Republican Rep. Ken Buck is exiting Congress early, further eroding GOP majority

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WASHINGTON Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., who announced past autumn he would not activity re-election, said Tuesday he will resign from Congress astatine nan extremity of adjacent week, further shrinking nan GOP's already razor-thin majority.

"Today I americium announcing that I will depart Congress astatine nan extremity of adjacent week," Buck said successful a statement. "I look guardant to staying progressive successful our governmental process, arsenic good arsenic spending much clip successful Colorado and pinch my family."

His departure will trim nan House Republican separator to 218-213; Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., will still person 2 votes to spare earlier needing Democrats to govern.

Buck is simply a personnel of nan ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus, but he made a sanction for himself successful Washington for often breaking pinch his statement connected awesome issues.

He criticized his chap Republicans for echoing erstwhile President Donald Trump’s mendacious claims that nan 2020 statesmanlike predetermination was stolen. He has expressed doubts that Republicans person recovered immoderate grounds that President Joe Biden has committed an impeachable offense.

Most recently, Buck collapsed pinch his statement and was 1 of 3 Republicans who voted against nan impeachment of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Scott Wong

Scott Wong is simply a elder legislature newsman for NBC News.