The past two weeks have been quite busy, so I wanted to update you on what I’ve been doing. As many of you may know, January is National Sanctity of Life month, a time when we remember the importance of protecting the lives of the unborn. A few weeks ago, I visited the Foothills Pregnancy Center in Seneca, A Place for Us Ministries, and Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Greenwood to thank those who give of their time and talents to help young women make the decision to choose life. A few years ago when I was a member of the South Carolina State House, I supported legislation that mandated a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. In August of 2010, I was proud to attend the ceremony where Governor Sanford signed that bill into law. This past Monday, I introduced the National Pro-Life Waiting Period Act in the United States House of Representatives, a bill that would make the South Carolina waiting period the law of the land. If a group like Planned Parenthood were to break the law, the penalties would be steep. While this legislation doesn’t stop the problem of abortion (I’m cosponsoring measures like H.R. 374 that will) hopefully this is another step to protect the lives of the most innocent among us, the unborn.
To learn more about my new legislation, click HERE
This week was also the State of the Union, which happened to fall on the 1000th day since the Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget. Every day, we use budgets to manage our homes and our businesses, why then can’t our government do the same? The President spoke about fiscal responsibility, yet he has been late in submitting his own budget to Congress (as required by law) for the third year in a row. Actions speak louder than words, and unfortunately three years of inaction have caused the President’s words to appear empty. President Obama’s speech seemed to focus more on protecting his job than creating jobs for the millions of Americans who are currently unemployed.
You can read more about the South Carolina Delegation’s response to the President’s speech by clicking HERE Tomorrow, I’ll be in Greenwood presenting two local Vietnam veterans with the Purple Hearts that they earned in service to our nation. Then I’ll travel back to Washington DC, where I’ll be joining members of the freshman class in announcing some revolutionary budget reforms that will eliminate some of Washington’s faulty arithmetic, and bring accountability and transparency to the way our country spends money. I hope to have some more details on that for you in my next update. As always, feel free to e-mail me with your questions, concerns, or suggestions on how to move our country forward.
Jeff Duncan is from Laurens, South Carolina and serves as the Congressman for the Third Congressional District. Jeff has been recognized as a defender of the Constitution, a fiscal conservative champion, and a protector of family values. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart Melody, and they have three boys.