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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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January 18, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement regarding his vote against the proposed one-month Continuing Resolution, another short-term budget extension:
January 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's Executive Order to expand offshore drilling off all U.S. coasts:

January 15, 2018 Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) marched with several community organizations, advocacy groups and local officials for Tallahassee’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative march. Organized by the Tallahassee branch of the NAACP, the group of nearly 200 traveled from the C.K. Steele Bus Plaza to the steps of the Florida Capitol.

December 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) released the following statement after voting against GOP tax bill, which would cut taxes for corporations and the wealthiest families while adding more than a trillion dollars to the deficit.

November 9, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representatives Al Lawson (D-FL) and Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans.

November 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Representative Al Lawson, along with five of his colleagues and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), wrote Secretary David Shulkin of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to request that the agency annually share information on the number of veterans who struggle with food insecurity.

October 31, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Al Lawson and Darren Soto, members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, sent a letter to Gov.

October 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the “College Student Hunger Act of 2017” that would provide SNAP benefits to the neediest of college students.

October 26, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) sent a joint letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in support of the company’s new metropolitan-centered headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida
October 26, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement on the death of former State Senator Arnett E. Girardeau:

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July 21, 2017 In The News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Students at Florida State University are discussing ways to keep young professionals in the Capital City.

Florida State University Master of Applied American Politics and Policy students held the Roundtable at City Hall. Participants discussed current and future strategies.

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July 21, 2017 In The News

Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson said he was shocked to learn 70 percent of recent college graduates in Nashville remain in the area after graduation.

Part of that is Nashville’s success in branding itself as “Music City,” but that is coupled with economic development that spurs job creation and opportunities for young people.

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July 6, 2017 In The News

Six months after he went to Washington touting changes to Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson was back in Jacksonville Thursday. Still waiting for change.

“I don’t care whose name is on it,” the freshman Democrat said of the law guiding national health care.

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June 22, 2017 In The News

The latest news coming out of the Senate about the health care debate is very troubling. Keeping negotiations behind closed doors and blocking news reporters from reporting on progress is unacceptable.

It was my hope that Senate Republicans would rectify the shortsighted version of health care their House colleagues sent over.

June 20, 2017 In The News

Democratic lawmakers are suing President Donald Trump over foreign money flowing into his global business empire.

Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. It’s being filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lawmakers said.

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June 18, 2017 In The News

The news coming out of the Senate about the latest in the health care debate is troubling. Keeping negotiations behind closed doors and blocking news reporters from reporting on progress is unacceptable.

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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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