Letter from Congressman Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

Common Sense Energy Approach Could Help Lower Gas Prices

 

Congressman Joe Wilson

July 21, 2014

 

Each summer as South Carolina families take to the roadways for vacation, they inevitably face rising prices at the pump. Heading into the July 4th weekend, gas prices soared to a six-year high. Most drivers paid fifteen to twenty cents more per gallon than expected.

Driving a car is an integral part of American life. We use them to get to work, drop our children off at school, and enjoy our free time.  When the cost of gas goes up, we have no choice but to cut back on other spending in order to go about our lives. As Americans pay more for basic essentials – from health care premiums to groceries to utility bills – Congress is acting to lower prices at the pump in hopes of alleviating some stress associated with everyday life.

Production of the Keystone XL Pipeline would ensure a decrease in costs by promoting American energy independence and creating jobs. A recent Washington Post-ABC National poll found that 65% of Americans approve of this job-creating project. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all agree that building this pipeline is a step in the right direction.  Unfortunately, President Obama has single-handedly prevented the project’s construction for years citing erroneous environmental concerns.

House Republicans have passed several pieces of legislation to move the Keystone XL Pipeline forward. Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to take up these pieces of legislations.

As House Republicans continue to advocate for immediate action that will provide relief for American energy consumers, some members of Congress have suggested increasing the federal gas tax between fifteen and eighteen cents per gallon. Raising taxes will never provide relief for American families.

A few weeks ago, the House passed H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Work. This piece of legislation takes common sense approaches such as increased energy exploration and production. Adopting an actual “all-of-the-above” energy policy will spur travel across the country and will certainly be advantageous for the Palmetto State. Smart pro-growth policies to wean our dependence on foreign oil, spur domestic job growth, and drive down prices are the answer to our problem: not raising taxes or rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

It is an honor to represent the people of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina.

If I may be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Joe Wilson
Member of Congress

Letter from Congressman Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

Veterans Deserve Better Treatment from the VA

 

By United States Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02)

Our veterans answered the call of duty, sacrificing much to ensure the freedoms each of us hold dear. Sadly, complaints of backlogs, preventable illnesses, and deaths have plagued our VA system for years. The Obama Administration has inexcusably lacked the ability to provide our brave heroes with the health care they have earned and deserve. As I received an increase in complaints by veterans living in South Carolina’s Congressional District, I began closely monitoring the performance of the Williams Jennings Dorn VA Medical in Columbia, South Carolina, and Charlie Norwood VA Medical in Augusta, Georgia.

To learn more about the struggles our veterans face while seeking medical help, I invited Chairman Jeff Miller of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to visit both of these facilities in January. Throughout it all, I never lost faith in the ability of either medical center personnel to correct existing problems and give our veterans the best possible care.

We now know that many of the problems that plague the VA medical system are systemic and not isolated to individual medical centers. As such, strong leadership and oversight is required to not only change the system to ensure these abuses can no longer be perpetrated, but hold top leadership accountable and remind every VA employee that there will be consequences for failing our veterans. In order to address this issue, I cosponsored legislation that reduces bureaucracy and ensures accountability by requiring the Secretary of the VA to remove individuals within the system who fail to adequately meet our veterans’ medical needs.

Last Friday, Eric Shinseki resigned from his position as Secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department. It is my hope that as we move forward, VA leadership will step up to the plate and end the denial of services and mistreatment our veterans face each day. Criminal prosecutions should proceed. These brave men and women in uniform have risked their lives on our behalf and deserve far better.

It is an honor to represent the people of the Second Congressional District of South Carolina.

If I may be of further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Joe Wilson
Member of Congress