Representative Ken Buck (CO-04) appeared on Fox News Saturday morning to commend President Trump in his fight to increase the stimulus check payments to $2,000—but not without House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stripping the bill of its “pork projects.”
“I am absolutely in favor of giving the American people $2,000. I think it’s the right move. I think the President is absolutely right,” Buck said. “But that’s only part of what the President is suggesting.”
Recalling the last attempted stimulus bill, Buck said Pelosi forced the 5,593-page bill through Congress without giving anyone a chance to read it because she “stuffed this bill full of pork.”
“If she strips the pork, if she stops giving her pet projects in the United States and overseas this money, she will get Republican support,” Buck said. “If Nancy Pelosi does that, I think she will get overwhelming Republican support—she will certainly have my support.”
Buck clarified that he will not vote for an increase in COVID checks to $2,000 if the extra “pork” remains in the bill.
The Congressman listed some of the pet projects: funding museums for women’s history, social engineering projects in Pakistan, and funding a panel to examine succession of the Dalai Lama.
“Just to add a $2,000 payment instead of a $600 payment to the pork that’s in the bill is just unacceptable,” he said.
Watch the full interview here.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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