WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Jeff Duncan today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging him to begin Senate debate of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Duncan was joined by 43 House Republican colleagues.
Homeland Security Appropriations are set to expire on February 27, 2015. The House-passed bill, H.R. 240, continues critical Homeland Security functions while also defunding President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty actions.
“We write to urge you to bring H.R. 240 to the floor as soon as the Senate completes consideration of Keystone XL,” Duncan wrote in the letter. “We believe that Senate Republicans must honor the promise they made to the American people last year to stand firm against the President’s lawless actions and preserve Congress’ constitutional role as a lawmaking body. We believe that bringing H.R. 240 to the floor now is the first step in accomplishing this goal.”
“I believe this is a critical moment for Congressional Republicans,” Duncan said. “Either we are going to work together in a bicameral way to stop this President’s executive overreach using the power of the purse, or we are going to continue to give in to the President and allow him to abuse the Constitution and the American people. The House has done it’s work; now the Senate needs to take up the fight.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the recently released proposed five year plan for the Outer Continental Shelf:
"This is a potential game changer for South Carolina, and another important step towards making offshore production a reality. The inclusion of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf in the Draft Proposed Plan could mean billions of dollars in economic activity and revenue for South Carolina. It’s critical that both the permitting process for seismic testing to collect new data and the next Five Year Program move forward simultaneously, and I’m thankful that the Interior Department has done that so far. North America is poised to become the world’s leading source of energy production, and by producing energy in the Atlantic we can strengthen America’s energy security and lessen our dependence on Middle Eastern sources of oil. Prosperity shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and I hope that the Obama Administration will continue to heed the wishes of the citizens of South Carolina and fully open up these areas for energy production and exploration."
"I will continue to work with the Administration, my colleagues in the House, and my fellow South Carolinians to make sure we can develop any offshore resource responsibly."
WASHINGTON, DC—The Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), released the following statement regarding the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alberto Nisman, the General Prosecutor for the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA). Nisman, a man of courage and tenacity, brought to light evidence last week of a disturbing cover-up by Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to improve relations with Iran in order to gain geopolitical and economic benefits in return. Nisman was due to give testimony today before the Argentine Congress with additional support for these allegations.
Nisman’s work has been vital in showing the role that Iran has played in supporting terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to his report last week with allegations against the Argentine Government, Nisman published a lengthy report last year documenting the role Iran played in orchestrating the 1994 bombing in Argentina and Iran’s actions as ‘the main sponsor’ of an attempted terrorist attack on U.S. soil with a plot to blow up the JFK airport in Queens, NY.
I am grateful for the contributions Nisman has made in providing clear evidence of Iran’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. His willingness to speak truth to power reflects his passion for justice, and I pray we will see justice as a result of his bravery.
In this time of grief, I want to convey my deepest condolences to his family. I also call for a full, immediate, and transparent investigation into Mr. Nisman’s mysterious and untimely death.”
WASHINGTON D.C.—The Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus recently named Congressman Jeff Duncan as a Vice-Chair for the 114th Congress. For 26 years the Caucus, along with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation have championed the protection and advancement of the interests of sportsmen through wildlife conservation policies that benefit hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as a Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus for this Congress, a group I’ve been associated with long before I was ever elected to federal office. I look forward to working with my colleagues to promote the Second Amendment and the values of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation,” said Duncan.
The group is the largest bi-partisan Caucus in Washington, where the protection of such essential rights like the 2nd Amendment is paramount to their goals for public policy. With members in Congress spanning nearly all 50 states, the Caucus represents the outdoor traditions that are enjoyed by all constituencies in the Union.
“I’ve been blessed to have grown up with the opportunity to appreciate the outdoors and to be able to pass that passion along to my boys. The people of South Carolina are proud of our sportsmen’s heritage, which is why we’re the home to groups like the National Wild Turkey Federation.”
“I’ve always said that it’s not about the hunt, it’s about the journey. I will use this position to continue to advocate on behalf of hunters, fisherman, and outdoors enthusiasts so that we will be able to share the beauty of the journey with the next generation,” stated Duncan.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the recently issued regulations regarding the recent policy change towards Cuba:
“I remain deeply concerned with the Obama Administration’s decision to circumvent Congress by disregarding existing U.S. law through Executive Action in an attempt to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The Castro regime has not changed its ideology or practices. It remains Communist. It continues to abuse and oppress the Cuban people. It continues to support terrorist organizations, proliferate weapons to countries like North Korea, and to facilitate the operations of Iran, Russia, and China in the Western Hemisphere. Although Cuba released 53 political prisoners over the weekend, thousands more continue to languish in Cuban jails.
“The Administration’s announcement today of new Executive rules to significantly weaken the U.S. embargo against the Cuban regime through allowing greater U.S. trade and travel will only secure more funds for the Cuban Government, leaving the average Cuban citizen with very little economic improvements. President Obama’s action is a reward to a Communist dictatorship at the expense of the Cuban people, and I find it disgraceful that under this Administration, the U.S. – a bulwark for freedom against tyranny since our country’s inception – would seek to appease an autocratic Government so publicly opposed to liberty. I look forward to conducting vigorous Congressional oversight of the Administration’s actions through my role as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.”
WASHINGTON, DC—The new Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), released the following statement today on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the announcement that the mandate of Haiti’s Parliament has expired with no deal to schedule long-delayed elections:
“Like all Americans, I was deeply saddened by the horrific loss of life and property that occurred on Haiti just 5 years ago, but that sadness is aggravated by the continuing lack of progress there in rebuilding that country and helping Haitians realize the hopes and dreams of constructing a better nation that sprung out of that tragedy. Although the world was originally focused on helping Haiti cope with an unthinkable humanitarian crisis, as the new Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere I plan to take my oversight role of U.S. taxpayer dollars there very seriously. Quite honestly, after 5 years and billions of dollars, I think many would agree that we have not achieved the kind of progress there that we should have by now.
“But I am equally disappointed in the lack of leadership by Haitian politicians, who continue to put petty differences and party politics ahead of what’s best for their country by letting the democratic process go forward and allowing the Haitian people to hold elections. By missing yesterday’s deadline to approve emergency legislation for new elections, Haitians are now faced with the real possibility of the dissolution of Parliament and the unfortunate situation of seeing President Martelly ruling by decree. The Haitian people deserve better, and U.S. taxpayers have the right to expect more out of their significant investment there.”
WASHINGTON, DC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan, incoming Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s change in longstanding Cuba policy:
“While I am grateful to see Alan Gross returning to the U.S. after five years of unjust imprisonment in Cuba, I have major problems with the Administration’s unilateral decision to move towards normalized relations with Cuba. President Obama's statement today of ‘a new course in our relations with Cuba' is a complete reversal of U.S. policy without receiving any concrete reforms by the Cuban government, which is required by U.S. law.”
“President Obama’s decision wastes decades of hard work to support the Cuban people, provides Cuba with legitimacy that ten American presidents have refused to provide, and strengthens the Castro regime to the detriment of the Cuban people and the region at-large. Worse still, the President’s intention to initiate a review of Cuba’s status as a ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’ willfully turns a blind eye to Cuba’s very public record of directly facilitating terrorism and criminal activities, opposing freedom for the Cuban people, and enabling Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China’s activities in the Western Hemisphere.”
“The President must follow U.S. law with any policy or regulatory changes toward Cuba, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to require accountability from this Administration on this issue.”
December 11, 2014
I am deeply honored by the trust you have placed in me as your representative, and I look forward to working on your behalf in Washington to bring your concerns to the forefront of the debates taking place. I wanted to send you an e-mail to give you an update on some things going on inside of DC:
I believe what the Administration has done is unprecedented, unconstitutional, and an affront to the American people. In addition to poisoning the well and making it almost impossible to work together on other issues, I believe the Administration’s actions have created a constitutional crisis that our Founding Fathers had hoped to avoid. Presidents cannot create law. Regardless of how one feels about this issue or any other, I believe that hopefully reasonable minds can come together and agree that the precedent set by this Administration is dangerous. I am fighting hard to make sure that Congress uses the power of the purse to stop this in its tracks.
While the spending bill contained several good reforms, I believe it didn’t address the fact that this Administration has taken extraordinary steps to violate both the Constitution of the United States and our separation of powers. For this reason, I voted against the legislation. I believe it simply did not do enough to stop the Administration’s executive action. Congress will have an opportunity to reevaluate the funding for the Administration’s executive order when funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires in February.
Recently, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, part of the Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on the campus of Clemson University. The hearing focused on challenges local communities face concerning emergency preparedness. We heard from some of the most qualified officials spanning from academia to law enforcement. Thanks to all of the participants, especially the law enforcement community who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the citizens of South Carolina. It is always important to break outside of the DC bubble and hear real stories from people on the ground. For more information on the hearing, please read this article from the Greenville News or watch this story from by WSPA Greenville.
American Energy Independence:
On the energy front, America’s representatives must encourage the continued exploration and development of domestic natural resources. An “all of the above” plan can harness the power of the free market benefiting working Americans. I have pushed legislation to open up South Carolina’s coast in the federal waters of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf for production which passed the House this Congress as part of the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. A few months ago, South Carolina was given the green light for seismic testing on the coast for natural resources. Congress is working hard to have South Carolina included in the next five-year energy plan. A recent study prepared by Quest Offshore (here) estimates that by 2035, offshore oil and natural gas development could produce 1.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, generate up to 280,000 jobs, contribute up to $23.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy, and generate $51 billion in total government revenue.
My comprehensive energy plan, the Energy Exploration and Production to Achieve National Demand (EXPAND) Act, H.R. 3895, is essential to harnessing the wealth generated by the energy renaissance currently taking place in America. Much of the language from my bill H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act was included in a Continuing Resolution passed by the House and signed into law by the President. The law lifts a moratorium on production of over nearly 1.5 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico known as the Western Gap. In the next Congress I encourage Congress to take up common sense policy measures that all rational people can agree on, such as the Keystone XL pipeline to continue to push energy production. Though these are only steps, the principles of liberty will serve to reinforce our economy by spreading innovation and ingenuity to the energy sector.
I believe the holes continue to get deeper for the Administration as they dodge our efforts in the House to find the truth surrounding the many scandals plaguing the executive branch.
There are Americans who are still unsatisfied with the answers given by the Administration concerning the death of four Americans at the Benghazi security compound over two years ago. Speaker Boehner’s support to continue the investigation by reselecting Congressman Gowdy to serve as chair of the Select Committee will provide oversight of the Executive branch. His conclusions will surely be made justly, and I wholeheartedly back his search for the truth of what happened that tragic night. Please follow the link for a further news update regarding the hearing here.
Unfortunately, I believe there are still questions for the Administration to answer on Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services has recently disclosed that they have been misleading the American people on the ObamaCare enrollment figures by including dental plans. Over the next few weeks the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform will be investigating how far these numbers go. More information regarding the hearing can be found here, as well as a compilation of comments made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber here.
In October, after a long fought battle against the Internal Revenue Service, the Laurens TEA Party has finally been granted approval for tax-exempt status. Also, an estimated 30,000 of the e-mails from Lois Lerner claimed to be lost by the IRS have been found! You can find articles for the Laurens TEA Party here, and the missing e-mails here.
Jobs & the Economy:
It is imperative Congress pushes rational and widely supported legislation that will incentivize businesses to hire and encourage optimism about the future. At least 47 jobs bills were stuck in the Senate during the 113thCongress. I insist the next Congress to follow the example of these bills by reintroducing them. Those include H.R. 890, Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, which prevents the undermining of reforms critical to helping millions out of poverty and into the workforce. The Small Business Capital Access and job Preservation Act, H.R. 1105 reins in the vast maze of red tape preventing small businesses from hiring Americans hurting for work. The American dream needs a jump start, and I believe the free market agenda is the perfect prescription to our current malaise. You can find a great compilation of pro-growth jobs bills here.
I will continue to keep you updated on what is taking place in Washington. Please contact my office if you have any thoughts, questions, or opinions of what is taking place in our nation’s capitol.
Blessing and Liberty,
Jeff Duncan Member of CongressRead More
WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the passage of the “CRomibus” spending bill:
“While the spending bill contained several good reforms, it didn’t address the fact that this President has taken extraordinary steps to violate both the Constitution of the United States and our separation of powers. As I’ve said before, the President’s actions are unprecedented, unconstitutional, and violation of our rule of law. We have a responsibility as Members of the legislative branch to protect the Constitution of the United States. I sincerely believe that voters were loud and clear that they wanted Republicans to act boldly against the President’s unlawful unilateral actions. This legislation failed to stop this unconstitutional encroachment, and that is why I urged the Republican Leadership in the House to adopt defunding language for executive amnesty to the spending bill. I voted against the legislation because it did not do enough to stop the President’s executive actions and honor the will of the voters.”
LAURENS, SC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement regarding Secretary Hagel’s resignation:
"While I have had some policy disagreements with Secretary Hagel, I would like to thank him for his service to the country. As the nation’s first Defense Secretary to be an enlisted combat veteran, Mr. Hagel brought a unique and important perspective to the Department."
"Just under a year ago, President Obama compared ISIS to a JV basketball team. Now ISIS represents one of the greatest threats in the Middle East and a major concern across the globe. The lack of vision from the White House on national security matters has been astonishing, and I am hopeful that the next Secretary of Defense will have the boldness and expertise to correct some of the Administration’s shortsightedness. I urge my Senate colleagues to hold a rigorous confirmation process for Secretary Hagel’s successor in order to ensure that our military is managed by a highly capable leader who will listen closely to the advice of our military commanders."
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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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Payback is hell:"Mr President, Mr President (8X)? I ask Unam Consent that I be allowed...to speak on my Amend B4 it is voted on." Sen Markey
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We did not get elected to Congress - and America didn't give us this majority - to manage the decline of a great nation. We were elected to stop
Thinking this AM of Whiteford's (Clinton or Laurens), Joe's Ice Cream Parlor (Easley), Mac's drive-in (Clemson), Seneca Family Restaurant, Mamma
The Senate passes the Keystone XL Pipeline bill!! Let's see what President Obama does...
This is the country candidate Obama wanted to "sit down with, without per-conditions....." - the country that John Kerry believes is operating
#TBT pheasant hunting in Iowa with my friend Congressman Steve King. Had such a great time!!