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Rep. Joe Wilson discusses COVID-19, Savannah River Site & monuments debate

Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 12:56 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Friday, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) weighed in on several important issues impacting constituents in the 2nd District and across the state.

This week, the Palmetto State surpassed 1,000 COVID-19 deaths while hospitalizations hit another record high. Leaders are also grappling with planning for the upcoming new academic year. Governor Henry McMaster (R) is pushing for schools to reopen classrooms and said parents should have the choice to send their children to school five days a week, or keep kids home for virtual learning.

Hear what he has to say about coronavirus response in the video above.

The governor also recently met with National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) leadership to discuss the future of the Savannah River Site. Wilson says legislation impacting the site will be taken up next week during discussions about the National Defense Authorization Act.

Hear about what he has to say on that topic here:

Meantime, South Carolina and other Southern states are also considering proposals to remove statues of historical figures that supported slavery or other forms of racial oppression. Discussions are underway in communities of what should happen to statues of John C. Calhoun in communities like Charleston. One of South Carolina’s two statues on Capitol Hill is of Calhoun. 

Hear what he has to say on the monuments debate here:

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