Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

SOUTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Wilson Testifies Before Budget Committee Requesting Resources for Fort Jackson

2016/02/03

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified before the House Budget Committee, requesting resources for the Army’s training base at Fort Jackson in the Midlands.

“As the largest initial entry training facility for the U.S. Army, Fort Jackson is a vital component of our national security and a valued member of our Midlands community,” Wilson said. “We must ensure that it receives sufficient funding to carry out its mission.”

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Excerpts from Congressman Wilson’s testimony are included below:

“I am honored to serve the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, which includes the Army’s training base at Fort Jackson in the Midlands, where we welcome new recruits from all over the country. I also represent the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken and Barnwell, which plays a vital role in our national security and nuclear non-proliferation. Each of these installations provides unique services to our country and requires our support. 

“Fort Jackson is the largest Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training 38 percent of the Army’s Basic Combat Training load and 54 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Fort Jackson’s primary mission is training thousands of disciplined, motivated service members.

“Each year an additional 10,000 soldiers attend the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute, the Army Chaplaincy Center, the National Center for Credibility Assessment, and the Army’s Drill Sergeant School—all critical missions housed at Fort Jackson. The positive impact of Fort Jackson also extends beyond active-duty soldiers, employing nearly 3,500 civilians and providing services for over 46,000 retirees and their family members.

“I respect the difficult choices this Committee must make in the coming days and weeks. As you begin the Fiscal Year 2017 budgetary process, I ask that you consider the men and women involved in the critical national security missions being carried out at Fort Jackson as well as the Savannah River Site. These individuals are dedicated to their country and putting service before self.

“I urge you to continue your support for the unique missions at Fort Jackson and the Savannah River Site that keep American families safe.”

 

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Wilson Testifies Before Budget Committee Requesting Resources for SRS

2016/02/03

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified before the House Budget Committee, requesting resources for critical infrastructure at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

“SRS is a critical to our national security and environmental clean-up missions,” Wilson said. “We must ensure that it receives sufficient funding to carry out its mission.”

Click here to view a video of Congressman Wilson’s remarks to the Budget Committee:

Excerpts from Congressman Wilson’s testimony are included below:

“I am honored to serve the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, which includes the Army’s training base at Fort Jackson in the Midlands, where we welcome new recruits from all over the country. I also represent the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken and Barnwell, which plays a vital role in our national security and nuclear non-proliferation. Each of these installations provides unique services to our country and requires our support. 

“It is critical that we continue our funding for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX), currently 70 percent completed at SRS. This facility is our only viable method at this time of disposing of weapons-grade plutonium and our country’s only means to honor the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement we have with the Russian Federation.

“In addition to MOX, the Savannah River Site is home to a host of other Department of Energy environmental cleanup missions. H-Canyon provides our country with the ability to process highly radioactive material and is the nation’s only production scale nuclear chemical separations plant. The Tank Farm, Defense Waste Processing Facility, and, soon, the Salt Waste Processing Facility all play vital roles in safely disposing of millions of gallons of radioactive nuclear waste which was vital for victory in the Cold War that still remains on site.

“Finally, the Savannah River Site is home to the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). The Laboratory supports our nation’s ability to produce tritium, nuclear forensics, and monitoring and detection capabilities for nuclear non-proliferation. It also enhances technologies for the nuclear clean-up mission at SRS and around the country, including ways to safely store and transport high-level radioactive waste. Finally, the Site facilitates international partnerships, such as our cooperation with the Tokyo Electric Power Company in the remediation of Fukushima.  

“I respect the difficult choices this Committee must make in the coming days and weeks. As you begin the Fiscal Year 2017 budgetary process, I ask that you consider the men and women involved in the critical national security missions being carried out at Fort Jackson as well as the Savannah River Site. These individuals are dedicated to their country and putting service before self.

“I urge you to continue your support for the unique missions at Fort Jackson and the Savannah River Site that keep American families safe.”

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Wilson Statement on Vote to Override the President’s Veto

2016/02/02

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override the President’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, critical legislation that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood:

“I am grateful to Speaker Paul Ryan and Budget Chairman Tom Price for exercising every option available to repeal the job-destroying Obamacare and protect life by defunding Planned Parenthood. Even though the votes were not sufficient, Members of Congress are on record. I hope my colleagues in the House will join me as we continue our fight to defend conservative principles.” 

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Wilson Leads Congressional Visit to MOX

2016/01/19

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) invited Congressman Rick Allen (GA-12), Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) on a bipartisan tour of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site:

“I am grateful to know first-hand the value the MOX facility and the Savannah River Site has to our national security and environmental cleanup missions—value that extends beyond South Carolina—to benefit American families.

“Discrepancies in data have overstated the projected costs to complete the MOX facility at the same time they are understating how much of the facility is complete. The best way to assess level of completion is to see it with your own eyes, and that’s why I invited my colleagues in the House to see the importance of the MOX facility themselves. I am honored that Congressman Rick Allen, Congressman Mick Mulvaney, and Congressman Donald Norcross joined me on the tour today.

“We also appreciated a visit to K-Area to review the potential of down-blending. It is a bipartisan concern that the shocking example of Yucca Mountain could leave South Carolina as a permanent repository of high-level weapons grade plutonium.”

Congressman Rick Allen (GA-12) stated:

“I am glad other Members of Congress were able to see the hard work being done right here in the CSRA and solutions the MOX facility will provide once completed.  This is a necessary piece of a comprehensive national security plan, and was reauthorized and funded by Congress again late last year. As the only real solution I see for our military grade plutonium, the MOX project is vital. By turning these materials into commercial fuel, we will be able to use the finished products to produce clean energy to power our country and economy. I am proud to work with my colleagues from South Carolina, Rep. Joe Wilson and others, to keep this project moving forward and continue to grow jobs in the Augusta area.”

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Wilson Responds to the State of the Union

2016/01/13

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement this evening after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address:

“As Americans watched the State of the Union, they were hopeful that the President would provide real efforts to defeat ISIS which threatens American families and real reforms to reduce regulations which destroy jobs. Instead they heard more failed promises and empty words. The American people deserve more from their elected officials. I was grateful to hear Governor Nikki Haley’s address a positive change for a more confident America.”

Jobs

“Today, our national debt is nearly $19 trillion—an inconceivable number that will be left to our children and grandchildren to repay. Right now, 7.9 million Americans are unemployed. Six million Americans would prefer full-time work, but are only able to find part-time jobs. So many American families don’t see the recovery that the President claims we have.

“South Carolina families need good job opportunities and want to protect the jobs they have from Washington’s spending problem and overbearing regulations. House Republicans will continue to promote job creation by rolling back harmful regulations and passing positive reforms, like protecting “right to work” laws,” and repealing Obamacare which destroys jobs.”

Guantanamo Bay

“The job of Guantanamo Bay is to house some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. Releasing these terrorists to return to the battlefield places American families at risk of attacks.”

Gun Control

“The President’s legacy of more gun control would not have stopped any of the mass attacks that have saddened our nation. The President should change course and work with Congress to enact meaningful change by reforming mental health and stopping terrorists from attacking American families—not restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

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Wilson Applauds Obamacare Repeal

2016/01/06

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, critical legislation that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood:

“Today is an historic day for conservatives. For the first time ever, we will finally get a bill that repeals Obamacare to the President’s desk—forcing him to defend his broken healthcare law that cut services, raised premiums, and destroyed jobs for hardworking families across America. By repealing and replacing Obamacare with a patient-centered solution, we will protect jobs and cut the federal deficit by half a trillion dollars over the next decade. Additionally, this bill makes a strong stand for the sanctity of life—defunding Planned Parenthood and preventing taxpayer dollars from supporting the abortion industry.

“I look forward to working to put conservative legislation on the President’s desk throughout the remainder of the 114th Congress and force the President to defend his failed legacy of big government to the American people.”

 

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Wilson Responds to President Obama’s Executive Actions to Restrict Second Amendment Rights

2016/01/05

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of intention to subvert the Constitution by taking executive action to restrict American gun ownership:

“The President’s unilateral action on gun regulations is yet another example of his continued disregard for rule of law. The Constitution is clear—only Congress can write laws.

“In the coming days and weeks in Congress, I will continue the fight to defend our Second Amendment and our Constitution and will work with Congressman Tim Murphy to advance the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act—which provides meaningful reforms to address the mental health crisis behind gun violence.”

 

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Wilson Announces 2016 Legislative Agenda

2016/01/04

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced his 2016 Legislative Agenda on Monday at across the Second Congressional District, including Columbia, West Columbia, Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, Orangeburg, and Lexington. “I look forward to a new legislative year and continuing our progress to promote limited government and expanded freedom for American families,” Wilson said.

Focusing on creating jobs and economic growth, Wilson outlined plans to reduce harmful regulations that destroy jobs. “South Carolina families need good job opportunities and want to protect the jobs they have from overbearing government regulations and Washington’s out of control spending,” Wilson said.

As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Wilson is also prioritizing strengthing our nation’s cyber capabilities and promoting our military and veterans. “As our enemies grow more murderous, it is critical to advance peace through strength to protect American families at home. We must support our troops, military families, and veterans to protect our national security and keep South Carolinians and the American people safe from Islamic extremists in the Global War on Terrorism.”

Throughout the second session of the 114th Congress, Wilson will advance legislation in the following areas:

Create Jobs and Economic Growth by working with local chambers and agencies to bring quality jobs to South Carolina, protecting our “Right to Work” laws, continuing to advocate for the critical missions at the Savannah River Site, and repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Reduce Regulations that Harm Jobs by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and conservative budgets, cutting taxes to allow families to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, and eliminating burdensome government regulations that stifle small businesses and job creation.

Strengthen our nation’s cyber capabilities to protect our nation against cyberattacks by elevating Cyber Command to a 4-star Combatant Command, improving our response to emerging cyber threats, and promoting public-private partnerships to encourage innovation.

Promote our Military and Veterans by maintaining our military’s responsiveness and capabilities to promote peace through strength, protecting TRICARE benefits and sustaining quality of life for military families, reversing defense sequestration which hollows out the military, supporting National Guard and Reserve units, and ensuring our veterans receive quality healthcare.

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Congressman Wilson Applauds Passage of Funding Bill

2015/12/18

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed a funding bill to keep the government open through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2016:

“This funding bill is a tremendous victory for American families. I am grateful that this legislation fights for our conservative principles—lifts the ban on domestic oil export, prevents new funding for Obamacare, upholds pro-life values, and stops the IRS from suppressing the civic participation of 501(c)(4) organizations.

“It also provides critical protections for national security and prevents the President from closing Guantanamo Bay or transferring any detainees. South Carolina families benefit from this legislation: the funding bill also provides key funding for the construction and operation of the MOX facility, gives stability to operations at the Savannah River Site, and supports the thousands of service members and their families at Fort Jackson.”  

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Wilson Applauds Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

2015/12/03

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act today.

“I am grateful that the Every Student Succeeds Act stands up for conservative values by reducing the federal role in the K-12 education system and empowers parents to make the best educational choices for their children. This legislation is an important first step to restoring local control of education to those best suited to manage our state’s education system—locally elected school boards, teachers, and parents.  

“I am especially grateful that the Every Student Succeeds Act specifically prohibits the Secretary of Education from forcing or coercing states into adopting Common Core—which is what I set out to accomplish when I introduced the Local Control of Education Act in January.”

Congressman Wilson serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 

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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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