Rep. Buck on 2,465-Page Spending Bill: 'I Will Never Vote Yes on a Bill I Haven't Read and I Will Not Have Time to Read That'

By Megan Williams | October 1, 2021 | 11:05am EDT
House Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), right, and House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).  (Getty Images)
House Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), right, and House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked if he would read all 2,456 pages of the Build Back Better Act before voting on it, House Rep. Ken Buck (R-Col.) said he would not have time to read it and would never for a bill he had not read.

On Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, CNS News asked the congressman, “The Build Back Better Act the House Budget Committee approved is 2,465 pages long, will you read the entire bill before voting on it?”

Buck replied, “I will never vote yes on a bill that I haven’t read, and I will not have time to read that.”

The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act was approved by the House Budget Committee on Saturday, Sept. 25. Committee chairman, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), explained the purpose of the bill in a press release.

“The Build Back Better Act makes the transformative investments at the scale necessary to meet the needs of the American people,” Yarmuth said. “The job is not done until we deliver the Build Back Better Act to the Oval Office and get these investments to the American people.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues in the House on Sunday, Sept. 26, explaining their plans for the legislation and the rest of the week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)    (Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Getty Images)

“This week is a week of opportunity, as we work to keep government open, conclude negotiations on the Build Back Better Act and advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework,” Pelosi wrote.

Pelosi reportedly was trying to get a vote on the legislation on Thursday, but that was delayed because the progressive Democrats (radical left-wing) in the House do not support breaking the legislation into two separate bills and are holding the line on the $3.5 trillion price tag.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) (Getty Images)

Negotiations in the House are ongoing.

Senate Democrats Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have repeatedly said they will not vote for a $3.5 trillion bill.

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