Friends of Jan Schneider, P.O. Box 57, Sarasota, Florida 34230 | 941-955-6595
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Position Summaries

ABORTION / REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

Jan Schneider is pro-choice and a fervent advocate of women regaining reproductive freedom and control of our bodies. She believes that Congress should immediately pass legislation restoring the standards of Roe v. Wade nationwide. She also believes that Congress should eliminate the Hyde Amendment prohibiting use of federal funds for abortions, which among other things discriminates against those dependent on Medicaid and other government-sponsored programs. Opponent Vern Buchanan believes “every American, born and unborn, has the God-given right to life.” His repeated votes against ensuring access to abortion, rights to contraception and other measures to improve women’s reproductive health consistently earn him an A+ on the National Pro-Life Scorecard.

BORDER / IMMIGRATION

For our nation of immigrants, Jan Schneider favors a comprehensive immigration bill containing additional funding for border protection agencies and officers, an efficient and fair process for considering asylum claims, a clearer standard for asylum claims, strengthened provisions against trafficking of fentanyl and other drugs, human trafficking and currency smuggling, and assurances of humane treatment of asylum seekers. While she finds some provisions and some omissions objectionable, Jan would have voted for the early 2024 bipartisan Border Bill as a valuable step toward stemming the chaos at our southern border. Opponent Vern Buchanan has summarized his position on immigration/border issues as “No Amnesty.  Secure the Border.  Enforce the Rule of Law.  Respect the Constitution.” He has offered little further guidance.

BUDGET

Jan Schneider, although socially progressive, is fiscally conservative. While steadfastly supporting balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility, she opposes a Balanced Budget Amendment. Such a constitutional amendment would deprive federal policymakers of essential flexibility to address national security, economic and natural disaster emergencies and would give dangerous additional power to congressional extremists. Opponent Vern Buchanan has repeatedly fought for a Balanced Budget Amendment. Nevertheless, he was willing to plunge the federal government into default and financial chaos, voting with a minority of Republicans against the most recent bipartisan debt ceiling and spending cuts bill.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Jan Schneider recognizes that our federal and state governments are for sale – at huge price tags. She believes that Congress should undertake to reverse the Citizens United case and could support an amendment to make clear that the Constitution does not restrict the ability of Congress or states to propose reasonable limits on private campaign contributions and independent expenditures. Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) has voted against campaign finance reform proposals and for making permanent the Trump tax cuts for the ultra-rich and wealthy corporations.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Jan Schneider will fight for legislation to curb climate change. She supports a wide range of measures, starting with increased tax credits to encourage development of clean energy resources and technology to capture and store carbon emissions. Opponent Vern Buchanan has consistently opposed bills to control climate change. This included voting against the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, the most far-reaching United States legislation to reduce greenhouse gases pollution to date. His latest score was 0% on the League of Conservation Voters Congressional Scorecard.

ECONOMY

Jan Schneider opposes making permanent the disproportionate boons for the wealthiest few in the 217 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Instead, Jan seeks fair taxes with no increases for the middle class; supports raising the federal minimum wage to a living wage, according a measure of security for working families; and favors fair trade measures protecting American industry, workers and the economy. Opponent Vern Buchanan, whose net worth has been calculated as high as $160 million, has repeatedly sponsored bills to make the Trump tax cuts permanent; himself enjoyed forgiveness of over $2.3 million in 2020 Paycheck Protection Act loans; and consistently supports policies and engages in practices advantaging himself and other ultra-rich Americans.

GUNS

Jan Schneider believes the 2023 Bipartisan Safer Communities Act represented an important step forward in improving firearms safety. Opponent Vern Buchanan voted Nay on the BSCA, despite having previously backed a more expansive gun control bill. He also voted against the 2021 Enhanced Background Checks Act, which would have extended the time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reply on checks.

HEALTH

Jan Schneider believes not only the wealthy deserve to be healthy. Opponent Vern Buchanan and his GOP cohorts, in contrast, seek to undermine the U.S. healthcare system still further. They want to turn Medicare into a “premium support”/vouchers system and are pressing for drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’, children’s and other healthcare funding.

JOBS

Jan Schneider will fight against joblessness and for jobs with living wages. In particular, she supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 over a period of three or four years and thereafter indexing it to inflation. Opponent Vern Buchanan voted to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 back in 2007, but he has thereafter opposed further increases, including in the pandemic relief package. The two also disagree on related issues, including tax policies, gender gaps and healthcare.

MEDICARE

Jan is committed to sustaining Medicare and phasing in dental, hearing and vision coverage. She also supports transitioning to offering Medicare for All. Opponent Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) has, in contrast, repeatedly voted effectually to privatize Medicare by converting to a voucher system devastating to seniors. Meanwhile, he represents a congressional district regularly ranked in the top ten or even five in terms of age and with nearly a quarter of its residents over 65.

PORT MANATEE

Jan Schneider will energetically advocate in Congress for all available assistance to Port Manatee. Opponent Vern Buchanan has shown considerable interest in Port Manatee, but he voted against both the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (a/k/a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) and American Rescue Plan Act.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Jan Schneider supports raising the taxable maximum or “cap”, ceasing raiding the trust funds and implementing other financial measures to sustain Social Security. She opposes decreasing benefits or further raising the retirement age. Opponent Vern Buchanan has repeatedly embraced proposals would have made drastic cuts to Social Security, partially privatized the and gradually increased the normal retirement age to 70.

SPACE

Jan Schneider believes that the United States federal government, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in particular, need to reexamine, redefine and balance U.S. priorities and activities in space. Opponent Vern Buchanan has not opined much about U.S. space policies.

VETERANS

Jan Schneider will continue to fight for veterans and military families, including for full funding of veterans’ healthcare, including mental healthcare; veterans’ benefits, including under the 2022 Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act; additional assistance to homeless and unemployed vets; and assistance to military victims of sexual assault. Opponent Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) has generally supported veterans and staged many photo opportunities with them. Surprisingly, however, he voted against the PACT Act.

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