South Carolina- Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement applauding President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:
“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a highly qualified and highly respected judge, is a home run. He has a distinguished record of being fair, impartial, and faithful to the Constitution. I hope that members of the Senate will swiftly confirm him."Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6262, the Mitigating Attacks on Diplomats Act, which requires a report on the efforts and options to mitigate the acoustic attacks on Foreign Service officers and their families.
“We must take a comprehensive approach to identify methods that protect against and counter acoustic attacks and similar non-traditional assaults against our Foreign Service officers, their families, and our embassy structures. I am grateful that the State Department has taken the acoustic attacks in Cuba and China seriously."
You can find the text of H.R. 6262 here.
Earlier this month, Congressman Joe Wilson sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting additional information regarding the strange and unexplained symptoms suffered by U.S. diplomats working in China and Cuba. You can find that letter here.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson Applauds House Passage of DOD Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement applauding the House passage of the fiscal year 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill:
“The Defense Appropriations Bill that passed the House today is critical for continuing the process of rebuilding our military that started when President Donald Trump took office. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, I am grateful that this legislation increases funding for military readiness programs—specifically investing in maintenance, training, and base operations.”Read More
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan appointed him to the conference committee for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019.
“As the father of four sons who have served in the military overseas, I am extraordinarily grateful for this opportunity to support our troops, military families, and veterans. As a member of the National Defense Authorization Act conference committee, I will work to ensure our national security, military strength, and defense capabilities remain a top priority. I look forward to advancing this critical legislation and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, I am committed to working with the entire conference committee to advance this bipartisan legislation.”
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, made the following statement praising Congressman Wilson’s appointment:
“As a veteran and proud father of four sons who have served in the military, Congressman Joe Wilson is a consistent, strong advocate for our armed forces. As the current Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, and past Chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, his voice will be critical during the upcoming conference proceedings,” Thornberry said.
Conferees, appointed by the Speaker of the House and approved by the full House, work together to resolve differences between House and Senate-passed versions of a bill that funds the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the United States. Congressman Wilson is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.
Additional information regarding Congressman Wilson’s appointment is available here.Read More
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“We cannot let our commitment to South Korea waver, especially given our shared sacrifices and mutually beneficial relationship.”
Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) wrote an op-ed on the future of U.S.-North Korea relations in the aftermath of the Singapore Summit.
“We cannot let our commitment to South Korea waver, especially given our shared sacrifices and mutually beneficial relationship. History has shown that when our commitment to South Korea is lacking, North Korea will attack.”
“If the U.S. and North Korea agree on concrete actions towards denuclearization, it is imperative that Pyongyang commits to allowing U.S. and international inspectors access to a broad range of sites within short-notice to ensure the safety of South Korean, Japanese, and American families.”
“Short-notice inspections and wide access are essential to ensuring North Korea cannot hide a uranium enrichment site, which can be easily disguised and requires only a small amount of energy to operate.”
“The U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea form the fundamental bulwark of democracy, security, and freedom in East Asia. Maintaining and building upon these alliances ensures President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign towards North Korea will continue to be successful, and we will be able to build on the positive results of the Singapore Summit.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after introducing H. Res. 951, regarding Turkey’s anticipated purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries:
“Turkey is a valued NATO ally, but its plan to purchase Russian missile batteries is a concern. I hope Turkey will realign its defense procurement to comply with NATO standards."
The S-400 is a Russian-based mobile surface-to-air missile system that can target aircraft and incoming missiles. The S-400 cannot be integrated with other NATO members’ systems, and this lack of integration could create aerial vulnerabilities in NATO’s defenses.
You can find the text of H. Res. 951 here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the United States will withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
“The United Nations Human Rights Council consistently wastes U.S. tax dollars by targeting Israel, which is why earlier this year I introduced House Resolution 728 condemning this discriminatory behavior. Israel is America’s most valued ally in the region, and we must stand up for our friends when they are being treated unfairly. I am hopeful that this courageous decision by Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and President Donald Trump will send a clear message that America will not tolerate the improper targeting of Israel.”
Between 2006 and 2014, the UNHRC spent a third of its special sessions on condemning Israel, while not dedicating a single session on China or Russia. Israel is also the only country in the world to receive a permanent agenda item at the UNHRC, #7.
Even the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his “disappointment” with the UN Human Rights Council singling out Israel, given the multitude of other human rights violations occurring around the world.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement in support of the Department of Labor’s finalized rule that enables more employers to form Association Health Plans (AHPs).
“I applaud the decision by the Department of Labor, led by Secretary Alex Acosta, and President Donald Trump to give small businesses more affordable healthcare choices. I am grateful for today's decision that expands access to quality, low-cost coverage while maintaining key consumer protections.”
As a result of this rule change, employers will be able to form AHPs by city, county, state, or multi-state metropolitan areas. Employers may continue to form nationwide AHPs for specific industries. AHPs cannot deny coverage or charge higher premiums to people with a pre-existing health condition or cancel coverage because an employee becomes ill.Read More
West Columbia, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“While this summit is only the first step in a long and arduous process towards complete denuclearization, we as Americans can be proud of President Donald Trump for doing the right thing for American families, the Korean Peninsula, and the world. I am hopeful, as one of only two Members of Congress who have visited Pyongyang, that Kim Jong-un and his diplomats will follow through on their commitments, but until then we must maintain tough sanctions against North Korea and encourage the international community to do the same.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after requesting additional information from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the strange and unexplained symptoms suffered by U.S. diplomats working in China and Cuba.
“I recognize that there are many potential technical causes behind these egregious attacks, which could include direct energy or frequency attacks, also characterized as ‘sonic’ attacks.” Rep. Wilson explained. “I am grateful for the proactive measures the State Department has taken to deal with this situation as it develops.”
Congressman Wilson requested the following:
The full text of Congressman Wilson’s letter can be found here.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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