Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Defense

As the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, and as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, I am a proud supporter of the men and women of our nation’s armed forces and their families. I will continue working to ensure that our soldiers have the best weapons, body armor, equipment, materials, and family support to successfully accomplish their mission. I also have supported efforts to strengthen our national security by pursuing a clear strategy for victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I will continue to support the men and women who serve in the military and their families and our nations veterans. The Hiring Heroes law that I authored in the House was signed into law by the President in November 2011. The law honors our veterans by ensuring they have the resources and tools they need to find suitable and sustainable employment. I have led efforts to improve health care for veterans, especially those with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health issues, and lost limbs. I will continue to fight for legislation on behalf of veterans to increase educational opportunities, expand small business opportunities, provide cost-of-living adjustments, and reduce homelessness and suicide.

I have supported legislation in the United States House of Representatives to promote human rights at home and abroad, bolster foreign aid and security assistance to Israel, strengthen diplomatic efforts and sanctions to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, prevent violence in Sudan and to ensure that the U.S. successfully completes its mission in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also, as a former Member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for six years, I am a staunch supporter of efforts to protect our country from biological and nuclear threats, improve information sharing across intelligence agencies, bolster our cyber-security, strengthen our border security, allow search and surveillance of potential terrorists with probable cause, and secure our nation’s ports, airports, highways, transit and rail systems, energy grids, and other physical infrastructure.

More on Defense

Feb 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA-03) praised the United States Army’s decision to add a Security Force Assistance (SFA) Brigade to Fort Benning. This brigade will add 500 positions to Fort Benning and is in addition to the 85 positions that were announced last week.

Feb 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning the resignation of the President’s National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn:

Feb 9, 2017 Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, welcomes the U.S. Army's announcement that Fort Benning in Georgia will serve as the home for two new army organizations under the Training and Doctrine Command's Maneuver Center of Excellence (TRADOC). These two organizations include the Security Force Assistance (SFA) proponency office and the Military Advisor Training Academy (MATA).

Feb 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the Acting Secretary of the Army, Robert M. Speer, presented Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) with the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Medal. The medal was awarded to the Congressman for his work on the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which among many other provisions included full funding for military family housing construction. This honor is the highest form of recognition that can be given by the Secretary of the Army to civilians.

Jan 25, 2017 Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today welcomed the major disaster declaration issued by the President for counties in Middle and Southwest Georgia struck by major storms and tornadoes on January 2, 2017. The declaration opens up potential eligibility for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The declaration was issued as Congressman Bishop toured storm damage in the City of Albany and Dougherty County.

Jan 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was selected to serve as Ranking Member for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. In this role, Congressman Bishop will serve as the subcommittee’s lead Democrat. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture has funding jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Farm Credit Administration, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies during the 114th Congress and Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, issued the following statement on the nomination of Dr. David J. Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs:

Jan 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding his support for Israel and his commitment to a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:  

Nov 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies and Co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC), released a statement honoring our nation's veterans in recognition of Veterans Day:

Sep 1, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to share that the U.S Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has awarded the Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) a $1,000,000 grant to provide and facilitate stable housing for veterans and their families facing the specter of homelessness.

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