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Ken Buck Amendment to House Rules Passes Republican Conference

November 29, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676


Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Republican Conference announced the rules of the 115th Congress, which were approved on November 16. Included was a rule offered by Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) that ensures the House of Representatives spends time considering legislation to reassert the Article I authority of the legislative branch. Between excessive rulemaking and executive orders, the executive branch has overstepped its constitutional authority to simply execute the laws made by Congress. The rule passed today encourages the House Majority Leader to schedule floor time for the consideration of single issue bills related to Article I authority. 

“Republicans promised to roll back President Obama’s oppressive regulatory regime,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “This House rule allows Congress to reassert its rightful authority over the executive branch by repealing excessive regulations and overreaching executive orders.”

By designating floor time specifically for the purpose of repealing President Obama’s agenda of overreach, the House will be able to quickly and efficiently assist President-elect Trump in rolling back federal red tape and implementing an agenda to create jobs and secure America

The full rules can be read here. Below is the amendment added by Congressman Ken Buck: 

(b) It is further the policy of the Republican Conference that—

(1)       the Majority Leader shall prioritize measures that seek to preserve Congress’ authorities under Article I of the Constitution when scheduling the House Floor, which should periodically include, after receiving concurrence from the appropriate committee chairs of primary jurisdiction, designated floor time for consideration of single-issue bills related to exercising such authorities; and

(2)      the Republican Conference shall periodically schedule Planning Conferences to include the topic of preserving and exercising Article I of the Constitution.