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Joe Wilson


Wilson Statement on Manning Commutation


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after President Obama commuted the sentences for 209 prisoners and pardons 64 inmates:

“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama commuted the majority of Manning’s sentence. Manning was charged and convicted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for espionage. The distribution of classified data put national security at risk.

“The commutation of Manning and former General James Cartwright sends a dangerous message about how the Obama Administration respects classified data and only emboldens those who would seek to do harm by releasing sensitive data. The purpose of classification is to protect the lives of military personnel and diplomats serving overseas.”

Congressman Wilson is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee where he chairs the Readiness Subcommittee.

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Wilson Votes for First Step to Repeal Obamacare


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement on the House passage of S. Con. Res. 3, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2017:

"Today, House Republicans took an important step forward in upholding our promise to provide a path forward from the failed Obamacare policies. It is important to be clear—today’s vote is the first step to replace the unworkable Obamacare which is causing skyrocketing costs while delaying and denying needed services. We’re putting together a plan that provides a smooth transition to better health care, while still providing a safety net.

I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Chairman Tom Price, to put forth legislation that will make health care accessible and affordable by allowing association health plans, portable insurance, and the purchase of insurance across state lines. I am confident that our legislation will increase options and lower costs for all Americans, especially those in South Carolina."

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Wilson Named Chairman of Readiness Subcommittee


House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry announced Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will serve as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness for the 115th Congress:

Chairman Thornberry said:

“Make no mistake—our military is facing a readiness crisis. I believe there is no better choice than Congressman Joe Wilson to lead the effort to rebuild our military. As a veteran, he’s committed to our service members. As the past Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, he knows the threats our country is facing at home and abroad. As a military father, he’s a fierce advocate for ensuring that our troops have the resources they need to complete the mission.

“I look forward to working with him in the coming Congress to address the readiness crisis and support our troops and military families.”

Wilson said:

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to rebuild the military and I want to support his positive efforts with his nominee for Secretary of Defense, General Jim Mattis.

“As our military faces an unprecedented readiness crisis, I will fight to ensure they have the resources and support they need to protect Americans at home and overseas. I’m humbled to lead such a critical subcommittee, which has oversight over $250 billion, and will work tirelessly for our men and women in uniform and to rebuild our nation’s military.”

The Readiness Subcommittee oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD. The Readiness Subcommittee makes sure that our troops are properly trained and their equipment is properly maintained so they can succeed in their missions, and that they have the facilities and services they deserve when they return home.

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Wilson Introduces the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act, critical legislation to prevent the Department of Energy from constructing a new defense waste repository until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made a final decision regarding the outcome of Yucca Mountain:

“The federal government has dedicated enormous resources to completing the nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain. However, the Obama Administration has tried to do everything in its power to stall the completion of the facility, holding up construction under political red tape—the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s own safety evaluation has found that Yucca Mountain far exceeds the regulatory standards and would not be a threat to the local population of Nevada.  

“Now, in the twilight of the Obama presidency, the Administration is trying to abandon Yucca Mountain and find a new repository for nuclear waste—leaving communities across the United States, including the Aiken-Barnwell community in the Second District, to bear the burden of storing nuclear waste that the federal government has promised to remove, while perpetuating a possible threat to communities nationwide.

“American taxpayers have put over $3.7 billion into Yucca Mountain—they deserve to see it completed. This legislation will prevent a new facility from being constructed until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes a decision regarding the license for Yucca Mountain.”


Importance to South Carolina:

“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 other taxpayers have put into Yucca. Starting over with another project would cost billions from taxpayers and South Carolina ratepayers and would take decades to complete. Meanwhile, South Carolina would remain a de facto repository for nuclear waste. The federal government should finish what they started—or, at the very least—should make an official decision on Yucca before wasting billions of dollars on a duplicative facility.”  


Bill Text Available Here

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Wilson Introduces the Protecting American Families’ Retirement Advice Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing the Protecting American Families’ Retirement Advice Act today:

“The Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule is one of the most costly, burdensome regulations to come from the Obama Administration. Rather than making retirement advice and financial stability more accessible for American families, they have disrupted the client-fiduciary relationship, increased costs, and limited access.

“This legislation will delay the implementation of this job-destroying rule, giving Congress and President-elect Donald Trump adequate time to re-evaluate this harmful regulation.”

Wilson’s legislation is supported by key national partners:

Dirk Kempthorne, President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers: “We thank Congressman Wilson for his leadership in introducing legislation acknowledging the need for immediate action to extend the April 10th compliance deadline of this rule.”

Tim Pawlenty, CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable: "FSR strongly supports requiring companies to act in their customers 'best interest'.  That's just common sense. However, the current rule is overly complex, involves too much red tape, and is already negatively impacting consumer choice and service.  Rep. Wilson's bill will allow time for a less bureaucratic 'best interest' standard to be developed.”

Cathy Weatherford, President and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute: “We thank Congressman Wilson for his leadership on this important issue. We have long-standing concerns about the rule and its harmful impact on retirement savers. A delay is much needed and will provide more time to policymakers to reevaluate it and protect consumers from its negative consequences.”

Paul R. Dougherty, President of National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors: “For well over a century, thousands of dedicated NAIFA members have helped individuals and families reach their financial goals. NAIFA remains concerned that the final rule will reduce consumers’ access to honest, valuable, information and advice from financial professionals about retirement products…A delay provides time for the new Administration to conduct a thoughtful and appropriate review and to work with stakeholders toward public policies that help Americans achieve their financial and retirement security.”

Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., President and CEO of SIFMA: “We continue to believe the rule is harmful to the market and most importantly investors. As our members have worked diligently to prepare for implementation, at great cost and with consequential impacts on retirement savers, a delay in applicability would be prudent to allow the new Congress and Administration to review a better course to protect investors.” 


Read the legislation here.


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Wilson Statement on Retirement of Congressman Johnson (TX)


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement on the retirement of Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-3).

"Congressman Sam Johnson is an American hero—a man who has served his country with honor and distinction as a member of the Air Force, endured unspeakable horror as a prisoner of war at the Hanoi Hilton prison in Vietnam, and who has been a faithful and dedicated public servant for the state of Texas. It has always been humbling and inspiring for me to introduce him to constituents, particularly military personnel.

Throughout my time in Congress I have been grateful to serve with Congressman Johnson, and his leadership will be greatly missed. Best wishes to Sam on his next chapter."    

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Wilson Stands with Israel


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon on the bipartisan resolution opposing the anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution.

Watch his remarks here.

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Thank you Chairman Ed Royce for yielding. I appreciate your leadership. I am in strong support of House Resolution 11—objecting to the United Nations Security Council resolution as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace. 

The United States has stood with Israel against one-sided, biased resolutions at the United Nations and in other international forums. Additionally, the United States has been adamant that a peaceful resolution will only come from direct, bilateral negotiations—not addressed by an international forum. The distorted ideology of moral neutrality is suicidal for civilization.

On December 23rd, my constituents were shocked by how the United States betrayed our ally, Israel, and undermined the peace process by failing to veto the UN Security Council Resolution. President Obama and Secretary Kerry’s actions reveal dangerous irresponsibility, putting Israeli and American families at risk of more terrorist attacks. Fortunately, Governor Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump’s appointee, will soon be able to make a positive difference as US Ambassador to the UN, promoting peace through strength.

Today, I am grateful to stand strong with Israel by being an original cosponsor of H. Res. 11 and voting in favor of it. I appreciate the leadership of Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chairman Ed Royce and the Ranking Member Eliot Engel for sponsoring this resolution and urge my colleagues to support.


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Wilson Sworn Into 115th Congress


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after being sworn in to the 115th Congress:

“I am grateful to be sworn in as the elected representative for the people of South Carolina’s Second Congressional District and look forward to continuing my service in the new Congress.

“In the coming year, I look forward to promoting positive, conservative change and advancing common-sense legislation that will create jobs, reduce regulations, and promote our military and veterans. I am optimistic for our children and grandchildren –fighting to promote limited government and expanded freedom for American families.”


Click here to view Congressman Wilson’s 2017 Legislative Agenda

*Ceremonial swearing-in photos available later today*

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Wilson Statement on Rules Vote


Congressman Joe Wilson issued the following statement on the Rules vote yesterday: 

"I opposed the amendment to amend the rules on the Office of Congressional Ethics. Since I was elected to Congress, I have pledged to be accessible and accountable. Elected officials should be held to a higher standard of scrutiny with an open process and full due process." 

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Wilson Statement on Appointment of Thomas Bossert


"I am thrilled by the appointment of Thomas Bossert to Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Mr. Bossert has been a long time advocate for a strong, national cyber security policy. I look forward to working with him to protect American families and to implement an effective, inter-agency cyber plan."

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1.13.17 - This Week With Wilson: Floor speeches, new legislation, and a new HASC subcommittee

2017-01-13 21:36:53

1.13.17 - Wilson Speaks on Approving Waiver for General Mattis

2017-01-13 19:09:31

Inauguration 2017

2017-01-19 15:35:41

1.11.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Stand Up for Life

2017-01-12 13:59:12

Welcome to 1436 Longworth House Office Building!

2017-01-13 18:51:44

1.10.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Congratulations Clemson University

2017-01-10 20:49:24

1.9.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Keep Guantanamo Bay Open

2017-01-09 19:23:36

1.6.17 - This Week With Wilson: The First Week of the 115th Congress

2017-01-06 20:59:45

1.4.17 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Congratulations Speaker Paul Davis Ryan

2017-01-05 16:45:34

My 2017 Legislative Agenda

2017-01-02 18:46:49

Coming in 2017: Congressman Joe Wilson's Legislative Agenda

2016-12-19 17:30:18

12.9.16 This Week with Wilson: Christmas messages for the troops and meaningful meetings

2016-12-09 19:44:39

12.7.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Congratulations Dr. Ben Carson

2016-12-07 17:16:50

12.6.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Congratulations General Jim Mattis

2016-12-07 17:11:25

12.7.16: Remembering the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

2016-12-07 16:21:33

12.5.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Recognizing Lt. Col. Rocko Rodriguez

2016-12-05 19:11:59

Get to Know Joe: Veterans and Military Service

2016-12-05 14:52:11

12.2.16 This Week With Wilson: Passing 21st Century Cures, the NDAA, and House Floor Speeches

2016-12-02 20:09:55

12.2.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson Floor Debate: 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

2016-12-02 15:28:52

12.2.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Remembering Marine Lt. Col. Trane McCloud

2016-12-02 14:36:24

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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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