Press Releases

March 15, 2021

Rep. Lawson Highlights Key Wins for Florida in Historic American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, Congress passed the landmark American Rescue Plan, where it was later sent to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature. Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) proudly highlights the vital resources that Florida's families and communities will receive to crush the virus, put vaccines in people's arms, money in people's pockets, children safely back in school and workers back in jobs. "For a year, the pandemic and economic crisis have devastated North Florida's … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes for Lifesaving, Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, two commonsense gun violence prevention measures to require background checks on all gun sales and close the Charleston Loophole that allowed the hate crime at Mother Emanuel AME Church. "In North Florida and communities across America, too many families have been devastated by the epidemic of gun violence," Rep. Lawson said. … Continue Reading

March 11, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Announces Community Project Funding Application Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced the process for applying to his office for Community Project Funding, formerly known as earmarks, for fiscal year 2022. For a Community Project Funding request to be considered, eligible entities must submit an application by March 31 at 6 p.m. to An application consists of: Name of the recipient Address of the recipient Amount of the request Explanation of the request, including purpose, … Continue Reading

March 10, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan, Sending COVID Relief Package to President Biden’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congress passed a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that provides direct payments to help millions of Americans who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, additional funding to expand COVID-19 vaccination sites, extend pandemic unemployment benefits and help small businesses. Rep. Lawson (FL-05) voted in favor of the bill, which passed 220-211. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden's desk for signature. "I am happy we passed the American Rescue … Continue Reading

March 05, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces 2021 Congressional Art Competition for District Middle and High School Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition. This annual art contest, held by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, highlights the creative talents of students in each congressional district. "I am looking forward to seeing the different pieces created by students across the district during this year's art competition," Rep. Lawson said. "Each year, we receive so many wonderful submissions, which truly showcase … Continue Reading

March 04, 2021

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass Historic ‘For the People Act’

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a package that protects and expand voting rights, and puts the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests. The act passed late Wednesday night with a vote of 220-210. "Our country is facing enormous challenges - a raging pandemic, devastating job losses, skyrocketing health care costs and voter suppression," Rep. Lawson said. "We must confront these issues head on by … Continue Reading

March 03, 2021

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, transformative legislation to reimagine the culture of policing in America with unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement and build greater trust between law enforcement and communities. The 220-212 vote came nine months after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers. "Last summer, our state … Continue Reading

March 02, 2021

Rep. Lawson Military Academy Nominee Charles Latimer Appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that John Paul II Catholic High School senior Charles Latimer received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, N.Y. Latimer was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the military academy. "Charles personifies the skills and grit needed for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point," Lawson said. "His commitment to serve his community is certainly admirable. It is dedicated individuals like … Continue Reading

February 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the Biden American Rescue Plan to Deliver Urgent Relief to the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (H.R. 1319) to provide American families, workers and communities the additional relief they need to combat the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen the economy. This is an essential step in Congress' efforts to deliver comprehensive, urgently needed relief. "Americans need to know that more help is on the way," Rep. Lawson said. "For over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces New Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Gateway Town Center in Jacksonville

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today, announced the opening of a new federal COVID-19 community vaccination site at the Gateway Town Center in Jacksonville. The site will open March 1 as a partnership between FEMA and the Biden Administration. It will have the capacity to vaccinate up to 3,000 individuals per day. "I am pleased that President Biden, and his team, has responded to my request to expand vaccinations in hard hit communities that need it most," said Rep. Lawson. "It … Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Rep. Lawson Urged Gov. DeSantis Expand Florida’s Medicaid Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), along with members of Florida's congressional delegation, urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to expand Florida's Medicaid program during the pandemic. By doing so, more than 850,000 additional Floridians would gain health care coverage, economic security and better health outcomes. "Leaving Floridians without health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, with billions of federal dollars available to help pay for it, is simply heartless," Rep. Lawson … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Lawson’s Statement on the Senate’s Verdict in Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on the Senate's verdict in former President Trump's second impeachment trial: "The Senate got it wrong again. The evidence presented by the House managers was overwhelming to convict former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. No one who saw their presentation can reasonably believe that he is not guilty. It was clear that many Republican senators chose … Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Calls on President Biden to Cancel $50,000 in Federal Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, has co-sponsored a resolution to cancel up to $50,000 of federal student loan debt for individuals earning up to $100,000 a year. The resolution calls on President Joe Biden to use executive authority to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation. "Student debt is holding millions of … Continue Reading

January 20, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Announces that Local Colleges & Universities will receive an additional $186M in federal support

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced that state colleges and universities in his North Florida district would receive more than $186 million in additional federal support through the higher education emergency relief funding made available in the $900 billion stimulus package Congressional leaders passed last month. Rep. Lawson voted in favor of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide relief to schools, American … Continue Reading

January 19, 2021

Rep. Lawson:  FAMU Federal Credit Union to Become an approved Paycheck Protection Program Lending Center

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a member of the Financial Services Committee, today announced that the Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union will serve as an approved grantor of federal of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. PPP loans help struggling small business access cash to keep their doors open and retain employees. After meeting with FAMU FCU officials, and the local minority chamber of commerce, Rep. Lawson spoke with, and wrote, the Secretary of the U.S. … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Rep. Lawson Returns More than $2.4 Million to North Florida Families

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that this year, his office has helped to return more than $2.4 million owed to the citizens of Florida's Fifth Congressional from the federal government. Since January 2020, his office worked to close more than 200 cases and ensured that North Florida residents receive their long-awaited financial reimbursement from several federal agencies. A few of the top agencies include the Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Rep. Lawson: New Federal Budget Forgives $111 Million in FAMU Federal Loans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today announced that the FY 2020-21 federal spending deal that Congress passed on Monday includes good news for Florida A&M University, as it also cancels more than $111 million in FAMU federal debt held by the U.S. government. In 2019, FAMU borrowed $126 million from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Capital Finance Program to construct new dorms, and refinance the debt on its residence halls. The HBCU Capital Finance … Continue Reading

December 15, 2020

Rep. Lawson Calls on Congress to Pass Additional Stimulus Relief Now

WASHINGTON, DC. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today, called on his colleagues in Congress to pass an additional stimulus bill to support the American people: "I'm encouraged by the recent success by the group of bipartisan senators who have reached an agreement on a long delayed second round of coronavirus relief package for the American people. While this bill is far from perfect, it is progress. As I traveled around Florida's 5th Congressional District these past few months, I have … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Rep. Lawson Announces District Winners of Congressional App Competition

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) is proud to announce Florida's 5th Congressional District App Challenge winners are Tallahassee School of Math and Science students Liam Tolia, Issa Allison, Jackson Flowers and Gabriel Campbell. The Congressional App Challenge's mission is to inspire, include and innovate efforts around STEM and computer science education. The app, "Escape the CoronaVirus," was created to entertain all who play the game, and to relieve some of the stress caused by the pandemic. … Continue Reading

December 03, 2020

Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure National Science Foundation Grant for Jacksonville University to Train Students in STEM

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure a $943,266 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Jacksonville University. This grant will support "Project-based Service Learning and Career-training to Support Graduation and Career Readiness of Engineering and Computing Science Majors," which will help meet the national need for engineers and computer scientists by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students at Jacksonville … Continue Reading

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