The Second District of South Carolina has a rich military tradition with bases in and around the Midlands and Aiken-Barnwell communities. These include Fort Jackson in Columbia which is directly located inside the District; and Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter and Fort Gordon in Augusta, GA, both of which lie just outside the District with many of its personnel living in the Second District. We are proud of our troops and the support they enjoy within South Carolina, and are eternally thankful for their selfless devotion to protecting the American people.
As the father of four sons currently serving in the military and a 31-year veteran of the South Carolina Army National Guard and Reserves, I have always been an enthusiastic and ardent supporter of our brave men and women in uniform. As Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and a member of the House Committee on Armed Services, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work on the national security challenges our nation faces.
After our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, we woke up in a new era of conflict where our service members are now working throughout the world to prevent additional acts of terrorism against the American people and our country's interests. U.S. troops risk their lives daily, in Afghanistan and beyond, as they face terrorists abroad so that we do not have to face them on the streets of America.
Due to the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011, the Department of Defense is expected to suffer an automatic across-the-board $500 billion budget cut over 10 years, also known as Sequestration. These cuts will not be used to reduce our growing national deficit, but instead will be shifted from defense to other departments and agencies. Not only will these cuts threaten our national security, military strength, and defense capabilities, it will also destroy approximately one million jobs across our country while sending a message to enemies we lack resolve to resist their attacks.
From day one, I have made my opposition to Sequestration very clear. We MUST replace the impending cuts to our defense by cutting other unnecessary, government over-reaching programs that are not in place to protect our national security. I believe it is Congress' Constitutional responsibility to ensure our troops receive the best resources available to keep them safe at home and abroad. We must ensure that there is no interruption or restriction of funding for American troops in combat zones.
The United States military has successfully remained the most superior power in the world by practicing President Ronald Reagan’s national security approach of providing peace through strength. It is no accident America has not been attacked in more than a decade. No matter the legislation before me, I will always fight to make sure our military has the equipment and funding they need to do the job we have asked of them, which is to keep the American people safe from foreign threats.
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House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon announces his retirement at the end of the 133th Congress.
“When I was elected to Congress in 2001, Chairman Buck McKeon was one of the first colleagues to offer his friendship and welcome me to Washington. For the past twelve years, I have had the privilege of serving alongside of him and under his leadership on the Education and the Workforce and the Armed Services Committees.
Rep. Joe Wilson (SC) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery at a hearing on Future Recruiting Challenges in the Fiscally Constrained Environment. Witness testimony can be found linked below and on the Committee Repository as prepared for delivery; the committee is no longer providing paper copies of witness testimony.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, released the following statement after touring Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC, and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA, today with House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (FL-01).
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after unveiling his 2014 Legislative Agenda at five press conferences across South Carolina’s Second Congressional District.
“In 2013, we witnessed the disastrous impacts of big government,” Congressman Joe Wilson said. “From the Administration’s failed rollout of Obamacare to the undermining of our national security by sequestration, we know that this type of governance does not bode well for our families, our economy, or our safety.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed a bipartisan budget resolution to fund the government. This legislation provides two years of budget certainty for the federal government. In years past, the federal government has operated under continuing resolutions.