Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after the House passed the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012 (PNTR):
Wilson stated, "The passage of today's bipartisan legislation is a step in the right direction to put our economy back on the path to prosperity. With record unemployment and weak economic growth, our nation needs to practice comprehensive free trade principles that will businesses the ability to grow and prosper. By granting permanent normal trade relations with Russia, America's businesses and workers will be able to fairly compete with the services provided by those in foreign countries. As a result, South Carolina farmers and manufacturers will benefit significantly. I am hopeful that with Russia joining the World Trade Organization, the United States will be able to practice fair and transparent trade with them in the future."