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Joe Wilson, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House (SC) - District 2


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of HR 4712 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • ""Every life is precious, has value, and is blessed by God," said Congressman Wilson. "Working together with pro-life leaders such South Carolina Citizens for Life -- and its executive director Holly Gatling -- I have fought to protect unborn babies, and I will continue to do so, because those who can't speak for themselves deserve a voice."" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (
  • Rated 87% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "The #TaxCutsandJobsAct promotes more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks." (
  • "Together, we can make the tax code simpler and fairer, allow hardworking taxpayers to keep more of the money they earn and give small businesses more room to grow and create jobs." (
  • Signed Letter to Administrator Verma: "For plan year 2020, we urge the Administration to continue its efforts to promote flexibility and innovation, support value-based arrangements with health care providers, and ensure that any substantive changes to the Medicare Advantage program provide plan sponsors with sufficient time for thorough evaluation and implementation. We also encourage the Administration to build on the enhanced supplemental benefits that were offered this plan year by providing additional flexibility to help drive the next generation of innovative approaches in Medicare to improve health outcomes, while also maintaining robust beneficiary protections." (
  • Rated 6% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • Voted against S 610 "Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act." (
  • Voted against HR 1280 "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021." (
  • "Grateful to cosponsor the companion bill in the House to @SenatorTimScott 's #JUSTICEAct. This is the most significant police reform in 25 years and offers real solutions so our law enforcement officers are better prepared to protect and care for the communities they serve." (
  • "I am grateful to be a co-sponsor of the House companion bill to the JUSTICE Act. The JUSTICE Act includes meaningful reforms to law enforcement that will allow for more training, transparency, and accountability, and will lead to real reforms in the system because it will enable communities and police departments to better work together." (
  • "This year's NDAA represents the ongoing commitment my colleagues and I have for our national security, servicemembers, veterans, and their families. As a Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am grateful for the opportunity to represent my country and the Second District of South Carolina on this critical legislation that advances peace through strength. Enactment of this bill would be the 61st consecutive fiscal year that the NDAA has passed, exhibiting the truly bipartisan nature of the process." (
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "This year's National Defense Authorization Act reaffirms Congress's commitment to our men and women in uniform. Through modernization of the nuclear triad, supporting military families, taking action against the Biden administration's defense budget cuts, making improvements to mission readiness, and demanding answers from the Biden administration on Afghanistan, this bill advances peace through strength." (
  • Voted in favor of S 1605 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022." (
  • "It is sad to me that throughout his two terms, the President has never proposed a budget that balances. The President's record $4.1 trillion budget grows our national debt and passes the buck to our children and grandchildren. We need meaningful reforms that will create jobs and support national defense--not new taxes which would increase the gas tax by 24 cents a gallon." (
  • "I am grateful to our President for his plan to continue promoting safe and legal immigration, rebuilding America's infrastructure, working closely with our global partners, defending Israel, lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and providing our military with the resources needed to be successful in defending our nation, among many other things." (
  • Voted against HR 3684 "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act." (
  • "Today, I spoke on the House Floor in favor of the CARES Act. I am grateful to stand by President Trump in support of this Act to help American families recover from the coronavirus pandemic." (
  • "During a time when our nation is facing an unprecedented crisis, I am grateful to join President Donald Trump in supporting the CARES Act to provide American families recovery from the coronavirus." (
  • "I am grateful for all of the good that the Paycheck Protection Program has done for small businesses to maintain jobs in South Carolina and across the United States. Allowing flexibility to those who have been approved for these loans will make it easier for our small businesses to address the challenges faced due to the coronavirus pandemic. With this new flexibility, our communities will be one step closer to fully recovering from this pandemic." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 266 "Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act" (
  • Signed Letter to Secretary Cardona: "It is time for Washington to come together in a bipartisan manner to strengthen the civics education and the study of American history in schools. This rule would implement partisan and divisive radical propaganda in the curriculum. The American people do not want to be further divided. This proposed rule incites distrust and deepens the political divide. We urge you to reconsider it and work to unite our divided nation around a positive, shared vision for the future." (
  • Rated 0% by National Education Association. (
  • "Private schools are an important part of National School Choice Week. These schools may offer a unique curriculum, smaller class sizes, or a faith-based style of learning. #Schoolchoice means having options and opportunities!" (
  • "Private-public partnerships are critical for innovation and development of new technologies to address the needs of America's energy industry," said Rep. Wilson. "I am grateful to partner with Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Senators Chris Coons and Lindsey Graham to support The IMPACT for Energy Act to create an avenue for private investment and federal assistance for energy expansion." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1119 - SENSE Act. (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Rated 2% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "The federal government needs to take a page out of the South Carolina playbook. More stringent regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency will only drive up the cost of energy and kill jobs. I support President Trump in rolling back regulations the limit innovation in these emerging technologies. We have been blessed with ample resources here at home. It is of paramount importance that we utilize our proven reserves in addition to our exceptional minds as we develop the technologies of the future while harnessing the resources we have." (
  • Voted against HR 9 "Climate Action Now Act." (
  • Voted against HR 1446 "Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021." (
  • "I will be voting against both pieces of gun-control legislation being voted on today. The best way to address gun violence is to hold actual criminals accountable, not punish law-abiding gun owners." (
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "Today, House Republicans took an important step forward in upholding our promise to provide a path forward from the failed Obamacare policies. It is important to be clear--today's vote is the first step to replace the unworkable Obamacare which is causing skyrocketing costs while delaying and denying needed services. We're putting together a plan that provides a smooth transition to better health care, while still providing a safety net." (
  • ".@HouseGOP made a promise to #repealandreplace Obamacare, and we are doing just that with the American Health Care Act." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017." (
  • Voted against HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • "While there were positive aspects of this legislation, the mandate requiring employers to provide paid leave without prompt reimbursement is a significant concern due to the unfair burden it would place on small business owners who are already facing significant financial challenges due to this pandemic." (
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Our country is facing a national security crisis at the southern border. Today's attempt to stop funding for a border wall shows that Democrats are more concerned with putting politics over the safety of the American people." (
  • "Tonight, The House voted to fund the border wall." (
  • "Until the appropriate laws already on the books are strongly enforced, illegal immigrants will continue to pour across our borders and weaken our national security. Once our laws are enforced, our nation will create a new generation of dedicated, patriotic American citizens. Legal immigrants have obeyed our regulations, 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." (
  • Rated 93% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court is a victory for the Constitution. By declaring the President's plan to provide amnesty to illegal aliens unconstitutional and void, we have protected the separation of powers and defended the American people from overreaching executive action." (
  • Voted against HR 1333 "NO BAN Act." (
  • "This most recent ballistic missile test from North Korea is a clear provocation and demonstrates the regime's intent to continue its aggression towards the American families and our allies of South Korea and Japan. I am grateful that Congress put a strong, comprehensive sanctions package on the President's desk this week that targets Pyongyang. I also look forward to working with the President to explore other methods for putting pressure on this rogue regime to promote peace through strength." (
  • "I am grateful for the courageous leadership of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton for reversing the failed policies of the previous administration and withdrawing from the dangerous Iran nuclear deal." (
  • "Since the deal was reached, Iran’s aggression has only increased. The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond." (
  • Voted against HR 550 "No War Against Iran Act." (
  • "The decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Syria-- who fought bravely on the front lines against ISIS--is disappointing. Ceding territory in northeastern Syria to Turkey, Iran, and Russia will only set the stage for continued destabilization and an eventual resurgence of ISIS" (
  • "As long as the #Assad regime remains intact, the United States must have its presence known in #Syria. We cannot turn a blind eye to the violence; we cannot ignore the war crimes. In Congress, our Caucus continues to advocate for a #FreeSyria." (
  • "I participated in floor debate to oppose directing the removing of U.S. Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in Yemen. I am concerned that if we walk away now, these terrible tragedies will simply multiply." (
  • "We must win in Afghanistan abroad to destroy safe havens of terrorism which would again attack American families at home." (
  • "This updated trade agreement supports the U.S. auto industry and reduces burdensome regulations on exports to South Korea. I look forward to the continued expansion of this mutually beneficial relationship." (
  • "President Donald Trump successfully negotiated an updated trade agreement to replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement, proving once again his commitment to Promises Made, Promises Kept. The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement represents a win for American farmers and workers, and it will create more jobs across the country." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 "United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act." (
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-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
100% pro-life record in the US Congress and SC Senate
Yes Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
No Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.In order to balance the budget,

No do you support reducing defense spending?
No do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
No do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Yes Is balancing the budget a legislative priority?
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
I do support full reporting
Yes Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Yes Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
No Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
No Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
No Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
No Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Yes Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
No Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
No Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
No Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Yes Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
No Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Yes Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
No Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Yes Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Yes Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate 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.TaxesIndicate 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.

Greatly Decrease a) Agriculture
Greatly Decrease b) Arts
Slightly Increase c) Defense
Slightly Decrease d) Education
Greatly Decrease e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland Security
Maintain Status g) International aid
Maintain Status h) Medical Research
Slightly Decrease i) Scientific Research
Slightly Decrease j) Space exploration
Eliminate k) United Nations
Slightly Decrease l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Eliminate a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decrease b) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decrease c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decrease d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decrease e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminate f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decrease h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminate i) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Status j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

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