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

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.

Aug 31, 2016 Press Release

COLUMBUS, GEORGIA – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented its Spirit of Enterprise Award to Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) in recognition of his support of pro-growth policies during the 114th Congress. The award was presented during a meeting of the Georgia State House of Representatives’ Military Affairs Study Committee held at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia, just outside of Fort Benning.

Aug 18, 2016 Press Release

SPOKANE, WA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC) and Ranking Member of the U.S.

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02), co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in sponsoring H.R. 5683, the Lift the Relocation Burden from Military Spouses Act; legislation to alleviate the undue stress, expenses, and excessive wait times professionally employed military spouses experience when their family moves for a Permanent Change of Station on military orders.

Jul 6, 2016 Press Release

FORT BENNING, GA ­­– Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus is proud to welcome the news that 50 states have taken action on military spouse licensing, as announced by the Joining Forces initiative.

Jun 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) introduced a House Resolution to support the goals and ideals of creating a “Military Retiree Appreciation Day.”

May 19, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 277 to 147 and goes to the Senate for its consideration. To support our nation’s service members, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted for the passage of H.R. 4909. The agreement authorizes $602.2 billion in discretionary base budget authority, including roughly $543.4 billion for the Department of Defense base budget.

May 19, 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, issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 4974, the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations government spending bill. H.R. 4974 was approved by a vote of 295 to 129 and now goes on to the Senate for consideration.

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