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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

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September 21, 2015 Editorials

For most Republican members of Congress, the vote on the Iran nuclear agreement seemed to be a very easy one.  For me, it was one of the most difficult since I have been in Congress.

Throughout my career, I have favored diplomacy over war and have been very critical of “chickenhawks” who have been far too eager to send others to do their fighting.

June 10, 2015 Speeches

Mr. Speaker, several weeks ago, I spoke to about 200 people at the famous Willard Hotel in Washington in a program put on by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. I had been told that this was a group of CEOs and owners of major companies in southern California--obviously, a very upper-income group.

June 3, 2015 Speeches

Mr. Speaker, costs simply explode on anything that the Federal Government subsidizes because there are simply not the same incentives or pressures to hold down costs as there are in the private sector.

Over the last several weeks, many thousands of young people have graduated from our colleges and universities burdened with sizable student loan debts.

May 1, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) re-introduced legislation This week that would allow the private sector to more easily compete for government jobs. 

The Freedom from Government Competition Act requires a “Yellow Pages” test for every commercial activity undertaken by the federal government. 

April 25, 2015 Editorials


The following article by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. appeared in The American Conservative in April 2015:

April 15, 2015 Speeches

Some people refer to today as tax day—the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.

February 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to shine light on the closed and secretive process of presidential library fundraising.



In The News

April 3, 2014 In The News
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) announced today that it has awarded U.S. Representative John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) its prestigious Roadway Safety Champion Award.
March 3, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., who calls Knoxville home, said that while he has supported minimum wage increases in the past, the hourly wage hike pushed by Obama and congressional Democrats of 39 percent is too large.
February 10, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, said he doubts any immigration-reform bill can win enough support to pass this Congress.
November 15, 2013 In The News
The website has already cost taxpayers $600 million and no one knows how much more it will take to fix it.
November 13, 2013 In The News
Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., quizzed the witnesses about the overall cost and expected deadline for the system to be fully operational. He also decried "sweetheart insider deals" that he said were making government contractors "filthy rich."
November 4, 2013 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., worked for a decade with U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY, on legislation to shield students from credit-related predatory practices.
October 18, 2013 In The News
“The reason I voted the way I did is because the money is just not there,” Duncan said.
October 10, 2013 In The News
Representative John J. Duncan Jr., Republican of Tennessee, said, “This is the most messed-up, convoluted, confusing law that’s ever been passed.’’
October 1, 2013 In The News
Congressman Jimmy Duncan recalls two government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996 ended up not being so dire.
September 23, 2013 In The News
Knoxville Congressman Jimmy Duncan says while he understands the consequences of a government shutdown, he feels ridding the country of "Obamacare" is essential.