Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Rep. Wilson Statement on President Donald Trump and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney's FY19 Budget Outline

Feb 12, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Wilson’s Statement on President Donald Trump and OMB Director Mulvaney’s FY19 Budget Request

West Columbia, S.C. – Representative Joe Wilson (R-Springdale) released the following statement after President Donald Trump and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney released the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019.

“I am grateful that President Donald Trump and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney have produced a budget outline that prioritizes a strong national defense and a robust American economy that creates jobs. This budget outline provides $716 billion for our national defense, including a 2.6% pay raise for the troops, and $18 billion for a border wall. Reducing the deficit is a priority, including a $1.7 trillion reduction in mandatory spending over 10 years, a 2% reduction in non-defense discretionary funding starting in 2019, and a commitment to achieve savings by reducing regulation.” 

“The administration’s funding proposal continues to invest in many of the critical missions at the Savannah River Site – although it unfortunately proposes terminating the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, once again. Sadly, the budget request also neglects to include funding for the Charleston Harbor Post 45 deepening project. Adequate federal funding is critical to ensuring that this project is completed in a timely and efficient manner.”

The Port of Charleston contributes $53 billion in annual economic impact to the state of South Carolina. In the Midlands and Aiken-Barnwell area, the Port has a $13.6 billion economic impact and supports 1 in 12 jobs in the region.