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. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on H.R. 4970, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). The legislation was approved by the House by a vote of 222 to 205. Representative Bishop opposed the measure.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the United States Department of Agriculture:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), the Ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding the U.S.
SAVE THE DATE ANNOUNCEMENT
On Thursday, June 14, 2012
8:30am – 5:00pm
Congressional Military Family Caucus
Military Family Summit
National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement of support for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, a nationwide initiative which seeks to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, the Hiring Our Heroes initiative will host job fairs for veteran job seekers, transitioning active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military and veteran spouses. The job fairs will take place in Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York; and Fort Hood, Texas.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Congressman Rick Crawford, (AR-01) will hold a lunch on Wednesday, March 21st with leaders of the American chicken industry. The lunch will serve as the inaugural event of the bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus. The Chicken Caucus was established to educate members of Congress and their staffs on the concerns and benefits of the U.S. chicken industry.
Albany, GA -- Last week, Edward T. Rella, a 6-year U.S. Army veteran, officially joined the office of Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) as a Fellow through the U.S. House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program. Since 2008, the U.S.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) attended a budget hearing hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner for Food and Drugs, testified before the subcommittee on President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request for the FDA.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) has co-signed a bipartisan letter from over 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe calling on him to institute a moratorium on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) discontinuance studies, which will determine if more than 3,600 post offices and other mailing facilities should be closed. The letter cites a Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) report that points to deep flaws with the data used by the USPS to determine which postal facilities should be considered for closure.
ALBANY, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that his office has been selected to participate in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program. Since 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives has operated and funded the Wounded Warrior Program, offering full-time, two-year fellowships to injured and disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.