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March 05, 2020 12:40 PM UTC

Whaaa??? Ken Buck Votes No on Coronavirus Funding

  • by: Colorado Pols

THURSDAY UPDATE: By a vote of 96-1, the U.S. Senate approved the $8.3 billion coronavirus response legislation that passed out of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was the lone dissenting voice in the Senate; he joins Colorado Rep. Ken Buck and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs as literally the only Members of Congress who refused to support a funding bill to help in the response to the ongoing COVID-19 threat. President Trump is expected to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk.


UPDATE #2: This is working out well:


UPDATE: Here’s Buck’s, uh, rationale for today’s vote. We’re sure it’s not lost on our readers that a guy accusing Democrats of “politicizing” the coronavirus just did exactly that:

Cool. Maybe you can ask the coronavirus to stop infecting people while you have this spending debate.


Rep. Ken Buck (R) pressed the red button today.

There were only two “NO” votes today when the House of Representatives voted to pass an $8.3 billion emergency spending bill for coronavirus (COVID-19) response. As CNBC reports:

The House passed a sweeping bill Wednesday allocating more than $8 billion in emergency funds to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The vote was 415-2. Republican Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado and Andy Biggs of Arizona were the only members to vote against the legislation. [Pols emphasis]

The emergency funding package, which provides more than $3 billion in vaccine research and $2.2 billion in prevention and preparedness efforts, was unveiled hours earlier following days of negotiations on Capitol Hill.

The coronavirus bill will head to the Senate, where leaders there hope they can quickly bring it to a vote. If the bill passes that chamber, it will move to the Oval Office desk of President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

Yeah, that part about Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) caused a double-take for us, too. But here’s the official vote count:

We can’t imagine what kind of ridiculous logic Buck will try to use to justify voting “NO” on funding for coronavirus response. Remember that this is the same Ken Buck who is the Chairman of the State Republican Party in Colorado, so he’s really going to have a lot of explaining to do here.


32 thoughts on “Whaaa??? Ken Buck Votes No on Coronavirus Funding

  1. Dems will be able to message the danger of GOP/Trump incompetence regarding COVID-19.  Cutting the pandemic specialist position at the NSC, proposing massive cuts to the CDC, the CDC sending out inaccurate test kits, the NIH refusing local hospitals to conduct their own tests, etc.  This makes Katrina look like a well-oiled response, and it affects all of the US, not just one locality.  Can't wait till November!

    1. I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks that this could be Yammie-pie’s Katrina. Looks like I was right. If Trish Zornio, with her background, doesn’t pummel Buck from now ’til November with this vote and these remarks, she doesn’t belong in politics.

      1. Zornio does lecture at Stanford on rare and undiagnosed diseases. She is a “translational scientist”, which basically means someone who can apply lab research to current public health problems. In addition, she has degrees in neuropsychology and neuropharmacology.

        So yes, Zornio might actually have an informed opinion on the coronavirus. If she doesn’t make the 15% threshold at the state Assembly, Polis ought to appoint her to whatever body will be coordinating Colorado’s response to the virus. 

         Ike McCorkle , Buck’s opponent in CD4, is an honorably discharged wounded Marine officer. He has good ideas, but no scientific expertise that I know of. 

    2. Ballots in hand first week of OCtober.
      That message better be out by… August, right when the Commander in CHief will be invading Iran or SK or Syria or somewhere.



  2. Buck is right.

    Why should the US pay for corona virus?

    There is a free market solution – 

    – if you don't want a vaccine, don't get one
    – if you want a vaccine- pay for it
    – if you don't want to get sick, don't get the virus
    – if you get sick, don't seek treatment

    Latest is the Covid 19 likely escaped from a  lab. You want compensation – lawyer up. Will it take more than a few weeks for the class to get certified and the lawsuits to start?
    C'mon people – I had family die from mesothelioma – they got all that free fireproofing for their lungs and the nerve to expect to be compensated?
    I had family die from the black lung pulling coal up from under cornfields in Illinois and they paid by the ton. When they stopped moving coal – why should they get paid?

    I'm sure some of you Coloradoans have family who worked at Rocky Flat and whined about getting sick. Likewise, the flaming tap water in O&G country.  Free gas that they didn't pay for.

    Buck is right.
    Let the free market sort it out.
    Just like that time he got a warrant to go find a few dozen files from some tax preparors office to look for faxe SSN, and he took everything in the building and offered to release it after he copied it all. Warrant? You want to require a warrant – get your citizenship first.



  3. Perhaps Ken should rethink…

    In Wake of AIPAC, Israeli Health Ministry Orders Self-Quarantine of Residents Returning From Conferences Abroad

    On Tuesday, thousands of conference attendees fanned out across Capitol Hill, meeting with senators, House members, and their staff.

    1. AIPAC doesn't mention the connection to their speaker/attendee Mike Pence

      – to 45 cadets

      – to another cadet (and his mother) now in quarantine because of

      – exposure to someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

      Is 4 degrees of separation enough?  Shouldn't Pence be quarantined, just to err on the side of caution?

      1. He put Pence in charge so he can throw Pence under the bus and get a new VP

        I read that – I thought the Onion was funny again.
        But I think it could be right

        He needs to hold the states he won last time that were … close or should be flippable. Plus he gets a woman on the ticket. And now that 's he's exonerated,.. what the evangelicals are going to vote D? They love him

        1. I’m figuring Pence is being set up, too. He’s going to be a drag on the ticket and that’s the last thing Yammie-pie needs. “You failed. You’re fired!” is so much more his style; just like on T.V..

          1. Yes, Pence will be the fall guy when the coronavirus death toll climbs and the economy is tanking. Anyone who has stuck with Trump this long deserves what they get, IMHO.

  4. Pence and Buck share a Christian Dominionist world view. They probably see the coronavirus as “God’s will”in winnowing out the sinners and saving the true believers. 

    Perhaps they can get Chaps to perform an exorcism if some of their own families or political circle start falling ill. Live snake handling ought a do it.

    The good news is that all of this will be driving germophobe Donnie (even more) batshit

    1. …or someone could send Donnie the Jr. one billllionn dollars and he'll fix the problem!  Why is it the klan thinks the answer to every question is to send them money? If you're not following Noel Casler on Twitter you're missing some really entertaining exchanges: 

  5. I’m on a live town hall call with Ken Buck. # is 970- 702-2136. I had an opportunity to ask a question, so I asked why Buck voted against funding the coronavirus response.

    Probably, they won’t play my question.

    Someone else asked it. His cheesy answer: he would have voted for it if it had been only 2.3 billion, but “Pelosi put extra stuff in it.” “ I’m deeply concerned about the health of my constituents, but equally concerned about the Federal deficit.”


      1. Geezuz (the real one, not the #WhiteProsperity edition). The maroon says this with a straight face

        COVID19 got a little more real for me today: the farm manager for a man whom I know well and we share board seats on a non-profit contracted COVID and died.  He was 56, in good health and they still aren’t sure how he contracted the virus (located in western Virginia).

  6. #WingnutWelfare #NOTSocialism

    White House likely to pursue federal aid for shale companies hit by oil shock, coronavirus downturn

    The White House is strongly considering pushing federal assistance for oil and natural gas producers hit by plummeting oil prices amid the coronavirus outbreak, as industry officials close to the administration clamor for help, according to four people familiar with internal deliberations.

    President Trump has touted the growth of oil and natural gas production under his administration, celebrating their rise in politically crucial swing states such as Pennsylvania. But many oil and gas firms were hammered Monday by the price war that broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, driving oil prices down in their steepest one-day drop in almost 30 years.

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