Representative Ken Buck Is Happy To Leave ‘Dysfunctional’ Congress

( – Left-leaning Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) is happy to retire from Congress, suggesting the body is “dysfunctional” due to an inability to set priorities and advance legislation. Buck announced his departure from Congress on Friday, March 22, well in advance of the end of his term. Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed a motion to vacate Speaker Johnson (R-LA) on the same day, embodying the traditional conservative ire that Buck actively resents.

Buck explained that he had no second thoughts in comments given to ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, March 24. He said that Republicans spent time on bills “that get us nowhere,” and highlighted impeachment attempts against the FBI Director, DHS Secretary, the president, the secretary of State, and secretary of defense.

Buck called the war in Ukraine “tragic,” adding that it was one of multiple serious issues including spiraling national debt. He said the focus on “messaging bills” fails to achieve any practical accomplishments. Buck didn’t mention that the Biden administration has been actively breaking multiple laws while facilitating the southern border crisis, triggering impeachment proceedings and national outrage.

Buck also failed to mention the fruits of the House Oversight Committee which has produced extensive documentation demonstrating that President Joe Biden has taken illicit funds from the Chinese government as well as questionable European sources. First Son Hunter Biden was paid ~$80,000/month to sit on a Ukrainian energy company board while dad was vice president.

Buck blamed Republicans for failing to set priorities, but avoided any critiques of the opposition party as the reason for his sudden departure. Buck has historically been more independent and willing to side with Democrats. He was a vocal 2020 election affirmer, breaking with hardline conservatives who thought the election was rigged.

He was also one of three Republicans who opposed the impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. His refusal to impeach meant that a second vote was required due to the absence of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). Scalise returned after a successful cancer treatment and was able to vote in the second round, leading to Mayorkas being officially impeached. Whether or not the Senate holds a trial remains to be seen.

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