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WASHINGTON – Today, 10 Congressional Democrats in the Florida delegation sent a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott to implore him to oppose two bills before the Florida legislature that would eliminate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for an estimated 220,000 Floridians.
U.S. Reps. Al Lawson, Kathy Castor, Charlie Christ, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Frederica Wilson joined together to send the letter to the Governor, writing:
The atmosphere in Washington is extremely partisan and highly toxic.
And there is absolutely nothing to suggest that will change anytime soon.
But that still hasn’t deterred U.S. Rep. Al Lawson.
The freshman congressman remains doggedly determined to find some way to foster bipartisanship in the nation’s capital.
UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, is also attending. The HUD news release made no mention of that; a spokesman told the Buzz that "we recently confirmed his participation."
HUD Secretary Ben Carson, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, this afternoon will tour a federally subsidized housing project in Jacksonville that has come under heavy criticism.
"Secretary Carson’s visit will allow him to hear directly from the people and organizations who rely on and support public housing," reads a release for the trip to Eureka Gardens.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Tuesday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson toured Eureka Gardens - the first time the organization's leader toured the apartment complex.
“I don’t think you can come here a year ago and come here today and not be optimistic about the future,” said Sen. Marco Rubio.
For years the property has had issues ranging from crime to poor living conditions. Some residents say seeing lawmakers tour the property is nothing new and others say there have been a lot of empty promises.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made his first trip to Jacksonville for a tour of the troubled Eureka Garden housing complex Tuesday.
He met with residents and local officials, laying out his plans to reform the public housing system.
Millennia Property Management spokesman Jeff Crossman took Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio and Congressman Al Lawson through two Eureka Garden apartments as part of Carson’s visit.
After just weeks on the job, new U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson personally toured a troubled subsidized housing complex in West Jacksonville on Tuesday.
Carson, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson and other officials met with management, and toured the 400-unit Eureka Garden complex. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has had the complex, which failed its last inspection, and its owners in its sights for more than a year.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson will hold two town halls in April where he will provide constituents with a Washington update and hear what questions, concerns, and ideas they have for Florida's fifth Congressional district.
Below is info about the town halls:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Downtown Campus, Room 1058
101 W State St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is an exercise in smoke and mirrors.
This proposal would give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while burdening hard working families with higher health care costs. The Republican plan allows for soaring new health care costs for our seniors and shortens the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, endangering seniors and disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid coverage. This is completely unacceptable for Floridians.
The Eureka Garden complex has been a focus of politicians in the last couple of years, with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, Sen. Marco Rubio, Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis, and Rep. Al Lawson all demanding rehab of the facility and reform of the HUD process.
WASHINGTON – News reports out of Jacksonville, Fla., have indicated that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Real Estate Assessment Center notified the City of Jacksonville earlier today that the Eureka Gardens public housing complex failed a recent inspection. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement: