Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) today unveiled his legislation agenda for 2013. Wilson held three press conferences throughout South Carolina's Second Congressional District in West Columbia, Aiken, and North Augusta to announce his priorities for the 113th Congress.
"Throughout the last few years, it has become increasing clear that America does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. With the start of a new Congress, House Republicans have a tremendous opportunity to put our nation back on the path to prosperity, rather than continue down the uncontrolled spiral we have been on for the past four years. In order to achieve this goal, the Senate and the President must work with the House to cut spending and reduce our over $16 trillion national debt before it is too late.
"Our nation has not seen such record unemployment since the Great Depression. An average rate above eight percent for the past four years is completely unacceptable. Over the next year, Congress will help to restore the American people's faith in government and belief that our nation's economy will recover stronger and more vibrant than ever before. This will require removing the government's influence over the private sector and its ability to create jobs through economic growth.
"As always, I remain committed to protecting and promoting our brave men and women in uniform, our military families, and our veterans. In order to protect our national security, our military must maintain its responsiveness and possess the capabilities to promote peace through strength around the world.
"As the 113th session begins, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of South Carolina's Second Congressional District and I look forward to representing them to the best of my ability."
Wilson's Agenda for 2013:
Create Jobs Through Economic Growth: Cut excessive red tape and regulations to help small businesses grow; Work with county, regional and state agencies to attract businesses to South Carolina; Protect South Carolina's "Right to Work" laws; Defund the Government Healthcare Takeover Bill
Reducing Washington's Out of Control Spending: Require a vote on Congressional pay; Make the government more accountable by sponsoring legislation calling for biennial appropriations; Support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution; Efficiencies within federal government agencies
Energy Independence and Efficiency: Promote construction of Keystone XL Pipeline; Fight to ensure South Carolina does not become our nation's dumping ground for Spent Nuclear Fuel; Work to promote clean energy across our state via Energy Saving Performance Contracts
Promote Our Military and Veterans: Maintain our military's responsiveness and capabilities to promote peace through strength; Protect TRICARE benefits and sustain the quality of life for military families as Chairman of the HASC Subcommittee on Military Personnel; Support Guard and Reserve units in their transition following deployments; Assist Veterans with their transition to the workforce