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Wilson Introduces Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after reintroducing the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act:

“For too long, the Survivor Benefit Plan – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation offset has been an unfair penalty that cuts earned benefits to military survivors. Our nation’s military personnel risk their lives to defend our nation and our freedoms—they should be able to trust that the benefits they designate for their spouses and families will provide for them. 

“Congress has considered a repeal of the Survivor Benefit Plan offset for over 12 years in six separate bills—it is past time that we address this discrepancy. Families of our fallen heroes are counting on us.”

Congressman Joe Wilson is Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and is a past chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

The Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act would eliminate the “Widow’s tax,” a current policy that requires the surviving spouses of members killed in the line of duty or from a service-connected cause to forfeit the Survivor Benefit Pension annuity. Current policy allows for up to $1000 per month to be off-set from a surviving spouse’s pay—a substantial burden for many military families which could be up to a $12,000 annual reduction of deserved benefits.   

Read the legislation here. 

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Co-Chairs Wilson and Meeks Announce EU Caucus for 115th Congress


Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Ranking Member of the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Congressional European Union (EU) Caucus for the 115th Congress.

Reps. Wilson and Meeks will serve as co-chairs and to this date, they count fifteen other United States Representatives as members of the caucus. Regarding the introduction of the EU caucus, the co-chairs Wilson and Meeks released the following joint statement:

“We are grateful to co-chair the Bipartisan Congressional European Union (EU) Caucus during the 115th Congress.

“The European Union plays a significant role in safeguarding and promoting our shared values of freedom and democracy across Europe and around the world. Our shared aspiration for enduring European peace and prosperity is undoubtedly in the interests of the United States and our European friends, creating jobs.

“We thank the other Members for joining us on this bipartisan caucus and we look forward to working with them to strengthen our partnerships with our allies in the EU, to make the world a safer place, promoting peace through strength.”

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Wilson Introduces Cyberattack Standards Study Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Cyberattack Standards Study Act today, critical legislation that directs the Director of National Intelligence to conduct a study on cyberattack standards of measurement:

“Cyberattacks have the unique ability to penetrate and disrupt personal, business, and government systems—yet there is no clear, unified measurement for assessing their impact across multiple agencies or jurisdictions. Attacks have levels, from nuisance to act of war. 

“Recent cyberattacks have made it clear that we need to bring together the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study to define how to quantify a cyber incident and how to determine an appropriate response.”

Wilson had a previous version of this legislation included as an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act which passed the House of Representatives but was not considered by the Senate.

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Rep. Wilson and Senator Cotton Introduce Legislation on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced legislation today to restrict funding for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization with Senator Tom Cotton (R, AR).

“Today I joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to introduce legislation that would reinforce our Constitutional principles and restore the responsible Bush-era policies on the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty,” Wilson said.  

“Congress never ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, so it is only logical that we should no longer fund the preparatory commission for its implementation. This bill will leave in place only the funding for the international monitoring system aspect of the preparatory commission – which improves our global nuclear detection capability.  Nuclear deterrence is a critical part of protecting American families, and this legislation protects that capability.”

Senator Tom Cotton introduced the companion legislation in the Senate:

“It makes no sense to pay people to advocate for a treaty we’ve rejected. Congressman Wilson and I agree these taxpayer dollars would be far better spent on other ideas, like modernizing our nuclear arsenal,” Senator Cotton said.

Read H.R. 903, to restrict funding for the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization here.

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Wilson Introduces Resolution Condemning North Korea


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced a bipartisan resolution today condemning North Korea’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and calling for the United States to apply all available sanctions:  

“For too long, the dictatorship in North Korea has become emboldened—testing nuclear weapons, but also testing and expanding their ballistic missile capability. Just last month, North Korea announced their plans to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). 
“It is time to stand up to North Korea’s aggression--an ICBM with a nuclear warhead is a direct threat to the United States and our allies, especially South Korea. This resolution is a key first step towards achieving peace through strength.”

Read the legislation here.

The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by: Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06), Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03), Rep. Ted Yoho (FL-03), and Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30).

Tomorrow, Rep. Wilson will discuss his legislation at the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s hearing on Countering the North Korean Threat: New Steps in U.S. Policy.

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Wilson Statement on New Iran Sanctions


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s announcement of new sanctions on Iran:  
“I applaud President Donald Trump’s swift action to hold the regime in Iran accountable for testing another intercontinental ballistic missile on Sunday. Imposing strong sanctions against individuals and businesses makes it clear that the United States will stand with our allies against Iranian aggression.
“This is what peace through strength looks like. 
“I was grateful to work in a bipartisan manner with Seth Moulton to address this issue in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act after Iran tested a ballistic missile that had ‘Israel must be wiped off the Earth’ written in Hebrew on it.”

Wilson condemned the Iranian ballistic missile test earlier this week.

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Wilson Attends National Prayer Breakfast


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after attending the National Prayer Breakfast:

“I was deeply grateful to attend the 65th Annual National Prayer Breakfast. This is a meaningful event that brings Members of Congress and other leaders from around the world to reflect on how our faith shapes our service. I was grateful to be seated with parliamentarians from Algeria, Bosnia, Albania, China, Canada, and Russia.

“The message by Senate Chaplain Barry Black, of South Carolina heritage, and the heartfelt tributes for military families by President Donald Trump should always be cherished. ”

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Wilson and King introduce National Right to Work Legislation


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Congressman Steve King (IA-04) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 785, the National Right to Work Act this morning.  

Rep. Joe Wilson, the original co-sponsor of the legislation, stated:

“As a long-time advocate of South Carolina’s right to work law and the Employee Rights Act, I am grateful to introduce national right to work legislation with my colleague, Congressman Steve King. At least 80 percent of Americans are opposed to forcing employees to pay dues as a condition of their employment, and our bill would protect workers by eliminating the forced-dues clauses in federal statute.

“Right-to-work states, like South Carolina, have seen first-hand that job creation and economic growth comes from expanded freedoms. We need to expand common-sense reforms, like those in the National Right to Work Act to protect American workers and create jobs.”

Rep. Steve King, the sponsor of the legislation, stated:

“Today, around 80% of Americans overwhelmingly believe that every worker and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment,” said King. “Unfortunately when Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, this right was taken away from the people and Americans were forced to pay union dues and abide by the union’s rules just to get or keep a job.

“As early as 1947, Congress tacitly admitted that this concept of ‘monopoly bargaining’ does indeed violate the rights of workers. As a result, they allowed states to ‘opt-out’ if they passed Right to Work laws while making ‘forced unionization’ the default. Twenty-seven states have now done so, effectively mitigating the negative impact of this misguided federal labor law. However, the fact remains that Congress created the problem in the first place, and it is Congress’s responsibility to correct it. The National Right to Work Act will succeed in doing so by simply listening to the majority of American workers by erasing the forced-dues clauses in federal statute -- without adding a single letter to federal law.”

Read the full text of the legislation here.


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Wilson Statement on Selection of Judge Gorsuch to Supreme Court


Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement praising President Trump’s selection of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“Judge Neil Gorsuch is an excellent choice to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and a fitting choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has demonstrated he is committed to interpreting law, not using the Court to make laws.

“I applaud President Donald Trump’s selection. Judge Gorsuch’s extensive credentials and impeccable qualifications should earn bipartisan support. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination swiftly.”

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Wilson Statement on Iran ICBM Test


Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement on Iran’s recent ICBM test:

“On Sunday, the Iranian regime tested another intercontinental ballistic missile in violation of existing U.N. resolutions. This is unacceptable and puts the safety of our allies in the Middle East at risk. Earlier today I met with King Abdullah of Jordan to discuss our shared concern of Iranian aggression, and just yesterday, Israel condemned the testing of the medium-range ballistic missile. 

“Iran is clearly using this as an opportunity to test President Trump and the new Administration. I urge him to take a strong stance against Iran and hold the regime accountable for testing the ICBMs in violation of existing U.N. resolutions. Iranian testing of ICBMs reveals it does not take seriously the naive Iranian Nuclear Deal.” 

Last year, Rep. Wilson introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to require Congress receive information on Iran’s ICBM testing.

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1.13.17 - This Week With Wilson: Floor speeches, new legislation, and a new HASC subcommittee

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1.13.17 - Wilson Speaks on Approving Waiver for General Mattis

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Inauguration 2017

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1.11.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Stand Up for Life

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Welcome to 1436 Longworth House Office Building!

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1.10.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Congratulations Clemson University

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1.9.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Keep Guantanamo Bay Open

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1.6.17 - This Week With Wilson: The First Week of the 115th Congress

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1.4.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Congratulations Speaker Paul Davis Ryan

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My 2017 Legislative Agenda

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Coming in 2017: Congressman Joe Wilson's Legislative Agenda

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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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