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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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: