Wilson Outraged by Senator Hollings’ Vote Against Troops

Oct 3, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson, (R-S.C.) made the following remarks in response to a vote by Senator Ernest Hollings, (D-S.C.), against passage of S. Amdt. 1795, a resolution commending the Armed Forces of the United States in the War on Terrorism. Senator Hollings was the only senator to vote against passage of the resolution, which passed yesterday 98-1. “Senator Hollings’ vote against our troops is insulting to those serving in uniform, to their families and to the people of South Carolina,” said Congressman Wilson. In explaining his vote, Senator Hollings said on the Senate Floor, “If we really supported our troops, we would pay for this war.” “It is ridiculous for Senator Hollings to vote against our troops, claiming we haven’t paid for the war,” said Congressman Wilson. “He has spent his career voting for trillions of dollars in federal spending, yet when it comes to funding our military, he has consistently fallen short. He opposed Ronald Reagan’s defense buildup in the 1980’s that helped defeat Communism, he supported Bill Clinton’s gutting of the military in the 1990’s, and he has consistently called for cutting defense spending.” “If Senator Hollings really supported our troops he would have voted for the resolution. Instead, he chose to vote against a resolution that expressed sympathy to the families of those wounded or killed in the War on Terror. He voted against commending our men and women who have sweated, bled, and died to protect our children from future terrorist attacks. Senator Hollings can try to explain this away all he wants, but actions speak louder than words,” said Congressman Wilson. “Senator Hollings also called this resolution a waste of the Senate’s time. Yet, I believe we cannot thank our troops enough, which is why I do so every chance I can on the House Floor. Senator Hollings owes an apology to our Armed Forces,” said Congressman Wilson. ###