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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Health care

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June 22, 2017 Press Release

“Just like the House bill, the Senate health care bill is heartless and reckless. This is what we get when we have a 13-member group, made up only of male Senate Republicans, develop a plan in secret. We should be making it easier for more hardworking Americans to access affordable health care, not be giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

June 22, 2017 In The News

The latest news coming out of the Senate about the health care debate is very troubling. Keeping negotiations behind closed doors and blocking news reporters from reporting on progress is unacceptable.

It was my hope that Senate Republicans would rectify the shortsighted version of health care their House colleagues sent over.

Instead a 13-member group, made up only of male Senate Republicans, has remained elusive about any actual plan for reforming our nation’s health care.

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.

May 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today nine Florida Democrats sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott outlining their concern over President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to SNAP benefits in his budget that was released on Tuesday.

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released an updated report on the consequences of the House-passed Trumpcare legislation:

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.

April 27, 2017 Press Release

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:

April 11, 2017 In The News

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.

April 11, 2017 In The News

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.

April 11, 2017 In The News

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.