Press Releases

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


July 28, 2021

Rep. Lawson Facilitates Virtual Meeting with the White House COVID Equity Task Force and the Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) organized a virtual meeting with the White House COVID Equity Task Force Chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and the Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Taskforce. The statewide taskforce is comprised of a group of faith-based leaders from around the state, HBCU presidents, educators, health care leaders, elected officials and community stakeholders. "It was critical to organize today's meeting with Dr. … Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Votes for the ALLIES Act to Protect America’s Afghan Partners

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson voted for H.R. 3985, the ALLIES Act, legislation to protect Afghan interpreters, contractors, security personnel and other partners who face deadly retribution by the Taliban for their work with the United States government. This bipartisan legislation will expand and expedite the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process, which helps Afghan partners and their families safely immigrate to the United States. "The withdrawal of U.S. forces from … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Secures More than $7 Million for North Florida in FY22 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that he secured inclusion of $7 million for four Community Funding Projects in the 2022 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. The projects include: Community and Veterans Empowerment Center (Duval County) - $2 million White Harvest Farms and Market Project (Duval County) - $2 million The Expansion of Eugene Lamb Recreation Center (Gadsden County) - $2 million Concord School … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Announces Passport Service Delays Up to 18 Weeks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recommends residents who plan to travel out of the country to expect an 18-week wait time for routine passport and passport renewals, and 12 weeks for expediated passports. As a result of the global pandemic, all passport agencies closed for a time to implement safety precautions for their staff. Rep. Lawson says his office has received an influx of calls and emails from constituents who are distressed that passport delays are disrupting their … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

LAWSON, BOST INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND VETERANS’ HIRING IN AGRICULTURE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Al Lawson (D-FL) and Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans. The Veterans' Agricultural Apprenticeship Act instructs the USDA to work with state departments of agriculture to identify farmers and ranchers eligible for a direct loan to train apprentice veterans. The loan would, in turn, be paid back to the USDA after the harvest … Continue Reading


July 12, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Hosts the 2021 5th District Congressional App Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced the opening of the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. This annual district-wide competition, hosted by members of Congress, is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code. "The Congressional App Challenge is an innovative way to engage students with STEM education," Rep. Lawson said. "We are living in the digital age, and coding is becoming a basic literacy. I encourage students to take an interest in learning how to … Continue Reading


July 12, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Announces $3.2 Million in Federal Funds for City of Jacksonville to Promote Health Literacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that the City of Jacksonville received a $3,295,342 million grant award through the Office of Public Health and Science/Office of Minority Health (OMH), an office within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. The funds will be used for … Continue Reading


July 06, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Secures $4.6M for Gadsden County Disaster Shelter in Committee Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Lawson (FL-05) announced that he secured inclusion of more than $4.6 million for the Gadsden County W.S. Stevens High School Disaster Shelter in the 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. These funds will be used to construct a stand-alone, ADA compliant disaster shelter in Gadsden County that will serve 150-200 people. The shelter can also serve as a staging area for the distribution of FEMA disaster relief information and supplies. Currently, … Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Cosponsors the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined HBCU Caucus leaders Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), and Rep. French Hill (R-AR) as a sponsor of the Institutional Grants for New Infrastructure, Technology, and Education at HBCUs Act (IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act). The legislation would make historic investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities to rectify over a century of systemic neglect. "Our nation's HBCUs deserve a level of … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Statement by Rep. Al Lawson on Edward Waters College Elevating to University Status

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement regarding Jacksonville's Edward Waters College becoming Edward Waters University: "It is my honor to congratulate Edward Waters University's administration, students and alumni on this historic milestone. This has been a long journey for Florida's first HBCU. Edward Waters' commitment to academic excellence has often served as a blueprint for other colleges across our nation. By moving to university status, EWU has … Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Secures $1,125,000 for Camp Cherry Lake 4H Center in Madison Community Project Funding in Committee Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that he secured inclusion of $1,125,000 for Camp Cherry Lake 4H Center in Madison in the 2022 House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee bill. This funding will make a critical difference in the lives of people in Florida's Fifth District. Five of the eight counties in the district have unemployment rates higher than the state average of 4.8 percent. The training through the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural … Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Secures $1.6M for Lake Henrietta Stormwater Facility Community Project Funding in Committee Bill

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that he secured inclusion of $ 1,600,000 for Lake Henrietta Stormwater Facility in Leon County in the 2022 House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee bill. This funding will make a critical difference in the lives of people in Florida's Fifth District by providing major restorations to the 18-year-old Lake Henrietta stormwater facility. This project would involve hydraulic dredging to remove and dispose of sediments, as … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Announces Jacksonville Student Micole Arias as the 2021 Congressional Art Competition Winner

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has announced that Micole Arias, a recent graduate of Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, is the winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. Her artwork will be displayed, along with other winners from across the nation, in the United States Capitol for a year. "I want to congratulate Micole on winning this year's Congressional Art Competition with her striking piece, 'Deep In My Thoughts,'" Rep. Lawson said. "Micole's painting was … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces More Than $16.8M in Funding for Head Start Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced $16,831,771 for local Head Start programs. The grant funding is a part of the American Rescue Plan. "This investment will help our local Head Start programs continue preparing Florida's kids for success," Rep. Lawson said. "It will also help parents get back to work knowing their kids are safe and cared for." Head Start Programs in Florida's Fifth Congressional District: Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend: $383,483 Florida … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson’s Statement on Jacksonville City Council’s Vote to Relocate Residents from Hilltop Village Apartments

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement regarding Jacksonville City Council moving residents from the rodent-infested Hilltop Village Apartments. "More than a month ago, I sent a letter to Mayor Curry urging he move the tenants out of Hilltop Village Apartments while the property is properly exterminated and rehabilitated. There is no reason Americans - regardless of income - should have to live in unsanitary, substandard environments. I applaud the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2021

Families To Start Receiving Child Tax Credit Payments Next Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is encouraging hardworking families to be on the lookout for advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit of up to $300 per month per child beginning July 15. Approximately 45,700 hardworking households in Rep. Lawson's are scheduled to receive these payments through December. "Child Tax Credit Monthly payments will help set America's children up for success and put more money in the pockets of hardworking parents to help pay for childcare or … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure $2.4M for the First Coast Flyer Southwest Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Project Through the American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that the Jacksonville Transit Authority will receive $2,430,716 in U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration funds for the First Coast Flyer Southwest Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. This allocation is a part of the American Rescue Plan funding for Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Small Starts projects. "Many of our nation's public transportation systems are facing financial hardship as a result of … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Announces Tax Credit to Cover Cost of Paid Leave for Small Businesses Has Been Extended Through September

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced today that the IRS will continue to provide tax credits to help local small businesses cover the costs of paid sick and family leave for workers through September. Additionally, workers can also use leave to get their COVID-19 vaccinations and take time off to recover from any temporary side effects from the shot. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Rep. Lawson helped to pass, employers with fewer than 500 employees may receive up to … Continue Reading

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