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

Sep 11, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) delivered the following remarks this afternoon on the floor of the House of Representatives in recognition of the anniversary of 9/11 and the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

“Mr. Speaker, twelve years ago, our nation was attacked by jihadists who sought to destroy our freedoms. Today, we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who lost their lives in New York, Washington, and Shanksville. We also pay tribute to those who have successfully fought in Afghanistan and Iraq to keep us safe by defeating terrorists overseas.

Sep 10, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of Subcommittee on Military Personnel, issued the following statement after today's House Armed Services Committee hearing on Syria.  Witnesses included Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.

Sep 4, 2013 Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, issued the following statement after questioning Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey at the House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on a potential military strike against Syria.

Aug 7, 2013 Editorial
Your editorial citing “Budget cuts are hurting military” is on point, but your assertion that sequestration was conjured by Republicans is incorrect. On page 342 of Bob Woodward’s book, “The Price of Politics,” sequestration is attributed to the president. In fact, House Republicans voted twice last year to avoid the sequester and addressed the issue in this year’s House passed budget. Unfortunately, the Senate has ignored all of our initiatives and has refused to vote on a replacement.
Aug 1, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Joe Wilson (SC), Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, made the following opening statement as prepared for delivery at a hearing on Department of Defense’s Challenges in Accounting for Missing Persons from Past Conflicts.