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Jan 25, 2011 4:37 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Bishop Earns Plum Committee Post

Jan 25, 2011 4:37 PM

Tim Bishop, who represents eastern Long Island in the U.S. House of Representatives, will serve as the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment for the next two years, his office announced last Thursday, January 20.

The appointment means that Mr. Bishop, a Democrat from Southampton, will hold the second-in-command position of the subcommittee that oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and agencies related to water resources, pollution, conservation and infrastructure. He will be the subcommittee’s highest-ranking minority party member, working alongside U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs of Ohio, the Republican who was appointed chairman.

In an interview on Friday, Mr. Bishop said his new position will give him more control over projects like dredging, which have a direct impact on the local economy.

“As it relates to Long Island, it is the subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers projects,” the congressman said. “So it is the authorizing subcommittee for whatever the Army Corps of Engineers does.”

The appointment represents a promotion for Mr. Bishop, who has served as a member of the Water Resources and Environment subcommittee, as well as the overarching Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, since he joined Congress in 2003.

Mr. Bishop, a former provost of Southampton College, will also continue to serve in the Education and Workforce Committee. In that capacity, he said his main task for the next two years will be to protect student loans and federal financing for school districts. “I’m frankly very worried about that,” he said. “The Republicans in the House, who are now in the majority, have made it very clear that the education budget is going to get severe cuts.”

As part of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one of Mr. Bishop’s main goals this term is to see the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act through to passage. The bill invests federal dollars into the nation’s infrastructure, and will create jobs while improving transportation, the congressman said.

In one of the first votes of the 112th Congress last week, Mr. Bishop voted against repealing the landmark health care reform legislation he supported last year. The repeal passed in the House, where Republicans took control at the start of the year, but was not taken up in the Senate and would almost definitely have been vetoed by President Barack Obama had it gotten that far.

Mr. Bishop said he saw the repeal attempt by House Republicans as an opportunity to reargue the merits of the Affordable Care Act, which Mr. Obama signed into law last March. The bill’s provisions, which will unfold over the next few years, are designed to extend health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. It will also require that most Americans have health insurance by 2014, or face a fine.

“What I’m interested in doing is helping people fully understand what the law does,” Mr. Bishop said. “What I have found is that when people fully understand what the law does, some of the misgivings or anxieties 
they have about the law goes away.”

In his comments on the House floor on January 19, the day the repeal was voted on, Mr. Bishop contended that health care reform will not hinder job growth, will reduce the deficit in the long term, and will ensure that families facing illnesses could not be denied coverage or dropped by their insurance companies.

“Repeal does nothing, absolutely nothing, other than leaving families with real health issues no place to go for help,” he said in his speech.

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Well done Congressman. It is important to have a ranking member of Congress representing the East End of Long Island.
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 26, 11 8:54 AM
An important appointment for our Rep. Congratulations, Mr. Bishop
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Jan 26, 11 9:48 AM
Congratulations Mr Bishop, another good reason for your relection.
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on Jan 26, 11 10:11 AM
LOL still trying to justify selling us out on the health care reform bill. Mr Bishop why did you state this was a terrible bill for new Yorkers, state that you would not vote for it, and then flip and vote for it anyway? You are disgrace
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jan 26, 11 11:09 AM
Big, Razza, you really need to stop whining all the time. Also, Bishop did not oppose the bill for the same reasons as the baggers, he opposed it because he felt it was not strong enough, but I am glad to hear that you would have preferred single payer - me too.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 26, 11 11:26 AM
I guess you never read the opposition letter. In the letter Bishop said the bill would wind up costing New Yorkers too much money. he never once mentioned single payer.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jan 26, 11 1:54 PM
He was against it because it did not contain a public option which would have controlled costs. He voted yes on the Kucinich amendment. Stop misrepresenting.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 26, 11 2:24 PM
You are the one misrepresenting. You orginally said single payor
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jan 26, 11 6:55 PM
In addition the house bill with the public option was more expensive. Get your facts straight
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jan 26, 11 6:59 PM
Try reading, Razza, instead of spewing. Did you see where I said he voted FOR the Kucinich Amendment? Look it up.
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 27, 11 9:50 AM
Isnt Kucinich the guy who is suing the US for 150,000 because he chipped a tooth on an olive pit. He is the poster boy for Tort reform. You are also mixing up your statements. The fact remains that the bill Bishop suported with the public option was more expensive than the senate bill. Bishop claimed he would not vote for it because it would cost NY taxpayers too much due to the expanded eligibility of medicaid. He did mention he was in favor of the public option but that was not the reason for ...more
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jan 27, 11 11:38 AM
Video has been released showing Kucinichs story to be highly debatable. He also sued NBC in 2008 for not including him in a debate. Notice the pattern here. FYI Its seems the negative press got to him anyway and the matter has been settled out of court for something like 250 dollars
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Feb 1, 11 9:12 AM
Nice score, Mr. Bishop. This will enable you to do much more for your constituents.
By Turkey Bridge (1979), Quiogue on Jan 26, 11 11:20 AM
He is in a position now where his experience, knowledge and commitment to the East End will help us all - regardless of political persuasion or opinion.
By EastEndHomie (27), Southampton on Jan 26, 11 11:56 AM
You go Tim, we're thankful you won and this is just another reminder. The Tea Party Republican would now be attempting to close down the Army Corps of Engineers to deliver a "smaller," if less efficient government, no matter how stupid. Repair of infrastructure is badly needed, even if mortal danger of bridge collapse or exports blocked by sand might thrill teabaggers. We should privatize the Army and stop this boondoogle of government taking over the Armed Forces. Enough is enough.
By mo (89), Sag Harbor on Jan 26, 11 1:37 PM
Congrats Tim! Your a hard worker and deserve to be at the forefront. I know youll do your best for us here on the East End!
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Jan 27, 11 7:01 AM
I am so happy for Tim Bishop and residents of the East End. Guess what? even the naysayers out there will benefit!
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 27, 11 11:27 AM
The teaparty leader has a message for you http://www.truth-out.org/files/images/cartoon012711.jpg
By razza5351 (551), East Hampton on Jan 27, 11 12:08 PM
Razza 5350….You are tasteless!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Jan 28, 11 8:27 AM
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I wish I could be at the RML for that meeting. I'd really like to see just who would bring up the nasty lies I see appearing in this spot. Rep. Bishop is truely working for the East End and it's residents.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 30, 11 2:55 PM
Blah, Blah, Blah..... I don't even need to read what you're saying here as I know it is the small minded left & right talking points. You fools don't get it, your on the same side, the serfs. Until you realize this there is nope hope for change or progress. Two headed snake get it now?????????????
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 30, 11 10:46 PM
To the editor/censorer I just tried to get on the WHB Eruv article and couldn't, curious this was only after I logged in. I really hope you aren't going to block me from an article whist letting personal attacks stand. razza5351 seems to have trouble debating the issues rather than the person, surly a sign of weakness in intellectual capacity.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 31, 11 2:10 PM
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 31, 11 2:10 PM
Thank you for the link! I was not clear, I was able to find it, but when I logged in and went back to it I got a message saying it was not available, at which point I thought it was because I had logged in and was blocked from the article. This was not the case as I was able to access it later. Thank you for the explanation though, you show excellent sportsmanship, being that we so rarely agree on the issues here.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Feb 2, 11 12:14 AM
And back to the Story, As our local economy is so defined by natural resources and waterways this provides a great big win for the people of Southampton.
Thanks Tim
By Brad (28), Northampton on Feb 1, 11 10:47 PM
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brad, Thank You for getting back to the facts of things. Nothing anyone can say to the contrary beats the fact that Tim is a good honest Representative. And the East End is lucky to have him.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Feb 2, 11 10:48 AM
The best thing about Tim Bishop representing the East End in Congress is he is a native, local, born and bred here. Any way you slice it, Tim Bishop has Long Island and the East End in his DNA ... it ain't all about politics.

It's about someone strong, with integrity like Congressman Bishop who will stand up for Suffolk County.
By JimmyKBond (156), Hampton Bays on Feb 2, 11 11:54 AM
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