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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

Rep. Demings Attends State of the Union

February 5, 2019
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Tonight Rep. Val Demings attended the State of the Union with two guests: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and Ralph Velez, a federal employee at Orlando International Airport (MCO) who worked without pay during President Trump’s government shutdown. Mayor Demings is in D.C. with the Orlando Economic Partnership.

Said Rep Demings, “We all know that there is a teleprompter president and a real president, and letting Trump be Trump has meant years of division and discord. American citizens and immigrants alike have been persecuted for their ethnicities, and qualified Americans have been denied the opportunity to serve their country because of their gender identity. President Trump seems to have learned nothing from his huge mistake of shutting down the government, which hurt millions of American families and weakened our economy and security.

“We don’t need more promises, we need results. The middle class is still waiting for the president to live up to his previous broken promises. Facing gross economic inequality, this administration has given massive tax breaks to big businesses and the ultra-wealthy. Facing rising healthcare and prescription drug costs, this administration has worked to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. Facing an epidemic of gun violence, this administration has worked to loosen gun regulations.

“Tonight we heard no new ideas and no indication that any change is coming. By contrast, the Democratic majority in the House has already started passing and debating major legislation to lower the cost of healthcare, stop the epidemics of opioids and gun violence, and finally deliver real results. The Democratic majority in the House will continue to do what we were elected to do: hold this administration accountable and fight to deliver equality, opportunity, and prosperity to all Americans.”