As members of a global community, the United States and all nations of the world have much to learn from each other. Our nation has a proud history of leading the world in times of peace and times of war. We have formed coalitions of nations to depose tyrannical dictators that threatened the freedoms and safety of our citizens and allies. Together with our friends we have drawn attention to humanitarian crises and worked to improve the quality of life in those parts of the world that live in poverty and turmoil.
As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have the privilege to help address the issues facing our relationships with nations around the world. As one of only a few members of Congress to serve on both the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee, I have the unique opportunity to contribute to our national dialogue from a military as well as a diplomatic perspective. An open and candid discussion among friendly nations and a clear and consistent message to unfriendly nations will ensure the safety and prosperity of the United States.
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Congressman Joe Wilson’s bipartisan resolution condemning North Korea and calling for all available sanctions passed the House tonight by a vote of 398 to 3.
Earlier today, Congressman Wilson spoke on the House Floor urging its passage:
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed H.Res. 92, a resolution Congressman Wilson introduced to condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile program and calling for the applicability of all available sanctions:
On Monday, March 20, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) joined Rebeccah Heinrichs, and Arthur Herman, fellows at the Hudson Institute, for a discussion on the growing threat North Korea poses to the United States and our allies.
The panel discussed the growing threat of North Korea’s medium to long range missiles, capabilities of conventional weapons, and their rapidly progressing nuclear program. They also outlined the importance of missile defense to deter North Korea, specifically the THAAD missile defense system and the Boost-Phase Interceptor system.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the United States deployed the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea:
“The regime in North Korea is growing increasingly irresponsible and aggressive, conducting missile tests and continuing to develop their nuclear weapons program.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) testified before the House Budget Committee today, requesting resources for South Carolina’s critical national security and environmental cleanup missions at Fort Jackson in the Midlands and at the Savannah River Site in the Aiken-Barnwell area.
Remarks as prepared for delivery: