Jeff Duncan Recognized as a Leader in the Fight Against Reckless Spending

March 2, 2011
Press Release

Washington, DC:  With 435 members of Congress, sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish yourself in Washington.  However, South Carolina freshman Congressman Jeff Duncan and many of his newly elected colleagues are starting to turn heads in the beltway by being reliable voices for fiscal responsibility and government reform.

Heritage Action for America, a non-profit policy and grassroots organization, recently reported that Duncan was one of only forty-seven members of Congress to vote for every non-security spending cut in the “Continuing Resolution” that funds the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year.

“Our country’s $14 trillion dollar national debt is a major national security concern” said Duncan.  “For decades both Republicans and Democrats helped fuel our addiction to government spending, but the American people expect this Congress to finally cut up the credit cards and get spending under control.  A lot of these spending cuts won’t be easy, but we’re all going to have to row this boat together if we’re going to get our country headed in the right direction.”

During the Continuing Resolution debate, there were over 500 amendments introduced but only 21 of them were focused on cutting non-security spending.  One of those 21 amendments, a measure to cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation (an agency named by many watchdog groups to be a top wasteful program) was offered by Duncan.  Another Duncan supported amendment would have brought government spending back to 2006 funding levels, resulting in a $34 billion dollar savings.

“As a small business owner, when times were tough I had to set priorities and cut back.  You can’t dig your way out of a hole, just like our country can’t spend its way out of debt.  Only by managing our government the same way we manage our homes and our businesses will we be able to tackle this fiscal crisis.  For too long Washington politicians were in deficit denial, but I’m hopeful that after the 2010 elections many of them are starting to wake up and see we have a real crisis situation confronting our nation.”

The 21 Amendments to cut non-security spending were:

1)            Eliminate $34 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center (Flake);
2)            Cut $10 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Latta);
3)            Eliminate the Legal Services Corporation, saving $324.4 million (Duncan-SC);
4)            Cut $50 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Biggert);
5)            Cut $70 million in energy efficiency programs at the Energy Department (Latta);
6)            Eliminate $35 million in funding for land acquisition at various agencies (Lummis);
7)            Cut $64 million from EPA science and technology programs (Flake);
8)            Cut $8 million from EPA environmental programs and management (Pompeo);
9)            Cut $10 million from EPA state and tribal assistance grants (Reed);
10)          Cut $7.4 million for forestry programs at the U.S. Forest Service (Pompeo);
11)          Cut $20.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts (Walberg);
12)          Eliminate $4.5 million in funding for the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program (Canseco);
13)          Eliminate $15 million in funding for the Presidio Trust Fund (Reed);
14)          Cut $100 million from Community Development Block Grants (Flake);
15)          Eliminate $233.4 million in funding for the National Labor Relations Board (Price-GA);
16)          Eliminate $42.7 million in funding for the U.S. Institute of Peace (Weiner);
17)          Eliminate $10.7 million in funding for the East-West Center (Canseco);
18)          Cut $211.2 million in funding from multilateral assistance through international financial institutions (Heller);
19)          Cut $446.9 million in Amtrak funding (Sessions);
20)          Cut all funding by 5.5% and legislative branch spending by 11%, with certain exemptions, saving $22 billion (Blackburn);
21) Cut all funding down to fiscal year 2006 levels, with certain exemptions, saving $34 billion (Mulvaney).