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

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.

Jun 30, 2010 In The News

By Larry Gierer
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It was announced today by Congressman Sanford D. Bishop that Neighborworks Columbus has been awarded an $87,750 grant.

"Recently, we have see tough economic times, and the grant for Neighborworks Columbus is great news for our community," said Bishop. "I have worked very hard to ensure this grant for Columbus and I look forward to seeing the improvements that will soon be made towards addressing the housing needs of Columbus."

Feb 4, 2010 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today co-chaired a Congressional Military Family Caucus briefing to discuss the growing epidemic of mental health issues among U.S. military spouses and children. Bishop, whose district includes Fort Benning and the Marine Corps Logistic Base – Albany, serves as co-Chair of the bipartisan Caucus along with Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, a Republican from the state of Washington.

Dec 16, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3326, the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill, which completes the Appropriations Acts for Fiscal Year 2010 (FY2010). The bill includes more than $29.6 million in funding for Georgia’s Second Congressional District and the state of Georgia.

Nov 6, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Military Families Caucus, issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood:

“Yesterday was a sad day for all who serve our country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers and military families at Fort Hood and around the world.

Nov 4, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today joined with House colleagues to officially launch the newly-formed and bipartisan Congressional Military Family Caucus. Bishop, whose district includes Fort Benning and the Marine Corps Logistic Base – Albany, will serve as co-Chair of the Caucus along with Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, a Republican from the state of Washington.

Sep 30, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today praised the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the recent announcement of a $333 million contract to build a new hospital at Fort Benning.

The award, announced Monday by the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was made to Turner Construction Company, Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., for the design and construction of a 745,000-square-foot hospital, almost twice the size of the current 393,000 square-foot facility.

Aug 5, 2009 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today departed Iraq following a Congressional Delegation visit and fact-finding mission, taken at the request of the House Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Defense. The trip, which was led by Bishop, allowed Members of Congress to review troop readiness, operations, equipment and logistical support in the Central Command and European Command theaters of operations.

Jul 1, 2008 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Congressman Sanford Bishop announced today that his friend and former legislative aide for military affairs, Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Young, will deploy to Iraq next month following a week of training at Fort Benning, in the Second Congressional District. During LTC Young’s deployment, his first to the Middle East, he will be assigned to the Office of Provincial Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad.

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