Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Our Communities

AGRICULTURE: Georgia’s farmers, ranchers, and producers are the backbone of our state’s most important industry: agriculture. As a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Congressional Peanut Caucus, I am a staunch supporter of the agricultural community in Georgia's Second Congressional District and the entire nation. I support assistance to farmers affected by drought, wildfires, and other natural disasters that occur each year. In addition, I have worked to ensure that the peanut support program remained strong in the 2014 Farm Bill; strengthen our nation's nutrition programs; reform the H2-A program for non-immigrant agricultural workers; bolster child nutrition programs in our nation’s schools; prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing burdensome regulations on agriculture; ensure that Mexican tomatoes and chicken do not drive down the prices of U.S.-produced tomatoes and chicken due to illegal dumping; and advance agricultural research, food safety initiatives, and broadband services to rural communities.

EDUCATION: As Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in education always pays the best dividends.” I have worked tirelessly to make our nation’s schools and universities accessible and affordable. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have secured millions of dollars for education programs, including new schools and libraries, after-school programs, math and science initiatives, school nutrition and physical education programs, as well as family counseling and youth mentoring. I strongly support legislation to make vital investments to modernize, upgrade, and repair school facilities across the country and to encourage service and volunteer opportunities for all Americans. I believe we must make education a top priority by bridging the digital divide, promoting healthier school lunches, enhancing educational opportunities for veterans, encouraging colleges to rein in tuition increases, boosting college aid, strengthening programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and reinvigorating the Head Start program to help more children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: 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.

TRANSPORTATION: Investing in our nation’s transportation infrastructure will create millions of jobs and boost economic activity.  I will continue to fight for Georgia’s Second Congressional District to receive its fair share of funding to improve its highways, roads, and bridges.  I support more highway-related construction jobs, reduced gasoline prices, and the increased use of biofuels.  I also support efforts to make our roads safer, increase fuel efficiency, and create an Infrastructure Bank to finance much needed investments in our nation’s roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, airports, railways, ports, broadband, and power grids.  

IMMIGRATION: It is vital that immigration reform is addressed to secure our borders, protect our workers, and grow the nation’s economy.  Immigration reform must include provisions that strengthen border security by increasing manpower, utilizing new technology and fencing, and providing the tools, resources, and infrastructure necessary to enforce existing immigration laws and punish offenders.  In addition, it is vital that immigration reform ensures the needs of various economic sectors such as agriculture that depend on guest workers to fill labor shortages are significant.  I have supported the DREAM Act, which would permit certain immigrant students who grow up in the United States to apply for temporary legal status and to eventually obtain permanent legal status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship, if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military.

More on Our Communities

Dec 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement in response to the House passage of the two week Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR passed the House yesterday by a vote of 235 to 193.
 
“Our responsibility is to keep the government open and working for the people. We should have continued to work to meet the December 8th funding expiration date with a responsible appropriations measure, instead of kicking the can down the road for two more weeks. 
 
Nov 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning his vote in opposition to the House’s misguided tax legislation, which would saddle the nation with crippling debt and provide little to no tax relief for thousands of residents of Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The bill was approved yesterday by the full House of Representatives in a vote of 227 to 205.
 
Nov 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, in accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, sent a letter this week designating 83 counties within the State of Georgia as primary disaster areas due to the impacts of Hurricane Irma.
 
Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), fellow Co-Chair of the Job Corps Caucus, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (TX-32), were joined by 118 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Department of Labor requesting a reevaluation of their proposed cuts to the Job Corps Program.
 
Following submission of the letter, the Department of Labor announced they will be rescinding the slot capacity cuts initially announced on September 29, 2017.
 
Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today in recognition of Native American Heritage Month, which runs during the month of November:
 
“This month of November, let us celebrate the rich traditions and heritages of Native Americans and the contributions they have made to the United States as the nation’s first people. Let us not forget the struggles and tribulations Native Americans have experienced and let us honor every Native American to ensure an inclusive future for all.
Oct 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding his vote in opposition to the budget resolution due to its misplaced priorities and dubious economic assumptions. The bill was passed by the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 216 to 212.
 
Oct 18, 2017 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC), was joined by fellow Co-Chair Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), officials from the Department of Defense and Fort Benning, representatives from military service organizations, staff from five Congressional offices, and over 200 military family and service members at the annual Congressional Military Family Caucus Summit at the National Infantry Museum near Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.
 
Oct 16, 2017 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Tomorrow, October 17, 2017, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC), will host a Military Family Summit at the National Infantry Museum near Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Congressman Bishop will be joined by his fellow CMFC co-chair, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), as well as senior administration officials, military families, and stakeholder organizations. 
 
Oct 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding his vote in support of a legislative package providing disaster relief for areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
 
Oct 10, 2017 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Next Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Co-chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus (CMFC), will host a Military Family Summit at the National Infantry Museum near Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. Congressman Bishop will be joined by his fellow CMFC co-chair, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), as well as senior administration officials, military families, and stakeholder organizations. 
 

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