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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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November 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, 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.

November 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Representative Al Lawson, along with five of his colleagues and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), wrote Secretary David Shulkin of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to request that the agency annually share information on the number of veterans who struggle with food insecurity.

October 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Al Lawson and Darren Soto, members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to Gov.

October 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the “College Student Hunger Act of 2017” that would provide SNAP benefits to the neediest of college students.

October 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) sent a joint letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in support of the company’s new metropolitan-centered headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida
October 26, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement on the death of former State Senator Arnett E. Girardeau:
September 29, 2017 Press Release
TALLAHASSEE – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5), today, launch his Let’s Feed America Campaign to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Food Stamp Act, the landmark law that established the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
September 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act of 2017, which will offer seniors a standard deduction for medical expenses when applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

September 21, 2017 Press Release

Tallahassee, FL  –  Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL), today, announced a new $1 million federal  grant award from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to the City of Tallahassee/StarMetro to purchase 15 new electric buses to replace aging diesel buses.

September 21, 2017 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Reps. Al Lawson (D-FL) and John Rutherford (R-FL) announced a new $1 million grant to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)  from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase new Low or No (Low-No) emission buses.

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September 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is seeking changes to federal food-aid programs to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Lawson, D-Fla., asked Gov. Rick Scott this week to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture for policy waivers similar to requests that Texas and Louisiana made after Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina.

September 19, 2017 In The News

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, and by the time it drifted through the region, it would break the record for rainfall of any other storm in the history of the continental United States. The devastation to the area is saddening; the cost to human life, infrastructure, and economic productivity is expected to exceed that of Sandy and Andrew.

July 24, 2017 In The News

Towards the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who is a member of the Military-Veterans Caucus, is leading congressional Democrats on a bill to help veterans start up small businesses.

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July 21, 2017 In The News

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson introduced a new bill: the “Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act,” which would “establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans creating businesses in underserved communities,” per a press release from his office.

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July 21, 2017 In The News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Students at Florida State University are discussing ways to keep young professionals in the Capital City.

Florida State University Master of Applied American Politics and Policy students held the Roundtable at City Hall. Participants discussed current and future strategies.

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July 21, 2017 In The News

Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson said he was shocked to learn 70 percent of recent college graduates in Nashville remain in the area after graduation.

Part of that is Nashville’s success in branding itself as “Music City,” but that is coupled with economic development that spurs job creation and opportunities for young people.

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July 6, 2017 In The News

Six months after he went to Washington touting changes to Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson was back in Jacksonville Thursday. Still waiting for change.

“I don’t care whose name is on it,” the freshman Democrat said of the law guiding national health care.

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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.

June 20, 2017 In The News

Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire.

Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. It’s being filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawmakers said.

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June 18, 2017 In The News

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

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January 3, 2017 Photo Gallery
The U.S. House of Representatives' Flickr photo gallery.
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January 3, 2017 Video
A Video of the Lincoln Memorial.
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