Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

Reps. Hunter and Hastings Introduce the Expanding America’s Workforce Act

2017/10/19

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-California) and Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Florida) introduced the Expanding America’s Workforce Act of 2017.

Introducing the legislation, Congressman Hunter – a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce said, “Millions of Americans are seeking to gain the skills needed for well-paying careers.  We need to modernize the Higher Education Act to meet the specific needs of these students.  It is an essential step to rebuilding America’s Middle Class and providing a new era of opportunity for these students.”

Congressman Hastings emphasized the proposal’s importance in serving the diversity of today’s student population.  “A quality education is critical to the realization of the American Dream.  We are blessed to live in a country that has historically worked to ensure that every child has access to a free, public education.  However, postsecondary education in some instances is still in need of improvement.  I believe that we should be working across the aisle in Congress to support bipartisan measures, which will help to create greater access for students seeking a postsecondary degree to have more opportunities in the job market.”

Since last November, leaders engaged in postsecondary career education from across the nation worked to develop a series of recommendations connecting the Higher Education Act to jobs.  In doing so, they emphasized that today the Higher Education Act serves as our nation’s primary source of support for careers requiring some level of postsecondary education.  The proposal includes four key items:

 

Short-Term Workforce Pell Grants:

A key element of the legislation is to provide a pathway for students to engage in short-term programs of 8 to 12 weeks by creating a new “Short-Term Workforce Pell Grant”.  Many adults who obtained undergraduate degrees over 10 years ago may need new training to re-enter the workforce in today’s technology-based workplace, where there are many jobs to be attained.  Under the proposal, if students are financially eligible for such awards, a previous degree would not prevent eligibility.  In addition, individuals who have not completed high school can receive a Short-Term Workforce Pell Grant to attend an eligible program to prepare them to enter the workforce.

 

Connecting Apprenticeships to Academic Degrees:

The act calls upon the Secretaries of Education and Labor to develop comprehensive articulation agreements that enable students to achieve academic credit for apprenticeship programs as the first step in their career ladder.

 

Enhancing Transfer of Credit:

Recognizing the continuing problems of student credit transfer, this proposal makes an important first step by mandating that identical academic programs of the same level, if approved by the same accreditor shall be automatically transferable between institutions unless schools request an additional assessment to prove competency.  The Secretary is required to monitor such implementation and provide a report on the acceptance/rejection of credit transfers and the specific reasons stated by the school rejecting such transfers.

 

Competency-Based Education:

Students, like veterans returning to school, may be eligible to enroll in Competency-Based Education programs approved by an institution’s accreditor, with now-enshrined eligibility for Title IV assistance.

 

Steve Gunderson, the president and CEO of Career Education Colleges & Universities commended Congressman Hunter and Congressman Hastings for their leadership in introducing this legislation.  “We had over 70 of our nation’s best career education experts help identify the key elements necessary to make the Higher Education Act a relevant tool to create job skills leading to real jobs, real wages and a real place in America’s Middle Class.  This proposal is an important first step in our nation addressing the need for 46.5 million new skilled workers by 2024.”  

 

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Hunter: No More Timeline, the Existential Threat Has Arrived

2017/09/28

Let’s be clear.  North Korea continues to threaten the United States with a nuclear assault.  North Korea has the capability to launch a nuclear attack and San Diego would be a primary target.  No more pontificating, no more hypothesizing, no more armchair quarterbacking.  The North Korean nuclear capability is real; there is no more timeline.  The existential threat has arrived.  The question now: is America’s military prepared and do we as a country have a willingness to proactively respond?

In complete defiance of U.N. Resolutions, North Korea’s ballistic missile tests, most recently over Hokkaido Island in Japan, demonstrated not only its ability to detonate nuclear weapons, but also to launch them and strike distant targets.  North Korea’s foreign minister characterized their weapons coming to the U.S. as “inevitable,” has accused President Trump of declaring war on North Korea, and is threatening to shoot down American aircraft at their discretion.

Kim Jong-un, a sociopathic dictator, who has literally murdered multiple members of his own family to consolidate his power, has crossed every red line – short of a successful attack on the United States or one of our allies.  North Korea has practiced, planned and announced how and why they will attack the U.S.  At this point, I’d be surprised if they didn’t strike.

Some argue that, regardless of North Korea’s actions, the U.S. is in a position to provide a complete defense.  The fact of the matter is that the continued provocations come at a time where we have lost two of our eight forward deployed Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to collisions.  This reduces our force readiness and leaves the United States in a vulnerable position in which multiple ships enabled with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System – a system designed to intercept short to intermediate range missiles – are disabled.  

Our Pacific U.S. ground bases are susceptible to an attack and, while the Navy has insisted that capabilities will remain the same, the reality is that we are still operating under a grossly anemic Obama shipbuilding budget and where naval shipbuilding was cut in the most recent Presidential Budget Request.  We have forward deployed ships, but they spend two-thirds of the year underway and one-third in maintenance and training.  This puts crews at greater risk by reducing their ability to adequately train and perform needed ship maintenance.

The recent implementation of economic sanctions was necessary and I recognize that it may seem China has taken an important step in implementing the UN’s most recent round of sanctions against North Korea.  Sanctioning North Korea under the auspices of any world order, such as the UN, the U.S., or the EU does not work because China cheats, and Russia is no better.  That’s why it is imperative the U.S. prepare itself with other alternatives.

Among these alternatives is a declaration of war and if the President were to request one, I would fully support the Commander-In-Chief in knowing the right time to strike and hit North Korea is before they hit us.  The time table for action should be decided by us, not our adversaries.  The U.S. should take North Korea at their word when they have repeatedly threatened attack.  I wrote about this in March 2015.  The Hunter Doctrine works in North Korea.

I’ve been to war in the modern sense and it should not be the case that millions of Americans go to bed worrying about an attack from a Third World dictatorship who managed to build a nuclear weapon.  North Korea is not Russia; it is not China; it is not a peer country.  North Korea believes they have weighed the U.S.; they believe they have measured the U.S.; but we will not be found wanting.  The only way North Korea can harm the United States is if we let them.  At this time, we can still seize the initiative.

This is the reality of the world in which we now live, and pretending the threat doesn’t exist is naive and an option I refuse to entertain.  

Rep. Duncan Hunter represents California’s 50th Congressional District and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

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September Update

2017/09/27

Last week, I had a productive work period in the District—meeting with a number of groups and visiting with members of the Coast Guard, who seized more than 50,000 pounds of narcotics on their latest deployment.  The first half of September was a busy one in Washington—addressing funding for the government and relief for storm victims.  I’m back at the Capitol this week where there’s an aggressive agenda ahead. 

North Korea

One of my top priorities is national security and safeguarding the United States from all threats – domestic and foreign.  Kim Jong-un continues to test and expand North Korea’s nuclear missile program, and solidify North Korea’s status as a direct existential threat to our country.  These tests have been met with tough economic sanctions ordered by President Trump that are designed to halt the development of North Korean nuclear warheads.  China seems willing to comply with the sanctions and it has been reported that China’s central bank has told banks in China to stop doing business with North Korea.  It is my hope that tightening the economic screws will aid in President Trump’s ability to completely denuclearize North Korea, however, should history be any indication, I remain extremely skeptical that sanctions alone will deter Kim Jong-un. 

With Naval readiness hindered by two separate collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain, two destroyers enabled with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the United States is left in a vulnerable position in the Pacific. In addition, Kim Jong-un released a statement in response to the economic sanctions vowing to make “the U.S. pay dearly” and stating that he “ will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”  Considering past actions taken by Kim Jong-un against his own flesh and blood, his threats should be taken seriously and may necessitate the use of force.

DACA

After Attorney General Sessions announced a wind-down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy earlier this month, there have been significant discussions about how DACA recipients will be addressed.  DACA began in 2012 under the Obama Administration and granted relief from deportation to certain individuals without lawful immigration status who were brought to the United States as children.  This action was taken without authority from Congress.  Under the Trump Administration’s updated policy, no new DACA requests can be submitted and no new renewal requests can be submitted after October 5.  

I met with DACA recipients in my office in El Cajon, and I appreciate the many contributions they have made to our country, as well as their desire to stay in a country that many of them spent most of their lives in.  While some of my colleagues have proposed legislation that will grant DACA recipients permanent resident status without making any further immigration reforms, I believe such a move is a mistake.  To permanently address our immigration challenges, we need a strong border and reliable enforcement of our immigration laws.  This includes legislation that will mandate e-verify and reform our visa allocation system.  It also means investing the necessary resources to build strong infrastructure along our border.  Without those serious reforms being achieved, I am unable to support legislation to address DACA.  I wrote to the President to explain my position; you can read my letter here.      

The Coast Guard

Last week in San Diego, I had the opportunity to witness the offloading of more than 50,000 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth more than $679 million from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton. The drugs, which were seized during multiple interdictions in the Eastern Pacific, were bound for our country.  This success represents more than just keeping drugs out of our country—the routes used to smuggle drugs can be used to smuggle weapons and people, which is why it is so important for the Coast Guard to be a successful line of defense.  

In my capacity as Chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Subcommittee, I’ve gotten to know the men and women of the Coast Guard, and I have been consistently impressed by their professionalism and capability.  Threats like the ones the Stratton confronts demonstrate why investments in the Coast Guard are so important, and why my subcommittee will continue to work with the Coast Guard to ensure it has the resources and authorities it needs.  Watch the video here.

FY2018 Funding

Another issue that took center stage last week was government funding for FY 2018, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018.  This legislation provides funding for critical federal programs that Americans rely on every day while, at the same time, reducing wasteful spending.  Bottom line is that, while I believe there is much more to do, we are heading in the right direction with this funding bill.  For a more detailed breakdown, the House Budget and Appropriations Committees have a number of resources.  The legislation is currently before the Senate.  

Gang Violence Crack Down

Further, the House continued to take steps to strengthen our nation's immigration laws by passing the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act.  This bill cracks down on gang violence by specifically prohibiting gang members from coming to the United States and detaining and removing them if they make their way to the United States to participate in gang activity. Under current law, membership in a criminal street gang does not make an immigrant inadmissible or deportable - and this bill changes that.  These transnational gangs pose a direct threat to public safety, and Congress is working to protect the American people by making our immigration laws tougher and giving our border security agents the tools to enforce them. 

Tax Reform

For the first time in many years we have the opportunity to restructure our overly complicated tax system to better serve hard-working Americans, make it competitive and incentivize companies to stay in our country and create jobs.  Today, American companies face the highest corporate tax rates in the world.  The effort of some American companies to restructure abroad in order to lower their tax burden is truly troubling and is a symptom of our broken tax code. 

I believe that one of my primary responsibilities as your representative in Congress is to look for ways to lessen the burden which the federal government places on the taxpayer.  By pursuing efforts like this, that reform and lower taxes, Congress can take a big step toward making the tax code more fair and equitable for all working Americans. 

As Congress begins the process of drafting legislation to reform our broken tax code, I want to hear your priorities on how Congress can write a tax code that best serves you.  

Military Nomination Applications

Each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of candidates of the 50th District to four of the five U.S. Service Academies.  Applications for a service academy nomination for this year are due by October 31st.  For more information on Military Academy Nominations, please contact Angelica Rodriguez in my El Cajon, CA office at 619-448-5201 or by email at Angelica.Rodriguez@mail.house.gov.

Social Media

If you haven’t already, visit my home page at hunter.house.gov or be sure to follow me online on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on our work in Congress.

In the meantime

Hearing from my constituents is crucial to my ability to represent our District in Congress. My positions on legislation are based on the effect such policies will have on California’s 50th District and the future of our country as a whole, regardless of which party occupies the White House.  Especially right now while our country is facing a number of major decisions, it is important for me to hear your views on how the laws passed in Washington will affect families in California. I hope that you will take the time to let me know about the issues that are important to you and your family.

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HUNTER REQUESTS PRESIDENTIAL PARDONS FOR FORMER BORDER PATROL AGENTS

2017/09/26

Washington, DC --  Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) sent a letter to President Trump requesting a presidential pardon for former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean who were sentenced to federal prison in 2006 for assault against the drug smuggler they were apprehending in the performance of their jobs.  While President Bush commuted their 10-year sentence in 2009, these agents remain convicted felons adversely affecting their employment opportunities and quality of life.

“These agents were in process of apprehending an illegal alien smuggling over 700 pounds of drugs into our country,” said Congressman Hunter.  “In the course of a struggle, and in what appeared to be the suspect brandishing a weapon, these agents fired their guns and hit him in the backside as he escaped back into Mexico.  Rather than reward these agents for their $1 million seizure, a U.S. Attorney offered the drug smuggler immunity in exchange for testimony to prosecute and convict them.  President Bush’s actions got Ramos and Compean out of prison and I’m calling on President Trump to take the next step and give these agents their lives back.”

Congressman Hunter’s letter comes after President Trump exercised his authority earlier this year to pardon former Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio.  Both Ramos and Compean were veterans of the U.S. Border Patrol with unblemished service records and Agent Ramos had previously been nominated for Border Patrol Agent of the Year.  Conversely, the drug smuggler, Mr. Aldrete-Davila, was captured again after this incident and pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges, including possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

Congressman Hunter's letter to President Trump can be viewed here.

 

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HUNTER INTRODUCES IMMIGRATION REFORM BILLS

2017/09/13

Washington, D.C. - Last week, Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) joined several of his congressional colleagues in introducing two important pieces of legislation critical in the ongoing effort to curb illegal immigration, the Legal Workforce Act, and the Immigration in the National Interest Act.

The administration is moving forward on its promises to construct a border wall, hire additional Border Patrol agents and provide resources along the border,” said Congressman Hunter.  “It is imperative that Congress does its part in making the necessary policy changes that reinforce federal law and address the jobs magnet our current policies allow to occur.  These actions will protect our homeland while, at the same time, help protect the American worker.

The Legal Workforce Act applies the E-Verify employment verification program to all new hires.  Currently, this program is mandatory for federal agencies and departments but only utilized on a volunteer basis for other sectors in the workforce.  E-Verify ensures that jobs are saved only for American workers and those authorized to legally work in the United States.  The bill stipulates that mandatory E-Verify for new hires will be phased in gradually in six month increments beginning on the date of enactment, with small businesses with less than 20 employees and the agriculture sector provided the largest amount of time to implement.

The Immigration in the National Interest Act protects American workers by prioritizing immigration based on those who have the skills to succeed, expand the economy and create jobs.  It is the House companion bill to the Raise Working Wages & Boost American Competitiveness (RAISE) Act that has been introduced in the Senate.  Specifically, this legislation replaces the outdated Diversity Visa lottery system with a skills-based framework that rewards applicants based on their individual merits that include education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, past achievements, and entrepreneurial initiative.  This system is similar to the merit-based immigration systems currently utilized by Canada and Australia.

 

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Hunter statement on transgender military service decision

2017/07/26

Washington DC—Today, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement regarding the President’s announcement on transgender military service:

“The President’s decision was the absolute right decision.  National security should trump social experimentation, always.  It’s about time that a decision is made to restore the warrior culture and allow the U.S. military to get back to business.”

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AN INDEPENDENCE DAY MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN HUNTER

2017/06/30

Celebrating Independence Day

As Independence Day approaches, we are reminded of what our Founding Fathers accomplished by signing the Declaration of Independence.    

It is a day of celebration to honor our country’s founders for their bravery and commitment to freedom and independence.  And it is a day to remember what our country stands for.  Our Founding Fathers' vision was to create a form of limited government that would protect a person's rights to life, liberty and property—and these freedoms are embodied in the Constitution and are worth celebrating and defending. 

On Independence Day, my family and I are also reminded of the cost and sacrifice needed for us to maintain our Founding Fathers’ vision.

As we prepare to spend time with family and friends, it’s important that we keep in mind the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women as well as the military families here at home. 

Among my highest priorities in Congress is ensuring the readiness of our military.  I believe we have a responsibility to support our troops, and honor the promises made to those who have made sacrifices for the freedom we have in this country. 

I answered that call to service in the days after 9/11 when I joined the Marine Corps, and I am joined in Congress by a growing list of distinguished military veterans that continue their service to their country in the House.  Even though I no longer wear a military uniform, my priorities remain the same: ensuring a safe and prosperous nation. 

Job Opportunities for Veterans

For returning military veterans, I am committed to ensuring that those coming out of the military have great jobs, and are able lead a productive life.  Starting a new career isn’t always easy.  However, many of the skills and attributes that veterans develop while serving can be applied to employment in civilian life.

To that end, this week the House—with my support—passed H.R. 2547, the Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act, which would allow all VA medical professionals, including advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants, to issue commercial driver certifications.  In addition, the House passed H.R. 2258, the ADVANCE Act, which would extend an exemption to commercial drivers’ license driving tests to active duty members of the armed forces and reserves who have experience driving vehicles similar to commercial vehicles.  I’ve undertaken similar efforts in my capacity as Chairman of the Subcommittee on  the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to enable servicemembers to have an easier time transitioning to a civilian maritime career. 

Veterans Health Care

I am also committed to ensuring that our veterans receive each and every benefit to what they are entitled.  Additionally, I understand how difficult it can be for veterans and military families to deal with the bureaucracy that unfortunately can occur at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).  Instances of mismanagement or misconduct by the VA have become systemic, and our veterans deserve better. 

S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 recently passed the House and the Senate, and was signed into law by President Trump on June 23, 2017.  This act will make it easier for the VA secretary to remove problematic employees at the department, while strengthening whistleblower protections.  This legislation is a positive step forward in restoring public trust in the VA.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an issue with the VA, or any federal agency for that matter, and need assistance, please contact my district office at 619-448-5201 and we will be happy to be of service.  I would also encourage you to visit my website at www.hunter.house.gov to learn of other services my office can provide and where you may also sign up to get my e-newsletter and receive updates on legislative issues.

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Being elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives is a great honor and responsibility.  I remain dedicated to bettering the lives of people in our region and all Americans, and look forward to assisting you in any way I can.

As we prepare to enjoy this holiday weekend, please take the time to think of those before us and those who continue to defend us, our freedoms, and our way of life. 

Happy Fourth! 

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Hunter: Let President Trump try to work with Russia

2017/05/17

President Trump is under assault for his posture toward Russia and Vladimir Putin. This is true even as American presidents are fully within their prerogative to establish working relationships with world leaders, and President Trump most certainly deserves the same opportunity.

None of what has incited controversy should be seen as altering the view that Russia is a competitor that will take advantage of any weakness.

Recall in 2001 when President George W. Bush said he found Putin to be “very straightforward and trustworthy” and he “was able to get a sense of his soul.”

Then there was President Obama’s hot mic moment with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, telling him that Putin should give him more “space” and that “after my election, I have more flexibility.” No less unforgettable was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presentation of a “reset button” to the Russian foreign minister.

Despite these exercises in diplomacy, Putin has been emboldened. So much so, even after Bush saw his soul and Obama was afforded flexibility, Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

President Trump is acting as any president would, but his administration faces new challenges with Russia. Russia is fighting the Islamic State in Syria while also factoring into the debate on North Korea and Iran. All the while, Putin makes no apology for defending Russia’s interests.

Neither does President Trump when it comes to our own. This was underscored by the missile strike in Syria that occurred without Putin’s knowledge or consent.

Now a recent meeting in the Oval Office with a Russian diplomat is inciting new fears, even though it in no way shifted the U.S.-Russia relationship — just as Presidents Bush or Obama were unable to influence Russia through their own diplomatic endeavors.

If anything, President Trump is demonstrating a willingness to work with Russia but only to a point. A more accurate presumption should be that President Trump might not care too much what Putin thinks when it comes to putting America first.

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Spend a day with me...

2017/05/09

Representative Duncan Hunter is often called the warfighter’s Congressman—and a segment recently aired on FOX News explains why… 

It’s a must-see report.  

FOX anchor Pete Hegseth spent a day on Capitol Hill with Representative Hunter to get a sense of why he takes on some of the fights he does.    

Watch it here: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5422865779001/?#sp=show-clips

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PRESIDENT TRUMP AT 100 DAYS AND COUNTING

2017/05/01

Last weekend marked 100 days in office for President Trump and if the next 100 days are anything like the first, there’s cause for optimism.  And his relationship with Congress to advance a cooperative agenda on behalf of American families and taxpayers is beginning to hit its stride.

In the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, Congress sent 29 bills to the President’s desk—the most for any President since 1949… And nearly half the measures aim to reduce excessive regulation, providing a direct benefit to the American economy and creating a pro-job growth environment.

Federal funding to advance medical research and breakthroughs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has often received strong bipartisan support within Congress—and the effort to commit added investment for pioneering medical innovation was renewed recently ahead of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process. 

Representative Hunter continues to be a strong advocate for NIH’s mission and once again joined the bipartisan call for greater investment in the future of medical research.  More than 200 House members, including Representative Hunter, signed a letter to signal their support [available here] to fund NIH above previous levels.

… Groundbreaking legislation to reduce cigarette use and better regulate life-saving alternatives was introduced last week by Representative Hunter

In 2016, Representative Hunter “vaped” during a hearing to begin the process of educating Members of Congress and the public on the harm reduction benefits offered by vaping—demonstrating the difference between vaping and traditional tobacco.  And it’s working.

For Representative and so many others, vaping is credited for reducing the urge to smoke cigarettes or even quitting once and for all.  But regulations crafted by the Obama Administration categorized vaping products no differently than tobacco and imposed regulatory constraints under the Tobacco Control Act, effectively denying any distinction. 

Not only will this prohibit access to safer alternatives that reduce cigarette use, it will have a costly and damaging impact on small businesses that sell vaping products.  In one report, Molly Sylvester, owner of Vapin’ in the 619 with stores in El Cajon and Clairement, said on the FDA rule that if it “goes through as-is, it’s going to shut us down.” 

It’s another example of Obama-era regulations hurting businesses… and consumers.

China is still dominating the supply chain for strategic and critical materials essential for numerous U.S. defense and national security applications and legislation introduced by Representative Hunter seeks to reduce reliance on China and other nations for these materials.  The measure creates the mechanisms to develop a domestic supply base in order to address what experts declare is a serious crisis

In recent years especially, the Pentagon and national leadership have acknowledged the problem but have feared pushback from foreign producers and subsequent disruptions to the acquisition and production of crucial defense components.  That could all change soon if Representative Hunter’s legislation becomes law—signaling a “Rare change of heart.”       

Tomahawk diplomacy—President Trump’s strike against the Syrian regime has prompted a national conversation on the authorization of additional military action.  Check out Representative Hunter’s Way Forward on Syria, posted at Townhall.com.  

Also in print from Representative Hunter:  The Coast Guard is a military service.  Let’s treat it like one.  Suggested is the relocation of the Coast Guard from the Department of Homeland Security to the Department of Defense.  To know why it could work, you’ll have to read on—but give close attention to why it could be a better deal for taxpayers under the President’s ongoing review to reorganize the federal government.

On the agenda this week… the House is expected to vote on a funding measure to provide federal funds for the remainder of the 2017 Fiscal Year.  Also look for more progress on health care and tax reform—priorities for both Congress and the Administration.      

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Contact Information

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Congressman Duncan D. Hunter represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego. In 2008, Hunter was elected to his first term in the House of Representatives, succeeding his father, Duncan L. Hunter, who retired after serving 14 consecutive terms in Congress.

Hunter is a native of San Diego. He graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon and earned a degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Hunter worked to pay for his education by creating websites and programming databases and ecommerce systems for high-tech companies. Immediately after graduation, he went to work full time in San Diego as a Business Analyst.

Soon after our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, Hunter quit his job and joined the United States Marine Corps. Hunter entered active service as a Lieutenant in 2002 and excelled in the area of field artillery, much like his grandfather, Robert O. Hunter, who was a Marine Corps artillery officer in World War II.

Over the course of his service career, Hunter served three combat tours overseas: two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In 2003, Hunter deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Division. Hunter completed his second tour in 2004, where he and his fellow Marines were at the center of combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq.

In September 2005, four years after he quit his job and joined the Marine Corps, Hunter was honorably discharged from active military service and started a successful residential development company. Still a Marine Reservist, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2006, and to the rank of Major in 2012.

Less than two years before Hunter was elected, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan. Hunter returned home after more than six months on the front lines and, with the support of the San Diego community, became the first Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan elected to Congress.

Hunter is a strong conservative who is committed to strengthening national security, enforcing our borders, creating opportunities for American workers and protecting the interests of taxpayers. He is also a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, protecting traditional marriage and the rights of the unborn.

Congressman Hunter and his wife live in Alpine, California. They are the proud parents of three children: Duncan, Elizabeth and Sarah.


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