Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2th District of South Carolina

Wilson Applauds House Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

May 22, 2014
Press Release

Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel issued the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of FY2015.  This piece of legislation is the avenue for funding our military and vital national security projects.

“Our brave men and women in uniform must remain capable and equipped to defend themselves and American families from our enemies.  Providing for a strong national defense should be Congress’s number one priority. I am very pleased that this year’s National Defense Authorization Act promotes this goal.

“As a 31-year veteran of the South Carolina Army National Guard and grateful father of three Guard members, I understand the importance of each sovereign state’s reserve force and the role these volunteers play in protecting our national security. Defense sequestration has caused the Administration to place some of our most precious resources on the chopping block. I am pleased that this year’s NDAA includes a bipartisan amendment I proposed in Committee with Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) that preserves the National Guard’s purpose.

“Upholding our nuclear nonproliferation agreements is not up for negotiation. I understand the MOX facility is of vital national security importance and I support its completion. For far too long, Washington’s budget battles have spilled into the homes of dedicated Site workers. The people of Aiken and Barnwell counties deserve consistency.   I am very pleased that a provision agreed upon in this bill supports future construction and requires a nonpartisan third party to determine a true cost estimate. MOX is essential to our national security as it honors nonproliferation agreements, converts weapons grade plutonium into green fuel, and promotes environmental cleanup.

“In the months ahead, I look forward to working with Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Tim Scott to ensure these provisions remain in the National Defense Authorization Act before it is delivered to the President’s desk for signature.”