Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) praised the passage of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, in the House of Representatives:
“I have long been an advocate for nuclear energy, but as we create it, we also create nuclear waste. Up until now, the federal government has neglected its responsibility to manage the nuclear waste spread across communities all over the United States.
“The law of the land is clear – Yucca Mountain should act as the nation’s long-term nuclear waste repository. For decades, ratepayers in South Carolina have paid over $1.3 billion in fees to construct and operate this safe, long-term storage site. However, Yucca Mountain is still not in operation despite the billions of dollars paid by South Carolinians and ratepayers across the country.
“The House made progress today by holding the federal government accountable and reforming our nuclear waste policy to utilize Yucca Mountain for its intended purpose – a permanent geologic repository. We can’t let this promise to the American people continue to languish. I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to end the trivial political game and fulfill this legal obligation and a decade’s old promise to operate Yucca Mountain and secure our spent nuclear fuel.”
Washington, D.C. – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement after the passage of 25 bills in the House Energy & Commerce Committee to combat the opioid crisis:
“This is an all hands on deck situation that requires a response not only on federal, state, and local levels, but also on the doctor-patient level. I have talked to too many families who have been impacted by the scourge of the opioid crisis, and I am thankful that Congress has been able to produce some bipartisan solutions to start addressing these problems.
“While we are working to tackle these complex problem domestically, the problem doesn’t stop here at home. Many of the drugs that are devastating families across the country are illegally flowing across our southern border, which is why we must support the Trump Administration’s plans to step up border security and enforcement.
“We have a long way to go to address this multifaceted and devastating epidemic, but the bills the committee passed today are a constructive start.”
To see a full list of the bills, click here.
Washington, D.C. — South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Obama-Era Iran Nuclear Deal:
“Nearly every aspect of President Obama’s Iran Deal was deeply flawed. At the end of the day, President Obama trusted the word of a rogue nation over the wishes of the American people. From its conception, the deal faced extensive bipartisan opposition and lacked vision. In fact, the agreement was so poorly conceived and negotiated that the Obama Administration’s motives for entering into such an deal deserve questioning. I applaud President Trump for keeping his word, honoring his promises to the American people, and recognizing that for the sake of international security, we can and must do better.
“The Iran deal broke decades of national security precedent by commingling the issues of prisoner releases and sanctions relief, endangering every American in the process. The deal also gave valuable resources to the world’s greatest financier of terrorism, without any concessions from Iran on ending their nefarious activities. Finally, the agreement lacked any real enforcement capabilities to ensure that the Iranians were following through on their end of the bargain.
“While I am sure this decision will be met with disappointment from some of our allies, their disappointment should be directed at the Obama Administration, not President Trump. President Obama brokered this agreement in spite of intense bipartisan opposition in Congress. The deal never had the support of the American people, and for the good of the country, President Obama should have never proceeded on his own. This withdraw should be a cautionary tale for future administrations seeking to bypass and disregard Congress while negotiating international agreements.”
MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) just wrapped up a robust district work period meeting with hundreds of constituents throughout the Third Congressional District. While Congressman Duncan is in Washington, D.C. next week due to the House of Representatives being in session, his outreach to constituents will continue through staff led community office hours, an initiative he has conducted for several years. These office hours will give folks an opportunity to seek assistance on any issue involving a federal agency or to discuss areas of concern. Common agencies constituents seek help with are the VA, IRS, and Social Security Administration (SSA).
Below is a copy of the Community Office Hours. If anyone has any questions, they can contact the Clinton District Office at 864-681-1028.
Monday, May 7th
Fountain Inn City Hall
200 North Main Street
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
Tuesday, May 8th
Easley City Hall
205 North First Street
Easley, SC 29640
10:00am – 12:00pm
Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce
416 Calhoun Street
Johnston, SC 29832
10:00am – 12:00pm
Westminster City Hall
100 East Windsor Street
Westminster, SC 29693
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Ridge Spring Town Hall
906 West Main Street
Ridge Spring, SC 29129
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday, May 9th
Gray Court Town Hall
329 West Main Street
Gray Court, SC 29645
9:00 am – 11:00am
Greenwood County Administration
600 Monument Street, Park Plaza Suite 104
Greenwood, SC 29646
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, May 10th
Starr-Iva Water and Sewer District
104 Roy Arnold Road
Starr, SC 29684
10:00am – 12:00pm
Renaissance Independent and Assisted Living
5 Frank Pressly Drive
Due West, SC 29693
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush yesterday:
“I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Her love of country and dedicated service to the American people are examples to us all. My prayers are with President George H. W. Bush and the entire family during this time of immense grief. She will be deeply missed.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) questioned Facebook, Inc. CEO, Mark Zuckerberg in the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing entitled “Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data.”
“I asked my constituents on Facebook last week what they wanted me to question Mark Zuckerberg on during the hearing, and the answer was overwhelmingly about Christian and conservative content being blocked or suppressed on Facebook’s platform. I, too, have been following these reports and find them extremely troubling. I emphasized to Mr. Zuckerberg how I believe implementing the First Amendment into company policies would be a good start in allowing a more open platform where ideas of all viewpoints can be expressed without suppression.
“Facebook is an extremely valuable tool for me to interact with constituents each and every day, and I will continue to use the platform to facilitate conversations with folks around my district. I want to thank Mr. Zuckerberg for his patience in answering the committee’s questions and for also accepting the pocket Constitution that I gave him after the hearing.”
116 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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