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Jeff Duncan Providing #Shutdown Updates On Facebook

Washington, DC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan has been providing constituents with daily updates on facebook since the shutdown first began. The updates have kept constituents informed about the House’s plan to fully fund key parts of the federal government ranging from veterans services to Guardsmen and Reservists pay. The Congressman’s…

Washington, DC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan has been providing constituents with daily updates on facebook since the shutdown first began. The updates have kept constituents informed about the House’s plan to fully fund key parts of the federal government ranging from veterans services to Guardsmen and Reservists pay. The Congressman’s updates have also emphasized President Obama and Senator Reid’s public refusal to negotiate with Republicans. Below is a collection of updates from Congressman Duncan in chronological order. The updates can also be found on

Shutdown Update 10/4 9:30am: “Day four of the government shutdown. Last night President Obama announced that he canceled his trip to Asia because of the government shutdown, but reiterated once again that he will not negotiate. Yesterday the House moved forward to reopen specific programs like guard & reservist pay, cancer research, veterans benefits, and national parks. Today the House will vote on clean/non-controversial bills to fully fund the WIC program, the Nuclear Security Administration, the FDA, border security, the National Weather Service, Head Start, and a bill to retroactively pay all furloughed federal employees impacted by the shutdown. Despite the fact that 57 House Democrats have voted with Republicans to reopen portions of the federal government, President Obama continues to threaten to veto these bills and Harry Reid refuses to bring them up for a vote. I’m hopeful that more Democrats will join us today in voting to reopen parts of the federal government, and that President Obama and Harry Reid will realize that refusing to negotiate is not in the best interest of the country. Please share this update to make sure the public is getting the facts about what is really happening in Washington.”

Shutdown Update 10/3 8:01pm: “Day three of a government shutdown and President Obama and Harry Reid are continuing to publicly state that they will not negotiate. In the history of our country, this is the very first time that the elected leadership of either party has taken the stance of refusing to negotiate on the budget. The House has stepped up though and is continuing to pass clean/non-controversial spending bills to fully fund aspects of the federal government including national guard/reservist pay, cancer research, national parks, DC city government, and veterans benefits. So far 57 House Democrats have broken from their party’s leadership to support our effort to prevent federal workers from being used as political pawns. However, President Obama has continued his threat to veto all of these bills if they were to reach his desk as part of his ‘will not negotiate’ strategy.”

Shutdown Update 10/3 9:12am: “Some words of wisdom from James Madison and Federalist 58: ‘This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.’”

Shutdown Update 10/2 8:02pm: “Congressional leaders met with the President at the White House this evening to discuss the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. However, the White House reiterated that the meeting was not a negotiation since they will not negotiate on those two issues. The House voted this evening to restart funding for critical medical research and our national parks (with no strings or conditions attached). The President said he would veto those bills if they make it to his desk. CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Harry Reid about the medical research bill today: ‘If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?’ she asked. Harry Reid replied, ‘Why would we want to do that?’ Make no mistake, this is Harry Reid’s shutdown.”

Shutdown Update 10/2 10:30am: “So far President Obama and Senator Reid have continued their stance of refusing to negotiate. The Senate voted yesterday morning AGAINST creating a conference committee to work out the differences with the House. Additionally, House Republicans decided to move forward on a bill that would fully fund Veteran’s Services. However, shortly after the House announced their plan the President threatened to veto this bill. President Obama seems more interested in spending his time comparing Republicans to terrorists than he does leading the country.”


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The Colonel October 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Still more proof that the Administration sees this whole thing as a political game:
Unbelievably callous and the sad thing is the media is continuing to fall for it. Interestingly enough more and more citizens are seeing through it. There is a day of reckoning coming to the current political “elite” on both sides of the aisle.
I hope that it will arrive soon, we can’t take much more of this.

Jan October 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm

” more and more citizens are seeing through it.”
Indeed they are:

By 72 percent to 22 percent, Americans oppose Congress “shutting down major activities of the federal government” as a way to stop the Affordable Care Act from going into effect, the national survey from Quinnipiac University found.

By 64 percent to 27 percent, voters don’t want Congress to block an increase in the nation’s $16.7 trillion federal borrowing limit as a way to thwart implementation of the health- care law, which Obama signed into law in 2010 with a goal of insuring millions of Americans, known as “Obamacare.”

A majority of the public, 58 percent, is opposed to cutting off funding for the insurance program that begins enrollment today. Thirty-four percent support defunding it.

The Colonel October 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The people most need to buy ACA to ensure it works – aren’t

Odd that prior to today multiple polls showed 57+% of Americans supported doing away with Obamacare.

Jan October 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

If nothing else, the government shutdown has forced Americans to start truly looking at the ACA, instead of the Tea Party and Fox News disinformation. Opinions are rapidly changing, and that is what the Republicans fear most.

Nölff October 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

John Boehner has a tanning bed appointment. He ain’t got time for this.

Gillon October 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Since Duncan has favored shutting down the federal government, in the process costing thousands of Ameicans and South Carolinians paycheck, why can’t he set an example by sharing in their financial sacrifice?

Congressmen Mulvaney, Sanford, and Wilson, and Senator Graham have all pledged to give up their Congressional salaries as long as the shutdown continues.

How about it Congressman Duncan, put your money where your mouth is. Give back some of that $174,000 a year the taxpayers of this country pay you. Show us the strengths of your convictions. The people of your district and state don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Bill October 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Wrong, Mick, Sanfraud, and Graham have agreed not to cash their checks until the shutdown is over. They are not giving up one red cent. Its all show and no substance. They like Duncan are takers. They live on the backs of the Taxpayers. They love their government pay, their government health care and their government retirement.
But they are stronger than most. Like Frodo Baggins they bear the ring of government benefits around their neck without being corrupted. They do it for the rest of us who cannot.

Gillon October 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I stand corrected–somewhat. You are right about Mulvaney. He will not accept his salary until the shutdown is over. However, to their credit (and I’m no fan) Sanford, Gowdy, Graham , and Scott have stated that they will donate their salaries during the shutdown to charity.
Tea Partier Jeff Duncan has offered to do neither.

Bill October 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Well we will see. In the meantime I see that only 100 congressmen, out of both houses (535 in total) have actually agree to “give up” their pay during the shutdown.

William October 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Of course they will probably just offset contributions they were going to make anyway.

Smirks October 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm

The government shutdown is absolutely horrible and is the fault of the Democrats! But at the same time the government shutdown doesn’t really affect much, and is a good thing, and many Republicans campaigned on shutting down the government if it came down to it to stop Obamacare, so Republicans should get credit for that!

Democrats should be trying to end this shutdown as soon as possible! Republicans should continue the shutdown until they get what they want.

Democrats refusing to negotiate is absolutely horrible and selfish! The Republicans did a good thing trying to stop the ACA 42 times already and should continue to demand defunding health care reform and not let the shutdown end until then!

The America-hating Kenyan Muslim Socialist Marxist Communist amateur selfish arrogant uncaring [racial slur] President is going to take your house and all your money and put you on a death panel and abduct your soul for not getting health insurance! How could Obama be so cold to call Republicans terrorists for making unfair demands and forcing a shutdown?

How dare Obama not undo a vast portion of the government shutdown but still let there be a government shutdown so that Republicans can more adequately avoid blame while still receiving some credit too! There is absolutely no problem with Republicans refusing to pass a clean continuing resolution.

The mainstream media is unfairly putting the blame on Republicans! Fox News is fairly putting all of the blame on only Democrats and Obama.

Democrats just want to get a political victory out of this! Hey, just ignore Stutzman (R-Ind.) saying “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I
don’t know what that even is.”

Roscoe October 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Sad attempt at deflecting blame…. You guys did it, man up!

tomstickler October 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

After all this Kabuki has ended, and the #shutdown is over, will Duncan scrub his idiotic Facebook updates?

Buford Pusser October 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Typical Republican BS…they were all Billy Bad when shutting the gov down, but now that they are getting flack from their supporters they want to fund “some” things.

The Dems have them over a barrel just like in the 90’s and the Republicans will come out on the losing end once again.

SCBlues October 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Looks like an idiot.
Sounds like an idiot.
Must be an idiot.

TyroneButterballs October 4, 2013 at 11:49 pm

He’s another rightwing whackjob. We used to have statesmen in SC.


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