Showing posts with label lawson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lawson. Show all posts

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lawson introduces bill to extend life of Social Security

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) has introduced legislation that would extend the life of Social Security by 15 years to 2049.

“Social Security plays a critical role in our economy as it provides for over two-thirds of our nation’s retirees, and provides financial security to millions of disabled workers and their children,” said Lawson.

“However, as the program is currently operating, the Social Security trust fund will be depleted by 2034. That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Social Security for Future Generations Act of 2017, along with 17 co-sponsors and support from six organizations, including Social Security Works and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare.” 

Friday, June 16, 2017

House Committee passes Lawson bill to help spur innovation in small business

Yesterday in the House Small Business Committee, members passed several bills, including U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s bill, H.R. 2702, the Small Business Innovation Research Program Commercialization Assistance Act.

His bill would create a pilot program under the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). This pilot program will provide additional funding for Phase II of the SBIR program which helps small business startups bring their products and services from commercialization into the marketplace.

The SBIR program encourages small businesses, including universities, to perform research for federal agencies in the fields of innovation and technology, with the potential to bring their research products into commercialization.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Democratic reps ask Scott how he will protect Florida from proposed Trump cuts to SNAP

Recently, nine Florida Democratic U.S. representatives sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott outlining their concern over President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

“Upon the release of President Trump’s budget, we are deeply concerned about the proposal to “re-balance the Federal/State partnership in SNAP benefits to low-income households,” the representatives wrote. “This proposal will shift 25 percent of SNAP costs to the State of Florida by 2023. More than two-thirds of SNAP households include children, seniors, individuals with disabilities and low-wage workers. SNAP is essential to keeping poor and vulnerable Floridians from going hungry. At a time when Florida’s budget is already strained, this has the potential to drastically affect how our constituents are served, and we are requesting information on how your administration intends to respond.”

The Florida delegation members who signed the letter included U.S. Reps. Al Lawson (FL-5), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Darren Soto (FL-9), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Val Demings (FL-10), Ted Deutch (FL-22), Alcee Hastings (FL-23), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lawson says Trump’s budget plan would take away lifelines from nation’s poorest citizens

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018:

“Once again, President Trump’s budget calls for extreme cuts to vital funding for programs that help our nation’s poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments. It is a short-sighted plan that seeks to give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking away lifelines for those who need it most.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Lawson denounces GOP-led effort to repeal Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson released the following statement after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives forced a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act:

“Republicans have lost sight of why constituents sent us to Washington D.C. – and it wasn’t to score political points with President Donald Trump. This abomination of a health care disaster will raise health care premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for hard-working Americans while at the very same time, giving $600 billion in tax breaks to big corporations.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lawson tours Eureka Gardens with HUD secretary

Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) joined Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on a visit to the Eureka Gardens apartment complex.

In March, Lawson sent a letter to Carson asking him to come to Jacksonville and hear directly from Eureka Gardens residents about the issues they’ve had with their units.

In February, Lawson heard from residents who told him they’ve had issues with mold in their apartments, no air conditioning, no hot water, and gas leaks.

“I’m so glad Secretary Carson heeded my call and came down to Jacksonville to talk with residents at Eureka Gardens and hear first-hand what they need from the federal government,” Lawson said. “We need to make sure we are doing all we can to hold people accountable for improving all the units here so that residents can have a clean, affordable and safe place to raise their families and call home.”

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lawson slams Trump’s proposed budget, calls it “short-sighted”

Last week, U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson released the following statement in response to the U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget:

“President Trump’s budget calls for extreme cuts to vital funding for job training, clean energy, medical research, and public education. It is a short-sighted plan that seeks to give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking away lifelines for those who need it most.

We cannot reform our nation’s health care system while simultaneously cutting $12.6 billion from the Health and Human Services budget. If we want to ensure clean drinking water for future generations, we need to be investing more in the Environmental Protection Agency, not cutting $2.6 billion from its budget. Our international standing relies on our global development and diplomacy work, which cannot afford an $11 billion cut.

While I think we need to find innovative ways to make our federal government run more efficiently and save tax payer dollars, extreme cuts that will harm America’s seniors, children, and families is not the way to do it. I believe that our national budget is a reflection of our values as a society and this does not align with the values of Florida’s fifth Congressional district, and therefore I intend to strongly oppose it.”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lawson criticizes Republican plan to repeal Affordable Care Act

Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) criticized the health care proposal introduced by the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is an exercise in smoke and mirrors,” Lawson said. “This proposal would give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans while burdening hard working families with higher health care costs. The Republican plan allows for soaring new health care costs for our seniors and shortens the life of the Medicare Trust Fund, endangering seniors and disabled Americans who depend on Medicaid coverage. This is completely unacceptable for Floridians.”

A study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that the Republican plan (which is called the “American Health Care Act”), “would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 24 million in 2026 relative to current law.”

“I will continue to fight to ensure that Floridians with pre-existing conditions don’t have to worry about losing their health care, and that young adults can stay on their parents insurance until they are 26, and that we are doing all we can to make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans, not just a select few,” Lawson said.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Lawson says country “deserves better than a bunch of broken promises from” Trump

Back in January, U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson (FL-5) denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the United States for 90 days.

On February 28, Lawson attended the president’s address before Congress and released the following statement in response:

“We heard a lot from President Trump tonight, but the numbers speak for themselves. Forty days after his inauguration, we still have yet to see President Trump and the Republican Congress lift a finger to create jobs or help hard-working Americans.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Robinson joins Lawson for U.S. president’s address to joint session of Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson joined U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson for the U.S. president’s address before a joint session of Congress.

Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, said in a tweet that he was “proud” to have the interim president with him for the occasion.

Earlier in the day, Robinson was part of a group of historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents and chancellors who met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. At the meeting, Trump signed an executive order entitled “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

Monday, February 13, 2017

Florida Times-Union: “FAMU leadership is back on track”

On Friday, the Florida Times-Union wrote another editorial that lauded Florida A&M University's continuing progress under its new administrative and Board of Trustees leadership.

Back in December 2016, the Times-Union ran an editorial entitled ““FAMU seems to be getting back on track.”

From the February 9, 2017 editorial “FAMU leadership is back on track”:

Florida A&M University is on the move. There is new leadership with a respected interim president.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Lawson denounces Trump’s immigration ban

On Tuesday, January 31, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, FL-5, issued the following statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the United States for 90 days:

“I am disappointed by this Executive Order because it goes against everything this country stands for.  I can think of few things more un-American than discriminating against people seeking refuge on our shores because of their religion.  This action betrays who we are as a country. Keeping the American people safe from threats from abroad is very important to me but targeting an entire religion is completely misguided and irresponsible.

This order dishonors our values and has caused shockwaves of confusion throughout our nation.  America is the land of opportunity regardless of age, race, class and religion. I will continue to work for smart action to protect our borders while protecting religious freedom and defending our American values.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lawson appointed to U.S. House Agriculture Committee

Last week U.S. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) announced that new U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson (D-FL), a Florida A&M University alumnus, will join him as one of the 20 Democratic members of the committee.

“The Agriculture Committees new and returning members are ready to get to work on the wide variety of issues overseen by the Committee, including reauthorizing the 2014 Farm Bill. I look forward to working with them and the Republican members of the Committee this Congress,” Peterson said.

Lawson said that he is excited to serve on the committee, which does work that is important to his district.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Lawson officially begins term as U.S. representative from Florida District 5

Yesterday, a new era began in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

At an organizational session, U.S. Rep.-elect Alfred “Al” Lawson joined 189 Democrats in voting for Nancy Pelosi (D-California) in the election for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. After Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) won the race with 239 votes, he administered the oath of office to Lawson and the rest of the members of the chamber.

Lawson, joined by his wife Delores Brooks and three grandchildren, also participated in a separate “mock swearing in” with Ryan.

That same day, the House updated its website with the link to Lawson’s new page: lawson.house.gov.


Monday, January 02, 2017

Brown proudly touted support for Mangum during scandal-plagued, losing reelection bid

Back when Elmira Mangum was struggling to save her presidency between late 2015 and fall 2016, the FAMU alumni state lawmakers who had once been her among her most vocal supporters stopped publicly defending her.

The only FAMU graduate in a high-profile elected office who was willing to proudly stand by Mangum was U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

Brown actually seemed to think that her support of Mangum would help her during her scandal-plagued reelection bid in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. The incumbent representative faced an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination after Alfred “Al” Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, challenged her in the newly redrawn district.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Lawson appoints Thompson chief of staff for Fifth Congressional District of Florida

Tallahassee native and Florida A&M University alumnus Tola Thompson, long-time director and assistant vice president of FAMU’s government relations efforts, is once again headed to Washington, D.C.

He will be leaving “the Hill” to relocate to Capitol Hill to support fellow alumnus and newly elected Congressman Alfred “Al” Lawson as his chief of staff.

“It has been my great privilege to serve my alma mater these past nine-plus years. My time at FAMU has been some of the best years of my life,” said Thompson. “I will miss the incredible people I have had the pleasure of working with and the tremendously talented students who are the reason why I lobbied so hard for FAMU.”

Sunday, December 18, 2016

YAG brings alumni, elected officials, FAMU administration together to support scholarships


The 2016 FAMU Young Alumni Giving Scholarship Brunch, held during FAMU Homecoming, brought a wide array of Rattlers together to support student scholarships.

According to Ricquel Jackson, who has chaired the event for three years, “this year we were able to award over $9,500 dollars to current undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.”

The attendees included: Interim President Larry Robinson, filmmaker Will Packer, South Florida AT&T Regional Director Cristal Cole, author Rashan Ali, U.S. Rep.-elect Alfred “Al” Lawson, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, U.S. Rep. Al Green, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark, and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Lawson touts FAMU’s new direction during meeting between BOT chairs and Scott

Chairs from each of the State University System’s Boards of Trustees shared key information and concerns with Gov. Rick Scott during a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion on Nov. 21.

Kelvin Lawson, chair of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a participant in the meeting, said he was encouraged by the session and believes it was very productive.

“I thought it was a good forum. The governor has been very interested in higher education in the state, very interested in job creation, and very interested in making sure that when students graduate from one of our institutions that there is a job available to them, primarily in the State of Florida,” said Lawson, who is a FAMU alumnus.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Lawson, Alexander cruise to big victories in Florida general election

Florida A&M University alumni Alfred “Al” Lawson and Ramon Alexander, both Democrats, are two of the big winners in 2016 Florida general election.

Lawson defeated Republican nominee Glo Smith in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida. With 247 of 266 precincts reporting, Lawson had 190,610 votes (64.1 percent) to Smith’s 106,628 votes (35.9 percent).

Alexander won the District 8 seat in the Florida House of Representatives that Lawson formerly held from 1992 through 2000. He did not face a Republican contender but did have write-in opposition.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Florida Times-Union endorses Lawson for U.S. House general election

The editorial board of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville has endorsed FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson in the general election race for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5) seat. Lawson previously received the Time-Union’s endorsement for the Democratic primary, which he won against incumbent U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on August 30.

Lawson will face Republican nominee Glo Smith in the general election on November 8.

From the Times-Union:

Raised in a small town in Gadsden County, Lawson is a black Democrat who has been repeatedly elected from largely white, rural districts. Yet he also has a strong record on civil rights, education, public safety, jobs, housing and other issues that are high priorities among Jacksonville’s African-American voters.