Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Aug 28, 2018
Press Release
COLUMBUS, GA – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, as well as Co-Chair of the Military Families Caucus, released the following statement concerning recent reports of potential lead exposure at Department of Defense housing units:
“As a senior member, and former Ranking Member, of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I find reports of potential lead exposure in Department of Defense housing units to be deeply troubling. The safety and well-being of our military families is of the utmost importance. Our servicemembers volunteer to go into harm’s way to defend our nation around the world, and it is unfathomable that they would have to experience safety concerns while in the safety of their home installations. Military installations, including Fort Benning in my district, are vital for the readiness of our armed forces, and the men and women that call Fort Benning home should be afforded top-quality housing.”
“I will, in my position on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations, be working to immediately address these reports of potential lead exposure. I have requested and scheduled a meeting with the Pentagon officials responsible for these matters, to be held this Friday. During this meeting, I will tour the facilities identified and discuss the Army’s plan to address quality of housing for servicemembers and their families. Additionally, I am working with my colleagues in Congress to address this issue in the military construction appropriations measure currently under consideration.”
“The well-being of our military families must be a top priority. I will strive to ensure that adequate funding levels are maintained, and adequate oversight is conducted, in order to provide safe and high quality housing for our servicemembers and their families.”