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Albany Herald on September 2, 2016

Sanford Bishop officially kicks off congressional campaign in Albany

Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, has been a member of the United States House of Representatives for the past 24 years. He’s done battle with cancer, won a tight race for re-election six years ago, and represents 29 counties in one of the nation’s poorest congressional districts. But through it all, he has endured. Thursday evening, Bishop officially opened his Albany campaign headquarters as he seeks a 13th term in the House. [+] Read Story

WTVM on June 1, 2016

Ft. Benning to host Renewable Energy Solar Project ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Albany CEO on May 16, 2016

Congressman Sanford Bishop Welcomes Creation of Pecan Support Organization

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WTVM on May 14, 2016

Columbus girl’s artwork presented to First Lady Michelle Obama

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Albany Herald on May 7, 2016

Georgia congressional delegation wants farm worker visas expedited

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Marietta, and David Perdue, R-Sea Island, and Southwest Georgia Reps. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, and Austin Scott, R-Tifton, joined with others from the Georgia delegation in a bipartisan call on the Labor Department to expedite its backlog of visa applications under the labor program known as H-2A. The group says that failure to act quickly will cause growers, particularly those who produce specialty crops, irreparable damage. [+] Read Story

MACON TELGRAPH on May 7, 2016

After Eight Year of Struggle Kumho Opens

Monday was a great day in Middle Georgia. Kumho Tire held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first U.S. tire plant, which represents an investment of almost a half billion dollars. There were congratulations all around. Gov. Deal was there as well as state representatives responsible for bringing industry to Georgia. The chairman of Kumho Asiana Group was there as was the CEO and president of Kumho Tire and the Korean consul general. Kia Motors, another Korean company that is heavily invested in Georgia, was there as was U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga. Yes, this was a big deal. Read more here: http://www.macon.com/opinion/editorials/article75718052.html#storylink=cpy [+] Read Story

The Albany Herald on April 6, 2016

Albany State University awarded $650,000 grant for STEM scholarships

U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Albany, announced Friday that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Albany State University a $649,926 grant for the Cohort Community for Academic Achievement Persistence and Perseverance in STEM Scholars Program, increasing the number of students who major in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines at Albany State University and go on to successfully pursue STEM post-graduate education or research careers. “I applaud the National Science Foundation for providing talented Albany State University students a wonderful opportunity to grow through science, technology, engineering, math, and research, opening doors to graduate school and innovative jobs in the STEM workforce” Bishop said. During the project, 18 scholars will develop and follow a four-year academic and professional plan that will include freshman learning community courses, workshops, service learning, and field trips or visitations under the guidance of a Student Success Coach, participate in at least one undergraduate research experience, and attend and present an undergraduate research project at an on-campus or regional conference. After graduation these scholars are expected to join the STEM workforce or go on to graduate school in STEM. [+] Read Story

GEORGIA CEO on March 20, 2016

Bipartisan Index Honors Congressman Sanford Bishop for Working Across Party Lines

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. "The clash of opposing views is healthy for our democracy, but governing requires more than empty partisan talking points," said Congressman Sanford Bishop. “Sitting down to work with those across the aisle is not just an act of placing faith in colleagues with different opinions, but a concrete step towards doing what needs to be done to get the job done for the American people.” “This new data indicates that though Congress continues to be a highly partisan institution, some progress is being made,” said Richard Lugar, President of the Lugar Center and former Republican Senator from Indiana. “Lawmakers with strong ideological views can still find common ground with members across the aisle if they make an effort to do so. Some members of Congress have embraced this challenge, despite the intensely partisan political culture exemplified in the national presidential campaigns." “Many believe the political process in Washington to be broken beyond repair,” said Edward Montgomery, Dean of the McCourt School. “We hope the Bipartisan Index reminds lawmakers and their constituents that effective governance requires leadership-- and in today’s strident partisan environment, that means working across the aisle to find solutions to our most pressing problems.” The rankings of the 114th Congress, based on bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship, follow the initial Bipartisan Index data for the 113th Congress (2013-14), which was one of the most partisan of the past 20 years, and provides historical context for the increased partisanship in Congress over the past two decades. [+] Read Story

Middle Georgia CEO on March 18, 2016

Bipartisan Index Honors Sanford Bishop for Working Across Party Lines

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. "The clash of opposing views is healthy for our democracy, but governing requires more than empty partisan talking points," said Congressman Sanford Bishop. “Sitting down to work with those across the aisle is not just an act of placing faith in colleagues with different opinions, but a concrete step towards doing what needs to be done to get the job done for the American people.” “This new data indicates that though Congress continues to be a highly partisan institution, some progress is being made,” said Richard Lugar, President of the Lugar Center and former Republican Senator from Indiana. “Lawmakers with strong ideological views can still find common ground with members across the aisle if they make an effort to do so. Some members of Congress have embraced this challenge, despite the intensely partisan political culture exemplified in the national presidential campaigns." “Many believe the political process in Washington to be broken beyond repair,” said Edward Montgomery, Dean of the McCourt School. “We hope the Bipartisan Index reminds lawmakers and their constituents that effective governance requires leadership-- and in today’s strident partisan environment, that means working across the aisle to find solutions to our most pressing problems.” The rankings of the 114th Congress, based on bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship, follow the initial Bipartisan Index data for the 113th Congress (2013-14), which was one of the most partisan of the past 20 years, and provides historical context for the increased partisanship in Congress over the past two decades. [+] Read Story

WTVM.com on November 20, 2015

Congressman Bishop weighs in on the Syrian Crisis

WTVM) - Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is pushing for both compassion and security when it comes to allowing Syrian refugees in the United States. MORE As Seen on 9 Saw a story on-air and want to learn more? Find the social media talkers and big news stories here from our social media pages and News Leader 9 shows! More On Wednesday, Nov. 18 he released the following statement: “First and foremost, our most pressing responsibility is to protect the American people. The brutality shown by ISIS during the recent attacks in Paris and Beirut exemplifies the necessity for vigilance across the Homeland as well as the urgency to proactively counter future terrorist threats to the United States. Ensuring all refugees seeking asylum on our shores continue to be subjected to the highest level of intensive screening in order to weed out those who would do us harm from those ‘tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free’, our nation must remain a beacon of hope for those fleeing persecution, for future Americans, and for the rest of humanity.” This comes as governors from more than 30 states lean on the president to stop allowing Syrian refugees to immigrate to the U.S. The final say will fall on the federal government, not the states, as outlined in the constitution. At least two states, Delaware and Washington, have announced plans to accept them. The Chicago City Council also passed a resolution in favor Wednesday of accepting Syrian refugees but it’s considered symbolic because city council does not have the authority to decide whether a city accepts refugees. The White House is threatening a presidential veto of legislation from the House that aims to increase screenings for Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States. Opponents cite the need for more secure immigration measures but the White House says the bill has new requirements that are “untenable.” On Wednesday, five Syrians were detained and charged with falsifying documents after officials say they tried to use fake, stolen Greek passports to enter Honduras. A new Bloomberg poll released Wednesday shows most Americans do not want the U.S. to allow Syrian refugees in the country. Although the poll shows Americans siding with Republican presidential candidates, governors, and lawmakers on the subject of freezing the Obama administration’s resettlement program, the poll also shows the nation divided on whether to put American troops on the ground in Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State, or ISIS. President Obama opposes the idea. Fifty-three percent of U.S. adults in the survey conducted in the days immediately following the attacks say the nation should not continue a program to resettle up to 10,000 Syrian refugees. Just 28 percent would keep the program with the screening process as it now exists, while 11 percent said they would favor a limited program to accept only Syrian Christians while excluding Muslims, a proposal Obama has dismissed as “shameful” and un-American. Earlier this month, Congressman Bishop announced his support of the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report for Fiscal Year 2016. Among other things, the measure extends the administration's authority to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting both ISIS and the Assad regime and authorizes funding to help train the Iraqi Army in its fight against ISIS. It also protects our bases, strengthens our military. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. is serving his twelfth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Middle and Southwest Georgia's 2nd Congressional District. Copyright 2015 WTVM. All rights reserved. [+] Read Story

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