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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee


According to a GAO report it now takes between nine and 19 years to plan, gain approval of, and construct a new major federally funded highway project.

Victor Mendez, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, testified before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee recently, where I serve as chairman, that the average federal highway project takes 13 years from conception to completion.

Several years ago when I chaired the Aviation Subcommittee, we held a hearing in which officials said construction of the main runway at Atlanta’s airport at the time took 14 years from conception to completion because of all of the environmental rulings, regulations and red tape. But construction took only 99 workdays.

In fact, they were so happy to get all the final approvals, workers finished the project in 33 actual days working 24-hour shifts.

In a hearing in the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, officials testified that a nine-mile highway project in Southern California took 17 years from conception to completion, from 1990 until 2007.

We now take on average three times as long and incur three times the cost of any other developed nation to complete transportation infrastructure projects.

Excessive rules and regulations hurt the poor, lower-income, and working people of this country most by destroying jobs and driving up prices.

When you delay for years the widening and improving of highways in order to make them safer, excessive regulation also costs lives.

Limiting excessive regulations is a critical step in our nation’s Transportation policy, and it has long been high on my priority list for working Americans.

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March 15, 2018 Press Release


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June 23, 2017 Press Release

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April 21, 2017 Press Release
Today the National Park Service hosted a ceremony commemorating the final construction phase of the Foothills Parkway from Walland to Wear’s Valley that has been almost three decades in the making.
July 27, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John J. Duncan. Jr. (R-TN) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded the National Park Service $10 million of Federal Lands Transportation Program funds that will aid in the completion of the 16 mile section of the Foothills Parkway between Wears Valley and Walland Tenn.

February 5, 2016 Speeches

A couple of months ago, in interviews both by National Public Radio and CBS News, I described the air marshal program as possibly the most needless, useless, wasteful program in the entire Federal Government. Shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial entitled ``It's Time to Ground America's Air Marshals'' and said, ``Duncan has a point.''

November 2, 2015 In The News
I would like to see it totally eliminated. Totally defunded," says Republican Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee, the air marshals' biggest critic.
October 29, 2015 In The News
Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.), a member of the House committee that's been investigating the air marshal service, agrees, at least on the air marshals. He and others say that locking cockpit doors and installing airport screening has done more to make air travel safer.
August 6, 2015 In The News
The nation's secretary of transportation made a brief stop Wednesday in Knoxville to emphasize the need for funding the country's infrastructure with U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr.
May 13, 2015 In The News
Rep. Duncan shares thoughts on war, trade and trains during an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program.