Congresswoman Val Demings was in Eatonville on Tuesday night to deliver the area’s first Congressional town hall in over two years. During the town hall, Demings continued her criticisms of President Donald Trump’s policies involving health care and tax reforms.
The Congresswoman described how the vote in the House of Representatives which passed the American Health Care Act made some of her Republican colleagues nervous, citing the lack of confidence in the Obamacare replacement and pressure from GOP leadership.
“The American Health Care Act, which is Ryancare, Trumpcare passed.” said Demings “What I can tell you is that every member on the other side didn’t’ vote for it. I saw one of my colleagues, he had this very sad look on this face and said that he voted against it and was concerned what it meant for him moving forward.”
Demings believes that the President’s recently released tax plans wouldn’t work without the projected savings from his health care plan, which Democrats argue will leave millions without insurance. She also argues that the President’s budget is cruel, leaving behind many programs Orlando residents depend on.
“If we’re serious about keeping our nation safe, it starts with safe neighborhoods. The President wants to take funding from those programs, we cannot allow that to happen.” added Demings.
The last time a sitting member of Congress held a town hall interview was in 2015, when former Congresswoman Corrine Brown held an abbreviated meeting during the Zora Neale Hurston festival. Shortly afterwards, Brown was brought up on fraud charges which she was ultimately convicted and lost her reelection bid, when Eatonville and other areas of Orlando were drawn out of her district. Since then, Demings has spent time in communities where her predecessor was seldom seen, such as Pine Hills and Parramore.
Notable attendees at the town hall included Deming’s husband, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, Orange County Democratic Executive Committee Chair Wes Hodge, and Orange County Democratic State Committeewoman Lorraine Tuliano, along with many other leaders from the Eatonville Community.