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

Aug 8, 2012 In The News

— Albany and Columbus will receive more than $170,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop announced this morning.

More than $99,000 in Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants were awarded by the DOJ to Columbus for its Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts while more than $70,000 was awarded to the Albany Police Department for a new surveillance camera, tasers, computer equipment and other materials.

Aug 8, 2012 In The News

COLUMBUS, GA - Congressman Sanford Bishop calls it "the sword" once poised over a special congressional budget "super committee" charged with cutting $1.2 trillion in federal discretionary spending.

That sword was raised back in 2011 when the federal government was hitting its "debt limit" and needed drastic action. It appointed a super committee to find big cuts in spending.

Aug 8, 2012 Press Release

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.

Aug 8, 2012 Press Release

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.

Jul 19, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. - Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-O2), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies as well as co-Chair of the Congressional Military Families Caucus, spoke on the floor of the United States House of Representatives against the Kingston-McCollum amendment to the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Act.

Jul 12, 2012 Press Release

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).

Jul 12, 2012 Op Ed

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.

Jul 4, 2012 Press Release

 

Jun 29, 2012 Press Release

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.

Jun 28, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) attended a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the United States Capitol Visitor Center honoring the Montford Point Marines – the first African-Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps.  The ceremony comes after Congressman Bishop cosponsored a resolution last year to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the United States, to the Montford Point Marines for their service during World War II.

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