Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson Responds to the State of the Union

Jan 28, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address.

“As Americans tuned into the State of the Union address this evening, they were hopeful the President would provide reassurance that our economy is on its way to recovery. Tonight’s speech was anything but optimistic.

“Since he took office in 2009, President Obama has refused to work with Congress.  Instead of making our weak economy his top priority, he has supported an agenda that destroys jobs and discourages America’s small businesses from hiring. His threat to disregard the legislative body by implementing his anti-job growth policies by “pen” and “phone” conveys a new level of irresponsibility.  It undermines the will of the American people.

“The President has the ability to approve construction of the Keystone Pipeline, which will create thousands of immediate shovel ready jobs.  He possesses the means to work with House Republicans to find an alternative to the government healthcare takeover bill.  He is capable of reducing regulations on small businesses, which will allow them to begin hiring again, become more profitable, and increase their hardworking employees’ wages.

“House Republicans have worked tirelessly to promote job creation through actions not words. We’ve passed and will continue to pass dozens of bills that will put Americans back to work. The President ignores our efforts.  He issues veto threats while campaigning around the country offering empty promises.

“The American people expect more from their elected officials.  By passing last month’s bipartisan budget, agreeing to several Obamacare reforms, and protecting our brave men and women in uniform, Congress has shown that we can work together.  It is my hope that the President and his Administration will change course and become part of the team.  The American people deserve better than his type of uncooperative behavior.”