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 27, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the South Carolina Senate voted to pass legislation that would allow for online retailer Amazon to create 2,000 jobs to the Midlands:

“I am thankful the South Carolina Senate passed this legislation. Amazon is one step closer to completing its $125 million distribution facility that will bring 2,000 new jobs to the Midlands.

May 26, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statement after today’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions hearing focused on “Corporate Campaigns and the NLRB: The Impact of Union Pressure on Job Creation.”

May 24, 2011 Press Release

In further action aimed at preserving the freedom of right-to-work states, Rep. Tim Scott (SC-01) introduced The Job Protection Act to underscore current protection of state laws in the National Labor Relations Act.  Initiated with his South Carolina colleagues, Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04), this legislation will prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with their case against Boeing or attempting similar action against other companies.

May 18, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to create 2,000 jobs in the Midlands:

“I would like to congratulate the South Carolina House of Representatives for passing legislation that creates 2,000 new jobs by in the Midlands of South Carolina. I now encourage the South Carolina Senate to follow the House’s lead in promoting job creation.”

May 11, 2011 Article
Over the last two years, the price of a gallon of gasoline has more than doubled. In January of 2009, the nationwide average was $1.84. Today, that same gallon could cost you $4.00. During his campaign, the President promised to skyrocket energy costs. Domestic oil production in the United States has decreased by 16% since 2010. Higher fuel costs affect so many aspects of our lives: grocery bills, commuting costs, and job opportunities just to name a few.