Vern Buchanan takes over as lead Republican on Ways and Means Health Subcommittee


U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan will take over this week as the top Republican on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

Among the hierarchy of panels under the Ways and Means umbrella, the Health Subcommittee is widely considered the most important. Buchanan, a Longboat Key Republican, takes over from former U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican who just quit to run former President Donald Trump’s social media start-up.

Buchanan will serve as ranking member of the subcommittee, as Republicans are in the minority in the House.

“Health care represents one-fifth of our economy and is enormously important to every family and business in the country,” Buchanan said. “We need to make it more affordable and accessible for every single American, without imposing burdensome big government regulations.”

Buchanan moved into the position based on seniority. He first won election to…

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