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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Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.’s issued the following statement on the FY2011 Agriculture Budget:
“I am highly disappointed in the president’s budget proposals to further reduce support for America’s peanut farmers. During the past several years, the peanut industry as a whole has made major concessions. In the 2008 Farm Bill, producers saw a price support system of 610.00 lower to 355.00 per ton. The agricultural budget proposals released yesterday will further erode our farmers’ safety net and that is unacceptable.
Albany, Ga. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) on Thursday accepted the Georgia Peanut Commission’s “Work Horse” Award during the annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show at the Albany Civic Center.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. released the following statement in response to the recent earthquake in Haiti:
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3326, the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill, which completes the Appropriations Acts for Fiscal Year 2010 (FY2010). The bill includes more than $29.6 million in funding for Georgia’s Second Congressional District and the state of Georgia.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) on Thursday was joined by his Georgia House and Senate colleagues to express concern with the Department of Labor’s recently proposed changes to the H-2A Visa program, which allows foreign nationals entry into the United State for temporary or seasonal agricultural work.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) submitted the following statement to the Congressional Record in support of H.R. 742, congratulating the Warner Robins Little League softball team from Warner Robins, Georgia, on winning the 2009 Little League Softball World Series. The resolution was agreed to by voice vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 1, 2009.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today joined with House colleagues to officially launch the newly-formed and bipartisan Congressional Military Family Caucus. Bishop, whose district includes Fort Benning and the Marine Corps Logistic Base – Albany, will serve as co-Chair of the Caucus along with Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, a Republican from the state of Washington.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the House of Representatives voted to approve the Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture Appropriations conference report. The bill includes more than $5.2 million ($5,223,000) in funding for projects in Georgia’s Second Congressional District.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) today praised the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the recent announcement of a $333 million contract to build a new hospital at Fort Benning.
The award, announced Monday by the Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was made to Turner Construction Company, Inc., of Huntsville, Ala., for the design and construction of a 745,000-square-foot hospital, almost twice the size of the current 393,000 square-foot facility.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced today that the House of Representatives unanimously passed H. Res. 765, which expressed condolences to the families of the individuals killed during the recent storms and flooding in the state of Georgia, as well as gratitude to all of the emergency personnel who continue to work to meet the needs of Georgia’s residents. Bishop was a co-sponsor of the resolution.