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Representative Vern Buchanan

Key Coastal Communities:
Bradenton, Sarasota, South Venice
Ways and Means

“Red tide is a clear and visible threat to the Suncoast’s environment and economy.  The recent bloom is devastating vulnerable marine life and discouraging tourists from visiting our beaches and coastal businesses. Congress needs to help protect our seashore by boosting red tide research and mitigation programs.”


Leadership: Congressman Buchanan is a leader in fighting harmful algal blooms, having cosponsored legislation that would develop a comprehensive strategy and regional action plans to address the issue. Oil spill prevention and accountability are also priorities of his. He is the Republican Chair of the Florida congressional delegation and holds water quality issues and ocean health as top priorities. Congressman Buchanan is also a long time water enthusiast and an active boater.

Congressman Buchanan sponsored:

  • H.R. 1393 (Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 5436 (To prohibit the Minerals Management Service from issuing permits or environmental or safety waivers for any deepwater drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico until the discharge of oil from the last Deepwater Horizon well has stopped and a congressional committee has issued a report finding the cause of the explosion on and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon.)

Congressman Buchanan cosponsored: 

  • H.R. 2261 (Marine Oil Spill Prevention Act 2017)
  • H.R. 2630 (Preserving Florida’s Coastal Communities Act)
  • H.R. 2553 (Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 5358 (Florida Coastal Protection Act)
  • H.R. 3650 (Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 1679 (Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Act)
  • H.R. 1091 (Save Our Shores Act)