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Wilson Responds to the State of the Union

Press Release

Date: Jan. 12, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement this evening after President Obama concluded his State of the Union address:

"As Americans watched the State of the Union, they were hopeful that the President would provide real efforts to defeat ISIS which threatens American families and real reforms to reduce regulations which destroy jobs. Instead they heard more failed promises and empty words. The American people deserve more from their elected officials. I was grateful to hear Governor Nikki Haley's address a positive change for a more confident America."


"Today, our national debt is nearly $19 trillion--an inconceivable number that will be left to our children and grandchildren to repay. Right now, 7.9 million Americans are unemployed. Six million Americans would prefer full-time work, but are only able to find part-time jobs. So many American families don't see the recovery that the President claims we have.

"South Carolina families need good job opportunities and want to protect the jobs they have from Washington's spending problem and overbearing regulations. House Republicans will continue to promote job creation by rolling back harmful regulations and passing positive reforms, like protecting "right to work" laws," and repealing Obamacare which destroys jobs."

Guantanamo Bay

"The job of Guantanamo Bay is to house some of the world's most dangerous terrorists. Releasing these terrorists to return to the battlefield places American families at risk of attacks."

Gun Control

"The President's legacy of more gun control would not have stopped any of the mass attacks that have saddened our nation. The President should change course and work with Congress to enact meaningful change by reforming mental health and stopping terrorists from attacking American families--not restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners."