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Vern Buchanan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 16, Republican
Vern Buchanan has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 3% by Planned Parenthood. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/2#.WzY3oq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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 3% by Planned Parenthood. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/2#.WzY3oq3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
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

  • "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)
  • "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)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "First and foremost, that means giving our brave men and women in uniform the resources they need to combat threats around the globe. " https://buchanan.house.gov/issues/national-security (buchanan.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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. The 111th Congress added more to the national debt than the first 100 Congresses combined. We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Each year, billions of taxpayer dollars are spent on waste, fraud, and abuse. A balanced budget amendment would force lawmakers to take a hard look at the programs they are funding and hold federal agencies accountable." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/854210/issue-position-economy/?search=spending#.W6zgc2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Giving small businesses the resources they need to create jobs, making sure our government spends no more than what it takes in, and keeping taxes low will ultimately mean greater economic growth and prosperity for everyone." https://vernbuchanan.com/issues/creating-jobs/ (vernbuchanan.com)
  • "Buchanan noted that the administration's proposal calls for parity between tax rates for small businesses and corporations -- a plan Buchanan re-introduced in Congress in January. Buchanan's bill would ensure that most small businesses never pay a higher rate than large companies or corporations." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1163018/buchanan-statement-on-trump-tax-plan#.W2mxcmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Giving small businesses the resources they need to create jobs, making sure our government spends no more than what it takes in, and keeping taxes low will ultimately mean greater economic growth and prosperity for everyone." https://vernbuchanan.com/issues/creating-jobs/ (vernbuchanan.com)
  • "Buchanan noted that the administration's proposal calls for parity between tax rates for small businesses and corporations -- a plan Buchanan re-introduced in Congress in January. Buchanan's bill would ensure that most small businesses never pay a higher rate than large companies or corporations." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1163018/buchanan-statement-on-trump-tax-plan#.W2mxcmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Score one for small government. #NCLB has been replaced with legislation returning education decisions to states & local communities. #ESSA" https://twitter.com/VernBuchanan/status/675415613792239616 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: 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)
  • "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 Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Regulation Reform: Abolish costly onerous government regulations on employers that drive up costs while keeping job growth down." https://vernbuchanan.com/issues/creating-jobs/ (vernbuchanan.com)
  • "Regulation Reform: Abolish costly onerous government regulations on employers that drive up costs while keeping job growth down." https://vernbuchanan.com/issues/creating-jobs/ (vernbuchanan.com)
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)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/37#.WzY5Ua3SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/49464 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association. https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/37#.WzY5Ua3SQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • "While the Supreme Court did not declare the President's government takeover of health care unconstitutional, the law remains unworkable and unaffordable. [â_x0080_¦] 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)
  • "While the Supreme Court did not declare the President's government takeover of health care unconstitutional, the law remains unworkable and unaffordable. [â_x0080_¦] 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)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "I oppose amnesty. Illegal immigration is a serious and costly problem." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630989/issue-position-immigration#.VbflkORMGH8 (votesmart.org)
  • 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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It also means remaining vigilant at home and abroad at a time when radical Islamic jihadists have vowed to destroy our way of life. " https://buchanan.house.gov/issues/national-security (buchanan.house.gov)

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