WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) today commemorated the life of Ronnie Young, former Chairman of the Aiken County Council and State House Member:
"Ronnie Young was a model public servant who genuinely loved the people he represented. I was fortunate to work with him firsthand as Chairman of the Aiken County Council, where he uniquely ran countywide fairly serving every community. Each year as County Council Chairman and later, State House member, one of my highlights in public service was to be a guest of Ronnie in Christmas parades where he never had a shortage of candy to share. You could see the mutual love and affection between him and his constituents. Roxanne and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Susan, family, and innumerable friends," said Congressman Wilson.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) visited with Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, and received the 2019 Champions for Charters award.
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“Charter schools continuously make a difference in the everyday lives of children and families across our country with 3.2 million students participating. During National Charter Schools Week, it is critical to recognize that our children deserve to have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways. I am grateful to Nina and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools for the honor of being a ‘Champion of Charters’ and look forward to continuing to support educational choice in Congress,” said Congressman Wilson.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) reflects upon last year’s U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem: Click here or on the photo below to watch the video:
“On this day last year I was grateful to lead nine House colleagues on a congressional delegation to Jerusalem for the opening of the U.S. Embassy.
“We had the opportunity to meet with members of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, and to meet the Knesset Foreign Affairs Chairman Avi Dichter.
“It was an honor to be welcomed to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We have a shared priority to stop terrorism and anti-Semitism in both of our countries and across the world. I am confident in the leadership of Israel and know they will do all they can to protect and serve its citizens.
“I am thankful for the strong commitment shown to the American-Israeli alliance by President Donald Trump with promises made and promises kept. Ambassador David Friedman coordinated the embassy movement fulfilling a vote of Congress in 1994 to relocate from Tel Aviv to the capital, Jerusalem.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), joined by 52 original co-sponsors, introduced the National Right to Work Act for the 116th Congress:
“Every American and their employer should have the power to negotiate the terms of their employment, and no American should be forced to pay union dues or ‘fees’ just to get or keep a job,” said Congressman Wilson. “South Carolina is a right-to-work state, and we have seen tremendous economic growth by expanding economic freedom for our businesses. We must continue to work towards promoting job creation and ending automatic unionism for the American people. 80% of people in our country support putting an end to dues as a condition of employment. I am grateful to stand alongside 52 colleagues to offer protections for workers and their employers.”
“We’re extremely pleased that Congressman Wilson has introduced the National Right to Work Act, intensifying a growing debate about Big Labor’s coercive power to keep American workers in chains. This legislation would enshrine the common-sense principle – already enforced in more than half of U.S. states – that no worker should be compelled to join or pay dues to a union just to get or keep a job,” said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Committee. “In an age of legislative overreach, this is one of the shortest bills ever introduced. The National Right to Work Act does not add a single word to federal law, instead simply removing existing language in the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act that gives union officials the power to extract dues from nonunion workers as a condition of employment.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement condemning the recent terrorist attacks against Israel by Hamas and PIJ:
“I strongly urge the Iranian-funded terrorist groups, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), to respect today’s ceasefire and halt all rocket fire toward Israel. The terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza are unprovoked, indiscriminate, and must be condemned in the strongest terms. They are further evidence of Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s disregard for the Palestinian people whom they use both as human shields and hostages in their confrontations with Israel. The United States will continue to stand by the people of Israel and support its right to self-defense. I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the four Israelis killed and pray for peace in the region.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) today announced H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, has reached over 250 bipartisan co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act eliminates an unfair deduction of benefits which is placed on surviving spouses of service members when their spouse passes away during active duty. It also applies to surviving spouses of retirees who pass away because of a service-connected cause.
Bipartisanship is often portrayed as something that can’t be achieved by Congress, but we are grateful to share some good news. Republicans and Democrats are coming together to put an end to the so-called Widow’s Tax. It is incredible to see more than 250 co-sponsors for the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, and we appreciate our colleagues joining us in support of this important legislation.”
You can follow H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, by clicking here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) condemns the attack at Chabad of Poway:
“Heartbroken by the tragic attack at the Chabad of Poway synagogue on the last day of Passover. The congregants gathered that day were targeted because of one reason only: they were Jews. This evil act of anti-Semitism has no place in the United States of America. I stand with the Jewish community in the face of this unspeakable hatred.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the Mueller Report was released:
“I commend Attorney General William Barr for his release of the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and for his commitment to transparency for the American people. As President Donald Trump has said time and time again, it is clear that there was no collusion with Russia as they clearly made efforts to interfere with the election. I urge my Democrat colleagues to accept the conclusions of the Mueller report and get back to work for the American people.”
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There are few things more frustrating than getting ready for Tax Day. Families and individuals across the country and the Second Congressional District of South Carolina have to file income tax returns to the federal government in order to prepare for the dreaded April 15th.
However this year there is something different, something better about our tax code. In 2018, Americans witnessed a great change in our tax code thanks to the historic, pro-growth Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Today, our country is still seeing improvements after these tax cuts were enacted. Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have an overarching objective: for you and your family to have first say over your paycheck. The results speak for themselves and we are on track to achieve that goal.
Shortly after tax cuts were enacted, I had the opportunity to visit companies in the Second District who are seeing the positive results. Norman Dunagan, owner of Dumpster Depot and Whiskey Alley restaurant, was able to expand his businesses after tax cuts were enacted. Many other businesses in South Carolina announced pay and benefit increases, such as CMC Steel Company, Tidewater Boats, and Nephron Pharmaceuticals. Families across the state already started seeing their take-home pay increase.
2018 reports show that South Carolinians in the Second Congressional District are seeing an average savings of $1,062 and an $18,131 increase in take-home pay over 10 years. The National Association of Manufacturer's report shows that “nearly 160,000 manufacturing jobs were created as a result of tax reform.” That is nearly double what was accomplished the year before.
In 2019, we are seeing wage growth, specifically at the lower end of the wage scale. African-American and Latino poverty are at an all-time low, accompanied by the lowest minority unemployment numbers in history. February showed a 3.4 percent increase of average hourly earnings, which was the highest since mid-2009.
There is a renewed optimism in our economy for Americans from all walks of life. As you can see, small businesses across the Second District are able to hire more, pay more, and expand.
The best is yet to come for our state and country. If we work together, we can continue making America’s economy the, dare I say it, the greatest economy again. I remain optimistic and eager to continue supporting job growth for our communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) reintroduced the U.S.-India Enhanced Cooperation Act for the 116th Congress. Congressman Wilson was joined by U.S. Representatives George Holding (NC-02), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Ted Yoho (FL-03), Brad Sherman (CA-30), and Ami Bera (CA-07).
“Our strategic partnership with India is an anchor of stability and a beacon of democracy in the India-Pacific region. This bill will amend U.S. law to enact what Congress has already authorized in the FY2017 NDAA: expedited trade and technology sharing with India in line with its designation as a Major Defense Partner. I am grateful to Representatives George Holding, Tulsi Gabbard, Ted Yoho, Brad Sherman, and Ami Bera for working with me to help solidify this vital defense relationship and underscore the importance of deepening our bilateral ties with India,” said Congressman Wilson.
“Over the last decade U.S. arms sales to India have increased, creating U.S. jobs and helping India defend itself from the growing challenges it faces,” said Congressman Sherman. “This legislation will help further expand U.S.-India security cooperation in a way that advances our mutual interests as well as those of the entire Indo-Pacific.”
“India is an increasingly critical partner of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. As India continues its rise to global power, it is only right that the world’s oldest democracy and the world largest democracy work together to bring peace and security to the world. The bill we have introduced will facilitate security cooperation between our two countries and assist India in growing into the regional security provider they are destined to be,” said Congressman Yoho.
“The United States and India are partners bound together by a shared commitment to democracy, freedom and liberty,” said Congressman Holding. “I look forward to further strengthening our relationship as we work together to combat the threat of terror and realize the vast economic potential of the 21st century economy.”
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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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