Vern Buchanan's flood insurance votes failed community

December 10, 2013 

Incumbent District 13 U.S. Congressional candidate Vern Buchanan answers questions during a recent public debate at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. PAUL VIDELA/




votes failed us

When it comes to his voting history on the flood insurance bills, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is running a campaign of disinformation to make himself look like a victim of misinformation.

Buchanan voted for the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 (in July 2011), passed by the House but it died in Senate. Buchanan again voted for a newer form of the act, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012; both the House and Senate passed it and was signed into law by the president.

At a recent meeting, Buchanan was questioned on why he voted for the act and he responded, "We did have a bill that I supported a couple of years ago that was supposed to do an affordability study before they launched anything." That bill was the 2011 act, the problem with his answer is that there was no "affordability study" in that bill.

The affordability study was added to the 2012 bill, but the study was not connected to its implementation; it was simply a study. It seems to me that Buchanan voted on bills without even reading them and then made up a story -- albeit a bad one -- to cover it up.

Buchanan failed our community twice, as not only did his vote cause great harm to tens of thousands here, he then chose to deceive us on why. Recently, when attacked by an outside group, Buchanan responded, "I do what I think is right for our district."

Doing right would require you actually know what you're voting for.

Paul Sloan


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