Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY17:
“Today, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY17 by a vote of 375-34. The United States Constitution is clear in its mandate that the fundamental role of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, and I was pleased to vote for this legislation as it halts the President’s cuts to our Armed Forces and continues the prohibition on using funds to transfer detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
“No state should be a terrorist dumping ground, and I have worked hard to prevent the President from breaking the law and moving terrorists to our soil, endangering the lives of American citizen, including introducing legislation to authorize the Speaker to sue the President should he attempt to violate the prohibitions in place. I am pleased that Congress heeded these reservations, despite the President’s intent to move terrorists to the U.S., and left these provisions in place in this year’s authorization bill.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement to commend President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s selection of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to the cabinet as Secretary of Defense:
“I am very pleased with President-elect Trump’s choice to name retired General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. His 41-year career in the Marine Corps—from rifleman to Commander of U.S. Central Command—is evidence that he is a man of dedication and thoughtful strategy. Since his retirement from the Marines, General Mattis has served as a consultant and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and has earned a reputation of speaking the truth and will continue to do so when it comes to standing with Israel and the situation we are facing in the Middle East with radical Islamic terrorism. General Mattis has firsthand on-the-ground experience leading some of our military’s most significant operations over the past 20 years. His commitment to a safe and secure America makes him the most qualified to lead our nation’s military. I greatly look forward to working with General Mattis in his role as Defense Secretary to make America safe and secure again.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after an assailant attacked multiple victims at the Ohio State University on Monday, November 28th, 2016:
“I have been speaking out for over a year about my deep concerns regarding the refugee resettlement program and the threat of Islamic terrorist attacks here in the United States. After the attacks in Nice, France I released a statement saying “radical Islamic terrorists will use any and every tool at their disposal to kill those who oppose their beliefs; whether it is an airplane, a boat, truck, pressure-cooker, knife, or a gun. Any government official who focuses on the method more than the terrorists themselves is making a disastrous mistake.” The attacks at the Ohio State University sadly prove this statement.
“The American people have been deeply dissatisfied with the Obama Administration’s handling of the war on terror and its plans to expand the refugee resettlement program in the United States. I’d like to reiterate my calls to halt the refugee resettlement program from nations designated as terrorist safe havens, and to shelve the political correctness which is making Americans less safe.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, gave the following statement following the death of Fidel Castro:
“The brutal reign of Fidel Castro inflicted horrific suffering on the Cuban people. While some may wish to paint a rosy picture of Communism and this dictator’s leadership, any account that ignores his bloody atrocities and human rights abuses, economic persecution, and support for terrorism abroad does no justice to the survivors and victims of his legacy. It is important that history reflect how evil of a man Fidel Castro was and for us to remember that the Cuban people are a very long way from being truly free. The Cuban people deserve actual freedom from the Castro family’s oppression, and the United States has a responsibility to be a better friend and ally in helping the Cuban people in their pursuit of liberty and justice. I look forward to working with the new Administration in developing policies to this end.”
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Duncan released a statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Governor Nikki Haley to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations:
“President-Elect Trump’s decision to select Governor Nikki Haley to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations shows his commitment to build a team that is deep in talent and rich in diversity. The President-Elect’s willingness to surround himself with people who will speak their mind and share differing opinions is a testament to the leadership skills that made him so successful in the private sector.
I have known Governor Haley since our time serving together in the SC General Assembly, and I have no doubt that she has the temperament, intelligence, and experience to be successful in this important position. Anyone who has been to South Carolina knows how connected we are to the global economy, with businesses like Boeing, BMW, Michelin, and Volvo making our state their home. In order for our state to become the economic success story that is talked about throughout the country, Nikki Haley has had to think globally from her first day in office. She’s traveled the world to encourage businesses to relocate to South Carolina, and in the process has proven herself to be a skilled negotiator.
As a member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I know better than most what challenges face our country globally and what we need from our diplomats. When dealing with the United Nations, we need someone who will stand up and passionately protect American sovereignty. We need someone who will fight for American interests and encourage others to support the cause of freedom. I can say unequivocally that Governor Haley has what it takes for such an important role, and she will be a key part in President-Elect Trump’s plan to Make America Great Again! I stand ready to assist her in any way possible and enthusiastically support her nomination.”
LAURENS, SC - Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the latest five year offshore leasing plan barring 85% of America’s offshore areas from energy exploration and development. Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following in response to the final plan:
“Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released their final plan for the 2017-2022 Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Unsurprisingly, this administration will end its tenure as one aggressively opposed to harnessing the strategic and economic benefits of American energy independence. By blocking off large portions of drilling access, while simultaneously abusing administrative power including endless delays for Seismic Survey permits in the Atlantic, this administration’s energy policy has been one big failure.
“Fortunately, this lame duck administration is coming to its end, and its dim-bulb energy policy with it.
“In Congress, I will work tirelessly to reengage domestic energy production. The American people are fed up with artificial government barriers obstructing American greatness. Safe and responsible energy development is in everyone’s interest, but when bureaucratic elites in Washington take steps beyond reasonable oversight and instead choose to elevate nakedly ideological goals above the interests of the American people, they have failed to nurture a better future for America. I look forward to working with the new Trump Administration to make America’s energy economy great again, in part by reversing the 2017-2022 final plan with future legislation. ”
LAURENS, SC – In response to the news that Senator Jeff Sessions (AL) and Congressman Mike Pompeo had been nominated to positions in President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“I am simply thrilled at these two excellent choices, and at how President-Elect Trump’s national security team is shaping up.
“I am so happy that my friend Jeff Sessions will be our new Attorney General. He is well-suited for this job, having served successfully as Alabama Attorney General. I am most enthusiastic about what this selection means as it relates to finally enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders. Senator Sessions has been a beacon in the Senate on immigration policy, and his shared commitment on that issue with the incoming President will mean a stronger, safer America.
“Mike Pompeo is a friend, colleague and House classmate who is a fantastic choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency. Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, showing natural leadership that has served him well in the House and will serve him well in this new position. Kansas’ loss is America’s gain, and I know Mike will do great work in this new role.
“I strongly encourage Leader McConnell to bring these two nominations to the floor as soon as possible in the New Year to ensure that President Trump can hit the ground running to keep America safe and secure.”
Laurens, S.C. – Today, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to eight congressional committee chairmen that investigators are examining newly discovered emails that appear to be connected to the email probe.
Rep. Jeff Duncan: “Secretary Clinton's gross negligence has once again forced the FBI to reopen an investigation into her misconduct. This news comes on the heels of new revelations that long time Clinton ally Gov. Terry McAuliffe funneled $675,000 through his PAC to the wife of a senior FBI official who helped supervised the investigation into Sec. Clinton’s covert email practices. The American people are shocked and appalled at Sec. Clinton's conduct, but are equally upset with the mishandling of this crucial investigation. It’s critical that Sec. Clinton is held accountable for her actions and that the American people are confident that the investigation is taking place free from undue political influence from the Obama Administration or the Clinton campaign. Considering the FBI's previous mishandling of this case, which includes allowing people with conflicts of interest to oversee the investigation and questionable criminal immunity deals for key witnesses, I feel that it is clearly in the public's best interest for this entire case to be turned over to an independent special prosecutor.”
LAURENS, SC – In response to the shootings at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the events in Townville, and also thankful for the tremendous response from our First Responders that prevented the situation from becoming a greater tragedy. I ask that everyone join me in keeping young Jacob Hall uplifted in prayer as he continues to recover at Greenville Memorial Hospital. I also ask for prayers for the friends and families of all involved.
“Ours is not the first community to be touched by this kind of violence, nor will it be the last. But I know that, by the Grace of God, we will recover from this tragedy and find strength in each other and in the Providence of God. Our community must come together especially to help all of the children who will need our love and counsel to get through the coming days and months.
“I also want to take a moment to praise veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, whose quick thinking and brave actions brought an end to this shooting spree. Without Mr. Brock’s heroism, and the work of many others who quickly arrived on scene, this situation may have been much worse.
“My office has been in constant communication with law enforcement and the community, and will help in any way possible.”
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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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