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Buck: I will keep fighting for you as your congressman

This Op-Ed from Congressman Buck ran in the Greeley Tribune.

Buck: I will keep fighting for you as your congressman

Two years ago you elected me to serve the 4th District as your congressman. You trusted me to take Colorado values to Washington and to speak with an independent voice. I’m deeply appreciative of the faith you placed in me, and I’ve done my best to fight for our community.

Last month, the WATER Act moved out of committee and I’m confident it will soon pass the House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation allows ditch companies to maintain their tax-exempt status while increasing revenue so that farmers, ranchers, and ultimately rural and urban communities can have lower water prices.

I also introduced the Blue Lives Matter Act. Every time we hear news about the targeted assassination of another police officer, my heart breaks. These men and women of law enforcement live down the street and shop in the same grocery store. They deserve our protection, which is why my legislation enhances the sentence for individuals who choose to target an officer based on his or her status, calling or employment.

Finally, I’m focused on reducing poverty, which affects so many people in our district. House Republicans recently rolled out an in-depth policy proposal on this topic. I want to reward individuals who work and who invest in their skills. I also want to align poverty-fighting programs with the specific needs of individuals. At the same time, I want to add accountability to our welfare system and invest in education. We need to make existing programs work for the people, not force the people to fit an inefficient government program. We must provide opportunity to rise out of poverty, without increasing the national debt or adding tax burdens to the middle class.

We have a choice this election, a choice between saddling future generations with debt and sky-high taxes or offering them a nation more prosperous than the one we inherited. If you elect me to serve as your congressman for another term, I promise to keep fighting for our nation’s future. I humbly ask for your vote on Nov. 8.

— Ken Buck, U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 4th congressional district.

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Greeley Tribune: Buck 'good fit' for Colorado's 4th Congressional District

From the Greeley Tribune:

Tribune endorsement: Rep. Ken Buck is a good fit for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District who has earned a second term

Ken Buck is our choice to represent the 4th Congressional District.

Buck, a Windsor Republican, has represented that district — which includes all of Weld County, much of eastern Colorado and some parts of Denver-area suburbs — since he was first elected two years ago. While his stint in Congress hasn’t been entirely controversy free, he is clearly well aligned ideologically with the staunchly conservative district.

“We have over $19 trillion of debt right now, and we have over $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities in this country, and I’m going to do my very best to continue to not vote for big spending bills and make sure that every penny that is spent is spent wisely and fruitfully,” he said recently, underscoring his focus on fiscal issues.

His voice for spending restraint is important in Washington. More than that, though, he’s also shown the clear ability to jump in and get things done that will affect this area for the better.

For example, Buck is the sponsor of the WATER Act. The measure would make it easier for mutual water storage and delivery companies to invest in infrastructure and maintenance without putting their nonprofit status at risk. In short, the measure would help keep water prices low for many of the rural users — such as farmers and ranchers — in the 4th Congressional District and elsewhere. The measure passed the House Ways and Means Committee with significant support from Republicans and Democrats. It’s a good bet we’ll see the measure make its way through our bitterly divided Congress soon.

Buck, who was elected by his peers to serve as the freshman class president in Congress, has had his share of minor controversy. He took fire from anti-gun activists for posing for a photo with a gun at the Capitol. And he nearly lost his class president title in a spat with GOP leadership over Buck’s unwillingness to back a free trade bill that was important to the White House and Republican leaders.

We don’t always agree with Buck’s words or deeds, but even these controversies reveal an independent streak in Buck that we think can be as much a virtue as a vice.

We hope Buck will focus his next two years on the kind of pragmatic lawmaking demonstrated by the WATER Act. But he has earned a second term in Congress.

— The Tribune Editorial Board

 

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Denver Post applauds Buck for principled vote against JASTA

From the Denver Post Editorial page:

If the bipartisan “buyer’s remorse Congress feels for passing a popular bill for victims of Sept. 11 over the president’s veto came from a lack of information, then three members of Colorado’s congregation who opposed it should be applauded for at least doing their homework.
Voting against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, was a hard vote in an election year — but it was the right one.
Yes, it’s easy to imagine the negative campaign ads that could be developed. No one wants to be accused of not supporting the families who lost their loved ones in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
Colorado Reps. Ken Buck, a Republican, and Democrats Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter were among only 78 members of Congress who opposed JASTA. We wish others had been as thoughtful.
JASTA, once you get past its nod to 9/11 victims, subjects American diplomats, military members, intelligence agents and officials to the danger of lawsuits. The new law flouts the longtime protections granted by the principle of sovereign immunity of nations, and also risks a drain of economic investment from countries like Saudi Arabia angry or nervous about it.
JASTA is broad. It allows lawsuits against foreign nations in federal court for involvement in acts of terrorism on U.S. soil. However, it was specifically aimed at allowing families of victims of 9/11 who believe that Saudi Arabia played a role in the attacks to file suit.
President Barack Obama vetoed the bill and it’s the first time Congress has been able to muster enough votes for an override during his tenure. In his veto message, Obama said the measure “undermines core U.S. interests.”
Almost immediately after the bill became law, Republican leaders in the House and Senate expressed concern that the bill might have unintended consequences and called for a fix when Congress returns in November. They chided Obama and his administration for failing to articulate concerns, despite the veto letter.

Congressman Buck attends memorial ground breaking in Lamar

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Congressman Buck attends memorial ground breaking in Lamar

Last weekend, Congressman Buck attended the ground breaking ceremony for the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Memorial in Lamar. 

From the Prowers Journal:

History was being made while our past was being celebrated at the Big Timbers Museum in Lamar, Saturday, October 1st.
Two occasions were noted; the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Prowers County Historical Society’s Big Timbers Museum and groundbreaking for the future Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Memorial on the museum’s property...
Big Timbers Museum Curator, Kathleen Scranton, said, “Our success at the museum has been defined by the generosity of the County, starting with the donation of the building by the AT&T Phone Company in 1966.” She gave thanks to the Historical Society for all the work the group has volunteered in categorizing all the display items.
Board member, Sharon Hetrick, recounted the early days of the Society and the history of her family’s involvement in the museum, dating back to the Weldon-Green families and the role they played in establishing the museum.
U.S. Congressman Ken Buck from the 4th Congressional District, remarked on the groundbreaking ceremony for the 9/11 Tribute Memorial. “This memorial will honor those persons who have risked or given their lives in defense of their nation and first responders who continue to serve their neighbors in the country.  Many of these people never stopped to give a thought of their own welfare while they were securing the safety of others.  And many gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure that the battle they fought would not reach our land.”

 

 

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Buck meets with farmers on WATER Act

Congressman Buck met with local farmers and ranchers this week to discuss his WATER Act as well as other issues facing the agricultural community. 

From the Greeley Tribune:

Although most of the conversation circled around Buck’s WATER Act — which would allow irrigation and ditch companies to use revenue from non-members for infrastructure — the roundtable also explored problems caused by what many felt were burdensome government regulations.
Buck said he’s confident the bill, with its nonpartisan focus, has a good chance of passing quickly into law. Once it does, he said, it should help irrigation and ditch companies get more money to upgrade old and possibly outdated systems and infrastructure.
“We’re excited,” said Eaton farmer Lynn Fagerberg. “We’d like to get this done.”
Ranchers and farmers can’t compete with cities and towns out to buy farmland and dry it up for the water rights, said Wyoming and northern Colorado cattle farmer Gary Booth. If they can get the money to make upgrades that increase efficiency, maybe the extra water those efficiencies create could take away some of the demand that forces dry-up practices.
Those upgrades can cost a lot of money, though, said Windsor Farmer Ken Knievel. If the bill can help them get the money they need for upgrade, it could help a lot.
“This bill won’t fix everything,” Booth said. “It’ll be a good step.”
Buck said it reassured him to hear his efforts on the WATER Act were making progress in a direction farmers and ranchers felt would help. Meeting with his constituents, the people actually feeling the effects of congress and government, help give him the insight and ideas he uses in Washington, he said.
“The best ideas in Congress and the legislature come from this room,” Buck said.

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Blue lives matter: Attacks on police based on their uniform should be a federal crime

As district attorney of Weld County, Colo., I sat across the table from victims of hate crimes. When a friend or family member lies dead in the street or comatose in the hospital, the hate cuts a wound deeper than the attacker’s weapon.

It’s clearly wrong for criminals to target individuals based on inherent traits or closely held behaviors and beliefs. It’s equally wrong for criminals to target individuals based on the color of their uniform. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to make the intentional targeting of a police officer a federal hate crime.

Current federal hate crime laws enhance the sentence for criminals who target a victim simply because of the victim’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. The idea is that targeting someone for one of these immutable characteristics, behaviors, or closely held beliefs is an especially egregious attack on their humanity, and the emotional impact on the victim and his or her family is amplified.

When someone randomly shoots at a police officer, he’s creating the same environment and the same impact as other crimes of hate, which is why they should face prosecution under the federal hate crime statute.

Every week we hear examples of cases that qualify for charging cop killers with hate crimes. More and more often we’re witnessing hate-motivated attacks on police.

Police officers know they’ve engaged in a dangerous line of work. But someone must protect our neighborhoods and uphold justice in our cities. They’ve chosen to answer the call to duty, sacrifice and service to their community.

This is why a targeted attack on a police officer is especially jarring. The officer has committed his or her life to holding together the very fabric of the community, but the attacker seeks to destroy that life and that fabric.

These attacks on officers cause fear, devastation and feelings of alienation. The entire police force rides an emotional roller coaster, trying their best to protect the rest of society while coping with the devastating loss of one of their own and the threat to themselves and their loved ones.

These crimes against law enforcement have an impact far beyond the station headquarters. If we’re going to have justice and peace in our communities, we need an empowered, functional police department that’s not being torn apart by crimes of hate. Police officers under threat of random assassination simply for their uniform color can’t effectively fight all the other criminals in our community.

Not only will hate crimes against cops make the community less safe, they will also make the community less whole. Our cities and neighborhoods are diverse. Greeley, Colo., where I served as district attorney, saw the intermingling of people from a variety of different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. Meshing various cultures, customs and faiths in one community can be challenging, but it’s absolutely necessary to achieve the unity that is required to form a cohesive society.

Police officers play a vital role in integrating these societies, because they protect all of our rights, and implement the system of justice that keeps us all safe. They may slip up sometimes. But our communities won’t be complete or whole if the very people charged with maintaining public order and enforcing the law are themselves the targets of vicious and hateful attacks.

The criminals who commit crimes against law enforcement seek to create a climate of intimidation and terror, one in which police officers and the folks they look out for every day live in fear of violent attacks. The Blue Lives Matter Act will make our communities safer by protecting those who protect us.

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GOP bill would make violence against cops a hate crime

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GOP bill would make violence against cops a hate crime

Rep. Ken Buck introduced legislation on Wednesday that would make violence against police officers a federal hate crime.

The Colorado Republican's bill is a response to increasing violence against police officers that has been seen in the wake of several high-profile police shootings. Those shootings prompted the launch of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, which in turn has led to a counter-movement that claims "All Lives Matter."

Buck's bill takes the debate a step further, as it's called the Blue Lives Matter Act. It would add violence against police officers to federal hate crime laws, and thus could lead to tougher sentences against people who commit violence against cops.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the ‘Blue Lives Matter Act’

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the ‘Blue Lives Matter Act’

Republican Representative Ken Buck from Colorado introduced a new piece of legislation after the first two months of 2016 proved to be exceptionally deadly for law enforcement. His home state of Colorado has lost 3 officers in the line of duty, and 24 have been killed nationwide.

According to FBI data, the two most common causes of felonious police fatalities are arrest and ambush situations:

Image Credit: Dayton Daily News

The “Blue Lives Matter Act” attempts to lower the statistics. Its name references the “Black Lives Matter” mantra claimed by protesters who speak out against police violence, particularly that against black Americans.

Rep. Buck explains that the “Blue Lives Matter Act,” H.B. 4760, would officially classify attacks on police officers as federal “hate crimes”:

“Despite the risk, our law enforcement officers put on their uniform every day so that they can serve our communities. Whether based on skin color or uniform color, a crime motivated by hate is not going to be tolerated in America.

By adding law enforcement to the federal hate crime statute, we can protect those who protect us.”

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Rep. Ken Buck Wants To Make Assaulting A Police Officer A Hate Crime

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Rep. Ken Buck Wants To Make Assaulting A Police Officer A Hate Crime

GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado Congressman Ken Buck wants to make assaulting a police officer a federal hate crime. 

“There are more officers being targeted because of the fact that they’re police officers,” said Rep. Ken Buck, a Republican representing Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Buck believes it’s time Congress did more to protect those who protect us. He has introduced legislation that would add law enforcement to the list of groups protected under the federal hate crime statute. 

“And if anybody assaulted or killed a police officer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors would have the opportunity to investigate and prosecute those crimes,” said Buck. 

The bill comes amid increasing accusations of police brutality and racial profiling that have given rise to the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Buck is calling his bill “Blue Lives Matter.”

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Rep. Ken Buck introduces 'Blue Lives Matter' bill to make targeted killing of a police officer a hate crime

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Rep. Ken Buck introduces 'Blue Lives Matter' bill to make targeted killing of a police officer a hate crime

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., introduced a bill in Congress that would make it a hate crime to target a police officer. 

Buck filed the measure Wednesday, he said in a phone interview from Washington, D.C. The bill, dubbed the Blue Lives Matter Act of 2016, would expand the federal hate crime statute to include law enforcement officers who are targeted for acts of violence because of their jobs. 

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 25 years before I started in this job,” the Windsor Republican said. “I’ve seen over and over both police officers on the street and federal agents, jail deputies and bureau of prison officials being threatened by very dangerous people. I have a passion for trying to protect those who protect us. That’s what this bill is about.”

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Conservative Lawmaker’s Bill Would Push Back Against Obama’s Executive Overreach

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Conservative Lawmaker’s Bill Would Push Back Against Obama’s Executive Overreach

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., is still angry about the omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress more than two months ago.

Buck is frustrated—not only by what Congress included in the massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, but also by what Congress intentionally left out. He wants the legislature to reassert its rule-making authority by passing several conservative policy riders designed to push back against executive overreach.  

That’s why the House freshman class president says he’s introduced the Article I Consolidated Appropriations Amendment Act.

“We need to keep fighting for the provisions in this bill, however long it takes,” Buck told The Daily Signal. “Our responsibility to reassert the constitutional power of Congress does not end simply because it is a new legislative year or even with a new president.”

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