the lives that were lost at his hand, America has proven once again that it will not back down when the stakes are high and the cause is just. In these dangerous times, we will continue to fight Al-Qaeda and world terrorism with an added certainty that the battle can and will be won." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Vern Buchanan supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 80 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Vern Buchanan. Protect Our Seniors: Social Security, Medicare, Long-Term Care. 28 September 2011. "We made a promise to older Americans, and we must keep that promise. I will fight to preserve and protect the promise of Social Security and Medicare. I will never vote to cut benefits. Not ever. I will always put Florida seniors first - protecting benefits and making sure the Social Security and Medicare systems work more effectively and efficiently." (votesmart.org)

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