Laurens, S.C. – Last week Congressman Duncan released a statement concerning the Obama Administration’s announcement to formally restore diplomatic relations with Cuba:
"Yet again, the Obama Administration has decided to follow a foreign policy that is entirely removed from the cruel realities of authoritarian regimes. Establishing full diplomatic relations with the Castros– a regime whose brutal tyranny over its people still continues to this day – poses grave consequences to the Cuban people.
Already there have been reports of increased brutality by the regime since the Administration's December announcement. The Obama Administration’s policy of “progress” seems to be a policy that will only increase the bottom line for the Castro brothers and other communist thugs. We have seen no indication of progress on democracy, rule of law, human rights, or the settling of property claims for either American or Cuban citizens. In fact, the Castros are actually asking that we pay them reparations for imposing the embargo on them, and are even demanding the return of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station as a condition of “normalization.” Shameless. The recent misguided actions by the Administration make me question their resolve to stand firm over America’s critical strategic interests. It is critical to American and regional security that Guantanamo Bay remains under the authority of the United States.
By all accounts it appears that our State Department negotiators received very few of their stated goals in return for resuming embassy operations, and that America is sacrificing the freedom and human rights of the Cuban people in the name of naïve ideological pandering. The Obama Administration has retreated from all leverage with nothing in return except more pain and suffering for the Cuban people. Progress for the Obama Administration seems only to equate to progress for tyrants. With this decision to appease Cuba's dictatorship, I fear what tomorrow’s definition of “progress” will be against the zealotry of the Iranian mullahs, Russian aggression against Ukraine, or the Colombia's FARC terrorist organization who all appear more determined than ever to win at the negotiating table."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Duncan issued a statement regarding the ruling in the case before the Supreme Court, King v. Burwell.
“I am very disappointed with the ruling today by the Supreme Court. Any rational person who would see this as an obvious conflict in law, the Supreme Court yet again invented absurd reasoning to give the President what he wanted. To the modern Supreme Court, the meaning of a word is entirely arbitrary. The ruling simply tortures logic.
Though I’m incredibly upset, this will not deter my continued fight for liberty. This must start with the full repeal of Obamacare. Poll after poll shows Obamacare is very unpopular. Americans will not stand for the continued drift into unrestrained government involvement in our lives.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning Congressman Duncan released a statement concerning the tragedy that struck Charleston last night.
“There are no words strong enough to describe the devastating crime that took place in Charleston last night. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, particularly the family of Senator Pinckney, a former colleague of mine and the pastor for the church that was attacked. I will always remember Senator Pinckney as a soft spoken gentleman who deeply cared for others.
These brutal murders are the rare kind of horror that shakes at our very core. This devastating event will be on our minds for some time to come. I ask that you join me in praying for Charleston. Our brothers and sisters in Christ taken from us last night clearly believed in the power of prayer. They were praying and so should we. We are all children of God.”
LAURENS, S.C. – Speaking from the Third District, Congressman Duncan slammed the final Waters of the United States rule greatly expanding the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate land across America. Mr. Duncan spoke while travelling to meetings with constituents:
I would be shocked the Administration has proceeded with such unabashed disrespect for the rule of law and Democratic principles of the United States Constitution, but this President has made a living out of it. This is a blatant power grab by the Obama Administration. A power grab, which, along with the combination of prior injustices committed to the people of the United States, has placed this Administration far and away apart from what we consider good, decent, and lawful government in this country. The House of Representatives, the voice and conscious of the American people, has voted multiple times to overturn this shameless seizure of power. The rule not only demands our democratic principles to bow before the almighty authority of the administrative state, but continues the century long federal conquest over the rights and privileges of local and state law. This rule will be used in the future to regulate and control every square foot of the United States, leaving it to federal regulators to determine where, what, when, why and how you can build something. The EPA claims this will be used to clean up “dirty waters”. Unfortunately, now the dirtiest thing about these waters is the fat power hungry fingers of federal regulators dipping in to regulate it.
Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday May 26th, Congressman Jeff Duncan has announced will be the start to this year’s Thanking Our First Responders Tour. The tour plans on encompassing counties in the 3rd District by highlighting the crucial work and sacrifices made to serve local communities:
“These people are true servant leaders. Our first responders are there when we are at our weakest. They run towards the danger and those who call for help. Unfortunately, we tend to take these local heroes for granted. This is why the First Responders Tour is so important. By highlighting their service, I hope to encourage more people to acknowledge their courage and sacrifice given for the safety of the communities every day and gain more insight into the unique challenges they face,” Mr. Duncan said.
The tour will hold multiple events throughout the Third District:
Abbeville County Emergency Services
901 W. Greenwood St., Suite 2700, Abbeville
McCormick County EOC
212 Augusta Street Extension, McCormick
Town of Edgefield Fire and Police Building
402 Main Street, Edgefield
Saluda County EOC
111 Law Enforcement Drive, Saluda
Newberry County EOC
540 Wilson Road, Newberry
President Obama is requesting Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “Fast Track Authority” to assist him with negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade deals. The Administration is asking Congress for this extraordinary power, abdicating some of the traditional Congressional involvement, so that this huge trade deal might be consummated.
For the record, I am generally a free-trade supporter as long as we’ve negotiated a fair deal. Helping U.S. businesses gain broader access to foreign markets, while also ensuring that Americans have access to affordable foreign-made consumer goods just makes sense when compared with higher tariffs and American businesses being shut out of certain markets for their products.
What is in this agreement known as TPP? I, as a United States Congressman, can read the negotiations. However, in order to read them, I must be in a classified reading room in the Capitol, sign a non-disclosure agreement which assures that I will not discuss the contents of what I have read, and I am allowed to take notes, but I have to leave them in the room.
I represent over 700,000 U.S. citizens in the Third District of South Carolina. As a federal representative, the votes I cast truly affect all Americans. My constituents expect that I make informed decisions. They also expect me to communicate with them about issues which affect them, their families, and their livelihoods.
I ask this of the supposedly “most transparent Administration in history:”
What has President Obama done to earn my trust and the trust of the American people over the past six years?
The answer: nothing.
The Administration misled the American people in September 2012 about the attacks in Benghazi which led to the deaths of four brave Americans in an attempt to further the narrative that terrorism was on the run in order to win an election a few short weeks later.
The Administration used the IRS to target political enemies.
The Justice Department was used to intimidate conservative leaning journalists.
ObamaCare was crafted in back rooms with a lot of rulemaking authority given to unelected bureaucrats at HHS.
President Obama released five Taliban terrorist leaders in exchange for a deserter.
The Administration is negotiating with Iran (without preconditions?) resulting in a bad deal for freedom and ensuring that Iran will have a nuclear weapon at some point in the future.
The Administration has turned its back on Israel, recently snubbing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and possibly sending campaign support to work against him in the recent Israeli elections.
They have usurped the U.S. Congress by signing an Executive Memo granting amnesty to illegal immigrants while also failing to secure our nation’s southern border.
And the list goes on.
So the question remains: what has this Administration done to earn our trust with so much authority? Again, nothing.
Supporters of giving Fast Track Authority to the President will argue that the legislation contains safeguards to ensure that the President honors his commitments to Congress. However, in the past when this President has broken his word and overstepped his authority, when has Congress ever stepped up to stop him?
These are my concerns and this is why I cannot support giving Fast Track Authority to this President under these conditions.Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
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Panama City, Panama—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere issued the following statement regarding U.S. Cuba Policy while attending the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama:
"The Cuban regime has a clear record of sponsoring terrorism, supporting illegal activity, and brutally oppressing its own people. While the Administration may be anxious to check the boxes on a few legacy items like U.S. Cuba policy, the fact remains that there is a strong bipartisan coalition in Congress that will insist on a host of democratic, humanitarian, and national security conditions being met first. The State Department is reportedly recommending that the President de-list Cuba from being considered a "State Sponsor of Terrorism," but it is worth noting that Congress has a constitutional responsibility to provide oversight of the Administration's actions and ensure they align with our national interests.
Over the past several months, I've had the privilege of meeting with members of the Cuban opposition community who have shared their stories of suffering under the Castro regime. This morning in Panama, our U.S. Congressional delegation continued that dialogue with a meeting of Cuban civil society dissidents who were attacked earlier this week in Panama by thugs from the Cuban Embassy. These brave Cuban individuals are here in Panama to urge governments to actively promote democratic governance and citizen participation. It is my hope that we will stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and that leaders in our hemisphere will take demonstrable action to hold governments, including the Castro regime, accountable as we move forward from this Summit. Empty promises and false assurances from the Castro regime must be met head-on with leadership and accountability from democratic countries in the region, and I look forward to working more closely together with our neighbors to achieve these ends.
The unrelenting and merciless oppression of the Cuban people by a regime hostile to liberty is a direct rejection of the values we as Americans hold as sacred. No regime should be rewarded for such appalling acts. There is no cause dearer to Americans than the cause of freedom. The Cuban people have not forgotten the oppression they face daily, and we will not forget about them."
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Jeff Duncan is a South Carolina native and a 1988 graduate of Clemson University. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Duncan served as branch manager and an Assistant Vice President during his seven years of working in community banking. Later, he became the President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions.
Duncan served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2002-2010, where he served as the Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2009.
During his tenure in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Jeff was known as one of the most conservative House Members, earning recognition as a “Taxpayer’s Hero” from Governor Mark Sanford for his work combating wasteful government spending and fighting against tax increases. Jeff has also received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB); he had an A+ rating from the Club for Growth; he was awarded the Palmetto Leadership Award from the SC Policy Council during his Freshman term; “Legislator of the Year” recognition from both the SC Recreation and Parks Association and the SC Wildlife Federation. In 2010, Jeff Duncan was awarded The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina.
Congressman Duncan is passionate about American Energy Independence. While a State Legislator, Jeff served on the US Department of the Interior’s Outer Continental Shelf’s 5 year Planning Sub-Committee which was charged with making recommendations for oil and natural gas leases on offshore areas. In addition, he served on the state’s Natural Gas Offshore Drilling Study Committee and was appointed to represent the state of South Carolina on the Southern States Energy Board.
Elected in 2010 to the 112th Congress, Jeff currently sits on three House committees including the Natural Resources Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee. He also serves as the Subcommittee Chairman of Homeland Security’s Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee. Additionally, Congressman Duncan was appointed by Speaker John Boehner to the Executive Committee for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
The Natural Resources Committee gives Duncan an outlet to promote US energy policy. He is an integral part of the GOP’s House Energy Action Team (HEAT) which supports expedited permitting of energy projects and the use of currently undeveloped areas for energy production in the United States, including areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other Federal land.
Jeff takes a particular interest in the promotion of nuclear energy, a topic especially important to South Carolina, home of the Savannah River Site nuclear complex. Energy independence is vital to national security and a segue to job creation. Congressman Duncan views nuclear power as a key ingredient in that equation. He supports the use of the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada as a long-term storage site for nuclear waste. Although he is a strong proponent of American solutions to American energy issues, Congressman Duncan is not in favor of federal energy subsidies for alternative energy or ethanol.
As a Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Jeff can advocate for some of his passions: the enjoyment of the great outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman. Jeff sits on the subcommittee for fisheries and wildlife.
A member of both the Republican Study Committee and the Tea Party Caucus, Jeff took a strong stand on major fiscal issues in the 112th Congress. Dissatisfied with the level of spending cuts offered, he split from a majority of Republicans in his opposition of: the final fiscal 2011 spending deal; the final debt limit increase deal in August 2011; both versions of a bill to keep the government operating at the start of fiscal 2012; and the final FY 2012 Appropriations bill. A strong believer in the Constitution, Jeff fought against ambiguous language in the National Defense Authorization Act which he feels could put certain American liberties in peril.
In February 2011, he introduced a resolution that would create a new committee called the Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs, with the express purpose of reducing federal outlays. He supports taking a closer look at any government agency that is not included in the constitutional role of the federal government.
Jeff strongly believes that border security does fit the Constitutional definition of a federal duty and is proudly a member of the Border and Maritime Security subcommittee. He advocates an “all-of-the-above” strategy for border enforcement, including physical fencing, greater use of surveillance technology and increased manpower. His stance on border security includes an immigration policy aspect, as well as a national security element. He supports stronger enforcement of immigration laws and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country.
Duncan has also worked the national security angle to border enforcement from his position on the Foreign Affairs Committee. When news reports broke in October 2011 that the Iranian government allegedly wanted members of Mexican drug cartels to carry out an assassination on U.S. soil, Duncan introduced a resolution urging the government to consider Iran a threat to the Western Hemisphere when formulating counterterrorism strategy.
Act! for America presented Representative Duncan with the “2011 National Security Patriot Award” because of his strong and enduring commitment to protecting our national security and democratic values.
Jeff also serves as the co-chairman of the Sovereignty Caucus along with Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn. The Caucus seeks to combat the influence of international organizations and multilateral agreements on United States policy. He urges greater scrutiny of foreign aid and has been an advocate for blocking economic assistance to governments that oppose the United States in the U.N. General Assembly.
In September 2011, Duncan became the only member of Congress with a 100 percent rating on the Heritage Action for America legislative scorecard “covering the full spectrum of conservatism.” He finished the 112th Congress at the top of the House leader board.
Jeff has been married to his wife Melody for twenty-five years and they have three sons: Graham, John Philip, and Parker. The Duncan family are members of First Baptist Church of Clinton, South Carolina.
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@Birder_Katie bald and golden eagle protection act is unchanged by my amendment. Plenty of protections for eagles.
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@LeesaDeAndrea I don't hate birds. In fact Ive helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for DU, SC Waterfowl, and NWTF.
A good read in the wake of the recent Supreme Court rulings.
While this President has a reputation for quickly commenting on situations like this, I noticed that he's notably silent on these headlines concerning
Elections have consequences. This is very good news!!
The men of 1776 fought for Independence from oppression and tyranny. They understood the thirst for self-governance and liberty. They declared
Interesting read on TPP