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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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September 21, 2017 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Reps. Al Lawson (D-FL) and John Rutherford (R-FL) announced a new $1 million grant to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)  from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase new Low or No (Low-No) emission buses.

September 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington -- Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, and the ten other Democratic members of the Florida Congressional delegation sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to take steps to ensure that Floridians have adequate access to food after Hurricane Irma.

September 11, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep.  Al Lawson, FL, released the following statement today regarding the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

September 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5), today, introduced a bill to designate the United States Post Office at 1100 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida as the Rutledge Pearson Post Office.

August 14, 2017 Press Release

"The news out of Virginia is very troubling. We see clear as day that the struggle for equality and acceptance in this country is far from over. We cannot afford to go backward as a nation. No good comes from senseless bloodshed and we cannot let hate thrive and further divide us. 

August 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Student Opportunity Act to provide economic relief for those who have student loans.

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July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives John Rutherford (FL-04) and Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed S.

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July 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act to give a boost to veterans who invest in their communities through entrepreneurship. 

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July 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, July 13, U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and John Rutherford are hosting a Veterans Mental Health Briefing at 2 pm in Cannon 421. Presenting at the briefing will be the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as a panel of speakers:

Dr. Joe Thornton - Associate Chief of Staff for the Mental Health Service Line at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

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June 22, 2017 Press Release

“Just like the House bill, the Senate health care bill is heartless and reckless. This is what we get when we have a 13-member group, made up only of male Senate Republicans, develop a plan in secret. We should be making it easier for more hardworking Americans to access affordable health care, not be giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

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June 14, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Tuesday added seven new co-sponsors of legislation she introduced May 17 to extend the federal Perkins Loan college financial aid program for two years, continuing a boom of 33 new co-sponsors in eight days, according to the Library of Congress government information website.

New co-sponsors on Tuesday are as follows:

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June 7, 2017 In The News

Unlike the hostile receptions that some members of Congress have been receiving when they return to their home their home districts, District 5 U.S. Representative Al Lawson’s visit here last week was a friendly and civil affair.

June 6, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON - It’s not just President Donald Trump trying to cut back on food stamps.

June 5, 2017 In The News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Donald Trump's plan to to shift responsibility for the air traffic control system from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests has received mixed reaction from locals in aviation.

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June 1, 2017 In The News

Trumps wants to cut SNAP, research money and aid to rural communities

Congressman Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, went to Monticello Thursday to rally the countryside against President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. As outlined by U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, Trump wants to cut spending for farmers and aid to rural communities by more than 20 percent.

May 26, 2017 In The News

Lawson introduces first bill aimed to help small business leaders

The Entrepreneurial Education Act would help emerging leaders get the training they need to expand operations and create jobs in underserved communities

May 25, 2017 In The News

Army Corps of Engineers awards $17.5 million for Port deepening

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New funding for the deepening of the St Johns River was approved on Wednesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded $17.5 million for the Jacksonville Port deepening project in its fiscal year 2017 work program.

May 23, 2017 In The News

President Trump's budget proposal brought negative reviews from Florida Democrats and little reaction from Republicans, a telling sign of overall lack of enthusiasm.

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May 23, 2017 In The News

3.1 million Floridians get food assistance, DCF says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.

May 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson filed his first bill Friday, and it aims to help economic conditions in Florida’s 5th Congressional District.

The Entrepreneurial Education Act would authorize what is being called an “Entrepreneurial Education Initiative” through the Small Business Administration.

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