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Wilson Votes for the Water Resources Development Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA):

“I am grateful to support the Water Resources Development Act, and was pleased that it passed the House today. This bill includes critical funding for deepening the Port of Charleston. By expanding the port’s ability to accommodate larger vessels, we are supporting the more than 187,000 jobs related to the port.  

“The Second Congressional District is home to hundreds of businesses, large and small, that rely on shipping their products overseas through the Port of Charleston. I urge the President to sign this key legislation swiftly.” 

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Wilson Statement on Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after he voted to override the President’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA):

“The families of innocent Americans who were killed by terrorists deserve the opportunity to seek justice. 

“I am grateful to support JASTA as it holds those who sponsor terrorist attacks on U.S. soil accountable for their actions and will serve as a deterrent to state-sponsors of terrorism. I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Bob Goodlatte that the wording protects American service members.”


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Wilson Introduces Bill to Designate National Medal of Honor Museum


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 6123, to designate a National Medal of Honor Museum:

“Recipients of the Medal of Honor showed courage, bravery, and selflessness when defending our country. They deserve to have their stories told in a dedicated museum where all Americans can pay tribute to their sacrifice and learn of their heroism.

“I look forward to visitors across the nation and around the world to tour Patriots Point soon.”

Read the full text of the bill here.

The legislation is co-sponsored by: Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Mark Sanford, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. Mike Coffman, and Rep. Paul Cook

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Wilson, Cotton Introduce Bill to Deter the President from Bypassing Congress to Ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty


Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), and Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) today introduced a bill to deter the president from end-running Congress on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The legislation would restrict funding for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission if a United Nations Security Council Resolution is passed committing the United States to refrain from taking any actions that would “defeat the object and purpose” of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

“It appears that President Obama is going to the United Nations Security Council to attempt to bind the United States to the rules of a flawed multilateral treaty that the Senate has already rejected,” said Senator Cotton. "President Obama has already ignored the Constitution and circumvented Congress when he opted to go to the United Nations for approval of his disastrous Iran nuclear deal.  We cannot sit by as he does so again with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.  Decisions regarding our ability to deter nuclear war, protect Americans, and stand up for our allies should be left to the United States Congress, not the United Nations.”

“Time and time again President Obama has shown a willingness to ignore the Constitution, bypassing Congress and the American people,” said Congressman Wilson. “Our ability to deter nuclear war is the hallmark of peace through strength. This legislation makes it clear—protecting American families is the job of Congress, not an unaccountable, international body. Nuclear deterrence is the basis for preserving peace.”

Click here to read the full text of the Senate bill. Click here to read the full text of the House bill. 

Background: The “object and purpose” language is contained in Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and has become customary international law guiding international treaty obligations.  A Security Council Resolution, especially a Chapter VII resolution, containing this language could be interpreted as committing the United States to the terms and conditions of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. 

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Wilson Speaks to Halt Transfer of Guantanamo Detainees


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor urging the passage of H.R. 5351, to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, legislation that would halt the transfer of any detainee, to any location.

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Remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you Congressman Forbes for yielding. I am grateful to be an original co-sponsor of H.R. 5351, prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees. While Congress has passed legislation barring Guantanamo detainees from being transferred to the United States, this bill, introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, further protects American families by halting the transfer of any detainee to any location.

During the August recess, the Administration released fifteen dangerous detainees from Guantanamo Bay—the single largest release of prisoners under the current President. And he has plans to release more—20 of the remaining 61 detainees at Guantanamo have already been cleared for release.

The President’s reckless release of detainees in an effort to close Guantanamo puts American service members and families at risk.

In March, the Director of National Intelligence reported that at least 116 detainees, nearly one-third—released from Guantanamo have returned to the battlefield, providing reinforcements to Islamic terrorists, to attack American soldiers.

I appreciate the leadership of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski for sponsoring this legislation, and urge my colleagues to vote in support.”

Watch full remarks here

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Wilson Speaks in Support of Career and Technical Education


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor urging the passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation that will help equip all Americans with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce. Wilson is a co-sponsor of the bill.  

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Remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you Congressman Thompson for yielding. I am grateful to support H.R. 5587, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, as amended. 

Whether I am visiting one of the remarkable schools in South Carolina’s technical education system, of Aiken, Midlands, Orangeburg-Calhoun, or a local manufacturing facility the message is the same—the job market is changing rapidly. Quality education and training is vital to competing in the workplace, which is why apprenticeship programs are key to building a thriving workforce leading to the success of BMW, Michelin, Bridgestone, Boeing, and soon Volvo in South Carolina.

While existing career and technical education has played a key role in supporting local career and technical education, existing legislation has not been updated in over a decade.

This bill serves as the first step to reforming our nation’s career and technical education programs by helping all Americans enter the workforce with the tools and knowledge they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs. Some reforms include: empowering state and local community leaders, limiting top-down federal mandates, encouraging employer engagement, and increasing transparency and accountability.

I am grateful to co-sponsor H.R. 5587, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century. I appreciate the leadership of Congressman Glenn Thompson for sponsoring this legislation, and urge my colleagues to vote in support."

Watch full remarks here.

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Wilson Demands Answers on Cash Payment to Iran


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) sent a letter to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence demanding answers about risks posed by the $1.7 billion cash transfer from the United States to Iran as part of the dangerous Iranian Nuclear Deal:

“The cash payment—which is virtually untraceable—is deeply troubling and puts American families at risk. We should hold the Iranian regime responsible for financing mass murder of American families at home and abroad, not reward them. American families deserve the truth about this Administration’s reckless actions.”

The letter reads in part:

“It is well documented that Tehran has a history of financing of Hezbollah, radical groups in Gaza, Houthi rebels in Yemen, and even Al-Qaeda. With the money they receive from Iran, terror groups are able to further destabilize the Middle East and threaten America and its allies…  Given the information stated above, I remain gravely concerned with the nefarious possibilities of this cash payment.

Read the full letter here.


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Wilson on Senate Democrats Blocking Zika Funding


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked votes on funding to address the Zika virus:

“Tonight, Democrats in the Senate again showed the American people that they would rather play politics than address the public health crisis caused by Zika. I am disappointed that they continue to block critical legislation that protects American families.

“House Republicans have acted quickly to address the threat of Zika. First, we urged President Obama to reprogram $589 million of unused funding from the Ebola crisis. In June, we passed the Zika Response Appropriations Act, key legislation that provides $1.1 billion for the prevention, research, and treatment of the virus. Our legislation is accountable the taxpayers and doesn’t increase government spending.

“As more and more cases of Zika are reported in South Carolina and across the country, Senate Democrats should finally take action and stop playing games with our public health.”

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Wilson on Pentagon Memo


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement regarding the internal DOD memo that outlines the Obama administration’s strategy to veto the national defense bill:

“As the son of a veteran, the father of four sons who have served in the military, and a veteran myself, I am deeply disappointed that our Commander in Chief would threaten to use a veto of the National Defense Authorization Act as a “weapon” against Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional Republicans.

“The NDAA provides necessary resources to keep American families safe at home and overseas. This memo shows that the President is willing to play politics with the livelihood of our troops, veterans, and military families. They deserve better.

“This year’s National Defense Authorization Act is bipartisan—as it has been for decades. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues, as we continue our work on the Conference Committee.”

Congressman Joe Wilson is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee where he chairs the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. He also serves on the Conference Committee for this year’s NDAA.


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Wilson on the Passing of Phyllis Schlafly


Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement on the passing of Phyllis Schlafly:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis Schlafly. A passionate advocate for the conservative principles of limited government and expanded freedom, she worked tirelessly to inspire Americans across the country. My thoughts and prayers are with her family in their time of grief.”

Wilson paid tribute to Phyllis Schlafly at the conclusion of his floor remarks this afternoon.

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9.30.16 This Week With Wilson: Committee Hearings and Speeches on the Floor

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9.28.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: New Bombshells of the Clinton Investigation

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9.26.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Cotton-Wilson Resolution

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9.23.16 This Week With Wilson: Committee Hearings, USO Service Projects, Constituent Meetings

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9.21.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Tribute to Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01)

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9.20.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Multiple payments to Iran make Administration unreliable

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9.14.16: Ed&Workforce -Juvenile Justice Reform Markup

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9.16.16 This Week With Wilson: Floor Speeches, Committee Hearings, and Constituent Meetings

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9.15.16 - Rep Joe Wilson: Floor Remarks on H.R. 5351

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9.13.16 - Floor Remarks: Rep Wilson Speaks on CTE

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9.13.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Obama's Failed Legacy

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9.12.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: September 11th Tribute

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9.10.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson on Fox News

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9.9.16 This Week With Wilson: One Minute Speeches and Awards

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Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) reflects on September 11, 2001

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9.8.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: More Cash Payments to Iran

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9.7.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Annual August Bus Tour

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2016 Annual August Bus Tour of SC-02

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9.6.16 - Rep. Joe Wilson One Minute: Obama's Ransom Payment

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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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