Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Economy and Jobs

Economic success stems from limited government and expanded freedom. For years, President Obama’s agenda has destroyed jobs and taken more money out of hard earned paychecks. His Administration continues to portray an outlook that our economy is recovering.  Although our unemployment rate is decreasing, it is clear that the President’s failed policies and broken promises are not helping Americans find employment, but simply growing our national debt.

In order to increase national employment and put our economy back on the path to prosperity, our nation must maintain a strong right-to-work workforce.  South Carolina’s positive pro-business environment proves that these policies will create jobs and bring success. I believe we should provide broad, growth-oriented, permanent incentives for economic activity across all sectors and industries, with immediate application and sustained, long-term implications. This will ensure that Washington takes a back seat to Main Street and job creators are empowered to do what they do best—create jobs.  Small businesses, which are America’s job creators, deserve positive encouragement. 

House Republicans know what it takes to get our economy moving again, which is why we have passed over 40 job-creating bills this Congress. Unfortunately, a majority of these pieces of legislation remain stalled in the Senate graveyard awaiting action.

I believe in the power and promise of the American people to do what is necessary to rebuild our economy and to make it stronger.  The government, for its part, needs to be bold but also precise.  Our economy will recover, so we must prepare for that recovery by avoiding actions today that could lead to hyperinflation, high interest rates, and higher taxes in the future.

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More on Economy and Jobs

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the Port of Charleston was included in the Army Corps Work Plan:

“I am thrilled the Charleston port received funding in the Army Corps Work Plan released today. Deepening the Port of Charleston will help grow the economic impact of the port—which already supports thousands of jobs and extensive industry development in our state and across the southeast.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson made the following statement on the President’s budget request:

"I am encouraged by the President’s fresh approach to the budget process, ultimately achieving a balanced budget. However, I have grave concerns that the budget released by the Administration does not align with the President’s commitments to the American people—especially when it comes to national security and defense—and lets down the people of South Carolina.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the South Carolina Peanut Parity Act in the House of Representatives today, critical legislation that would grant South Carolina representation on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Peanut Standards Board.

Congressman Mark Sanford (SC-01), Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04), Congressman James Clyburn (SC-06), and Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) are original co-sponsors of the legislation.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce participated in a markup on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Congressman Wilson spoke in support of the legislation.

May 15, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) participated in a roundtable with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) at Café Strudel, an NFIB member business, in West Columbia today:

“I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with small business owners from the Midlands today and hear about their role in creating jobs and serving their community. I also appreciated hearing about the challenges small businesses face, and discussing how Congress can support their efforts to create jobs.