Wilson Praises Defense Bill Conference Report: Big Win For S.C.
WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Wilson, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after signing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act conference report:
“The defense bill funds our military and vital national security projects, ensures our men and women in uniform have the equipment they need to win the Global War on Terrorism and represents a huge win for South Carolina.
“South Carolina is one of our nation’s proudest military states. We celebrate the men and women of the Armed Forces – from Fort Jackson in the district to Parris Island near Beaufort - who sacrifice every day to keep us safe. They deserve our full support – and in this bill, they have it.
“I am particularly grateful that it permanently extends the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance under the Survivor Benefit Plan. Military families now have permanent relief from the widow’s tax after fighting to repeal it for many years – a cause championed by the late Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Floyd Spence (R-S.C.). Our military personnel risk their lives to defend our nation, and they should be able to trust that the benefits they designate for their spouses and families will be there.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan named Congressman Wilson to serve on the House-Senate conference committee for the 2018 NDAA last month. Conferees worked together to resolve differences between House and Senate-passed versions of a bill that funds the Department of Defense and the Armed Forces of the United States.