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Ken Buck's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (CO) - District 4, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (CO) - District 4

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  • Rated 100% by the National Right to Life Committee. (votesmart.org)
  • "Science shows us that unborn children not only experience pain but also may have a chance to survive if born at 20 weeks," Congressman Ken Buck stated. "We have a responsibility to the unborn babies, our families, our communities, and humanity to end the injustice of late-term abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • "The reconciliation bill defunds elective abortion providers. Protecting #unborn life is one of my top priorities. #prolife #copolitics" (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating: "Signed letter stating "ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; andTWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."" (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We look forward to continuing to work with you to further strengthen the Medicare Advantage program and ensure millions of seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage choices." (votesmart.org)
  • "I can't vote for this. Our doctors and our kids deserve better. I understand that we have to permanently fix this broken payments system, but we can't make our kids and grandkids pay for it. We need legislation that pays the bill now. I didn't come to Washington DC to continue this system of making future generations pay for current consumption," (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 20% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (votesmart.org)
  • "This budget deal blows through the debt limit and the spending caps we fought hard to implement in 2011," Congressman Buck stated. "We're trading short-term spending for the promise of long-term savings." Buck continued, "The deal raids the Social Security trust fund to bailout the Disability Insurance Program, a program that needs real reform." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Citizens United decision that President Obama railed against during his State of the Union address is the law of the land. Liberals have largely failed at attempts to undo Citizens United through legislation. Unfortunately, they have been successful today in carrying out their fight against the First Amendment in the courtroom. I'm confident Citizens United will prevail on appeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause. (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) voted for The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (S. 2943). The NDAA provides $619 billion for national defense purposes and includes a 2.1% pay raise for America's troops, the largest raise in the past six years. The bill also ends the reductions in troops, provides advanced funding for submarines and amphibious ships, improves healthcare quality for our troops and their families, and continues the prohibition on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center detainees to the United States. " (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congress passed a spending bill that disregards our duty to future generations, adding billions more to the debt, failing once again to seriously tackle our nation's deficit," said Congressman Buck. "I voted against this legislation because I believe both parties need to come together and find ways to limit spending on both the domestic and defense side of the ledger. Until we do this, the prosperity of our generation and future generations will be anchored to our ballooning deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • "I came to Congress to advance real solutions that address what I consider to be the biggest threat to America: our unconscionable national debt. Congress' fiscal irresponsibility presents a serious threat to our national security and jeopardizes America's economic stability. We cannot continue to disregard our duty to future generations. I am glad to join my colleagues in cosponsoring this important resolution." (votesmart.org)
  • "Our transportation infrastructure must meet the needs of Colorado's growing population and bustling economy," stated Congressman Ken Buck. "I've worked closely, alongside my colleagues in the delegation, to emphasize to the Department of Transportation the importance of the I-25 Gap project for the people who rely on this section of the interstate as a key thoroughfare. These grant dollars will make Colorado better connected, benefiting our economy and our communities." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act . (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 622 - State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "As President Trump recently stated, "we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself." Unfortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will harm our future generations in ways that the coronavirus never could -- by drastically increasing our national debt by stuffing this bill with pork. The President has shown strong leadership during these trying times, seeking to help struggling families and small businesses. Congress must do the same. But we can't do so at the expense of our children and grandchildren's future." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "I voted for the Republican Study Committee Budget, which represents a serious vision for balancing our budget. It repeals Obamacare and promises to use the budget reconciliation to achieve that goal. It devolves transportation decisions back to states and local governments, and it delegates elementary and secondary education to states and localities," (votesmart.org)
  • "The issue of school choice is a limited government issue. We have to decide how much control the federal government should have over our children's education. I believe parents and local leaders are best equipped to make these decisions, because they know the unique needs of their students." (buck.house.gov)
  • "Moreover, spending the American people's tax dollars on crony capitalism is despicable. Renewable energy should be free to compete in the energy marketplace. American families shouldn't be asked to subsidize costly, inefficient, and uncompetitive green energy with their hard-earned tax dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a plegde stating: "8. Pass an "All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy: Authorize the exploration of proven energy reserves to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources from unstable countries and reduce regulatory barriers to all other forms of energy creation, lowering prices and creating competition and jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congressman Ken Buck voted against H.R. 8, an unconstitutional gun control bill that criminalizes gun transfers between law-abiding citizens who have no criminal record and no criminal intent. As a staunch Second Amendment supporter, Congressman Ken Buck is committed to defending Americans' Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. Congressman Ken Buck issued the following statement: "This legislation is fundamentally flawed. It won't do anything to stop mass shootings or prevent violent criminals from obtaining firearms," stated Congressman Ken Buck." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congressman Ken Buck spoke strongly about the President's latest executive action on gun control, calling for the protection of Second Amendment rights and for a return to constitutional governance. President Obama's executive actions bypass Congress, and in doing so bypass the will of the people. They also set a precedent for future violations of the Second Amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • "Democrats referenced many studies on domestic violence in this bill, but they conveniently overlooked the science that shows firearm access and training can be an invaluable tool to empower and protect victims of domestic violence." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, Congressman Ken Buck voted for the first step in repealing and replacing Obamacare by supporting the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017. This legislation will serve as a vehicle for the replacement of Obamacare, fulfilling a promise Republicans made to the American people. Congressman Buck wants to replace Obamacare with a more market-oriented plan that makes healthcare affordable for all Coloradans. At the same time, Buck wants to ensure that there are no lapses in coverage during the transition and that anyone who has coverage now, including those with pre-existing conditions, maintains access to coverage. "I voted today to begin the process of replacing Obamacare with a more affordable, patient-centered alternative," Congressman Ken Buck stated. "As we craft the replacement system, I'm eager to listen to the concerns and ideas of my constituents." (votesmart.org)
  • "'Obamacare's deleterious effects on the middle class are not up for question. Hundreds of thousands of Americans in Colorado alone have been harmed by the President's healthcare law. Perhaps one of the most perverse aspects of the law is how it grows government at the expense of the middle class. We will not create an opportunity economy, nor will we restore America, by gutting and punishing the middle class. Under Barack Obama's leadership, Wall Street is thriving, and government dependence is increasing, while the middle class shrinks,' Buck said." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "Half the states in the union are backing a lawsuit to stop the president by questioning the legality of the entire amnesty decree." (twitter.com)
  • ".@BarackObama's #amnesty executive order is reckless brinkmanship for crass political gain. #copolitics" (kenbuck.co)
  • "Congress can't fund Mr. Obama's #amnesty executive order because the order itself is illegal. #copolitics" (kenbuck.co)
  • Rated 98% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's deal with Iran is at best delusional and at worst despicable. It makes the entire world less safe. Whether you live in Julesburg or Jerusalem, a nuclear Iran poses a threat," (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "The onus is now on Congress. This should not be a partisan issue; both Republicans and Democrats have the responsibility to protect the American people. If the details on the agreement are in fact true, both parties must vote against this deal. President Obama and Secretary Kerry pursued their legacy, we must now work together to ensure our future!" (votesmart.org)
  • "The President's deal with Iran is at best delusional and at worst despicable. It makes the entire world less safe. Whether you live in Julesburg or Jerusalem, a nuclear Iran poses a threat," (votesmart.org)
  • "The onus is now on Congress. This should not be a partisan issue; both Republicans and Democrats have the responsibility to protect the American people. If the details on the agreement are in fact true, both parties must vote against this deal. President Obama and Secretary Kerry pursued their legacy, we must now work together to ensure our future!" (votesmart.org)
  • "U.S., Israel and others had been working covertly to disrupt and destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program. Not anymore. (kenbuck.co)
  • "To start, it is time to have a serious debate and vote on repeal of the 2002 AUMF, which authorized the use of force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq. This authorization has fully outlived its purpose, given the death of Hussein, regime change and the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2011, regardless of how one views the merits of that withdrawal." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "To start, it is time to have a serious debate and vote on repeal of the 2002 AUMF, which authorized the use of force against Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq. This authorization has fully outlived its purpose, given the death of Hussein, regime change and the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2011, regardless of how one views the merits of that withdrawal." (votesmart.org)
  • "Working with our allies and partners, we urge you to maintain and increase pressure on Iran and Russia to constrain their destabilizing activities. America must continue economic and diplomatic efforts to counter Iran's support for Hezbollah and other terrorist groups as well as Russia's support for the brutal Assad regime. We encourage full implementation of sanctions authorized in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a broadly supported bipartisan bill that you signed into law. Clear and sustained American action and close coordination with our allies and partners can send an important message of resolve to malign actors in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • "We write today to reaffirm the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The effort you have led to modernize the agreement for the 21st century is incredibly important and, in combination with the historic tax cuts that you signed last year, has the potential to unleash the American economy unlike any other time before." (votesmart.org)
  • "We are writing to express deep concern about the prospect of broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. Because tariffs are taxes that make U.S. businesses less competitive and U.S. consumers poorer, any tariffs that are imposed should be desiged to address specific distortions caused by unfair trade practices in a targeted way while minimizing negative consequences on American businesses and consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in free trade, but this President has proven over and over again that he can't be trusted to make decisions that are good for America. He has a history of paying back his special interest friends at the expense of the rest of us. I'm afraid he'll put his global warming, gun control, immigration, and labor agendas into future trade agreements." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We are writing to express deep concern about the prospect of broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. Because tariffs are taxes that make U.S. businesses less competitive and U.S. consumers poorer, any tariffs that are imposed should be desiged to address specific distortions caused by unfair trade practices in a targeted way while minimizing negative consequences on American businesses and consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We write today to reaffirm the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The effort you have led to modernize the agreement for the 21st century is incredibly important and, in combination with the historic tax cuts that you signed last year, has the potential to unleash the American economy unlike any other time before." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in free trade, but this President has proven over and over again that he can't be trusted to make decisions that are good for America. He has a history of paying back his special interest friends at the expense of the rest of us. I'm afraid he'll put his global warming, gun control, immigration, and labor agendas into future trade agreements." (votesmart.org)

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