Representative Addison 'Joe' Graves Wilson, Sr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 2, Republican
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Joe Wilson, Sr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Joe Wilson, Sr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 South Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I am pro life and look forward to a time when we respect the rights of all human beings, including the unborn."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I am pro-life and look forward to a time when we respect the rights of all human beings, including the unborn."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion. Other or expanded principles: "I am pro life and look forward to a time when we respect the rights of all human beings, including the unborn."
  • Joe Wilson. House Republicans: A Proud and Positive 10-year Record of Achievement. 22 September 2004. "Mr. Speaker, for the last 10 years, the House Republican majority has built a proud and positive record that has improved the lives of American families. In 1994, Republicans were overwhelmingly elected to bring leadership and accountability to Washington. Republicans had a clear vision to restore fiscal responsibility, rebuild our defense and intelligence, and create jobs through relieving the tax burden and reforming welfare, improving education for our children, protecting the lives of the unborn and the sanctity of marriage, and leading with honesty and integrity." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Supports Sanctitiy of Life. "The bill we are today considering disregards our inalienable right to life as well as recent medical breakthroughs [¦] Were we given the opportunity to examine these new findings in committee and hear scientific testimony, I am confident we could forge a compromise that progresses medical research while protecting unborn embryos." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Joe Wilson a rating of 6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Joe Wilson voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 1996 South Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. President's Second Stimulus Increases Debt and Taxes. 13 September 2011. "House Republicans remain committed to working together in order to create job growth and promote an environment that allows for small businesses to hire workers. Sadly, the administration's proposal pushes new taxes on small businesses, which would create an environment that destroys jobs. The President was previously correct, saying you do not increase taxes in a recession. Raising taxes destroys jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Cut spending on unnecessary programs, cut wasteful spending, reduce spending on mandatory programs"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 90 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 86 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Joe Wilson, pledge to the taxpayers of the (2nd district of the) state of South Carolina and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. "It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. New Taxes Kill Jobs. 13 July 2011. "The latest news on the debt limit talks shows yet again how out of touch this current administration is with the American people. Cut the spending. Do not impose new taxes which will kill jobs which need to be developed by small businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. House Republicans Leading the Way to Responsibility. 20 July 2011. "Rather than devise a plan of their own, liberals in Congress simply want to raise taxes. These taxes will harm more families and kill more jobs. As the President said in 2009, 'You don't raise taxes in a recession.' Of course, today we have nearly 15 million unemployed persons in our country. Unemployment under the failed policies of our President has increased to 9.2 percent. We need to change course." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Strengthening our Economy. 21 September 2011. "The strongest way to spur the economy is to cut back on out-of-control government spending, cut out waste and inefficiencies, and keep taxes low, so that Americans not only keep more of what they earn but have a government that respects their wallets." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 21 September 2011. "My top priority is to provide tax relief for American families and American businesses so they can be the engine of economic growth not the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. The President Still Stands for the Tax Man. 15 April 2011. "Mr. Speaker, as Americans know, today is the annual Tax Day, April 15. I bring this up because, finally, the President has joined in the discussion of our country's dangerous deficits. On Wednesday, he announced his scheme to reduce the out-of-control deficits his administration promoted--raising taxes--proving yet again that liberals still look to the tax man to solve their inability to manage a budget. Americans do not want this. The tea party is correct: taxed enough already, T-E-A. Raising taxes on small businesses does nothing but kill jobs while keeping unemployment levels above 9 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Gruesome Anniversary of Failed Stimulus. 11 February 2011. "Mr. Speaker, yesterday marked the gruesome second anniversary of the administration's misnamed stimulus plan. When this irresponsible plan of massive spending was introduced, liberals promised unemployment would not exceed 8 percent. At that time, House Republicans, led by John Boehner, explained that our Nation cannot borrow and spend our way to prosperity, and the failure of this stimulus plan is a sad reminder of this." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Republicans Poised to Keep Job Creation at the Forefront of Legislation. 9 February 2011. "Yet again, the jobs report is dismal. Out-of-control spending coupled with failed stimulus plans have proven to do nothing to address the unemployment rate in America. These political gimmicks have only left our nation with empty promises coupled with larger deficits and debts." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Strengthening our National Economy. 19 September 2011. "I am proud to have introduced legislation in the 110th Congress that provides a bonus depreciation of 50% for machinery or equipment purchased by American companies. This type of market-oriented approach provides an incentive for businesses to grow, and I am grateful that such an idea was included in the economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed into law earlier this year. This type of approach means we are helping the economy and American companies grow without relying on massive taxpayer funded bailouts or unnecessary government over-regulation which only stifles economic growth in the long-run." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Stimulus Misinformation. 19 July 2010. "When unemployment numbers hover around 10 percent and when stimulus dollars are not reported accurately, it is no wonder that, in the opinion of most Americans, stimulus spending is not working. This sentiment is highlighted by a recent CBS poll, showing that 74 percent of Americans believe that the stimulus had no impact or has made things worse. It is time for an audit of this failed policy, and it is clearly time to stop spending time and taxpayer money promoting a failed program and to, instead, focus on implementing policies that will actually create long-term, private-sector jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson: "When It Comes to Wasteful Washington Spending, All Signs Point to the Stimulus." 14 July 2010. "Washington liberals promised the American people the stimulus would create jobs and keep unemployment under eight percent. A year and a half later, with unemployment hovering around double digits, the so-called stimulus has unmistakably failed to create long-term private sector jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. YouCut.15 July 2010. "A year and a half after the spending stimulus passed, unemployment has risen to 10 percent, as the so-called stimulus has failed to create jobs. But liberals cleverly came up with propaganda to push Americans on this failed policy at a cost of up to $10,000 a sign. Stimulus signs are nationwide. If we eliminated this waste, $20 million could be saved. When it comes to wasteful Washington spending, all signs point to the stimulus." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Joe Wilson. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Joe Wilson voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 95 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Joe Wilson a rating of 87 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. As SC Unemployment Rises to 11%, Wilson Calls for Less Gov Spending and More Tax Relief. 21 September 2010. "We need to look no further than the failed 'stimulus' bill for a recent example of how billions in government spending fails to create long-term private sector jobs. Month after month, South Carolinians continue to find themselves without a job. Congress should not let another day, let alone another month, go by without providing job creation incentives and passing tax relief for small businesses and hardworking families." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Families Need Jobs. 7 August 2011. "The only way to describe the country's job numbers during that time is a failure of leadership. Private employment is now 1.8 million below the level from when the wasteful stimulus passed. Where are the jobs, Mr. President? This administration's policies are crippling our economy and killing job creation. The President's reelection campaign says the unemployment rate does not matter, but American families know better. The House Republicans' 'Cut and Grow' plan is very simple: First cut spending, then the economy will grow. This is a practical solution to get Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)."
  • Joe Wilson. Committee Leaders Voice Support for K-12 Education Reform Bills. 15 February 2012. "Over the past few decades, the federal government has created mandates that limit our students by not providing room for academic achievement. In order to reduce red tape and foster learning excellence, federal bureaucrats must return the responsibility for student achievement to states and locally elected school boards. It is my hope that with the passage of these two final education reform bills, educators will continue to be innovative and students will thrive in an environment that is accountable and flexible." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Statement on Passage of Head Start. 15 November 2007. "By raising teacher qualifications, we are ensuring that a greater number of Head Start teachers are fully prepared and versed in early education. This concentration on childhood development will help foster Head Start programs that are better focused on the fundamental skills of language, reading, and mathematics. As with any government program, it is vital that we take full advantage of limited resources and personnel by establishing a good governance structure. I am reassured by the parental involvement provisions that have been included in this reauthorization. No one has a better understanding of the needs of their children than parents, and their involvement is imperative if we are to establish a program that can reach its full potential." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Educating Tomorrow's Leaders. 21 September 2011. "As a father of four, I believe in a locally-administered and locally-crafted education policy - one that values the input of professional educators and addresses the needs of our teachers, administrators, parents, and, above all, our children. After all, these are the people who know best the needs of our schools and our communities. Our children's future will be brighter and their achievements far greater, if we dedicate ourselves to building strong schools from the ground up rather than through a Washington-based bureaucratic maze [¦] We can address those needs by crafting a policy similar to the plan outlined in the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act or A-PLUS Act, a bill I have been a strong supporter of, which allows states to design educational programs for their local students while accepting responsibility for providing quality education and still remaining accountable through annual reviews by the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2011. "I support giving state and local officials even more flexibility to help them tailor programs to more closely meet their students' unique needs. A-PLUS allows each state the opportunity to submit to the Secretary of Education a declaration of intent, authorizing the State to assume full responsibility for the educational needs of its students. Following the declaration, participating states can streamline federal funds and direct them toward state-driven educational programs. States must submit annual progress reports to parents and taxpayers, thus holding them accountable for student performance." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
  • Joe Wilson. The Return Of Big Government And Its Big Failures. 16 December 2009. "Just a fraction of the nearly trillion-dollar stimulus package went to traditional activities like road construction, while billions were devoted to significant policy changes -- including a program designed to reshape our educational system -- that had little or nothing to do with putting Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind)." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education. Other or expanded principles: "I support reforms to No Child Left Behind to empower local schools districts to make the best decisions for students and their families."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category. d) Education"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Joe Wilson. America's Energy Independence. 2 June 2009. "Right now, big government supporters in Washington are trying to impose a national energy tax on Americans. This cap and trade scheme is bad for your family budget; it is bad for the competitiveness of American businesses in the global economy; and it will have a marginal if any effect on the global environment. I am opposed to a national energy tax, because it places the burden of cleaner energy onto the backs of hard working South Carolina families who will see the price of this plan on their home utility bills. I believe there is a better way forward in the form of a comprehensive energy strategy." (www.joewilsonforcongress.com)
  • Joe Wilson. National Energy Tax Would Eliminate Jobs. "Mr. Speaker, it is troubling that with so many other strategies to move our country toward a cleaner energy future, there are still some advocating a national energy tax. This tax will attack the budget of American families, costing an extra three thousand dollars each year and it will drive businesses and the jobs they create overseas." (www.youtube.com)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 10 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Joe Wilson voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson signed the Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax Pledge. 29 March 2010. "I, Joe Wilson, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of South Carolina and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.noclimatetax.com)
  • Joe Wilson. The State Op-Ed: An Unnecessary Burden. 1 June 2009. "With gas prices slowly rising, it would seem absurd for Congress to be charging forward with a massive new energy tax. Nevertheless, under an ineffective and high-tax proposal called cap and trade, Democrats are poised to increase the burden on American families and small business. Their cap-and-tax program will raise the price at the pump while increasing your home utility bills and the price of any product that required energy to produce." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson: "Rather than Cap, Trade, and Tax We Should be Promoting Proven Alternatives like Nuclear Energy." 4 March 2009. "Raising taxes during an economic recession will only prolong the downturn or squander economic gains that may be made during a recovery. Raising energy prices on American families is not the correct course of action to either limit carbon emissions or expand the federal government's coffers for more government spending. Rather than cap, trade, and tax we should be promoting proven alternatives like nuclear energy. In South Carolina, we get nearly 50% of our electricity from nuclear power. This is a technology that can advance our energy infrastructure and contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson: Handgun Ruling is "Shot in the Arm." September 3 2007. "Today's decision by the DC Court of Appeals is a shot in the arm for Second Amendment advocates. For too long DC residents have been denied the fundamental right to protect themselves and their families. This is truly a victory for law-abiding, gun-owning citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Responds to Supreme Court Decisions. 26 June 2008. "With today's decision, the Supreme Court has ended over three decades of unconstitutional prejudice against the citizens of Washington, D.C. While Americans around this nation have been able to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights, those living in our nation's capital have seen those rights trampled upon. After the DC gun ban was passed, crime escalated. In South Carolina, certain violent crimes decreased upon the passage of a concealed weapons law. Now that the residents of Washington, D.C. have their constitutional rights restored, families can once again protect themselves and their property." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Triumph of Second Amendment Rights. 12 March 2007. "Mr. Speaker, last Friday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned one of the most unfair laws on the books. The Court upheld second amendment rights and struck down D.C.'s misguided law prohibiting handgun ownership. For too long D.C. residents have been denied the fundamental right to protect themselves and their families. This ruling is truly a victory for law-abiding, gun-owning citizens in the tradition of the late Rick Daniel, who championed the success of concealed weapons permits in South Carolina." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. New Taxes Kill Jobs. 13 July 2011. "I would like to join with my colleague from Illinois, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, in congratulating the people of Wisconsin on passing a concealed weapons bill. I think they'll find, as we have found in South Carolina, that having a concealed carry permit--we call it Law Abiding Citizen's Self-Defense Act--that the consequence of this a number of years ago now has been a reduction in crime. In fact, many of the people who--as I was a floor leader in the State Senate to propose the concealed carry law, so many of the people who opposed it, and they opposed it thinking that they were doing correctly, have subsequently told me that they really are thrilled that now it has passed, that it, indeed, has promoted a reduction in crime in our State. And I know the same will be true in Wisconsin and possibly one day in Illinois." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. In Appreciation of the NRA. 19 June 2007. "I'm especially pleased that the National Rifle Association, of which I'm a proud member, was active in supporting this effort. I'm also thankful John Goodwin, previously with former Congressman Rob Simmons, has recently joined their able team. The NRA plays a vital role in promoting second amendment rights, and I appreciate their work. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families affected by the Virginia Tech shootings. I urge the Senate to quickly consider H.R. 2640 to ensure guns are available to law-abiding citizens and kept from the hands of criminals." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Gun Control Doesn't Work. 12 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I find it extremely ironic that on the same day Washington Police Chief Charles Ramsey declared a crime emergency, The Washington Post has published another misguided editorial promoting the failed efforts of gun control. The editorial attacked Members of Congress for failing to further restrict Americans' second amendment rights. The Post specifically criticized my statement that 'responsible and law-abiding citizens do not need the government to tell them to be safe.'' Perhaps they forgot, while the District of Columbia has some of the most restrictive gun laws in our country, it also has one of the highest murder rates in the Nation. Thirteen people have been killed in Washington in only the past 12 days." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Joe Wilson a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Joe Wilson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Joe Wilson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 South Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 South Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. c) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2000 South Carolina State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories. d) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Statement On Passage Of Democrat Health Care Bill In Education And Labor Committee. 17 July 2007. "Republicans continue to fight to preserve choice and quality in our health care system and to protect small businesses from burdensome job killing mandates and tax hikes. We must enact reforms because the status quo is clearly unacceptable. Republicans are presenting a commonsense set of solutions that will help American families afford quality and portable health care regardless of pre-existing conditions, empower not tax small businesses to offer health insurance for their employees, and preserve choice and innovation in our health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson: "Don't Muddy Up Small Business Relief with Job-Killing Tax Hikes." 30 July 2010. "Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) supported Republican efforts yesterday to repeal the job-killing mandate in the government health care takeover that requires unnecessary '1099' reporting requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Building a 21st Century Health Care System. 21 September 2011. "South Carolinians are well aware that our health care system is costly and difficult to navigate. I believe we can help Americans afford health care without handing over health care decisions to Washington bureaucrats [¦] A government run system would only limit choice and therefore quality." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Next Step: Real Reform to Obamacare. 20 January 2011. "Madam Speaker, yesterday the House passed a bill that repealed the liberal unconstitutional health care takeover. I would like to congratulate my colleagues who voted in favor of the repeal of the job-killing health law act. The winning margin was new conservative Members elected in November to truly promote limited government and expanded freedom." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Republicans Follow Through on the Pledge to America. 18 February 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend the Republican House Leadership for following through on the Pledge to America. While the Democratic legislators in Wisconsin are fleeing from their responsibility, Republicans in Washington are working virtually around the clock into the weekend to create jobs by reducing excessive spending. In these first few weeks of the 112th Congress, Leadership has navigated the House through a flurry of activity. House Republicans have made good on several campaign promises such as: reducing government spending by cutting Congressional office budgets, stopping unnecessary printing, and repealing Obamacare which the NFIB reports will kill 1.6 million jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. The Island Packet - Op-Ed: Time to Support Small Businesses, Not Burden Them. 9 March 2011. "The early months of the new Congress have been filled with new legislation. House Republicans have looked to create jobs not only by limiting the growth of government, stopping Obamacare and reducing spending to the tune of $100 Billion, but also by making life a little easier for small businesses with H.R. 4. I firmly believe out-of-control government spending does not create jobs. Rather, it is the small businesses in this country that will set us back on the road to prosperity. It is government's job to stay out of the way." (votesmart.org)

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  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson: Congress is Working to Combat Illegal Immigration. 2 September 2006. "Senate Democrats are finding the Reid-Kennedy amnesty plan is a non-starter with the American public. As a result, they considered the ‘Secure Fence Act' this week, and I encourage my Senate colleagues to quickly approve it and the remaining House border security package." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Joe Wilson in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Joe Wilson in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Joe Wilson voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Immigration Bill Would Protect Americans and American Sovereignty. 7 September 2007. "This bill provides some necessary improvements to our current immigration laws that will help local and federal law enforcement work together toward the common goal of protecting our communities. It is incredibly disappointing that barriers remain within our law enforcement communities, which undermine our ability to arrest, track, and deport illegal immigrants - in other words, enforce the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson to Participate in Immigration Enforcement, Employment Verification Field Hearing. 27 July 2007. "Throughout August, we will take our case to the American public. With various field hearings, we will differentiate our border-first approach from the Reid-Kennedy amnesty plan. Chairman Ed Royce held two such hearings in July. Mr. Speaker, the response was overwhelming - the American people are on our side! As we continue to debate this issue, I hope Senate Democrats will realize what the average American already understands: We cannot address illegal immigration without addressing border security." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Letter to President Obama. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift [¦] In addition, we are convinced the consequences of implementing this policy, will include, but certainly not be limited to, the loss of public confidence and the encouragement of future illegal immigration [¦] This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. New Policy is Out of Touch with American Families. 19 June 2012. "Mr. Speaker, last Friday, the President revealed a new policy that promotes illegal aliens who are in our country from deportation. This shifts jobs from lawful Americans to illegal aliens. As a former immigration attorney myself, we welcome legal immigrants. In 2009 and 2010, Congress refused to pass legislation giving amnesty to the same individuals included under the President's new policy. Not only is this decision a Presidential abuse of power, it also shows this administration is out of touch with American families who are suffering from lack of jobs. Instead of encouraging policies aimed to help our law-abiding citizens find jobs, the President believes that he should reward those who have broken laws by granting them work permits." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Island Packet - Federal Action On Illegal Immigration Overdue, Say Local Leaders In Response To Arizona. 2 May 2010. "The first situation is that the federal government should enforce the laws we have, which would begin by securing the borders. Legal immigration has been a blessing to this country. It's how most of us got here. Every country in the world has immigration laws, it seems only America isn't enforcing them." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2011. Until our laws are strongly enforced, illegal immigrants will continue to pour across our borders and weaken our national security. Our nation has appropriate immigration laws in place, but they need to be enforced. By doing so, we will create a new generation of dedicated, patriotic American citizens. Legal immigrants have obeyed our laws, and America must demonstrate our commitment to these hard-working individuals by ensuring those who follow our laws are treated courteously by immigration officials and their immigration applications are processed in a timely fashion." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Applauds President Bush's Support of Federal Marriage Amendment. 24 February 2004. "Throughout history, marriage has been defined as the union of a man and a woman. America must keep its moral compass, and we cannot allow a few activist judges and officials to subvert the will of the overwhelming majority." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "j) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "k) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?"
  • Joe Wilson. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Joe Wilson voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Joe Wilson voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Joe Wilson voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Statement on New Jersey Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage. 26 October 2006. "Fortunately for South Carolinians, we do not have to abide by Mrs. Pelosi's San Francisco 'values.' We can take matters into our own hands. Voters this November will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Passage of this amendment will prevent liberal judges from imposing their will upon us." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. House Republicans: A Proud and Positive 10-year Record of Achievement. 22 September 2004. "In the last 10 years, the stock market has more than doubled in value. Poverty has decreased. Unemployment has declined. And household income has risen substantially. We have reformed welfare, passed the Defense of Marriage Act and promoted quality education in our schools, fulfilling the Reagan revolution." (votesmart.org)

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  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Statement on Afghanistan Hearing. 14 October 2009. "We should aggressively pursue a multi-dimensional, counter-insurgency strategy. We must remain vigilant and in pursuit of terrorist organizations operating in both Afghanistan and Pakistan; properly define the role of and train the Afghan National Security Forces -- both police and army units; and help the people of Afghanistan continue to establish a stable, transparent government. We have seen the success of this type of strategy in Iraq." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Support a conditions based withdrawal from Iraq"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?"
  • Joe Wilson. Continuing To Fight Terrorism Across The World. 17 July 2007. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to remind my colleagues that we are engaged in what truly is a global war on terrorism. The war in which we are fighting does not have borders. It is not contained to Iraq and Afghanistan. Again last week the United Kingdom reported that up to eight police officers and several public officials were uncovered with ties to extremist groups, including al Qaeda, who may have also attended terror training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. President Bush Protecting American Families in Global War on Terror. 14 July 2004. "After September 11, we can no longer wait until threats fully materialize before we take action to protect American families. We are truly winning the global war on terror with coalition victories in Iraq and Afghanistan, the dismantling of Libya's weapons programs, the killing of al Qaeda leaders in Saudi Arabia and Algeria, and the capture of terror cells in England, Spain, Turkey, Pakistan, and Jordan. Bin Laden terrorist leader Abu Makki surrendered yesterday in Saudi Arabia." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe Wilson. Providing Better Retirment Choices to the American People. 1 March 2005. "President Bush is boldly leading the way to solve these problems by providing younger Americans with retirement choices and strengthening benefits for today's retirees. Reform offers younger Americans the opportunity to invest their Social Security funds in voluntary personal accounts which will provide higher benefits and allows them to build a nest egg for retirement that the government cannot take away." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Describes Constituents' Strong Support for Strengthening Social Security. 6 April 2005. "After conducting over 20 town meetings with constituents of all ages about this issue, I am more convinced than ever of the need to strengthen Social Security. At the University of South Carolina and Claflin University, college students who are already paying into the system said they want the option of personal retirement accounts, which they can currently calculate at www.heritage.org. While senior citizens on Hilton Head Island understand that their benefits are secure, they are concerned that their children and grandchildren won't receive the money they contribute. And Baby Boomers in Bluffton wished they had been offered the opportunity to participate in personal retirement accounts years ago." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2002 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2008 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "X" for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2010 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2006 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Joe Wilson. Project Vote Smart: 2004 South Carolina Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Joe Wilson supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Wilson Applauds President Bush's Vision on Social Security. 18 April 2005. "Over the past seventy years, the payroll tax has been raised 22 times in previous attempts to fix Social Security. As we now know, these proposals simply didn't address the real challenges facing the system. Fortunately, President Bush is now offering ideas that will provide a lasting solution to the American people. I support his vision of personal accounts, and look forward to working with him to protect benefits for today's retirees, and strengthen Social Security for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe Wilson. Social Security Cannot Be Put Aside Any Longer. 17 April 2005. "I am more convinced than ever that we should address this issue now. We have a moral duty to protect Social Security for today's seniors-it was promised and they have paid their fair share. Their funds (including mine) are protected and should stay that way. To fix the problem for future generations, we also should give younger workers the opportunity to participate in voluntary, personal retirement accounts." (votesmart.org)

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South Carolina Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

100% pro-life record in the US Congress and SC Senate

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I do support full reporting

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

We must maintain a strong national defense and protect American families by defeating the terrorists overseas. It is also critically important that we strive for energy independence by embracing an "all of the above" energy plan. Finally, Congress should repeal and replace the job-killing healthcare takeover with sensible health insurance reform.