Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Hits Trump Plan to Cut Children’s Health Care

May 8, 2018
Press Release

“Plenty of Other Places We Should Cut”

Vital Program Serves 6,000 Kids in Sarasota, Manatee Counties

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan today opposed a White House plan to cut $7 billion in funding from the Children’s Health Insurance Program – a vital service for low-income families in Florida and throughout the country.

“There are plenty of other places we should cut before we touch health care for children,” Buchanan said.  “This important program provides peace of mind to families that if their children get sick they will get the medical attention they need.”

Buchanan was one of 44 Republicans who voted in 2007 to override then-President George Bush’s veto of a bill extending the health care program.

“This is a tremendously successful program that serves 9 million kids nationwide, 375,000 in Florida and more than 6,000 in Sarasota and Manatee counties,” Buchanan said.

President Trump today will request a package of $15 billion in spending cuts from Congress, including some $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, senior administration officials said on Monday.

Buchanan offered up several other areas that Congress should target to reduce federal spending, including:

  • Cutting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program at a savings of $1.1 trillion. The most expensive weapons system in U.S. history is years behind schedule and plagued with cost overruns and technical problems.  
  • Limiting dues to the United Nations by paying no more than the other four permanent members of UN Security Council at a savings of at least $500 million a year. Currently, the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – Russia, China, Britain and France – together account for $2.523 billion compared to $3.024 billion from the U.S. alone.
  • Cutting the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition, saving $127 billion over 10 years. A bipartisan presidential fiscal commission proposed to cut the federal workforce by hiring two workers for every three that leave government. That proposal was projected to save $127 billion over 10 years and would reduce the workforce by 10 percent by 2020.