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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy recently unveiled their new Bipartisan Index, naming Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) as the 13th United States Representative most willing to work across party lines in 2015. The Index is a non-partisan tool, ranking all 535 members of Congress on their willingness to reach across the aisle by evaluating legislation sponsorship and co-sponsorship data.
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the 25th anniversary of Georgia Family Connection:
“Our families are strengthened, our communities are more productive, our children are better nurtured, our seniors are wholly appreciated, and our future is brighter due to the work of Georgia Family Connection. Congratulations for 25 years of collaboration in enhancing the basic unit of our society – the family.”
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford Bishop (GA-02) released the following video statement today in recognition of Black History Month during February of 2016. To view the video statement, please click here or on the picture below:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, supported seven bipartisan measures to honor the service of our veterans and military families.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) welcomed the unanimous passage of the bipartisan H.R. 482, the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park Boundary Revision Act, out of the U.S. House of Representatives’ full Committee on Natural Resources.
LAKE SEMINOLE, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) welcomed the U.S. Army Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD) announcement of the suspension of the new policy change prohibiting minor water withdrawals from lakes across the division, including Lake Seminole and Walter F George Lake. Congressman Bishop inquired about the rule in response to shared concerns from his constituents in Southwest Georgia.
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement in advance of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, 2016.
“As we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we remember to work for a future brighter than the past, filled with the opportunities that give our nation so much promise. Dr. King envisioned a world where all are created equal, but his dream has only begun to be realized.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
ALBANY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passing of Jane Willson, a businesswoman and philanthropist from Albany, Georgia:
“My heart is heavy with the news of Jane Willson’s passing. She helped make Albany the city it is today through her dedicated service to local organizations. Though she enjoyed great success with business, making Willson Farming and Sunnyland Farms global successes, she will most likely be remembered for her dedication to philanthropy and improving her community.
ALBANY, GA – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families has announced the release of over $3 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. LIHEAP aids individuals and families, especially seniors and children, heat their homes in the winter, cool their homes in the summer, and assist with insulation to ensure that their homes are energy efficient. Grantees with completed FY 2016 LIHEAP plans will receive award letters with their individual allotments.