Congressman Joe Wilson's Keynote Speech at Annual Tidewater Meeting

Jun 5, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson's Keynote Speech at Annual Tidewater Meeting

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC)  gave the keynote speech last night at the 50th annual gathering of Development Ministers hosted by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. This annual gathering is known as the “Tidewater” Meeting and was co-hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Excerpts from Congressman Wilson’s speech below;

The USAID has been on the front lines, addressing conflict and post conflict settings by executing assistance programs that save lives and help rebuild war-torn nations.

“While many Americans over-estimate how much is spent on foreign aid, it currently accounts for only one percent of America’s federal budget. Yet, America has remained the largest contributor to peace keeping efforts around the world.

“American values of freedom, justice, and the support for other natural born rights endowed to us by our creator ensures that America will always value the sanctity of life. If we see a country’s people suffering unnecessarily, and we have the ability to help- we have a moral obligation to do so.

“As President Ronald Reagan said, foreign aid is ‘an essential component to our defense efforts.’ If done right, foreign assistance is an indispensable step in alleviating human suffering abroad while also protecting the interests and the security of the United States and our allies.

“As a senior member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a member of over 40 international congressional caucuses, I have continuously promoted the positive benefits of spreading American influence through foreign aid and assistance, and I am hopeful that we can continue to use American’s economic and diplomatic strength for the good and betterment of the world.”