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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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January 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced that Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) Executive Director, Paul Tutwiler will be his guest for the State of the Union address, scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 in Washington DC.

January 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. —  “I commend the work of both parties in bringing an end to the government shutdown.

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.


In The News

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.

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.

May 10, 2017 In The News

Florida’s Democratic members of Congress are expressing outrage over Tuesday evening’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and saying it solidifies their demands for an independent investigation into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia.

April 19, 2017 In The News

The atmosphere in Washington is extremely partisan and highly toxic.

And there is absolutely nothing to suggest that will change anytime soon.

But that still hasn’t deterred U.S. Rep. Al Lawson.

April 11, 2017 In The News

UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee, is also attending. The HUD news release made no mention of that; a spokesman told the Buzz that "we recently confirmed his participation."

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, this afternoon will tour a federally subsidized housing project in Jacksonville that has come under heavy criticism.

April 11, 2017 In The News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Tuesday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson toured Eureka Gardens - the first time the organization's leader toured the apartment complex.

“I don’t think you can come here a year ago and come here today and not be optimistic about the future,” said Sen. Marco Rubio.