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Vern Buchanan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (FL) - District 16


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Issue Positions

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  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • "It's time that Washington stopped punishing small businesses and started helping them. This major tax reform proposal is an important first step towards finally achieving a pro-growth, job-creating tax code." (
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "This bill provides the tax relief middle-class families and small business owners have needed for a long time," Buchanan said. "The average family of four will receive a tax cut of nearly $1,200 a year while small businesses will see a tax reduction that allows them to expand and create good-paying jobs." (
  • Rated 20% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "I just sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader McConnell telling them to protect Social Security and Medicare. As the budget process gets underway, there are plenty of other areas we can and should cut. Seniors deserve to retire with the benefits they have earned." (
  • "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. We need a non-partisan Blue Ribbon Commission to make recommendations about how best to guarantee Social Security and Medicare's long-term future. In the early Reagan Administration, the "Greenspan Commission" helped save Social Security for 30 years. We need a 21st Century version of this to help keep Social Security and Medicare safe for the Baby Boom generation." (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • "Left-wing politicians are making it easier to sue police officers for doing their job. New York City already slashed $1 billion from its police budget. Now it's about to eliminate the "qualified immunity” that protects officers from being sued in civil court. The chilling effect on law enforcement and harm to recruitment and retention is obvious. I stand with our men and women in blue who risk their lives to protect us. Where do you stand?" (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "No one deserves a raise more than the brave men and women of the Armed Forces," Buchanan said, adding, "They put it all on the line in defense of our freedoms." (
  • Rated 95% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "Toured the @SRQAirport this morning with airport CEO Rick Piccolo and Chairman Peter Wish. Looking forward to seeing continued growth at the airport after it received $9 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects. BIG things happening on the Suncoast!" (
  • "Good news: @Port_Manatee will receive $800,000 in federal funds to protect the port’s infrastructure, security and the 24,000 area jobs it supports through the Port Security Grant Program. I requested additional funding for this program to help Port Manatee and other FLA ports." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "The goal of tax reform should be to boost the economy and create more American jobs," said Buchanan. "Even President Obama has called for reducing our corporate tax rate, but merely reducing the tax burden on corporations does nothing for more than 90% of American businesses." (
  • "This relief package will help Americans through an unprecedented period of health and economic challenges," Buchanan said. "The scope of the aid is expansive, from direct payments to Americans to assistance for businesses, hospitals, and state and local governments." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • "Just toured Florida Power & Light’s solar plant in Parrish. FPL is now building the world’s largest solar-powered battery right here in Manatee County. Enormous investment in clean energy. Investing in alternative energy sources will create thousands of new jobs in southwest FLA." (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "The White House and Congress need to take rational steps to promote domestic energy production and lower costs on businesses. This isn't going to happen overnight, and it requires an all-of-the-above approach. That's why I've unveiled a comprehensive energy plan to increase gas and oil production by lifting restrictions and encouraging investment in domestic energy sources." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • "Climate change is a serious threat to the Suncoast and the rest of Florida, which has two coastlines vulnerable to rising waters," Buchanan said. "Environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. We should be doing everything possible to accomplish both." (
  • Rated 84% by Independent Petroleum Association of America. (
  • "We should also expand natural gas and liquified natural gas (LNG) production and exports. The U.S. is the top natural gas producer in the world with a 23.7 percent share of global production, and there is plenty more potential to further our lead. There are currently 6 export licenses pending at the Department of Energy when, if authorized, would increase U.S. natural gas capacity by 25 percent. That's why I support the American Energy Independence from Russia Act (H.R. 6858), which will streamline the approval process for natural gas pipelines and LNG export facilities. I also support legislation reauthorize the Keystone XL pipeline and prohibit the president from unilaterally imposing a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands in the future. Approving this pipeline will create thousands of American jobs and deliver an additional 830,000 barrels of oil to the U.S. every day -- almost 20 percent more than the 670,000 barrels of oil we previously imported from Russia." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017." (
  • Signed Letter to Leader McConnell: "Like you, I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but our laws cannot be effective if there are gaping loopholes that allow criminals and deranged individuals to purchase firearms over the Internet or at gun shows without background checks. A staggering 22 percent of gun owners who purchased a firearm within the last two years did so without a background check. That's why I voted in favor of the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and close these dangerous loopholes. It provides several common-sense exemptions, allowing the transfer of guns between close family members, law enforcement and hunters." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 8 "Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." (
  • "I am also very concerned about the crisis at our southern border. When you cancel construction of the border wall, fail to deport those who enter our country illegally and promise mass amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, it shouldn't come as a surprise that our border patrol encountered a record of nearly two million people attempting to cross the border illegally last year." (
  • Rated 90% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "Taxpayer dollars should not be going to jurisdictions that provide safe harbor to dangerous criminals," Buchanan said. "These two bills ensure we prioritize public safety. Washington must send a strong signal to these cities: you don't get federal funds if you ignore federal law." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3004: "Kate's Law" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1698 "Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act." (
  • "The Iranian nuclear deal is one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. President Trump was right to withdraw and reinstate tough economic sanctions. Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and has a clear history of cheating on international arms inspections. America should do everything possible to weaken a corrupt and dangerous theocracy that threatens global security." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "With the Kim regime's history of human rights violations and previous nuclear tests, we cannot afford to be naïve and wait for North Korea to voluntarily halt their weapons program," Buchanan said. "The Administration must enact aggressive sanctions against North Korea. A nuclear North Korea is just as dangerous as a nuclear Iran," Buchanan said. "The White House needs to work with China and other nations to cripple North Korea's economy and back down its nuclear aspirations." (
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "America must support Israel’s defensive efforts and protect innocent Israeli citizens from missile attacks. That’s why I’m backing a bill replenish Israel’s Iron Dome and to make clear that America stands united behind Israel." (
  • "The U.S. strike against a Syrian air base was a measured and appropriate response to Bashar al-Assad's use of banned chemical weapons," Buchanan said. "I hope the president will now bring together the international community in a unified response against the Syrian government's unacceptable actions." (
  • Voted against HR 256 "To Repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" (
  • "International trade is critical to my home state of Florida, where exports and imports support 2.3 million jobs," Rep. Buchanan said. "Leveling the playing field for Florida and the rest of the nation, as well as increasing access to foreign markets, is essential to growing the U.S. economy and creating good-paying jobs." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (

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