Press Releases

April 30, 2021

Rep. Lawson: $28.6 Billion Restaurant Relief Grant Program Opens May 3

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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, … Continue Reading

April 28, 2021

Rep. Lawson Statement on President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 … Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass D.C. Statehood Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 … Continue Reading

April 22, 2021

Rep. Lawson, Rep. Buck Re-introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Fair Aluminum Pricing for Brewers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) re-introduced a bipartisan solution to ensure a free and fair market for the pricing of aluminum in the United States. The Aluminum Pricing Examination Act (H.R. 2698) grants the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) the statutory authority to conduct oversight of the aluminum market and to investigate price setting, benchmarking, and reporting entities. This bill also enables the Department of Justice … Continue Reading

April 21, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Outlaw Discriminatory Religious Travel Bans, Protect Due Process Rights at Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 1333, the NO BAN Act, and H.R. 1573, the Access to Counsel Act of 2021. Together, this landmark legislation would prevent future presidents from issuing travel bans that discriminate based on religion while protecting certain due process protections for individuals detained while attempting to lawfully enter the country at ports of entry. "Our nation was intended to be a safe haven for religious liberty, welcoming immigrants … Continue Reading

April 20, 2021

Rep. Lawson Statement on the Guilty Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement regarding the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial: "Today, our criminal justice system got it right. Those who abuse their power and commit criminal acts must be held accountable. The whole world watched that tragic 9 minute and 29 second video as the air left George Floyd's body. He didn't deserve to die. He was a son, a father, a brother and he reignited a movement. This trial has reopened deep wounds, and … Continue Reading

April 19, 2021

Rep. Lawson: The American Jobs Plan Will Help Florida’s Urgent Infrastructure Needs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently highlighted the urgent need to address Florida's critical infrastructure needs. From the number of bridges and miles of road in each state in poor condition, the percentage of households without access to broadband, to the billions of dollars required for water infrastructure, these pressing needs underscore the importance of the American Jobs Plan. "To unlock our state's full economic potential, we need to build up the systems and … Continue Reading

April 16, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Secure Equal Pay for Women, Help Close Gender Wage Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, landmark legislation that will help close the gender wage gap by strengthening equal pay protections for women. The bill would create more effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work, including requiring employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons, new tools for the Department of Labor to enforce pay equity and protections … Continue Reading

April 14, 2021

Florida Veterans to Receive $1,400 Payments from American Rescue Plan Beginning this Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) announced today that many Floridians who receive Veterans Affairs benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week. Many Americans have already received Economic Impact Payments as part of the American Rescue Plan that Rep. Lawson helped to pass. The latest round of payments applies specifically to veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit … Continue Reading

April 14, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces Funeral Assistance for Floridians Who Have Lost Loved Ones Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced that FEMA has begun accepting applications for funeral assistance for Floridians who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Rep. Lawson helped to pass the funeral assistance program as part of the American Rescue Plan. Residents who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral. … Continue Reading

April 12, 2021

Rep. Lawson Naval Academy Nominee Gil Sahagun Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Jacksonville University student Gil Sahagun received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Sahagun was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the military academy. "Gils upstanding character and hunger to learn is just what the Naval Academy needs," Rep. Lawson said. "His commitment to leadership and service is outstanding. I congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to seeing … Continue Reading

April 08, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Introduces Bill to Forgive Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced HR 2034, the Income-Driven Student Loan Forgiveness Act, mandating the Secretary of Education provide federal student loan forgiveness to borrowers who make less than $100,000 per year. Due to the pandemic, stagnant wages and unemployment are having a negative impact on college graduates who are unable to make enough to pay back their loans. The Income-Driven Student Loan Forgiveness Act as introduced will help more than 43 … Continue Reading

April 02, 2021

Rep. Lawson Statement on Incident at Capitol Barricade that Left One Officer Dead, Another Injured

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after a car was rammed into a barricade at the United States Capitol, hitting two officers: "I am deeply concerned about the reported attack on the U.S. Capitol today. My prayers are with the family of the officer who passed away, as well as the officer who was injured. I would like to thank the United States Capitol Police who heroically put their lives on the line every day for our safety. This has … Continue Reading

April 01, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Introduces Legislation to Honor Tallahassee Activist Edwina Stephens

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently introduced a bill to designate the United States Post Office at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida as the "D. Edwina Stephens Post Office." Edwina Stephens, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 86, was a dedicated community activist, civil rights icon and registered nurse. She spent her life advocating for improvements in her community, especially in the historically neglected neighborhoods on Tallahassee's Southside and … Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces North Florida Community Health Centers to Receive $121.1 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that six North Florida Community Health Centers will receive a total of $21,152,500 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand their COVID-19 vaccination and treatment operations. The resources are part of the American Rescue Plan's $6 billion investment to expand access to vaccines in underserved communities. "The pandemic has hit Floridians hard, and this crucial funding to our local health centers will help families … Continue Reading

March 24, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Urges Governor DeSantis to Maximize the Effectiveness of Florida’s Coronavirus Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) led a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calling for better targeting of the state funds allocated in the American Rescue Plan. The correspondence comes after Gov. DeSantis announced how he intends to utilize a portion of federal funds the state is expected to receive via the legislation. Other Members who signed the letter are: Rep. Darren Soto, Rep. Charlie Crist, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep. Debbie … Continue Reading

March 22, 2021

Vice President Harris, Rep. Lawson Discuss Food Insecurity, Vaccinations and American Rescue Plan During Jacksonville Visit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined Vice President Kamala Harris for her "Help Is Here Tour" in Jacksonville. The visit was organized to discuss the city's vaccination outreach and how the American Rescue Plan addresses the nation's hunger crisis. This is Vice President Harris' first trip to Jacksonville since October 2020 - her first visit since being elected as Vice President. "I was honored to welcome Vice President Harris to Northeast Florida," Rep. Lawson said. … Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass Two Historic Immigration Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, and H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, two landmark pieces of legislation to modernize and reform the immigration system and secure permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The American Dream and Promise Act provides relief to DREAMers, as well as to many Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. … Continue Reading

March 18, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Announces Local Colleges and Universities Will Receive More than $283M in Federal Support through the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced state colleges and universities in his district would receive more than $283 million in emergency funding as a result of the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be issued directly to students in the form of emergency financial grants to help pay for course materials, housing, food, health care, childcare and other essentials. "The American Rescue … Continue Reading

March 17, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 1620, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse, and working to ensure all victims and survivors have the support they need. Under a GOP-led Congress, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 expired in 2018. H.R. 1620, which passed the House 244-172, will … Continue Reading

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