Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after attending the groundbreaking for a new, freestanding emergency department to serve the Barnwell community this morning:
“The announcement that the Regional Medical Center plans to build an emergency department to serve the Barnwell and Bamberg communities is a culmination of work from the state and federal legislative delegations and the Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance. I am grateful to support the construction of the facility, and look forward to it being opened to serve the community and create jobs next year.”
Congressman Wilson attends groundbreaking for new Regional Medical Center emergency department.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to sanction North Korea:
“The unanimous passage of the most substantial sanctions against North Korea at the United Nations is a remarkable win for both President Donald Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley. Indeed, it goes to show that we must work with our international partners, like China, in order to enact and enforce meaningful sanctions against the communist, totalitarian regime in Pyongyang.
“The success this weekend comes after the State Department enacted responsible travel restrictions to North Korea, similar to the North Korea Travel Control Act, to prevent tourist travel to a regime that uses all available resources to advance their weapons program and subjugate its own citizens.”Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after North Korea reportedly tested a ballistic missile:
“This most recent ballistic missile test from North Korea is a clear provocation and demonstrates the regime’s intent to continue its aggression towards the American families and our allies of South Korea and Japan. I am grateful that Congress put a strong, comprehensive sanctions package on the President’s desk this week that targets Pyongyang. I also look forward to working with the President to explore other methods for putting pressure on this rogue regime to promote peace through strength.
“I sincerely hope that this recent missile test, aimed at an ally in the region, will prompt China to work with the United States in exerting pressure on North Korea.”Read More
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-06), joined by original co-sponsors Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), introduced the bipartisan Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, legislation that would sanction Hamas for violating human rights standards by using civilians as human shields.
Congressman Joe Wilson stated: “For too long, Hamas has taken shelter and launched offensives against Israel from civilian areas, including schools, hospitals, and mosques. Their actions have knowingly and carelessly put innocent lives at risk—in clear violation of international law.
“We cannot stand by while Hamas continues to perpetrate atrocities against civilians by using them as human shields. This legislation imposes direct sanctions against any terrorist who is responsible for the use of human shields by Hamas.”
Congressman Seth Moulton stated: "The use of human shields is a clear human rights violation. This bill ensures that members of Hamas who put civilians in harm’s way are sanctioned for their actions. We have a moral obligation to hold Hamas accountable and I'm proud to support this bipartisan effort.”
In June, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) discovered Hamas tunnels under two of its schools in Gaza, demonstrating how Hamas knowingly integrates terrorist operations in civilian resources.Read More
Washington, DC – The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific marked up and reported the North Korea Travel Control Act (H.R. 2372), introduced by Rep. Schiff and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), to the full committee. This bill would instruct the Secretary of State to restrict the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea when the primary purpose is tourism, and require all travelers to notify the State Department of their travel and seek prior approval. This latest action in the House comes just over a month after the tragic death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was imprisoned by North Korea for seventeen months.
“I’ve visited North Korea on a Congressional delegation in 2003 led by former Congressman Curt Weldon who had been invited after Baghdad had been liberated, getting the attention of the dictator,” said Rep. Wilson. “While there, I saw firsthand how every dollar in North Korea, including the revenue from tourism, goes towards the subjugation of the citizens and towards the very weapons development program it uses to threaten the United States. Additionally, the regime also has no reservations about using illegally detained Americans as bargaining chips in an attempt to score credibility on the world stage. It is past time that we restrict travel to this communist, totalitarian regime, and I am grateful that the legislation overwhelmingly passed the subcommittee. I appreciate Chairman Ted Yoho for scheduling this markup, and hope it is considered before the whole House soon. It is past time that we impose meaningful travel restrictions, while still providing humanitarian exemptions, to North Korea.”
“Given the increased belligerency and provocations by the North Korean regime, this legislation is all the more important now, and I am pleased that the Foreign Affairs Committee understands the urgency to move this legislation forward," said Rep. Schiff. "The tragic death of Otto Warmbier, tantamount to the murder of a U.S. citizen by North Korea, should heighten our resolve to ensure that no more American citizens are endangered or used as bargaining chips by this pariah state. I look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders in Congress to pass it into law.”
In late May, Schiff and Wilson introduced the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act. At least seventeen Americans have been detained in the past ten years, despite the State Department strongly warning U.S. citizens against traveling to the DPRK. Currently, at least three Americans remain imprisoned. With heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, the danger that additional Americans will be detained for political reasons has increased. In addition to security concerns, Western visitors bring with them much needed foreign currency, especially valued in a country facing extensive international sanctions for its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Last week, the State Department indicated its intention to issue regulations restricting travel by Americans to North Korea.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed strong sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea:
“By overwhelmingly passing the sanctions bill, Congress has sent a clear message to North Korea, Iran, and Russia – or any rogue regime that would threaten our families or democracy around the globe: your behavior will not stand. Today’s sanctions package is an important component of peace through strength and should serve as a strong encouragement for these aggressive states to change course.”
This sanctions package addresses North Korea, Iran, and Russia for their actions to threaten Americans and threats to undermine global security. Among other offenses, it targets North Korea for their development and testing of ballistic missiles, Iran for funding terrorist organizations and ballistic missile testing, and Russia for their unlawful aggression in Georgia and Ukraine resulting in over 10,000 deaths. Read the full text of the sanctions here.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement following the State Department’s announcement the Administration would enact travel restrictions to North Korea:
“Today’s announcement from the State Department that the United States will restrict tourist travel to North Korea marks a positive step forward in denying resources and bargaining power to the communist, totalitarian regime. I am especially grateful that many of the provisions of the bipartisan North Korea Travel Control Act that I introduced with Congressman Adam Schiff are reflected.
“I am eager to work with Secretary Tillerson and President Trump during this process, and as the United States continues to stand strong against the regime.
“Next week, I look forward to speaking before the House Foreign Affairs committee as we mark up the North Korea Travel Control Act—sending a clear message to North Korea that the United States is unified in our actions against the regime in Pyongyang."Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Senator McCain announced he was diagnosed with brain cancer:
"My thoughts and prayers are with Senator John McCain and his family during this time. Senator McCain is an American hero, as evidenced by his service in Vietnam and in Congress.
"I always cherish our time together on the Conference Committee of the National Defense Authorization Act promoting peace through strength. Best wishes for a swift recovery."Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) praised the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:
“Today’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act marks a victory for service members, military families, and American families. Under the remarkable leadership of Chairman Mac Thornberry, this year’s National Defense Authorization Act truly begins to right the course—back to responsibility by enacting key accounting reforms at the Department of Defense and making necessary investments to restore military readiness. Our efforts fulfill pledges by President Donald Trump to rebuild the military.
"As a veteran, as a military father, I’m confident this year’s NDAA will chart a new course. This year’s bill is a meaningful step forward in the tradition of George Washington, who stated: "To be prepared for war is the most effectual means of preserving the peace."
"The primary function of the national government is to provide for the common defense—to ensure that our service members have the training, equipment, and resources they need to complete the mission. This year’s bill does just that."
Congressman Wilson also introduced several amendments and advocated on the House floor for key provisions of this year's NDAA:
Over the past several months we have heard testimony from every military service branch about the urgent need to address the alarming readiness shortfalls. Their testimonies were sobering, confirming Congress must take bold action. Here today, we have the responsibility of reducing the risk to our soldiers by making sure that they are well-trained, supported, and that the equipment they use is properly maintained and combat-ready.
None of these readiness provisions are arbitrary. They are specifically targeted to stop and, as much as possible, begin to reverse the decline in the readiness of our Armed Forces so that they can continue to combat and deter the threats to our national security from around the world.
On North Korea:
I am grateful to introduce an amendment to this year’s NDAA that expresses a clear sense of Congress—we will not tolerate the escalation by the regime in North Korea, testing ballistic missiles or developing a nuclear weapon. The amendment also reaffirms the strong commitment of the United States to our allies in the region, especially South Korea, Japan, and Australia.
It is clear that the regime in North Korea will only respond to strength—and this sense of Congress strongly states our commitment to keeping all options on the table when it comes to addressing the threat from North Korea, whether it be military, diplomatic, or economic.
On Keeping Guantanamo Bay Open:
I have visited Guantanamo Bay twice and I know first-hand --the detainees as Guantanamo Bay are the worst of the worst, terrorists who are conspirators of Osama bin Laden, trained mass murders, and extremists who have a sole intention of harming Americans and destroying our way of life.
As we have seen the proliferation of terrorists around the world—from Algeria and North Africa, though the Middle East, all the way to South Asia and the Philippines, the deterrence of incarceration, and maintaining the facility at Guantanamo Bay, has never been more important.
On Opposing Base Closures:
Now is not the time to consider a Base Realignment and Closure round. In the past, BRAC has been used without conducting a thorough study, incurred significant costs, and jeopardized valuable military communities, like those in the Midlands surrounding Fort Jackson, or the Aiken-Barnwell community adjacent to Fort Gordon.Read More
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, issued the following statement after the House Armed Services Committee completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. This legislation would fund our military and vital national security projects.
“This year’s NDAA advances our goal of reforming and rebuilding our armed forces by expanding oversight and accountability, ending duplication, and starting the important effort to rebuild our military.
“We have the responsibility to reduce the risk for our war fighters by making sure that they are well-trained and supported, and that the equipment they use is properly maintained and combat-ready. Today, with bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee showed that we have changed course to promoting peace through strength. ”
Highlights from the FY 2018 NDAA
Wilson’s quotes in italics
Readiness and Rebuilding our Military
“America faces more threats than ever before, yet our military is the smallest since before World War II. This year’s NDAA takes a critical step forward to rebuilding our military and ensuring that our troops have the training, resources, and equipment they need to complete the mission.”
Fort Jackson, located in Congressman Wilson’s district, is the largest initial entry training facility for the US Army. Congressman Wilson also serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness where he oversees the committee’s readiness initiatives.
Supporting Military Families
“As the former Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee and current Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, I appreciate how critical the success and happiness of military families are to troop readiness and retention. This amendment provides greater support to families with school-aged children, allowing them to relocate at semester breaks rather than in the middle of the school year, and provides greater flexibility for the career or education of military spouses. Families are the backbone of our military. We should support them as they stand up and sacrifice for us.”
The military family stability amendment introduced by Congressman Wilson supports military families by giving them greater flexibility to plan for relocation. It grants families the option of remain in their existing station for up to six months or relocate up to six months early of a permanent change of station. It further allows families to choose where to use their housing allowance. The amendment passed by voice vote.
MOX / Nuclear Security
“I am grateful that the NDAA continues construction of the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MOX) at the Savannah River Site to avoid the communities of South Carolina and Georgia to be a dumping ground for plutonium waste. This facility is critical to our national security and environmental clean-up missions converting weapons-grade plutonium into green fuel. The NDAA also provides resources for the environmental management missions at the Savannah River Site.”
The NDAA funds MOX at $340 million, and includes specific language requiring the funding go towards continued construction of the facility.
Supporting the Global Engagement Center
“Recently, we have noticed a disturbing trend as states and terrorist organizations direct and sponsor propaganda and disinformation activities. The propaganda and disinformation threats to the United States and our allies have increased from both state and non-state actors and threaten both military and diplomatic targets. Counterpropaganda is increasingly becoming a critical component of our national security, and we should seek to coordinate efforts between State and Defense.”
Congressman Wilson’s bipartisan amendment, introduced with Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), would direct the Secretary of Defense to brief the committee by February 15, 2018, about the opportunities to increase DOD and military support and integration with the Global Engagement Center and maximize its impact.
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
“In the past, BRAC rounds have been used without appropriate study, incur significant costs, and jeopardized valuable military communities. I am grateful that this year’s NDAA specifically prohibits the consideration of a BRAC round.”
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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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