Press Releases

January 18, 2022

Rep. Al Lawson Issues Statement on the Partisan Congressional Redistricting Map Made By Gov. DeSantis

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement on the congressional redistricting map proposed by Governor Ron DeSantis:   “Governor DeSantis’ involvement in the Congressional map redistricting process is unprecedented. During my many years in the Florida Legislature a Governor would never submit a map in the redistricting process. In fact, it was my leadership and others that helped create three minority access seats that … Continue Reading

January 06, 2022

Rep. Al Lawson Issues Statement on the Anniversary of the Jan. 6 Assault on the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recounts the horrific Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol as a somber day in American history.   Congressman Lawson issued the following statement on the anniversary of the attack:   “As we mark one year since a deadly assault was waged on the U.S. Capitol, the Congress and the Constitution, we must not allow anyone to rewrite history of what took place. There is a lasting impact from the shameful Jan. … Continue Reading

December 16, 2021

Rep. Lawson announces more than $12M in funding for airports in his district

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that more than $12 million in federal funding will be allocated to airports in his district over the next five years under the bold and historic bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.   The infrastructure law allows for the Country to dedicate funding that boosts developments in transportation, utilities and broadband for Americans. Jacksonville International Airport will receive $9.3 million toward … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson announces two funding projects for Florida State and Florida A&M Universities under the National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) applauds the U.S. Senate on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), by a vote of 88-11. This bill authorizes $770 billion in funding for the Defense Department and includes $15 million for Florida State University and Florida A&M University.    Through the approved funding for FY22, Florida State University will receive $10 million for aerospace research. The … Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Rep. Lawson and other House Democrats Fulfill Their Obligation to Protect the Full Faith & Credit of the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) along with other House Democrats approved a measure that lifts the government’s debt ceiling to avoid the risk of a default. The approval allows for the debt limit to be raised enough to extend the U.S. borrowing authority until November 2022.   Democratic lawmakers made it clear addressing the debt limit is not about future spending, it is about maintaining the government’s current obligations.   “It … Continue Reading

December 02, 2021

Rep. Lawson and Rutherford Introduce the Keep Children and Families Safe From Lead Hazards Act

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced the Keep Children and Families Safe From Lead Hazards Act. This legislation requires that, on a yearly basis, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will assess the risks of lead-based hazards on housing properties receiving federal rental assistance.   The legislation also directs HUD to develop an action plan detailing necessary changes for properties at … Continue Reading

November 24, 2021

Rep. Lawson Statement on the McMichael and Bryan Verdict

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement regarding the McMichael and Bryan Trial Verdict: “I am thankful for today’s verdict. It is deeply saddening to think about this innocent life that was extinguished far too soon by cowards with racist motives and something to prove. Ahmaud Arbery was a young man who was full of great potential. My heart goes out to his parents, Wanda Cooper Jones and Marcus Arbery, who sat in the … Continue Reading

November 19, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass Build Back Better Act

WASHINGTON, D.C - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to advance the $1.9 trillion Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376), which will deliver life-changing benefits for working families in Florida and across the nation. The legislation, which passed 220-213, includes initiatives to create more jobs, cut taxes for families and lower health care costs. "I am confident that the Build Back Better Act will improve the livelihoods for North Florida families by providing tax cuts, expanding access … Continue Reading

November 18, 2021

Rep. Lawson Helps Secure More Than $1.7M for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s Development of Urban Circulators

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure a $1,728,552 grant for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to plan and develop four Urban Circulator routes throughout the city. This funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fiscal Year 2021 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity (RAISE) Grants. The funding will expand the area served by the existing 2.5-mile Skyway Automated People Mover through the use of fully … Continue Reading

November 09, 2021

Rep. Lawson’s Autonomy for Disabled Veterans Act Increases Benefits for Vets to Make Structural Improvements to Their Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In observance of Veteran's Day, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced the Autonomy for Disabled Veterans Act (H.R.5819) to increase the maximum amount allotted to the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant program for disabled veterans. The program provides funding for essential home accessibility for veterans with medical issues. Currently, eligible veterans can receive up to $6,800 under the HISA program. Rep. David Trone (MD-06) and Rep. Daniel Meuser … Continue Reading

November 06, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass Historic Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes $550 billion in new federal investments to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure. The funding package, which passed the House 228 to 206, will repair roads and bridges, create millions of good-paying jobs, make high-speed internet accessible for all Americans, safeguard clean drinking water and help combat the climate … Continue Reading

October 27, 2021

Lawson Re-introduces Bill to Extend the Life of Social Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has introduced legislation that would extend the life of Social Security by 10 years to 2044. "Social Security plays a critical role in our economy as it provides for over two-thirds of our nation's retirees, and provides financial security to millions of disabled workers and their children," said Rep. Lawson. "However, as the program is currently operating, the Social Security trust fund will be depleted by 2034. That's why I'm proud to … Continue Reading

October 21, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces School Bus Grants Available Through the Environmental Protection Agency

WASHINGTON, DC - The application deadline is approaching for two school bus rebate opportunities that would benefit the district. Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced $17 million in funding for school districts to upgrade old buses, which produce a great deal of pollutants, to new, environmentally friendly buses. These efforts will promote better health for children and cleaner air in communities. The 2021 American Rescue Plan Electric School Bus Rebate will fund … Continue Reading

October 19, 2021

Columbia, Hamilton and Madison Farmers Eligible for Emergency Loans to Recover Losses Due to Tropical Storm Elsa

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a primary agricultural disaster designation for counties in Georgia due to losses caused by Tropical Storm Elsa, excessive wind, and excessive rainfall that occurred from July 7, 2021. Under this disaster designation, producers in Columbia, Hamilton and Madison counties also qualify for benefits. "Over the summer, many of the hard-working farmers across Columbia, Hamilton and Madison counties suffered the harsh … Continue Reading

October 08, 2021

Rep. Lawson and Rep. Clyburn Place Friendly Wager on FAMU-South Carolina State Football Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC-06) have staked a friendly wager on Saturday's contest between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the South Carolina State Bulldogs. This will be the first matchup between the two teams since 2019, when FAMU brought home the win. Should the Rattlers be victorious, Rep. Clyburn will provide Rep. Lawson with South Carolina peanuts and wear a FAMU cap at an upcoming South Carolina State football game. … Continue Reading

October 04, 2021

Florida Reps. Lawson, Cammack Lead Letter To USDA Sec. Vilsack Regarding Florida Dairy Inequities During COVID Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03) led a letter with fellow Florida congressional delegation members to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding inequities facing Florida dairies under the current Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) as they recover from market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter, which explains that Florida's dairies cannot truly recover from the unprecedented losses sustained over the last … Continue Reading

October 01, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces Help for Local Schools, Libraries to Boost Broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that North Florida schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase broadband services now through October 13. The fund will reimburse reasonable costs of eligible equipment such as Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, devices that combine a modem and router, connected devices, and eligible broadband connections. "Now more than ever, reliable broadband is essential for learning," Rep. … Continue Reading

September 29, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces More Than $3.7M for District Health Centers to Address Vaccination Efforts in Medically Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced six district health centers will receive more than $3.7 million in federal funding to support major health care construction and renovation projects. The Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements Award, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded by the American Rescue Plan. It is intended to support local primary health care, and strengthen COVID-19 vaccination and treatment efforts within … Continue Reading

September 23, 2021

Lawson, Rosen, Moran Re-Introduce Bipartisan Tax Cut for Veterans Starting Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) re-introduced their bipartisan Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act to create a new startup tax credit to help veterans, their spouses, and Army Reserves and National Guard members who establish small businesses in underserved communities. This commonsense bill would provide veterans starting a small business with a 15% tax credit on the first $50,000 of the startup costs. "One of my priorities … Continue Reading

September 22, 2021

Rep. Lawson Statement Regarding the Treatment of Migrants at the Texas Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson issued the following statement on the treatment of Haitian migrants at the U.S. Border: "The mistreatment of Haitian migrants at the Texas border is horrifying to watch. The border patrol is operating like it's rounding up cattle, not people who are trying to come to America in search of a better quality of life. This is absolutely unacceptable, and there needs to be an investigation into these actions. We must be humane in our immigration policies. Our … Continue Reading

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