JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Charles Woo, a senior at Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville, has received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Woo was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the prestigious New York-based service academy.
"Throughout his academic career, Woo has proven that he embodies the qualities of determination and leadership that are key to succeeding at West Point," Rep. Lawson said. "Woo is an outstan…
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), along with members of the Florida Delegation, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to approve the state of Florida's request to implement the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).
D-SNAP allows people who are not typically eligible for SNAP benefits, but have been impacted by a disaster, to receive aid. In addition, current SNAP recipients would see an increase in their supplemental benefits to the maximum amount for …
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is pleased to announce a $1,568,429.55 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for the City of Chattahoochee. The funds will go towards electrical system repairs for damages caused by Hurricane Michael.
"Families in Chattahoochee have worked hard to recover from Hurricane Michael and overcome the many challenges brought on by the Category 5 storm," Rep. Lawson said. "I'm glad these federal funds have been made available to help ease the financial burden the …
QUINCY - On the sunny and windy morning of the last day of February, folks were lined up along Stewart and Crawford streets to witness the 2020 Black History Month Parade, coordinated by the City of Quincy.
Quincy is a small, close-knit town of about 7,000 people. It is the county seat of Gadsden County just northwest of Leon County. It is about 20 miles west of Tallahassee.
Florida-Backroads-Travel.com states, "The town is a good example of Southern architecture from the era before the Civil …
Congressman Al Lawson is working to get a proper burial for a veteran whose remains were disturbed last week during a construction project.
Lawson says he's pushing for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to allow the veteran to be buried in the Jacksonville National Cemetery, but he's also working to figure out why the remains were disturbed in the first place.
"It's interesting," Lawson tells our news partner Action News Jax. "What I'm trying to figure out from the DOT [Departme…
What needs to be done to lower our area's infant mortality rate?
This is the topic Congressman Al Lawson of District 5 discussed Thursday in Jacksonville. He sat down with CEO of the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Faye Johnson.
The Coalition's latest report reveals the infant mortality rate locally is slightly higher than it was the previous year. They report the rate increased from 7.3 to 7.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2018.
The Coalition reports 147 babies died before their first birthday in 2018, which is the equivalent of eight classes of kindergarteners.
Lawson is on the Black Maternal Health Caucus in Congress. He says funding for groups like the Coalition is necessary to lower the infant mortality rate, something studies back up.
He's hopeful they'll be able to push funding through the Senate too.
"Those funds are really needed to save these children's lives," Lawson said. "In the Senate, they're always saying that 'we want to protect kids' and so forth… Continue Reading
For the third time in one week, a House Republican has stopped the passage of the $19.1 billion Disaster Assistance package that would have finally brought long overdue relief to thousands of families across North Florida who are still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
In successive days, Rep. Chip Roy, R-TX, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky, and Rep. John Rose, R-TN, each stood up to single handedly block a carefully negotiated package of assistance that had been agreed upon by the leadership of th… Continue Reading
The Farm Bill is about more than just growing crops - it is about ensuring all Americans have access to safe and nutritious food, health and securing a better way of life. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I have worked hard with my colleagues to prepare a bill that ensures our nation’s farmers and families have the resources they need to live the American Dream.
Unfortunately, this Farm Bill does not do that. The bill introduced by House Republicans proposes to cut billion… Continue Reading
Many of our nation’s seniors live on fixed incomes and struggle to afford everyday expenses. Sadly, a large number of these individuals are also disabled. There are several existing programs that support the most vulnerable among us, but the number of agencies, applications, reporting requirements and additional obstacles they must tackle to access these funds make it unnecessarily difficult for them to receive the benefits they desperately need and deserve.
I recently introduced H.R. … Continue Reading