Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 357, a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the strategic partnership between the United States and Canada, led by Representatives Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Kevin Cramer (ND-At-Large), and Bill Huizenga (MI-02). Duncan released the following statement:
“Our partnership with Canada is extremely important to the United States. Canada is a strong ally and friend, and we deeply value our close cooperation and partnership to advance our security, trade, and energy priorities. I am pleased that the House has reaffirmed the relationship to further protect this unique bilateral trade and investment partnership. I will continue to work in Congress to foster the strong US-Canada relationship and look for ways we can work together on these issues in the future.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement after President Trump’s announcement that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel:
“I applaud President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and promising to move the U.S. Embassy to reflect this change in policy. This decision is in clear contrast to the last administration’s anti-Israel sentiments, and it is refreshing to have a leader in the White House who supports and stands with our strong ally. I agree with President Trump that this decision is in the best interest of the United States as we work towards lasting peace.”
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan praised the Senate on the passage of tax reform legislation:
“It’s exciting that the Senate accomplished a major milestone today by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to give hard-working American families and businesses relief from our burdensome tax code. This country has waited decades for a fairer, flatter, and simpler tax system, and I am pleased that both chambers of Congress have now moved on legislation to accomplish this goal.”
“The work is still not done. The House and the Senate must agree on final legislative language to send to President Trump. I will continue to keep my word to my constituents and support pro-growth and pro-family tax cuts and reform.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement following the shocking acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate:
“We now know what justice looks like in an illegal sanctuary city. It is truly devastating that local authorities didn’t cooperate with federal immigration law and that a jury decided to acquit the immigrant who, after illegally reentering our country several times, shot Kate Steinle in San Francisco while walking with her father. Words can’t express how truly appalled I am at this decision.
“It appears the jury was too concerned about being politically correct than delivering justice to an illegal immigrant who murdered an innocent woman. It doesn’t fit with the left’s narrative of open borders and shielding illegal immigrants from federal officials.
“These actions reaffirm my belief that we need to fix our broken immigration system and build a wall on our southern border. I also believe the Senate needs to take swift action in passing Kate’s Law which passed the House earlier this summer. I stand ready to support President Trump in any efforts to secure our nation from further harm by illegal criminals.
“My prayers are with the Steinle family as they wrap their heads around this decision.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement congratulating Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney on his temporary post as the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):
“President Trump made an excellent choice in having my friend Mick Mulvaney temporarily lead the CFPB. The General Counsel for the CFPB agrees that President Trump has legal authority under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to designate Mick as the Acting Director, and I believe all officials at the agency should act accordingly. The American people have questioned the constitutionality of CFPB actions for a long time, and I know Mick will bring much needed trust and transparency to the agency. I look forward to supporting Mick as he serves our nation in this new capacity.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
“The American people have waited 30 years for meaningful tax reform, and I am excited the House of Representatives voted to deliver on the key promise to simplify the complex code and cut taxes for all Americans. Our burdensome tax system has stifled innovation, punished middle class families and small business owners, and hindered us in the global economy. This bill is all about bigger paychecks, higher wages, more jobs, and less government in the way of American ingenuity.
“We have achieved a critical step in the long process of overhauling our tax code. However, the work can’t stop here. We have continually seen bills become weaker or not make it across the finish line in the Senate. Although this may be a political victory in the House, the American people don’t win until President Trump signs the bill into law. The Senate must stay true to their word.
“I will continue to keep my promises to my constituents and support President Trump with the conservative agenda. We must reinvigorate our economy, invest in our future, and unleash the American dream for each and every person in this great country. We must Make America Great Again.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC) released the following statement after the Trump Administration’s reversal of several Obama-era Cuba policies:
“I applaud President Trump’s move to tighten restrictions against the Cuban government. We must stand with the Cuban people and heroic dissidents who are continually fighting for their freedom from the communist Castro regime. We should not be traveling to Cuba and conducting business with Cuban controlled government or military entities when they are persecuting their own people. Their neglect for human rights is concerning, and I am thankful the Trump Administration is working to reverse part of President Obama’s misguided Cuba policy.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement of settlement agreements with targeted conservative groups and President Trump’s pick for new IRS leader:
“It is no surprise that the IRS had to admit wrongdoing in their active targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups during the Obama Administration. It is outrageous and shocking that a federal agency would go after a whole political ideology with heightened tax scrutiny. I have long been advocating for current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s impeachment since he proudly led the department during these discriminatory acts. He has never wanted to comply with congressional inquiries due to his corruption and dishonesty, and I believe justice still needs to be served.
“The settlements with these targeted groups are a positive step forward even though many have spent enormous amounts of time and money to fight off liberal discrimination. In my own congressional district, the Laurens County Tea Party was targeted by the IRS, and their leader, Dianne Belsom, testified before the United States Congress in 2013 to explain the heightened scrutiny to lawmakers.
“Thankfully, we do not have to deal with Mr. Koskinen too much longer. I am pleased to see President Trump pick a new acting IRS leader, David Kautter, who will take the job in November. I know that under new leadership we can expect honesty and integrity in the department.”
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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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