Lavish parties. Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder. Welcome to Washington, D.C., the swamp that President Donald Trump was elected to drain.
Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in our nation's capital. Elected in 2014 as president of one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever to enter Congress, Buck immediately realized why nothing gets done in Congress, and it isn't because of political gridlock—in fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt.
"It is an insular process directed by power-hungry party elites who live like kings and govern like bullies," Buck reports.
Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress continually prioritize short-term political gain over lasting, principled leadership. When Buck tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for America instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even denied dining room privileges by the petty beltway bullies.
In Drain the Swamp, Buck names names and tells incredible true stories about what really happened behind closed doors in Congress during legislative battles that have ensued over the last two years including budget, continuing resolutions, omnibus, trade promotion authority, Iran, and more. If the Trump administration is going to bring real change to Washington, it first needs to get the whole story—from deep inside the swamp.
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Table of Contents
1 Why Washington Is a Swamp 7
2 Welcome to Washington, Congressman! 19
3 Play the Game-or Else 29
4 Crisis of Character 43
5 Beating the Beltway Bullies 53
6 Corporate Welfare 63
7 Swamp-Based Accounting 75
8 Zombie Government 85
9 Profiteering in the Swamp 95
10 When Washington Takes Control 103
11 How President Trump Can Help Drain the Swamp 119
12 Using the Constitution to Drain the Swamp 129
13 Throw the Bums Out-and Other Reforms 137
14 What You Can Do to Drain the Swamp 147
Appendix A 153
Appendix B 155
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