Opinion

By Congressman Joe Wilson

South Carolina and the United States are facing unprecedented times. As we come together to face a crisis head-on by working closely with private organizations, taking measures to ensure small businesses have what they need to preserve jobs, and making sure that families stay healthy and safe, House Democrats are using this crisis as an opportunity to seize additional powers by expanding government overreach and infringing on freedom.

Last week, I spoke on the House Floor in opposition to this parade of absurdities on behalf of America’s children. Our families, small businesses, and hospitals need support now, more than ever. Unfortunately, Congress could not come together to fight for our families and jobs.

Instead, we have the largest out-of-control spending package yet, a $3 trillion wish list that House Democrats put forward. A bill that truly shows that Democrats will let no crisis go to waste. While millions of Americans are out of work and our families are attempting to recover, Democrats are mortgaging the future of younger Americans.

This massive, partisan bill truly shows that House Democrats will let no crisis go to waste. This liberal wish list included paying illegal immigrants and giving billions of dollars to states who have already ruined their economy, while states like South Carolina are already cautiously reopening their economy. That’s why I voted against this legislation.

The next Democratic power grab was a vote to allow proxy voting in the House. This pandemic is no excuse to forget our Constitution. If Congress was able to vote on the House Floor last week, surely Members can conduct official business in a safe manner that follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control going forward.

Congress should be at work, setting an important example to the American people of this new normal. I am committed to fighting for jobs in our community and our national security. I am also committed to our men and women in uniform. We cannot sit idly by and not do our jobs like Democrats want. We must work to pass bills, such as the National Defense Authorization Act so that our troops and their families are healthy and safe.

Now is the time for Congress to work together to help our families recover from the coronavirus pandemic, it is not the time for partisan politics. I will continue to work for the Second District to ensure that we recover from this pandemic while also working for jobs and our national security. Now is the time for resilience, not power grabs.