Why did Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) vote for the $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Budget Bill?

Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Charlie Crist have something in common, they both voted for the $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill. In the end the final vote on the bill was:

  • Eight Republicans (Bilirakis, Buchanan, Diaz-Balart, Dunn, Francis Rooney, Tom Rooney, Ross, Rutherford) and ten Democrats (Castor, Crist, Demings, Deutch, Frankel, Hastings, Lawson, Murphy, Wasserman-Schultz, Wilson) from the Florida delegation voted YEA.
  • Eight Republicans (Curbelo, DeSantis, Gaetz, Mast, Posey, Ros-Lihtinen, Webster, Yoho) and one Democrat (Soto) from the Florida delegation voted NAY.
  • Both Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson voted YEA.

Here is a video breakdown of what is in the bill with commentary from Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham:

Rep. Buchanan on his Congressional website under Jobs & Economy states:

As a businessman for over 30 years, I know what it’s like to create jobs, balance a budget, and meet a payroll.

Buchanan also has this statement on his Congressional website under Immigration:

“No Amnesty.  Secure the Border.  Enforce the Rule of Law.  Respect the Constitution.”

This bill busts the budget. This bill does not secure the border, does not fund the border wall, caps the number of ICE agents that can be hired. It is filled with pork projects.

Why focus on Rep. Vern Buchanan?

Rep. Buchanan is the Republican co-chair of Florida’s House Congressional delegation. He is also on the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Committee on Ways and Means is the chief tax-writing committee of the United States House of Representatives.

When Vern Buchanan first ran for Congress in 2006 he vowed to reduce the federal budget deficits and called for a Constitutional balanced budget amendment. In a June 2015 press release Rep. Buchanan called balancing the budget “an urgent priority”. Buchanan stated:

[T]he United States can no longer afford to ignore its out-of-control spending problemWe’re going broke, it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when, unless we change what we’re doing. We need a standard and I think that standard is a Constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment– Florida balances the budget every year, we make the tough choices…

It’s immoral what we’re passing on to our kids and grandkids. I have a granddaughter and a grandson on the way and I feel horrible about what’s taking place up here. “

[Emphasis added]

Rep. Vern Buchanan on balancing the federal budget after he was elected:

So what happened to Rep. Buchanan?

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach said this about the omnibus bill:

“Today is a bad day for fiscal conservatives and for responsible governance alike. The 2,232-page omnibus bill and the 1,507 pages of ‘Explanatory Materials’ were presented to Members of Congress only sixteen hours before the vote was scheduled. It is unreasonable to ask Congress to vote to spend over 1.3 trillion taxpayer dollars without sufficient time to study how that money is spent. Being asked to vote blindly for legislation as large-scale and costly as this omnibus is an insult to Congress and to the American people, whose tax dollars deserve to be treated with respect.”

Congressman Vern Buchanan is now a Charlie Crist Republican. He is a typical politician. He says one thing to get elected and then does the exact opposite once elected. He is not a fiscal conservative. He voted without understanding the implications of the bill. Buchanan went against his campaign’s principled stand for fiscal responsibility.

Vern Buchanan, like most politicians, is in his own words is “immoral.” Sadly his immorality, along with his vote, is destroying this great nation. Good luck to his and our children and grand children.

RELATED ARTICLE: Omnibus Spending Bill Was a Giant Giveaway to the Swamp

Congressional Delegation from Florida


Name Room Phone
Nelson, Bill 716 HSOB 202-224-5274
Rubio, Marco 284 RSOB 202-224-3041



District Name Room Phone
1 Gaetz. Matt 507 CHOB 202-225-4136
2 Dunn, Neal 423 CHOB 202-225-5235
3 Yoho, Ted 511 CHOB 202-225-5744
4 Rutherford, John 230 CHOB 202-225-2501
5 Lawson, Al 1337 LHOB 202-225-0123
6 DeSantis, Ron 1524 LHOB 202-225-2706
7 Murphy, Stephanie 1237 LHOB 202-225-4035
8 Posey, Bill 2150 RHOB 202-225-3671
9 Soto, Darren 1429 LHOB 202-225-9889
10 Demings, Val 238 CHOB 202-225-2176
11 Webster, Daniel 1210 LHOB 202-225-1002
12 Bilirakis, Gus M. 2112 RHOB 202-225-5755
13 Crist, Charlie 427 CHOB 202-225-5961
14 Castor, Kathy 2052 RHOB 202-225-3376
15 Ross, Dennis 436 CHOB 202-225-1252
16 Buchanan, Vern 2104 RHOB 202-225-5015
17 Rooney, Tom 2160 RHOB 202-225-5792
18 Mast, Brian 2182 RHOB 202-225-3026
19 Rooney, Francis 120 CHOB 202-225-2536
20 Hastings, Alcee L. 2353 RHOB 202-225-1313
21 Frankel, Lois 1037 LHOB 202-225-3001
22 Deutch, Ted 2447 RHOB 202-225-9890
23 Wasserman Schultz, Debbie 1114 LHOB 202-225-7931
24 Wilson, Frederica 2445 RHOB 202-225-4506
25 Diaz-Balart, Mario 440 CHOB 202-225-4211
26 Curbelo, Carlos 1404 LHOB 202-225-2778
27 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana 2206 RHOB 202-225-3931
1 reply
  1. George R. Fuller
    George R. Fuller says:

    Buchanan is like all the other politicians. They promise what the people want with no intention of providing it if elected. He belongs in the S*** House.


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