Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Small Business

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.

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Mar 4, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement after the Labor Department released the February Jobs Report, showing that the economy added 192,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.9%, the lowest since April 2009.  On Thursday, the Georgia Department of Labor reported that Georgia’s unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percent in January to 10.4%.

Feb 23, 2011 Press Release

Atlanta, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black today discussed the future of Georgia’s agriculture sector during a meeting at the Georgia Department of Agriculture office in Atlanta, Georgia.  At the meeting, both men highlighted what effect the looming budgetary pressures could have on Georgia Agriculture and pledged to work together on behalf of Georgia’s farmers.

Sep 24, 2010 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) voted to support the Senate-passed version of H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs Act. The legislation establishes a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund in the United States Department of Treasury to provide community banks (those holding $10 billion or less in assets) with capital to increase small business lending. It also invests $1.5 billion in grants to support $15 billion in new small business lending through already successful state programs. The U.S.

Sep 17, 2010 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement on the USDA announcement this week of the USDA 2009 Disaster Assistance program, which exclusively covers upland cotton, rice, soybeans, and sweet potatoes.

“We all appreciate Senator Lincoln’s work on this issue and her attempt to provide disaster assistance for farmers. We never would have gotten this far in moving forward with assistance if it weren’t for her hard work.”

Jul 8, 2010 Op Ed

(Published in the Albany Herald)

I want to address the claims made in Mike Sabot’s letter to the editor in the June 10 edition of The Albany Herald. Contrary to the the claims in the letter, the result of the bill that Congressman Bishop signed (HR 1416) does not weaken ethics reform. Its intended purpose is to improve the Office of Congressional Ethics’ processes and ensure fairness. Nothing in it diminishes the standards of ethics for members or changes the punishment process for unethical behavior.

Feb 18, 2010 Press Release

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. released the following statement upon the Justice Department’s announcement of a settlement in the Pigford case:

Feb 2, 2010 Press Release

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.

Jan 21, 2010 Press Release

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.

Jan 14, 2010 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. released the following statement in response to the recent earthquake in Haiti:

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