Representative John 'Jimmy' J. Duncan, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (TN) - District 2, Republican
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John Duncan, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Duncan, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave John Duncan a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Duncan voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. John Duncan voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. John Duncan voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. John Duncan voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. John Duncan voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Amplify: Rep. John Duncan Jr. 17 January 2012. “I do not think anyone who opposes abortion should be forced to pay for them through their tax dollars. It has been the long-standing policy of this Nation not to use federal money to pay for abortions […] I hope this coalition can stay united. This is a terrible bill, and about the only thing that could make it worse is if federal money is used to cover abortions.” (congressmanduncan.amplify.com)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. John Duncan voted Yea on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. John Duncan voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. John Duncan voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. John Duncan voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. John Duncan voted Nay on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. John Duncan voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Duncan Jr. Press Release: Duncan Most Frugal in U.S. House. 4 April 2012. “Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) was recognized this week as the number one defender of taxpayers in the U.S. House of Representatives, voting more times than anyone else to reduce federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. Duncan received the number one spot in the 435-member House in the National Taxpayers Union's (NTU) annual ranking of Congress, earning him the "Taxpayer Hero" award.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 85 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Newsletter Archive. 1 August 2009. “But it would hurt lower income people the most to raise taxes on anyone. Taxes at all levels are already far too high, and the top one percent already pay 40% of federal income taxes. The top 25% pay 86%. But the reason tax increases hurt lower income people the most is because our federal government is so unbelievably wasteful and inefficient.” (duncan.house.gov)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 91 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. John Duncan voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 1 December 2011. “I John J. Duncan, Jr. pledge to the taxpayers of the 2nd district of the state of Tennessee and to the American people that I will: One, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (www.atr.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 90 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Press Release: Duncan Proposes Spending Cap. 18 August 2011. “Our Nation is now more than $14 trillion in debt, and we continue to borrow $4 billion a day to pay our bills," said Congressman Duncan. "We need a serious cap on spending, or it will not be too much longer before we cannot pay for all the things we have promised our people with money that will be worth anything. This bill is a great first step to reining in out-of-control federal spending, and I am so pleased that it has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Bring Federal Spending Under Control. 4 February 2009. “The Federal Government has become addicted to spending. The stimulus is a short-term fix that will cause even more serious problems in the very near future. Drug addicts prove every day that short-term fixes do not satisfy for very long.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Duncan Introduces Bill to Control Reckless Spending. 1 May 2009. "I have spoken out in the past against mindboggling spending under different administrations and different Congressional leadership, but even I have been shocked and astounded by all the spending passed by the Congress in just the last few months. We've raised our national debt limit to 12 trillion, 104 billion dollars. This is an incomprehensible figure." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. It's Not About Protecting Billionaires. 18 July 2011 “The reason we don't want tax increases is because the Federal Government is so wasteful. The least economical, least efficient way to spend money is to turn it over to the Federal Government. Look at how little good the $862 billion stimulus did. Unemployment went up.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. President's Budget Spends Money We Don't Havel. 24 March 2009 “I don't have a crystal ball to know which one we are headed into. My guess would probably be staggering inflation. What we are doing is reckless, and what we are doing is dangerous. We passed a stimulus bill, and it had some good things in it, but once again, we were spending money that we did not have.” (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave John Duncan a rating of 79 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. John Duncan voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. John Duncan voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. The Most Fiscally Wasteful Congress Ever. 18 June 2009 “We would not be having all these problems if we'd had fiscally conservative Congresses for the last 45 years. Now we seem to have the most fiscally wasteful Congress we have ever had.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Press Release: Duncan Most Frugal in U.S. House. 4 April 2012. “Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) was recognized this week as the number one defender of taxpayers in the U.S. House of Representatives, voting more times than anyone else to reduce federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Duncan Jr. Duncan Praises Release from Education Law. 10 February 2012. “Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) applauded the U.S. Department of Education Friday for releasing Tennessee from the No Child Left Behind law, saying the move will free East Tennessee teachers from an unnecessary, burdensome, and ineffective federal mandate. 'This law was a tremendous over-reach by the federal government to address failed school systems in some of our Nation's biggest cities, and it was definitely not needed in the schools of East Tennessee,' Duncan said.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Letter to Secretary Duncan. 29 July 2011. “We request that you review Tennessee's waiver request in an expedited manner, especially as the 2011-2012 school year rapidly approaches and decisions about the future of Tennessee schools cannot wait. We share your concern about the need and opportunity for Washington to support state-led innovation, rather than present a barrier or seek to codify a single 'right' answer for education reform, and hope that you will consider Tennessee's waiver request in that light.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Tennessee Awarded $500 Million in Education Funding. 29 March 2010. “Tennessee’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives expressed support and congratulations following the Department of Education’s announcement that Tennessee has been selected as a winner of the Race to the Top funding program.” (duncan.house.gov)
  • John Duncan. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. John Duncan voted Nay on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. John Duncan voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

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  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. John Duncan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). John Duncan voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Newsletter Archive. July 2011. “Hopefully,more people will realize that only a free market, free enterprise system will produce enough money to do good things for the environment.” (duncan.house.gov)
  • John Duncan Jr. Global Warming Alarmists. 30 January 2007. “Actually the Bush administration has spent $25 billion on global warming and climate change research in the last 5 years, far more than any previous administration. Almost all global warming alarmists either work full time for the Federal Government or get Federal funding for their research. They know they are very unlikely to get more Federal money unless they say this problem is terrible and getting worse all the time. There may be some global warming and some of it may be bad. In some places it may be good. However, we need to make sure we solve the problems that exist without destroying our economy, or harming humanity in the process. The worst polluters in the world have been the Socialist and Communist countries. Only free market systems generate the excess funds to do the good things for the environment that all of us want done. Anger and name-calling and biased hearings will not solve any serious or legitimate problems.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Energy Prices. 10 January 2012. “Our economy could and should be booming today and would be were it not for government regulators and environmental radicals. Each year we seem to drift further away from a true free market system, and the people wonder why so many college graduates and others cannot find good jobs.” (duncan.house.gov)
  • John Duncan Jr. Driving Up Prices. 26 June 2009. “Now, those who seem to be the loudest in saying they are for the little guy are about to pass a bill that is going to hurt the little guy most of all. This cap-and-trade bill is going to drive up prices for gas, utilities, and especially costs for small businesses and farms. Businesses in China and India will probably jump for joy because this will give them even greater advantages.” (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Duncan. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. John Duncan voted Nay on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. John Duncan voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 5 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Duncan a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Duncan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. John Duncan voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. John Duncan voted Nay on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Newsletter Archive. August 2007. “Nowhere can this big government bias in favor of big business be seen more clearly than in what has happened to most of our Nation's small gun shops. Somewhere around 80% of these stores have gone out of business or have been forced to close by government rules, regulations, and red tape. […] And I am for harsh sentences for those who use guns to commit violent or serious crimes. But guns have also protected millions of law-abiding citizens and have stopped countless numbers of crimes over the years.” (duncan.house.gov)
  • John Duncan. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. John Duncan voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. John Duncan voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. John Duncan voted Yea on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. John Duncan voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)

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  • John Duncan Jr. Health Summit More Of Same. 26 February 2010. “Putting the federal government even more into health care will almost certainly lead to a rationing of care, all sorts of inefficiencies and waste, and a declining quality of medical care for everyone." . (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. John Duncan voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. The Democrats' Health Care Plan: We Simply Cannot Afford It. 27 October 2009. “Medicare and Medicaid have both cost about 10 times more than was predicted. This new health care plan will also cost many times more than is predicted now. We simply cannot afford it.” . (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Duncan Disappointed by Health Ruling. 28 June 2012. “This is the biggest expansion of federal power I have seen during my time in Congress. I hope we can pass a full repeal or at the least some major reforms in the next Congress.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Duncan Statement On Health Bill Passage. 21 March 2010. "Our health care system is in need of major reform, but the bill being forced through the House today is not the answer. It puts the federal government between people and their doctors, which will only lead to a rationing of care, all sorts of inefficiencies and waste, and a declining quality of medical care for everyone.” . (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Free Enterprise, Free Market Equals Recovery. 10 Jun 2010. “I want to repeat what he said here. This 15-restaurant chain, which is not a giant business, they will have to stop their growth if the health care reform bill goes fully into effect as it is now written.” . (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Health Care Reform. 16 March 2010. “Because Tennessee already covers more than most States, our Democratic Governor, nonetheless, said it would cost out State from $750 million up to $3 billion more. Most States are in far worse shape than Tennessee or Arizona, yet much of this bill is paid for by forcing millions more onto State and Medicaid rolls. […] Madam Speaker, even if this program were the greatest thing since sliced bread, the fact is that we simply cannot afford it.” (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

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  • John Duncan Jr. Duncan Reacts to Breakdown of Senate Immigration Talks. 28 June 2009. "I am strongly opposed to illegal immigration and to amnesty for those who have come here illegally. Thus, I am pleased that the Senate has failed to pass a bill to which almost 80% of the American people were opposed or with which they had problems.” (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed John Duncan in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. John Duncan voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. John Duncan voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Congress Must Address Immigration and Border Security. 31 March 2006. “Almost everyone agrees that there is a problem in this Country with illegal immigration, and I am amazed that some people think that rewarding that behavior with amnesty would cause less of a problem.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. “We already allow several million to immigrate legally into this country each year and have done so at this level for many years. We allow far more immigration than any other country. We do not need an increase in immigration. We need to enforce our laws and secure our borders, and we have given mega billions to immigration and border officials to help them do their jobs. Actually, local law enforcement could probably do a better job for half the money.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. “Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed John Duncan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 18 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). John Duncan voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. John Duncan voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. John Duncan voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3313, Marriage Protection Act of 2004. 22 July 2004. “This legislation, authored by the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Hostettler), is a reasonable expansion of that legislation limiting the jurisdiction because it is true that many, many people in this country have been upset that unelected judges have assumed so much super-legislative power in this country in recent years. The overwhelming majority of the American people do believe that the only true marriage is that between one adult man and one adult woman. There are other limitations on marriage such as prohibitions against marriages by family members or bigamist marriages, and I think the overwhelming majority of the American people feel that our society, our families, and especially our children would be better off if we defined marriage, the only true marriage, legal marriage, as that of being between one man and one woman […] Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a man who was one of the most respected Members of the Senate, a Senator from the other party, said several years ago that we have been, unfortunately, defining deviancy down, accepting as a part of life what we once found repugnant. We should stand behind traditional marriage.” (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Duncan. Letter to The Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 21 June 2011. “Our troops have fought bravely, and now fewer than 100 Al Qaeda operatives are estimated to remain in Afghanistan. The recent killing of Osama bin Laden, for which you and members of our military and intelligence communities should be commended, is the capstone of that initial mission. International terrorist networks remain a grave threat to the United States, as Al Qaeda affiliates now have a significant presence in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan. But maintaining anywhere near 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is not an effective means of combating a global and decentralized enemy.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Letter to President Obama. 9 May 2011. “Sunday's events in Pakistan underscore the need for an emphasis on intelligence gathering and highly mobile Special Forces units. We can no longer fight this war by the old rules. This battle requires a nimble and agile force with a capacity for rapid response anywhere in the world. It requires integration and cooperation between intelligence-gathering entities. The CIA, NSA, NGIA and JSOC's new Targeting and Analysis Center were all instrumental in finding and tracking Osama bin Laden. Such operations can transform the way intelligence is gathered, analyzed, and acted upon.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan. Issue Position: Homeland Security and Defense. 1 January 2011. “Despite the fact that you are hundreds of times more likely to be killed in a car wreck or even struck by lightening than killed by an act of terrorism, we keep increasing spending on homeland security far beyond any sensible levels. We cannot make this country 100% safe even if we spent the entire federal budget on security […] Actually, we could spend far less on homeland security and have a far safer nation if we would just adopt a more neutral, non-interventionist foreign policy all over the world, but especially in the Middle East.” (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "John Duncan supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 10 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • John Duncan Jr. Amplify: Debt to Reach WW II Level by Year’s End. 17 January 2012. “The sad thing is, our National debt is so huge that no one can even really comprehend the number. $13 trillion is incalculable to most, but when you factor in future unfunded mandates like Social Security and Medicare, our debt soars to more than $50 trillion. That amount would be well over 250k for every taxpayer. It will not be too much longer before we can not provide any of the things we have promised our own people.” (congressmanduncan.amplify.com)

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