Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2th 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

Dec 27, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) announced his 2017 Legislative Agenda at media presentations across the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, visiting West Columbia, Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, and Orangeburg. “With President-elect Donald Trump and strong majorities in the House and Senate, we have been given a new opportunity to promote positive conservative change,” Wilson said. “I am optimistic for our children and grandchildren—fighting to promote limited government and expanded freedom for American families.”

Sep 28, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA):

“I am grateful to support the Water Resources Development Act, and was pleased that it passed the House today. This bill includes critical funding for deepening the Port of Charleston. By expanding the port’s ability to accommodate larger vessels, we are supporting the more than 187,000 jobs related to the port.  

Sep 13, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) spoke on the House Floor urging the passage of H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, legislation that will help equip all Americans with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce. Wilson is a co-sponsor of the bill.  

Jun 15, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a House Resolution 737:

“I applaud the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Jason Chaffetz, for passing a resolution to censure Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen.

Jun 6, 2016 Press Release

“The Administration’s decision to finalize the overtime rule is yet another regulatory blow that destroys jobs. This mandate especially hurts students, non-profits, and people starting a new career.  This top-down, burdensome regulation will limit job creation, eliminate workplace flexibility, and penalize businesses, hurting hardworking Americans.

“Businesses should be responsible for managing their own employees, not the federal government.”