July 11, 2018

Congress eyes truck driver shortage solution

A truck driver shortage that’s plaguing American businesses could be solved with the passage of new legislation, which would change a regulation that prevents anyone under the age of 21 from being able to drive commercial vehicles across state lines. Rep. Duncan Hunter introduced the DRIVE-Safe Act, which would open cross-state truck driving positions to 18-year-olds in March. Hunter said he …

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July 11, 2018

House passes bill aimed at boosting maritime vessel safety

Washington — The House on June 27 unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would require the U.S. Coast Guard to perform maritime vessel inspections that include ensuring crews and ships have necessary safety equipment and current weather forecast charts. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Maritime Safety Act of 2018 (HR 6175) on June 21 in response to the October 2015 sinking …

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July 10, 2018

Hunter introduces legislation benefiting military families

Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50,) who represents Escondido in Washington, June 28 introduced the Fulfilling Obligations to Families of the Fallen Act, ensuring military families are aware when changes are made to their coverage involving Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI).  Currently, military members are enrolled in SGLI automatically, however, there exists very weak notification requirements when changes are made to the policy …

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May 25, 2018

Rep. Duncan Hunter on the issues in the 50th Congressional District

The 50th Congressional District encompasses much of East County as well as the North County communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center and Escondido. Six candidates are challenging incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, who is facing an investigation into his campaign finances. The San Diego Union-Tribune asked six of the candidates to respond to several questions. Here are their responses. Why should voters choose you over …

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April 26, 2018

Lawmakers: Spouses have a right to know when troops decline insurance coverage

Military spouses have a right to know whether their service member plans to opt out of Servicemembers Group Life Insurance coverage, or reduce life insurance coverage ― and officials should make sure that notification happens, lawmakers said. It may require a change in law. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., relayed the story of a California Navy wife whose husband died in training. Neither …

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October 24, 2017

Education is key to America’s workforce investment strategy

As the Congress begins to consider reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) are trying to fix this problem. They have introduced the Expanding Education for America’s Workforce Act of 2017 (H.R. 4078) to modernize our higher education laws to help students learn the skills and training they need in order to fulfill our nation’s …

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October 5, 2017

Politics Has No Place on the Football Field

By Congressman Duncan Hunter October 5, 2017 It wasn’t until 2009 that the NFL mandated that players stand on the field for the National Anthem during primetime games.  Prior to that, they weren’t even on the sideline.  They remained in the locker room until it was time to start the game. Football is a GAME – and that’s all it …

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October 2, 2017

Duncan Hunter: Why U.S. should strike North Korea ‘before it hits us’

Let’s be clear. North Korea continues to threaten the United States with a nuclear assault. North Korea has the capability to launch a nuclear attack and San Diego would be a primary target. No more pontificating, no more hypothesizing, no more armchair quarterbacking. The North Korean nuclear capability is real; there is no more timeline. The existential threat has arrived. …

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May 18, 2017

GOP rep presses Trump for block buy of Arctic icebreakers

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is pressing President Trump to support a block buy of Arctic icebreakers, arguing the move will save the government “hundreds of millions of dollars.” The Coast Guard has just two fully functional icebreakers, only one of which is a heavy-duty icebreaker. The cost of building additional Arctic icebreakers, special-purpose ships designed to navigate through ice-covered waters, …

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February 9, 2017

Rep. Duncan Hunter says he won’t support federal funds for ‘sanctuary cities’

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) won’t request federal funds in the coming fiscal year for states, cities and universities that have a policy to not comply with enforcement of federal immigration laws, he said in a statement Thursday. So-called sanctuary policies limit local efforts in enforcing federal immigration laws, arguing that the threat of deportation keeps immigrants from reporting crime. Opponents, though, say it’s a willful …

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