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

Jun 1, 2005 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congressman Sanford Bishop, a Member of the House Appropriations Committee announced the fiscal year 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Act could potentially mean more than $30 million for defense related projects in Georgia’s Second Congressional District. This includes a $22 million contract for the XM8 weapons project that Columbus’s H&K is a leading contender for and in upwards of $5 million in continued funding for the TECT Corporation in Thomasville, GA, for their subcontract work on the Boeing C-17 transport.

Oct 1, 2004 Press Release

Defense Authorization Act focuses on Force Protection and Personnel Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Afternoon, Congressman Sanford Bishop voted in favor of the 2005 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4200), which sets policies and funding levels for the nation’s military.  The legislation authorized $445.6 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense (DoD) and national security programs of the Department of Energy (DoE).

May 1, 2004 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.   In response to the Defense Department’s ongoing violation of a 1997 law, Congressman Sanford Bishop introduced the Healthy Troops Act of 2004; which, if enacted, would guarantee that all service members receive a clinical medical examination before and after deployment.

Nov 1, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Although he fought to increase the funding levels for military housing, training and other construction needs, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop says he voted for the $9.3 billion Military Construction Appropriations Bill passed by Congress because it is “the best deal we could get this year.”

Nov 1, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Although he called it “better than nothing,” U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop said a “concurrent receipt” provision passed by the House Friday (7/11) fails to provide a fair deal for most of the 560,000 disabled military retirees who are currently denied disability benefits.

“Nothing justifies a denial of benefits to any veteran who has earned them through service and sacrifice, and Congress should correct this wrong right now,” the Second District Congressman told his U.S. House colleagues.

Oct 1, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Although he considers it a seriously flawed measure, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop says he voted for the House bill to increase military and reconstruction funding in Iraq and Afghanistan by $87 billion because it addresses critical needs of U.S. troops in harms way.

Oct 1, 2003 Press Release

The National Infantry Association has awarded Georgia’s Second District U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop the Military Order of Saint Maurice, a medal given to individuals who make a “conspicuous contribution in support of the Infantry” while representing the “highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence, and dedication to duty.”

The medal was presented to the Congressman by the Fort Benning chapter of the Association of the United States Army (10/7) during the AUSA’s national convention in Washington, D.C.

Oct 1, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Although his effort to pay for increased Iraqi funding without adding to a projected record federal budget deficit was rejected, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop voted for a $88.6 billion supplemental appropriations bill for military and reconstruction operations in Iraq when the measure was taken up Thursday (10/9) by the House Appropriations Committee.

The committee favorably reported the measure for consideration on the House floor, which may come within a week.

Jun 1, 2003 Press Release

U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop Tuesday (6/17) sharply criticized a majority on the House Appropriations Committee for rejecting a proposal to address critical needs in military service and homeland defense with funds provided by a temporary delay in a portion of the tax cuts approved this year for America’s wealthiest citizens.

Apr 1, 2003 Press Release

U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop has voted to add $77.9 billion more to this fiscal year's budget to fight the war in Iraq, provide humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people, strengthen homeland defense against terrorism, and help financially troubled U.S. airlines cover increased security costs.

The House and Senate Thursday (4/3) passed their own versions of the bill, entitled the "Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act," and Congress was expected to reach final agreement the following week.

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