Congressman Joe Wilson currently serves on three committees consisting of subcommittees that oversee specific types of legislation. To learn more about the jurisdiction of the subcommittees Joe serves on, please read the following information:

House Armed Services Committee

The House Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over general defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, and the Cooperative Threat Reduction program. Additionally, it has jurisdiction over specific issues such as counter-drug programs, detainee affairs and policy, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, and the Department of Energy nonproliferation programs. For more information about the House Armed Services Committee, please visit the committee’s website.

The House Armed Services Committee maintains six permanent subcommittees and an Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Each of our subcommittees has differing jurisdictions, which overlap on key issues, but all are dedicated to providing for the men and women of America's Armed Forces and the nation's common defense. I am honored to serve on the Subcommittees on Readiness and Strategic Forces.


The Readiness Subcommittee has oversight of over $250 billion. The subcommittee directly oversees aspects of the military such as readiness, training, logistics, maintenance, military construction, installations, and family housing issues. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD. The Readiness Subcommittee makes sure that our troops are properly trained and their equipment is properly maintained so they can succeed in their missions. The subcommittee also ensures our troops have the facilities and services they deserve when they return home. Please visit the subcommittee’s website for more information.


The Strategic Forces Subcommittee oversees our nation’s nuclear weapons, ballistic missile defense, national security space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs including the Savannah River Site. It makes sure our nation is properly prepared for any missile or nuclear attacks.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs considers legislation that impacts the international community and oversees the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act. The committee is responsible for oversight and legislation relating to foreign assistance, treaties and other international agreements, international law, international broadcasting, and international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities. For more information about the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, please visit the committee’s website.


The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the following within the Middle East and North Africa: Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations; Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims; Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act; Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries; Oversight of regional lending institutions; Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions; Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region; Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts; Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region; Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee; and such other matters as the Chairman of the full Committee may determine.

House Committee on Education and Labor

The House Education and the Labor Committee oversees programs that affect all Americans, from early learning and higher education to job training and retirement security.


Matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees, including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor-Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and employment-related health and retirement security, including but not limited to pension, health, other employee benefits, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.