WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after introducing H. Res. 662, which recognizes Israel’s sovereignty to choose its own capital, reaffirms the relationship between the United States and Israel, recognizes that Israel is the United States’ strongest ally in the Middle East, and reiterates that the U.S. Congress strongly opposes the United Nations General Assembly’s anti-Israel actions.
“America’s bond with Israel is unique, and its strength is the foundation of American leadership in the Middle East. The president’s recent announcement that our embassy will be located in Jerusalem strengthens that bond. Recently, we have seen the United Nations General Assembly pass six anti-Israel resolutions. This is wrong. Israel has not only been our long-standing ally, but also is our strongest ally in the Middle East.
“When we see the United Nations and members of the international community target Israel, bullying a country that is surrounded by those who would do it harm, we’re going to – in the courageous words of Ambassador Nikki Haley – call them out. The people of Israel should know we have their back.
“I am grateful for the leadership of President Donald Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley, who have restored American leadership on the world’s stage by renewing our commitment to peace through strength, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to recognize Israel as America’s strongest ally in the Middle East and condemn the anti-Israeli defamation that has defined the United Nations in recent years.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson today introduced the Ensuring Diplomats Safety Act. The bill requires the Secretary of State of the United States to remove all diplomatic personnel from Cuba until federal investigations into the harmful attacks on U.S. Foreign Service Officers are complete.
The congressman’s bill was introduced after the Associated Press reported this week that: “Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage.” (The Associated Press, 12/6/2017)
“We must be able to ensure the safety of our men and women representing the nation overseas,” said Congressman Wilson, a senior member of House Foreign Affairs. “In light of the health issues experienced by Americans in Havana, we should consider bringing home all U.S. diplomatic staff from Cuba until we know who committed these attacks and can ensure their safety.”
At least 20 diplomatic staff from the U.S. Embassy in Havana, and their families, reported a variety of injuries while working and living in Havana. The injuries sustained ranged from hearing loss to cognitive to balance issues and resulted in the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from the embassy and island. Investigators have suggested that these injuries resulted from the use of sonic-based weaponry throughout the U.S. diplomatic staff’s time working at the embassy and staying in a hotel.
In October, Congressman Wilson asked the U.S. State Department to investigate attacks on diplomats in Havana in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"In light of these serious attacks on U.S. embassy staff, we urge the State Department to immediately investigate the incidents and figure out what is going on in Havana," he wrote.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and locate its embassy in the city:
“America’s bond with Israel is unique, and its strength is the foundation of American leadership in the Middle East. The president’s announcement that our embassy will be located in Jerusalem strengthens that bond, and I am grateful to see him honor another one of his campaign commitments. The people of Israel know they have an ally in the White House.”
WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement after North Korea’s nuclear missile test and the emergency Security Council meeting:
“North Korea’s latest nuclear missile test was its most provocative to date, putting all American families at risk, and it’s more important than ever that North Korea’s neighbors take the reckless regime’s continual escalation of nuclear threats as seriously as we do. Ambassador Nikki Haley was absolutely right when she urged China – and its President Xi Jingping – to do more to stop North Korea from pushing the world closer to nuclear war. I support Ambassador Haley and President Donald Trump’s national security team, all of whom know that peace through strength is what it takes to keep American families safe, and I join them in calling for China to cut off oil from North Korea.”
Today, Congressman Wilson delivered a One Minute Speech on the House floor praising U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for her stern warning to North Korea.Read More
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson joined Speaker Paul Ryan and other members to celebrate enrollment of the National Defense Authorization Act as the speaker sent the bill to the White House for the president’s signature.
Congressman Wilson said:
“I was grateful to serve as one of Speaker Paul Ryan’s conferees, and I strongly support the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill is good for South Carolina. We are a proud military state. Vital military and national security investments were included in the NDAA, such as funds for Fort Jackson and the Savannah River Site, including the continued construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility. Finally, I am grateful for the bill’s permanent extension of the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance under the Survivor Benefit Plan. My predecessor, the late Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Floyd Spence, championed this kind of relief for our military families, and I have continued that fight because our military personnel risk their lives to defend our nation and they should be able to trust that the benefits they designate for their spouses and families will always be there.”
WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism:
"President Trump is exactly right.
"North Korea – a regime that has threatened to strike the United States with nuclear weapons, tortured and murdered an American citizen and conducted assassinations inside of other countries – belongs on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
"I thank the president for demonstrating once again that strong and decisive leadership on the world's stage is what it takes to keep American families safe."
As President Donald Trump addressed the South Korean National Assembly in Seoul two weeks ago, Congressman Joe Wilson introduced House Resolution 612 that recognizes the critical relationship that the United States and South Korea have forged since the formation of the Republic of Korea in 1948. The resolution reaffirms U.S. support for South Korean forces and reiterates that the U.S. presence in South Korea should not be discussed in any potential negotiation with North Korea.
Earlier this year and prior to University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier’s death, Congressman Wilson and Congressmen Adam Schiff introduced the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act, which would ban tourist travel to North Korea. Read about the bill Congressman Wilson and Congressman Schiff introduced here.
Congressman Wilson recently led a delegation of House colleagues to South Korea. He has also visited North Korea.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson today released the following statement after House passage of the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act:”
“It’s been more than a generation since Congress passed meaningful tax reform. After months of talking about tax cuts this year, the American people wanted to see members of Congress take action. That’s exactly what Republicans have done. The ‘Tax Cuts & Jobs Act’ makes the tax code simpler and fairer, allows hardworking taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn and gives small businesses more room to grow and create jobs. When taxes are low, businesses thrive, and jobs are created in the Reagan tradition. I am grateful for the leadership of Speaker Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, and I look forward to working with them, in addition to President Donald Trump, on delivering meaningful tax relief to the American people. They deserve it.”
Additional information about what the "Tax Cuts & Jobs Act" means for the second congressional district is available here.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement after House passage of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act conference report:
“As Chairman of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and one of Speaker Ryan’s conferees, I strongly support the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act and celebrate House passage of the conference report.
“The defense bill represents a huge win for South Carolina, one of the nation’s proudest military states, because it authorizes funding for vital military and national security investments such as the Savannah River Site, including the continued construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.
“The report also includes my bill, H.R. 903, that prohibits funding the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, an unnecessary organization that prepares for the entry into a treaty that was never ratified by Congress, in turn saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”
“Finally, I am grateful for the bill’s permanent extension of the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance, under the Survivor Benefit Plan, that finally does away with the widow’s tax. Our military personnel, so many of whom call South Carolina home, risk their lives to defend our nation, and they should be able to trust that the benefits they designate for their spouses and families will always be there.”
Congressman Wilson delivered remarks regarding the FY18 NDAA conference report on the House floor on Tuesday afternoon.
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WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after signing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act conference report:
“The defense bill funds our military and vital national security projects, ensures our men and women in uniform have the equipment they need to win the Global War on Terrorism and represents a huge win for South Carolina.
“South Carolina is one of our nation’s proudest military states. We celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces – from Fort Jackson in the district to Parris Island near Beaufort - who sacrifice every day to keep us safe. They deserve our full support – and in this bill, they have it.
“I am particularly grateful that it permanently extends the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance under the Survivor Benefit Plan. Military families now have permanent relief from the widow’s tax after fighting to repeal it for many years – a cause championed by the late Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Floyd Spence (R-S.C.). Our military personnel risk their lives to defend our nation, and they should be able to trust that the benefits they designate for their spouses and families will be there.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan named Congressman Wilson to serve on the House-Senate conference committee for the 2018 NDAA last month. Conferees worked together to resolve differences between House and Senate-passed versions of a bill that funds the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the United States.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson, Congressman Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1) today introduced H.R. 4327 the Current Employee Representation Act. This legislation would allow workers to petition for a union certification election when fewer than 50% of current employees were members during the last election.
“I am grateful for the chance to join my colleagues Congressman Francis Rooney and Congressman Bradley Byrne in introducing the Current Employee Representation Act,” said Congressman Wilson. “We know that our businesses flourish and the economy grows when employees are empowered and unions are accountable to those who join the workforce.”
Many current employees are locked into old and outdated union contracts, approved long before they were hired. All employees deserve a voice that is reflective of today’s workplace. This legislation would allow employees to decertify and represent themselves if they deem the union unnecessary.
Congressman Rooney said: “The Current Employee Representation Act will provide union members more representation, as their views may differ from decisions made decades ago especially in the rapidly modernizing workforce of today. This legislation also gives union employees more power to be heard and hold the higher-up decision makers within unions more accountable to the rank and file.”
Congressman Byrne stated: “The needs and realities of the 21st Century workforce are a lot different from what workers faced decades in the past. With the Current Employee Representation Act, we can ensure workers are able to fully and effectively advocate for their needs. I applaud Congressman Rooney for his work on this pro-worker legislation, and I look forward to continue advocating for policies that benefit the hardworking men and women in America.”
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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.
Today I was grateful to introduce a resolution that reaffirms the relationship between the United States and Israel… https://t.co/GeGyGsd90E