Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement after the House successfully passed the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation funds our military and vital national security initiatives.
“This year’s NDAA promotes current and future service members by strengthening military readiness. I am grateful that this bill provides for troops, veterans, and military families by prioritizing readiness, addressing aviation training and operations safety concerns, and increasing the size of our armed services. Today, with bipartisan support, we have prioritized our resources on promoting peace through strength. Thank you to Chairman Mac Thornberry, who worked tirelessly to get this legislation passed with strong support by Speaker Paul Ryan and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
“I am also grateful to see my amendment included in the NDAA that requires the Defense Secretary Mattis to issue a report describing the requirements for, and components of, a pilot program that will provide resiliency for our critical national security infrastructure by contracting with a commercial entity to site, construct, and operate at least one micro-reactor.”
You can find the text of this amendment here.
Congressman Joe Wilson’s one minute House floor speech on FY19 NDAA is here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement regarding the House passage of the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018.
“The Right to Try Act creates an alternative pathway for terminally ill patients to try prescription medicine that has not yet been approved by the FDA, but may provide relief for their aliments. This legislation is based upon informed consent to ensure that all patients are provided with the details necessary to make an educated decision. I am grateful for the opportunity to support legislation that may provide some families with access to life saving medicine.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement of support after President Donald Trump’s announcement prohibiting additional transactions with Venezuela.
“I am pleased that President Donald Trump has taken additional steps to further isolate the bad actors in Venezuela. We do not recognize Sunday's sham election, we believe the people of Venezuela deserve better than a corrupt dictator and we will stand with the people of Venezuela as they struggle for liberty.”
In February, Congressman Joe Wilson sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting the Administration investigate teleSUR TV, which engages in political activity on behalf of the Venezuelan government. You can find that letter here.Read More
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after learning of the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School.
"Roxanne and I send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those injured and killed today at Santa Fe High School. May God give you comfort and peace. We are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement agents who saved everyone they could and apprehended the murderer."Read More
JERUSALEM — A congressional delegation, led by Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC), visited Israel this week to meet with senior government officials and to participate in the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
The delegation discussed the critical U.S.-Israeli alliance, received an on-the-ground update on the security challenges in the region, and discussed ongoing security cooperation efforts between the two nations. The members also highlighted key elements of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to be debated on the House floor in the coming weeks. The bill authorizes $500 million for the co-development of missile defense systems and co-production of Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow weapons systems in partnership with Israel.
In addition to discussing ongoing security cooperation, on Monday the Members joined other senior U.S. and Israeli officials, as well as other dignitaries, for the formal opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
The delegation included:
Chairman Joe Wilson (SC)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL)
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL)
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL)
Rep. George Holding (NC)
Rep. Tom Rice (SC)
Rep. Jody Hice (GA)
Rep. Steve Knight (CA)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY)
Rep. Scott Taylor (VA)
Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Delegation meets with the Knesset in Jersusalem
Members with U.S. Ambassador of Israel, David Friedman
Jerusalem, Israel – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after leading a congressional delegation to Jerusalem and attending the U.S. embassy opening this afternoon.
“America’s bond with Israel is unique, and its strength is the foundation of American leadership in the Middle East. President Donald Trump kept his commitment to the American people by moving our embassy to Jerusalem, and clearly established that each country has an inherent right to choose its own capital. The people of Israel, especially Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, know they have a true ally in the White House, which protects American families.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, worked to ensure key components of FY19 National Defense Authorization Act supported our strongest ally in the Middle East, Israel.
FY19 NDAA includes provisions that;
• Supports President Donald Trump’s request for $500 million for co-development of missile defense systems with Israel and co-production of the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and arrow weapons systems.
• Establishes defense partnerships to counter Iran’s terrorist activity and provides for a robust military posture in the region. The FY19 NDAA also increases oversight of items essential to countering Iran, such as munitions stockpiles, Patriot missiles, and missile defense systems.
• Increases pressure on terrorist groups in the region that threaten Israel and American families by continuing the security cooperation with the Iraqi government and extending the Syrian Trade and Equipment Authority to consolidate gains against ISIS. The FY19 NDAA also supports the Afghan military in their attempt to combat ISIS and the Taliban.Read More
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. This legislation funds our military and vital national security projects.
“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act builds off the progress made in the past year and focuses on rebuilding our armed services, a priority of President Donald Trump and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, and provides our men and women in uniform the support necessary to succeed.
“We have focused this year’s NDAA on decreasing the number of tragic training accidents, ensuring the United States is preparing for the re-emergence of global competitors, and curbing the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. Today, with bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee showed that we have prioritized our resources on promoting peace through strength.”
Highlights from the FY 2019 NDAA
Wilson’s quotes in italics
Readiness and Rebuilding our Military
“This year’s NDAA increases funding for equipment maintenance, spare parts, facility sustainment, and training to ensure we rebuild the readiness of our armed forces, and provides adequate funding for Fort Jackson.”
Fort Jackson, located in Congressman Wilson’s district, is the largest initial entry training facility for the US Army. Congressman Wilson also serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness where he oversees the committee’s readiness initiatives.
“This years NDAA has also made critical changes to Navy vessel inspections, establishing that they will be conducted on a no notice basis to ensure that vessels are always fully operational. The House Armed Services Committee also supported a measure that limited the amount of time a military vessels can be forward deployed, which will provide additional opportunities for repairs and maintenance.”
Condemns Russia’s Violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention
“The use of chemical weapons 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. Russia’s actions are in clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and we must establish a sense of congress that these actions are unacceptable.”
The United States ratified its prohibition of chemical weapons in April of 1997, something that the Russian Federal also agreed to in November of that same year.
Helicopter Antisubmarine Warfare and Aircraft Health Monitoring
“The current Antisubmarine Warfare sonobuoy receiver is heavy and limited to its specific mission of receiving and transmitting data for analysis through acoustic processors, but there are more advanced options available that will keep our men and women in uniform safer.”
Congressman Wilson’s amendment recommends the Secretary of the Navy, or appropriate designee, provide a briefing to the House Armed Services Committee before the end of the fiscal year to discuss the challenges, operational details of the DDG-51 SWaP receiver, and integration onto the MH-60R platform.
Report on Aviation Training and Operations Safety
“For over a year, each of the services have experienced an increasing number of fatal aircraft incidents. The most concerning issue for me, as the Readiness Chairman, is that the majority of these aircraft incidents have occurred in training more so than while in a deployed environment. That is why I introduced this amendment to recommend that the Secretary of Defense undertake a comprehensive review of military aviation training, Operations and Maintenance, and adherence to safety procedures.”
In 2017 alone, there were a total of 1,117 reported military aviation accidents across all services. Many of these events claimed the lives of our brave service men and women. Reports have stated that there are several reasons for these trends to increase, including operational availability, cannibalization rates, some general safety issues, or even unexplained physiological events.Read More
South Carolina Congressional Delegation Statement on DOE Decision to Abandon MOX Program
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), and U.S. Representatives Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) and Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) today issued a statement denouncing the Department of Energy’s (DOE) decision to abandon the MOX program.
“We are extremely disappointed to hear the Department of Energy plans to abandon the MOX program. The federal government has spent billions of dollars constructing the MOX facility at Savannah River Site (SRS) to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons-grade plutonium. The facility is now more than halfway complete.
“For years, DOE studied the best method to dispose of plutonium. After looking at over 40 options, the MOX process was chosen over other alternatives and was the method agreed to with the Russians in the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement. With DOE’s decision today, the MOX program – which is one of the most important non-proliferation programs in the history of the world – is being abandoned without any clear path forward.
“DOE says it now wants to pursue ‘dilute and dispose’ but that plan was already considered and rejected. DOE plans to press ahead even though ‘dilute and dispose’ has not been fully vetted. This could lead to the permanent orphaning of at least 34 metric tons of weapons grade plutonium, enough for thousands of warheads.
“And if that was not enough, DOE has done almost nothing to consult with New Mexico – the state which would receive this material – and the political leadership in New Mexico has already expressed great concern about this change in course. Finally, the legal challenges to move from MOX in South Carolina to ‘dilute and dispose’ in New Mexico will be enormous. By any fair assessment the viability and chance of success with dilute and dispose are, at best, questionable.
“The Department of Energy’s reputation for the handling and oversight of large-scale projects like MOX were considered suspect. But given what can only be called a debacle, DOE is going to be challenged like never before. We plan to hold DOE accountable for this haphazard decision and will press for oversight to ensure taxpayers aren’t left holding the bag for DOE’s mistakes.
“Finally, DOE has proposed reconfiguring the current MOX facility so that it can be used to produce plutonium pits. While we support the opportunity for any new mission at SRS, we are concerned DOE will encounter a skeptical Congress and American public on any proposal they put forward.
“We will continue to work closely with Governor Henry McMaster to protect the interests of the local community, the state of South Carolina, and the American taxpayer.”
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after his legislation H.R. 433, the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act, was included in H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, that passed the House today.
“The federal government has dedicated enormous resources to completing the nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain. In South Carolina, ratepayers have invested over $1.3 billion into Yucca over the last 30 years. Starting over with another project would cost billions of dollars and would take decades to complete.
“My legislation that was included in today’s bill will prevent a new duplicative facility for defense waste from being planned, developed, or constructed until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes a decision regarding the license for Yucca Mountain. If we fail to complete the Yucca Mountain project, communities across the country, including the Aiken-Barnwell community in the Second District, will have to continue to bear the burden of storing nuclear waste that the federal government has promised to remove.
“I am grateful that the House supported this measure overwhelmingly, and I hope the Senate will take up this legislation quickly.”
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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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