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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), an original member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Democrats coalition, was proud to announce the passage of his co-sponsored bill H.R. 4053, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (IPERIA). Passed in a bipartisan vote of 402 to 0, the Blue Dog endorsed bill will better identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within federal spending.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As co-chairs of the Congressional Chicken Caucus, Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) expressed their concern with the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to not waive its’ mandate on the use of corn for ethanol production, ignoring the needs of family farmers and poultry producers. Affected negatively by drought conditions, corn production has decreased, which has driven up the cost of feed grain.
BAINBRIDGE, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined S. Blake Lindsey, CEO and President of Meredian, State Representative Jay Powell, Mayor Ed Reynolds, USDA Representative Donnie Thomas, County Commissioner Dr. Charles Stafford, Meredian management, staff, investors, and customers at a grand opening ceremony and tour of the Meredian PHA Pilot Plant in Bainbridge, Georgia.
MACON, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined the Graphic Packaging International staff and management on a tour of their mill in Macon, Georgia.
“I thoroughly enjoyed touring the site of this very important local employer,” said Congressman Bishop. “Graphic Packaging International has effectively demonstrated that it is possible to both protect the environment and create jobs. It is truly a model for the nation.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, welcomed notification of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision to terminate an antidumping investigation that has hurt U.S. tomato growers. In a July 2012 letter to Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Rebecca Blank, Congressman Bishop stood in support of Georgia’s tomato industry concerning unfair Mexican trade practices.
CAMILLA, GA – Last Thursday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was awarded the Congressional Partnership Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for his longtime support and leadership in promoting federal community, economic, and infrastructure development programs.
Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted in favor of H.R. 3409, the “Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act” in order to keep energy prices affordable, to streamline the federal regulatory process, and to prevent regulatory initiatives that unnecessarily impede economic growth.
Mr. Bishop (GA) – Mr. Speaker, it is my great honor to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Erin Daly and the rest of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program team at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for being selected to receive a 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary’s Honor Award in the category of “assisting rural communities to create prosperity so they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and economically thriving.” The team and its program leader, Dr. S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) and Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Chicken Caucus, welcomed advance notification of the Mexican government’s decision to delay the implementation of anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken leg quarters. In June 2012, the Congressional Chicken Caucus sent a letter to Ambassador Ron Kirk, the U.S. Trade Representative, expressing its concern that antidumping duties would have a devastating economic impact on the U.S. Chicken Industry and supporting industries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today announcing the awarding of five new and continuing grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and landowners in Georgia. A total of 70 grants were awarded throughout the United States through the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (OASDFR) Competitive Grants Program, also known as the “2501 Program.”