Press Releases

January 15, 2020

Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure a Grant for Alzheimer’s Research at FAMU

Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure a Grant for Alzheimer's Research at FAMU WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure a $396,048 grant from the National Institute on Aging for important research at Florida A&M University. The grant will allow researchers the opportunity to study the early differences of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) from Alzheimer's disease by using imaging biomarkers. LBD is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of a protein in the brain can lead … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Impeachment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson released the following statement regarding the impeachment of President Trump: "It is with no small measure of regret that Congress was forced to impeach the President of the United States. His continued abuse of power compelled us to take action and hold him accountable. The Senate should approach this with the seriousness it deserves and consistent with their oath. We have faced difficult times in the past, and today is no different. While this is a … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Congress Passes FUTURE Act to Help Fund HBCUs, MSIs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) recently joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress for the enrollment signing of H.R. 2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent Using Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act. The bipartisan proposal would make permanent $255 million in annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), as well as simplifying the Free … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Lawson Announces 2018-19 Recipients of the Gilman International Scholarship

U.S. Rep. Lawson Announces 2018-19 Recipients of the Gilman International Scholarship WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced that ten outstanding students from the Florida's Fifth Congressional District have been awarded the highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the 2018-2019 academic year. More than 13,000 students nationwide applied for the Gilman scholarship, and 10 students from Rep. Lawson's district were … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Rep. Lawson Announces 2019 District-Wide Congressional App Competition Winners

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) is proud to announce Florida's 5th Congressional District App Challenge winners are Tallahassee School of Math and Science students Liam Tolia, Issa Allison, Atianda Broadnax and Zoie Gray. The Congressional App Challenge's mission is to inspire, include and innovate efforts around STEM and computer science education. The app, "Future Beans," was created to help enlighten children on the skill of coding while providing an interactive experience in … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act

WASHINGTON DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass landmark legislation that would help to lower prescription drug cost for millions of Americans ---the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (HR 3). "The skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs remain a real crisis for too many hard-working Americans who every day are forced to make the unthinkable choice between filling a prescription and paying their bills," Rep. Lawson said. "This bill makes critical investments in both … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Rep. Al Lawson Introduces the Access to AEDs Act in Memory of Rafe Maccarone

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has introduced the Access to AEDs Act in Memory of Rafe Maccarone, which will direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to health care organizations to encourage student access to AEDs in elementary and secondary schools. The grant can also be used to assist secondary schools that seek to develop a heart screening program within their athletic department. "Sudden cardiac arrest does not discriminate against age or … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Rep. Al Lawson’s Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Harassment by Debt Collectors Passes Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, the House Financial Services Committee passed U.S. Rep. Al Lawson's (FL-05) Small Business Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (H.R. 5013) which protects small businesses from harassment by third-party debt collectors. The bill extends protections under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to small businesses with loans or obligations that are less than $5 million so that debt collectors have guardrails on what they can do to collect these debts. "This … Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure $20M for JAXPORT Terminal Improvements

JACKSONVILLE, FL - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) helped to secure a $20 million federal grant that will transform more than 100 acres of existing terminal space at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal into a modern facility that will be able to handle 425,000 additional 20-foot-equivalent-units annually. The funding is part of a $238 million plan to expand and upgrade the facility. In addition to repaving, the project will improve stormwater management, install new lighting, signage and … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Lawson Statement on the House Passage of the Resolution Providing Path Forward for Open Hearings on the President's Abuse of Power

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement today on House passage of a resolution that establishes the process and procedures for open hearings as the House moves forward with the next phase of the impeachment inquiry: "We have a system in place to protect our democracy that stipulates that no one is above the law - including the President of the United States. President Trump's inexcusable conduct in pressuring a foreign country to interfere in our 2020 … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Rep. Lawson Demands Action from HUD Regarding the Deplorable Living Conditions at Valencia Way Apartments in Jacksonville

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development Director Ben Carson to look into the substandard conditions the residents of Valencia Way (formerly Eureka Gardens) housing complex in Jacksonville are having to endure. For more than three weeks, the 790 residents have been forced to live without gas and hot water -- with no rapid solution in sight. Property owners Millennia Housing Management LTD were forced to shut off the gas lines … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Rep. Lawson Urges Speaker Pelosi to Create a Select Committee on Student-Athletes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi to request the creation of a Select Committee on Student-Athletes that would focus on the well-being and rights of our nation's student-athletes. "Student-athletes are the backbone of any athletic program and give so much of themselves and their talents to their schools," Rep. Lawson wrote in the letter. "As Members of Congress, we must work to protect the interests of our students academically, medically … Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Rep. Al Lawson Statement Regarding a Formal Impeachment Inquiry of President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson released the following statement in support of moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. "I support a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The President's recent admission that he engaged in unlawful conversations with Ukrainian officials is not only embarrassing, but undermines the integrity of our elections, the dignity of the office and threatens our national security. I am truly appreciative of the feedback I have … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Rep. Al Lawson Urges State to Secure Election Systems & Improve Accessibility Ahead of 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), with the entire Florida Democratic Congressional delegation, sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee pressing her to bolster election security and improve Floridians' access to vote for next year's election and requesting information about these efforts. The 2020 primary election is fast approaching, and so now is the time to ensure our state is taking all necessary actions to harden our election defenses, guard against … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Rep. Lawson and Rep. Richmond Place Wager on FAMU-Southern Football Game

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-02) have placed a friendly wager on Saturday's highly anticipated football game between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Southern University Jaguars. This will be the first matchup between the two teams since 2012. The winner of the wager will receive a supply of local delicacies from their opponent's home region. Rep. Lawson has wagered Apalachicola oysters and Gadsden County tomatoes from his … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Rep. Al Lawson Introduces Legislation to Designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum in Jacksonville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced legislation to designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field as the national memorial and museum to honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing-in-action. “While there are museums to honor veterans across the country, there is no national POW/MIA memorial or museum to specifically honor all former prisoners of war,” Rep. Lawson said. “We must acknowledge and remember … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Rep. Al Lawson Introduces Legislation to Designate National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field in Jacksonville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced legislation to designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field as the national memorial and museum to honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing-in-action. "While there are museums to honor veterans across the country, there is no national POW/MIA memorial or museum to specifically honor all former prisoners of war," Rep. Lawson said. "We must acknowledge and remember our … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson to Host Military Academy Day in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) will host a Military Academy Day on Thursday, September 19 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Jacksonville. Recruiters from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U. S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, Marion Military Institute, the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, and the Department of Defense Military Examination Review Board (DODMERB) will be in attendance to discuss the application and admissions process. Rep. Lawson’s staff will … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Lawson Supports Proposal to Improve Duval Schools

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - “This much is clear, Duval County’s Public Schools are in poor shape. With the average age of our schools at 44 years-old, these facilities are the oldest in Florida. Many of our students are being educated in buildings that are literally crumbling around them. Notwithstanding, we know that some of our older schools’ infrastructures are failing. The buildings need to be repaired to support a 21st century education for students about to enter a complex economy and shifting … Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

City of Jacksonville Awarded $25,000 Quality of Life Grant towards Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch Project

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently helped secure a $25,000 grant for the Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch Project in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant, awarded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as part of their “Quality of Life” Grants Program, provides funding for a handicap-accessible kayak launch in Bethesda Park. “The Quality of Life grant will have a major impact on the day-to-day health, wellness and standard of living for individuals with … Continue Reading

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