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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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August 14, 2017 Press Release

"The news out of Virginia is very troubling. We see clear as day that the struggle for equality and acceptance in this country is far from over. We cannot afford to go backward as a nation. No good comes from senseless bloodshed and we cannot let hate thrive and further divide us. 

August 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Student Opportunity Act to provide economic relief for those who have student loans.

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July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives John Rutherford (FL-04) and Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed S.

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July 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act to give a boost to veterans who invest in their communities through entrepreneurship. 

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July 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, July 13, U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and John Rutherford are hosting a Veterans Mental Health Briefing at 2 pm in Cannon 421. Presenting at the briefing will be the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a panel of speakers:

Dr. Joe Thornton - Associate Chief of Staff for the Mental Health Service Line at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

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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 15, 2017 Press Release

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.

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 29, 2017 Press Release

“As we mark this Memorial Day, we pause to honor the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of our brave men and women in uniform. We honor them by sharing and remembering their legacies.

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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.

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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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June 14, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Tuesday added seven new co-sponsors of legislation she introduced May 17 to extend the federal Perkins Loan college financial aid program for two years, continuing a boom of 33 new co-sponsors in eight days, according to the Library of Congress government information website.

New co-sponsors on Tuesday are as follows:

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June 7, 2017 In The News

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.

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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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