Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement condemning the recent terrorist attacks by Hamas against Israeli civilians:
"The murderous terrorist attacks in Gaza over the past two days are yet another reminder of the dangerous circumstances the people of Israel face while Hamas continues to kill innocent civilians through indiscriminate rocket attacks. I hope the international community will recognize and condemn the horrific situation perpetrated by Hamas in Gaza. I urge the Senate to pass H.R. 3542, the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, which will help ensure that innocent Israeli civilians are spared by proactively imposing strong sanctions against Hamas.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson Announces Candidacy for Ranking Member of Foreign Affairs Committee
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced his candidacy to be the next Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee:
“Despite all our hard work over the past two years, Tuesday did not pan out the way any of us would have liked. As we examine what went wrong, I know that if we take the right steps now, we will take back the majority in 2020.’
“Being in the minority presents major challenges for Republicans. Having previously served for several years in the minority, I am prepared to advance Republican principles and stop Democrats from undermining the Trump administration. My goal as Ranking Member will be to remain a tireless advocate for our Conference in support of President Donald Trump.’
“I believe my successful tenure as Chairman of three House Armed Services subcommittees, my experience leading a Congressional delegation to Jerusalem for the opening of the U.S. embassy, my leadership as Co-Chairman of the UK and EU caucuses, and my unwavering support for the Republican Party make me the best fit for Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.’
“As the current Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Foreign Affairs and National Security Task Force, I worked to keep members informed on how foreign policy issues directly affect their constituents through meetings and round-tables with ambassadors, parliamentarians, and policy experts.’
“As Ranking Member, I will continue providing opportunities for members to be more involved in foreign affairs and foster positive relationships with world leaders.’
“With increased threats to American safety and security, we need successful leadership. I believe as an accomplished legislator, foreign affairs expert, and effective communicator of ‘American Peace Through Strength,’ I am prepared to serve as Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson Supports Decision to Reimpose Sanctions on Iran
West Columbia, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement supporting President Donald Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran:
“I appreciate President Donald Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran, which continues to promote worldwide terror by funding terrorist organizations, such as Hizbollah and Hamas, who attack Israel. Iran is continuing to develop and proliferate missiles against UN Security Council Resolutions, so President Trump made the correct decision to reimpose sanctions and continue to fulfill Promises Made, Promises Kept.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson Applauds October Job Numbers
West Columbia, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement praising the October job numbers:
“Last month, the economy added 250,000 new jobs across the country. The wage growth increased to 3.1 percent over the past year, the highest rise in 10 years. The unemployment rate now sits at 3.7 percent- the lowest since 1969. The unemployment number would have been even lower, but 700,000 people reentered the job market. By creating jobs, lowering unemployment, and increasing wages, President Donald Trump is continuing his effective record of Promises Made and now Promises Kept, and I am grateful that he keeps his promises to create jobs. Although there is still more work to do, I am grateful for his consistent work to aid in positive job creation for American families.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson Meets with President Trump on MOX
Washington, D.C.– Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after attending a meeting in the White House with President Donald Trump to support the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) Fabrication Facility project:
“I was grateful for the opportunity to join my colleagues Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, as well as Governor Henry McMaster and Attorney General Alan Wilson, to explain to President Donald Trump why the Department of Energy should keep its promise to the people of South Carolina by reversing its dangerous decision to abandon MOX.
“As a supporter of the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement that led to the creation of the MOX Fabrication Facility, I have successfully fought for funding for the project as a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee. I fought back against President Barack Obama when his administration first attempted to shut down MOX, and I have spoken on the House floor every year since in support of this project. Currently, South Carolina is at risk of becoming a de-facto repository for weapons grade plutonium, and I will continue to support all efforts to complete MOX.
“The meeting with President Donald Trump was productive, and I am hopeful that he will reverse the Department of Energy’s decision and continue moving forward with this critical project.”Read More
West Columbia, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement regarding Ambassador Nikki Haley’s retirement announcement:
“I am grateful for the leadership and service of my dear friend Nikki Haley. Nikki has done a phenomenal job in her role as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations promoting fairness for Israel; consistently pushing for Russian sanctions; standing up to the murderous regime in Iran; and supporting the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, which wastes U.S. tax dollars by unfairly targeting Israel. I appreciate President Donald Trump’s recognition of Ambassador Haley in the Oval Office following her decision to retire as Ambassador. I wish her and her husband Michael all the best in their future endeavors.”Read More
Springdale, S.C.- Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement applauding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court:
“Congratulations to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh, as well as his wonderful wife Ashley and their daughters. Justice Kavanaugh is highly qualified and respected, and has a distinguished record of being fair, impartial, and faithful to the Constitution."Read More
West Columbia, S.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement applauding the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
“President Donald Trump successfully negotiated an updated trade agreement to replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement, proving once again his commitment to Promises Made, Promises Kept. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a win for American farmers and workers, and it will create more jobs across the country. This 21st century trade agreement includes modernized provisions to protect intellectual property and promote digital trade. When finalized, the USMCA will establish fair trade throughout North America and support job creation in South Carolina.”
Washington, D.C. – This week House Republicans passed three pieces of legislation, which makes tax cuts for individuals permanent, and helps small businesses provide retirement plans for employees and families start saving earlier.
“Due to the tax cuts of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress, there has been unprecedented job growth for American families,” said Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02). “Tax Reform 2.0 will provide increased certainty for our families, workers, and small businesses while unleashing even more economic growth and creating jobs for American families.”
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H.R. 6757 - Family Savings Act: This legislation encourages retirement and family savings. This measure removes the age limit on individual retirement account contributions and exempts people with less than $50,000 in their retirement accounts from taking required minimum distributions, which starts when you turn 70½. In addition, it allows families to withdraw up to $7,500, penalty-free, from retirement accounts for costs related to a new child, whether by birth or adoption. This legislation also expands 529 education plans to allow these resources to be used for apprenticeship programs, education loan repayment, and homeschooling expenses. A provision in this legislation would allow families to contribute $2,500 per year to a Universal Savings Account and allow those funds to be withdrawn without a tax penalty. The Universal Savings Accounts are more streamlined and flexible, which would encourage savings.
H.R. 6756 - American Innovation Act: This legislation lets new businesses deduct up to $20,000 in start-up expenses, which will promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation. Currently, taxpayers are only able to deduct up to $5,000. The American Innovation Act also allows new companies, which experience a change in ownership, to claim certain tax breaks that were previously limited.
H.R. 6760 - Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act: This legislation makes the individual tax cuts, which took effect this year, permanent and locks in other positive changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last year. This legislation ensures that the doubled standard deduction and elimination of personal exemptions would become permanent, along with the increased child tax credit which helps families.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), with Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), introduced House Resolution 1101, which affirms the relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco while condemning the recent actions by the Polisario Front, a terrorist organization funded by Iran.
“The Kingdom of Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States in 1777 and remains an important strategic ally and partner for peace in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Congressman Joe Wilson. “The terrorist regime in Iran has been funding attacks against Morocco, by the Polisario Front, and it is time for the United Nations to promote a peaceful resolution to this Western Sahara conflict.”
You can find the text for House Resolution 1101 here.
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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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