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
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following statement after President Donald Trump directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations:
“The elevation of the United States Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operation is a significant advancement towards improving our defense and strength as a nation in combatting cyberspace threats.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to sanction North Korea:
“The unanimous passage of the most substantial sanctions against North Korea at the United Nations is a remarkable win for both President Donald Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley. Indeed, it goes to show that we must work with our international partners, like China, in order to enact and enforce meaningful sanctions against the communist, totalitarian regime in Pyongyang.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after North Korea reportedly tested a ballistic missile:
Washington, DC – The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific marked up and reported the North Korea Travel Control Act (H.R. 2372), introduced by Rep. Schiff and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), to the full committee. This bill would instruct the Secretary of State to restrict the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea when the primary purpose is tourism, and require all travelers to notify the State Department of their travel and seek prior approval.
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed strong sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea:
“By overwhelmingly passing the sanctions bill, Congress has sent a clear message to North Korea, Iran, and Russia – or any rogue regime that would threaten our families or democracy around the globe: your behavior will not stand. Today’s sanctions package is an important component of peace through strength and should serve as a strong encouragement for these aggressive states to change course.”