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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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June 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today in the House Small Business Committee, members passed several bills, including U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s bill, H.R. 2702, the Small Business Innovation Research Program Commercialization Assistance Act.

His bill would create a pilot program under the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). This pilot program will provide additional funding for Phase II of the SBIR program which helps small business startups bring their products and services from commercialization into the marketplace.

June 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) has introduced legislation that would extend the life of Social Security by 15 years to 2049.

“Social Security plays a critical role in our economy as it provides for over two-thirds of our nation’s retirees, and provides financial security to millions of disabled workers and their children,” said Rep. Lawson.

June 7, 2017 In The News

Unlike the hostile receptions that some members of Congress have been receiving when they return to their home their home districts, District 5 U.S. Representative Al Lawson’s visit here last week was a friendly and civil affair.

But then, Lawson was preaching to the choir, even when he called the president’s budget unacceptable as his criticism was aimed at the budget’s impact on agriculture, and the audience consisted entirely of the agriculture community and those university programs and extension services that serve and support it.

June 6, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON - It’s not just President Donald Trump trying to cut back on food stamps.

Months before Trump submitted a federal budget that would ax $193 billion from the benefits program, Florida lawmakers earlier this year tried – and failed – to cut money from the state’s share of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, pushing legislation that would have cut off all but the neediest families.

June 1, 2017 In The News

Trumps wants to cut SNAP, research money and aid to rural communities

Congressman Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, went to Monticello Thursday to rally the countryside against President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. As outlined by U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, Trump wants to cut spending for farmers and aid to rural communities by more than 20 percent.

Lawson also warned a gathering of 60 growers, extension agents and academics about proposed changes to the Rural Development program within the U.S.D.A. and a rewrite of the nation’s agriculture policy.

May 26, 2017 In The News

Lawson introduces first bill aimed to help small business leaders

The Entrepreneurial Education Act would help emerging leaders get the training they need to expand operations and create jobs in underserved communities

May 25, 2017 In The News

Army Corps of Engineers awards $17.5 million for Port deepening

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New funding for the deepening of the St Johns River was approved on Wednesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded $17.5 million for the Jacksonville Port deepening project in its fiscal year 2017 work program.

While the money is just the beginning of the funding needed, it gets the ball rolling towards the deepening of the shipping channel and eventually being able to bring larger ships into and out of JAXPORT.

May 23, 2017 In The News

3.1 million Floridians get food assistance, DCF says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump’s administration shared his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement:

“Once again, President Trump’s budget calls for extreme cuts to vital funding for programs that help our nation’s poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments. It is a short-sighted plan that seeks to give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking away lifelines for those who need it most.

May 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson filed his first bill Friday, and it aims to help economic conditions in Florida’s 5th Congressional District.

The Entrepreneurial Education Act would authorize what is being called an “Entrepreneurial Education Initiative” through the Small Business Administration.

The initiative’s goal: to train and guide those running businesses in what Lawson’s press release calls “economically-disadvantaged communities.”