Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Our Livelihoods

My top three priorities are (in no particular order): (1) jobs; (2) jobs; and (3) jobs.  In order to grow the economy, maintain our nation’s competitiveness across the globe, and put Americans to work, I have supported investing in rebuilding our nation’s roads, schools, ports, and other infrastructure; raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to put more money into the hands of working Americans; bolstering education and worker training initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels; providing tax credits to employers to provide affordable health insurance to their employees; and reducing regulatory burdens and paperwork requirements to unleash initiative.

I am a strong supporter of policies that make health care more accessible and affordable to all Americans regardless of their background and income.  These policies include protecting Medicare beneficiaries’ access to physicians; increasing funding for medical research; expanding community health care centers; reducing physician shortages; preventing childhood obesity; lowering the costs of prescription drugs; holding insurance companies accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions; and improving veterans’ health care.

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.

I am a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights under the United States Constitution.  I believe that law-abiding adults should be free to exercise their right to purchase, own, and carry firearms for the protection of their homes and families.  I received an A+ from the National Rifle Association for the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and the 111th Congress (2009-2010).

Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy.  I support legislation to establish a lending fund to provide community banks with capital to increase small business lending.  I also support investing in innovative state small business lending programs, providing tax incentives to purchase employee health insurance coverage, reducing regulatory burdens and unnecessary paperwork, and enacting measures to spur small business creation and new jobs.

 

More on Our Livelihoods

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding President Joseph R. Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress:

Apr 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act:

Apr 9, 2021 Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the White House released the FY 2022 discretionary funding budget:

Mar 29, 2021 Page

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) contains historic provisions for farm loan assistance and USDA support for farmers of color during the COVID-19 crisis. This bill was signed into law on March 11th, and we are awaiting details from USDA on how they will implement the provisions. In the meantime, it is important to know what the law says, so I have compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions to help in that regard.

*Please note that this is not intended to be the sole resource for farmers of color impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
 

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1603, the Farmworker Modernization Act of 2021:

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a resolution removing the time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, H.J.Res. 17:

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, the latest coronavirus relief bill, into law:

“Today, help is on the way for Georgians. Between the economic aid and the comprehensive vaccination plan, the American Rescue Plan Act will help bring us through the coronavirus crisis much faster.”

Mar 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 842:

Feb 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan Act, the latest coronavirus relief bill:

Jan 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris:

“The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is a new beginning for our democracy and a day of hope for America. I was moved by President Biden’s speech about bringing Americans together and ending this ‘uncivil war.’ I truly believe in his ability to lead us out of this dark chapter in our history into a new one where truth, diversity, and democracy are celebrated, not denigrated.

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