Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Our Livelihoods

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.

 

More on Our Livelihoods

Apr 10, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pleased to announce that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $64.9 million to Georgia to help with the recovery from the storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes that struck the state in 2017.
 
Mar 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented its Spirit of Enterprise Award to Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) in recognition of his support of pro-growth policies during the 1st Session of the 115th Congress.
 
Feb 9, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement regarding his support of the two-year budget agreement that passed the House and was signed into law this morning. The budget agreement passed the House by a vote of 240 to 186. It passed the Senate earlier in the morning by a vote of 71 to 28.

“This budget agreement is a major bipartisan step in ensuring our military, federal agencies, communities, retirees, businesses, and workers are provided the certainty and resources they need.
 
Jan 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to announce that, in partnership with the federal government, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) has awarded loans totaling $18.9 million to three communities in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District. These federally-supported loans will finance infrastructure improvements for water, sewer, and filtration systems throughout the region.
 
Jan 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement regarding his support of legislation reopening the government. The bill passed the full U.S. House of Representatives in a vote of 266 to 150.

Dec 21, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement regarding his support for the disaster assistance bill and the continuing resolution to fund the government. The disaster assistance bill includes $81 billion in assistance for communities impacted by recent storms, fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. It passed the House by a vote of 251 to 169. The continuing resolution, which will fund the government through January 19, 2018, passed the House by a vote of 231 to 188.
 
Dec 19, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning his vote in opposition to H.R. 1, the misguided tax legislation taken up by the House earlier today. This bill will saddle the nation with crippling debt and provide little to no tax relief for thousands of residents of Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The bill was approved by the full House of Representatives in a vote of 227 to 203. It is expected to be considered by the Senate as early as this evening.
 
Dec 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement in response to the House passage of the two week Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR passed the House yesterday by a vote of 235 to 193.
 
“Our responsibility is to keep the government open and working for the people. We should have continued to work to meet the December 8th funding expiration date with a responsible appropriations measure, instead of kicking the can down the road for two more weeks. 
 
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Nov 17, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement concerning his vote in opposition to the House’s misguided tax legislation, which would saddle the nation with crippling debt and provide little to no tax relief for thousands of residents of Georgia’s Second Congressional District. The bill was approved yesterday by the full House of Representatives in a vote of 227 to 205.
 

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