U.S. Rep. Wilson unveils broad legislative agenda

jself@thestate.comJanuary 7, 2013 

— U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, unveiled a broad legislative agenda at a news conference in West Columbia Monday.

Working with partners in the 2nd Congressional District to create jobs, fighting President Barack Obama's health-care law, helping military families and pushing energy policies to benefit the district are among the goals Wilson discussed.

Whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling also will be the focus of debate.

The congressman voted with South Carolina’s Republican congressmen against the “fiscal cliff” deal that raised taxes on Americans making $400,000 or more or couples making $450,000 or more annually because, he said, the plan contained no spending cuts.

Wilson is “hopeful” the Congress will find a way to cut spending, something it has failed to do, he said. “I'm always hopeful.”

Chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel, Wilson is sponsoring a bill to help widows and widowers of the armed forces.

Called the Military Surviving Equity Act of 2013, the bill would ensure that survivors do not lose benefits from one program when they receive benefits from another. Eliminating that offset, called the “widow's tax,” would help approximately 60,000 armed forces’ widows and widowers, according to a summary of the bill.

Similar bills have been introduced in prior legislative sessions. Wilson said he is committed to “keep trying” to pass the bill, which would help “people who have committed their lives to this country.”

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