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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) hosted his Farmers Roundtable to address issues affecting the nation’s agricultural industry and rural communities.
During the two-hour dialog, held at the Tallahassee Community College Center for Workforce Development, Rep. Lawson discussed federal crop insurance, nutritional programs and trade enforcement laws administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also sought input from the more than 100 attendees, which included area farmers and agriculture industry representatives.
WASHINGTON DC — This week, U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) hosted the Congressional Black Caucus Briefing: Studying the Impact of Food Insecurity on Communities of Color. The food insecurity rate among African-American households is more than double that of Caucasian households. Latinos are more than twice as likely to be food insecure and twice as likely to live in poverty as white, non-Hispanics.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, paired up this week with an Illinois Republican on a proposal to help more veterans transition into farming and ranching.
Lawson and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who sits on both the House Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Committees, introduced the “Veterans Agricultural Apprenticeship Act” on Thursday.
Democratic U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and Darren Soto are urging Florida Gov. Rick Scott to extend a time-limit extension he imposed following Hurricane Irma so that food stamp recipients can continue to receive benefits without risking their 90-day deadline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.