Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03) led a letter with fellow Florida congressional delegation members to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding inequities facing Florida dairies under the current Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) as they recover from market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter, which explains that Florida's dairies cannot truly recover from the unprecedented losses sustained over the last year and a half, highl…
Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that North Florida schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase broadband services now through October 13.
The fund will reimburse reasonable costs of eligible equipment such as Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, devices that combine a modem and router, connected devices, and eligible broadband connections.
"Now more than ever, reliable broadband is essential for learning," Rep. Lawson said. "I stron…
Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced six district health centers will receive more than $3.7 million in federal funding to support major health care construction and renovation projects. The Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements Award, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded by the American Rescue Plan. It is intended to support local primary health care, and strengthen COVID-19 vaccination and treatment efforts within medically underserved c…
On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced the W.S. Stevens High School Disaster Shelter in Gadsden County is penciled in to receive $4.6 million in federal funds.
The money was included in the U.S. Homeland Security Appropriations process which is currently moving ahead on Capitol Hill.
"These funds will be used to construct a stand-alone, ADA compliant disaster shelter in Gadsden County that will serve 150-200 people. The shelter can also serve as a staging area for the distribution …
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After a Capitol Police officer was killed Friday when a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia expressed sorrow and outrage.
The White House ordered flags to fly at half-staff to honor fallen officer William Evans, an 18-year veteran of the Capitol Police force.
"Well, it's very, very disturbing," said Congressman Buddy Carter.
Carter is one of the lawmakers from the region who was r…
A new federal COVID-19 community vaccination site at the Gateway Town Center will open on March 1. It's a partnership between FEMA and the Biden Administration and will be for residents 65 and up or healthcare workers.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5) of North Florida said Monday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross that he is glad to see more vaccination opportunities coming to local communities of color.
Lawson's colleague, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL13), wants a full DOJ investigation into all…
By Rep. Lawson
For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have devastated North Florida's families and small businesses. I've witnessed lines of cars waiting hours to pick up food at local pantries and my Farm Share events. I've spoken to business owners who weren't sure how to keep staff on payroll and their doors open. I have mourned with families who have lost loved ones and others struggling to keep a roof over their heads.
Through the recently passed American Rescue P… Continue Reading
This has been a difficult week. The coronavirus is still among us changing the way we live our lives and taking from us loved ones. Businesses have begun to reopen, but people are moving into those places with a sense of fear and anxiety. Yet, we wonder whether the economy is being saved at our expense. Even with those thoughts, we are still cautious about what we hear and whether to believe what officials are saying about the precautions that should be taken and that can be relaxed. We will all… Continue Reading
My View: U.S. Representative Al Lawson
The coronavirus pandemic is a challenge unlike anything we've ever faced. Like you, I understand how scary this is and how desperate you are for answers.
As this evolving situation unfolds, I have been working to ensure that state and local officials have the resources they need to keep our community strong.Over the last month, Congress passed three bills to:
Provide $1,200 in direct payments to Floridians, and all Americans, who earn up to $75,000, … Continue Reading