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WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced his Economic Affordability Plan, a robust package of legislation that aims to reduce the many challenges millennials, recent college graduates and senior citizens face. The three-bill package offers a one-year federal student loan deferment to recent college graduates, helps first time homebuyers and offers social security benefit increases while also protecting its solvency.
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, 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 – Today, the House passed U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s (FL-05) amendment to H.R. 1500, the Consumers First Act. The amendment would require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide Congress with regular monthly updates reporting of the number of investigations opened and closed with respect to fair lending violations.
The Consumers First Act strengthens the supervisory and enforcement powers of the CFPB and restores the essential role of nonpartisan agency to protect consumers in the financial marketplace.
Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) addressed homelessness during the Financial Services Committee hearing: “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.
WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, U.S Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) joined House Democrats in passing a War Powers Resolution on Yemen (H.J.Res. 37), which calls for the removal of U.S. troops from Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. The resolution calls for their removal within 30 days after becoming law. It also condemns the nearly four-year old conflict in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians and caused widespread famine.
WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act. This bill would provide a 2.6 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees, bringing the 2019 pay increase for civilian employees in line with the raise given to members of the military.
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days:
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Representatives Al Lawson (D-FL) and Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans. The Veterans’ Agricultural Apprenticeship Act instructs the USDA to work with state departments of agriculture to identify farmers and ranchers eligible for a direct loan to train apprentice veterans. The loan would, in turn, be paid back to the USDA after the harvest season.