ICYMI: Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) Co-Sponsors Three Foreign Affairs Bills This Week
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) co-sponsored three foreign affairs bills this week. He co-sponsored H.R. 5132, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act, H.R. 5141, the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, and H. Res.763, which calls upon the leadership of the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to dismantle their labor camp system.
H.R. 5132 – This legislation strengthens the ban in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act to include people who are agents of or affiliated with the IRGC, or those who support them financially. H.R. 5132 also requires an annual report be submitted to Congress with information regarding people who participate in the Tehran Stock Exchange, those who have more than $100 million worth of business in Iran, and financial institutions with more than $10 million.
H. R. 5141 – The relationship between the United States and Israel is reaffirmed in this legislation, and it also upholds the Memorandum of Understanding agreement signed between the two countries in September of 2016. The Memorandum of Understanding agreement pledged the largest military assistance in U.S. history, including $33 billion in Foreign Military Financing, and specifically allocating $5 billion over 10 years for missile defense assistance. Israel is America’s most valued ally in the region, and we must continue to stand up for our friends when they are being threatened.
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H. Res.763 – In North Korea, from 1981 to 2013 an estimated 400,000 out of 500,000 people imprisoned in labor camps were killed there. In these camps, Christians are heavily persecuted, women are raped and then forced to have abortions by horrific means, and deliberate starvation and malnutrition are common. This Resolution demands North Korea dismantles their inhumane labor camp systems.Read More
Resolution expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that Russian aggression across all domains cannot be tolerated
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of six Representatives introduced a resolution today expressing solidarity with the victims of the Russian chemical weapons attack in the United Kingdom and strong support for measures to counter Russian aggression. Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI), George Holding (R-NC), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Tom Cole (R-OK), Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) offered the resolution the day after UK Prime Minister Teresa May announced measures, including the expulsion of 23 Russian intelligence agents, in response to the attempted assassination of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal.
“This attack is a brazen violation of the sovereignty of the United Kingdom and of the rules-based international order,” the Representatives said in a joint statement. “The use of a chemical weapon is just the latest example of Russia’s attempts to undermine democratic institutions, and we stand together with our allies in stating unequivocally that this aggression cannot be tolerated.”
Mr. Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and a first responder, Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, remain hospitalized after the March 4th attack. Analysis of the poison used has identified it as a bespoke chemical agent developed in the Soviet Union. Russia has consistently shown contempt for the gravity of the use of a chemical weapon banned even in wartime for an attack on foreign soil and has refused to provide any explanation for the incident. The resolution reaffirms the United States’ firm commitment to its ally, the United Kingdom, and its NATO partners and supports additional measures taken in response to Russia’s violation of international security and non-proliferation agreements.
Full text of the resolution can be found here.Read More
House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Legislation During Markup Hearing
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed legislation out of committee during today’s markup hearing.
“As a senior member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am grateful that the committee passed H.R. 4681, the No Assistance for Assad Act. This legislation requires that U.S. assistance in Syria go towards territories that are not controlled by Bashar al-Assad and his rogue regime unless fundamental changes occur. The No Assistance for Assad Act highlights Assad’s crimes against the Syrian people, while protecting American resources from abuse.”
Three other pieces of legislation were passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today. H. Res. 644, which strongly condemns slave auctions of refugees and migrants in Libya. H. R. 4744, the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, imposes additional sanctions on the Government of Iran for serious human rights abuses. H. Con. Res. 111 supports the United Bid Committee’s efforts to bring the 2026 Federation Internationale de Football Association World Cup to Canada, Mexico and the United States.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act.
“The STOP School Violence Act provides critical funding for training law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students on how to respond quickly to warning signs of violence. Congress must do everything in our power to ensure students are provided a safe environment to learn and grow, and funding for these programs are crucial components to improving school safety.”
H.R. 4909 also includes funding to improve school security, and to create threat assessment and crisis intervention teams at schools.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement regarding the announcement that Mike Pompeo will be the new Secretary of State.
“I am grateful for the leadership and service of Rex Tillerson, and I know that Mike Pompeo will also represent America with incredible courage and steadfast support for American values.”Read More
The IRS has Announced Updated Withholding Tables
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after the IRS published their updated withholding tables for 2018.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has increased jobs and wages, and allowed businesses the opportunity to provide bonuses to millions of Americans. Now that the IRS has updated their withholding tables for 2018, Americans can see firsthand just how much of their own money they will be able to keep thanks to the GOP tax cuts. With the child tax credit increasing to $2,000 per child, and the standard deduction doubling to $12,000- which nearly 70% of tax filers use- I am grateful that families all across the Second Congressional District are seeing the benefits of this legislation.”
You can find the updated withholding tables on the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/
The IRS also introduced a withholding calculator that will allow you to calculate your estimated tax liability for 2018. You can find that calculator here: https://apps.irs.gov/app/withholdingcalculator/
Rep. Joe Wilson’s Statement on North Korea Announcement
West Columbia, S.C. - Rep. Joe Wilson release the following statement after tonight’s announcement regarding North Korea.
“Tonight’s monumental announcement of North Korea’s willingness to discuss a diplomatic solution proves that President Donald Trump has used an effective foreign policy of Maximum Pressure and Peace Through Strength, the tradition of Ronald Reagan.”Read More
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement in response to South Korea’s announcement that North Korea is willing to discuss denuclearization with the United States.
“Today’s announcement that North Korea is finally willing to negotiate would not be possible without the strong leadership of President Donald Trump and his Administration, with the Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.”
“I have said previously that the regime in North Korea will only respond to strength, and I believe that without the economic sanctions package passed by Congress and signed into law President Trump, these negotiations would not be in consideration. This is what a successful foreign policy of peace through strength looks like and I am hopeful these negotiations will take place soon.”
In today’s announcement, North Korea indicated they would not carry out nuclear or missile tests while talks with the international community are in progress.
Congressman Joe Wilson is one of only two Members of Congress who have been to North Korea, the other is Ranking Member Eliot Engel.
Special Order: Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017
By. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
March 5th, 2018
In 2002, after extensive research by the Department of Energy (DOE), scientists concluded that Yucca Mountain met all the requirements to act as a repository for high level radioactive waste. After which, the DOE applied for the license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to begin construction of the Yucca Mountain facility.
Unfortunately, due to political brinksmanship, those plans have stalled indefinitely, despite the fact that ratepayers have contributed nearly $30 Billion to the nuclear waste fund, which is specifically designated to be used for Yucca Mountain.
The federal government and taxpayers have dedicated enormous resources to completing the nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain. However, the Obama Administration did everything in its power to stall the completion of the facility, holding up construction under political red tape— even though the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s own safety evaluation found it would not be a threat to the local population of Nevada, and it would benefit all of America.
Thankfully, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 will finally remove unnecessary burdens to make much needed improvements to our national nuclear waste strategy.
This legislation is especially important to the residents of South Carolina. South Carolina ratepayers have invested over $1.3 billion into Yucca over the last 30 years—that’s in addition to the billions of dollars collected from ratepayers across the country. During this time, states like South Carolina have remained de facto repositories for nuclear waste. The federal government should finish what they started and complete the Yucca Mountain license application.
Currently, SNF is stored in 121 different neighborhoods, across 39 states- all waiting to be moved to a permanent location. The Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act will address the concerns of communities across the country, in a cost-effective manner, and passed the Energy and Commerce Committee with bi-partisan support, 49 members voting in favor and only 4 against. I am grateful for the opportunity to support this legislation, and am hopeful that it will provide much needed clarification on the disposal of spent nuclear fuel.
I am grateful that text from my bill, the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act was included in this bill and thank Chairman John Shimkus for his leadership.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after signing on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 4238, the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017.
“This legislation applies tough sanctions on two specific Iran proxy groups, As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba. These terrorist organizations have played a key role in propping up the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, which has resulted in the continuation of a civil war where the government uses chemical weapons against their own innocent civilians.”
AAH conducted numerous attacks against the United States and coalition forces, resulting in the deaths of American servicemen, in Iraq between its inception in 2006 and the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011. AAH and Nujaba deploy forces to Syria to fight on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime, including participating in the 2016 siege of Aleppo.
“Sanctions are an effective tool in a foreign policy of peace through strength. We must never allow murderous groups like AAH and Nujaba to wreak havoc without a strong response from the United States. I am grateful for President Donald Trump’s leadership in consistently supporting sanctions against rogue regimes.”
H.R. 4238 also instructs Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to establish, maintain and publish a list of groups, militias, or other proxy forces that are working with or for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. If this legislation passes, those names will be published on the Department of State’s Annual Country Reports on Terrorism.
This legislation builds off of H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which passed the House and the Senate, and President Trump signed into law last year. H.R. 3364 imposed sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction programs, the sale or transfer to Iran of military equipment, and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated foreign persons.
“With the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017, we will provide clarification on what constitutes the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard to ensure that every person who is committing atrocities in the name of Iran will suffer the consequences.”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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