Fresh off spending battle, Duncan plans second District Work Week

February 23, 2011
Press Release

Fresh off spending battle, Duncan plans second District Work Week

Anderson, SC- After an intense week in Washington fighting to cut government spending and reel in the deficit, freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan will be spending next week in the Palmetto State listening to the concerns of his constituents.  Duncan, who has been an active participant in the conservative’s spending battle, joined with many of his freshmen colleagues in pressing the Republican leadership to support at least $100 billion in spending cuts in the continuing resolution.

“When I ran a small business, looking for ways to save a dollar was just another part of the job” said Duncan.  “Congress needs to accept the same financial realities that families and businesses are facing across the country and look for practical ways to lower costs.  I believe run away government spending represents one of the greatest threats to our national security, which is why I’ve made fighting Washington’s urge to grow government one of my top priorities.”

Duncan’s last district work week took place during the first week of February where he held five town halls in five days and toured local businesses.  This district work week will bring the Congressman to different areas of his ten county district and provide several opportunities for constituents to have their voices heard.

“My goal is to listen as much as I can” Duncan said.  “The reason our country is facing a 14 trillion dollar debt is because Washington politicians from both parties simply haven’t done a good enough job listening to the people.  My last district work week gave me the opportunity to listen to the concerns of hundreds of constituents from across the district.  I’m hoping to have a similar opportunity during this upcoming week.”

Below is the calendar for the week:

Tuesday February 22nd

9:00am – 10:00am Parkdale Mills Tour

(32 Rabbit Trail, Edgefield, SC 29824)

Founded in 1916, Parkdale Mills is a privately-owned textile facility which has successfully weathered the shifting climates of the textile and manufacturing industries. In 1961, Parkdale had one mill and less than 200 employees. Today, the company has 25 plants and 2,300 employees—operating in three different countries: the U.S., Colombia and Mexico.

10:15am – 11:15am Force Protection Industries Tour                                                       

(333 Hart Street, Edgefield, SC 29824)

Formed in 1997, Force Protection has become the nation's leading center for blast technology and counter improvised explosive device (IED) research.  They design, manufacture, test, deliver, and support blast- and mine-protected vehicles around the world for the United States Military.

11:25am- 12:00pm Meeting with Fred Humes, Director of the Aiken/Edgefield Economic Development Partnership

The mission of the Economic Development Partnership of South Carolina, a non-profit organization, is to promote economic development within Aiken and Edgefield counties, both for existing businesses and for new members of the business community. The Partnership seeks to improve the climate for manufacturers and entrepreneurs through community and legislative action, and looks to cement Aiken and Edgefield’s reputation as a home for industry of all sectors.

12:10pm – 1:00pm Lunch with local Edgefield Businessmen (TBA)

1:00pm – 2:30pm Individual Constituent Meetings (Aiken & Edgefield)

2:45pm -3:30pm Meeting with North Augusta Chamber of Commerce

(406 West Avenue North Augusta, SC 29841)

Wednesday February 23rd

9:00am – 10:00am  Meeting with staff of “Haven of Rest”

(219 W. Whitner St. Anderson, SC 29624)

The Haven of Rest mission was founded in 1960 to provide shelter, food and clothing to homeless men in the Anderson, South Carolina area. That ministry has now grown to include three in-house ministry areas and eight thrift stores.

10:15am – 11:45am Individual Constituent Meetings

(303 W Beltline Blvd. Anderson, SC 29625)

12:00pm – 1:30pm Anderson Small-Business Luncheon (Dutch Treat)

Hosted by the Office of Congressman Jeff Duncan

Main Street Deli: (112 N. Main St. Anderson, SC 29621)                                                 

2:00pm – 4:30pm Individual Constituent Meetings

(303 W Beltline Blvd. Anderson, SC 29625)

Thursday February 24th

9:00am – 10:00am Abbeville Community Leaders Listening Session

(Abbeville Chamber on the Square)

10:15am-10:30am Scheduled Interview with the Abbeville Press & Banner

(107 W Pickens Street, Abbeville 29620)

10:30am-11:30am Individual Constituent Meetings (Abbeville/Greenwood)

12:30pm – 2:00pm Partnership Greenwood – Business Roundtable Luncheon

(The Links at Stoney Point 709 Swing About, Greenwood SC)

2:30-4:00pm Tour Lander University (1024 W Cambridge Ave, Greenwood SC)

Friday February 25th

10:30am – 11:30am Speak to Townville Elementary

(105 Townville School Road, Townville, SC 29689)

12:00pm – 3:00pm Individual Constituent Meetings (Anderson/Pickens/Oconee)