Buchanan Opposes Bailout for Automakers Says Ccompanies Failed to Restructure; Taxpayers at Risk

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan voted today against a proposed $15 billion government loan for auto manufacturers, calling it a bad deal for taxpayers because the companies failed to restructure their operations.

Buchanan to Hold Town Hall on Economy

Congressman Vern Buchanan today invited the public to attend a town hall meeting he will be holding this Thursday to discuss the economy and jobs.

Buchanan Praises Obama Economic Team Calls for Bipartisan Effort to Boost the Economy

Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13) praised President-elect Barack Obama’s economic team today.   Obama announced today that he will nominate Tim Geithner as U.S. Treasury Secretary and has chosen Lawrence Summers for director of the National Economic Council.

Buchanan Announces Open Enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans CongressmanUrges Seniors to Enroll in and Compare Plans

Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13) has announced open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug plans.   During open enrollment, Medicare eligible seniors can either enroll in or switch their drug plans. 

Buchanan Seeks Compensation For Florida Tomato Farmers

Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-13) is one of five Florida lawmakers who have filed legislation to compensate Florida tomato growers and packers for millions of dollars in losses associated with the recent salmonella scare.  The bill, H.R. 6581 directs the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to make payments to members of the tomato industry who were unable to market their crops as a result of a Food and Drug Administration advisory in June linking tomatoes and salmonella. The FDA lifted its warning this month but not before the tomato industry suffered an estimated $250 million in losses.