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117th Congress: Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.)

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) joins Washington Post Live on Friday, June 25 at 11:00am ET (Video: The Washington Post)

House Democrats and Republicans recently introduced sweeping legislation to rein in the power of technology giants. If passed into law, the bills would lead to a dramatic overhaul of decades-old competition laws. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, joins Washington Post Live to discuss the proposed bills and other items on the legislative agenda.

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Highlights

“We have four corporations in America that are too big, and we need to make sure we increase competition, we increase consumer choice and we open the marketplace up to innovation. And these four companies, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have suppressed competition in the marketplace. This is really a starting point, I can’t emphasize that enough… These are ideas that have gone through an 18-month investigation… they are going to survive a process on the House floor, and we call that in Congress ‘regular order.’” (Video: Washington Post Live)
The Republican said it’s important to regulate big tech companies to hold them accountable and not as a means to give the federal government more power. “Ideas have bipartisan support. Privacy, competition… The devil is in the details... There are a lot of Republicans that are more concerned about big government than they are big tech… The key is to find that sweet spot… where we can convince Republican we’re not empowering Biden administration… but rather we are making sure we are holding big tech accountable.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I haven’t taken a position on it… I’m a lot concerned frankly with spending in this country and I think that we are spending too much money and we’ve got to figure out how to rein in that spending… I think we all recognize that there are needs, but a lot of the needs… should be funded by state and local government.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
Rep. Buck criticized the newly announced committee to investigate the January 6th riot, and said ideas around the riot–like it being “inspired by white supremacists"–are “really unnecessary.” “I understand the Speaker’s desire to keep the focus on January 6th, and some of it is frankly myth. The idea that this was inspired by white supremacists, or that it was an armed insurrection, or that it was an attempted coup, all that kind of language is really unnecessary.” (Video: Washington Post Live)

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.)

Congressman Ken Buck is a Republican from Windsor, representing Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He was first elected to Congress on November 4, 2014, and is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives.

Ken serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He serves as the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, and he also serves on the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. He also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, The Pacific, and Nonproliferation.

Ken Buck learned the value of hard work from his grandfather, who opened a shoe repair store in Greeley in the 1930s. One of three brothers, Ken worked his way through high school, college, and law school as a janitor, truck driver, furniture mover, and ranch hand.

After law school, Ken worked for Congressman Dick Cheney (R-WY) on the Iran-Contra Investigation and then became a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1990, Ken joined the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office where he became the Chief of the Criminal Division.

In 2002, Ken joined Hensel Phelps Construction Co. in Greeley as a business executive.

Starting in 2004, Ken Buck was elected Weld County District Attorney three times. He led a staff of more than sixty people with a strong record of criminal prosecution and crime prevention. Under Ken’s leadership, the crime rate in Weld County dropped 50%, one of the best records in the country.

Ken is a Christian and a leader in his profession and community. Ken has volunteered and served on the boards of many important community groups. As District Attorney, Ken brought together community leaders to create the Juvenile Assessment Center. The Center has helped more than two thousand kids and their families get back on the right path in life.

Ken’s son Cody graduated from West Point and served in the U.S. Army. Ken’s daughter Kaitlin works as a business executive in Colorad

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