Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson


Wilson Votes to Support Troops, Veterans, Military Families


Watch Rep. Wilson’s floor remarks on this year’s NDAA.


Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“This year’s NDAA is bold—a bill that puts readiness first, provides a pay raise for our troops, and fully funds the fight against Islamist terrorists, like ISIL and al Qaeda. In a time when Americans are facing more threats than ever before, the NDAA aggressively strengthens our national defense capabilities. 

“I am grateful that this legislation funds the critical national security and environmental cleanup missions at the Savannah River Site, including the MOX facility, and supports Fort Jackson and its role as the largest initial entry training facility for the U.S. Army.

“As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, I am especially grateful this bill elevates U.S. Cyber Command to a full, unified combatant command and strengthens SOCOM and our cyber capabilities.”


Watch Rep. Wilson’s floor remarks on this year’s NDAA.


The conferenced version of the NDAA passed the House by a vote of 375 to 34.

The Senate is expected to take up this critical legislation next week.


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Wilson Signs NDAA Conference Report


Joe Wilson (SC-02), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, made the following statement after signing the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017:

“Congress has a duty to provide for the common defense and I am grateful that this Conference Report clearly strengthens our national defense and protects American families. This year’s NDAA aggressively promotes readiness and gives our troops a much needed pay raise as we promote peace through strength.”

Other key provisions in the Conference Report include:

  • Providing $340 million in continued construction for the MOX project at the Savannah River Site
  • Maintaining existing restrictions on closing Guantanamo Bay and transferring terrorists to American soil
  • Provides for a study of the Selective Service
  • Elevates U.S. Cyber Command to a full, unified combatant command
  • Halts troop drawdowns
  • Funds the war against ISIL     
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Wilson Applauds House Passage of Iran Sanctions Bill


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act:

“In the past year, Iran has accelerated its nuclear and conventional weapons program, specifically its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. It has also provided support for Hamas and Hezbollah, terrorist groups that threaten Israel and America. The authoritarian regime still chants, “Death to America, Death to Israel,” and just last week, Iran exceeded its allotment of heavy water in clear violation of the Iran deal.

“Today, I voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, providing long-term extensions to the sanctions on Iran’s nuclear weapons program and their ICBM program. The overwhelming support for this legislation should send a clear message to Tehran—hostile behavior towards the U.S. and our allies will not be tolerated.

“I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan to push back against the dangerous Iran nuclear deal in the next Congress and fully restore sanctions on this dangerous regime.”

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Weekly Republican Address: Rep. Wilson Honors America’s Veterans


WASHINGTON—In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) pays a special tribute to our nation’s veterans, thanking them for their service and discussing House Republican ideas to honor their sacrifices.

The cost of war never leaves a veteran, and it’s our duty to properly honor their dedication,” said Rep. Wilson. “Not only because it’s the right thing to do. It shows young people who raise their hand to serve that we will always take care of them and their families. Republicans are committed to honoring those who served by modernizing the institutions that serve them.”

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Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina

Weekly Republican Address

Columbia, South Carolina

Friday, November 11, 2016

It is fitting that at the end of a long campaign, we take time to honor our nation’s veterans. After all, their dedication affords us the blessings of self-government. A peaceful transition of power is one of our finest democratic traditions, and generation after generation, it is protected by brave men and women. Politicians come and go, but the service of our veterans is an unbroken chain.

In South Carolina, we’re a patriotic state with more than 37,000 active duty members serving our country.  As the grateful son of a World War II flying tiger, a 31-year veteran myself, and as the father of four sons who have served overseas in the South Carolina Army National Guard and [the] Navy, I can personally attest to the truth, that when a loved one goes to war, the entire family does as well.

The stories of our veterans—our heroes—never cease to inspire me. 

But far too often in recent years, the stories we hear are ones of struggle. Many veterans have had a hard time making the transition. They struggle to find steady work. They drive miles to their VA clinic or hospital and fail to get quality care, or any kind of care whatsoever. The system is riddled with delays and mismanagement. 

Sadly, we’ve had veterans die while waiting for care. And just one VA executive has been fired for manipulating wait lists. It’s just tragic, and unacceptable.

The cost of war never leaves a veteran, and it’s our duty to properly honor their dedication. Not only because it’s the right thing to do. It shows young people who raise their hand to serve that we will always take care of them and their families.

Republicans are committed to honoring those who served by modernizing the institutions that serve them. The House has passed a series of reforms to deliver a 21st-century health care system for our veterans.

We have also acted to reform the VA itself. For example, bureaucrats who fail our veterans shouldn’t be given big bonuses; they should be held fully accountable.

We will keep passing reforms, but what the VA truly needs—and what our veterans truly deserve—is a sweeping change of culture at the VA.

Today we recommit ourselves to this work. 

One thing we can all do today—wherever we are—is take time to thank a veteran. Thank them for their service. Thank their families for their commitment. As a military parent, I can’t tell you how much this means. It shows that we do not take our veterans for granted. And it reminds us how truly fortunate we are to live in a free—and grateful—nation. Freedom is not free, as Specialist Thomas Caughman valiantly wrote in his last letter to his family before he gave his life for America in Iraq.

God bless our troops. God bless their families. And God bless the United States of America. 


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Wilson Statement on Director Comey’s Recent Letter


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after following Director Comey’s letter to Congress yesterday:

“The abuse of the FBI is yet another disappointment in the ongoing saga of Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server. I find it difficult to believe that over 600,000 emails could be reviewed in such a short window.

“This double standard and abuse of power is disconcerting for someone who offers herself as a candidate for the highest office in the United States. 

“The Secretary’s use of a private email server to transmit classified data showed a lack of judgment that put American families at risk of attack. Any other person who behaved so recklessly with classified data would have faced severe consequences.” 

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Wilson Votes for the Water Resources Development Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA):

“I am grateful to support the Water Resources Development Act, and was pleased that it passed the House today. This bill includes critical funding for deepening the Port of Charleston. By expanding the port’s ability to accommodate larger vessels, we are supporting the more than 187,000 jobs related to the port.  

“The Second Congressional District is home to hundreds of businesses, large and small, that rely on shipping their products overseas through the Port of Charleston. I urge the President to sign this key legislation swiftly.” 

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Wilson Statement on Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after he voted to override the President’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA):

“The families of innocent Americans who were killed by terrorists deserve the opportunity to seek justice. 

“I am grateful to support JASTA as it holds those who sponsor terrorist attacks on U.S. soil accountable for their actions and will serve as a deterrent to state-sponsors of terrorism. I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Bob Goodlatte that the wording protects American service members.”


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Wilson Introduces Bill to Designate National Medal of Honor Museum


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 6123, to designate a National Medal of Honor Museum:

“Recipients of the Medal of Honor showed courage, bravery, and selflessness when defending our country. They deserve to have their stories told in a dedicated museum where all Americans can pay tribute to their sacrifice and learn of their heroism.

“I look forward to visitors across the nation and around the world to tour Patriots Point soon.”

Read the full text of the bill here.

The legislation is co-sponsored by: Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Mark Sanford, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. Mike Coffman, and Rep. Paul Cook

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Wilson, Cotton Introduce Bill to Deter the President from Bypassing Congress to Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty


Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) today introduced a bill to deter the president from end-running Congress on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The legislation would restrict funding for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission if a United Nations Security Council Resolution is passed committing the United States to refrain from taking any actions that would “defeat the object and purpose” of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

“It appears that President Obama is going to the United Nations Security Council to attempt to bind the United States to the rules of a flawed multilateral treaty that the Senate has already rejected,” said Senator Cotton. "President Obama has already ignored the Constitution and circumvented Congress when he opted to go to the United Nations for approval of his disastrous Iran nuclear deal.  We cannot sit by as he does so again with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  Decisions regarding our ability to deter nuclear war, protect Americans, and stand up for our allies should be left to the United States Congress, not the United Nations.”

“Time and time again President Obama has shown a willingness to ignore the Constitution, bypassing Congress and the American people,” said Congressman Wilson. “Our ability to deter nuclear war is the hallmark of peace through strength. This legislation makes it clear—protecting American families is the job of Congress, not an unaccountable, international body. Nuclear deterrence is the basis for preserving peace.”

Click here to read the full text of the Senate bill. Click here to read the full text of the House bill. 

Background: The “object and purpose” language is contained in Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and has become customary international law guiding international treaty obligations.  A Security Council Resolution, especially a Chapter VII resolution, containing this language could be interpreted as committing the United States to the terms and conditions of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 

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Wilson Speaks to Halt Transfer of Guantanamo Detainees


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor urging the passage of H.R. 5351, to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, legislation that would halt the transfer of any detainee, to any location.

Watch here

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you Congressman Forbes for yielding. I am grateful to be an original co-sponsor of H.R. 5351, prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. While Congress has passed legislation barring Guantanamo detainees from being transferred to the United States, this bill, introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, further protects American families by halting the transfer of any detainee to any location.

During the August recess, the Administration released fifteen dangerous detainees from Guantanamo Bay—the single largest release of prisoners under the current President. And he has plans to release more—20 of the remaining 61 detainees at Guantanamo have already been cleared for release.

The President’s reckless release of detainees in an effort to close Guantanamo puts American service members and families at risk.

In March, the Director of National Intelligence reported that at least 116 detainees, nearly one-third—released from Guantanamo have returned to the battlefield, providing reinforcements to Islamic terrorists, to attack American soldiers.

I appreciate the leadership of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski for sponsoring this legislation, and urge my colleagues to vote in support.”

Watch full remarks here

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9.21.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Tribute to Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01)

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9.20.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Multiple payments to Iran make Administration unreliable

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9.14.16: Ed&Workforce -Juvenile Justice Reform Markup

2016-09-20 14:51:36

9.16.16 This Week With Wilson: Floor Speeches, Committee Hearings, and Constituent Meetings

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9.15.16 - Rep Joe Wilson: Floor Remarks on H.R. 5351

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9.13.16 - Floor Remarks: Rep Wilson Speaks on CTE

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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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