With Democrats taking over the U.S. House at the start of next year, one of the leading members of the Florida congressional delegation is looking to get his priorities over the finish line in the coming weeks while the GOP remains in control.
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., weighed in on what he intends to push during the lame duck session as the 115th Congress wraps things up.
“This is going to be a very active lame-duck session and I intend to fight for local priorities, including more funding for red tide research, helping start-up small businesses and banning the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption,” Buchanan insisted. “These are all bipartisan measures with strong support.”
Buchanan showcased his record over the last two years, getting 16 bills across the finish line. He sits on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and on the U.S. House Budget Committee.
In the weeks to come, Buchanan intends to push for the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund; getting the Senate to pass his “Retirement Security for American Workers Act” which will help small businesses offer retirement benefits; fight for more federal funds to fight toxic algae and red tide; and get the “Thin Blue Line Act,” which increases penalties on cop killers, and his proposals helping startups and banning cat and dog meant consumption through the Senate.
Buchanan also intends to wade into the national debate on immigration, championing measures taking aim at sanctuary cities.
“Two bills Buchanan cosponsored passed the U.S. House and need Senate approval – the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and Kate’s Law,” the congressman’s office noted. “The bills would cut federal funds for sanctuary cities and toughen penalties against anyone who re-enters the country after being deported.”
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.