Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement after opposing H.R. 1, the so-called “For the People Act.”
“Do not be fooled by the title of H.R. 1 which passed the House of Representatives today. The “For the People Act” would be more appropriately named “For the Democrats Act.” This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and an attempted power grab by House Democrats to centralize power in one place – Washington – and as far away from the people’s hands as possible. This bill imposes dangerous limits on free speech, provides government subsidies for campaigns, implements unconstitutional mandates, and weaponizes the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against conservatives.
“Our founders envisioned a weak and limited federal government, and they had a desire to reserve most of the power with states and, ultimately, the people. H.R. 1 is a blatant encroachment on the liberties and freedoms of the American people enshrined in our Constitution, but sadly it falls in line with the new socialist agenda of the Democrat majority.”
Watch Rep. Duncan’s floor remarks on H.R. 1 HERE.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) recently led a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) showing support for Governor McMaster’s request for a waiver to exclude abortion providers from Medicaid participation. Signers of the letter include Congressmen Norman (SC-05), Wilson (SC-02), Rice (SC-07), and Timmons (SC-04).
The letter reads: “The waiver seeks to allow South Carolina to exclude abortion providers from eligibility in participating in the state’s Medicaid plan. As Planned Parenthood has been accused of serious misconduct, especially surrounding the harvesting of infant body parts for sale, we stand in strong support of this request, and ask for its immediate consideration and approval.”
Read the full letter HERE.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement after President Donald Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union address:
“The first two years of the Trump presidency have been marked with tremendous success. President Trump’s devotion to serving the country and dedication to preserving our God-given, Constitutional rights have been the cornerstones of his strong leadership and bold agenda.
“President Trump reflected on promises made and promises kept tonight, while outlining the work that is left to be done. In just two years, he has unleashed a booming economy with record-breaking jobs numbers, and he has worked on trade deals to elevate the American worker and keep the United States first on the global stage. He has supported our allies, rebuilt our military, and supported our brave veterans by ensuring they get the care and resources they deserve. Further, President Trump delivered on the promise to cut taxes across the board, combat the opioid crisis that is devastating our communities, and promote U.S. energy dominance.
"However, one thing remains very clear— we must address the crisis on our southern border. Democrats need to move past their hatred of the President and start focusing on securing our homeland. We need the wall, we need border security, and we need to listen to our security professionals who deserve enhanced resources.
“President Trump has been met with strong resistance from a radical, open borders agenda throughout his time in office, and I appreciate that he continues to look at every angle to solve the problem of a porous southern border. We all know we need to get this done, and I stand ready to work with him on behalf of the American people.
“Now, more than ever, we need to continue supporting individual liberty, free-markets, and limited government to ensure this new generation of American greatness is here to stay. President Trump’s message tonight recalled numerous successes over the last two years, but there is still much work to be done. I am thankful that we have a bold leader like President Trump, and I stand ready to work with him on continuing to Make America Great Again.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on their decision to protect religious liberty in South Carolina for faith-based foster and adoption services:
“Faith-based foster and adoption services perform amazing work for communities in South Carolina and around the country. These organizations care deeply about children and families in need, and they shouldn’t be punished by the federal government because of their faith.
“The HHS decision is a big win for religious liberty, particularly for organizations in South Carolina who provide faith-based services like Miracle Hill. I have been working on this issue for over two years now, and I am happy to see the Administration protect religious liberty and the children and families who rely on these services in the Upstate.
“I want to thank President Trump, Secretary Azar, and Governor McMaster for their tireless work on this issue to ensure religious liberty is not stifled and that faith-based organizations can continue their amazing work across our state.”
You can read the letter from Members of Congress to President Trump expressing concern on the assault on religious liberty HERE.
Congressman Duncan and his staff have been in communication with The White House, HHS, and Miracle Hill to help resolve this issue.
Congressman Duncan has been a cosponsor of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act led by Congressman Mike Kelly in the 114th Congress and 115th Congress.
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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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