Vern Buchanan

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Members of Florida’s congressional delegation from both sides of the political aisle denounced a White House proposal Friday that they say would weaken offshore oil-drilling regulations.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced an anti-drug plan Monday to address the growing opioid crisis. According to the Manatee County Republican, the bill will be introduced in the U.S. House later this week.

Some Florida lawmakers want manatees back on the endangered species list.

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Congressman Vern Buchanan was greeted with a huge turnout — and chants, boos and cheers — during a town hall meeting.


U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Vern Buchanan, both of whom are running for re-election, will gather at a roundtable discussion at Manatee Memorial Hospital to talk about the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The Bradenton Herald reports the meeting will be held at noon on Monday. Health care officials, local law enforcement and community leaders will also be at the discussion.

Buchanan Says Hermine May Worsen Zika Outbreak

Sep 2, 2016

A hurricane or tropical storm hitting Florida may worsen the Zika virus outbreak, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan warned in a letter Thursday urging congressional leaders to take immediate action on more federal funding to combat the disease, which can cause severe birth defects.

Charlotte Observer

To fight Florida’s “pill mills,” U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is pushing for a change in federal law that would make it harder to get refills on hydrocodone, one of the most addictive prescription drugs, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports. While that kind of abuse is a huge problem in Florida, several other lawmakers are expected to join Buchanan’s cause and support tougher rules for pain pills.