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

May 2, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama announced that American forces killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.

Apr 7, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend funding for the federal government for another week until a permanent bill for FY 2011 is completed.  H.R. 1363, the Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, passed the House by a vote of 247-181 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Mar 28, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, released the following statement after President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the nation on Libya.

Mar 28, 2011 Op Ed

As a nation, we tend to focus primarily on the service members who willingly put themselves in harm's way to protect the freedoms that we cherish. However, we often forget that the families they leave behind sacrifice just as much as our heroes do. These families are affected in countless ways, and we have an obligation to do right by them.

Mar 23, 2011 Press Release

Columbus, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today toured the Pratt & Whitney Columbus Engine Center  to get a first hand account of the plant’s operation, and how it impacts the Columbus economy.  Pratt & Whitney recently announced that as part of the expanding operations at the plant, they will add more than 180 high-paying jobs in Columbus

Mar 2, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, released the following statement after General James N. Mattis testified at the first subcommittee hearing in the 112th Congress.  General Mattis, the combatant commander for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) was on Capitol Hill to discuss the Fiscal Year 2012 budget request submitted to Congress.

Jan 27, 2011 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2), Ranking Member of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, today sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary, Erik Shinseki, outlining his priorities for improving the performance of the VA, and providing the troops, veterans and their families with the resources they deserve.  Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) joined Rep. Bishop in sending the letter to Secretary Shinseki, as part of the subcommittee’s preparation for hearings later this year.

Jan 20, 2011 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, announced today his introduction of H.R. 333, the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act.  This legislation will end finally the current policy that wrongfully prevents disabled veterans from receiving the full amount of compensation earned by them through their service and sacrifice to our country.  H.R. 333 has 72 original co-sponsors.

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