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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Jul 29, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Budget Control Act:

“Washington is broken and we need to stop its out-of-control spending. Due to the inaction of both Democrats in the Senate and the current Administration, our nation’s debt ceiling is now at a critical juncture. This past November, Americans made it clear they expect their elected leaders to make meaningful fiscal reforms today so as to not burden future generations with crushing deficits and debts tomorrow.

Jul 24, 2011 Article
Last November, voters across America, including in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, ushered in a new wave of conservatism that would put an end to out-of-control government spending fueled by over-reaching policies such as failed stimulus plans. By electing the largest conservative majority in the House since 1946, Washington was sent a very clear message: Stop spending money America does not have and focus on our nation's economy.

Jul 20, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after becoming an original co-sponsor of the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. The Act was introduced by Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) and co-sponsored by Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN), and Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

Jul 20, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations announced it would be investing an additional $135 million to expand operations in Aiken County that would create 122 full-time and contractor positions in the following year. The company plans to expand its current facility by 266,000 square feet and produce an additional 4,750 passenger and light truck tires per day:

Jul 19, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011, H.R. 2560, by a vote of 234-190:

“The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011 provides legitimate long-term reforms to Washington’s runaway spending. As an original co-sponsor of this Act, I firmly believe this legislation will force Washington to do what families and small businesses must do every day: balance the budget.