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Jeff Duncan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (SC) - District 3


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Signed Letter to Speaker Pelosi: "We write to express our unified opposition to Congressional Democrats' efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment and other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions. As part of their pro-abortion crusade, Democrats have taken direct aim at these long-standing, bipartisan protections that generally prevent the federal government from using taxpayer dollars to support abortion procedures. Repealing these pro-life provisions would destroy nearly half a century of bipartisan consensus. Each year since 1976, Congress has included Hyde protections in annually enacted appropriations. No president in American history has ever vetoed an appropriations bill due to its inclusion of the Hyde Amendment." (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "Abortion is a devastating atrocity in our country, and I believe ending this atrocity is the most important issue we face. I will always work to protect the unborn in Congress by supporting life-saving legislation like the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act and advocating for policies that ensure the right to life for innocent unborn babies. I pray we move our country closer and closer to one that rights the wrong of Roe vs. Wade and values the sanctity of human life." (
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "As a small businessman, Duncan saw first-hand the negative impact that a bloated government bureaucracy, high taxes, and fiscal responsibility had on small businesses and the economy. Knowing the impact of tax increases on the average household and business, Duncan proudly supports lower taxes and supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which not only created jobs, but increased wages for American workers." (
  • "Our economy has been on fire since the passage of historic tax cuts last year, and it's just getting started. Americans have been seeing more money in their pockets, bonuses, improved benefits, and enhanced retirement packages as companies have more flexibility to invest in their employees. We have seen companies bring back wealth from overseas, create jobs, and invest in employees like never before." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Voted against HR S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • ""Medicare for All" would put an end to employer sponsored health care, meaning the 158 million Americans who currently seek health insurance through their employer or union will no longer have the option to do so, and will instead be forced into this one-size-fits-all plan. " (
  • Rated 0% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "While the legislation is called the Farm Bill, eighty percent of the spending in the bill deals with welfare spending instead of agriculture. I would have liked to consider a Farm Bill focused on just that -- farms and farmers -- but I didn't have that option today and had to oppose the bill. In June, I supported the House version of the Farm Bill since it contained critical food stamp reforms, welfare reforms, and work requirements that help get people off of government programs and into the workforce. The final conference report abandoned many of these key provisions. Ultimately, the conference report is a missed opportunity and an irresponsible government welfare expansion that I could not support." (
  • "I do think that the defund the police movement that we're seeing in Congress, is going to make patrolling more difficult, as it's having the effect of pushing people out of law enforcement. Same with pushes to completely eliminate qualified immunity." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "Funding constitutional functions of gov, like defense, is the right thing--just like paying a mortgage is the right thing. But when you constantly use your credit card to pay it is just flat wrong--especially when the next generation of Americans will be the ones that pay the debt." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "The good news is that current law is on our side to restrain spending. Congress should hold overall spending to the caps levels already in place while ensuring our men and women in uniform have the tools necessary to do their job. Doing so would be a modest step on a path towards balancing the budget. We respectfully request that you adhere to the existing spending caps currently in law in order to preserve our ability to defend our nation, protect our seniors, and pass down a strong Republic to the next generation of Americans." (
  • Signed Leter to Speaker Pelosi: "As we approach the end of the year without having completed the annual appropriations process as well as facing a looming debt ceiling cliff, it would be unconscionable to commit to the purported trillions of dollars that the reconciliation bill might cost without knowing its true price tag. Given that the price of this bill makes it the most expensive piece of legislation in American history, it is imperative Members of Congress are not asked to vote on it until a full cost estimate is available for their review." (
  • "Funding constitutional functions of gov, like defense, is the right thing--just like paying a mortgage is the right thing. But when you constantly use your credit card to pay it is just flat wrong--especially when the next generation of Americans will be the ones that pay the debt." (
  • "I am pleased the @POTUS @realDonaldTrump Administration has partnered with #SC03 communities to make necessary infrastructure enhancements that will help prepare Oconee County for the future." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • Rated 100% by FreedomWorks. (
  • "Additionally, I have cosponsored legislation to end the Death Tax, lower corporate rates while ending loopholes," (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • "This coronavirus package will help bring stability back to the moms and dads out of work, to the main street businesses that are the backbone of our economy, to the manufacturers and companies that produce to meet our needs, and importantly to our health care systems that we rely on. This swift action will empower families, job creators, and innovators to push through the devastation and get back on their feet." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "Thank you to @RepRalphNorman for leading on this effort. Marxist based Critical Race Theory has no business being taught in our schools and universities." (
  • "An all-of-the-above energy matrix is exactly what our nation needs in order to deliver affordable, efficient, and clean energy. That's why the introduction of this bill is so important, especially during a week where the Democrat-led House is considering legislation that would limit U.S. energy production and undermine our security and economy. I'm proud to support an energy package which enhances and incentivizes domestic energy production to continue the American energy renaissance." (
  • Voted against HR 4447 "Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019." (
  • "I fully support wind, solar, and geothermal jobs just like I support oil, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric jobs. I've been very clear in my support for an all-of-the-above approach to energy development. However, it sounds like the letter's author wants to pick solar, wind, and geothermal jobs over oil, natural gas, and nuclear jobs. I have a problem when these "clean" energy jobs can't stand on their own without assistance from Washington, and when we're picking winners and losers in the market place." (
  • "An electric grid 100% dependent on renewables is likely impossible. Would also be far more expensive due to capacity imbalances. I support wind & solar, but alone they aren't enough to meet our 21st century needs.We need an all-of-the-above energy matrix!" (
  • Voted against HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • "Additionally, President Biden's decision to re-join the Paris Agreement will be detrimental to American families and workers. Estimates show that the reduction in manufacturing necessary to comply with the unrealistic Paris Accord mandates would destroy up to 2.7 million jobs in the U.S. by 2025. Those jobs would go to exempt countries like China and India, who emit significantly more carbon than us now, and are allowed to increase their emissions through 2030 under the flawed terms of the agreement, thus having the perverse effect of increasing global carbon emissions. The harmful policies that make up this agreement will hit low-income Americans the hardest by increasing energy costs and destroying blue-collar jobs at a time when millions have lost their jobs and families who are struggling need affordable energy the most." (
  • "i dont support carbon tax" (
  • "We can't have effective climate policy that puts the United States at a disadvantage to its main security and economic competitors in the world. This is not an America First agenda. This legislation is more of a redistribution of wealth scheme than actual sound environmental policy." (
  • Rated 100% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "As a lifetime hunter, sport shooter, and defender of liberty, Congressman Duncan fully supports the Right to Bear Arms, and opposes all efforts to take away these important and fundamental rights. Jeff staunchly opposes Beto O'Rourke's radical gun confiscation program, and supports legislation like the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the Hearing Protection Act that would make it easier for Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to carry." (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017. (
  • "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." (
  • "UnitedHealth's recent announcement that they are nearly completely leaving the Obamacare insurance markets demonstrates the failure of government run healthcare. UnitedHealth's decision signals the beginning of the end for ObamaCare, as decreased participation in the exchanges will cause rates to increase exponentially. I knew this was an inevitability, which is why I have done everything I can to repeal and defund this horrible healthcare law." (
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 3003 "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act." (
  • "Congressman Duncan has consistently fought for stronger immigration enforcement since being elected to Congress. Building the southern border wall, mandating e-verify, eliminating visa overstays, and ending catch and release are just a few of the longstanding efforts he has been a part of over the years in his fight to put America First. Congressman Duncan has authored several legislative solutions to our nation's immigration problem and has also supported many of his fellow Republican colleagues' immigration reform proposals." (
  • Rated 98% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "You will not find anyone in Congress who supports securing our borders, and enforcing our immigration laws more than Jeff Duncan. Jeff has stood with President Trump has he has fought against illegal immigration, and to stop the flow of drugs and crime coming into our country. Jeff has a top rating with the pro-immigration enforcement group Numbers USA, and has been a long advocate for banning sanctuary cities, requiring mandatory E-Verify, eliminating birthright citizenship, and ending chain migration." (
  • Signed Letter to President Biden: "The decision not to recertify the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2017 was in America's best interests. Even if the United States never withdrew from the deal, poorly construed sunset provisions baked into the deal would now be upon us, meaning Iran would be well on its way to obtaining a nuclear weapon while having violated not only the spirit but the letter of the deal." (
  • "President Trump's extreme pressure on the brutal North Korean regime has proven to be the right approach. A denuclearized and stable Korean peninsula is in the best interest of the United States and our allies, and it's encouraging to see the President's exemplary leadership bring us to this moment." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "When it comes to ISIS, or ISIL which is the term Duncan prefers, the Congressman believes a deadly and decisive push back is needed by the US. He also said that the approximately 3000 troops that President Obama is sending to help lend aid in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa would be better utilized fighting the militants in Iraq. "We need to release the dogs of war," Duncan said." (
  • "Another strong, unprecedented move by @realDonaldTrump! Not only is this agreement a vital step towards establishing long-term peace in the Middle East, but it also further isolates countries like Iran, & sends a message that the US is a strong leader in diplomatic relations." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Voted against H J Res 37 "Directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress" (
  • "USMCA goes into effect today. This is a huge win for the US. The deal will create over 170,000 new American jobs, especially in the auto & agriculture industries, & help power our economy to greatness again. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for your hard work to make it happen!" (
  • "President Trump successfully negotiated a new trade deal with both Mexico and Canada. The deal eliminates Canada's protectionist dairy tariffs, requires wage increases for Mexican autoworkers to prevent American jobs from being sent across the border, and includes a host of other updates and reforms that will benefit the United States. This is a huge win for the American worker -- another promise made and another promise kept. I applaud President Trump and his team for keeping America first, and I look forward to reviewing the final language." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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