LAURENS, SC – In response to the shootings at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the events in Townville, and also thankful for the tremendous response from our First Responders that prevented the situation from becoming a greater tragedy. I ask that everyone join me in keeping young Jacob Hall uplifted in prayer as he continues to recover at Greenville Memorial Hospital. I also ask for prayers for the friends and families of all involved.
“Ours is not the first community to be touched by this kind of violence, nor will it be the last. But I know that, by the Grace of God, we will recover from this tragedy and find strength in each other and in the Providence of God. Our community must come together especially to help all of the children who will need our love and counsel to get through the coming days and months.
“I also want to take a moment to praise veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, whose quick thinking and brave actions brought an end to this shooting spree. Without Mr. Brock’s heroism, and the work of many others who quickly arrived on scene, this situation may have been much worse.
“My office has been in constant communication with law enforcement and the community, and will help in any way possible.”
Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act that included language to begin the process of dredging the Port of Charleston. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) issued the following statement celebrating the milestone for South Carolina:
“I am excited for the Port of Charleston and the people of South Carolina for this long awaited project to make Charleston the deepest port on the east coast. With this legislation, the Port will begin the deepening necessary to make it the hub for the next generation of ships. This means more economic production for the state and further increases the attraction of South Carolina for business and job growth. Not only is this a benefit for Charleston, but for the Upstate as well. All South Carolinians stand to gain from this project and I happy to lend a hand in getting it to the finish line.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) issued the following statement concerning the recent terrorist attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
“Over the weekend America again experienced more attacks brought on by the threat of radical Islamic extremism. Thankfully, there were no deaths, and again our first responders showed why they are the best in the world, but we cannot let this near disaster lead to yet another complacent response from federal leaders. Therefore, I am reiterating my previous calls that the President halt the Syrian refugee resettlement program, immediately deport any non-citizens residing in the United States who are currently listed on a terror-watch list, and indefinitely suspend all forms of immigration and visas from countries classified as terrorist safe havens by the State Department.”
“I feel that these recommendations are a common sense start to a much needed strategic overhaul to counter terrorism given the current global security situation, and due to ongoing concerns about the federal government’s inability to properly vet people coming into this country. These concerns were further confirmed by a recent non-partisan government investigation that revealed over 800 people were granted US citizenship who should have been deemed ineligible. If the federal government can’t accurately vet people currently residing in the United States, I seriously doubt they have the ability to properly vet people living in foreign countries who have little or no forms of identification.”
“Law enforcement in this country is the gold standard, but they can’t shoulder the entirety of the threat. Describing these attacks as mere one offs, or junior varsity lone wolves, detracts from the real danger Americans face. This Administration’s determination to remain in a politically conscience defensive posture, instead of articulating a tangible offensive strategy, emboldens our enemies to commit a larger scale attacks. This policy was a staple of the 1990s and it seems we have adopted such naivety yet again. We can no longer sit idle on our heels. It’s time for American leadership to do what we do best and lead the world against this cancer that is radical Islamic extremism.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Duncan issued a statement to call attention to the 50th cosponsor, Rep. Michael Burgess to his bill H. Res. 617. The resolution would empower Congress to immediately bring suit against the Obama Administration should the President choose to violate the law and move Guantanamo Bay terrorists to the U.S. mainland.
“This is an important marker of support for the rule of law. It is illegal under federal law to transfer Gitmo terrorists to the U.S. mainland—a law which was initially passed by a Democrat super majority in the Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also said at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing in February of this year, ‘that is the state of the law,’ and, ‘it’s certain that we would be prohibited from doing so,’ yet the Obama Administration continues to tease the American people through legislative signing statements and comments to the media that all options are on the table.”
“Should President Obama prepare to act illegally and transfer any of the world’s most dangerous terrorists from Gitmo to the U.S. mainland, H. Res. 617 empowers the Congress to act proactively. No state should be a terrorist dumping ground. I know the people of South Carolina are vehemently opposed to this plan. If brought to a city like Charleston, the community would immediately become a high priority terrorist target where millions of tourists travel every year to visit. In fact, any community forced illegal to house these notorious terrorists would be at risk.”
“Support will continue to grow for this measure. I again call on House leadership to bring this resolution for a vote on the House Floor.”
“Fifteen years ago, Americans experienced the worst attack on our soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Americans would not return home that day, and the horrifying images of destruction still haunt us to this day. 9/11 was one of those moments in history that signaled the abrupt end of an era we thought would be peaceful. The close of the Cold War brought a sense of idealism that American led global peace and stability could be maintained in perpetuity. Unfortunately 9/11 reminds us that the world is unpredictable, dangerous, and always changing.”
“That day, we recognized that the rise of Islamic radicalism had overtaken communism as the greatest threat to American liberty. This threat is specific and has definable characteristics that we must isolate and destroy. Any group that sees slaughter as a way to bring about a perverse apocalyptic vision of the world must be confronted and destroyed. Whether the group calls itself al Qaeda, Islamic State, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, or anything else, we must understand the underlying beliefs that drive the ideology. These radicals use brutality as a tactic, believing that any individual who varies from their vision must be eliminated. It's time to shelve the political correctness that attempts to prevent us from talking openly about the threats posed to the country, and the steps we can take to keep America safe.”
“Today we also recognize the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As we remember the loss of four Americans who received no help from their government, we also celebrate the bravery of those we lost. Today, our country honors the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith, and we continue to work toward all those responsible being brought to rough justice.”
“This year on 9/11 let us once again pray for the families of the fallen, whether in DC, New York, a field in Pennsylvania, or Benghazi. That also includes those we have lost in foreign fields in the war on terror since 9/11, and those we have lost in the subsequent terror attacks in Fort Hood, Little Rock, Chattanooga, Boston, San Bernardino, and Orlando. Let us once again remind ourselves of their impact in our lives, and move to address this growing threat so no more may be taken from us.”
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. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released a statement following the Radical Islamic Terrorism attack in Nice, France:
“We are at war with radical Islamic terrorism, and yet the White House still hesitates to call our enemy by name, let alone, devise a bold plan of action to destroy them.
What happened in Nice, France was an unspeakable tragedy and my prayers are with all the families impacted by this truly evil attack. What’s also unfortunate is that this is far from an isolated incident. The situation in France shows us that radical Islamic terrorists will use any and every tool at their disposal to kill those who oppose their beliefs; whether it is an airplane, a boat, truck, pressure-cooker, knife, or a gun. Any government official who focuses on the method more than the terrorists themselves is making a disastrous mistake. But that is exactly what seems to be happening in the Administration today.
Our nation cannot afford another day of inaction or indifference. We must take bold steps to confront our enemies and protect our homeland. Therefore, I call on the President to halt the Syrian refugee resettlement program, to immediately deport any non-citizens residing in the United States who are currently listed on a terror-watch list, and indefinitely suspend all forms of immigration and visas from countries considered to be hotbeds for terrorism.
These are necessary and reasonable steps that our government can take immediately to protect American lives and prevent our country from becoming a war-zone.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released a statement following the tragic attack on Dallas law enforcement:
My prayers go out to the families of the Dallas shooting victims and the entire Dallas Police Department after this unspeakable tragedy. The events that have transpired over the past few days weigh deeply on my heart, as they do on the hearts of every American. Over the past decade, divisions along racial, economic, political, ideological, and even regional lines have grown and become more pronounced. There is an endless number of theories to explain why these rifts are growing in our society. Much analysis and, unfortunately, over analysis will be made of this situation, but now is not the time for speculation while the facts are still being investigated. What I do know for certain is that what we need most now is prayer, reflection, great empathy, and strong leadership.
I fear that we are caught in a dangerous cycle where trust in public institutions is deteriorating faster than confidence can be restored. I fear that a lack of trust in justice, general fairness, the rule of law, and equal opportunity makes it far easier for some to justify acts of violence. Violence is never the answer, especially when it is directed at law enforcement. An attack on law enforcement is an attack on every institution in American society. It is an attack on the freedoms that we cherish and that law enforcement strives to defend to the best of their abilities every day. The men and women of our local police who constantly put their lives at risk to protect others deserve our unwavering support, respect, and utmost appreciation.
To move forward and begin to heal, we need true leadership—something that I feel our country has been deeply missing.
May God bless the city of Dallas, the great state of Texas, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
116 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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