In June, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced H.R. 6262, the Mitigating Attacks on Diplomats Act, which would identify methods that protect against non-traditional assaults against our Foreign Service officers, their families, and our embassy structures.
Congressman Wilson also sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting information regarding the strange and unexplained symptoms suffered by U.S. diplomats working in China and Cuba. Fortunately, the State Department has taken these acoustic attacks seriously.
Today, Congressman Wilson attended the Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing on “U.S. Policy Toward Cuba.” He used this opportunity to request additional information from senior officials at the State Department about the safety of our Foreign Service officers. Congressman Wilson will continue to fight to ensure this issue remains a priority.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02), Vice Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, applauded the House passage of H.R. 1635 - Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act:
“A strong academic foundation paves the way for life-long success. Unfortunately, Americans currently hold more than $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, in part due to the lack of critical information provided to students about the long-term burden of unmanageable debt. By implementing annual financial counseling, our students can feel confident in their decisions to achieve a college or graduate degree. I would like to thank Education and Workforce Chair Virginia Foxx and Rep. Brett Guthrie for their leadership on this issue.”
You can find H.R. 1635 here.Read More
Charlotte, N.C. - Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement applauding President Donald Trump’s executive order that promotes retirement security:
“America’s small business owners and employees promote job creation, they keep our communities thriving, and they deserve the peace of mind that comes with retirement security. I was grateful for the opportunity to be with President Donald Trump as he continues to achieve Promises Made, Promises Kept. This executive order takes an important step forward in helping American families across the country enjoy a more fulfilling life during their retirement.”Read More
On Monday, August 20th, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will embark on his annual district Bus Tour. Congressman Wilson will travel throughout all five counties of South Carolina's Second Congressional District to visit with constituents, discuss their concerns, and share news of his work in Congress.
NOTE: Not all stops are media accessible. Any media wishing to attend should contact Jennifer Krantz with Congressman Wilson’s office at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 20, 2018
9:15AM: Aiken Regional Airport Press Conference - 129 Aviation Boulevard, Aiken
10:30AM: Tour of Zeus - 2360 Levels Church Road, Aiken
12:00PM: Aiken Rotary Club - Newberry Hall - 117 Newberry Street, Southwest, Aiken
2:00PM: Tour of Aiken County Career & Technology Center - 2455 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville
3:00PM: Tour of TTX - 1 Hamburg Road, North Augusta, SC
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
9:00AM: Irmo Chamber of Commerce - 1235 Columbia Avenue, Irmo
10:15AM: Tour of Chapin Town Hall - 157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin
12:00PM: Beverage South of Aiken/Columbia - 265 Metropolitan Drive, West Columbia,
1:00PM: Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club - Brookland Baptist - 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia
2:45PM: Tour of Shumpert's IGA - 861 Pine Street, Pelion
4:00PM: Tour of Tidewater Boats - 120 Glassmaster Road, Lexington
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
9:15AM: Tour of LuLaRoe - 2000 Carolina Pines Drive, Blythewood
10:45AM: Visit with the office of the Adjutant General - State House Complex, Wade Hampton Building, 1015 Sumter Street, Columbia
11:45AM: Tour of Atria Forest Lake - 4405 Forest Drive, Columbia
1:00PM: Forest Acres Rotary - 6719 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia
2:30PM: Tour of Dorn VA Medical Center - 6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia
4:00PM: Washington Night in SC - Columbia Marriott - 1200 Hampton Street, Columbia
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Barnwell and Orangeburg Day
10:00AM: Tour of Augusta Fiberglass Coating - 86 Lake Cynthia Drive, Blackville
11:30PM: Tour of NARENCO Solar Farm - 6653 Capital Way, Springfield
1:00PM: Shealy's BBQ - 340 E Columbia Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville
2:00PM: Tour of Terra Kotta Farms - 2412 Lewie Road, Leesville
**Some stops are subject to last-minute scheduling changes.**Read More
West Columbia, S.C. – Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement applauding the Department of Labor’s announcement today that they have adjusted the unemployment claims from last week, and highlighted a decrease in claims:
“The Department of Labor’s announcement today highlighting the decrease in unemployment claims is a positive step that shows the Republican agenda of creating jobs through tax cuts and deregulation is working. I am grateful that the current unemployment claims are at historic lows and I look forward to continue working with my colleagues to promote policies that allow small businesses to expand and create jobs.”
Additional positive economic news:
You can read the Department of Labor’s report on the adjusted unemployment claims here.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), a senior member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement applauding the White House’s decision to increase sanctions on Iran:
“As a longtime opponent of the failed Iran Deal, I am grateful for President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal and increase sanctions on Iran that will allow us to renegotiate from a position of strength and protect our allies in the region, especially Israel.
“Since the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond.
“The United States continues to stand with the long-suffering Iranian people, who are the rightful heirs to Iran’s rich heritage and the real victims of the regime’s policies. We look forward to the day when the people of Iran, and all people across the region, can prosper together in safety and peace."
You can find additional information regarding President Donald Trump’s Executive Order reimposing certain sanctions on Iran here.Read More
West Columbia, SC. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement praising the April-June Gross Domestic Product announcement:
"The second quarter growth rate of 4.1% is another promise made and now promise kept by President Donald Trump, and I am grateful that he keeps his promises to create jobs. The tax cuts passed by Republicans clearly have had a positive impact, as consumer spending increased. The high growth rate is also due to the increase in jobs, which has led to record low levels of unemployment. Although there is still more work to do, I am grateful for these positive steps in the right direction that help American families by promoting jobs."Read More
A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the American Congress that seeks to advance the US-India strategic partnership to a new level for collective military planning and maritime security framework, apparently to resist Chinese hegemony in the Indo-Pacific region.
The “United States-India Enhanced Cooperation Act of 2018” was moved by influential Congressman Joe Wilson (Republican), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Wednesday. It has support from Congressman Ami Bera (Democrat) – the longest serving Indian-American in the Congress – and the House India Caucus Co-Chairs, Congressman George Holding (Republican) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat).
If enacted, the legislation would ensure that the US State Department treats India as a “Major Defence Partner” when it considers approval of defence sales to New Delhi.
Wilson’s legislation builds upon India’s Major Defence Partner status, which is currently limited to the Department of Defence’s jurisdiction.
“The bill seeks to approve and facilitate the transfer of advanced technology and strategic capability…and supports combined military planning with India for missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter piracy, freedom of navigation and maritime domain awareness missions, and to promote weapons systems interoperability,” according to its statement of policy.
It also reassures India that the US recognizes the importance of security of supply for major defence capabilities acquired from America and its industries, and “as such will endeavour to not disrupt such supply”.
The bill also proposes collaboration with India in developing mutually agreeable mechanisms to verify the security of defence articles, defence services and related technology, such as appropriate cyber security and end use monitoring arrangements.
“It promotes policies that will encourage the efficient review and authorization of defence sales and export to India and to continue to enhance defence and security cooperation with India in order to advance US interests in the South Asia and greater Indo-Asia-Pacific regions.”
“India is the world’s largest democracy, a pillar of stability in the region, and has shown strong commitments to export control policies. This adjustment to US law will further allow the US-India partnership to flourish in line with our security commitment to the Indo-Pacific region,” Wilson said in his statement.
He said the relationship with India remained “a cornerstone of security in the Indo-Pacific region” and by designating India as a Major Defence Partner, “we can strengthen our alliance and enhance our defence and security cooperation with India”.
He said the bill, if passed, will ensure that the US and India can address emerging common threats, support maritime security in the region and enhance military cooperation for joint exercises and humanitarian assistance.Read More
Rep. Joe Wilson Praises House Passage of FY19 Defense Bill Conference Report
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, released the following statement praising the House passage of the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act conference report:
“As Chairman of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and one of Speaker Paul Ryan’s conferees, I strongly support the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act and am grateful for the House passage of the conference report today.
“This report represents a huge win for South Carolina, as it provides critical funding for Fort Jackson and continues construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site.
“The conference report also contains policy and funding initiatives that provide our military the resources necessary to restore readiness and rebuild combat capability. Thank you Chairman Mac Thornberry for your leadership in expediting this important legislation in record time.”
Congressman Wilson delivered remarks regarding the FY19 NDAA conference report on the House floor today.
Click here to watch Congressman Wilson’s remarks.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6506, the United States-India Enhanced Cooperation Act of 2018, with Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), Congressman George Holding (R-NC), and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (R-HI):
“The United States-India relationship is a cornerstone of security in the Indo-Pacific region. By designating India as a Major Defense Partner, we can strengthen our alliance and enhance our defense and security cooperation with India. Together, we can address emerging common threats, support maritime security in the region, and enhance military cooperation for joint exercises and humanitarian assistance. The citizens of America and India cherish the same values and independent freedoms, and the United States-India Enhanced Cooperation Act will strengthen this important alliance.”
You can find the text of H.R. 6506 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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