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July 07, 2021

Al Lawson: Federal Money Going to Gadsden County for Disaster Shelter

by Kevin Derby

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 … Continue Reading

January 21, 2021

Florida, Georgia universities look forward to federal aid

by Kristian Thomas

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - More than $186 million is coming to universities like Florida A&M, Florida State and others in the sunshine state. Georgia students are in line to get help as well. U.S. Representative Al Lawson of Florida recently announced nine colleges including two in the Big Bend would receive a portion of the funds. That money will come from the $900 billion stimulus bill passed in December, with some of that money going towards student grants. With the pandemic hitting … Continue Reading

January 21, 2021

EWC, FSCJ, JU and UNF Get Combined $73.4M In Federal Emergency Relief

by Bill Bortzfield

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, announced Thursday that colleges and universities in Jacksonville are getting an additional $73.4 million in federal emergency relief funding as part of the $900 billion stimulus package Congress passed last month. Edward Waters College: $3,753,605 Florida State College at Jacksonville: $39,123,258 Jacksonville University: $4,914,423 University of North Florida: $25,620,098 Lawson, whose district includes Jacksonville and stretches west to … Continue Reading

January 14, 2021

Florida Democrats Lead Letter to Congressional Leaders Calling for Increased SNAP Benefits in Stimulus


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Congressman Al Lawson spoke to WCTV about potential protests surrounding Inauguration Day and his personal experience of the U.S. Capitol storming. Below, you'll find the transcribed version of the interview between WCTV's Michael Hudak and Congressman Lawson. QUESTION 1: How would you describe the day and night of the Capitol storming for you? LAWSON: Well it was almost incomprehensible. You couldn't visualize this happening when you came in the morning and … Continue Reading

January 11, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson: Trump Is ‘A Danger to America’

by Melissa Ross

Calling his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives who objected to Electoral College election results "embarrassing," Democratic North Florida Representative Al Lawson says he expects efforts to impeach President Donald Trump to move quickly this week in the House of Representatives. "They're gonna move," said Lawson, who represents North Florida's 5th District, which stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee. "First with the 25th amendment, allowing the vice president to … Continue Reading

January 08, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson, Fla. Lawmakers ask DeSantis for briefing on state COVID-19 vaccination process

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Rep. Al Lawson and a group of bipartisan members of the Florida congressional delegation sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday asking for a virtual briefing on the COVID-19 vaccination process in the state, as soon as possible. The lawmakers said in the letter that they are receiving many questions from their constituents regarding vaccine location, roles of different government entities in the state's vaccination plan, as well as the role of health insurance … Continue Reading

January 07, 2021

Florida U.S. Rep Al Lawson in lockdown: Trump needs to be immediately removed as president

by James Call

When Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Congressman Al Lawson had just left the House floor. In the middle of deliberations to affirm Joe Biden as the winner of the November presidential election, Capitol Police moved in to escort House members to safety. A tunnel connecting the Capitol to office buildings and parking garages soon became a makeshift bomb shelter for the U.S. Congress. As he entered it, Lawson said other members began to run. "This is a mob. These are … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Tallahassee School of Math and Science students are winners in District App Challenge

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is proud to announce Florida's 5th Congressional District App Challenge winners are Tallahassee School of Math and Science students Liam Tolia, Issa Allison, Jackson Flowers and Gabriel Campbell. The Congressional App Challenge's mission is to inspire, include and innovate efforts around STEM and computer science education. The app, "Escape the CoronaVirus," was created to entertain all who play the game, and to relieve some of the stress caused by the pandemic. The game … Continue Reading

December 23, 2020

As vaccinations continue in nursing homes, leaders push for minorities to trust vaccine

by Kelly Wiley

December 23, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson, Gadsden County leaders distribute $25 Walmart gift cards

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Rep. Al Lawson will be joined by Gadsden County leaders and County Community Health Council members to distribute $25 Walmart gift cards Wednesday, Dec. 23. The giveaway is a partnership with Walmart and will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Gadsden County Courthouse in Quincy. The gift cards will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis to make Gadsden County family members a little brighter, according to a press release. Due to the restrictions on gatherings … Continue Reading

December 23, 2020

Florida Taskforce Aims To Get 60% of People of Color To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

by Brendan Rivers

A statewide taskforce is aiming to get at least 60% of people of color to get the coronavirus vaccine. The Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Taskforce is enlisting faith leaders, historically Black college and university presidents, elected officials and others to advocate for the vaccine in minority communities. "Every American deserves equal access to the vaccine, and we cannot get our economy working unless we get the coronavirus under control. Too many … Continue Reading

October 07, 2020

Florida Congressional Democrats Ask Ron DeSantis to Extend Waiver for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF Benefits Florida Daily

This week, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., led fellow Democrats in the Florida congressional delegation a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging the continuation of the waiver of work and recertification requirements for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to those affected most during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) estimates that there are still percentages of adults … Continue Reading

October 01, 2020

Al Lawson Helps Get Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act Signed Into Law

by Kevin Derby | Florida Daily

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 … Continue Reading

September 19, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Bailey Husker | Action News Jax

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 … Continue Reading

June 08, 2020

Rep. Lawson: Police Reform In The Works; RNC Must Consider 'Public Safety'


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 … Continue Reading

May 27, 2020

Congressmen Al Lawson, Neal Dunn see a lot to like in federal coronavirus stimulus plan

In a display of bipartisan agreement, two of North Florida's members of Congress - Republican Neal Dunn and Democrat Al Lawson - have endorsed a $2.2 trillion economic relief package to combat the coronavirus and calm a reeling nation. Millions of Americans are seeking unemployment benefits as businesses close and jobs disappear. By Friday morning, both Lawson, of Tallahassee, and Dunn, of Panama City, said they see a lot of good in the package negotiated by Democratic House Speaker Nancy … Continue Reading

May 21, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Co-Sponsors ‘SOS Act’ To Help Small Businesses And Nonprofits

by Brendon Rivers | WJCT

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) is co-sponsoring the Save Our Streets (SOS) Act to give small businesses and nonprofits up to $250,000 to help them deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of the funding would go to historically underrepresented businesses, including those owned by minorities. Lawson, whose district stretches from Tallahassee to Jacksonville, says Congress made a mistake with the first CARES Act relief package, which allowed … Continue Reading

May 06, 2020

Al Lawson: USDA Sending NIFA Funds to FAMU for Scholarships

by Kevin Derby - Florida Daily

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is sending more than $750,000 in scholarships to Florida A&M University (FAMU). U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced this week that FAMU will get $752,632 in scholarships for Florida A&M University from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). "The grant, which was made possible through NIFA's 1890 Scholarship Program and authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, will provide full and partial scholarships to undergraduate students in … Continue Reading

April 22, 2020

Douglas Anderson School of Arts Senior Appointed to United States Air Force Academy

by Jacksonville Free Press

U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that George "Gary" Hartsfield Jr., a senior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Hartsfield was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the Colorado-based service academy. "Gary's academic excellence and dedication to his community have prepared him well for the U.S. Air Force Academy," Rep. Lawson said. "I wish him the best and have no doubt he will serve our state and … Continue Reading

April 22, 2020

Al Lawson Urges Tallahassee Student Housing Companies to Let Residents Impacted by Coronavirus to Break Leases

by Kevin Derby | Florida Daily

This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., called on student housing companies in Tallahassee to let residents who moved back home due to the coronavirus break their leases without penalty. On Monday, Lawson wrote eight student housing companies doing business in Tallahassee on the matter. "Students and families across our state and nation are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by a global health crisis beyond their control," Lawson said. "It is unfair, while colleges and … Continue Reading

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