Laurens, SC - Congressman Jeff Duncan reacts to Aetna's announcement that the health insurance providor will no longer participate in all but four state Obamacare exchanges.
"Aetna’s decision to reduce its participation in Obamacare exchanges by more than 500 counties—including all of South Carolina—is no shock. The government’s attempt to command and control healthcare from Washington is yet another rosy campaign promise confronted with the reality of economics. In example after example the story is the same—government programs designed to control cost or subsidize consumption distorts supply and demand. These costs don’t just disappear, as the President would have you believe. People will pay with higher premiums or higher taxes, while the quality of care declines and services provided are narrowed. Republicans in the House have pushed a variety of reforms, all of which are better than the current Obamacare model. This latest move by Aetna to remain in only four state Obamacare exchanges only reaffirms my prior beliefs—it’s time to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Laurens, SC – Rep. Jeff Duncan released the following statement responding to the largest transfer of detainees during the current Administration from the terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
“President Obama’s decision to unilaterally close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay ignores the dangers of our time and is a threat to American security. The latest transfer of 15 terrorists to the UAE is the single largest transfer since Obama took office. It is an action working hand in hand with the reckless foreign policy that has become a real threat to the American people. Today’s reality is that radical Islamic extremism is on the rise, and the recidivism rate of released detainees returning to the battlefield is disturbingly high.”
“Evidence has shown that terrorists have escaped from the custody of countries to which they were transferred and have reengaged in fighting, resulting in more American deaths. Obama is choosing to ignore these facts in his pursuit of a political legacy to close the facility. Instead of proactively confronting reality and protect Americans from danger, he would rather bring danger to American shores and local communities like Charleston, SC. His decisions are a real and tangible threat to the safety and security of the American people.”
Congressman Jeff Duncan is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued this statement in response to a report in the Wall Street Journal on a $400 million airlifted cash payment to Iran on the same day as the release of American prisoners:
“The Obama Administration, seemingly without any concern or worry, funneled money around US law through foreign central banks to provide a state sponsor of terrorism with $400 million in blood money for American hostages. Iran is a nation with American blood on its hands. They have directly aided in the killing of American soldiers in the Iraq War, funded the killing of Israeli citizens through Hamas and Hezbollah, and celebrated the death and destruction of everything America holds dear. Their foreign policy is to destabilize the world and the Obama Administration is subsidizing anarchy and terrorism in the Middle East.”
“I want to know who in Congress was informed of this before bundles of cash were put on an unmarked cargo plane and sent to the mullahs in Iran. If anyone should be paying money it should be the Ayatollah for holding Americans hostage. Instead, the President is incentivizing foreign governments and terrorist groups to kidnap Americans and demand ransom, then to use that money that he willfully gives over to kill Americans. The United States owes those responsible for terrorism around the globe nothing. Instead of standing strong against evil, our President has a policy of cowardice and injustice. His policies are creating more death and destruction. They have gone too far this time and people need to be brought to justice.”
“Rip the Iranian deal apart— this is a ‘deal’ the Administration lied to the American people about, and then bragged about lying to the American people to the New York Times. It is a ‘deal’ which gave the Ayatollahs $150 billion, allows self-inspection of nuclear sites, and effectively paves the way to a nuclear bomb in the Middle East. We can no long bury our heads in the sand to the growing evil in Iran.”
NOTE: In February, Chairman Ed Royce of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Secretary Kerry requesting detailed information about the administration’s handling of a $1.7 billion payment to Iran. Following an incomplete reply, the Chairman sent a follow-up urging the administration to comply with Congressional inquiries. In particular, Chairman Royce asked for detailed information on how the payment was processed and delivered to Iran. To date the administration has not responded.Read More
Washington, D.C. – After the announcement by FBI Director James Comey not to recommend charges against former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“The blindfold has been removed from the arbiter of the scales of justice, forever tilting the scales of justice in favor of the politically powerful. The blindfold reflected that it didn't matter your race, sex, social status or political affiliation as the facts were weighed in the American justice system. The blindfold kept the justice system from seeing those factors as the evidence and facts were weighed.
“From President Obama giving his opinions on an ongoing investigation, to the refusal to appoint an independent counsel to lead the inquiry, to delays in turning over evidence, to the Attorney General’s inappropriate secret meeting with former President Bill Clinton, this entire process has been tainted.
“The Obama Administration has already taken unprecedented steps to erode the public trust, and unfortunately I see this investigation as just another extension of that poor judgement and corruption.
“Not having access to all the facts, I have no way of knowing for certain whether Secretary Hillary Clinton violated the law. But based on how this Administration has handled this case, I have little faith that this decision was reached completely free of undue political influence.
“Therefore, I reiterate my call for a special prosecutor to be appointed to oversee this investigation. Without taking that extra step to ensure impartiality, the American people’s faith in our system of government will only further erode and Secretary Clinton’s legitimacy as a candidate will forever be in question.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement with regards to the release of the Benghazi Report:
“I applaud the work done by the House Select Committee on Benghazi in bringing transparency to a terrorist attack against the United States. On September 11th, 2012 terrorists killed four Americans serving their country in an ambush attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador Chris Stevens was among those killed during the attack. These four brave men honorably served and courageously died for their country. It was therefore critical for the Congress to investigate the events and policies leading up to the attack including the actions taken by the US government during the attack.
“Congressional oversight is the key counterweight against misplaced political ambitions of an executive. Due to the administration’s reasoning for the attack, the Congress was forced to uphold its constitutional duty to provide transparency on behalf of the American people. By blaming the attacks on an obscure YouTube video, the administration invited accusations of hiding the truth. By masking an orchestrated attack against the United States as something spontaneous and unrelated to organized terrorism, the administration forced Congress to review American policy towards Libya and the actions taken during the attack. This was an attack on the United States and the American people should be fully informed of the events leading to the tragedy.
“I commend Rep. Gowdy for his role in leading a transparent and non-partisan investigation into the tragedy. He worked methodically in the pursuit of truth during a time when such character is in short supply. Most importantly, I hope the families of those killed during the attack will be brought some peace to know of the exceptional bravery exhibited by their loved ones in Benghazi.”
Washington, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court released a 4-4 split decision dealing a major blow to President Obama’s immigration plan. Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the decision:
“In this country we have a President, not a King. I'm glad the Supreme Court reminded President Obama of that today by blocking his executive amnesty proposals. If the Executive branch can just make law on their own, the consequences for our country would be disastrous. If the rule of law becomes meaningless, the very foundation of our country begins to breakdown.”
“President Obama called this decision ‘heartbreaking,’ but the real tragedy is how much he has divided the country over his numerous attempts to violate the constitution. Furthermore, it is alarming that there are four justices who believe in destroying our system of checks and balances. The nature of the 4-4 decision on the Supreme Court highlights how important the November elections will be in determining the fate of our nation.”
Washington, D.C.--Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding UnitedHealth’s decision to leave nearly the entire health exchange market:
“UnitedHealth’s recent announcement that they are nearly completely leaving the Obamacare insurance markets demonstrates the failure of government run healthcare. UnitedHealth’s decision signals the beginning of the end for ObamaCare, as decreased participation in the exchanges will cause rates to increase exponentially. I knew this was an inevitability, which is why I have done everything I can to repeal and defund this horrible healthcare law. Our country should learn from its mistakes and move away from a costly government run health system and towards more patient centered, personalized care.”
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WALHALLA — The work underway to convert a large section of the old Oconee County jail into a “Hope and Future” center that will help mend broken lives has now caught the attention of Congressman Jeff Duncan.
On Easter recess from the U.S. House of Representatives, Duncan got a personal tour Tuesday of the former detention facility from Ashley Williams, who is leading the ambitious faith-based outreach program as the director of Christ Central Ministries Oconee. Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw joined in the walkthrough.
Williams presented Duncan with an overview of the programs that will be offered, including emergency shelter, recovery center for men and women, GED classes and training that will certify recently released inmates with employable skills.
During the tour, the congressman met and talked with a few of the dozens of volunteers, many of them from Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Walhalla — including middle-to-high-school-age students – who rolled up their sleeves to help with the cleaning and restoration work that’s been going on since last week.
Diane Reeves, a spokeswoman and organizer with Christ Central Ministries, described the difference in what’s been accomplished to date inside the old jail since Friday as being nothing short of “a miracle.”
Still remaining are many of the old visages inside the cells — including unprintable scribblings and graffiti — that welcomed the congressman.
Crenshaw said he’s looking forward to seeing the program get off the ground.
“I think this is going to pay dividends for ending overcrowding in our new jail,” the sheriff said.
From experience, Duncan said he’s seen that where faith-based organizations get involved, it is changing lives and making a difference.
“The government has a role, and the sheriff has a role for law enforcement and incarceration and rehabilitation,” Duncan said. “But at some point in time, people will get out of jail or will find themselves in situations where they’re homeless and have unfortunate scenarios. Places like this give a Christian, faith-based solution. It’s not long-term. It’s not a permanent solution. It’s a temporary fix. But you’re not only feeding them and housing them, you’re feeding their souls with the love of Jesus Christ and we’re meeting their basic needs. It’s not an end scenario — it’s a means to the end.”
Above all, Duncan is impressed that a facility once used for incarceration will be used to rehab and help someone get back on their feet and move on to the next step.
Duncan added that his office will work with the sheriff on any grants that might become available for programs such as the Hope and Future Center.
“If we don’t help individuals who are leaving incarceration, then chances are they may end back there,” the congressman said. “I look at it as an investment.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chairman Duncan released the following statement after reports surfaced that Cuban State Security arrested Reverend Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, placed his wife and daughters under house arrest, and surrounded their church with police – all just hours before President Obama arrived for his official visit in Cuba:
Chairman Duncan: “President Obama has chosen to go to Cuba when the Castro regime continues to repress freedom. The Castro regime’s decision to arrest Mario Felix, place his wife and daughters under house arrest, and threaten their church at the start of Holy Week and only hours before Obama’s visit reflects utter contempt for human rights and American values. I am deeply concerned about Mario Felix’s health, as Cuban State Security have prevented any contact with his family and have disallowed him food and liquids – all when he appears physically ill.
Today, so many people in Cuba, including the Ladies in White, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, bloggers and human rights defenders, pastors, and unnamed ordinary citizens live under government forced repression. They have no experience of life without state authority under the Castro regime. I strongly urge Obama to speak out firmly for those in Cuba who have no voice, for those whose voice has been silenced, and for those like Mario Felix have been unjustly detained. I also urge Mario Felix’s immediate release.”
NOTE: Mario Felix testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere’s field hearing in Miami on November 6, 2015 entitled, “Deplorable Human Rights Violations in Cuba and Venezuela.” This hearing followed a September 17, 2015 Subcommittee hearing on “Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas.”
Washington, D.C.--Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s proposed 5-year plan for offshore drilling that removes Atlantic Coast States from consideration:
“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that this Administration would once again choose placating political allies over helping the economic needs of the American people. We know that offshore energy development can be done safely and that it creates tens of thousands of jobs. We know that our economy needs the long term boost that energy jobs can provide. We’ve also seen the transformative impact that energy revenue can have on state budgets, helping finance infrastructure needs and contributing to conservation efforts.”
“It is downright shameful how radical groups used scare tactics to spread misleading and outright false information to communities across the Atlantic coast. The fact that the Administration slow-walked the permitting process for seismic testing that would have allowed this process to move forward shows me that they were never serious about including the Atlantic in the first place. For an Administration that claims to support science, it’s telling that they prevented the public from having access to hard data about exactly what resources existed off the coast and what their economic benefits would be. The American people are relentlessly pelted with propaganda from this Administration about the settled science in other issues like climate change. Well this action proves to Americans that science is only settled or facts only factual when it fits neatly into the narrative constructed by the White House.”
“The vast majority of Americans, and according to recent polls the vast majority of South Carolinians, support moving forward with responsible exploration and development of our offshore energy resources. I am hopeful that a new Administration will choose to take another look at this issue through the long term lenses of economic development and energy security rather than seek cheap political points by continuing to oppose progress.”
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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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