Press Releases

April 08, 2020

Stanton College Prep Senior Appointed to the U.S. Military Academy

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 … Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Rep. Lawson Urges USDA to Approve Disaster Food Benefits for Florida

WASHINGTON DC - 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 … Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Chattahoochee Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Hurricane Michael Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -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 … Continue Reading

March 27, 2020

Congress Passes Historic $2 Trillion Families & Workers-First Coronavirus Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) applauded the passage of the $2.3 trillion H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "I am proud to support this historic piece of legislation, which will bring urgently needed relief to families and small businesses all across our nation," Rep. Lawson said. "America is facing an unprecedented public health and economic emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act is an important step in our … Continue Reading

March 23, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lawson Introduces Bill to Ease Financial Burden on Families and Small Businesses During Coronavirus Epidemic

WASHINGTON DC -Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced the Debt Collection Moratorium Act. This bill would suspend debt collection activity on personal loans, and loans to small businesses and non-profits during the coronavirus epidemic. "In light of the global coronavirus pandemic, and the economic hardship it will bring, my bill would suspend debt collections activity for 120 days to allow families and businesses an opportunity to get back on their feet," Rep. Lawson said. "This would … Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

Rep. Lawson Announces Office Changes to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that his Washington, D.C., Tallahassee and Jacksonville offices are transitioning to an all-telework operation starting on Tuesday, March 17. His plan of action is intended to protect staff and constituents, and mitigate the spread of the virus. "In order to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19, my office is introducing new measures to limit social contact and potential exposure to the coronavirus," Rep. Lawson said. "The … Continue Reading

March 16, 2020

House authorize additional funding to combat coronavirus

WASHINGTON DC - On Friday, the U.S. House passed a broad emergency funding package that would provide economic relief to millions of working Americans and families affected by the widening impact of the coronavirus. The bill, which passed 363-40, provides more than $50 billion to expand paid leave for workers who don't receive sick pay from their employers and up to three months' paid emergency leave throughout the crisis, makes free testing widely available, expands emergency food … Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Urges President Trump to Authorize Emergency Funding to Fight Coronavirus in Florida

Rep. Al Lawson Urges President Trump to Authorize Emergency Funding to Fight Coronavirus in Florida WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), along with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump requesting Florida's immediate prioritization to receive emergency resources to fight and contain the spread of COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") in Florida. "The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus has already grown since the initial … Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Lawson Co-Hosts Congressional Sports Caucus Briefing on Student-Athlete Name, Image and Likeness Rights

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) today co-hosted a Congressional Collegiate Sports Caucus panel discussion and briefing. "The landscape of college athletics is changing like never before," said Rep. Lawson, a former college basketball player and coach. "Our goal with the Collegiate Sports Caucus is to bring clarity to the important policy issues facing student-athletes and amateur sports, such as name, image and likeness. It is vital that we have these conversations at the national … Continue Reading

March 09, 2020

Stanton College Preparatory Senior Chandler Stiles Appointed to United States Naval Academy

Stanton College Preparatory Senior Chandler Stiles Appointed to United States Naval Academy ~Stiles was nominated by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson ~ JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Chandler Stiles, a senior at Stanton College Preparatory School, received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Stiles was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the academy. "Chandler is a marvelous young man who cares about his community," Rep. Lawson … Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Coronavirus Readiness

As our nation continues efforts to mitigate both the spread and impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, I am committed to providing you with as much information and as many resources as possible to keep your family healthy and secure during, and in the immediate aftermath of this crisis. While I'm working on legislation that will provide resources for families hit by layoffs or other coronavirus-related challenges, I'm also working with state and federal leaders to get … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Reps. Lawson and Hill Introduce Anti-Corruption Legislation to Audit Iranian Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Al Lawson (D-FL) and French Hill (R-AR) introduced H.R. 6081, the Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act. The legislation would make public the funds obtained in an illegal or corrupt manner held by Iran's authoritarian theocratic regime. "The Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act will ensure compliance and require transparency regarding the financial involvement of Iranian leaders," Rep. Lawson said. "It is imperative that we properly hold the … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

House Passes $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Response Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the House passed a $8.3 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fully address the coronavirus and protect Americans from the public health crisis. The measure passed 415-2. "I am pleased we were able to pass the $8.3 billion emergency funding package to help states, communities and federal agencies combat the coronavirus," Rep. Lawson said following the vote. "This funding will fully address the scale and seriousness of this public health crisis. It is … Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, Congressional Collegiate Sports Caucus to Host Briefing to Discuss Name, Image, and Likeness and Player Compensation

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), and members of the Collegiate Sports Caucus, will host a congressional briefing on March 11 to discuss name, image, and likeness (NIL) policy, issues of player compensation, and institution accountability. Lawson, who serves on the Caucus with Reps. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Mark Walker (NC-06), and Rodney Davis (IL-13), is a former college athlete and coach. In 2019, Rep. Lawson introduced the NCAA Act (H.R. 2036), which focuses on facilitating … Continue Reading

February 25, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Hosts 2020 Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition. This annual art contest, held by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, highlights the creative talents of students in each of the congressional districts. "I am excited to host the Congressional Art Competition for students in Florida's 5th District" Rep. Lawson said. "Art is an important outlet for self-expression, and every year I am so impressed with the talent … Continue Reading

February 19, 2020

Rep. Lawson to be in Jacksonville for District Workweek

Jacksonville, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) will be in Jacksonville, Fla., February 19-20 for the District Workweek. He is scheduled to meet with Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition CEO Faye Johnson to discuss the area's low infant mortality rates, specifically amongst African-Americans. The Congressman currently sits on the Black Maternal Health Caucus in Congress. Rep. Lawson will also attend the Jacksonville Urban League 47th Annual Equal Opportunity Luncheon and the public … Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

Rep. Lawson Helps Secure $189,000 Grant for Hospital Resources in Madison County

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure a $189,000 grant for the Madison County Hospital. The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development grant will provide new equipment for the hospital's operating room and allow them to offer more medical services to the community. "These funds will dramatically improve the quality of health care available in Madison County, keep health care local and prevent residents from having to drive out of town for … Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Votes to Protect Workers’ Sacred Right to Organize

WASHINGTON DC - Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently voted to pass H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, to hold employers accountable for violating workers' rights, end the use of forced arbitration and strengthen the right to join in union. "In the first decades of the 20th century, millions of American workers fought, marched, went on strike and joined together in unions to win extraordinary victories for the American people, including collective bargaining, the 40-hour … Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Bill to Ban the Use of Credit Information for Employee Hiring Passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House of Representatives recently passed U.S. Rep. Al Lawson's (FL-05) Restricting Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act (H.R. 3614). The bill would prohibit employers from using credit reports for employment decisions, except when a credit report is required to conduct a background check by Federal, state or local law or for a national security clearance. It also prohibits hiring managers from asking questions about past defaults or bankruptcies during a job … Continue Reading

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

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