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 problem…We’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. “
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.
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