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.
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Mr. Bishop of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in proud recognition of 1890s Day, which commemorates an influential piece of legislation that took effect 125 years ago yet is still very relevant today.
ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the finalized consent agreement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Phoebe Putney Health System, HCA Inc., and the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County over the merger between Phoebe Putney Health System and Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Georgia.
GEORGETOWN, GA — Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomed the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) decision to continue maintaining the Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) at the Lake Eufaula United States Coast Guard (USCG) station. The ANT Eufaula maintains the navigation system on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River (ACF) waterway, which helps to keep Lake Walter F. George, Lake Seminole, and the river system safe for boaters and fishers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) committed to supporting voters throughout Georgia and across the country by serving as an original co-sponsor to H.R. 12, the Voter Empowerment Act of 2015. The bill would extend greater access to citizens at the ballot box, and would more effectively protect voter rights.
COLUMBUS, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement in recognition of Women’s History Month during March of 2015:
Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia), who are leading the charge to repeal the controversial federal estate tax, this week introduced the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.
ALBANY, GA—Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’, March 7, 1965. On that day, up to 600 civil rights activists marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and out of Selma, Alabama on U.S. Highway 80.
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) invited all students in Grades 9 through 12 from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District to participate in the 34th Annual Congressional Art Competition.
COLUMBUS, GA—Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced the awarding of a new $395,400 grant from the NeighborWorks national organization to assist NeighborWorks Columbus in their efforts to revitalize and sustain communities, promote and preserve affordable housing options, as well as create and sustain jobs in Columbus, Georgia during the 2015 fiscal year. The national funding is appropriated through the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) urged Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA) to support the United States Senate’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General. He sent a letter of support to each Senator. If confirmed, Ms. Lynch would replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.