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

Sep 20, 2018 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to five health centers across Georgia’s Second Congressional District through HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
 
Sep 17, 2018 Press Release
ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce that 12 communities within the 2nd Congressional District of Georgia have been awarded a total of nearly $9,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) grants. The CDBG grants were awarded by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal using federal funding provided by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grants will be used to improve infrastructure and revitalize neighborhoods.
 
Sep 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passage of the conference report for the first FY19 “minibus” government funding package (H.R. 5895). A minibus bill is a package of appropriations measures and provides funding for a number of, but not all, government departments, programs, and agencies. The minibus conference report passed today includes the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) FY19 Appropriations Acts.
Sep 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) secured House passage of a number of Georgia focused provisions within the Conference Report for America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S.3021). The Conference Report for America's Water Infrastructure Act passed the full U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote. Final consideration by the U.S. Senate remains pending.
 
Sep 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today to reflect on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:
  
“The tragic impacts of September 11, 2001 resonate to this day. Our lives were forever changed. A battle that seemed so far away was suddenly at our doorsteps.
 
Sep 6, 2018 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA-03) today introduced House Resolution 6719 to designate a United State Post Office in Columbus, Georgia as the Richard W. Williams Chapter of the Triple Nickles (555th P.I.A.) Post Office.
 
Sep 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce that the Rural Development agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $25,000 grant and $40,200 loan for Baker County to purchase two new vehicles for the Baker County Sheriff’s Office and the Baker County Emergency Management Agency.
 
Aug 31, 2018 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, as well as Co-Chair of the Military Families Caucus, released the following statement concerning his meeting today with Army officials over recent reports of potential lead exposure at Department of Defense housing units. Also in attendance were representatives from the Offices of Senator Johnny Isakson and Senator David Perdue, as well as from the Office of Congressman Drew Ferguson.  
Aug 28, 2018 Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, as well as Co-Chair of the Military Families Caucus, released the following statement concerning recent reports of potential lead exposure at Department of Defense housing units:
 

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