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 will continue to support the men and women who serve in the military and their families and our nation's 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.
As a member of Congress, 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.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies as well as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Logistics Association (ALA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11:
“As a nation, we remember the pain 9/11 has brought upon our homeland. The shock of an unprovoked attack, the outrage against known perpetrators, the shared sadness at the loss of life, and, as the years rolled on, the bitterness against what seemed like an almost insurmountable task of bringing the architects of 9/11 to justice.
MACON, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressman Austin Scott, Major General Rick Goddard, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in discussing the impact of the defense sequester on the greater Macon, Bibb county, and Warner Robins communities. After meeting with Robins Air Force Base leadership, a public forum was held in Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins to discuss the potential impact of sequestration on the greater metro area.
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today announcing the awarding of the Fiscal Year 2012 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) by the U.S. Department of Justice to the City of Columbus and the City of Albany. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and local governments to support various activities to prevent and control crime.
ALBANY, COLUMBUS; GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson, Major General David Bockel, the Albany Chamber of Commerce, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce in discussing the impact of the defense sequester on the greater Albany and Columbus communities. After meeting with the leaders of Fort Benning, Georgia National Guard, and Marine Corps Logistics Base, public forums were held on the defense sequester in both Albany and Columbus.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-O2) joined Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) and Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) to introduce the bipartisan Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2012, a bill aimed at increasing Veterans' access to care. Also joining as original co-sponsors are: Reps. Donna Christensen (D-VI), Walter Jones (R-NC), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Judy Chu (D-CA), Todd Platts (R-PA), and Mike Kelly (R-PA).
Our service members and veterans are the lifeblood of our great nation. They frequently are called to put themselves in harm’s way to safeguard our homeland and defend our liberties. Their sacrifices must never go unnoticed or unrewarded. We as a nation shall forever be indebted to those brave individuals who make up our armed forces units, the strongest military in the world. Without their blood, sweat, and tireless devotion to America, none of us would be able to say that we are citizens of the greatest country in the world.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) responds to his action regarding H.Res.711, a resolution to find Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.
“I joined my colleagues from the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Asian Pacific Caucus, The Progressive Caucus, and others from the House Democratic Caucus in refraining to participate in the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder in connection with the Fast and Furious investigation” said Congressman Bishop.