Ken Buck is a U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 4th District. Buck was first elected in 2014. He has opposed national monument declarations, reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization, limiting public land transfers, preserving sage grouse habitat, and limiting methane pollution.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
U.S. Representative Ken Buck Buck Opposes National Monument Declarations.
Buck Introduced Legislation to Prevent Presidential National Monument Declarations. “Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced legislation Tuesday (H.R. 2258) to amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 so presidential declaration of a national monument will be a temporary measure. For a new national monument to achieve permanent status, each designation must be approved by Congress and by the legislatures affected by the declaration. … ‘President Obama and other presidents in the past have abused the power granted to them by the Antiquities Act. This bill will prevent the President from unilaterally advancing a political or policy objective that is harmful to the local community affected by the designation of a national monument.’” [Press Release, Congressman Ken Buck, 05/13/15]
U.S. Representative Ken Buck Buck Opposes Reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LCWF).
Buck Voted Against Permanently Reauthorizing LWCF. On May 25, 2016, a “motion was offered by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., and would direct the negotiations to include permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Senate’s version of the bill contains that provision. The House motion was rejected on a vote of 205-212, although it did receive some Republican support.” Buck voted against the motion. [Congressional Quarterly, 5/26/2016, FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 264, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/17/18]
U.S. Representative Ken Buck Buck Opposes Limiting Public Land Transfers.
Buck Voted Against Limiting Public Lands Transfers. “Representative Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, introduced an amendment on an Interior Department funding bill that would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest or were not part of Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act. This amendment would have effectively made public land transfers more difficult. With its failure, the possibility is still available to public land seizure proponents to sell off the lands that belong to all Americans to the highest bidder.” [National Wildlife Federation, Press Release, 9/14/17, FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 491, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/17/18]
U.S. Representative Ken Buck Buck Opposes Preserving Sage Grouse Habitat.
Buck Voted Against Preserving Sage Grouse Conservation Plans. During consideration of the Interior and Environmental Appropriations bill in 2016, the House of Representatives voted on an amendment sponsored by Rep. Niki Tsongas that would protect plans to conserve the threatened sage grouse’s habitat across the western United States. On July 14, 2016 the House rejected the Tsongas amendment by a vote of 184-241 (House roll call vote 474). National Environmental Scorecard, League of Conservation Voters, accessed 10/17/18, FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 474, Office of the Clerk-House of Representatives, accessed 10/17/18]
U.S. Representative Ken Buck Buck Opposes Efforts to Limit Methane Pollution.
Buck Voted to Repeal Methane Rule.“The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to roll back the Bureau of Land Management’s nascent rule requiring oil and gas companies to look for and fix field equipment that may be leaking methane, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The move is part of Republicans’ broader effort to dismantle some regulations put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration. The House and U.S. Senate, which also has a Republican majority, also gave final approval this week to a measure that eliminates a rule that blocked companies from putting coal mining debris into nearby streams. The votes implemented the Congressional Review Act, which dates to the 1970s and has been rarely used prior to the last few weeks. The act allows Congress to review regulations put forward by agencies during the last 60 legislative days and eliminate them via a majority vote and the approval of the President. The act also bars agencies from issuing similar regulations in the future — unless a future Congress grants the agency the authority to do so. Colorado’s Representatives voted along party lines on whether to eliminate the BLM’s methane rule, which was modeled on Colorado’s own regulations: Voting yes were: Reps. Ken Buck, R-Windsor; Mike Coffman, R-Aurora; Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs; and Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.” [Cathy Proctor, “Congress votes to roll back BLM’s methane rule, similar to Colorado’s limits,” Denver Business Journal, 02/03/17]