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Oct 27, 2014 2:58 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Tim Bishop Defends His Seat In Congress

Oct 28, 2014 1:40 PM
Incumbent Tim Bishop, 64, Democrat:Mr. Bishop hails from Southampton and has served as a U.S. Representative since 2003.

He graduated from Southampton High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in public administration from Long Island University.

Mr. Bishop worked as an admissions counselor and the provost at Southampton College for 29 years, until he won his seat in Congress.

He is specifically assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

His wife, Kathryn, is the founder and director of the Children’s School for early childhood development in Southampton.

They have two daughters, Molly and Meghan, and a grandson, Nathan.

Mr. Bishop faced and defeated challenger Lee Zeldin in 2008.

Issues:• Immigration reform: Mr. Bishop said he supports strengthening the U.S. southern border but also giving law-abiding and working undocumented immigrants a 15-year track to earn citizenship. He is co-sponsoring the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act in the House of Representatives. The bill passed in the U.S. Senate in 2013. He voted in favor of the federal DREAM Act, which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. He believes the surge of Central American children at the southern border could be dealt with by stopping it at its source as well as by addressing the gun violence and drug trade in those countries.

• Civil Rights/Equality: The congressman supports same-sex marriage. He is one of 181 co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and ensure the recognition of gay marriages across state lines. He also took part in repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2010 and voted against a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. He said he believes in a woman’s right to choose and in equal pay for equal work.

• Health Care: Mr. Bishop has voted against any legislation that would repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, but described it recently as a work in progress that can be improved in several specific ways.

• Economy/Jobs: He supports increasing the minimum wage and thinks that investing in infrastructure, education and training would bolster the economy, making it easier for businesses to thrive and take on properly-trained employees. Two years ago, Mr. Bishop led the effort to stop budget cuts at the Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research, which would have eliminated thousands of jobs at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In May, he announced a new law that would create jobs through a Clean Water State Revolving Fund and other efforts to improve water quality by renewing the federal government’s commitment to address the country’s wastewater infrastructure. Mr. Bishop has also been working with the Federal Aviation Administration to make sure that the replacement of an air traffic control facility in Westbury is built on Long Island, which would save about 1,000 jobs and create well-paying construction jobs, according to Mr. Bishop.

• Marijuana Legalization: Mr. Bishop is in favor of legalizing the use of medical marijuana and supports allowing states to have their own rules and regulations regarding marijuana. He supports the idea of cutting funding for Drug Enforcement Administration raids on medical marijuana operations but said he doesn’t want to go as far as decriminalization.

• ISIS: Mr. Bishop favors limited military action against the group to act more as an aid rather than deploying ground combat troops.

• Ebola: He says he is disappointed in how the president has handled the situation and his appointment of Ron Klain as the Ebola czar, saying he has no health care experience. He supports banning air travel to and from Ebola-stricken countries.

His Pitch:“What Washington needs is members of Congress who take a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to finding solutions, who would be willing to partner with people wherever they are to move public policy forward to benefit constituents and to do all of that in a manner characterized by civility … I am that kind of congressman.” — Mr. Bishop’s closing remarks at a debate at LTV Studios in Wainscott on October 23.

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Tim Bishop has worked for us on the East End with diligence and dedication. One part of a Congressperson's job that many overlook is constituent services, helping out when someone needs information, or assistance in navigating the pathways of government, or help in righting a wrong. The Bishop office has a very strong record in this regard. That's because they have an effective system in place, and that's because the Congressman places a high priority on serving his constituents directly.

Vote ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Oct 28, 14 12:04 PM
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Dishonorable designation awards are somewhat akin to the Golden Globes--does anyone actually know who votes for these things? Or do they have a Citizens United anti-transparency blanket shielding them?
By sunsick (4), Manorville on Oct 28, 14 1:57 PM
..."who would be willing to partner with people wherever they are to move public policy forward"... kind of funny coming from a guy who votes the party line 93% of the time.

One of my favorite Bishop votes - Nay on protecting the separation of powers and Constitution...

Providing for Consideration of the Bill (H.R. 4138) to Protect the Separation of Powers in the Constitution of the United States by Ensuring That the President Takes Care That the Laws Be Faithfully Executed, ...more
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Oct 28, 14 2:03 PM
The Congress has kept Hussein from implementing most of His far left plans. Thank God!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 29, 14 7:02 AM
State Department plans to bring foreign Ebola patients to U.S.

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 29, 14 8:48 AM

Obama White House bothered, bewildered and on the ropes

The Washington Times is reporting BLACKS TURN ON DEMS

They say the shock video
"Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership" has gone viral on the internet, this is a real story and I have not provided the link to the video. If you want to see it look it up yourself

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 29, 14 8:57 AM
MR Z Said Recommended reading before the election:

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States) by Gordon S. Wood

Wood's book will not soon be supplanted. No one should miss it."

By Mr. Z (6242), North Sea on Oct 28, 14 8:36 PM

and the SHP let it stand so the above recomendtion should stand as well
Oct 29, 14 9:02 AM appended by They call me
When I suggested that blacks are voting republican due to that video on you tube the SHP red inked me, Why ?
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 29, 14 9:02 AM
phillip must have called in sick again today with the radical left partisan blues.

thank you ud very informative video phil & shp does not want us to see

whites as a voting block do not vote based on skin color so why is it ok that blacks vote 87-90% for blacks. now tell me who the 'racists' are? do white churches fill buses after church and cart them off to the polls ?. give me a ...more break. your 'race card' has been played and discarded!

real clear politics projects ...more
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Oct 29, 14 9:23 AM
I had to put in just "Chicago Activists Unchained" on utube for it to come up

Very interesting
Oct 29, 14 9:52 AM appended by 27dan
I'm glad some people are finally waking up to this whole racial divide and realizing it's nothing more but a corrupt system working against everyone, not just a specific culture. Democrats don't want you to create new jobs. They don't want you to own a personal business. They don't want you to own your house, your car, or even the savings you've worked up in the bank. They want control of the system and then they want you to rely on that system. Democrats think they can live your life better than you can. In poor neighborhoods the great awaking is really happening....
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 29, 14 9:52 AM
Let the people decide for themselves stop trying to control the Internet and sequester the people to only bought off network news. and big city union controlled news papers

The people are not stupid they can decide for themselves whether its propaganda or the truth steaming up to the surface!

Stop suppressing and trying to control grass roots opinion.
Oct 29, 14 10:12 AM appended by 27dan
SUSAN PAGE, USA TODAY: [The Obama] administration has been more challenging to the press, more controlling, more dangerous to the press certainly than any administration in American history, in terms of legal investigations and so on. Access to the White House has just gotten worse and worse. And I'm worried that that is the new floor for the next administration and we will never regain access or ability to do reporting -- do our job -- unless we just constantly fight the battle. And that's why we just praise the board of the White House Correspondents' Association, for taking these issues in a serious way. Because I'm really worried about, we have a role in our democracy, and we can't do it if the president and his administration don't recognize that and keep trying to strong arm and control the narrative
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 29, 14 10:12 AM
The Republicans have not been in charge for those years clown...

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Community organizer with the "Pen and Phone" have controlled the adganda...

5 more days and thats over sport...

But keep spinning its fun to watch...

and as always...

Thanks for playing grasping at straws
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Oct 29, 14 10:51 AM
Yup - because this President has been so open to compromise. Puhlease!!! Bill Clinton got things done. He knew how to compromise and shift towards the middle when the tide ran that way. This President, not so much.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 30, 14 8:24 AM
funny that same poll acording to dan said,

according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Driving attitudes is a pervasive sense of a country in trouble. Overwhelming majorities say the country is badly off-track and give the economy negative ratings. Economic expectations are little better today than they were at this time four years ago. Six in 10 say they cannot trust the government in Washington to do what is right — the same as a year ago in the aftermath of the government ...more
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Oct 29, 14 9:26 AM
I would once again like to welcome all independent thinkers to vote out the progressive agenda driven far left Democrats.

I realize if you are, a socialist at hart, on the union dole or pro choice you will not vote these people out. But please reconsider if you are a hard working family person with personal responsibility and character.

The Tea party does not judge based on gender or race. We judge based on actions and performance as well as holding politicians accountable for ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 29, 14 9:44 AM
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Not even President Clinton can save Bruce Braley or Alicen Slimes at this point,

and obama is where?
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Oct 31, 14 7:08 PM
STAY CALM... and try not to get Hysteriphil

You will survive this... try and learn from what is about to happen next Tuesday...

it it will only make you stronger.
Oct 29, 14 11:32 AM appended by joe hampton
Chris Matthews: Possibility Republicans May Pick Up 8-10 Seats
By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Oct 29, 14 11:32 AM
"Imported" is offensive. You are a RACIST!!!
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 30, 14 8:25 AM

By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Oct 31, 14 8:21 PM
The only danger to Tim's reelection is Democratic complacency. Zeldin may be way out there on the fringe but he still might slip in if Democrats don't show up at the polls.

Don't think that the mere fact that he is opposed to women's rights, marriage equality and a living minimum wage, or that he WANTS to put our young military men and women back on the ground in Iraq - means that he can't win. We made that mistake in 2010 with the appalling Randy Altschuler.

We have enough fanatic ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 29, 14 12:20 PM
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God help us if radical Islamic terrorists gain more of a foot hold in the Middle East and have their Caliphate, complete with oil revenue. Those animals don't care about anyone's political affiliation HH, they would behead you as quickly as the most conservative among us. God help is if our great nation becomes and more left leaning, the USA will become un recognizable. God help us if Barry Soetoro has the Senate for His last 2 years in office. Thank God there are members of Congress who stand up ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 30, 14 7:35 AM
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Obama’s Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

Posted at 4:12 p.m. on Oct. 30
Comments in post: Obama’s Midterm Loss Record Could Make History1,118

President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.

In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.

Truman lost a total of 83 ...more
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Oct 31, 14 1:24 AM
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Someone (Phil?) keeps asking what the Republicans are offering. IMO, they offer us this, and it should be enough.
The removal of Harry Reid as Majority leader.
Interference with Obama's planned amnesty, which we can't afford, and will assist in 1 party dominance, which is a bad thing for this country.
An opportunity to prove that conservatism is better than liberalism. Liberals will disagree, but most of the country walks the center line - sometimes agreeing with Republicans, sometimes ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 31, 14 8:05 AM
It began with high hopes on a winter’s night in Iowa in 2008 and ended in disappointment on a crisp fall day nearly seven years later.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Oct 31, 14 9:35 AM
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The choices were awful in 08. That said, I hoped the Obama would address and find a fix for healthcare. Well.... he certainly addressed it, and made it worse. I also hoped he'd find a way to deal with the Iran nuke situation. Hmmmm....
Then I was optimistic about restoring some relations other countries. Instead, we got chaos, confusion, and South America invading North America.
Just an awful President.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Oct 31, 14 10:20 AM
Key Study On Obamacare 2015 Premium Rates Is Out And You Won't Believe What's Going To Happen

By Rick Ungar

While political slanting continues to dominate the public’s opinion on Obamacare, there is nothing like throwing a few facts into the mix to cause people to begin scratching their heads in confusion.

One of the best sources of actual facts is the annual study done by the McKinsey Center for U.S. Health System Reform.

Any self-respecting conservative ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 6:19 PM
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The bronze level plans are jammed packed with frightening deductibles. I just received the 2015 family rates for Oxford / No prescription Gold level plan and it's over $4000 more than FY14 and $7500 more than FY13. Health Republic offering a Gold level plan at approx $1400/mo for family. Word on the street is that "low" rate will last one year, as HR has not yet paid out to doctors and hospitals.
By way of comparison, our Healthy NY Oxford plan, which was a health savings plan with prescription, ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 2, 14 7:24 PM
While a pertinent issue, the most frightening thing about these mid-terms are how well it may prove how for sale our government is.

I fear that candidates who are the proxies of billionaires will take this country down a terrible road.
Nov 2, 14 7:36 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, Republican control will lead this country down the same road as Kansas. The past four years have culminated in a complete disaster of an attempted Libertarian utopia.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 7:36 PM
Z - any arguments bashing Republicans / Conservatives would have a lot more weight if the Democrats were actually doing a good job. Like any other job, if you fail you get fired. I assure you that my judgement for those who I vote for is harsher than those who I didn't vote for. In a perfect world we'd make people earn our vote, rather than by party default.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 3, 14 7:24 AM
In case you've forgotten, it was Republican leadership which put us on the road to, and into the "Great Recession". Maybe Clinton signed the GLBA, but it was years of Reagan policy, Greenspan, and a whole lot of propaganda.

Look no further than Kansas for how spectacular a job Republican fiscal policy is capable of when it comes to economics...
Nov 3, 14 8:19 AM appended by Mr. Z
And it also bears mention that the extortionists who are holding our Congress hostage and being as productive as the "lazy welfare bums" they like to demonize are wallowing in dark money without disclosure. Why do they so vehemently feel they need to hide where their fiscal support comes from? Because any red blooded American knows that the founders of this country PROHIBITED any corporate from influencing elections, or participating in civic life. PERIOD, FULL STOP.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 3, 14 8:19 AM
So you are pleased with the direction of the country? Politics and the economy are wheels that go round and round. It's appears that it will be the Republicans turn to play the role of hamster. I hope they do a better job.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 3, 14 8:31 AM
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Haven't been "pleased" for at least twenty years.

The Republicans had their turn already since Reagan, and screwed the pooch. Now they claim they've changed, and if you vote for them they'll end the gridlock. Sounds like some real honorable people...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 3, 14 9:11 AM
Fair enough. I see this as stopping the runaway train that is the Obama Admin. I just disagree with these policies way too much to let it all continue. Thanks for debating like an adult.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 3, 14 9:42 AM
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I tend to look beyond the ACA, and look at why it was even found necessary as a proposal. The root cause of that is all the deregulation of industry and the fundamentalist free marketeers. It doesn't work, and in the last thirty years we've gotten pollution, recession/depression, massive deficit spending, two wars and a tax cut on a credit card, and nothing but horse**** economics. All courtesy of the "right wing".

In this case, the enemy of my enemy is not my friend. They both are ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 3, 14 9:53 AM
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"Least offensive bowl of excrement"
Ahhh.... election day 2014. Choose your bowls wisely.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Nov 4, 14 9:10 AM
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Women and Americans with a darker skin color are fed up wit the left holding them back. Any hard working American CAN SUCCEED!

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Oct 31, 14 12:52 PM
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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Nov 2, 14 7:51 PM