With the Democrats in charge of the U.S. House, a Florida congressman has been chosen to lead Republicans on the U.S. House Trade Subcommittee.
On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla.. who sits on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, will head Republicans on that body’s Trade Subcommittee which, as the congressman’s office noted, “oversees tariffs, customs, bilateral and regional trade agreements and international trade rules and organizations.”
“I look forward to promoting fair trade policies that help American workers and businesses,” Buchanan said. “Leveling the playing field for Florida and the rest of the nation as well as increasing access to foreign markets is critical to growing the U.S. economy and creating good-paying jobs.”
Buchanan said he would use his new assignment to help the Sunshine State and the rest of the nation, pointing out that trade supports 2.3 million jobs in Florida and adds tens of billions to the state’s economy, including through its 15 ports.
“These ports contribute more than $100 billion in economic value to Florida. In my own backyard, Port Manatee generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for our region and supports more than 24,000 jobs,” Buchanan said.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who leads Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee, praised Buchanan on Wednesday.
“I look forward to working with Vern as we continue to fight for policies that promote more opportunities for workers and families across the country,” Brady said.
First elected to Congress in 2006, Buchanan was named to the Ways and Means Committee back at the start of 2011 and has led its Tax Policy Subcommittee and its Human Resources Subcommittee. He has also served on the House Budget Committee. Buchanan’s name has garnered buzz as a possible U.S. Senate candidate in recent cycles but he’s opted to continue in the House.