Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Press Releases

Jun 26, 2003 Press Release
“With the death of Strom Thurmond, South Carolina has lost its greatest statesman of the 20th Century, just as John C. Calhoun was the most revered South Carolinian of the 19th Century,” said Rep. Wilson. “Strom Thurmond cannot and never will be replaced in the countless hearts of those that loved and respected him.”
Jun 25, 2003 Press Release
Martin native dies while serving in Iraq
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in sadness to report the third death that has touched the Second District of South Carolina during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Twenty-one year-old Army Specialist Orenthial J. Smith paid the ultimate sacrifice in the War Against Terrorism when he was killed during an ambush on his convoy south of Baghdad on Sunday. He was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, and lived in nearby Martin in Allendale County,” said Rep. Wilson.
Jun 19, 2003 Press Release
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) voted in favor of a bill to improve access and reduce costs of quality health care to Americans who need it most - employees of small businesses. The Small Business Health Fairness Act, (H.R. 660) passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 262-162.
May 21, 2003 Press Release
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the vital work of Emergency Medical Service professionals. These highly-trained specialists are able to respond at a moments notice, knowing that a matter of seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Rep. Wilson.
May 21, 2003 Press Release
“This idea of increasing the federal gas tax is simply wrong. We don’t need it, and Americans don’t want it,” said Rep. Wilson. “There are real highway needs that should be prioritized, but rather than take more from people’s wallets, we need to stop raiding the highway funds for projects unrelated to roads.”
May 14, 2003 Press Release
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank Lt. Col. Michael Viers for his selfless sacrifice in helping to save the life of little girl in Second District of South Carolina,” said Rep. Wilson.
May 12, 2003 Press Release
SC one of Sixteen Eligible States That Exceeded Workforce Investment Goals
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) announced $1.8 million in incentive grants would be awarded to South Carolina under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
May 9, 2003 Press Release
Bill Includes Wilson’s Pro-Growth Bonus Depreciation Initiative
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) voted in favor of H.R. 2, President George W. Bush’s Jobs and Growth Act of 2003. Rep. Wilson co-sponsored the bill, which passed by a vote of 222-203. Ways & Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) included in the provision an increase in bonus depreciation from 30 percent to 50 percent through 2005, an initiative virtually identical to the bill introduced by Rep. Wilson, H.R. 223, and the Business Expensing Act of 2003.
May 8, 2003 Press Release
President’s Jobs and Growth Package “exactly the right plan at the right time”
"I am appreciative that Bonus Depreciation will be increased from 30% to 50% for three years if this plan is passed, an initiative similar to (H.R. 223) The Business Expensing Act of 2003, which I introduced this year. This proposal was championed by Rep. Jerry Weller, recognizing that when businesses can save money immediately on buying new equipment, more money is put into the economy and more jobs are created."
May 8, 2003 Press Release
South Carolina Troops Welcomed Home with Pay Raise and Other Benefits
“As many of our Beaufort Marines return today, we are reminded of their valor and dedication,” said Rep. Wilson, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “We owe them and their families our deep gratitude. I’m happy to report our troops will receive another pay raise, along with other important benefits.”

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