Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Defense

As a member of 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 19, 2013 Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA – In response to a letter sent by 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, the Army has granted an extension of 30 days to the public comment period for their Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment.

Jan 28, 2013 Press Release

VA/DoD Continue to Improve Online Access to Benefits Information

New Functionality Added to Online Benefits Portal

WASHINGTON - The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense (DoD) just released improvements to the functionality of eBenefits, a joint self-service web portal that provides registered users with secure online information and access to a variety of military and Veterans benefits resources. 

Jan 11, 2013 Press Release

ALBANY, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined National President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Leanne Lemley; Georgia President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Mickie Rogers; Georgia State Commander of the VFW Rusty Rogers; VFW Post 2785 Commander Paul Murray; VFW Department of Georgia National Council Member Dean Smith; and Commander of the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base Colonel Don Davis at the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars banquet in Albany.

Nov 15, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus, joined Department of Defense leadership, corporate and business leaders, and military spouses at the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership new partner induction ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Nov 12, 2012 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding honoring our nation's veterans on Veterans Day...
Oct 19, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today the senior Democratic appropriators for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Veterans Affairs (VA), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki urging them to protect seniors, veterans and other patients by ensuring the safety of compounded medications.

Oct 3, 2012 Press Release

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).

Sep 14, 2012 Congressional Record Statement

Mr. Bishop (GA) – Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the United States Air Force for 65 years of innovative progress and strong, steadfast defense of our nation. Over the last 65 years, the brave men and women who have served in the Air Force have made significant contributions in defending our homeland and safeguarding our liberties.

Sep 11, 2012 Press Release

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.

Aug 21, 2012 Press Release

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.

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