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.
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COLUMBUS, GA—Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement announcing the awarding of a new $293,125 grant from the NeighborWorks national organization to assist NeighborWorks Columbus during the 2014 fiscal year. The funding is appropriated through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 and will support NeighborWorks Columbus in their efforts to revitalize and sustain communities, promote and preserve affordable housing options, and create and sustain jobs in Columbus, Georgia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding the passage of a bill that funds our nation’s nutrition programs and provides Rural America a Farm Bill with the necessary tools and stability to continue producing the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food and fiber in the world. The conference agreement on H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) was approved by the U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding passage of the conference agreement on the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014).
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) invited high school students from Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District to participate in the 2014 Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “House App Contest”.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28, 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, welcomed Dr. Nathaniel Tablante, a career veterinarian, to his Washington, D.C. office. He will serve as an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Fellow, advising the Congressman on key issues facing his district.
Macon, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement announcing the awarding of a new and continuing grant from the Department of Labor to assist Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia. A total of 57 grants were awarded throughout the United States through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. These grants are used to promote quality targeted trade programs that focus on unemployed workers seeking further skills training.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), on behalf of the peanut and cotton industries, urged Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to use his discretion and not impose a 5.1% reduction to the marketing assistance loan to growers and buyers.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02) released a statement regarding the failure of Congress to pass a budget or ‘continuing resolution’ to fund the government and keep services open for all Americans:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement today in recognition of the First Annual Tri-City Latino Festival, which was held on September 21, 2013 in Columbus, Georgia: