Press Releases

July 08, 2020

Lawson Returns More Than $3.4 Million to North Florida Families, Closes Over 1,100 Cases

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that he and his staff have recovered more than $3.4 million owed to residents of Florida's 5th Congressional District by helping to push their cases through the federal bureaucracy. Since taking office in January 2017, Rep. Lawson and his staff have closed more than 1,100 constituent cases, with 170 resulting in a financial reimbursement, with federal agencies. "A large number of the cases we help with are dealing with Veterans Affairs … Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Rep. Al Lawson Announces Congressional Art Competition Winner

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has announced that Desiree Thompson-Huderson, a student at the Pace Center for Girls in Jacksonville, has been selected as the winner of his Congressional Art Competition. Thompson-Huderson's artwork, "The Stray," will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year along with other first-place winners from across the country. "I congratulate Desiree on her winning piece, 'The Stray,'" Rep. Lawson said. "We had several talented artists to … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House by a vote of 236 to 181. The legislation is a direct response to the calls of countless Americans who have demanded action to address the crisis of systematic racism and police brutality. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act holds police accountable, changes the culture of law enforcement, empowers our communities and builds trust between law enforcement and … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Lawson Statement on the Murders of Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau and Victoria Sims

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson released the following statement regarding the murders of Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau and Victoria Sims in Tallahassee, Fla.: "This has been a devastating hit, not just to our Tallahassee community, but people across our nation are also grieving. The world is wrestling to understand how two women dedicated to helping others, one heading into the prime of her life, could be taken in such an abrupt and violent way. Although their voices have been silenced … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

U.S. Reps. Lawson, Dunn Request Immediate Federal Aid for Lake City’s HAECO Airframe Services

LAKE CITY, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-02) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting federal aid through the Payroll Protection Program be approved for Lake City's HAECO Airframe Services, LLC. The company, which performs aircraft maintenance for U.S. airlines, is also one of the largest employers in the city. They filed for federal assistance under the … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Rep. Lawson Requests Aid for Community Volunteer Fire Departments in Next Relief Package

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to express his concerns about the waiver in the House passed Heroes Act that would eliminate the requirement that FEMA allocate 25 percent of Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) awards to voluntary fire departments. Lawson asked that the waivers are not be included in next round of … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Rep. Lawson Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

WASHINGTON, DC. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on the killing of George Floyd: "What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday is appalling and recalls the tragic deaths of so many others before him. Mr. Floyd's words, "I can't breathe," were a painful reminder of Eric Garner, who was murdered in a similar fashion nearly five years ago. "Tragically, it seems that every day, we are witnessing a new video of a loss of life - George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery … Continue Reading


May 25, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson to Honor ‘Forgotten Soldiers’ During Memorial Day Ceremony in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - This morning, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) honored servicemen and women interred at the Greenwood Cemetery and the Saint Joins Cemetery in Midway for this Memorial Day. Following remarks from Rep. Lawson and other local leaders, the group of volunteers posted flags on the gravesites of the fallen heroes. This is the second year the congressman has hosted the activity. "Today, we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and remember those who have served our country … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lawson Sponsors ‘SOS Act’ to Provide Financial Assistance to Truly Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has joined with U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) in sponsoring the Saving Our Street Act, which provides small businesses and non-profits with direct grants up to $250,000 during the COVID-19 crisis. "Our small businesses contribute trillions to the U.S. economy each year, but unfortunately, they are not finding the federal relief they need to keep functioning," Rep. Lawson said. "From hair salons to barbershops, … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lawson Requests Immediate Federal Aid for Lake City’s HAECO Airframe Services

LAKE CITY, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza requesting federal aid through the Payroll Protection Program be approved for Lake City's HAECO Airframe Services, LLC. The company, which performs aircraft maintenance for U.S. airlines, is also one of the largest employers in the city. They filed for federal assistance under the CARES Act stimulus plan … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

House Passes $3 Trillion Heroes Act to Provide Additional Relief for Families, Essential Workers and Local Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), which provides another $3 trillion in emergency stabilization funds for families, essential and frontline workers, and local communities. "This is a public health and economic crisis like no other this nation has faced," Rep. Lawson said. "We cannot pause now while so many families in our communities are struggling. Many of our frontline heroes are even at risk of losing their jobs as they risk … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Rep. Lawson Extends Deadline for the Congressional Art Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has extended the deadline for the 2020 Congressional Art Competition due to COVID-19. A digital copy of the artwork and application materials are now due May 22. "During these difficult times, it is more important than ever to find creative outlets and joy through the arts," Rep. Lawson said. "I've had the pleasure of viewing such creative work over the last few years, and can't wait to see what this year's entries have to offer." The … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure $15.2M for JTA Through CARES Act

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) will receive $15,184,853 in U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration funds. This allocation will help JTA with administrative leave costs due to reductions in service and the state-mandated quarantine. "Many of our nation's public transportation systems, such as JTA, are facing financial hardship as a result of this pandemic," Rep. Lawson said. "These … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Rep. Lawson Announces $29.4M in Federal Stimulus Funds to Assist EWC, FAMU, FSCJ and Florida Gateway College

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that four North Florida colleges/universities will receive an additional $29,443,491 in federal stimulus funds to offset financial losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are a part a $1.4 billion set-aside to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and institutions serving low-income students. "Colleges have been hit-hard by this pandemic and have had to make changes to the way they deliver … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Rep. Lawson Announces More than $2.2 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funding to Help Public Housing Residents in His District

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that two Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in his district will receive $2,274,869, collectively, to cover childcare, medical travel and other essential costs to residents. "The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Floridians hard, and this crucial funding will help our most vulnerable citizens during this difficult time," Rep. Lawson said. "Many public housing residents are among our most essential workers whose jobs place them on the … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Edward Waters College Awarded $150,000 National Science Foundation Grant

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is pleased to announce that Edward Waters College was recently awarded a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant. The grant supports the "Characteristics of the Annual Airborne Pollen Spectrum in Northeast Florida" project, which intends to characterize the pattern of urban airborne pollen in Northeast Florida and provide hands-on research activity for undergraduate students at Edward Waters. "It is critical that students around the nation … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Helps to Secure $752,632 USDA-NIFA Grant for FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure $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 FAMU's College of Agriculture and Food Sciences. "Careers in agriculture and food sciences play key roles in our … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Congress Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Bill to Help Small Businesses and Hospitals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congress passed a $484 billion emergency relief package that provides additional funding to small businesses, health care facilities and expands COVID-19 testing. "As small businesses and working Floridians continue to suffer from the fallout associated with the coronavirus pandemic, it is important that Congress continues to provide the necessary resources to combat this crisis," Rep. Lawson said. "I have heard from many small businesses who have been unable to … Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

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

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - 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 has prepared him well for the U.S. Air Force Academy," Rep. Lawson said. "I wish him the best and have no doubt he will … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

U.S. Rep. Lawson Urges Student Housing Companies to Provide Lease Flexibility for Residents Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) sent letters to Tallahassee's eight major student housing companies encouraging them to allow residents, who have moved back home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to break their leases without penalty. "Students and families across our state and nation are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by a global health crisis beyond their control," Rep. Lawson said. "It is unfair, while colleges and universities are temporarily shifting their … Continue Reading

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