Val Demings on Government Reform



Members of extremist groups shouldn't be in police, military

Let's start with the [January 6th] attack on the Capitol, because of the disbelief that there was a break-in into the U.S. Capitol. We need to make sure that we know everybody that was involved, whether that is inciting the riot, participating in it, or funding it. Everybody who had some role in it on that day needs to be held accountable. We are determined to get to the bottom of it, so what happened, which was unbelievable that it happened, will never happen again.

I remember at the police department we had a policy that said you could not be a member of nor associate with extremist groups. If you were found out it was grounds for immediate termination. I think it is very important for those who protect us, whether that's the military, whether that's law enforcement, whether that's elected officials, I think that there should be major steps taken to hold them accountable and get them removed from the powerful, influential position that they may hold.

Source: Washington Post on 2022 Florida Senate race , Feb 2, 2021

Co-sponsored opposition to privatization of Postal Service

A resolution expressing opposition to privatizing the U.S. Postal Service (H.Res.993). In June of 2018, the Trump Administration released a government reform and reorganization. Regrettably, this proposal recommends a massive restructuring of the Postal Service and "its future conversion from a Government agency into a privately-held corporation." This resolution pushes back against the Administration's proposal with clear examples of the importance of a national postal system for our nation.
Source: Medium.com column for˙2018 Congressional FL-10 election , Jul 27, 2018

Statehood for the District of Columbia.

Demings co-sponsored H.R.317

Congressional Summary: Sets forth procedures for admission into the United States of the state of New Columbia.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (DCist.com, Sept. 2014): The Argument Against: Congress does not have the authority to grant statehood to D.C.; the 23rd amendment, which gave D.C. three electoral votes, would have to be repealed before statehood was granted. Washington is a wholly urban, one-industry town, dependent on the federal government far in excess of any other state. Moreover, with Congress no longer having authority over New Columbia but dependent on it, New Columbia could exert influence on the federal government far in excess of any other state.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: [Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC; the District of Columbia has one representative to Congress and no Senators; Rep. Holmes can introduce bills but her vote does not count]: This 51st state would have no jurisdiction over the federal territory or enclave that now consists of the Washington that Members of Congress and visitors associate with the capital of our country. Those would remain under federal jurisdiction. The New Columbia Admission Act was the first bill I introduced in 1991. Statehood is the only alternative for the citizens of the District of Columbia. To be content with less than statehood is to concede the equality of citizenship that is the birthright of our residents as citizens of the United States.

Source: New Columbia Admission Act 15_H317 on Jan 13, 2015

Automatic voter registration for all citizens.

Demings co-sponsored H.R.12 & S.1088

Congressional Summary:

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (BrennanCenter.org): Too many Americans go to vote on Election Day only to find their names are not on the voter rolls--often, wrongly deleted. The US is on the verge of a new paradigm for registering voters: automatic, permanent registration of eligible voters, which would add up to 50 million eligible voters to the rolls.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Gov. Christie's veto message on the "Democracy Act", Nov. 2015): Christie called a provision establishing automatic voter registration that requires New Jerseyan to opt out a "government-knows-best, backwards approach that would inconvenience citizens and waste government resources for no justifiable reason." Automatic voter registration would have added 1.6 million people to the state's voter rolls.

Source: Voter Empowerment Act 15-H12 on Mar 19, 2015

Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access.

Demings voted YEA For the People Act of 2019