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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the upcoming Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02) supported on three measures to assist veterans in their efforts to reenter civilian life. H.R. 1412, the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013; H.R. 570, the American Heroes COLA Act; and H.R. 1344, the Helping Heroes Fly Act, all passed unanimously. Congressman Bishop voted in favor of passage for all three bills.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the Subcommittee reported its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Appropriations bill to the full House Appropriations Committee.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Military Coalition, a consortium of 33 uniformed services and veterans associations representing more than 5.5 million members, announced their strong support and full endorsement of H.R. 333, the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act. Earlier this year, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran Affairs, and Related Agencies, reintroduced H.R.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) issued a statement regarding the passage of H.R. 1765, the Reducing Air Flight Delays Act. H.R. 1765 will provide the Secretary of Transportation with the flexibility to transfer funds to prevent further disruptions resulting from Federal Aviation Administration furloughs. If enacted, this bill will end the air traffic control furloughs that have congested commercial aviation traffic over the last week. Congressman Bishop voted in favor H.R. 1765; the bill passed 361 to 41.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Ranking Member on the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee of Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, participated in a Subcommittee hearing regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The lead witness was Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In addition to Secretary Shinseki, witnesses included the Mr. Petzel, Deputy Undersecretary for Health; Ms. Allison Hickey, Deputy Undersecretary for Benefits; Mr. W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today and earlier this week, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted to protect everyday Americans and strengthen domestic industry against cyber attacks by reinforcing federal cyber security efforts. Today, Congressman Bishop voted to support H.R.624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Earlier in the week, Congressman Bishop supported strengthening cyber security in a series of three votes; H.R. 1163, the Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2013; H.R. 756, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013; and H.R.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), released the following statement regarding the explosions in Boston at the end of the Boston Marathon.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies cosponsored the newly introduced Pest Free Food Supply Act. The legislation would force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed regulation that would remove the authorized food uses of the industry standard fumigant, sulfuryl fluoride (SF), often used in commodity and food processing facilities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomed the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to restart outreach and admission activities at the Turner Job Corps Center in Albany, Georgia and at Job Corps centers nationwide. This step will allow the Job Corps centers to quickly enroll students once the enrollment freeze is lifted.