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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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April 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released a statement regarding the redacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report:

April 8, 2019 In The News
Congressman Al Lawson's latest challenge stretches beyond regional boundary lines. The District 5 representative is working on a campaign focusing on the civil rights of collegiate student-athletes nationwide.  
As a former basketball and track star at Florida A&M University, Lawson knows all too well the difficult balancing act of playing sports as a full-time student. 
April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R.1585 a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse, and working to ensure all victims and survivors have the support they need.  This critical reauthorization, which passed the House by a vote of  263–158, will safeguard and further build upon these life-saving protections for women throughout Florida and across the country.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) hosted a panel discussion and movie screening of the sports documentary, Student Athlete, on Capitol Hill last night. The conversation tackled the plight of unpaid student-athletes in a multi-billion dollar athletic enterprise.

The event attracted more than 200 attendees, including members of Congress, local college students, current and former student athletes, and the documentary’s filmmakers.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — Today, Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) voted to pass H.Res. 271, a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s participation in the Texas v. U.S. health care lawsuit seeking to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, and calling on the Department of Justice to reverse its position in the case.

April 2, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Jr. parlayed a standout period as a college basketball player into an NBA stint, a coaching gig, and now a political career of long standing.

Lawson’s case represents the best-case scenario for student athletes, however, and a new bill from the second-term Democrat would bring change to an oft-criticized model.

The NCAA Act of 2019 would eliminate the “one-and-done” rule, provide medical coverage for sports-related injuries, and create an easier process for student athletes to gain work opportunities while in school.

March 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined fellow Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 to protect the nation’s Dreamers, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, allowing them to contribute fully to Florida’s communities and the nation while providing a pathway to citizenship.

March 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) reintroduced legislation to ensure a fair and free market for the pricing of legislation. The Aluminum Pricing Examination (APEX) Act (H.R. 1406) would grant the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) authority to conduct oversight of the aluminum market and investigate price setting, benchmarking and reporting entities.

February 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined his colleagues in the House in passing H.J. Res. 46, a bipartisan resolution to terminate the emergency declaration to construct a border wall issued by President Trump. The congressman was an original cosponsor of the legislation, which will now go to the Senate.

February 14, 2019 In The News

Now in his second term in Congress, this week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., tried to focus on homelessness.

Lawson took part on a U.S. House Financial Services Committee focused on “Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness.”

“The hearing served as an opportunity to raise awareness to the issue and put forth proactive solutions to address this important topic,” the congressman’s office noted.