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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

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February 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Last night, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, landmark, life-saving legislation that will provide urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, get vaccines in people’s arms, put money into families’ pockets, return children safely to the classroom, and put people back to work.

February 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) joined the Michigan Democratic congressional delegation in urging State Legislative Leader Shirkey and Speaker Wentworth to act on the funding passed by Congress to help Michigan families and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

February 3, 2021 Press Release

Detroit, MI - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) shared a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) that analyzed the benefits of the Raise the Wage Act. Rep. Lawrence is an original co-sponsor of the legislation which she and her colleagues reintroduced last week.

January 26, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) joined her House colleagues in introducing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Thereafter, the federal minimum wage would be indexed to median wage growth. It also guarantees that all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by gradually phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.

December 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to override President Donald Trump’s reckless veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, as well as the passage of H.R. 9051, the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help Act of 2020, legislation that would increase the economic impact payments authorized by the new COVID-19 stimulus package from $600 to $2,000 per person.

November 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) and the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020, legislation that invests more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to registered apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship programs.

 

August 31, 2020 Press Release
Southfield, MI — Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) joined by Representatives Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and Andy Levin (MI-09) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with Black small business owners to discuss the challenges they’re facing during COVID-19. August marks the 14th Annual National Black Business Month, an observance that highlights the importance of Black businesses to our communities and to our national economy. 
 
April 2, 2020 Page

After extensive conversations with the IRS and the Department of Treasury, the IRS is expected to issue economic impact payments following the below timeline.  This timeline is subject to change given ongoing discussions.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bipartisan agreement to provide emergency relief to the American people:

February 11, 2020 In The News

In these final weeks before the 2020 census is rolled out to the entire U.S., the federal government is under pressure to hire and train around a half-million door knockers and other temporary workers by this spring. Near record low unemployment is raising concerns the Census Bureau won’t be able to find enough qualified temps, who play a critical role in ensuring the bureau meets the constitutional mandate to count every person living in the country every 10 years.