Representative Vern Buchanan's Political Positions

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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/2 (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)
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/53364 (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)
  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • 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)
  • "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)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (votesmart.org)

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  • "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)
  • "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)
  • 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)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.Vabg1PlViko (votesmart.org)
  • 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 H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50797 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against H.R.2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade")" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VafLKPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.Vakp1vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

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  • 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 National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66247/vern-buchanan/37 (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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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)
  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "The sanctity of life and marriage must be defended." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/197613/values-matter-most/?search=marriage#.Va7HlHUViko (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)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7220 (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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

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  • "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)
  • "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)

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