March 29, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Gov. DeSantis Vetoing the Proposed Congressional Map

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement in response to Gov. DeSantis’ veto of the congressional reapportionment plan passed by the Florida Legislature:

“In January, DeSantis made it clear that his ultimate objective was to cut the number of African Americans and Hispanic Americans serving in Congress, so today’s veto is no surprise.

“The fact that DeSantis justifies his goal to create racial disparities in congressional representation by citing the constitutional amendment created following the Civil War for the very purpose of remedying those same disparities is absurd and will be soundly rejected by any credible judge.”