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 throughout the Third Congressional District, an initiative Congressman Duncan has conducted since 2011. These office hours will give folks an opportunity to seek assistance on any issue involving a federal agency or to discuss issues 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. Let us know if you have any questions.
Tuesday, October 24th:
Rep. Duncan’s Seneca Office
135 Eagles Nest Drive, Suite B
Seneca, SC 29678
10:00am – 12:00pm
Clemson City Hall
1250 Tiger Blvd, Ste. 1
Clemson, SC 29631
2:00pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 25th:
Edgefield Chamber of Commerce
416 Calhoun Street
Johnston, SC 29832
10:00am – 12:00pm
Saluda Town Hall
100 South Jefferson Street
Saluda, SC 29138
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, October 26th:
Ware Shoals City Hall
8 Mill Street
Ware Shoals, SC 29692
10:00am – 12:00pm
Abbeville County Administrative Complex
901 West Greenwood Street, Conference Room B
Abbeville, SC 29620
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Laurens, SC – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement after the news that U.S. backed forces defeated ISIS in Raqqa, Syria:
“The fall of Raqqa signals an incredible victory over ISIS for the U.S., our allies, and the greater region. Their regime is diminishing and their ultimate goal of establishing a caliphate is failing. I am thankful to our armed forces and allies who have been fighting tirelessly to reach this point.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, delivered the following opening statement at the Subcommittee hearing entitled, “The Venezuela Crisis: The Malicious Influence of State and Criminal Actors.”
“Today in Venezuela, there are over 600 political prisoners. The country is a failed state and a humanitarian disaster. Since April, more than 125 people have died and over 2,000 have been injured in protests at the hands of the government. Food, medical supplies, and basic goods remain scarce. The legitimate democratically-elected National Assembly has been silenced in favor of a sham constituent assembly full of President Maduro’s supporters. The previous Attorney General has fled the country after publicly opposing Maduro’s abuse of power. Today, Venezuela has entrenched itself as a dictatorship, unmoved by international condemnation and the pleas of its people. The political, economic, and human rights crisis in the country is appalling for the 30 million citizens of Venezuela, and it threatens to destabilize the region.
“The United States has very clear interests in Venezuela. We want regional peace without masses of refugee flows or public health threats from rising cases of malaria, diphtheria, or zika. We want to see a democratic country that respects the rule of law and that is accountable to its people. We want to see a country that doesn’t use its power to beat up, prison, torture, and kill its citizens. We want to ensure that Venezuela does not become a narco-state that provides safe harbor to terrorists or transnational criminals. We want a stable energy market that promotes energy security. We also want to certify that Venezuela does not become a pawn for Russia, China, or Iran to exploit for their own geopolitical purposes. We care about the Venezuelan people, and we want to see them prosper.
“To those ends, the U.S. Congress has issued public statements and passed legislation calling for the Maduro government to return to a democratic order. This Subcommittee has held four hearings on Venezuela just over the past two years. President Trump has affirmed that Venezuela remains a U.S. priority, and his many efforts combined with Vice President Pence’s recent visit to the region, underscore U.S. solidarity with our partners in the region and with the Venezuelan people in our commitment to see the Venezuelan government end its embrace of tyranny. I commend President Trump and his Administration for their efforts, and I want to underscore that we support further U.S. and international action to pressure the Maduro regime and to convince those who follow his leadership that they will not succeed in destroying the country.
“While the U.S. under President Trump’s leadership has been unwavering in our support for the Venezuelan people, many other countries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia have also demonstrated courage and conviction in jointly condemning the “breakdown of democratic order in Venezuela” and in offering full support and recognition for the democratically-elected National Assembly. I believe it is critical that we continue to speak – and act – together in our support for the Venezuelan people. Dialogue alone is fruitless without a series of pre-conditions that level the playing field for democratic actors and without corresponding, simultaneous multilateral pressure. Therefore, I strongly urge other countries to continue their efforts to step up the pressure.
“Recently, I along with Ranking Member Sires led a Congressional delegation visit, which included Ms. Kelly, Ms. Torres, and Mr. Espaillat of this Subcommittee, to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia, and Peru. In our meetings, we emphasized U.S. Congressional commitment to supporting democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Venezuela and urged greater regional cooperation to call out the Maduro government for its reprehensible behavior against its people and to pressure the Venezuelan government to restore the country’s democratic institutions. Decisions like MERCOSUR’s suspension of Venezuela and the recent Lima Declaration, which was signed by 12 Latin American countries, are important steps in that direction. With that in mind, I strongly urge the European Union to enact sanctions on the Venezuelan dictatorship to cut off another important source of financing and ratchet up the pressure on the Maduro regime.
“Yet, regardless of any strong measure the U.S., other countries in the Western Hemisphere, and the European Union may take against the Maduro government, various state and criminal actors have undermined those measures’ effectiveness and blunted our objectives. Cuba, China, Russia, and Iran are the underlying supporters of the Maduro regime. Beginning with the rise to power of Hugo Chavez, the Cuban dictatorship has exported its system of oppression to Venezuela under the guise of medical doctors and teachers. For their part, Russia and China have funded the expansion of Venezuela’s military arsenal and invested heavily in Venezuela’s corrupt state-owned oil company, PDVSA. Iran has attempted to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with Venezuela through visits in 2016 by Iranian President and Foreign Minister, and multiple reports exist of Hezbollah’s activities in the county. Just earlier this week, President Maduro met with President Rouhani to strengthen their cooperation.
“In addition, criminal organizations also operate in the country with unfettered access, fueling corruption, graft, and an increase in narcotrafficking and other illicit activities. A few years ago, U.S. government drug trafficking maps showed virtually all suspected drug trafficking flights from South America originated in Venezuela. Today, we are seeing drugs from Venezuela entering neighboring countries as well as heading to the U.S. Yesterday, the State Department affirmed that in Venezuela, drug trafficking organizations have “completely penetrated virtually every security, law enforcement, and justice-related institution” in the country and any solution to the Venezuela crisis requires “a solution to the drug trafficking organization presence.
“In February 2017, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s Vice President, designated him as a drug king, and revealed the Venezuelan government’s complicity in drug trafficking. Questions remain regarding the Venezuelan government’s ties to foreign terrorist groups and concerns about Russian and Chinese arms falling into the hands of these or other criminal actors. Today, we want to examine the role these actors play in sustaining the Venezuelan dictatorship and consider what might constitute an effective U.S. and international response. With that, I turn to Ranking Member Sires for his opening remarks and look forward to hearing from our witnesses.”
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Washington, D.C. – After the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced H.R. 3668 to the House floor today, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement:
“Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed my Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE). This is a win for the sportsmen and women of America and I am humbled to join with their voices to promote this common-sense legislation to advance their cause in Congress.
“America’s public lands are for public use, however, far too often the federal government puts obstacles in front of the largest constituencies shepherding these lands. Through the user-pay public benefit programs such as the Pittman-Robertson Act, America’s sportsmen and women have contributed nearly 80% of the financial funds for state fish and wildlife leaders. In a century of urban and suburban sprawl, the future is a question of the access of land and tools for this community.
“Sportsmen are the foundation of the conservation movement in the United States, yet some radical organizations seek to limit access to this pastime by restricting the Second Amendment, as well as land and game management. It’s time to reform how we treat these lands in Congress. Let’s responsibly expand access for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. Let’s teach the next generation the basics of safe firearm usage and the virtues of cherishing our hunting traditions. It is imperative that we bring in more sportsmen, not less. I believe this bill is a great start to build on in the future. I encourage House leadership to bring this critical legislation to the floor for a vote on the House Floor.”
An outline of the legislation can be viewed here: SHARE Act
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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC-03), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced new financial sanctions on the Government of Venezuela:
Chairman Duncan: “For far too long, the Maduro regime has exploited the U.S. financial system to line its pockets and oppress its people. I applaud the Trump Administration’s actions to cut off a critical source of financing for the corrupt, illegitimate dictatorship. No government should be able to plunder and suppress its people, destroy all vestiges of democracy, and enable increasing criminal activities in the region without democratic countries responding forcefully.
“President Trump continues to demonstrate leadership on Venezuela, and I stand firmly with his Administration in urging the Maduro government to end the illegitimate Constituent Assembly, reinstate the democratically-elected National Assembly, hold free, fair elections, release U.S. citizens and political prisoners, and allow humanitarian assistance. I also urge our friends of democracy in Latin America and Europe to take similar measures to stand united behind the Venezuelan people.”
As President Trump speaks in Arizona tonight, Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement on the President’s work on border security:
"I am pleased by the commitment our President has shown when it comes to securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws. I believe this was one of his most important campaign promises – not just to “Build the Wall,” but everything else entailed in true border security.
"The Trump Administration is cracking down on sanctuary cities and campuses, working to begin construction of the wall (as required by the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which President Obama ignored), he’s begun the process of hiring 10,000 new ICE agents (including 5,000 new Border Patrol Agents) and targeted national enforcement of the violent MS-13 illegal immigrant gang.
"The impact has been that illegal border crossings are down 53%, with ICE conducting 40% more raids than last year. Arrests of convicted criminal aliens are up 20%, and 2,700 criminal gang members have been removed – already more than all of last year by 35%. All in all, the President is doing exactly what I’d hoped he would in enforcing our immigration laws and protecting the country, and I look forward to working with him to do even more.
"The proof is in the numbers, and President Trump has proven what many of us have said for years, the first step towards securing our border is to have a President who is serious about enforcing the laws already on the books."
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Washington, D.C. – South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the status of Obamacare repeal:
“The Senate voted late into the night on what they described as a "skinny" Obamacare repeal. Skinny in that it only repealed a few of the taxes, the individual mandate, the employer mandate for eight years, and defunded Planned Parenthood for a year. It wasn't much, but it was at least something and showed some progress. Unfortunately, Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski voted against even that modest measure. It is infuriating that 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats couldn't put their egos aside to get this done for the American people. It's disrespectful for a handful of these Members (and there are only a handful) to go back on their word to repeal Obamacare when given the opportunity. 90% or more of the Republicans in Congress have been willing to compromise and do the right thing to get this across the finish line, but because of the actions of a few, this critical issue for the country has fallen short, at least for now.
“I am hopeful that the Senate may decide to return to regular order and send the bill back to committee to see if a consensus can be reached. But the Senate is a fickle bunch, and I don't have a clear read on whether or not that is going to happen.
“When I said I wanted to repeal Obamacare, I meant it. I voted to repeal it, I voted to defund it, I voted to repeal portions of it, and I supported court cases against it. If there was anything in my power to stop this horrible law which puts the government between you and your doctor, I have supported it for the past 7 years. I have also laid out for years what I thought a free-market replacement plan should look like, not in bullet points or some vague governing principles, but in actual legislation. I am disappointed that whether through electoral cowardice or a lack of conviction that a handful of my colleagues didn't have the same sense of urgency and commitment to the American people to get this done.
“The worst thing that will come out of this is that Americans are going to be hurt by this inaction. Obamacare is collapsing. There are parts of this country where Americans don't have access to an insurer because companies have left the Obamacare exchanges. There are people in this country who are forbidden by the government from buying the type of insurance which is best for them, so they are forced to go without. Insurance rates are going to continue to go up, and choices in care are already on the decline.
“I was always taught the importance of keeping your word. I can say with a straight face that I have followed through on my commitments to repeal this horrible healthcare law. Unfortunately, there's a group of people in Washington that seem more worried about being re-elected or being well-liked than adhering to that basic human principle of honoring your promises. If you're reading this and you're from South Carolina, know that your delegation largely did the right thing and followed through on the promises that were made to you. If you're from another state, you may want to do some research to see whether your federal representative's words matched their actions.
“I promise to continuing fighting, and I promise to continue calling it as I see it.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Ranking Member Albio Sires (NJ-08) of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (CA-39) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-16), and Chairwoman Emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), along with over 20 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Trump urging the Administration to condemn the Maduro regime’s attempt to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution through an illegal Constituent Assembly vote scheduled for July 30.
Subcommittee Chairman Duncan: “This Constituent Assembly is illegitimate and could lead to a wider humanitarian and refugee crisis. Sunday’s referendum was significant with 98 percent of seven million Venezuelans rejecting Maduro’s continued assaults on Venezuelan democracy and its citizens. I applaud President Trump’s leadership on Venezuela and his commitment to ‘take strong and swift economic actions’ if the July 30th vote takes place. Yet, I also urge him to condemn the Constituent Assembly as illegitimate, impose additional sanctions, and call out Cuba’s nefarious activities in Venezuela. We also need to work with the EU and regional countries to craft an approach that exerts further pressure on the Maduro regime.”
Subcommittee Ranking Member Sires: “Maduro’s Constituent Assembly is nothing but a sham. His only goal is to throw out the constitution and anoint himself as leader for life. The Venezuelan people have been fighting tirelessly to preserve their democracy and restore the basic respect for human rights that all people deserve. Maduro has answered their calls by having his forces shoot young people in the streets, letting armed bandits beat members of the National Assembly, and jail anyone who is bravely trying to improve the lives of the Venezuelan people. I call on our allies in the region to band together and continue standing up to Maduro’s bullying tactics and support the will of the Venezuelan people.”
Chairman Royce: “The White House was right to make clear that the U.S. will not tolerate the Maduro regime rewriting the constitution to further undermine the rights of the Venezuelan people. We must continue to press regional leaders and the United Nations to put a stop to the Maduro regime’s violence and repression.”
Ranking Member Engel: “I commend the Venezuelan people for speaking with a unified voice and rejecting President Maduro’s proposed constituent assembly. Venezuelans—and those of us watching from around the world—won’t be fooled into thinking that a sham, undemocratic effort to rewrite the constitution is anything but another attempt to distract from the country’s real problems. The dismantling of Venezuela’s democracy with its failure to abide by the Inter-American Democratic Charter, daily human rights abuses, and food and medical shortages are the real issues on Venezuelans’ minds. I am pleased that the Venezuelan people are using their voices even as the Maduro government continues to try to silence them.”
Chairman Emeritus Ros-Lehtinen: “Voting in massive numbers last weekend, the Venezuelan people have sent a powerful and unambiguous message that they reject Maduro’s illegal attempts to rewrite the country’s constitution. With the Maduro regime already engaged in widespread human rights abuses, corruption, and narco-trafficking, the sham Constituent Assembly scheduled for July 30 can only add to Venezuela’s misery as Maduro and his thugs consolidate power. Venezuelans are crying out for assistance and I urge the United States and all responsible nations to stand with them in their fight for democracy and human rights. We must pressure the Maduro regime with sanctions until the Constituent Assembly is suspended, all political prisoners are released, all ties to drug trafficking are cut off, humanitarian aid is delivered, and free and fair elections are held.”
NOTE: The full text of the letter can be found here.
ADDITIONAL SIGNERS: Representatives Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Norma Torres (CA-35), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Daniel Donovan (NY-11), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Francis Rooney (FL-19), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Mo Brooks (AL-05), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Christopher Smith (NJ-04), William Keating (MA-09), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Ted Yoho (FL-03), Dina Titus (NV-01), Paul Cook (CA-08), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and David Cicilline (RI-01)
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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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@wamcmanus congress is out of session this week. I'm just getting out and listening to people's concerns.
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@swilliamssc1 I am still strongly supporting the suppressor legislation. It's a common sense bill.
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Enjoyed spending the day in Oconee County! Great visits around town, including stops at Walhalla High School and Ok… https://t.co/6RXKNvs9sn
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