Jeff Duncan

Jeff Duncan


Duncan: Syrian refugee program endangers Americans


Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement concerning the violent attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris and Lebanon.

The attacks around the world – most recently in Lebanon and Paris – are another reminder of our global conflict with radical Islam. It is an ideology that rejects the core ideals of democratic freedom and human rights. This is not a wake-up call, that came decades ago. This is a chilling reminder to Europe and the United States that open border policies endanger our communities. Islamic extremists will continue to infiltrate and radicalize citizens living within our borders with the goal of committing acts of terror and intimidation. I call on President Obama to immediately halt the resettlement of any refugees from Syria and other countries with known radical Islamic terrorist cells, at least until ISIS has been defeated and an improved refugee vetting process has been established.

It is the primary responsibility of the United States federal government to provide for a common defense. We owe it to the American people to provide the best security for our nation that we can, from border security to interior security. We must not compromise that security in the name of political correctness.  Bringing in Syrians like the one involved in the Paris attacks would be a tragic mistake.

The price of liberty remains eternal vigilance. These are the days for which we must prepare, even though we hope they never come. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by these attacks as they continue to recover.


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Rep. Jeff Duncan: Obama picks China over America


Washington, D.C. – Today President Obama made the announcement to reject the Keystone XL pipeline application from energy company TransCanada. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement criticizing the Administration’s decision:

“The Obama Administration’s decision to reject the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is outrageous. I am appalled that a lame duck President would so obviously subvert the will of the American people in the name of environmental socialism. This decision will cost thousands of American jobs and billions of dollars to American consumers, while achieving nothing of value for the environment. In fact, the oil will still be drilled and exported, but these exports will strengthen China, not the United States. “

“The American people’s march to energy independence will not be deterred by the dithering of an out of touch President. The free market has taken huge steps towards energy security in the past few years, thanks to advances in technology, and no thanks to an Administration bent on wrecking the American economy to advance its own brand of social engineering. I look forward to working with a new Republican Administration, who will undoubtedly have a greater sense of patriotic purpose and better judgment when it comes to American energy independence.  The American people eagerly await the day when we have a President who puts the needs of the American people ahead of left-wing special interests.”


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Pickens County Council says no to Syrian refugees


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Congressman Jeff Duncan: President Obama Plays Politics with US National Security


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the cusp of a veto by President Obama of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2016, Congressman Jeff Duncan released a statement concerning the President’s refusal to fund the defense of the United States:           

“Last week, President Obama vetoed critical legislation which fulfills an important role of the federal government: providing for the common defense. I am deeply disappointed in the President playing politics with our military and our national security, and holding hostage the funding for our troops that is essential for them to protect the United States over the fact that a defense bill does not increase non-defense spending. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2016 cuts excessive and wasteful spending while transferring those resources to more urgent priorities, makes long-needed reforms to ensure that America’s forces are ready and equipped to protect the nation, continues to provide for our veterans, further prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil, and is also consistent with the exact amount requested by the President.”

            “Instead of holding our military hostage, the President should be urging the Senate to take up the numerous appropriations bill that the House has passed which would address non-defense spending. Vetoing vital legislation that would protect our nation and our military, is once again a political move by President Obama to advance his political whims, and yet another serious foreign policy mistake.”


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Rep. Jeff Duncan Issues Statement on the Obama Administration's Syrian Rebel Training Program


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement concerning the termination of the Obama Administration’s Syrian rebel training program.

“The Obama Administration announced last week that they would be ending the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels. I am glad that the Administration now sees that this program was not a smart decision, but that call comes about a year too late. Taxpayer dollars have already been spent on a failed program, while “moderate” rebels fighting in Syria have already turned over their weapons to an al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra.

Unlike many of my colleagues, I did not support the Administration’s plan to arm the Syrian rebels from the beginning. This program is one that was supposed to train over 5,000 rebel fighters who administration officials hoped would counter ISIL. Instead, this program trained around only 100 fighters that were deployed to Syria, and of those hundred, only about “four or five” were still fighting in Syria. Most recently, it was reported that one of the U.S.-trained Syrian rebel commanders gave American arms and vehicles to fighters from the Nusra Front.

We needed and still need today a bold strategy to combat ISIS. Training unknown Syrian rebels was not a bold strategy. It was one of “pale pastels.” Nor was it wise to wade into the middle of another country’s civil war without clear objectives, allies, and foresight. I support and have cosponsored legislation that would arm our allies, the Kurds. The Kurds have proven their capability against ISIS, and Defense Secretary Carter has said that the work that has been done with the Kurds in northern Syria is “an example of an effective approach.”

ISIS presents a direct threat to the U.S. homeland and interests abroad. This Administration has had a weak and ineffective policy in Syria and against the threat of ISIS. I hope now that the President sees that in order to combat this evil, he needs a bold strategy and a clear, attainable objective. ISIS is not and never was a “junior varsity team.” They are a group of radical terrorists that have directly threatened the U.S. and have taken the lives of at least four Americans. It is past time for the President to lead and engage more forcefully in the battle of ideas to discredit the evil ideology and propaganda of ISIS. Greater offensive action needs to be taken to weaken ISIS’s appeal, exploit its vulnerabilities, and weaken its influence over people.”


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Congressman Jeff Duncan Urges U.S. Delegation to United Nations to Uphold U.S. Sovereign Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, sent the following letter to Ambassador Samantha Power regarding reports that the U.S. delegation to the United Nations might refuse to oppose a resolution offered by Cuba that demands the end of the U.S.-Cuba embargo as outlined in U.S. law, the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996.

Duncan – “To me, this issue is greater than simply the issue of U.S. policy towards Cuba. Regardless of one’s views on the U.S.-Cuba embargo, we should all be able to come together to uphold and defend U.S. sovereign law since this is the law of our country. The idea that the Administration would consider not supporting U.S. law in a multilateral body like the United Nations is stunning and dangerous to the foundation for the rule of law and democratic institutions in our country. Such an action would also undermine our foreign policy efforts to promote the rule of law, democracy, and freedom for repressed peoples around the world.”

“My sentiments on the U.S.-Cuba policy are known. The Subcommittee that I chair has held two oversight hearings on the U.S.-Cuba policy shift, and I continue to have serious misgivings that the Administration’s new policy creates additional U.S. national security vulnerabilities. Although the Obama Administration has given many benefits to the Castro regime since December, in return the new Cuba policy has failed to extract any noteworthy, sustained concessions on democracy, human rights, or justice for the nearly 6,000 American claimants whose property was stolen by the Castro regime.”


    September 23, 2015

The Honorable Samantha PowerU.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations The United States Mission to the United Nations 799 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017


Dear Ambassador Power,

I write to respectfully urge you to uphold and defend the laws of the United States as they relate to the U.S.-Cuba embargo. I have received concerning reports that for the first time in 23 years, the U.S. delegation to the United Nations may abdicate its sovereign responsibility to uphold and defend U.S. interests as enshrined in U.S. law by abstaining, instead of voting against, on a resolution demanding the end of U.S.-Cuba embargo as outlined in the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 (Libertad/Helms-Burton).

As the Co-Chair of the House Sovereignty Caucus, I am deeply disturbed that the U.S. delegation to a multilateral body could consider choosing not to affirm the sovereign laws of the United States. Irrespective of whether one agrees with the U.S.-Cuba embargo, it remains the law of the land in our country. For the U.S. delegation to refrain from exercising its responsibility to defend our country’s interests as articulated by our laws in the face of overt, sustained international criticism is to effectively undermine the rule of law in our country, the foundation for our modern political order, and the American principles for which we stand.

Furthermore, should the U.S. delegation to the United Nations refuse to support longstanding U.S. law in a multilateral forum, I am concerned about the ramifications this would have on U.S. foreign policy. After all, if the Administration does not uphold the rule of law to the world in an organization such as the United Nations, what legitimacy will the United States have to urge other countries around the world to respect the rule of law and democracy? What will this do to the pursuit of freedom around the world?

The issue before you is whether to uphold and defend the laws of the United States before the United Nations’ General Assembly. Regardless of differing political views on the U.S.-Cuba embargo, our modern political order depends upon a strong rule of law. With this in mind, I respectfully urge you to vote against any resolution that demands a change to U.S. law or that seeks to prevent the application of current U.S. law related to the US.-Cuba embargo.



                                                       Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03)


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Congressman Jeff Duncan Holds Hearing on Religious Freedom


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, delivered the following statement at the Subcommittee’s 12th hearing entitled, “Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas.”

Religious freedom was a major inspiration for the founding of the early American Republic, revered by our Founding Fathers, and recognized in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as a fundamental right. It has also been repeatedly recognized internationally. The first U.S. President, George Washington, affirmed in his 1796 Farewell Address that “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

This view enjoyed continued support into the 19th century with de Tocqueville writing that “religion in America . . . must be regarded as the first of their political institutions; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it.” Indeed, religious liberty provided the foundation for our country’s modern political order, respect for democracy, and rule of law. Similarly, the ability to worship and exercise one’s faith without fear of attack, censure, bribery, or government reprisal is one of the most important metrics of freedom in any country. 

Today, we meet to examine the state of religious freedom in the Western Hemisphere, home to Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim faiths as well as a range of indigenous beliefs. In particular, as Latin America contains nearly half of the world’s Catholics and the first Latin American Pope is set to address Congress next week, I believe this hearing is timely in bringing public awareness to the importance of international religious freedom. While religious minorities in Latin America and the Caribbean do not experience the same level of persecution they face elsewhere in the world, the state of religious freedom in our own hemisphere does deserve our attention.

Unfortunately, this year has seen a noticeable uptick in violations of religious freedom in several countries in the region. While most governments have constitutions with clauses that protect religious freedom, the implementation of those protections is often not rigorously enforced, and in certain countries, other laws or regulations have been written that make religious worship and activities hard. For instance, in countries, such as Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, it is government action itself that contributes directly to difficulties in religious practice. In other countries, such as Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia, the combination of criminal groups, lawless environments, or impunity prevents the free exercise of religious worship and activities. 

In particular, this Subcommittee has heard multiple reports of Catholic and Protestant churches being forced to pay fines to criminal groups in the region in order to remain open, church members have been threatened and internally displaced in some cases, and pastors have faced extortion and assassination attempts. Significantly, churches that engage in outreach and assistance to victims of human trafficking, drug and alcohol addicts, or former members of criminal groups have found themselves targets of criminal groups, which see church efforts as a threat to their own control, objectives, or activities. Furthermore, many countries in Latin America require government registration of churches, and in the cases of Bolivia and Peru, this registration can be cumbersome, intrusive, or just plain difficult.

I am deeply concerned about Bolivia’s Law 351, passed in 2013, which forces all religious organizations to reapply for legal standing while imposing burdensome preconditions that appear restrictive to the rights of religious organizations. Moreover, in Nicaragua, reports surfaced in July 2013 that President Ortega was exploiting religious symbols for political gain and using financial pressure on Catholic and Protestant groups to exert political influence. Similarly in Ecuador, there have been reports of actions by the Ecuadoran government to remove all religious images from regional hospitals and obstruct the work of Catholic priests in prisons. Given the hearing this Subcommittee held in July on threats to press freedoms in the Americas and President Correa’s actions last week to shut down Fundamedios, an organization with a critical mission to provide information on freedom of expression in Ecuador, I am troubled at what might be next for religious organizations in Ecuador who dare to diverge from Correa’s views. 

In June 2014, I sent a letter to the Ambassador of Mexico highlighting two cases of religious freedom violations and requesting that Mexico prioritize accountability for perpetrators who commit violent crimes under the guise of religion. I would like to commend Mexico’s actions in taking steps to address some of these issues while acknowledging that more work remains. Given the security environment in Mexico, the Catholic Multimedia Center reported last December that Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to be a Catholic priest, and 80% of cases involving attacks on priests in Mexico are not resolved. Further, while Mexico’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, an abuse of Mexico’s Law of Uses and Customs has led to widespread cases of religious intolerance, which remain unaddressed today.

Furthermore, in Colombia, various NGOs have reported an increase in violence toward religious organizations by criminal para-military groups given the internal armed conflict and Colombia-FARC peace talks. Allegedly, this violence has included poisoning, burning of houses, the closing of about 20 churches, torture, killings, and kidnapping of children for use as child soldiers. In contrast, in Cuba, the persecution of religious organizations has been driven by the government. Although its constitution guarantees freedom of religion, it has a caveat that this can be restricted if it does not align with socialist objectives.

Today, the Cuban government continues to severely restrict religious liberty. Churches must be registered in order to import religious materials, meet in houses authorized for worship, or travel abroad for religious purposes. No Protestant religious schools are allowed, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons have yet to receive recognition by the government. Last year, two pastors were arrested and detained by police. Early this year, the government began enforcing Legal Decree 322 to seize church properties, and in May, the property of Maranatha First Baptist Church was confiscated. Cuban authorities also continue their brutality against religious worshippers, often violently dragging out women affiliated with the Ladies in White group from Sunday morning services.

In conclusion, there are many disturbing reports of religious freedom violations in our own hemisphere. This does not bode well for the health of these countries, for religious freedom is utterly critical to the protection and development of free societies. As historian Russell Kirk has written, “all the aspects of any civilization arise out of a people’s religion: its politics, its economics, its arts, its sciences, even its simple crafts are the by-products of religious insights.” Consequently, countries that respect religious freedom allow all of these aspects of their cultures to flourish while those that fail to protect religious freedom will not see these benefits. I look forward to hearing from our expert witnesses on how they rate the Obama Administration’s priority of religious freedom in the Western Hemisphere and how the U.S. can engage with countries in the region to support religious freedom.


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CCAGW Honors “Taxpayer Super Heroes” In South Carolina


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) for their relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers while serving in Congress.  Sen. Scott and Rep. Duncan were two of the 17 lawmakers to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW’s 2014 Congressional Ratings, making them “Taxpayer Super Heroes.”  Since Sen. Scott was elected in 2012, he has an impeccable lifetime rating of 100 percent, while Rep. Duncan has maintained a 95 percent lifetime rating since his election in 2010.

The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, highlights the voting records of all 535 members of Congress.  It identifies members whose impeccable voting records helped protect and save the taxpayers’ money, earning them the honored title of “Taxpayer Super Hero,” while it cites members who consistently voted against the fiscal interest of taxpayers.

CCAGW rates members of both chambers on a 0-100 percent scale.  Members are placed in the following categories: 0-19% Hostile; 20-39% Unfriendly; 40-59% Lukewarm; 60-79% Friendly; 80-99% Taxpayer Hero; and 100% Taxpayer Super Hero.  The 2014 Congressional Ratings scored 85 votes in the House of Representatives and 13 votes in the Senate.

“We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Sen. Scott and Rep Duncan for their hard work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  “Their courageous votes to cut wasteful spending and make government more accountable should serve as an example to other members, encouraging them to make good on promises to protect the fiscal interests of American taxpayers.”

“We have no doubt that Sen. Scott and Rep. Duncan will continue to help lead the effort to end wasteful spending and reduce the growing national debt,” added Schatz.  “Their constituents should be very proud of them.”

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


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Congressman Duncan Celebrates Passage of REINS Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed legislation to give Congress veto authority over high-cost regulations that the Administration has promulgated. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require that Congress vote on any major rule or regulation coming from the executive branch that is estimated by OMB to impact the economy by $100 million or more.

“I am proud that the House has passed this critical legislation,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan, who is a cosponsor of the bill. “This Administration has overreached its Constitutional authority time and time again. Restoring this Congressional check and balance is critical to getting the bureaucratic leviathan back under control.”

The Competitive Enterprise Institute recently estimated the cost to America of federal regulations at $1.88 Trillion – more than $5000 for every man, woman and child in the country. Last year, new federal regulations totaled 77,687 pages. That includes 80 “Major Rules” which had a negative economic impact of $100 million. Under the REINS Act, Congress would have 70 legislative days to decide whether such regulations would move forward.

“This legislation is a great step towards rebalancing the balance of power in our government, restoring power to the Legislative Branch that our Founders intended,” Duncan said. “I call on the Senate to pass this critical bill and put it on the President’s desk as soon as possible.”


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Op-Ed: The Obama Doctrine: A path to conflict


The deal the P5+1 struck with Iran shatters American and Israeli security, potentially placing our great country and our strategic allies in harm’s way.  In essence, this deal legitimizes Iran as a nuclear threshold state, unfortunately bringing the United States closer to a deadly military confrontation with the zealous Shiite theocracy.   

If Congress fails to block this deal and sanctions against Iran are lifted, then America will essentially subsidize the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism with a $150 billion payday. The mullahs will use this money to support terrorism around the globe and further their imperialistic ambitions through their proxies across the Middle East.  This payday will help the ayatollah’s consolidate its hold on power. It will not help the United States or our allies ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapons capability. I suspect American capitulation will only make the Orwellian chants of “death to America” and “death to Israel” louder.  

To allege that the only alternative to this current deal is military action is specious.  It is the essence of naiveté to believe that rewarding the Iranian regime – who seeks the “annihilation” of Israeland complete hegemony over the Middle East – will lead to anything other than armed conflict. The truth is that the Obama administration not only rewarded Iranian intransigence by caving at the negotiating table, but will permit the West to subsidize it. 

This deal greatly reduces the strength of American deterrence against Iran.  After 5 years, they may reengage in the global conventional arms trade, while after 8, attain ballistic missiles. These arms will surely go to terrorist proxy groups who currently kill Americans and our allies.

The Administration may say we retain the “military option” in case Iran makes a mad dash to the bomb. But this ignores how the deal weakens American deterrence. For example, Russia has already confirmed plans to ship state of the art S-300 surface-to-air missiles to the Iranians making control of the air more difficult.  Iran will be allowed to grow their military and emboldened to confront American power.  

Supporters of this agreement argue that it is the only way to prevent armed conflict with Iran. Perversely, this agreement actually makes war with Iran more likely. The deal lifts virtually all major restrictions against Iran in about 10-15 years, gearing up the ayatollahs to have the ability to break out in days, not months or weeks.  Tehran’s nuclear infrastructure is left in place with the ayatollahs retaining the ability to “weaponize” quickly.  In just a few years down the road, restrictions on Iran’s centrifuges and limitations on its nuclear facilities, including the number of heavy water reactors, will be abandoned.

Furthermore, without adequate provisions in place to inspect Iran’s nuclear programs and sites, or effective compliance measures to efficiently implement snapback sanctions, Iranian centrifuges will spin.

Congress has a moral duty to restore clarity and rationale to America’s diplomacy efforts by voting against this absurdly irrational foreign policy strategy. We must return to a rational strategy aimed to protect us and our allies from the Iranian nuclear threat.

Iran will emerge as a nuclear threshold state with the international community’s stamp of legitimacy. This is precisely why Iran’s vociferous political leaders and ayatollahs have been rejoicing since the deal was announced.  

If there was ever a quintessential issue that could so easily unite Democrats and Republicans alike, it’s this one. When it comes to matters of national security and deterrence against enemies, party politics should take a back seat.  

A pivotal moment for Congress is upon us.  When the time comes to vote on the Iranian nuclear accord, I intend to vote against the deal, and strongly encourage my esteemed colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same. We are fortunate to know Iranian ambitions: Death to Israel, Death to America. History will record this fatal error. I hope Congress will not be complicit in ushering in a policy that will surely lead to a future – and more difficult – conflict.

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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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