Washington, DC- Congressman Jeff Duncan along with Congressmen Bill Flores, Scott Rigell, and Richard Hudson sent a letter of support to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell urging the Department to proceed with a “rigorous lease sale schedule” and to significantly expand the area available for energy development in the new Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022. The letter, which was signed by 164 Members of the House, including the House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, states that a “broad, bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the American public have long supported increased development of our nation’s outer continental shelf resources.”
“The commencement of (a new Five Year Plan) occurs at a critical time in our country’s resurgence as an energy superpower. Increasing onshore production on state and private lands is helping to pull our nation out of a recession and driving down our trade deficit. At the state and local level in Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and many others, economic activity related to energy production is creating thousands of jobs and generating increased revenues that are being reinvested in public education, transportation projects, and other municipal improvements. The energy boom on state and private lands stands as a paradigm of our nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. There is no reason why we cannot replicate this vigorous job growth in more states by opening new OCS areas for development as was envisioned in 2008 when the moratoria on the OCS was lifted in a bipartisan fashion between the then Democrat Majority House and President Bush,” the letter reads.
In regards to safety, Members noted that both the Administration and the Department of the Interior have made “considerable changes to the structure and regulations that govern offshore energy development to enhance safety. The industry has also stepped up with the development of best practices and technologies focused on the areas of spill prevention, containment, and recovery. We are confident that these changes will allow offshore exploration and development to proceed in an environmentally responsible way.”
In conclusion, the letter reads “It is our sincere hope that you will demonstrate a similar commitment to our nation’s energy future by crafting a program that increases offshore production in new areas to create more American jobs, provide much-needed federal and local government revenue, and fortify our nation’s growing position as an energy leader.”
A copy of the letter can be found below.
Duncan’s Supports 2nd Highest Level of Spending Cuts in the Entire US House
Washington, DC – The National Taxpayers Union Foundation released its annual BillTally report, which analyzes each Congressman’s impact on government spending, measuring the costs or savings associated with legislation they have cosponsored. The report found that Congressman Jeff Duncan would save the taxpayers $250 billion per year if legislation he cosponsored was signed into law. That savings total was the highest of all but one other House Member in the 113th Congress.
“As our $17 trillion debt continues to grow, if we as a nation don’t have the courage to change course now, when will we? We cannot continue to live in excess and expect our children and grandchildren to pick up the tab. This kind of generational theft must end. I’m proud to support common sense reforms that cut spending, and force Washington to operate under the same rules that families and small businesses have always had to follow,” said Duncan.
Below you can find the complete report from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation:
National Taxpayers Union Foundation has just released the latest spending data for the 113th Congress in our BillTally report. The study analyzes the fiscal impact of Members’ legislative agendas by cross-referencing our database of scored bills with each Senator and Representative’s sponsorship and co-sponsorship records. Below are our overall findings as well as a breakdown of the South Carolina delegation for the First Session (all figures are annualized).
Net Spending Agenda
# of Increase
# of Decrease
The full report contains lots of other data points, including the cost of all bills introduced in each Chamber and a look at fiscally-related member caucuses such as the Tea Party Caucus.
Washington, DC – The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, legislation to combat the high fuel prices under Obama by expanding domestic energy production and cutting red tape. The bill would unleash potential economic activity currently constrained by the Administration’s energy priorities by directing the Secretary of Interior to develop a new 5-year oil and gas leasing program with emphasis placed on areas with the greatest energy potential. The bill passed the House by a vote of 229 – 185.
Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) was able to secure a vote on and passage of an amendment pertinent to South Carolina energy production, which directs the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to include South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia specifically in the administrative planning area for offshore leasing purposes. It is estimated that opening up these areas for energy production would create over 35,000 jobs, generate $2.7 billion in annual economic activity, and bring in $3.7 billion in cumulative state revenue by 2035 for South Carolina alone.
Congressman Duncan’s amendment was cosponsored by Members of each state affected. H.R. 4899 also creates a new revenue sharing formula that would direct 37.5% of revenues received from offshore lease sales to coastal states. A full overview of the bill can be found here.
“The Obama Administration has blocked this exploration and development at every step of the way, from tying up the seismic permitting process to bureaucratic delays to excluding several Atlantic states from the current 5 year plan,” Duncan said. “As we move forward to plan for a more secure energy future, opening access to new areas of our outer continental shelf is a no brainer.”
“If we could lower the price of fuel by one dollar, we would save every trucker about $300 per fill up. Think about how that trickles down to the price of commodities when you go shop all across America.”
“Moms and dads across this land know that the current energy policies aren’t working. Every time they fill up their car or truck, they lose more of their discretionary spending ability through higher fuel costs. This bill will help combat the high fuel prices we see across the nation while unleashing an economic boom in waiting in the southeastern coastal states. This bill is about creating jobs and securing America’s energy future by lessening our dependence on Middle Eastern sources of oil.”
Washington, DC –84 Members of Congress signed onto a letter drafted by Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) asking the EPA to rescind newly proposed carbon regulations, citing the high costs to American families and damaging economic impacts of the misguided regulation.
“These new regulations will hurt families struggling to make ends meet the most, and could do severe damage to our overall economy,” Duncan said about the regulatory guidance. “One study found that these new regulations would cost an average family of four over $1,200 in income annually by 2023, and another found similar regulations would cost the economy 178,000 jobs each year for fifteen years. This comes at the worst possible time when families are already struggling to deal with the rising cost of living.”
The letter also delves into the Constitutionality of the EPA issuing such a regulation:
“We believe that the authority to limit carbon emissions, even if that were actually a necessity, rests in neither the Constitution nor the Clean Air Act but in the true free market of individual choices made by the American people. When Americans are free to dream and innovate – not coerced by regulators in Washington who will never have exclusive knowledge of science or the newest technologies – we believe they will always find cheaper, cleaner, safer, and more efficient ways to use and produce energy.”
If you have any questions regarding the letter, please contact Congressman Duncan’s office. A copy of the letter is attached.
Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act, H.R. 4228, a bill introduced by Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) to reform the Department of Homeland Security’s acquisitions and large purchases processes. The bill sets agency-wide standards for DHS acquisitions, improving accountability, discipline, and transparency in an agency that spent $10 billion on acquisitions last year. H.R. 4228 garnered bipartisan support and easily passed the House by a voice vote.
In carrying out his oversight duties as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight Management and Efficiency, Congressman Duncan recognized the need for the legislation after learning of inconsistencies in the acquisitions process that led to waste of taxpayer dollars, oversight failures, and mismanagement of projects. In 2012, the Government Accountability Office found only 16 of 42 acquisitions programs had approved baseline costs and identified 42 programs that experience cost growth, schedule slips, or both. An overview of the issue and the bill is attached.
"Today the House took an important step to restore much needed accountability to DHS," said Duncan. "For years, DHS's purchases of major homeland security systems have been late, cost more, and done less than promised. This bill will save taxpayer dollars by forcing DHS to improve its management."
“The Department of Homeland Security was given a tremendous mission and faced the tough task of bringing together over 20 various departments and agencies under one roof upon its founding. However, this is no excuse for the widespread mismanagement and waste of taxpayer dollars currently going on at DHS. The DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act brings much needed reforms to ensure the proper stewardship of taxpayer dollars is being applied to the agency’s purchasing projects. The bill standardizes the acquisitions process and establishes oversight mechanisms so projects can be measured and reviewed accordingly, requires baseline costs approval for projects, and gives agency leaders the needed authority to take swift action on major acquisition projects that are experiencing problems.”
“I see this bill as a common sense way to bring accountability to the process and save taxpayer dollars. Congress has a responsibility to comb through every department and look for ways to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. This legislation finally begins that process for the Department of Homeland Security. I want to thank the House Leadership for bringing my legislation up for a vote, and urge the Senate to move forward on this so we can quickly implement these much needed reforms.”
Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement today in regards to the 70th anniversary of D-Day:
“Today we recognize those brave soldiers who took Normandy by sea and by air 70 years to this day, in one of the most brutal yet decisive battles in history. If not for these brave men the world would be a very, very different place. It is because of their service and sacrifice that we live free today and our children have the opportunity to grow up in a free world. Today we are reminded that freedom is not free, and honor those who have served to protect our nation and way of life. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. It will never be forgotten.”
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.
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
Great visiting my friends at the Clinton Newberry Natural Gas Authority this morning!
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
Good luck to both teams playing in the opening game of the 2014 College Football Season #soReadyforCollegeFootball
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
Had a great tour/visit at the Saluda Nursing Center yesterday. Looking forward to touring Greenville Tech this afternoon and meeting with the
Great meetings in Newberry, Saluda, and McCormick today!
President Barack Obama vowed "justice will be done" against the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley. United States looks
Liberal tax policy drives another American business away from the US. We need competitive tax rates that encourage businesses to remain in the
Watching my oldest son and Tiger Band practice The Song That Shakes the Southland! Makes one READY for Saturdays in Death Valley! Go Tigers!!