Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) has been recognized as a 2017 FreedomFighter by the reputable conservative organization FreedomWorks:
“It is a great honor to be recognized as a Member of Congress who consistently stands for individual liberty, economic freedom, and free-markets. I will never stop fighting for limited government and personal liberty which the Founding Fathers envisioned for the American people. After years of the Obama Administration consistently trampling on our freedoms and expanding the size and scope of bureaucracy in Washington, it’s great to finally be working with the Trump Administration to Make America Great Again. Thank you, FreedomWorks, for working alongside conservatives in Congress to protect freedom and liberty for all Americans across the nation.”
To see the FreedomWorks press release, click here.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) visited Yucca Mountain, Nevada this past weekend to tour the long-term nuclear waste repository with several Members of Congress.
“The trip to Yucca Mountain was very informative and educational, and only strengthened my belief that it is the perfect site for long-term nuclear waste storage. If we can’t store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, then we can’t store it anywhere in the country, plain and simple. South Carolina ratepayers have paid over $1.3 billion in fees for the construction and operation of this site, and yet it is still incomplete and waiting for action by the federal government.
“Although it was long overdue, I am pleased that the House reaffirmed promises made to American ratepayers by voting on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act in May. I will continue to urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the right thing by the American people and move forward with smart Yucca Mountain policy by sending this bill to President Trump’s desk.”
Background on Nuclear Storage Policy and Yucca Mountain:
Congressman Duncan posted live updates from the Yucca Mountain site. Please visit his Facebook page to view these updates here.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:
“I would like to thank Justice Kennedy for his 43 years of public service to our country and wish him well in his much deserved retirement. Nominating justices to the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of any president. In fact, it is alarming exactly how important the courts have become in recent years — often attempting to legislate from the bench and overstepping the boundaries of the judiciary. It is extremely important that presidents nominate strict constructionists to the court who closely adhere to the Constitution and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers.”
“There were numerous 5-4 decisions on key issues during this past Supreme Court session that touched on topics like freedom of speech, assembly, and religion. One vote on the opposite side of any of those key issues would have severely limited the freedom we enjoy in this country. That is why nominating and confirming the right kind of justice is so important.”
“Justice Gorsuch’s nomination shortly after President Trump was sworn into office was nothing short of a complete victory for the Constitution, and I am confident that the President will select someone of similar legal qualifications and values to replace Justice Kennedy.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court decided two major cases regarding President Trump’s temporary travel ban for national security purposes and pro-life center free speech in California. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement:
Trump vs. Hawaii
“I have long supported President Trump’s efforts to make America safe again, and I believe that his temporary travel ban for individuals coming from known terrorist safe havens is wise in these very troubling times. We have to make sure we secure our nation and know who is coming and going, which is why this policy is the right thing to do to protect American citizens. It’s great to see the Supreme Court cut through the misleading rhetoric and misconceptions surrounding the policy to ensure the President can adequately vet people coming into this country.”
Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion, “The proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices,” Further he wrote, “The text says nothing about religion.”
National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra
“This decision is a win for freedom of speech. Pro-life pregnancy centers shouldn’t be forced by the government, against their will, to promote the heart wrenching atrocities of abortion. These centers are focused on life for the born and unborn, and they deserve to stay that way. California’s provisions were mean spirited, vindictive, and disrespectful to all those who believe in the sanctity of life.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy writes, “It does appear that viewpoint discrimination is inherent in the design and structure of this Act. This law is a paradigmatic example of the serious threat presented when government seeks to impose its own message in the place of individual speech, thought, and expression.”
Laurens, S.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided 7 to 2 in favor of Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) praised the Court’s decision that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions against Mr. Phillips violated the Free Exercise Clause:
“Today’s decision was a victory for Jack Phillips who was treated extremely unfairly by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission with regards to his faith. As stated by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion, ‘The record here demonstrates that the Commission’s consideration of Phillips’ case was neither tolerant nor respectful of his religious beliefs.’
“I am hopeful that courts will continue to defend religious liberty in similar pending cases across the nation to ensure every single person can live out their faith freely and fairly.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) praised the passage of H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, in the House of Representatives:
“I have long been an advocate for nuclear energy, but as we create it, we also create nuclear waste. Up until now, the federal government has neglected its responsibility to manage the nuclear waste spread across communities all over the United States.
“The law of the land is clear – Yucca Mountain should act as the nation’s long-term nuclear waste repository. For decades, ratepayers in South Carolina have paid over $1.3 billion in fees to construct and operate this safe, long-term storage site. However, Yucca Mountain is still not in operation despite the billions of dollars paid by South Carolinians and ratepayers across the country.
“The House made progress today by holding the federal government accountable and reforming our nuclear waste policy to utilize Yucca Mountain for its intended purpose – a permanent geologic repository. We can’t let this promise to the American people continue to languish. I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to end the trivial political game and fulfill this legal obligation and a decade’s old promise to operate Yucca Mountain and secure our spent nuclear fuel.”
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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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