ICYMI: Duncan Stands Up for South Carolina Businesses
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in support of the United States Trade Representative’s enforcement of the decision by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to level the playing field in the global aircraft marketplace.
Background: The United States brought a WTO challenge to the EU subsidization of Airbus in 2004. In 2011, the WTO found that the EU provided $18 billion in subsidized financing to Airbus between 1968 to 2006, which in turn aided Airbus in launching aircraft around the world and caused Boeing to lose global market share.
Read Rep. Duncan’s remarks as prepared for delivery HERE.
While Congressman Duncan will be 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 constituents an opportunity to seek assistance on any issue involving a federal agency or discuss issues of concern. Common agencies that constituents seek help in working 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.
Fountain Inn – Fountain Inn City Hall 200 N Main Street Fountain Inn, SC 29644 10:00am – 12:00pm
Gray Court – Gray Court Town Hall 329 W Main Street Gray Court, SC 29645 10:00am – 12:00pm
Edgefield – Edgefield Town Hall 402 Main Street Edgefield, SC 29824 10:00am – 12:00pm
Saluda - Saluda Town Hall 100 S Jefferson Street Saluda, SC 29138 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Oconee – Oconee County Delegation Office 10 Short Street Walhalla, SC 29691 10:00am – 12:00pm Pickens – Pickens City Hall 219 Pendleton Street Pickens, SC 29671 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Greenwood – Greenwood County Administration 600 Monument Street, Park Plaza, Suite 104 Greenwood, SC 29646 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Honea Path – Honea Path Town Hall 204 S Main Street Honea Path, SC 29654 10:00am – 12:00pm
Abbeville – Abbeville County Administrative Complex 901 West Greenwood Street, Conference Room B Abbeville, SC 29620 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the House Energy Action Team, issued the following statement on H.R. 9, the so-called Climate Action Now Act:
“President Trump’s 2017 announcement of intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord was the right move for our country and part of the America first agenda. Today’s misguided attempt by House Democrats to bind us to this flawed accord would have devastating consequences on our economy and put us at a disadvantage to our main competitors around the globe, while accomplishing no meaningful environmental reforms.
“The environment in the United States isn’t getting dramatically worse as those on the other side claim. We are increasing economic growth while simultaneously reducing emissions, a feat accomplished by free-market innovation and technological advances. We shouldn’t tie the hands of American innovators to an accord that puts other nations first and punishes the United States.”
View Rep. Duncan’s floor remarks on H.R. 9 HERE.
Rep. Duncan submitted an amendment to delay the legislation until the Senate performed their Constitutional duty to ratify the Paris Climate Accord treaty. This amendment was not considered by House Democrats.
Rep. Duncan supported a Republican amendment in the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would hold nations like China and Russia to the same standards as the United States. It was defeated.
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.
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
We can’t accept radical proposals from Democrats in Congress that halt all the economic progress & innovation that’… https://t.co/KeVNAutLm5
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
The energy sector has been responsible for helping drive unemployment to historic lows, boosting our economy, & ena… https://t.co/H3O5q2en1R
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
We are in a “new American energy era,” & we are achieving this through an all-of-the-above approach!… https://t.co/XuJ98oX55W
Retweeted by repjeffduncan
Abortion is not health care. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for it. https://t.co/hioy4wHL1C