Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

SOUTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

WILSON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUS TOUR SCHEDULE

2014/08/21

WILSON ANNOUNCES ANNUAL BUS TOUR SCHEDULE  (WASHINGTON) – On Monday, August 25, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will embark on his annual district Bus Tour.  Congressman Wilson will travel throughout South Carolina's Second Congressional District to visit with constituents, discuss their concerns, and share news of his efforts in Congress. NOTE: Not all stops are media accessible.  Any media wishing to attend should contact Caroline Delleney with Congressman Wilson’s office at (202) 812-1426.   Monday, August 25th, 2014 Lexington County 7:30AM – West Metro Chamber Breakfast - 1006 12th St., Cayce 8:45AM – Tour of SCE&G – 220 Operation Way, Cayce 10:30AM – Visit to Carolina Springs Middle School - 6180 Platt Springs Road, Lexington 12:00PM – Lunch at Shealy’s Bar-B-Que – 340 East Columbia Avenue, Leesville 1:30PM – Tour of Michelin Tire Corporation – 2400 Two Notch Road, Lexington 3:15PM – Visit with Chapin High School - 300 Columbia Ave, Chapin 4:30PM – Meet and Greet at the Irmo Chamber of Commerce – 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 Richland County 7:30AM – Breakfast with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce - Fort Jackson Drill Instructor School, 9574 Marion Ave, Fort Jackson, Columbia 9:00AM – Tour of Koyo Bearing Plant - 1006 Northpoint Blvd., Blythewood 10:20AM – Visit to Blythewood Pharmacy – 420-B McNulty Road, Blythewood 11:00AM – Tour of the SC Department of Motor Vehicles – 10311 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood 12:00PM – Military Officers Association of America (MOAA): Columbia Chapter Luncheon – Fort Jackson Officers Club, 3630 Semmes Road, Fort Jackson, Columbia 1:50PM – Visit to AC Flora High School – 1 Falcon Drive, Columbia 3:05PM – Visit with the Columbia Fire Department – 2847 Devine Street, Columbia 4:00PM – Tour the University of South Carolina’s Office of Economic Engagement – Horizon Building, 541 Main Street, Columbia Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 Aiken County 7:15AM – North Augusta AM Connections Breakfast – North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Avenue, North Augusta 9:00AM – Halocarbon Products Corporation – 1100 Dittman Court, North Augusta 10:15AM – Tour of Aiken Technical College – 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville 11:30AM – Tour of Aiken Regional Medical Center – 302 University Parkway, Aiken 12:45PM – Visit to Millbrook Elementary School – 255 E Pine Log Road, Aiken 2:10PM – Visit with The Mill on Park – 237 Park Ave SW, Aiken 3:15PM – Tour of She’s Fit – 110 Park Avenue SW, Aiken 3:45PM – Savannah River Site Roundtable – Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., 2790 Wagener Road, Aiken Thursday, August 28th, 2014 Barnwell County 8:30AM – Tour of Unitech Service Group – 178 Aldo Drive, Barnwell 10:00AM – Tour of Dixie-Narco – 3330 Dixie-Narco Blvd., Williston *Additional Orangeburg County stop will be announced later.   Read More

Wilson Statement on VA Access and Accountability Bill

2014/07/30

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that begins to address the problems facing our veterans at the VA. This piece of legislation allows veterans to seek private care if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility, or are unable to get an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. It also makes it easier to fire or demote senior VA managers who are not doing their jobs. “Our veterans have experienced the unthinkable at VA hospitals across this Nation because of the Administration’s mismanagement and corruption.  I am very pleased that House Republicans and Senate Democrats have come together to address this very important issue.  Giving veterans access to private care and promoting accountability are two necessary steps that will put us on the path to ensuring our veterans receive the health care they have earned and deserve.  “My good friend and colleague House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller should be given tremendous credit for working in a bipartisan fashion.  Although today’s bill is not perfect, I am proud to support it.  Washington politics should not prohibit progress on an issue that has led to preventable deaths of the very heroes who risked their lives to keep American families safe.” Read More

Wilson Statement on Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

2014/07/30

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today in response to Boeing’s announcement that the company will be building the 787-10 Dreamliner in South Carolina. "Today's announcement is exciting news for our economy and jobs in the Palmetto State. Boeing continues to bring business to South Carolina primarily because of our successful right-to-work laws.  The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is one-of-a kind and the first to be solely built in a nonunion factory.   "Boeing’s decision to expand is tremendously significant for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District as it will create jobs at Zeus Industrial Products, LLC in Orangeburg for tubing, Prysmian Group in Lexington for cable, AGY in Aiken for cabin interiors, and Thermal Engineering Corporation in Columbia for composite exterior painting.  I look forward to watching production of this superior aircraft and am thankful for Boeing's continued investment in South Carolina.” Read More

Wilson Statement on the Passing of Earl Brown

2014/07/24

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement upon the passing of Earl F. Brown, the former Deputy District Director for South Carolina's Second Congressional District.  Earl worked in the Midlands Office for eleven years representing Congressman Wilson throughout the community. "I was advised this morning by Attorney General Alan Wilson of the passing last night of Earl F. Brown, the former Deputy Director of the Second Congressional District. This is a time to recognize an appreciated Patriot of our State. From his Army service, his Columbia Rotary Club dedication, to rising to being Director of the Human Affairs Commission to the Congressional Office, Earl was driven by his love of people. His loss is personal to the Wilson Family where four generations have affectionately identified him as 'Uncle Earl', a tradition that started with the births of our four grandchildren at Lexington Medical Center as Earl was always the first visitor bringing flowers. Our sympathy to his daughter Kim, son Felton, and his beloved church family at Brookland Baptist Church," Congressman Wilson stated. Read More

Augusta Chronicle: Good things come in threes

2014/07/23

The $34 billion Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that passed the House recently is by no means perfect legislation. But there are many important aspects of the bill to cheer about, not least the funding to continue the MOX project at Savannah River Site. The bipartisan spending package allots $345 million to continue construction for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility for the 2015 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. This temporarily would reverse the Obama administration’s plan to put the MOX facility on “cold standby” – a bureaucratic euphemism for termination. The White House plan to shutter the 60-percent-complete project would cost the region about 1,800 jobs and force the Department of Energy to explore other options to dispose of Cold War-era plutonium. The MOX option turns the plutonium into power-plant fuel as part of a nuclear nonproliferation agreement with Russia. “I am grateful that we were able to provide MOX with the additional resources to move forward with its completion, which is necessary to fulfill our international nonproliferation agreements,” Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said after the bill’s approval. But the MOX lifeline is hardly a done deal. A Senate version of the bill, which sets MOX funding at $400 million, has ground to a halt, along with the rest of the appropriations process, amid squabbling over amendments. And the White House – already incensed by riders to the bill limiting federal agencies’ environmental regulatory powers – has pledged a veto, saying MOX funding “prevents the development of lower-cost technologies for disposal of excess plutonium.” That statement is plain false. Even if you were to believe the nebulous $31 billion “life-cycle” cost estimate Obama bureaucrats attach to MOX – which we don’t, and you shouldn’t – completing the project still is cheaper than three of the four Energy Department-proposed alternatives. The price tag of the fourth DOE option is unknown. MOX advocates, including contractor Shaw AREVA MOX Services, say total costs are closer to $17 billion. Only a federal bureaucrat could find wisdom in halting a project more than halfway complete to start over from scratch on one of four alternatives that is likely to end up costing more. We see Obama’s plan to shutter the MOX facility for what it is – a blatantly partisan attempt to punish a conservative region. There’s nothing “wrong” with the technology, the facility or the contractor. The MOX project just happens to be in a red state. House lawmakers also wisely decided to keep the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository alive by allocating $55 million to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to “support continued adjudication” of the facility’s licensing application. Like MOX, Yucca Mountain already has billions of taxpayer dollars invested in it. And, like MOX, the Obama administration zeroed out Yucca Mountain for political reasons. Without the deep-geologic repository in Nevada, the nation’s high-level nuclear waste – including waste stored at SRS – will remain in dangerous limbo, scattered across the country. The Energy and Water bill also contains a provision that seeks to end further delays to the deepening of the Port of Savannah’s busy shipping channel, a long-awaited, $706 million project for which Georgia already has ponied up its 40 percent share of $266 million. The bill contains a clause added by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican and member of the House Appropriations Committee, that allocates $1.5 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize an agreement to start construction using mostly state money. If it fails to do so by Oct. 1, the Corps would have to make weekly progress reports to Congress on the project. The clause is prudently crafted to keep the Obama administration accountable. As we stated earlier, this bill is not perfect. It’s only $50 million below the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2014. A little more fiscal conservatism out of a Republican-controlled House would have been appreciated. But this bill absolutely should become law. The funding for MOX diversifies the SRS mission; Yucca Mountain means safer nuclear waste storage; and a deepened Savannah harbor would boost its importance as an international industrial seaport. It’s an important triple benefit for Georgia and South Carolina. Read More

Wilson: Israel has the absolute and sovereign right to defend herself

2014/07/18

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today in response to ongoing attacks against Israel. “Yesterday, we saw Hamas break a cease-fire that they had agreed to and indiscriminately fire over 1,500 rockets at Israel.  Israel has the absolute and sovereign right to defend herself from Hamas aggression. As tension continues to escalate, I am confident Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make the necessary decisions to protect the Israeli people. Hamas rocket and mortar attacks must not be tolerated, especially as these terrorists are using Palestinians as human shields.  Unfortunately, Hamas continues to invest in rockets and other tools of terror rather than investing in the Palestinian people and establishing a functional government that is capable of governing and helping the people.  The United States must stand by our greatest Ally and should not support any organization or country that attempts her death,” Congressman Joe Wilson stated. Read More

House committee approves MOX funding

2014/07/15

A United States House appropriations committee passed a bill Thursday that, if adopted, would provide $345 million for construction of the Savannah River Site’s MOX facility. The Energy and Water Appropriations bill has been debated this week, with members of the committee offering up various amendments. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., wrote that the passage of the bill ensures the safety of the missions at the Savannah River Site.The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility program made it through the amendment process with the funding request still intact. The $345 million is $149 million more than what appeared in President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request. Obama’s budget request seeks to place the program in a cold stand-by. “I am grateful that we were able to provide MOX with the additional resources to move forward with its completion, which is necessary to fulfill our international nonproliferation agreements,” Wilson wrote. Next, the bill will be taken up in the Senate and will eventually have to be approved by Congress before it makes it to the president’s desk for a signature. The House’s approval of the bill comes a day after the White House’s Office on Management and Budget released a statement objecting to the entire bill, including the funding scope for MOX. “The (Obama) Administration strongly objects to language that would require the Secretary of Energy to continue construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility,” officials wrote in a statement dated July 9. The MOX program is part of a nonproliferation agreement with Russia to dispose of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium. Naysayers of the program have said it is unsustainable, citing a Department of Energy study in April that priced the entire program at more than $30 billion. Advocates of the program, including AREVA – a partner of the MOX contractor – said the cost is closer to $17 billion. Currently, the National Nuclear Security Administration is working with the contractor, Shaw AREVA MOX Services, on a plan to place the program in a cold stand-by at the start of the fiscal year 2015 beginning Oct. 1. Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. Read More

Wilson Votes to Support Savannah River Site and MOX Project

2014/07/11

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the FY15 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This piece of legislation is very important to South Carolina, as it will provide resources for the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken and Barnwell counties.  “The passage of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill ensures that our vital national security and environmental missions at the Savannah River Site remain intact. I am grateful that we were able to provide MOX with the additional resources to move forward with its completion, which is necessary to fulfill our international nonproliferation agreements. The people of Aiken and Barnwell counties deserve consistency.  For far too long, Washington’s budget battles have spilled into the homes of dedicated Site workers because the President and Senate Democrats prioritize unnecessary spending over our national security needs.  As the Senate begins to consider its version of this bill, I remain committed to working with Senator Lindsay Graham and Senator Tim Scott to ensure that the Savannah River Site receives the appropriate resources to carry out all of its missions,” Congressman Joe Wilson stated. While the House debated this bill, Congressman Wilson delivered a speech on the House floor in support of the MOX project, along with Congressman Jack Kingston. The purpose of the speech was to speak in favor of MOX because the project was threatened by a damaging amendment that was later withdrawn. To view the speech, please click here. Read More

Wilson Statement on Acting Secretary's Visit to VA Facilities

2014/07/09

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement in response to Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson’s visit to Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. “Although I have faith in the local administrations at both facilities, our veterans are facing significant challenges when seeking medical care,” stated Congressman Joe Wilson.  “I am very grateful that the Administration is finally making progress to address the inexcusable mismanagement that has plagued our system for years. As the former President and CEO of the United Services Organizations (USO), Acting Secretary Gibson has the experience and credentials to make a difference and restore accountability with our veterans.  Moving forward, I will continue to closely monitor the situations at Dorn and Charlie Norwood VA hospitals to ensure those who have fought for our freedom receive the health care services they deserve and have earned.” ***Congressman Wilson is committed to ensuring our veterans are receiving the care they have earned and deserve.  To achieve this goal, the office has created a website: www.joewilson.house.gov/shareyourVAstory where constituents can write in and share how they or someone they know has been impacted by the VA’s mismanagement. Please feel free to share this information with your audience.*** “I urge constituents to continue sharing their stories as the input is vital to correcting problems within the system,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. Read More

Wilson Statement on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

2014/06/30

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued a decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case. “Religious liberty is a precious constitutional freedom,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. “Today’s Supreme Court decision protects this right from the Administration’s deliberate attempts to restrict it. Businesses should always possess the authority to exercise its beliefs without fear from the government. “President Obama and his Administration continue to expand the size of government, so much so that it is trampling upon our freedoms.  Obamacare continues to hurt families and denies American families the ability to make their own healthcare decisions. Evidence proves with the VA scandal’s waiting lists, delay of services, and possible preventable deaths that big government does not work.  The only way forward is to repeal and replace Obamacare with a common sense, patient-centered solution.” Read More

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From his involvement as a Teenage Republican at the High School of Charleston in 1962 to his current work in Congress, Congressman Joe Wilson has led a life dedicated to public service.

Addison (Joe) Graves Wilson was born on July 31, 1947, in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from the High School of Charleston, he received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and completed his law degree at the University of South Carolina. A real estate attorney by trade, Joe was a founding partner of the West Columbia law firm Kirkland, Wilson, Moore, Taylor & Thomas.

His career in public service officially began when he served on the staffs of South Carolina legends Senator Strom Thurmond and Congressman Floyd Spence. As part of the visionary Ronald Reagan administration, Joe was Deputy General Counsel to the United States Department of Energy Secretary and former South Carolina Governor, Jim Edwards.

Throughout his life, Joe has also had a tremendous passion to serve his country as a member of the United States Armed Forces. After serving in the United States Army Reserves from 1972-1975, he also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. In the summer of 2003, Joe retired as a Colonel, having served as a Staff Judge Advocate assigned to the 218th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. At the time, he was the only active Guard member serving in Congress.

Before being elected to the United States Congress in 2001, Joe served seventeen years, with perfect attendance, in the South Carolina State Senate where he was elected Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, the first Republican Chairman since Reconstruction.

Today, Joe serves on the House Armed Services Committee – where he is honored to be the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel – the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was appointed by the Republican Leader to the highly influential Republican Policy Committee and works as an Assistant Republican Whip. He is Co-Chair of the Composites Caucus, the Bulgaria Caucus, the Kurdistan Caucus, and the Americans Abroad Caucus. He has also serves on the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

While serving the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, Joe is committed to promoting peace through a strong national defense, decreasing taxes for all Americans, and limiting the size of the federal government.

Joe is married to Roxanne Dusenbury McCrory Wilson, who continues to offer him strength and support in his every endeavor. They are the parents of four sons, all of whom serve in the U.S. military, and the proud grandparents of four boys and three girls. Alan, his oldest son, is a Major in the Army National Guard who proudly served for a year in Iraq; Addison is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a physician who served a tour of duty in Iraq; Julian is a Captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard who served on a peacekeeping tour in Egypt; and Hunter is a Second Lieutenant in the South Carolina Army National Guard who recently graduated from the Engineer Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO in September 2012. Their four sons are all Eagle Scouts.


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