jDuncan on TPA

I’ve been receiving quite a few calls about the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, so I thought I’d take this time to send you a quick update.
Yesterday, the House held a procedural vote onTPA, the first true test vote for the legislation. Rule votes are normally fairly routine. The party in power votes for the rule and the minority party votes against them. Most Members of Congress will spend their entire tenure in office never voting against their party on a rule vote. After last night, I will not be one of those Congressmen.TPA and TPP concern me. I have problems with us passing legislation that fast-tracks a future trade agreement that is kept from the public and is currently only available to Congress in an unfinished form. Not only is it bad enough that I can’t solicit feedback from you because the agreement is classified, but I’m being asked to trust that President Obama is going to keep his word and not make major changes in this agreement that could have severe impacts on our laws and our way of life.

Today, I joined with several of my colleagues in voting against the rule for the bill. We actually were only two votes away from stopping the rule vote from passing, and only lost because GOP leadership were able to convince a handful of Democrats to switch sides at the last second.

There are dozens of reasons why I opposed the rule. For starters, we’re taking up the Senate passed TPA bill. The Senate bill raises revenue. According to the Constitution, revenue raising bills must originate in the House. But the rule vote prohibits House Members from making a point of order to stop the legislation. The rule also prohibits us from objecting to the budget gimmickry and procedural games filled within the language of TPA. For example, in one section of the bill it makes changes to a government program to save tax dollars in order to offset to spending in another area and make the overall legislation budget neutral. However, a separate section repeals the change, but leaves the new spending on the books. This is just dishonest, no matter how you look at it and contributes to the reason people simply don’t trust Washington. Even a member of leadership was quoted yesterday saying that this process concerns him.

I’ve heard the arguments for TPA. “This gives Congress more negotiating power.” “Fast-track can be turned off if we don’t like the agreement that the President gives us.” These are both true, if we believe that Republican Leadership is going to fight harder for a good trade deal than they have against the President’s unlawful executive actions. These are also true if we trust President Obama to follow a “gentleman’s agreement” as I’ve heard it called, even though he won’t follow the Constitution.

I don’t trust Washington to get this right, and that is why I took the extraordinary step of voting against the rule. I plan on continuing my opposition against the final passage of TPA.

Blessing and Liberty
Jeff Duncan
P.S. Save the date for our 5th annual Faith and Freedom BBQ onAugust 24th!

continuing resolution mess

I voted for the budget as it was constructed in the Senate, and I support it now. I especially support the Senate version of Proviso 118.14 which was crafted by the chairman, and sends the majority of unobligated surplus to local roads. It was adopted 45-0, and the roll of the Senate was applied. The position of the Senate is clear and right–FUND THE ROADS.

The House obviously has other priorities. This proviso traditionally is the mechanism for appropriating the surplus, and the introduction of a new bill by the House is nothing but a red herring to divert attention from their refusal to act upon the budget, and this proviso, for three weeks. They have played a shameful game of chicken that has put us in this position. 

I urge the Senate to remain firmly committed to the Senate version of Proviso 118.14 and send nearly $300m to local roads and bridges. The House can explain why our roads no longer are a priority to them, and good luck with that.

I’ll be speaking at acrp Monday 06.15.2015

Hello everyone,
Our June meeting will be next Monday, June 15th, at Concord Community Church (620 Concord Ave.). We will be eating at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7.
Our speaker will be Senator Kevin Bryant, who will be giving us a legislative update.
Volunteers are needed to help with the food. If you’re able to give us a hand, please email me by responding to this email or call me at 221-1221. Thanks so much and see you Monday!
Dan Harvell – ACRP Chairman

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dew debt presser remarks

Thank you Governor and thank you Director Stanton. You’ve heard all of the facts and data points concerning this incredibly important achievement, and so I’d like to speak briefly about some of the people who made this moment possible. wo chairmen of the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee have been invaluable in pressing the General Assembly to deal with this problem in the manner that got us here today. 

Senator Ryberg led the total overhaul of this agency. Chairman Alexander is currently maintaining a focus and scrutiny on the agency. Others such as Senator Lee Bright who successfully fought to deny benefits to those fired for cause to 

Representative Bingham who helped refine and solidify the Unemployment tax rate system. oday is a culmination of those efforts, and they should be commended. I just appreciate them and the other leaders here for allowing me to help them make it happen. 

 I also want to take a moment to thank the person who has the day to day task of making it work, DEW Director Cheryl Stanton. Governor, I trust that you agree with me that we have no finer agency head in South Carolina. 

DEW experienced some stops and starts after the reforms of 2010, but once Director Stanton took charge, DEW began to execute its mission as a workforce development agency and not just as a check distribution agency, as was the past. It simply illustrates that leadership is the key to almost any success, especially here in Columbia, and we wouldn’t be here without the leadership of Director Stanton. 

Director Stanton and I share a hatred of debt. We often hear politicians say that savings can be found by eliminating fraud, waste and abuse. We’ve done that. We often hear politicians say that we shouldn’t abuse the public credit card. Well, she paid off the credit card, and then she shred it. Director Stanton, most of all, put into practice the words of Senator Jim DeMint who said, “We can’t just keep paying people to not work:” 

I’ll speak @ presser w/Gov. Haley: DEW paying debt EARLY!!!

debtJune 10, 2015 For immediate release: Contact: Brian Symmes, 803-673-9437
Gov. Nikki Haley To Hold Statehouse Press Conference
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, DEW Director Cheryl Stanton, members of the General Assembly and South Carolina business leaders will make an announcement at a Statehouse press conference tomorrow,Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 PM.
WHO: Governor Nikki Haley, DEW Director Cheryl Stanton, Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) & members of the General Assembly and South Carolina business leaders
WHAT: Statehouse press conference
WHEN: Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 PM
WHERE: Statehouse, first floor lobby, Columbia, S.C.

Rick Driver Show 2015.06.01 Monday @ 8:30am 1230am

Monday morning around 8:30am I will be on the Rick Driver Show. This is certainly a no spin zone crowd, never throwing softballs, however, I’ve always enjoyed this audience.
We'll probably be talking about our efforts to fund roads with money on hand rather than raising taxes and the TLH/WHS merge. “That’s why we call it an open forum” and “All we try to do here is put forth information” I’ve heard Rick say many times.
Tune in to 1230 am or online here

s.799 on TL Hanna/Westside merge

The Senate passed s. 799 unanimously and it will be on the SC House Local Calendar for their consideration, possible amendment, and hopefully passage.

fetal pain amendments ruled out of order

ultrasoundThe Senate recently passed a bill to restrict the circumstances under which a child may be killed by an abortion doctor after nineteen weeks of its life. The majority of debate on the bill concerned the inclusion or removal of the three exceptions of rape, incest and life of the mother. The effort to remove two of them, rape and incest, as conditions for a post-nineteen-week abortion failed. I am hopeful that the House will remove them when it takes up the bill, but we’ll see.

I was equally disappointed in the outcome of two amendments that I proposed that would have, first, outlawed the dismemberment of a child during its death at the hand of an abortion doctor and, second, outlawed a lethal injection by the abortion doctor into the beating heart of a child. Neither amendment was adopted, but my disappointment arose not as much from that as from the fact that they were not even given a chance to be heard. They were ruled out-of-order by the Presiding Officer, and therefore the Senate never heard my discussion of them and never took a vote on whether these forms of infanticide should remain legal in South Carolina.

The Senate Rules require a proposed amendment to any bill to be “germane”. That is, it “must be a natural and logical change or expansion directly related to the specific subject of the Bill or Resolution, as defined in the Bill or Resolution, and must not raise any new or independent matter different from the specific subject of the Bill or Resolution.” An example would be an amendment to a bill about colleges that tried to change the law concerning water use by farmers. Those clearly are two different subjects. The question of germaneness may be made by any senator, and I have raised a few myself over the years, and the question is ruled upon by the Presiding Officer as the presiding Officer of the Senate.

The specific subject of bill in this case was a new set of prohibitions concerning the death of a child by an abortion doctor, i.e. that such a death would be prohibited after nineteen weeks of life. My first amendment likewise offered another prohibition, that the abortion doctor may not kill the child by dismemberment. My second amendment sought to prohibit the abortion doctor from injecting death-inducing drugs into the beating heart of the child. Both dealt with prohibitions against killing children, and both were ruled non-germane by the Presiding Officer. I have no idea why, and the Presiding Officer made no explanation. He is not obliged to explain his rulings, but I have seen it done plenty of times in my ten-plus years in the Senate, particularly by our most recent Presiding Officer, Glenn McConnell. This time, however, there was silence.

What was worse even than that, however, was the refusal of the Presiding Officer to let me even be heard on the dismemberment amendment. When germaneness is questioned, it is called raising a point of order, and the presiding Officer, (almost always the Lieutenant Governor Lieutenant Governor Presiding Officer) asks if anyone would like to be heard on the point. This is the opportunity for senators to discuss the merits of the point, i.e. their view on whether the amendment is germane. When the point was made on the dismemberment amendment, the Presiding Officer ruled the amendment out-of-order before I could get to my desk and seek recognition, and when I finally did, he replied that. “the point is over”. That, in my ten-plus years, I never, ever, have seen.

My next amendment also was challenged, and because I was standing at my desk with my hand raised, I was recognized, but even as my voice trailed off from arguing my side, the Presiding Officer said, “sustained” (the amendment is out-of-order).

I am, of course, most disappointed that innocent children will continue to die at the hands of abortionists by the most cruel and unusual means possible. I am only slightly less disappointed that a Republican Presiding Officer decided that amendments about killing children were not relevant to a bill about killing children. I am absolutely amazed, however, that I was denied even the chance to talk about the first one and that the second was disposed of with the kind of speed that, to some, suggested outright embarrassment.

I will, in the future, draw my amendments even more carefully, but I truly hope that this episode is not a preview of what we can expect in the South Carolina Senate when we next debate a bill to prevent the deaths of innocent children. Their odds already are long, and we already have to fight hard to secure them their right to life. I shudder to think that the fight just got harder because of one individual’s unilateral decisions.

Techtronic Industies Ground Breaking


S. 799 will prevent backroom school merge schemes

backroomS. 799 passed unanimously in the Senate today. It will be sent to the SC House of Representatives on Tuesday.
General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Bryant INTRODUCED May 20, 2015
S. 799
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina: SECTION    1.    Act 509 of 1982, as amended, is further amended by adding: “Section    (    ).    Before closing, merging, expanding, consolidating, or eliminating any school or schools in Anderson County, the Anderson County Board of Education shall be required to approve the proposed action by a two-thirds vote.”
SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.