WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Joe Wilson (R-SC) and William Keating (D-MA) are taking bipartisan action to ensure Saudi Arabia remains committed to combatting extremism and hatred:
“Textbooks published by Saudi Arabia, for use in the country and throughout the world, are full of intolerant content that incite youth to hatred and violence. For over a decade, Saudi Arabia has promised to review these textbooks and remove intolerant content. Unfortunately, the Kingdom has not lived up to its promises,” said Wilson. “The Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act of 2019 requires the U.S. State Department to review Saudi textbooks annually and ensure that Riyadh is upholding its pledge to peace. I am grateful to Congressman Keating for his leadership on this matter, and I look forward to continuing our shared commitment to combatting the evil ideology that inspires terrorism.”
“Saudi Arabia continues to turn a blind eye to the intolerant rhetoric in children’s educational textbooks. Unfortunately, this rhetoric only contributes to increased violence towards vulnerable groups inside the Kingdom and throughout the region. The Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act of 2019 will help make sure Riyadh takes a more proactive approach to eliminating all hateful content from these materials and encourage them to instead ensure children are receiving meaningful educational content that promotes peace and understanding and equips them with the knowledge they need to contribute to and compete in the global marketplace. I appreciate working with Congressman Wilson in introducing this important legislation again this congress,” said Keating.
To read more about H.R. 554, the Saudi Educational Transparency and Reform Act of 2019 click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Joe Wilson (R-SC), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) are calling for President Donald Trump to apply terrorism sanctions on two notorious Iranian-backed armed groups for contributing to the destabilization of Iraq.
“The Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2019 is a necessary step to hold As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba (HHN) responsible for their violation of basic human rights in Iraq and across the region,” said Wilson. “These two groups have American blood on their hands and are responsible for over 6,000 attacks against the United States and our coalition forces since 2011. It is our responsibility to continue promoting peace through strength. Imposing these sanctions will send a strong message from the United States – we will not allow Iran to continue wreaking havoc in the Middle East without suffering the consequences. I am grateful to President Donald Trump for his continued leadership against terrorist organizations, and I will continue to stand up for stability and peace in the Middle East.”
“Congress must stand up against those who destabilize the Middle East. AAH and HHN are terrorist organizations which violate human rights and threaten American troops, exactly the type of groups that should be subject to economic sanctions,” said Sherman.
“As-Saib Ahaal Al-Haq and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba must no longer be allowed to spread terror, destabilize Iraq, and carry out the orders of the IRGC. I have long believed that we must do more to stifle terrorism, push back on Iran and counter the Mullahs’ ambitions. As a result, I am proud to join my colleagues in this effort intended to put an end to these groups’ heinous activities, and I am hopeful that Congress will complete work on this important legislation in the near future,” said Chabot.
“In Iraq, Iranian-backed militias beholden to Qassem Soleimani have been committing human rights abuses for years. As-Saib Ahl Al Haq and Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba have been threatening American troops and the Iraqi people for far too long. This bipartisan legislation is an important step towards punishing these groups and their backers for their nefarious activities in Iraq and the region,” said Suozzi.
To read more about H.R. 361, the Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2019, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Joe Wilson (SC-02) and John Yarmuth (KY-03) introduced H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, to eliminate an offset placed on surviving spouses of service members who pass away during active duty or spouses of retirees who die of a service-connected cause.
“Members of our military risk their lives for our freedoms every day. It is unconscionable to think there is a ‘Widow’s Tax’ on the surviving family members of our courageous men and women. We owe it to them to secure stable benefits in the event of their retirement or death,” Wilson said. “For too long, the Survivors Benefit Plan (SBP) reduction by the amount of paid Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) has been an unfair penalty that cuts earned benefits to military survivors. This issue creates a substantial burden for the surviving families, and we must act now.”
“The brave men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our nation deserve to know that their loved ones will be taken care of should tragedy strike. I’m proud to join Congressman Joe Wilson in introducing legislation to end the so-called Widow’s Tax and ensure that the survivors of military servicemembers who give their lives for our country get the benefits they have more than earned. This legislation corrects a terrible wrong and makes clear that we support members of our military not just when we need them, but when their families need us,” said Yarmuth.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), the incoming Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, released the following statement after introducing a resolution to reassert the connection between the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem:
“The connection of the Jewish people to the ancient city of Jerusalem is an indisputable historical fact,” said Wilson. “Unfortunately, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has repeatedly passed resolutions that fly in the face of the historical and archaeological records in an effort to minimize or erase the history of the Jewish people in their most-sacred city. This resolution reaffirms the Jewish people’s connection to Jerusalem, and supports Israel and the United States’ decision to withdraw from UNESCO this year as a result of the organization’s clear bias against the Jewish state.”
West Columbia, S.C. – Today, January 7th, U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) will host his annual legislative agenda press tour. After presenting the 2019 agenda, Congressman Joe Wilson will take questions.
Midlands Press Conference
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
1700 Sunset Boulevard (US 378), Suite 1
West Columbia, SC 29169
Aiken Press Conference
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1930 University Parkway, Third Floor
Aiken, SC 29801
Note: The press conference will take place outside of the Council Chambers.
Barnwell Press Conference
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
57 Wall Street
Barnwell, SC 29812
Note: The press conference will take place on the front steps of the Courthouse. In the event of inclement weather, the conference will take place in Room 106.
West Columbia, S.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) presented his 2019 Legislative Agenda at media presentations across the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, visiting in the Midlands, Aiken, and Barnwell. “With President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, we have promoted positive conservative change,” Wilson said. “As a member of the minority party, I will continue fighting for limited government and expanded freedom for American families.”
“We can build on the successes of 2018 which I saw firsthand,” said Wilson. “As Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, we reversed the decline of our military. With my leading the House delegation for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, I know the security of Israel is enhanced. And with middle class incomes at a record high, we see the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”
As incoming Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Wilson is also committed to our crucial alliance with Israel and to reducing terrorist violence in the region working closely with allies from Morocco to NATO member Turkey. “We need to further peace through strength to protect American families,” said Wilson.
Throughout the 116th Congress, Wilson will advance legislation in the following areas:
Create Jobs and Economic Growth by working with local chambers and agencies to bring quality jobs to South Carolina, protecting our “Right to Work” laws, continuing to advocate for the critical missions at the Savannah River Site and Savannah River National Lab, and repealing Obamacare regulations that destroy jobs.
Promote Conservative Alternatives by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and conservative budgets, implementing the tax cuts to allow families to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks, and eliminating burdensome government regulations that stifle small businesses and job creation.
Advocate for Foreign Affairs Opportunities by encouraging public private partnerships to grow free enterprise economies worldwide, strengthening our nation’s alliances for expanded fair trade, attracting increased foreign direct investment to bring more jobs to the U.S., and protecting our diplomats and military personnel abroad and securing our national security interests across the world.
Support our Military and Veterans by maintaining our military’s responsiveness and capabilities to promote peace through strength, protecting TRICARE benefits and sustaining quality of life for military families, reversing defense sequestration which hollows out the military, supporting National Guard and Reserve units, and protecting reforms to the VA system.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after voting in favor of greater funding for border security and disaster relief:
“Enhanced border security is critical to ensure the safety of South Carolinians and American families,” said Wilson. “The border security funding language that the House added is an important first step to securing our country from foreign threats. Additionally, I support the government funding measure presented today because it gives much-needed disaster relief to our friends who are suffering from the recent damage caused by wildfires, hurricanes, and floods.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement upon the retirement announcement of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis:
“The service of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis should be remembered as a reversal of the decline of the military as he promoted peace through strength. I congratulate Secretary Mattis for his success. Under his guidance, the National Defense Authorization Act on August 13th was the earliest defense authorization in 40 years. Additionally, on September 28, 2018, the defense appropriations bill was signed in to law, making it the first time in more than 20 years that the military has been fully funded before the beginning of the next fiscal year. Secretary Mattis is a proven American hero, and I am grateful for his leadership.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which is now headed to the desk of President Donald Trump:
“Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill which provides much-needed certainty to South Carolina farmers. As the sponsor of the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017, I was grateful to see this legislation as part of the agreement. Peanut Parity is a crucial piece of legislation that gives South Carolina a voice on the Peanut Standards Board. South Carolina is fourth in the country for peanut production, and we produce over eight percent of peanuts nationwide.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump signing H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018:
“By supporting genocide relief for innocent nationals of Iraq and Syria, President Trump has taken a great and much-needed step towards combating religious injustice in the Middle East. Because of this law, the United States is ensuring stability and basic human rights for communities that are suffering from persecution and crimes against humanity. Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) has been a tireless leader in opposing religious persecution. I am grateful to President Donald Trump and to my fellow Members of Congress for passing this crucial legislation.”
Click here to read the full text of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018.
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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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