Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Calls for Swift Action by Congress

Jul 10, 2017
Press Release
Heroin Crisis, Tax Cuts, Sanctuary Cities Top List

“Pass My Bill to Punish Cop Killers!”

WASHINGTON – As Congress returns to Washington after a week-long recess, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan today called for swift action to confront the heroin crisis, crack down on sanctuary cities and reduce taxes on middle-income American families.

Buchanan also urged the U.S. Senate to pass his legislation protecting police officers from deadly ambush-style attacks. His bill was approved by the House last month. 

“We have an important window for action in front of us and we need to take advantage of it by working quickly on bipartisan issues,” Buchanan said. 

Buchanan outlined a number of specific initiatives that he is going to push in the coming weeks:

  • The STOP Act – bipartisan legislation to toughen screening of overseas shipments of deadly synthetic drugs coming into the United States. Manatee and Sarasota counties had the highest and second-highest number of fentanyl-related deaths per capita in the state in 2015, according to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission. Buchanan also called for significant funding to combat the heroin crisis as the federal funding process ramps up.
  • Tax cuts for the middle class and simplification of the code. Buchanan is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and is the sponsor of the Main Street Fairness Act, which will ensure that small businesses never pay a higher tax rate than large corporations.
  • No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law. These bills would cut federal funds for sanctuary cities and toughen penalties against anyone who re-enters the country after being deported. The U.S. House passed both bills in June.

Finally, Buchanan urged Congress to take action on two bipartisan bills he authored: 

  •  The Thin Blue Line Act, which would toughen penalties against cop killers, is now awaiting Senate action. 
  • The Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act, which would provide tax incentives for farmers who cannot afford to replace trees affected by citrus greening, previously passed the House in 2016 but did not pass the Senate before Congress adjourned.