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Jeff Duncan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 3, Republican
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Jeff Duncan has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jeff Duncan is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Issue Position: Protecting Traditional Family Values. 21 September 2011. "Jeff Duncan knows that life begins at conception and that the government has a responsibility to protect the lives of the unborn. Jeff disagrees with the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade as well as President Obama's decision to direct taxpayer dollars to fund abortion overseas. Jeff will be a consistent pro-life voice in Washington and will make protecting children one of his top priorities." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Reforming Washington. 1 April 2011. "Keeping family values in mind and recognizing the sacred responsibility of protecting the unborn, I've voted to block federal funding to America's largest abortion provider, co-sponsored legislation that states that life begins at conception, and signed on to legislation that would protect the institution of marriage in South Carolina." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Defending Life & Securing the Border. 14 October 2011. "First, the House of Representatives passed a bill which I co-sponsored entitled the "Protect Life Act", an amendment to the recent Health Care law that prohibits federal funding for abortion. As you may recall, one of most damaging parts of ObamaCare is a provision that changed long standing federal precedent prohibiting federal funding for abortion. The Protect Life Act restores pro-life protections to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to violate the sanctity of life. Although we still have a ways to go in defending the unborn, this legislation is a step in the right direction and I was proud to support the bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Duncan Statement on the Passage of the Continuing Resolution. 23 February 2011. "It's gratifying to vote to defund ObamaCare, ban federal funding for abortion, and block the President from unilaterally implementing Cap & Trade all in one day." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. National Right To Life Endorses Duncan. 13 September 2010. "Last Friday, I was honored to have earned the endorsement of the National Right To Life organization. In their letter, they noted my continued 'commitment to renewing a culture of life' in South Carolina and beyond. I am grateful for their support and I look forward to defending the sanctity of every human life in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jeff Duncan voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jeff Duncan voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Uncertainty. 22 October 2010. "As one conservative leader recently said: 'raising taxes on job creators won't create jobs.' I agree completely! That is why, in disagreement with my Democrat opponent, I support a tax cut for every American." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Duncan: More Spending is not the Solution. 26 September 2011. "Duncan said he agrees with the extension of Bush tax cuts to every category, 'giving people more of their hard-earned money to invest and create jobs,' and would go a step further and suspend or eliminate for a time the capital gains tax. 'People would sell those assets, free up the money and invest in job creation and entrepreneurial enterprises' he said." (www.jeffduncan.com)
  • Jeff Duncan. Politics and Football. 10 September 2010. "Congress exists to conduct the people's business, not their own. That's why I support: -Term limits for all elected officials -Eliminating special benefits for members of Congress -Ending the practice of bail-outs -Extending the tax cuts, so hard working American families can keep more of their hard earned income." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Jeff Duncan, pledge to the taxpayers of the 3rd district of the state of South Carolina and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Issue Position: Taxes. 23 September 2011. "Government growth and spending in recent months has reached record levels, and if our country continues to embrace big government policies, tax increases will be next on the Democrat's agenda. Jeff has a consistently fought to protect the taxpayer and was named a 'Taxpayer Hero' for his stance against government growth and spending. Jeff plans to continue his crusade against big government and higher taxes in Washington, and believes that South Carolinians have a right to be upset over the irresponsible growth they have seen in recent years." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Time to Fight. 22 September 2010. "I'm running for Congress because we need to change the direction our nation is headed, and that change begins with: 1. Removing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House 2. Balanced Budget Amendment that prevents out of control spending once and for all 3. Term Limits for all elected officials 4. No more bail outs 5. Extend the Republican tax cuts 6. Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Duncan. Pickens Sentinel - Duncan, Dyer Debate the Issues. 23 August 2010. "I don't believe that more government spending and more government is the solution to the problems that we have today. I believe in Reagonomics." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Common Sense. 27 August 2010. "For the rest of us, when times are tough, we cut back and conserve. For the Washington establishment, a recession prompts them to throw money haphazardly at the economy. And what do we have to show for it? A few fixed potholes, roads and bridges to nowhere, and the 2nd largest deficit in US history along with a $13 trillion national debt. On the campaign trail, I have sometimes referred to the President's economic policies of increasing the size of government and attempting to spend our way out of debt as Obamanomics. I believe these policies are absolutely crippling our economy and stalling the free markets ability to bounce back from recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. I Believe in Fiscal Responsibility. 15 December 2009. "I believe the recent government 'stimulus' did very little to stimulate the economy, but did a lot to grow the size of government." (www.redstate.com)
  • Jeff Duncan. Jeff Duncan on Government Spending. 18 August 2009. "Bottom line, guys, we need to stop the spending, you can't spend your way out of debt." (youtu.be)
  • Jeff Duncan. Greenville News- Dunca: More Spending is Not the Solution. 3 October 2010. "The voters in the district are tired of all the spending, the borrowing, the takeovers. They understand that more government and more government spending is not the solution to the problems we face today." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Where's the Recovery? 15 June 2011. "On June 17th of last year, President Obama announced that the country would be experiencing a 'recovery summer,' a period of strong economic growth fueled by the massive trillion dollar stimulus package. That was nearly a year ago during the summer of 2010, which leaves many Americans wondering in the summer of 2011, 'where's the recovery?' [¦] South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan is one of many who are saying that our country's own policies are to blame for high joblessness and slow economic growth.'Excessive government regulation is creating a lot of uncertainty in the economy [¦] That's why the government needs to get the heck out of the way and let small businesses get back to work creating jobs.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. I Believe in Fiscal Responsibility. 26 September 2011. "I believe the recent government 'stimulus' did very little to stimulate the economy, but did a lot to grow the size of government." (www.jeffduncan.com)
  • Jeff Duncan. Common Sense. 27 August 2010. "For the rest of us, when times are tough, we cut back and conserve. For the Washington establishment, a recession prompts them to throw money haphazardly at the economy. And what do we have to show for it? A few fixed potholes, roads and bridges to nowhere, and the 2nd largest deficit in US history along with a $13 trillion national debt. iOn the campaign trail, I have sometimes referred to the President's economic policies of increasing the size of government and attempting to spend our way out of debt as Obamanomics. I believe these policies are absolutely crippling our economy and stalling the free markets ability to bounce back from recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Uncertainty. 22 October 2010. "Who creates jobs? Depends on whom you ask. If you're asking Nancy Pelosi or the Obama Administration, they'll tell you the government creates jobs. If you were to ask the rest of us, we know small businesses are responsible for job creation [¦] In short, the policies coming out of Washington aren't improving our economy; they're prolonging the recession, increasing unemployment, stifling job creation, and racking up massive amounts of debt." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Duncan. Aiken Standard - U.S. Rep. Duncan Talks Budget Cuts During Aiken Visit. 22 February 2011. "We need to address that 'education' is not mentioned in the Constitution. We have a lot of mandates to the states and if we remove them, that would free up money and take the pressure off the states." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Duncan for Congress Episode Three: Aiken County GOP Debate. 25 April 2010. "I don't believe the federal government has any role in public education, I believe it's a state's role and I believe the state can do it better than the federal government. We need to get the federal government out of public education." (youtu.be)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Jeff Duncan Discusses Cap and Trade. 17 August 2009. "I want to talk with you today about a bill pending in front of the United States Senate. It's called Cap and Trade, Cap and Trade legislation. You know a lot of folks, and myself included have deemed it the 'Cap and Tax Bill' because it is the largest tax increase in United States history. And you know what that means to rate payers in South Carolina is an increase in thousands of dollars in utility bills every year and that is because of the type of energy sources we use in South Carolina as compared to some of the other states. They're gonna take our money from those increased rates and give it to other states. That's redistribution of the wealth, and I disagree with that." (youtu.be)
  • Jeff Duncan. Uncertainty. 22 October 2010. "In the midst of the Great Recession, we need to do everything in our power to get Americans back to work. Yet Washington politicians continue to create a culture of uncertainty in our economy. ObamaCare, Cap & Trade, and bolstering labor unions with 'Card Check' legislation all cause small businesses to doubt their ability to make profits in the coming years. This prompts many companies to stop hiring or, worse, close shop and ship jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Duncan Statement on the Passage of the Continuing Resolution. 23 February 2011. "This week, I couldn't be more proud than to be a part of a 87 member freshman class that said "let's cut $100 billion, but let's not stop there.' I'm glad that we cut over $100 billion from this year's spending levels, but this is just a down payment on what's necessary to lower the deficit and balance our budget. It's gratifying to vote to defund ObamaCare, ban federal funding for abortion, and block the President from unilaterally implementing Cap & Trade all in one day." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Happy Constitution Day. 18 September 2010. "What our Founders feared most when they ratified the Constitution was a large, oppressive federal government that could stifle individual liberty. ObamaCare, Cap & Trade, bailouts, takeovers, reckless spending, and out of touch career politicians all contribute to a government that is failing to work 'for the people.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jeff Duncan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Nicole Loris. EXPANDing to a Market Driven Energy Policy. "Congressman Jeff Duncan (R“SC) recently introduced the Energy Exploration and Production to Achieve National Demand (EXPAND) Act [¦] Here are some highlights: [¦] Repeals Greenhouse Gas Regulations. In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began its process of regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emission under the Clean Air Act because of CO2's contribution to global warming. The problem with the agency's finding is that it relies on questionable science and ignores vigorous dissention among the scientific community. Even if we set aside the abundance of scientific dissention when it comes to the EPA's endangerment findings or the supposed effects of CO2 on climate, the EPA's regulations will not reduce CO2 enough to have any meaningful effect. But the regulation will dramatically increase the costs of electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, and home heating oil. Thus, it will hurt the consumer directly and indirectly through increased costs to businesses. The EXPAND Act would remove this regulatory nightmare." (www.jeffduncan.com)
  • Jeff Duncan. The Journal - Duncan Talks Taxes, Etc. 27 July 2012. "We see thousands of pages of new regulations implemented, whether it's Obamacare or the (Environmental Protection Agency) if you were small business or large business owner who was looking to create a new business or expand your business and create jobs, you're thinking 'What are those jobs going to cost me?'" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 23 September 2011. "As an avid hunter, outdoor enthusiast, and lifetime member of the NRA, Jeff understands the importance of protecting the right to keep and bear arms. In the South Carolina House, Jeff has fought against liberal special interest groups wanting to rollback Second Amendment protections, and for his efforts Jeff has received a 100% rating from the Nation Rifle Association." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Jeff Duncan Announcement for Congress. 2 April 2009. "I'm also concerned with the constant erosion of our second amendment rights to keep and bear arms, something I truly believe in." (youtu.be)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jeff Duncan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Jobs, Guns, Healthcare and Term Limits. 6 October 2010. "I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, and for my support of the 2nd Amendment the NRA and Gun Owners of America have endorsed my candidacy." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Issue Position: Spending Cuts and Debt. 1 January 2011. "Our government needs to cut up the credit cards, balance the budget, and reduce the deficit by repealing failed programs like the job-killing health care 'reform' bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Jobs, Guns, Healthcare and Term Limits. 6 October 2010. "I believe that the failed ObamaCare legislation should be repealed and replaced with free market based solutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Reforming Washington. 1 April 2011. "I believe we have to protect American and family values. With that concern in mind, I've voted to repeal and defund the out-of-touch healthcare bill because I believe it is unconstitutional and will ultimately limit the quality of health care in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Time to Fight. 22 September 2010. "I'm running for Congress because we need to change the direction our nation is headed, and that change begins with: 1. Removing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House 2. Balanced Budget Amendment that prevents out of control spending once and for all 3. Term Limits for all elected officials 4. No more bail outs 5. Extend the Republican tax cuts 6. Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "The first time I stood on the floor to speak, I spoke to read the United States Constitution. Now I rise to defend this great document that I carry with me every day by advocating for the repeal of the unconstitutional health care bill, ObamaCare." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Jeff Duncan Opposes Socialized Medicine. 17 August 2009. "You know, I don't support Obamacare. I don't support a government run health care system where the government makes decisions for you and me and our families. I think that's wrong." (youtu.be)
  • Jeff Duncan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jeff Duncan voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Jeff Duncan Issues Statement On Obamacare Ruling. 28 June 2012. "ObamaCare interferes with the doctor/patient relationship, causes health insurance premiums to skyrocket, increases our national debt, rations care for seniors, and is a major abuse of federal power," said Duncan. "While I'm disappointed in the court's decision, this only strengthens my resolve to push for complete repeal in the United States Congress." (www.jeffduncan.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 17 July 2012. "I support stronger enforcement of immigration laws and oppose granting amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country, which is why I am also cosponsoring H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act." (jeffduncan.house.gov)
  • Jeff Duncan. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US [¦] Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Secure Our Borders, Enforce Our Laws Rally. 26 May 2010. "We do have an illegal immigration and illegal immigration reform issue that we have got to deal with in this country. This starts with securing the borders. The second thing is no amnesty." (youtu.be)
  • Jeff Duncan. Pickens Sentinel - Duncan, Dyer Debate the Issues. 23 August 2010. "I don't believe in rewarding bad behavior. My mom and dad taught me that something earned is worth more than something given. These folks who have come here illegally don't need to be given citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. [¦] Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Reforming Washington. 1 April 2011. "I have also co-sponsored legislation entitled 'The Birthright Citizenship Act' that would eliminate the incentive for people to illegally cross our border by eliminating automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Issue Position: Protecting Traditional Family Values. 21 September 2011. "Jeff believes marriage is a union between one man and one woman, and will oppose any effort to change that definition." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Reforming Washington. 1 April 2011. "Keeping family values in mind and recognizing the sacred responsibility of protecting the unborn, I've voted to block federal funding to America's largest abortion provider, co-sponsored legislation that states that life begins at conception, and signed on to legislation that would protect the institution of marriage in South Carolina." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Issues: Homeland Security. "Today's military strategies, capabilities, and challenges look very different than they did during the days of the Cold War. Our military is active worldwide defending American national security and economic interests, and it is second to none. Today's challenges involve determining what resources are necessary to keep America's technical and competitive edge to ensure we can keep the peace through strength. In the 21st Century, America must defend our interests and our freedoms against shadowy terror networks and their state sponsors, as well as defending our position in the world from those who may seek to replace us." (jeffduncan.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Jeff Duncan. Anderson Independent Mail - Duncan: We've Got to Secure Our Southern Border. 8 October 2010. "I am proposing a plan to eliminate Social Security for babies born today. We've got to do something different." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Rep. Duncan says Gas Prices Hurting Economic Growth. 4 May 2011. "'These two entitlement programs will have to be funded differently,' he said, 'if they are to survive. Future generations will have to retire later. We do not have a choice. This country is $14 trillion in debt. We are currently spending $1.5 trillion more than we are receiving in revenue.'" (votesmart.org)

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