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Friday Update – Rep. Demings Honors Police Week

October 15, 2021
Press Release

Orlando, FL: This week Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) continued her work on behalf of Central Florida families.

As the nation honors National Police Week 2021, Rep. Demings came to the National Mall to read the names of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty over the past two years. Rep. Demings, a former 27-year law enforcement officer and Chief of the Orlando Police Department, read names of those who died from Florida law enforcement agencies. Video available here.

Said Rep. Demings, “Serving as a 27-year police officer and police chief was one of the great honors of my life. During this week, we recognize the men and women in blue who gave their lives in service to their communities. From Miami to Jacksonville, Palm Beach to Pensacola, they gave their lives in a righteous cause: to build a safe community for every Floridian. They were men and women of honor, devotion, and courage. They were mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. We should thank them every day, but this week in particular I hope that every American will join me in prayer and thanks for all that our law enforcement officers do to keep us safe.”

Rep. Demings at Police Week 2021

Rep. Demings at Police Week 2021

Rep. Demings at Police Week 2021

Additional photos are available on request.

Rep. Demings this morning praised the Administration’s reported plan to lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international air and land border travelers effective Nov. 8th, saying “Tourism is the engine to Florida’s economy…get vaccinated and come to Florida, we are open for business.” Rep. Demings previously wrote to the administration urging a resumption of international travel. Her office has successfully worked with dozens of constituents – including medical professionals, researchers, and critical infrastructure workers – to secure exemptions to the travel ban in cases of “life or death” necessity.

In Orlando, Rep. Demings met with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida to talk about how to build a bright future for every child in our community. Said Rep. Demings, “our children are our future. All that we do, we do for them.”

Rep. Demings with Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida

On Tuesday, Rep. Demings returned to Washington, D.C. to vote to pass a debt ceiling fix, preventing an economic collapse predicted to wipe out $15 trillion in household wealth, erase up to six million jobs, double the unemployment rate to nine percent, and interfere with the distribution of U.S. military paychecks and Social Security benefits for millions of American seniors.

Rep. Demings continues to advocate for passage of legislation to invest in Florida’s infrastructure and working families. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, she said, “we have a real chance here to rebuild broken roads and bridges, ensure access to clean drinking water and broadband, and invest in people who have to go to work every day…These are issues that have been around for decades, and we hear a lot of talk, but nobody ever does anything. Well, we’re going to actually do something about it, even if it’s a tough fight in Washington.”

Rep. Demings’ housing stability legislation is continuing to receive attention, with The New Republic writing, “there is some effort to streamline this process for renters, and another effort at the federal level via a bill introduced by Florida Representative Val Demings, which would institute eviction moratoriums whenever the federal government declares a disaster. While tenant rights mostly exist at the state and local level, Saadian said, ‘We are seeing more and more members of Congress who are recognizing that there is this enormous power imbalance that exists between renters and landlords that puts renters at risk.’”

On social media, Rep. Demings called on her background as a law enforcement officer and social worker as she recognized the National Night Out to prevent crime, Orlando Pride and National Coming Out Day, Indigenous People’s Day, the anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, National Mental Health Awareness Week, National Bullying Prevention Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Additionally, Rep. Demings cosponsored legislation in the House of Representatives:

  • The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, which would allow individuals who were stationed, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to sue and recover damages for harm from exposure to contaminated water.