Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding the passage of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:
“The House took a major step today to empower local law enforcement officials, schools, and students and give them the ability to identify and prevent threats before they take place. While I believe this is a positive first step, there is still work to do to properly secure and protect our schools. I will continue working in Congress to protect the Second Amendment and ensure that schools, localities, and states are provided with the resources necessary to make security decisions to keep the most vulnerable among us safe.”
H.R. 4909, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, authorizes $75 million annually in grant dollars to state and local schools for security measures. This bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 407-10.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nominee for the Assistant Secretary position for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs:
“The Trump Administration’s decision to move forward with a nominee for the Assistant Secretary position for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs is welcome news. I have worked with Kim Breier over the years, and she has deep knowledge of the region, its history and culture, and core U.S. interests. Kim’s years of government service supporting U.S. national security and her expertise in the region, particularly on energy issues in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile, make her an excellent choice for advancing the Administration’s vision for greater energy engagement in the Americas. North America has become an energy superpower with abundant natural resources, increasingly integrated energy markets, new technologies, and a focus on private-sector solutions. South America also has a rapidly expanding and diverse energy landscape with significant oil and natural gas production, the world’s largest lithium reserves in Chile, and Argentina’s unconventional hydrocarbons. Today, we have huge opportunities to achieve greater hemispheric-wide energy security by also addressing the energy needs of our Central America and the Caribbean partners, and Kim’s leadership at State will be essential to moving these priorities forward.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement after hearing that President Trump has agreed to meet with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, in the coming months:
"President Trump's extreme pressure on the brutal North Korean regime has proven to be the right approach. A denuclearized and stable Korean peninsula is in the best interest of the United States and our allies, and it's encouraging to see the President's exemplary leadership bring us to this moment.
"While we are hopeful that this represents progress, we must remain vigilant and continue to apply the harshest sanctions possible until the threat is subdued for good.”
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement on the passing of Reverend Billy Graham:
“I’m saddened to hear of Reverend Billy Graham’s passing this morning. His ministry of spreading the good news of the Gospel touched millions of people across the globe. Although his passing is a tremendous loss for our nation and the world, I know he is rejoicing with his Lord and Savior today in Heaven.
“Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as they grieve the loss of an incredible man.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding his no vote on the short-term spending package:
“I’m appalled at the disastrous “deal” that was struck between a coalition of Congressional Republicans and Democrats on the short-term spending package. I could not in good faith support legislation that spends more this year than any year under the Obama Administration and increases discretionary spending by 13%. We have a spending problem in this country, not a revenue problem. Cutting government spending is the only way we will improve our nation’s fiscal situation. While there were some positive measures in the bill, like ensuring that our military receives adequate funding, this simply puts our country down too dangerous of a path in terms of spending.
“This process is an unacceptable way to govern. Congress voted to increase our national debt and raise the debt ceiling with little deliberation. If we aren’t willing to have tough conversations and stick to our principles, then why did the American people send us to Washington?
“Our nation deserves more from their elected representatives. With Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and White House, it’s disheartening to see many Members of Congress abandon their promise of fiscal responsibility when we are given an opportunity to really make a difference for the next generation.
“We have to get serious about our nation’s spending addiction immediately. We are in a crisis, and the vote this morning only made it worse.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding the meeting between U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster:
“It’s outstanding to see Secretary Zinke and Governor McMaster discuss South Carolina’s role in our nation’s offshore energy development after the release of the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program in January. The Department of the Interior has stressed the importance of coordination and discussion with states and localities as decision-making moves forward, and I am pleased to see these words in action. This meeting shows that Secretary Zinke is listening to leaders of states involved in the DPP.
“I strongly believe that offshore energy development off the coast of South Carolina, beyond the visible horizon, will expand access to critical resources which will greatly benefit the state and the nation as a whole. As I have said before, Governor McMaster has every right to advocate for what he believes in with regards to offshore energy, but unlike other states, the issue has larger support in South Carolina.”
Currently, 94% of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) acreage is off limits to energy development under the Obama Administration’s 2017-2022 plan. The 6% of OCS that is available for use produces 18% of our nation’s crude oil. Previously, the Obama Administration’s restrictive 2012-2017 plan contained only 15 lease sales. In contrast, the Reagan Administration’s bold plan contained 42 lease sales. This shows a steep decline in offshore energy development over the course of time. The Trump Administration’s aggressive draft proposal contains 47 potential lease sales (a historic proposal) and would make over 90% of total OCS acreage available for exploration and development. This plan will move our national offshore energy policy away from a restrictive and misguided approach and towards energy independence.
See Congressman Duncan’s January 4, 2018 statement regarding the Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
For more information: https://www.boem.gov/National-Program/
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) released an extremely troubling Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memo:
“Corruption thrives when people are left in the dark, which is why I have always championed for transparency in government and why I felt so strongly that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence memo should be released to the public.
“In a broader context, the memo confirms what many of us in Congress from both parties have said for years — that the surveillance tools currently available to the government are susceptible to abuse and pose a risk to people’s constitutional rights.
“Specifically in this case, we see tools that were intended to keep our nation safe become weaponized by people with a political and ideological agenda. Ironically, supporters of Hillary Clinton working within the federal government engaged in a coordinated effort which was in many ways just as, if not more, subversive than what the Russian government is accused of doing.
“By intentionally withholding vital information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court about source credibility, background, and clear political bias, these activists within the government betrayed their oaths of office and helped launch an entire false narrative directed at delegitimizing the President of the United States, attempting to stall or undercut his policy agenda.
“The entire basis of the investigation into possible collusion with the Trump campaign and the Russians, along with the corresponding media coverage, was based on false information spread by political and ideological allies to Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
“Additionally, many of these same individuals had leading roles during the Clinton email investigation, which only further verifies the concerns that the FBI’s investigation into the Clintons was not conducted in a fair and proper way.
“These revelations require an extensive response by all three branches of government. The Department of Justice along with the FISA court must determine whether crimes were committed by government officials withholding necessary information from the court. There must be a review of past FISA warrants and unmasking orders to determine whether there are other instances of the government knowingly submitting faulty or biased evidence to the court in order to get secret warrants on American citizens. The revelations in the memo necessitate the public release of findings related to the Clinton email investigation, and whether a new investigation needs to be launched to determine whether crimes were committed. Finally, there needs to be a discussion as to whether the Mueller investigation is truly needed, seeing that the main premise that launched the investigation turned out to not be credible and was both directed and funded by political opponents.
“This memo rightly shakes Americans’ confidence in their government. The challenge will be conducting the proper amount of oversight, implementing the right reforms, bringing violators of the law to justice, and promoting a new era of transparency and openness in order to regain the public trust.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement after Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) announced he would not seek reelection:
“Trey has been a great friend and colleague since we first came to the House together back in 2011, and his retirement from Congress is a blow to the entire institution. Trey is an enormously talented interrogator and jurist who has helped reinvigorate the critically important oversight responsibilities of the legislative branch. He is the very embodiment of fairness and thoughtful deliberation. Trey will be missed both by the South Carolina delegation and by his constituents in the Upstate whom he served with great distinction. However, I know Trey will be just as successful and impactful in his next endeavor.”
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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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