Retiring GOP Rep. Ken Buck scorches the House of Representatives on his way out the door: 'This place just keeps going downhill'

  • Retiring Rep. Ken Buck didn't hold back when discussing the House while on Capitol Hill this week.

  • "This place just keeps going downhill, and I don't need to spend my time here," he said, per WaPo.

  • Buck, a conservative who was first elected to the House in 2014, is stepping down later this month.

After flipping control of the US House of Representatives in 2022, Republicans planned to use their newfound majority in the 118th Congress as a strong check on the Biden administration.

But onetime California Rep. Kevin McCarthy's tumultuous stint as speaker — and unrelenting congressional gridlock — has deeply affected the chamber, sparking a wave of lawmakers from both parties to call it quits before the 2024 elections.

Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, an ardent conservative who was one of just three House Republicans to oppose the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, is the latest addition to the list of departing lawmakers. And in sharply-worded remarks earlier this week, Buck wasn't optimistic about the state of the institution he's served since 2015.

"This place just keeps going downhill, and I don't need to spend my time here," he told reporters, according to The Washington Post.

After Buck leaves the House on March 22, House Republicans will have a narrower 218-213 majority, making things even tougher for Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana as he seeks to corral votes and hold together a conference that has suffered from bitter divisions.

Earlier this week, Buck told CNN that upon leaving Congress, he'd seek to work on election reform, pointing to the dissatisfaction many Americans have for the upcoming presidential rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

"Everywhere I go in Colorado … I hear that people are not happy with Trump and they're not happy with Biden, and I think we need to change our electoral laws here," he told the network. "I have a passion for that and I'm going to leave, and I'm going to find the right organization to join, and I'm going to start working on that issue."

"We have to have better candidates, up and down the ballot, not just president, but Senate, House, local offices," he continued. "We've got to find better ways to elect candidates and bring Americans together."

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