ICYMI: Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) recently received several awards by protecting tax-payer dollars, standing with America’s farmers and small businesses, and advocating for a limited federal government:
“Taxpayer’s Friend Award” – National Taxpayers Union (NTU)
“Only lawmakers with a voting record that is the best-of-the-best will earn NTU’s Taxpayers’ Friend Award. Rep. Jeff Duncan has demonstrated a tireless commitment to supporting taxpayers’ interests in Washington, and a dedication to solving the government’s tax-and-spend problems with action rather than just words. Fixing America’s budget problems takes hard work, and Rep. Jeff Duncan has been doing that work every single day.” – Pete Sepp, president of NTU.
“Friend of Farm Bureau” – American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) & South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
“The American Farm Bureau Federation gives the Friend of Farm Bureau award to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau’s positions on policy issues, as demonstrated by their voting records, and who were nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and approved by the AFBF Board of Directors. The voting records are based on issues selected by the AFBF Board. Congratulations, and thank you for your support of America’s farmers and ranchers and food security for America’s consumers.” – AFBF.
“Hero of Main Street” – National Retail Federation (NRF)
“Retailers and consumers are feeling good about the state of the U.S. economy, and a big part of that is the result of lawmakers who have made economic growth and job creation a top priority. As a Hero of Main Street, Rep. Jeff Duncan truly understands that the decisions made in Washington have a real impact on local businesses and communities across the country.” – Matthew Shay, president and CEO of NRF.
“Guardian of Small Business Award” – National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Awarded for “small business voting record in the 115th Congress” and “support of small business and free enterprise.” – NFIB.
There were some major forecast changes for Hurricane Florence over the past 24 hours, and the latest projections show the storm making its way through the Upstate. Nearly every update has had some kind of trajectory change, so please make sure you are viewing the most recent instructions and advisories coming from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Below is a copy of the storm projections as of 2PM on 9/12/18.
I've been receiving various updates from state and federal agencies, and I will be passing along as much relevant information as I can.
On September 10, 2018, President Trump declared an emergency for the state of South Carolina at the request of Governor Henry McMaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance Program at 75 percent federal funding to support the state for all 46 South Carolina counties, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. FEMA currently has two Mobile Emergency Response Support units in South Carolina to assist the state with secure and non-secure voice, video, and information services to support emergency response communications needs. Additionally, the Trump Administration has temporarily relaxed certain trucking and energy related regulations to help minimize fuel and electricity shortages.
If you have friends and family who live in an evacuation zone, encourage them to leave NOW. The window for safely evacuating is quickly closing.
On Tuesday, there were 1,600 residents in the Carolinas who spent the night in an emergency shelter, with that number expected to rise significantly as the storm approaches. If you think there's any possibility you may need to stay at an emergency shelter, make sure to locate one ahead of time, particularly if you are traveling with pets because only certain facilities have the ability to accommodate them. You can find a list of shelters HERE.
Utility companies are expecting anywhere between 1 to 3 million power outages as a result of the hurricane. So far, over 10,000 extra utility workers have been brought in from out of state and are on standby to restore power as quickly as possible. However, with that many outages expected, it is vital that you prepare for the possibility of being without power for several days. Power outage preparedness tips can be found HERE.
Another concern for the Upstate is flooding. Somewhere between 2-6 inches of rain are currently expected to fall in the upper part of the Third Congressional District over the weekend. It is important to not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Remember that just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Do you have a family emergency disaster plan? If not, here’s what you need to know to put one together.
Please reach out to my office if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance. Stay safe!
Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) responds to a letter sent by Senate Democrats regarding Boeing in South Carolina:
“It is infuriating that a group of Democratic Senators, all from the far left and not affiliated with our state, have taken an extreme interest in South Carolina’s workforce affairs. Businesses like Boeing, BMW, Volvo, and others come to South Carolina for our highly-skilled workforce, our fantastic business climate, and our right-to-work status. They don’t come to our state for a big government, socialist agenda pushed by the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
“The hard-working people of South Carolina are thriving from an amazing business atmosphere that is coveted around the country, a booming economy, and middle class tax cuts. With all the success we are seeing in our state, we don’t need far left Democrats from other states telling our companies and workers what is best for them. Their malicious crusade against South Carolina’s workers must stop now.”
To view the Senate Democrat letter, click here.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent nomination of Dr. Steven Dillingham to be the Director of the Census at the Department of Commerce for the remainder of a five-year term expiring December 31, 2021:
“I am very pleased that President Trump has announced the recent nomination Dr. Steven Dillingham to be Director of the Census. South Carolina has such a strong presence at the national level, and I believe Dr. Dillingham would be a great addition to that. Not only was Dr. Dillingham born and raised in South Carolina, he also earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees there before moving into public service.
“Dr. Dillingham’s professional background, including being the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, gives him the right skill set to navigate the important role of overseeing the implementation of the census. Having this leadership position filled by an unbiased, qualified professional who values law and order is of the utmost importance. I have full confidence in Dr. Dillingham’s leadership abilities, and I would like to congratulate him on his presumptive nomination.”
Background (courtesy of the White House):
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Post
President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:
Steven Dillingham of Virginia, to be the Director of the Census at the Department of Commerce for the remainder of a five-year term expiring December 31, 2021.
Dr. Dillingham serves as Director of the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning for the Peace Corps. Previously, he served as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Dr. Dillingham also directed research and planning for the Department of Justice Trustee Program and Office of Personnel Management. Prior to entering public service, Dr. Dillingham was the Deputy Director for the National District Attorneys Association and Administrator of the American Prosecutors Research Institute. He earned his B.A. at Winthrop University; J.D., M.P.A., and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina; M.B.A. from George Washington University; and LL.M. from Georgetown University. Dr. Dillingham was a career member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.
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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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