Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

National Security

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.



More on National Security

Oct 9, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) delivered the following speech on the House floor in support of H. J. Res. 91, the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act.  This bill that provides death benefits to survivors of military personnel who have fallen during the government shutdown.  When the Pay Our Military Act was passed last week, Congress clearly intended these benefits be provided to our grieving military families.

Oct 4, 2013 Press Release
House Armed Services Committee Press Release
Oct 3, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House passed two different pieces of legislation that appropriate funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and our Guard and Reserve units.

“Today, a bipartisan group in the House passed a common-sense measure to stand with our nation’s deserving veterans and dedicated Reserve and Guard members. We should all agree that funding for these necessary programs and service members should not be up for discussion.

Sep 28, 2013 Article


COLUMBIA, SC — A federal government shutdown, which could come this week, would mean no new federal contracts for S.C. businesses, furloughs for some federal workers and delayed pay for others, who must continue to work because they are deemed essential to protecting life and property.

Sep 24, 2013 Article

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sep 24, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On September 11, 2013, ceremonies were held across the nation to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of that tragic day in 2001. From a farm field in Pennsylvania to a memorial garden outside Washington, D.C., family members, colleagues, and fellow Americans took time to acknowledge the sacrifice those heroes gave.