U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications on May 3 for its $28.6 billion restaurant relief program to help local restaurants, bars and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which Rep. Lawson worked to pass. Business owners can use the funding to assist with payroll, rent/mortgage, utilities, maintenance, protective equip…
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement regarding President Biden's Address to a Joint Session of Congress:
"President Biden's speech was powerful and inspiring. He connected with the American people, and his message spoke to the pressing challenges our nation can no longer afford to ignore - raising the minimum wage, commonsense gun reform, violence against women, rebuilding the middle class, criminal justice reform, getting Americans back to work, and beating this pandemic.…
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted for H.R. 51 to grant statehood to Washington, D.C. This legislation would admit D.C. as the 51st state - securing voting representation in Congress and full self-government for the city's 712,000 residents.
"Our nation was built on a promise that all are created equal and are deserving of an equal say in our democracy. But for far too long, the residents of our nation's capital have been denied adequate representation in Congress and the right to govern them…
With President Donald Trump signing into law a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded through December 11, a congressman from the Sunshine State scored a win as a proposal extending EBT/SNAP waivers was included in the proposal.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., was an original cosponsor of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge's, D-Ohio, "Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act" which was included in the continuing resolution.
Fudge's proposal renews Pandemic EBT for an entire year and ex…
U.S. Representative Al Lawson (FL-05) released a statement Saturday morning on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"We have lost an icon with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a woman only 5′1 in stature, but moved mountains to propel our nation forward. She was a trailblazer who paved the way for so many who have come after her. Justice Bader Ginsberg provided a platform for women, and fought to ensure they had a voice at the table. From ge…
North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, has been hearing from constituents who say they want racial and religious profiling by police to end, along with more mandated racial bias training.
On WJCT's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Monday, Lawson told guest host Charles Griggs that constituents have told him they want law enforcement to abandon no-knock warrants in drug cases and choke holds when restraining suspects.
"We need the police. But we need to really make sure that we stop m…
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
The coronavirus pandemic is a challenge unlike anything we have ever faced. I understand how scary this is and how desperate you are for answers.
We have seen staggering evidence thatCOVID-19 disproportionately impacts African-Americans more than the overall population. According to the Centers for Disease Control, counties that are majority-Black have three times the rate of infections and almost six times the rate of deaths as counties where white residents are in the majority.
Unfortunatel… Continue Reading