Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the President announced a policy change of the United States towards Cuba:
“When the previous Administration restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015, they did nothing but enable the Cuban dictatorship—providing them access to funds to continue their totalitarian regime that jails pro-democracy protestors.
“By repairing the policies of the prior Administration, President Trump is clear—the United States will not promote doing business with a tyrannical regime that props up the dictatorship at the expense of its people. Hard currency does not reach citizens, but is held by the military, intelligence services, and Communist Party hacks.
“The president’s new policy is clear—the United States stands with freedom-loving people around the world and those who support our shared values of free enterprise and democracy.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement on the shooting this morning at the Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game:
“My thoughts and prayers today are with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, staffer Zach Barth, and Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey. I am hopeful that each will make a speedy recovery.
“The shooting this morning was reprehensible, and I am grateful for the bravery of Officer Griner and Officer Bailey. They embodied the courage and selflessness that Capitol Police officers display each and every day. I am also thankful for the Members of Congress and local first responders who treated those wounded after the attack.
“I look forward to attending tomorrow’s Congressional Baseball Game, a remarkable annual event that supports local charities, and is a hallmark of bipartisanism and friendship between all Members of Congress and the Senate. Hatred will not prevail as our democracy overcomes adversity.”
An earlier version of this release incorrectly spelled Officer Griner's name as Krystal.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement following the House passage of the Financial CHOICE Act:
“The House of Representatives took a huge step forward today in undoing the regulatory burdens of Dodd-Frank, a reckless overreach into America’s financial laws, which has destroyed jobs. Dodd-Frank has been harmful for American families—driving up the costs of banking and mortgages, while doing nothing to address taxpayer funded bailouts, unaccountable agencies, or “too big to fail,” as jobs are destroyed.
The Financial CHOICE Act presents a clear path forward for American families by holding Wall Street accountable, increasing transparency in regulatory agencies, and supporting small businesses, which creates jobs. I am especially grateful that the CHOICE Act repeals the Fiduciary Rule, a burdensome 1,000 page regulation that increases costs and limits choices for families saving for retirement.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement praising the Steering Committee’s selection of Congressman Trey Gowdy to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
“Since arriving on Capitol Hill in 2010, Congressman Trey Gowdy has been a dedicated defender of transparency and strong advocate for oversight and reform. With his background as a proven prosecutor, he will make an excellent chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and I commend the Steering Committee on their selection.”Read More
“For too long, the deck has been stacked in favor of union bosses at the expense of workers,” Congressman Wilson said. “One such imbalance, found in the ambush election rule, permits unions to access excessive amounts of personal data about employees and their families before a union election — leaving employees vulnerable to intimidation, threats, and harassment from union organizers. The Employee Privacy Protection Act is an important first step in rolling back the expansive labor regulations of the Obama administration.”
The legislation was referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where Congressman Wilson serves as Vice Chairman.
Yesterday, Rep. Tim Walberg (MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, also introduced the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776) to protect worker freedom by addressing the NLRB’s ambush election rule and micro-union scheme.
House Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx praised the introduction of both pieces of legislation: “Together, these commonsense proposals will protect worker freedom and ensure fair union elections. The decision to join or not join a union is a personal one, and workers deserve time and privacy as they decide what’s best for them. I want to thank Representatives Walberg and Wilson for championing these proposals, which are the latest step in our efforts to restore fairness and balance to federal labor policies.”Read More
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) has been joined by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) to introduce a bill to support a democratic Hungary and reaffirm the long-standing and mutually-beneficial relationship between the United States and Hungary. This resolution condemns Prime Minister Orban’s attempts to stifle any opposition to his rule and consolidate his power in Hungary – an important ally and NATO member.
Prime Minister Orban’s attempts to stifle opposition have included suppressing free speech and assembly, as well as independent thought from universities, civil society groups, and independent think tanks. Law changes and Prime Minister Orban’s remarks have been condemned by the European Union and a number of international organizations including the International Federation for Human Rights, the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights, Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders, and Human Rights Watch.
“Hungary has had a strong history of living their democratic values. Recognition of America’s affection for Hungary is the bust of Hungarian patriot Lajos Kossuth, erected in the U.S. Capitol Building, along with Americans always remembering the bravery of Hungarians in the 1956 Revolution beginning the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Empire,” said Congressman Wilson. “It is increasingly disheartening and concerning that Hungary is progressing to a rigid, authoritarian society—one that restricts individual rights and freedoms cherished by all democratic nations. I am grateful to join my colleagues Congressman Seth Moulton, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, and Congressman Gregory Meeks in condemning the government of Hungary’s progression to a less free society and standing up for democracy in Eastern Europe and around the world.”
“I am proud to have bipartisan support for this resolution,” said Congressman Moulton. “As a member of NATO and important ally, I am concerned about the continued trend towards undemocratic practices in Hungary. I am proud to count 1,500,000 Hungarian-Americans as strong contributors to the economic vibrancy of the US, as well as the social, cultural, and political fabric of our country. This resolution condemns Hungary’s current movement to a less free and democratic society, and urges Hungary’s leadership to reverse laws and policies that curtail individual rights and basic freedoms.”
“As Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and Co-Chair of the EU Caucus, I am dedicated to the U.S.-Hungary relationship and working to address mutual challenges faced by our democracies,” said Congressman Meeks. “This resolution reflects our commitment to encouraging Hungary to remain committed to the democratic standards of the transatlantic project. I look forward to further engagement on these issues.”Read More
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressmen Adam Schiff (CA-28) and Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act, which would require the Treasury Department to issue regulations requiring a license for transactions related to travel to, from, and within North Korea by American citizens. It also provides that no licenses may be issued for tourist travel.
"Tourist travel to North Korea does nothing but provide funds to a tyrannical regime—that will in turn be used to develop weapons to threaten the United States and our allies, as I saw firsthand on a rare visit to Pyongyang,” Rep. Wilson said. “Worse, the regime has routinely imprisoned innocent foreign civilians and used them as bargaining chips to gain credibility with the West. We should not enable them any longer—which is why it is critical to carefully regulate travel to North Korea.”
“In recent years, there has been an increase in tourist travel to the DPRK by citizens of Western countries, including the United States,” Rep. Schiff said. “With increased tensions in North Korea, the danger that Americans will be detained for political reasons is greater than ever. Given North Korea’s continuing destabilizing behavior and their demonstrated willingness to use American visitors as bargaining chips to extract high level meetings or concessions, it is appropriate for the United States to take steps to control travel to a nation that poses a real and present danger to American interests.”
In the past, North Korea has shown a willingness to use American prisoners to seek diplomatic concessions, including securing visits from former U.S. Presidents and cabinet officials. At least seventeen Americans have been detained in the past ten years, despite the State Department strongly warning U.S. citizens against traveling to the DPRK. Currently, at least four Americans remain imprisoned. In addition to security concerns, Western visitors bring with them much needed foreign currency, especially valued in a country facing extensive international sanctions for its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the Port of Charleston was included in the Army Corps Work Plan:
“I am thrilled the Charleston port received funding in the Army Corps Work Plan released today. Deepening the Port of Charleston will help grow the economic impact of the port—which already supports thousands of jobs and extensive industry development in our state and across the southeast.
“Having the Port of Charleston in the Army Corps Work Plan is a culmination of a true team effort as the entire community, local leaders, Congressional delegation, and more worked together with the South Carolina Ports Authority to ensure that the port received fair consideration for federal funding for the dredging project. I look forward to working with the community to continue to support the port in the future.
The Port of Charleston contributes $53 billion in annual economic impact to the state of South Carolina. In the Midlands and Aiken-Barnwell area, the Port has a $13.6 billion economic impact and supports 1 in 12 jobs in the region.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Military Child Educational Freedom Act today. This common sense legislation would allow military families to use tax-free Coverdell Educational Savings Accounts on homeschooling expenses. Click here to read the legislation.
Congressman Wilson stated: “Military families face unique struggles—managing frequent moves, disruptions during the school year, and lack of choice in educational opportunities. As more and more families look to homeschooling as a way to standardize education and maintain consistency in transitions, they struggle to manage the costs. This legislation would expand the use of tax-free educational savings accounts for military families for homeschooling costs, in addition to qualified public, private, or religious schools.
“By promoting school choice for children of active duty service members, we can support military families and help alleviate concerns faced by military families that can have a negative impact on troop retention.”
The legislation is supported by South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman: “I applaud Congressman Wilson on his steadfast support of our nation’s military and military connected families. The Military Child Educational Freedom Act encourages school choice for our active duty men and women and provides them with much needed financial assistance to ensure their students have the tools and resources needed to be successful. I look forward to its passage and the opportunities it will create for families in South Carolina and across our nation.”
William Estrada, Director of Federal Relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association applauded the legislation: “HSLDA is pleased to support Congressman Joe Wilson’s strong legislation to support military families who homeschool their children. The Military Child Educational Freedom Act allows homeschool families in the military to save their own money for use in Coverdell Education Savings Accounts. This legislation acknowledges the growing numbers of military families who are choosing to homeschool – and provides a practical way to help them financially. HSLDA urges that the Congress approve this vital bill to help our war fighters and their families who choose to homeschool their children.”
The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools also praised the legislation: “The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) commends Congressman Joe Wilson for his continued and unyielding support of both homeschooling and military families. This bill supports parental rights in education and extends that in a very practical way to military families who choose to homeschool, by allowing them to save their own money for use in Coverdell Savings Accounts. Homeschooling is an excellent educational option for military families and this bill makes that choice more accessible.”
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of David Wright to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
“I am grateful that my long-time friend and constituent David Wright was nominated to serve as Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David’s extensive background on nuclear energy and past service Chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission make him a uniquely qualified for this role. David’s nomination is a fitting culmination of his decades of public service—councilman, mayor, state legislator, and state public service commissioner.
“I look forward to David’s confirmation by the Senate, and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”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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