Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today voted to undo two Obama Administration regulations that were in violation of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment limits on states’ rights. The first regulation barred hunting and fishing from federal wilderness lands in Alaska, while the second stopped states from cutting Title X grant funding to abortion providers, most notably the disgraced Planned Parenthood organization.
“We are still dealing with the full impacts of the executive overreach by the Obama presidency,” Duncan said. “I am glad to be able to turn back these terrible regulations and again allow states to make their own decisions about how resources are managed, both natural and financial.”
The first vote returned wildlife management back to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I was particularly proud to vote to overturn the ill-advised Obama Administration rule banning hunting and fishing in Alaska. Like all of our states, Alaska should be responsible for its own wildlife management practices, not unelected bureaucrats in a distant capital. This regulation represents a disturbing shift in the cooperative wildlife management relationship that states have enjoyed for years with the federal government.
“I am proud to work with my friend Don Young of Alaska to restore Alaska’s rightful authority in this matter. Sportsmen around the country will be pleased by this action in the House today. The sustainable management of these natural resources needs to be a state-led function, and this rule would have set a bad precedent that could have negative implications for the lower 48 states as well.”
The second vote will allow states to once again only direct Title X family planning funds to community health centers that do not engage in abortions or the trafficking of the body parts of unborn children.
“Controversial organizations like Planned Parenthood have no business receiving federal taxpayer dollars. Many states agree – it is simply not the job of the federal government to impose regulations like this one to tell those states they’re wrong. Today’s action, when passed in the Senate and signed by President Trump, will eliminate that federal wrong and protect state taxpayers from having their money sent against their will to Planned Parenthood.
“I look forward to the upcoming Budget Reconciliation bill in the House, which will, in addition to repealing Obamacare, make Planned Parenthood and similar abortion businesses ineligible for federal funding, transferring those funds instead to community health centers that actually focus on health. It is time for government at all levels to end funding for this heinous practice.
“I call on the Senate to follow our lead and pass these resolutions so that President Trump can sign them into law as soon as possible.”
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Washington, D.C. – The Senate today confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) released the following statement:
“I am so happy for my friend Mick Mulvaney, and also for America to have Mick in this new role. Mick is so perfectly suited for this position; I can’t think of a better person to do the day-to-day work that this will entail. His knowledge of budget matters is encyclopedic, and his work ethic is unquestionable.
“Congratulations to Mick! I look forward to working with him to bring our federal budget back into balance and the federal regulatory apparatus back under control. I know he will be missed by his constituents and by his former House colleagues, but I couldn’t be happier for him.”
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Laurens, S.C. – In response to the confirmation of Dr. Tom Price to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to my friend Tom Price on his confirmation as HHS Secretary. I know Tom is going to do great work in that role, and he’s uniquely suited to do that job.
“I know Secretary Price’s first and most important task will be the administrative repeal of Obamacare. The original bill included 1,400 mentions of ‘The Secretary may…;’ I am pleased that this Secretary cares about restoring the liberty of the American people and will undo those bad regulations harming the American economy.
“I look forward to working with Secretary Price to achieve the full repeal of Obamacare, instead bringing free market reforms to the health care industry that will lower costs and increase affordability and accessibility.”
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On January 20, 2017, Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF), Ronald Turk released a white paper on the state of firearm regulation by the United States government. The paper, as reported by the Washington Post, makes recommendations to a variety of government gun regulations. In the paper he detailed the unnecessary level of current “silencer” – also known as suppressor – regulation under the National Firearms Act. The expansion of lawful suppressor usage has grown to 42 states, where the growing acceptance of suppressors has created a significant backlog of silencer applications with a processing time upwards of eight months. Congressmen Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and John “Judge” Carter (TX-31), lead sponsors of the Hearing Protection Act, are looking to ease the regulatory burden and address the concerns detailed by ATF in the white paper.
Congressman Duncan, who is the co-chair of the largest bipartisan caucus on Capitol Hill, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, commended the solutions based recommendations in the white paper. “This is a common sense approach to suppressor regulation in the United States,” he said. “There is no legitimate reason to prevent hunters and recreational shooters from access to a device that may help to ease the impact of muzzle noise from a firearm. A suppressor does not silence a firearm. It suppresses the sound by 30 to 35 decibels. Exposure to noise over 140 decibels can permanently damage hearing and some of the most popular firearms are well above this threshold. Suppressors on these sorts of weapons will reduce the noise to the level of a jackhammer. Hearing protection is a real issue for hunters and recreational shooters. With a suppressor, these Americans will have easier access to limit excessive noise exposure. This is a no brainer in my opinion.”
Congressman John “Judge” Carter said, “The ATF’s research underscores why the Hearing Protection Act is so important – suppressors clearly go a long way in protecting the hearing of Texas sportsmen and firearm owners across the nation. This is common sense legislation that cuts back on burdensome, outdated regulations on an accessory that protects an individual’s hearing. Hollywood wants you to believe a suppressor makes a gun silent, but in reality, a suppressor is able prevent an individual from suffering significant hearing damage, even though the sound is still comparable to a rock concert.”
The white paper details that ATF has on average over the past 10 years only recommended 44 defendants a year for prosecution on suppressor related violations. The paper goes on to say that suppressors “are very rarely used in criminal shootings.”
H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act, would reduce suppressor regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA) by reclassifying a “silencer” under the Gun Control Act (GCA) where they would be treated as a firearm under the law. This reclassification would replace NFA requirements with a GCA standard National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) – the same legal obligations and prohibitions required when purchasing a standard firearm.
The Hearing Protection Act has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means as well as the House Judiciary Committee. Currently, the Hearing Protection Act is supported by 97 cosponsors in the House. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo (ID), has seven cosponsors.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan today re-filed legislation to kick suspected terrorists out of the country. H.R. 844, the Terrorist Deportation Act, would make anyone that law enforcement officials have placed in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) who isn’t a citizen or a permanent resident eligible for immediate and mandatory deportation proceedings. The legislation is very similar to legislation Duncan filed in September 2016.
“This new administration provides an opportunity for us to get serious about securing our country again and to get tough with the terrorists who threaten the safety of our citizens,” Duncan said. “My bill will make it harder for suspected terrorists to come to America and easier for our law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals to remove suspected terrorists who are already here.”
Under current procedures, when law enforcement officials have reasonable grounds of suspicion that a person might be a terrorist, they enter that person into the Terrorist Screening Database. The TSDB is estimated to have roughly one million people listed, of whom around 5% are US persons (defined as either citizens or permanent residents). The bill first makes those listed in the TSDB inadmissible into the country, then makes those who are in the country eligible for mandatory expedited deportation proceedings. The bill also creates a due process hearing for those on the TSDB who may have been placed there by mistake.
“It is important to note that this legislation will provide a legal avenue for those mistakenly in the terrorist database and the related no-fly list,” Duncan added. “While we are making America safer for our citizens, we must also do everything we can to protect the rights of American citizens who are mistakenly caught up in terror investigations. My legislation seeks to achieve that balance point.”
The bill has nine original cosponsors from around the country: Lou Barletta (PA), Doug LaMalfa (CA), Lee Zeldin (NY), Paul Gosar (AZ), Steve King (IA), Tom McClintock (CA), Brian Babin (AZ), Dave Brat (VA), and Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO).
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Washington, D.C. - In response to President Trump’s selection of Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“Once again, President Trump has gotten it right. Choosing a nominee of the stature of Judge Gorsuch shows a continued commitment to originalist and textualist principles that served our country well with Justice Scalia, and will continue to serve us well in the future.
“I am particularly heartened that President Trump has nominated a justice who will play a key role as the Court decides issues related to Life, religious liberty, and the proper role of government. Judge Gorsuch’s rulings and comments on these matters gives me great hope that he will be a forceful conservative voice on the Court for decades to come.
“I look forward to a speedy confirmation in the Senate, and I call on our Senators to get Judge Gorsuch on the bench as quickly as possible to get the Court back on track.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan extended congratulations to Governor Nikki Haley on being successfully confirmed as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, and Henry McMaster on becoming the 117th Governor of South Carolina.
“Congratulations to Gov. Nikki Haley on being successfully confirmed as our next US Ambassador to the United Nations. I believe she will work hard to protect our national sovereignty, stand up for our friend and ally Israel, and vigorously defend our country’s national interests. I would also like to congratulate Henry McMaster on becoming the next Governor of South Carolina. I wish Henry and Peggy the very best, and offer whatever assistance I can provide in service to the State of South Carolina.”
Washington, D.C. – In response to the news that President Donald Trump had approved both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“This is exactly the kind of pro-growth action I was hoping the President would take in the early days of his Administration. These two pipelines bring us much closer to American and hemispheric energy independence, and may even herald a new day of energy exports that will bring more wealth for our country. Construction of these pipelines will also provide thousands of good-paying, private sector jobs and get more Americans working. This is a win-win-win scenario for America – more jobs, more energy, more economic benefit. This is also a step clearly in the national interest that should have been taken a long time ago.
“I applaud the President for taking these bold steps towards energy independence. Now it’s time to further unleash the power of energy producers by ending the terrible regulations of the Obama Administration, opening up federal lands for production, and approving permits for offshore seismic testing. With a free-market, all-of-the-above energy approach, we can be an energy independent nation by the end of President Trump’s first term. I stand ready to work with him in Congress to achieve this crucial goal.”
(For a link to Congressman Duncan’s previous statements on the Keystone XL Pipeline, click HERE)
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Washington, D.C. – After participating the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“President Trump’s Inaugural Address was simply excellent. I was especially heartened by his statement that this election and this inaugural returns power back to the American people.
For too long, politicians in Washington have sought power to pursue their own ends, not the ends of the American people. For the past 6 years, many of my colleagues and I have fought to restore the constitutional balance of power, reining in the Executive Branch, reinvigorating Congress’s Article I powers, and restoring the Tenth Amendment authority back to the States and the People. During that time, our efforts in Congress have been fought at every turn by an intransigent Administration bent on its own power-hungry transformation of the country.
I am thrilled to have in the White House someone who gets it – someone who understands that the time has come to re-empower the American people to exercise our God-given rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. I look forward to working hand in hand with the Trump Administration to bring about the renewal of the American spirit and the American economy.”
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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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Feels great to be in Anderson today talking with constituents. Enjoyed a great lunch at the famous Smokin' Pig! https://t.co/hL7KfMAUBc
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Mexico should respect American sovereignty. Threatening to fight our immigration policies in the UN is insulting.
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I am glad the Trump Administration is putting pressure on Mexico to be a better friend & neighbor to the United States.
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Mexico has long failed to do its fair share to prevent migrants from passing through their country to illegally cross into ours.
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As Chair of W. Hemisphere CMTE, I find it troublesome that Mexico's being resistant to securing its borders & in turn helping us secure ours
Felt great to be in Anderson today talking with constituents. Enjoyed a great lunch at the famous Smokin' Pig!
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