Press Releases

March 02, 2022

Lawson, Hayes, Torres, Warren, Sanders, Padilla, Murphy, Colleagues Urge USDA to Issue Clearer Guidance that Informs Students of Their SNAP Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Al Lawson (D-Fla.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), and Norma J. Torres (D-Calif.), and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Bob … Continue Reading


February 25, 2022

Statement by Congressman Al Lawson in Response to the House Adoption of House Bill 7503 As Amended

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement today in response to the Florida House Redistricting Committee's adoption on its new congressional map. "I am disappointed that Speaker Sprowls caved to the demands of Ron DeSantis to push a partisan, unconstitutional congressional map. Never in our state's history has the Florida Legislature submitted two maps for review - one that is clearly unconstitutional and a second 'in case we get caught' map. The proposed … Continue Reading


February 25, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson introduces Resolution Honoring Claudette Colvin, a Civil Rights Pioneer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) introduced a resolution honoring the life and courage of Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin. On March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, refused to give her seat up to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama. She was arrested for disobeying segregation laws and sentenced to indefinite probation. Colvin protested bus segregation laws nine months before Rosa Parks. However, many Americans are unaware … Continue Reading


February 24, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement today regarding Russia's assault on Ukraine. "Russia's invasion into Ukraine is endangering innocent men, women and children. Vladimir Putin is responsible for the human suffering and destruction this conflict will bring, and the U.S. and our allies will hold him accountable. I fully support President Biden's sanctions against Russia. "Russia is violating the core principles that uphold global peace and security, … Continue Reading


February 22, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Re-introduces Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Harassment by Debt Collectors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) re-introduced the Small Business Fair Debt Collection Protection Act which safeguards small businesses from harassment by third-party debt collectors. The bill extends protections under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to small businesses with loans or obligations that are less than $2.5 million so that debt collectors have guardrails on what they can do to collect these debts. "This bill promotes entrepreneurism and allows … Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Congressman Al Lawson Sends Letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security about Delayed Responses at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Al Lawson and 61 Congressional Members sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security earlier this week about delayed visa applications processing and Congressional response times at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Members are requesting that USCIS transfer some of their cases to the other four service centers that may not be experiencing the same delays. Over the last three months, Congressional Offices … Continue Reading


February 10, 2022

Statement by Congressman Al Lawson in Response to Ron DeSantis’s Redistricting Loss Before the Florida Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On February 10, 2022, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously denied Ron DeSantis’s request for an advisory opinion on whether lawmakers could legally remove one or more minority-access seats from Florida’s congressional map. Currently, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson represents Congressional District 5, a minority-access seat created under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.   While the Florida House has not drawn congressional districts, the Florida Senate … Continue Reading


February 09, 2022

U.S. Rep. Lawson urges Florida Governor to Expedite the Backlog of SNAP Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Al Lawson along with nine Members of the Florida Democratic Congressional Delegation penned a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to expedite the backlog of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit claims.   Florida’s SNAP program is administered through the State’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) and to qualify, recipients must recertify their benefits with the agency monthly. However, since late last … Continue Reading


February 08, 2022

U.S. Rep. Lawson’s Bill to Rename U.S. Postal Service Facility to the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office” Passes the Congress Heads to the Senate Chamber

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Al Lawson’s D. Edwina Stephens Post Office bill (H.R. 2324) by 428 votes. The bill would name the U.S. Post Office at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee as the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office” in honor of the Florida civil rights icon’s impact on the Tallahassee community.   Rep. Al Lawson introduced the legislation to honor the life of Stephens. She spent her life advocating for … Continue Reading


February 07, 2022

Statement From Congressman Al Lawson In Response to Jurisdictional Briefs Filed with the Florida Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Florida Supreme Court received briefs from interested parties in response to Ron DeSantis’s request for an advisory opinion regarding Florida’s 5th Congressional District, currently held by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson. DeSantis is lobbying the Florida Legislature to eliminate the current seat so additional Republicans can be elected to Congress.   The question before the Supreme Court is whether the Florida Legislature is required by the … Continue Reading


February 02, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson and U.S. Rep. Bill Posey Re-introduce the Access to AEDs Act in Memory of Rafe Maccarone

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08) re-introduced their bi-partisan Access to AEDs Act in Memory of Rafe Maccarone and in honor of American Heart Month. This bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to elementary and secondary schools partnered with a non-profit health care organization to develop and implement a comprehensive program to promote students access to automated external defibrillation (AED) … Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Governor DeSantis’s Request for Redistricting Advisory Opinion

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Ron DeSantis’s request for a redistricting advisory opinion from the Florida Supreme Court:   “While disappointing, Ron DeSantis’s continued assault on the rights of Black and minority voters is not a surprise. I hope that the Florida Supreme Court chooses to respect our separation of powers, rises above politics, and avoids wading into this partisan … Continue Reading


February 01, 2022

Congressman Al Lawson Statement Condemning Bomb Threat Against Edward Waters University

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement condemning the bomb threats made against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including Edward Waters University (EWU) in Jacksonville Fla., this morning:   “I have spoken to Edward Waters University President Dr. Faison today regarding the terrorist bomb and threat of violence. I am deeply disturbed by the threats made nationally and in my own district. We are working to … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Leads Letter to U.S. Department of Education Concerning Jefferson County School District and Florida Department of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and a group of Democratic Florida Congressional members sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education voicing concerns about recent reports of suspicious activities by the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE).  These concerns are in regards to the contract and bidding process with the Jefferson County School District and potential misuse of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.   Despite … Continue Reading


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

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