U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) was named Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Thursday, giving the veteran Congressman vast influence over the future of our Nation's transportation infrastructure.
"I am honored to take the gavel of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, and I hope to help make our transportation system much more efficient in that role," Duncan said.
The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit has jurisdiction over the Nation's transportation infrastructure, and Rep. Duncan has served as the Subcommittee's Ranking Republican since 2007.
"We waste billions of dollars and millions of man hours because of traffic congestion in this Country. We need to do more with less and streamline our approach to transportation problems," Duncan continued.
"We are taking on average three times as long as any other developed nation to complete these types of transportation projects. We can do better."
The Highways and Transit Subcommittee is responsible for crafting the multi-billion dollar Highway Bill every five years, which is the measure that funds highway projects all across the U.S.
Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Congressman Duncan in his Capitol Hill office to speak about the Nation's transportation infrastructure.
Rep. Duncan has served on the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since he was first elected to Congress in 1988, and he is the former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Water Resources.