During her 27 years on the police force, Chief Val Demings defended right and wrong on the streets of Orlando. She cut violent crime, and made Orlando a safer place to live. Unlike the out-of-touch career politicians in Washington who play partisan games, Chief Demings brought people and neighborhoods together by understanding the needs of people in the community, involving them in common-sense solutions, and holding criminals accountable.
Washington politicians are too focused on right and left, instead of what is right and wrong. Chief Demings will go to Congress to fix that.
It's wrong to use public office for personal payoff.
As a police officer, Val swore an oath to serve and protect the people of Orlando – and she did. In Washington, serving others seems to be forgotten. When our financial system was in peril, members of Congress and their families profited off insider information. And when they retire, members of Congress get paid to lobby their former colleagues.
Career politicians like Congressman Webster should not be allowed to use their office for private payoff. It is time to get Congress out of the pockets of special interests and back in the business of working for us.
Val Demings believes:
Members of Congress should have to disclose any tax breaks they vote for that they would also personally benefit from.
We must put an end to legislators selling “political intelligence.” In Washington, it’s common practice for members of Congress to sell information to Wall Street and hedge fund managers who are looking to predict the stock market. Legislators should be focused on the public good – not selling information they learn while in office for personal profit.
We need to stop “Monuments to Me.” Legislators should not use their position and public funds to name projects after themselves. It’s wrong, and it reeks of corruption.
It's wrong to govern in secret and in back rooms.
Val knows when someone is trying to hide, there’s a reason. All too often, special interests are pouring millions of dollars of unlimited, secret money into super PACS. You should know who is funding campaigns and who is meeting with your representative.
We can reduce the lobbyists’ and special interests’ influence in Congress by:
Having corporations stand by their political ads in the same way candidates do, instead of hiding their donations in Super PACs.
Requiring members of Congress to publicly disclose their meetings with lobbyists the same way The White House does.
It's wrong to take your salary when you're not doing your job.
Congress’ top priority must be passing a budget. This do-nothing Congress has failed to pass a budget on time, and has passed the fewest laws of any Congress in recent history. It is simply wrong for Congress to take a paycheck for a job they’re not doing.
While American families are struggling to get by, Congress should learn to do more with less and cut funding for personal perks such as:
The House barber shop, beauty salon, and shoe shiner.
The private Member’s gym.
The Congressional travel agency.
We need someone who will clean up Washington. It's time we sent a Chief to Congress.