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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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February 13, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) addressed homelessness during the Financial Services Committee hearing: “Homeless in America: Examining the Crisis and Solutions to End Homelessness.” The hearing served as an opportunity to raise awareness to the issue and put forth proactive solutions to address this important topic.

February 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C- Today, U.S Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) joined House Democrats in passing a War Powers Resolution on Yemen (H.J.Res. 37), which calls for the removal of U.S. troops from Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. The resolution calls for their removal within 30 days after becoming law.

February 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Tomorrow, U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) will attend the State of the Union in Washington DC. President Donald Trump will deliver the 2019 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Rep Lawson said he hopes President Trump addresses financial security for the nation’s most vulnerable, disaster relief and a path to a stronger, more united nation.

January 30, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined other House Democrats in cosponsoring H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. The legislation is intended to help close the wage gap between women and men working the same jobs. Today, women make just 80 cents for every dollar made by a man for equal work. 
January 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act. This bill would provide a 2.6 percent pay increase for federal civilian employees, bringing the 2019 pay increase for civilian employees in line with the raise given to members of the military.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days:

January 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – 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.

January 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has been appointed to serve on the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee in the 116th Congress.

January 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that he would be standing in solidarity with the more than 800,000 federal government employees, including 13,000 in Florida, who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay by refusing his salary during the government shutdown.

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills to re-open these two essential government agencies and rescue Florida’s families who are at imminent risk of being evicted while ensuring air travel and highway transportation are safe for all Americans. 


In The News

January 10, 2018 In The News

Three Florida Democrats joined Republicans to approve the spending plan that ends the government shutdown: Reps. Charlie Crist, Al Lawson and Stephanie Murphy.

Every Florida Republican except Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted for the deal. She was one of only six GOP no votes.


November 30, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, paired up this week with an Illinois Republican on a proposal to help more veterans transition into farming and ranching.

Lawson and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who sits on both the House Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Committees, introduced the “Veterans Agricultural Apprenticeship Act” on Thursday. 

October 26, 2017 In The News

Democratic U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and Darren Soto are urging Florida Gov. Rick Scott to extend a time-limit extension he imposed following Hurricane Irma so that food stamp recipients can continue to receive benefits without risking their 90-day deadline.

October 8, 2017 In The News

Jacksonville’s two new congressmen have joined a project to foster civil discourse.

Both Rep. John Rutherford, Republican, and Rep. Al Lawson, Democrat, signed a “Commitment to Civility” proposed by the National Institute for Civil Discourse. In fact, nine of Florida’s 11 freshmen members signed it.

September 29, 2017 In The News

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is launching his Let’s Feed America campaign, which aims to reduce hunger by expanding eligibility and making it easier for those in need to receive access to food. Lawson says 1 out of 4 people in the fifth congressional district have been on the SNAP Program or food stamps this year.

September 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is seeking changes to federal food-aid programs to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Lawson, D-Fla., asked Gov. Rick Scott this week to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture for policy waivers similar to requests that Texas and Louisiana made after Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina.

September 19, 2017 In The News

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, and by the time it drifted through the region, it would break the record for rainfall of any other storm in the history of the continental United States. The devastation to the area is saddening; the cost to human life, infrastructure, and economic productivity is expected to exceed that of Sandy and Andrew.

July 24, 2017 In The News

Towards the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who is a member of the Military-Veterans Caucus, is leading congressional Democrats on a bill to help veterans start up small businesses.

July 21, 2017 In The News

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson introduced a new bill: the “Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act,” which would “establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans creating businesses in underserved communities,” per a press release from his office.