Press Releases

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


September 21, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Keep the Government Open, Deliver Emergency Relief, Prevent Catastrophic Default

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted for critical legislation that would keep the federal government open, secure emergency funding to help communities devastated by natural disasters and help resettle Afghan refugees fleeing persecution and prevent a devastating debt default. "I proudly voted to keep the federal government open so that Congress can continue our work for North Florida families," Rep. Lawson said. "As our economy continues to rebound from the COVID … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) reintroduced the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum Act of 2021. This legislation would designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field as the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum to honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing in action. "Our servicemembers and veterans have always been the pride of our nation, and we admire them for their sacrifice and dedication," Rep. Lawson said. "It … Continue Reading


September 11, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on September 11

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) made the following statement regarding the commemoration of September 11. "Today, we honor our brave first responders who risked their lives to protect our nation, and remember our country's resiliency to overcome tragedy. As I reflect on that day 20 years ago, I remember I was working in my Senate office in the Florida Legislature when the plane hit the first tower. It was devastating to watch and frightening to think what could happen next. I … Continue Reading


September 09, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Announces More Than $5.3 Million in Relief Dollars for North Florida Restaurants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More financial relief is heading to businesses across North Florida. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, created under the American Rescue Plan that U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted for, has provided $5,304,831 to 44 restaurants in Florida's 5th Congressional District. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund helps restaurants keep their doors open and their staff. "Restaurants are essential to the vitality of our communities yet were among the businesses most impacted by the … Continue Reading


September 03, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson and Rep. Bennie Thompson Make Friendly Wager on FAMU-Jackson State Football Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02) have placed a friendly wager on Sunday's highly anticipated football game between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Jackson State University Tigers. This will be the first matchup between the two teams since 2018, and the first game for FAMU since moving to the SWAC. The winner of the wager will receive a supply of local delicacies from their opponent's home region. Rep. Lawson, an alumnus of … Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

Statement on Terrorist Attack Outside Kabul Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U/S. Rep. Al Lawson issued this statement on the terrorist attack outside Kabul airport, which killed dozens of people, including U.S. servicemembers, and injured scores more: "My heart is heavy as I think about the victims of today's terrorist attack outside Kabul's airport. This horrific act of violence took the lives of 13 Americans, nearly 100 Afghan civilians, and left dozens wounded. The situation in Afghanistan is painful and gut-wrenching to see. President Biden … Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

Florida Delegation Calls on Governor DeSantis to Apply for $820 Million in Federal Food Assistance to Help Students Throughout the Summer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) led all Congressional Florida Democrats in urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to immediately apply and extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program through the summer of 2021, which would provide $820 million in federal food assistance to Florida's students. In April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended P-EBT through the current summer months. Florida is the largest state that has not applied to extend these critical … Continue Reading


August 25, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Votes to Protect the Right to Vote, Honor the Legacy of John Lewis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to protect the right to vote with H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The legislation passed the House on Tuesday, with the 219-212 vote. Named after the late Georgia representative, the bill would restore a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court. "Across the nation, partisan forces are waging the most brazen assault on the ballot box in a generation," Rep. Lawson said. … Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Introduces Legislation to Protect Floridians from Eviction During Disasters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced the Federal Disaster Housing Stability Act of 2021. The legislation would apply an automatic eviction moratorium to all rental properties and foreclosure moratorium to all federally backed mortgages for locations under a federal declaration of an emergency. U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Florida is co-leading this legislation and the bill is supported by the National Housing Law Project and the National Low Income Housing Coalition. "I have … Continue Reading


August 24, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Votes to Pass President Biden’s Historic Build Back Better Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to advance President Biden's historic Build Back Better agenda, which will deliver life-changing benefits for working families across the nation. This is a key step required in order to move forward on writing and passing the forthcoming Build Back Better Act, which will include overwhelmingly popular initiatives to create more jobs, cut taxes for families and lower health care costs. "The President's Build Back Better Act represents … Continue Reading


August 19, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Introduces Bill to Honor Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced H.R.4771 to designate the United States Courthouse of Northern Florida, located at 111 North Adams Street in Tallahassee, as the "Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett U.S. Courthouse," in honor of Florida's first Black Supreme Court Justice, the late Joseph Hatchett. "Judge Hatchett was a social justice pioneer and public servant who devoted his career to advocating for civil rights," Rep. Lawson said. "Dedicating this courthouse to Judge … Continue Reading


August 08, 2021

Rep. Lawson Statement on the Passing of Bobby Bowden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former FSU Coach Bobby Bowden: "Over the course of his long and storied life and career, Coach Bobby Bowden made an immeasurable impact, not only on the Florida State University football program and its players, but also on our community at large. A two-time National Champion and 12-time ACC Champion, Coach Bowden was a leader whose commitment to excellence extended far beyond the football … Continue Reading


August 03, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces $3M in Funding for Local Community-Based Efforts to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced $3 million is headed to Florida's Fifth Congressional District for community-based efforts to increase vaccinations in underserved communities. The funding is a part of the American Rescue Plan, which Rep. Lawson voted to pass earlier this year, and is being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "This investment will be used to hire and mobilize community outreach workers, community health workers, … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Votes to Make Historic Investments in Jobs, Opportunity, Working Families with New Government Funding Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to make historic investments in American jobs, opportunity and working families with H.R. 4502, a package to fund the federal government in the next fiscal year. This essential legislation will improve the health and financial security of American families - while also investing in clean energy, public health and education to set America up for future success. "With this funding package, Democrats are following through on our pledge … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces More Than $10 Million in COVID-19 Relief Dollars for North Florida Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that 14 venues in Florida's Fifth Congressional District will receive a total of $10,097,166 through the Small Business Association Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG) program. Rep. Lawson voted in favor of the program, which provides financial assistance to entertainment and art venues affected by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Rep. Lawson shared information and resources regarding the SVOG program and application process … Continue Reading

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