Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Named to Social Security Subcommittee on Ways & Means

Dec 5, 2014
Press Release

Protecting Seniors’ Retirement Security Top Priority

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, has been named to the Social Security Subcommittee of Ways & Means, giving him a key role in preserving the vital retirement program for today’s seniors and future generations. Buchanan, a senior member of the committee, also serves on the Trade and Health subcommittees.

“I am honored to be named to such an important subcommittee,” Buchanan said after incoming Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI, announced his selection. “Protecting Social Security has always been one of my highest priorities. Seniors have worked their entire lives with the promise of a safe retirement. That’s a promise we must always keep.”

The Subcommittee on Social Security has jurisdiction over Social Security retirement, survivors and disability programs and oversees the operations of the Social Security Administration.

The U.S. House passed legislation this week (H.R. 5739), co-sponsored by Buchanan, denying Social Security benefits to Nazi war criminals. The bill was originally introduced by Congressman Sam Johnson, a former POW in Vietnam and chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee.

The Ways and Means Committee is the chief tax-writing body in the House of Representatives. The U.S. Constitution give it sole power in Congress to initiate tax bills, making it even more powerful than its counterpart in the Senate, the Finance Committee. Buchanan is the only member from Florida to serve on the Committee.