Sen. Joe Wilson | Representative for SC District 2

Sen. Joe Wilson | Representative for SC District 2

I am grateful for the opportunity to have begun the new yearby touring the district and talking to the media about my legislativefocus areas for 2022.

Joined by city and county officials along the way, our stops included West Columbia, Aiken, North Augusta and Barnwell. In each location, I spoke about the current challenges before us, reviewed some key accomplishments in 2021, and shared highlights of my goals moving forward.

Unfortunately, since Biden took the oath of office on January 20, American families have suffered under a one-party Democrat rule, destroying jobs with inflation at its highest in 40 years. As a result, our country faces unprecedented adversity at home and abroad.

Nonetheless, throughout these challenges, there were several positive and welcomed congressional actions taken in 2021 which represent valuable steps forward. Here are a few highlights of legislation I introduced or supported last year that became law:

• Investment in South Carolina’s military installations by funding Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s Entry Control Facility, Fort Jackson’s reception barracks, Joint Base Charleston’s Fire and Rescue Station, McEntire Joint National Guard Base’s Hazardous Cargo Pad,Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort’s Instrument Landing System, and more.

• Authorization of full funding for the missions of the Savannah River Site, including laying the groundwork for the Savannah River Plutonium Processing Facility and modernization of the nuclear triad. Payment in lieu of taxes was also secured for Barnwell, Aiken and Allendale counties.

• Prevention of the Defense Department from dishonorably discharging a servicemember who refuses the COVID-19 vaccine.

• Continued funding for deployment of the National Guard to the Southern U.S. border.

• Establishment of an independent commission to review the entirety of the Afghanistan War, including the disastrous U.S. withdrawal from that country by the Biden administration, creating a safe haven for terrorists to attack American families, as happened with the Texas synagogue.

Now, in reference to my 2022 Agenda, the following is just a sampling of specific issues and legislation I will continue to advocate this year:

• Legislation nullifying President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private employers with more than 100 employees.

• Encourage a pilot program to ease strains on the supply chain by allowing a limited number of states to permit the operation of trucks weighing above the federally allowable maximum of 80,000 pounds.

• Bill to prevent American workers from being forced to join a union or pay union fees, maintaining Right to Work. • Bill empowering military families with members who have special needs by creating a community-based, all- volunteer advisory council to ensure they are supported when they change duty stations or their servicemember deploys.

• Legislation to strengthen U.S. sanctions on Iran’s conventional weapons program regarding the supply, sale, or transfer of unmanned drones threatening Israeland our Arab allies.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of South Carolina’s Second District and will continue to be accountable and accessible, maintain safety with law enforcement, promote jobs, and help make our lives and communities stronger.