In a recent interview with Greenwood affiliate WLMA, Second District Congressman Joe Wilson spoke on a variety of issues, including President Obama’s $447 billion jobs package which failed to pass in the Senate by a 50-49 vote– 10 votes short of the 60 it needed.
Several moderate Senate Democrats joined Republicans on the sticking point of a new 5.6. percent tax on those who earn more than $1 million per year. Wilson says the House will not likely vote on the bill in its present form for good reason.
AUDIO : Wilson an opponent of jobs bill
The Obama Administration counters that the plan includes Social Security payroll-tax cuts for workers and businesses and other tax relief totaling about $270 billion. It also includes $175 billion in new spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure improvements that would have created an estimated 1.9 million jobs. Also aid for local governments would have been provided to avoid the layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers. The additional tax increase was included as a way to pay for the infrastructure spending.
The deadline for House and Senate committees to submit recommendations to the bipartisan “super-committee” on deficit reduction is Friday October 14. Wilson said he is concerned that the super committee is focusing on making significant cuts to the defense budget.
November 23 is the deadline for the committee to vote on a plan with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn is the lone South Carolinian serving on the 12-member super committee.
With reports of a planned Iranian attack on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. and the fact that the U.S. is at war, Wilson says now is not the time to calling for significant cuts in the defense budget.
AUDIO: Wilson concerned about possible defense budget cuts
While Wilson earlier supported Tim Pawlenty for president, Pawlenty dropped out of the race in August. Wilson says he is excited about the current field of candidates but added he is not going to pull the trigger with an endorsement of a particular candidate right now.
AUDIO: Wilson not ready to endorse candidate
Interview done by Anne Eller, WLMA, who contributed to this story.