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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, landmark legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. According to independent economic analysis, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including approximately 128,900 workers in Florida’s Fifth Congressional District.


July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), member of the U.S. House Committees on Agriculture and Financial Services, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today introduced the College Student Hunger Act of 2019.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), and Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) introduced the HUD Inspection Act of 2019. This bill forces the Housing Urban Development Act (HUD) to take greater action when federal assisted housing properties fail to come into compliance with federal housing laws.


July 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s (FL-05) the Restricting Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act (H.R. 3614). The bill prevents employers from seeking credit scores or credit information when interviewing or determining whether to hire a potential employee. It prohibits hiring managers from asking questions about past defaults or bankruptcies during a job interview or including questions about credit history on applications.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) responded to the latest efforts to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions as well as every last benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act.  Rep. Lawson highlighted the devastating impact that the Texas v. U.S. lawsuit could have on hard-working families throughout Florida and across the country.

June 28, 2019 In The News

A bill from two North Florida congressmen -- Republican Rep. John Rutherford and Democratic Rep. Al Lawson -- to help veterans transition out of the service and into civilian careers has cleared the U.S. House and now heads to the U.S. Senate.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) participated in the 8th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day" on Capitol Hill. He was joined Mercedes Parson, a West Palm Beach native who spent much of her life in-and-out of the foster care system. The annual event brings more than 100 foster youth alumni from across the country to Washington to shadow members of Congress and get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the House of Representatives.

June 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after the House passed legislation to provide disaster relief to communities throughout the United States:

May 29, 2019 Editorial

For the third time in one week, a House Republican has stopped the passage of the $19.1 billion Disaster Assistance package that would have finally brought long overdue relief to thousands of families across North Florida who are still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

May 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after one House Republican objected to pass the bipartisan $19.1 billion disaster supplemental appropriations bill: