My top three priorities are (in no particular order): (1) jobs; (2) jobs; and (3) jobs. In order to grow the economy, maintain our nation’s competitiveness across the globe, and put Americans to work, I have supported investing in rebuilding our nation’s roads, schools, ports, and other infrastructure; raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to put more money into the hands of working Americans; bolstering education and worker training initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels; providing tax credits to employers to provide affordable health insurance to their employees; and reducing regulatory burdens and paperwork requirements to unleash initiative.
I am a strong supporter of policies that make health care more accessible and affordable to all Americans regardless of their background and income. These policies include protecting Medicare beneficiaries’ access to physicians; increasing funding for medical research; expanding community health care centers; reducing physician shortages; preventing childhood obesity; lowering the costs of prescription drugs; holding insurance companies accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions; and improving veterans’ health care.
It is vital that individuals and families have access to the American Dream – namely, homeownership. I support legislation to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, stop predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices, increase the supply of affordable housing, expand veteran and rural housing opportunities, promote fair housing education and enforcement activities, and finance community development initiatives.
I am a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights under the United States Constitution. I believe that law-abiding adults should be free to exercise their right to purchase, own, and carry firearms for the protection of their homes and families. I received an A+ from the National Rifle Association for the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and the 111th Congress (2009-2010).
Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy. I support legislation to establish a lending fund to provide community banks with capital to increase small business lending. I also support investing in innovative state small business lending programs, providing tax incentives to purchase employee health insurance coverage, reducing regulatory burdens and unnecessary paperwork, and enacting measures to spur small business creation and new jobs.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after Pope Francis’ historic address to the Joint Meeting of Congress:
“As a Christian and as a public servant, I was pleased to be in the presence of Pope Francis as he spoke at the White House and again at the Joint Session of Congress. His dialogue with the American people inspired us regardless of political party to continue in the ‘tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good’ and to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding his support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) relating to the nuclear program of Iran:
WHY I SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT
COLUMBUS, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (D-GA), co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC) and Ranking Member of the U.S.
DONALSONVILLE, GA – On Tuesday evening, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) held a hydrilla focused Town Hall Meeting at the Seminole County Courthouse in Donalsonville, Georgia. Congressman Bishop was accompanied by Colonel Jon Chytka, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. Well over 100 members of the public were in attendance. The purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from the public on the issue.
Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representatives Sanford Bishop (GA-02) and Reid Ribble (WI-08) led a bipartisan group of 154 Members of Congress in urging the federal government to consider sustainably managed forests as carbon neutral in forthcoming EPA regulations and all future policy rulemakings.
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to share that both Albany and Macon were selected as two of 27 participants in ConnectHOME, a nationwide U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Digital Opportunity Demonstration Program pilot initiative that will accelerate broadband adoption by children and families living in HUD-assisted housing. Albany and Macon were selected through a competitive process that took into account local commitment to expanding broadband opportunities in the community.
FORT BENNING, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, reacted to the United States Army’s decision to draw down forces from Fort Benning in compliance with the U.S. Army’s overall brigade reduction plan:
COLUMBUS, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and the Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), held a veterans-focused town hall meeting at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia while on tour through Middle Georgia.
MACON, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and the Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), held a veterans-focused town hall meeting at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia while on tour through Middle Georgia.