Rep. Duncan: Happy Independence Day!

Hey guys,

I wanted to write to wish you all a very happy and safe Independence Day weekend.

On July 4th 1776 the people of this nation declared their independence from the repressive and tyrannical government of England.  Because of the bravery of our Founding Fathers, and the sacrifice of generations of American soldiers, we have the privilege to live in the freest nation on Earth.

Shortly after the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “what have you created, a republic or a monarchy?” to which he replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Freedom has always been just one generation away from extinction, and in the 21st century our individual liberty has certainly been under assault.

ObamaCare, Cap & Trade, regulations from the EPA, lawsuits from the NLRB, our national debt, government spending, terrorism, lack of border security, our nation moving away from God; all of these things seek to undermine the freedom we have in this country.

But know that there are those of us who are fighting to take America back and preserve the freedom that we have sacrificed so much to achieve.

On Tuesday afternoon, I’ll be presiding as Speaker Pro Tempore in the House, wielding the gavel to bring the House in session early to prevent President Obama from bypassing the Constitution and making recess appointments.

The Constitution states that the US Senate must confirm the President’s nominees for judgeships, cabinet secretaries, federal agencies, boards, and many other positions.

However, Article II, Section II of the United States Constitution states that the President may bypass the required confirmation process by making temporary appointments if the Senate is in recess. By gaveling the House into session on Tuesday afternoon, we’ll prevent the Democrat controlled Senate from recessing, thus blocking the President from unilaterally appointing government officials who would otherwise require confirmation.

The President’s last recess appointment was Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  That recess appointment helped the NLRB initiate a lawsuit against Boeing for building a new facility outside of Charleston, South Carolina that would create thousands of jobs for our state.

I took an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States. I’m going to do everything possible to hold the President and his nominees accountable to the people and to the Constitution. Ensuring that Presidential nominees are qualified and properly scrutinized is the first step in ending these record abuses of power

Thank you for fighting along side me by offering your prayers, your financial support, and your time to help spread the word about what we’re battling in Washington.

God Bless, God Bless our Troops, and May God Continue to Bless America,

Jeff Duncan