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.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed a resolution that gives Congress the legislative tools to repeal Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process. Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after passage of the resolution:
“Today, the House took the first step to repealing Obamacare. The outgoing Administration’s wrongheaded attempt to control the healthcare market through a government designed marketplace has been one of the single most economically destructive programs in American history. By taking this first step, the Congress is one step closer to relieving all Americans from this burden from Washington. I look forward to seeing this process through to its conclusion by putting a full repeal package on President Trump’s desk as quickly as possible.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement to congratulate the Clemson University football team on their victory in the National Championship:
“As the only Clemson football alumni ever elected to Congress, I take immense pride in this National Championship. Congratulations to Coach Dabo Swinney and the entire team and staff on an incredible performance that showcased the teams grit, determination and talent. I couldn’t be prouder to be a Clemson alum more than I am today.
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) along with Rep. John Carter (TX-31) introduced a bill to cut through the red tape on owning firearm suppressors. The Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act will remove suppressors from the scope of the National Firearms Act (NFA), replacing the outdated federal transfer process with an instantaneous National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS). The bill also includes a provision to refund the $200 transfer tax to applicants who purchase a suppressor after October 22, 2015, which was the original date of introduction. In stark contrast, many countries in Europe place no regulations on their purchase, possession, or use.
“This legislation is about safety – plain and simple,” Congressman Duncan said after dropping the Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act on Monday. “I’m very active in sport shooting and hunting, and I can’t tell you how better off the shooting sports enthusiasts would be if we had easier access to suppressors to help protect our hearing.
“I’ve been shooting since I was a young child - beginning with plinking with a .22 rifle and dove hunting with my Dad. My hearing has been damaged because of gun noise. Had I had access to a suppressor, it may have protected me, as well as millions of other Americans, from this sort of hearing loss. This is a health issue even recognized in Europe. It just doesn’t make any sense to regulate suppressors the way we do presently. I think it certainly is questionable from a constitutional standpoint. It’s striking that even Britain, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, has no restrictions on suppressors.”
Rep. John Carter said, “Suppressors do not make guns silent or dangerous, they are simply a form of hearing protection, both for the shooter and their hunting dogs. The Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act is common sense legislation that increases safety while shooting, allowing people to easily hear and react to range safety officers and fellow hunters. I am proud to be an original sponsor of this important legislation, and to work with my colleague Rep. Duncan to increase the availability of suppressors to sportsmen.”
The Duncan-Carter Hearing Protection Act will fix the flawed federal over-regulation of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 42 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 40 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. This legislation will remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the NFA, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant NICS check, the same background check that is used to purchase a firearm. In doing so, law-abiding citizens will remain free to purchase suppressors, while prohibited persons will continue to be barred from purchasing or possessing these accessories.
Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives 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. Currently, a veto-proof majority is required to prevent an administration from going forward with a rule.
“The House has just passed a groundbreaking piece of legislation that remains consistent with my view in the rebalancing of power in the federal government,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan, who is a cosponsor of the bill. “The outgoing Administration broke Constitutional restraints time and time again. By flaunting the immense power of executive rulemaking, the outgoing administration shamefully turned the pen and the phone into a political weapon against the American people. Without passing the REINS Act, the boundaries for administrative rule making are endless.”
In 2016, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a report detailing the cost to America of federal regulations at $1.885 trillion – more than $15,000 per American household. At the time of the report, some 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions had 3,297 at various stages in the regulatory pipeline. Under the REINS Act, Congress would have 70 legislative days to decide whether such regulations would move forward.
“This legislation is historic. Legislators are will now be forced to focus more on their craft, while the executive is restrained from the current practice. The people now have a say against these rules,” Duncan said. “It’s a win for all Americans. I call on the Senate to pass this major upgrade in American governance, where the people finally gain back a defense against the costly attacks on their ways of life by out of touch bureaucrats.”
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement after being sworn into the 115th Congress:
“I am very humbled to have been chosen by the citizens of the Third District of South Carolina to be their voice in Washington. It has been the highest honor of my life to fight on behalf of the people of South Carolina. The American people have given us an enormous opportunity to bring back prosperity and optimism to this nation. I am dedicated to working tirelessly in the pursuit of a better future for all Americans. I look forward to join with my colleagues as we work to Make America Great Again.”
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the withdrawal of portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from future oil and natural gas leasing:
“The closing of the Atlantic from any exploration and development by outgoing President Obama is a vain attempt to salvage a personal legacy for himself. The President’s use of a vague and untested section of the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act in the twilight of his presidency is a selfish political aim that will deny America a future strategic strength and prosperity. A permanent ban is clearly not the scope of power provided by law, nor is it in the interest of the United States. However, I am not shocked at his willingness to put his political legacy before his country. Instead of listening to rebuke after rebuke of his policies in successive elections, he would rather act like a King. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia have all agreed energy exploration off the coast would be a blessing to our states, and yet he ignores the will of the American people.
“Fortunately for the American people, I believe there is a strong likelihood either Congress or the courts will strike down this executive action, just like his plans for executive amnesty, unconstitutional recess appointments, and illegally transferring GITMO terrorists to US soil.
“I look forward to working with President-Elect Trump to reverse these damages to our national interest. Offshore energy production in the Atlantic will unlock billions of dollars in economic production, create thousands of American jobs, and strengthen our national security position. It’s time to act according to national interest and make America great again.”
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Mick Mulvaney to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget:
"Congressman Mulvaney's appointment to be the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is bittersweet for me. Mick and I have been colleagues since we served together in the South Carolina General Assembly and were elected to Congress at the same time. We’ve fought together, prayed together, and even played (not always the best) baseball together. With Mick leaving Congress, we are losing one of our most talented and articulate voices on the budget and limited government matters. While I will miss serving in Congress with Mick, I am glad to know that he will be serving our country in an even greater capacity as Director of the OMB.
Mick Mulvaney knows the budget backwards and forwards. He and I have joined together over the years to support multiple budgets, which would have remarkably improved our country’s fiscal situation had they been adopted. I congratulate Mick on this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to doing everything I can to ensure he’s successfully confirmed."
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the selection of Congressman Ryan Zinke to be the Secretary of the Interior:
“The selection of Congressman Ryan Zinke to head up the Department of the Interior is another great addition by the President-Elect to an already excellent cabinet. I am very excited about the pick and I hope that he accepts. This Navy SEAL has been a pleasure to work with over the last Congress. I had the chance to serve with Ryan on the Committee on Natural Resources, which oversees the Department. He showed a depth of knowledge concerning interior issues that will provide an experienced voice in President Trump's White House. Whether that be ensuring that the American public has access to federal lands or that we are developing the energy resources in federal areas, Ryan is someone who is on the right side of these important issues. Ryan and I also share the similar passions for the outdoors and sportsmen's issues. As Co-Chairman of the largest Caucus in Congress – the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) – I look forward to working with a fellow outdoorsman on issues important to the hunters, fishermen, shooters and outdoor loving Americans. Initiatives of the CSC like the SHARE Act will be a top priority in the next Congress. I believe Ryan will be ready to help deliver real results to these efforts as well as many others while Secretary of the Interior.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan responded to the news of the passing of John Glenn today in a statement:
"John Glenn is a giant in American history and truly is one of those rare authentic heroes all revere. It is with a heavy heart to hear the news of his passing today. He was a trailblazer for America’s space program during the Cold War as he became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and, 36 years later, became the oldest man in space in 1998 at the age of 77. He also found the time to serve his country in the United States Senate, thereby capping a remarkable career of service to his nation. I was fortunate to have met the man in November 2011—he was larger than life. I pray for him and his family, but as America works to navigate the rough seas of the future, I also pray that our nation is graced with more men and women like John Glenn."
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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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