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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills to re-open these two essential government agencies and rescue Florida’s families who are at imminent risk of being evicted while ensuring air travel and highway transportation are safe for all Americans. 

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of Agriculture and FDA appropriations bill to re-open this essential government agency to guarantee Florida’s families receive critical SNAP benefits, ensure the FDA and USDA can continue to inspect food and prevent public health epidemics, and safeguard a strong, robust farmer safety net that provides certainty to our rural economy. 

January 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of the Treasury and IRS appropriations bill to remove all doubt that hard-working Floridians will receive their tax refunds in full and on time. Each year, about 7,952,393 Florida households receive an average tax return of about $2,924, which will remain in jeopardy as long as the President and Senate Republicans refuse to end the government shutdown and fully re-open the IRS.

September 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Al Lawson’s (FL-05) H.R. 6367,“Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act,” which aims to expand small firms’ involvement in the federal marketplace, passed the House. The bill would allow federal agencies in certain instances to count dollars spent by prime contractors on subcontractors toward agencies’ statutory small business contracting goals. The bill further includes provisions to ensure prompt payment to subcontractors when work is completed. 

September 18, 2018 In The News

Bustle asked all 529 current U.S. senators and representatives who vote on legislation: As a member of Congress, what are you doing to ensure that men and women receive equal pay for equal work? Just over 30 percent of Congress responded. Here's what senators and representatives from states said.

August 14, 2018 In The News

LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCTV) -- A local airport is getting a big funding boost thanks to a federal grant.

The U.S. House of Representatives announced Monday that the Lake City Gateway Airport was awarded a $6.9 million grant for rehabilitation.

“This grant will allow Lake City Gateway airport to grow, improve and provide essential transportation services to Lake City residents,” said Rep. Al Lawson. “Access to this new and improved airport will allow residents the opportunity to travel safely and comfortably.

August 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) helped to secure a new $6.9 million federal grant for Lake City, Fla.

 “This grant will allow Lake City Gateway airport to grow, improve and provide essential transportation services to Lake City residents,” Rep. Lawson said. “Access to this new and improved airport will allow residents the opportunity to travel safely and comfortably. Airports are important to business, commerce, travel and more, and I am proud to help North Florida improve all of these areas through this rehabilitation grant.”

August 9, 2018 In The News

MADISON, Fla. (WCTV) -- The city of Madison is getting a big funding boost, thanks to Rural Development Grants from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Madison has been approved to receive a total of $137,400 in federal funding. Of that, $54,900 will go to the City of Madison Fire Department to purchase new emergency response equipment and $82,500 will go to the Madison County Memorial Hospital.

July 30, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s Small Business Innovation Research Commercialization Assistance Act of 2017 (H.R. 2702) was passed into law under the National Defense Reauthorization Act of 2018. This legislation helps startups and small businesses bring their products from commercialization into the marketplace by providing much needed resources and assistance.

May 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement about the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act after the House voted to pass the legislation 258-159: