TENNESSEE CONGRESSMAN FILES BILL FOR DISCLOSURE OF FUNDING TO PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) It is not every day that one's congressman submits a bill which would impact the libraries of the presidents of the United States, but JFK+50's representative, John J. Duncan, Jr.* did so this past week.
John J. "Jimmy" Duncan, Jr.
Member of Congress (R)
Tennessee's 2nd District
In fact, Congressman Duncan, a Republican, has filed the same legislation to require contributions to presidential libraries to be made public in 2002, 2007 & 2009.
Each time, the bill has passed the House but failed to come up for consideration in the Senate.
Mr. Duncan, who has served in Congress since 1988, says that "this is not a partisan issue." He has sponsored the legislation under presidential administrations of both parties.
According to the newly proposed bill, co-sponsored by Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland, all future contributions to presidential libraries of more than $200 would have to be disclosed.
Congressman Duncan says as it now stands there is "no limit on the contribution amount" & "when there is no requirement for disclosing the donor or the amounts being donated, there is great potential for abuse."
"Duncan: Disclosure funding for presidential libraries," by Michael Collins, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, March 15, 2013.
*John J. Duncan, Jr. was born in Lebanon, Tennessee. His father was mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee during the Kennedy years (1959-1964) & served as 2nd District Congressman from 1964-1988.
Jimmy Duncan (aka JJ Duncan,Jr) graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1969 & earned his law degree at George Washington University.
The Congressman took a stand against his party by voting against the Iraq War & also against a 2006 House declaration in support of the war.
Congressman Duncan & his Dad have been our friends as well as our representatives in Congress over many years.
Jimmy's father greeted my wife & myself in his office in Washington in 1972 & took us for lunch at the Capitol.
Congressman JJ Duncan, Sr.
Beverly & John White
United States Capitol (1972)
Jimmy was a classmate of mine at the University of Tennessee & I had the pleasure of teaching Jimmy's daughter in my history class at Carter High School & her dad made a visit to my classroom & gave a speech to my students. Tennessee's Second District has been blessed to be represented so well by the Duncan family.
You Tube Video