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Rep. Sanford Bishop Defends His Health Care Reform Vote to Muscogee Democrats

April 4, 2010

Rep. Sanford Bishop addressing Muscogee County Democrats

For 17 years, reelections haven’t been much of a problem for Rep. Sanford Bishop, up until now.  He keeps his 2nd Congressional District farmers content by looking out for their interests in Washington.  He said, “I’m the peanut Congressman.” He looks out for the district’s military facilities, not only working to get billions for Fort Benning, but has been a big supporter and gotten millions in funding for the National Infantry Museum.  Still, some believe he has an uphill struggle to stay in office because he had the courage to vote for President Obama’s health care reform bill. The Tea Party folks are  after him now.

Making no apologies for his vote, and even criticizing Governor Perdue for wanting to repeal the bill, saying he can’t understand why the governor doesn’t want health care for all Georgians,  he believes that when people really understand what the reform measure will accomplish they will be for it.  People come up to him after apperances at civic clubs and tell him that once he explained what the bill will do it makes sense to them. He said they have been bombarded with so much deliberate misinformation and downright lies that they really don’t know how beneficial the reform will be.  He is working to help folks understand it.  He said he counters Tea Party misinformation at town hall meetings by simply flashing the law itself on a screen and explaining how it differs from what critics claim.

He got a standing ovation.

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Inaction by Congress Puts the U.S. in Grave Economic Peril

September 30, 2008

  Only two members of the Georgia members of Congress voted for the bailout for investment banks. They were Rep. Sanford Bishop of Albany and Representative Jim Marshall of Macon, both moderate Democrats.

  Both of Georgia‘s Republican senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, were not happy about the vote.

  According to Atlanta Business Chronicle, Chambliss said, “The House vote today puts everything in a state of uncertainty and complicates the issue of whether or not the Senate will vote on a financial rescue plan,”

  And Isakson said, “Our country is struggling. Doing nothing is unacceptable. I hope cooler heads will come to the table so we can move forward with a proposal that is in the best interests of the American people.”

  Though it is a hard pill to swallow, using $700 billion tax dollars to buy bad mortgages to bail out Wall Street investment banks, not to do something will be disastrous. Hardly anyone is using the word “crash” because it brings back the specter of the 1929 crash, but when the market plunges more than 700 points, the largest drop in history, the term does come to mind.

  Congress is to reconvene Thursday. Let’s hope the plan presented then will have enough protection in it for the American taxpayer, including homeowners with mortgages that it can get enough support to pass.  To let election year political considerations take priority over saving this country from financial disaster is about as low as a member of Congress can get.