Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster


Rep. Webster's Veterans Day Statement


(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement today as we commemorate Veterans Day:

“Veterans are our heroes. As Americans, we will never be able to repay the debt of gratitude we owe to the men and women who have selflessly risked their lives to protect our heritage and liberty. It is my privilege to thank those who have served our country in the Armed Forces and honor them for their sacrifices.”


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Webster Votes To Keep President’s Broken Health Care Promise


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act:

“Obamacare has failed to deliver on many of its namesake’s soundbite promises from day one. Perhaps the biggest broken promise was the President’s infamous declaration that ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. Period.’ This claim was found to be so misleading and outright false that it was deemed the ‘Lie of the Year’ by the nonpartisan fact checker, PolitiFact.

“The simple truth is that millions of Americans lost their health care plan because of Obamacare. While most of these cancellations were limited to the individual market, millions of Americans who get their health care insurance through their employer face the same fate in the coming months.

“This week, I voted in support of the Employee Health Protection Act, which ensures that American workers can keep their current health plan if they like it. The bill also expands freedom for small businesses to access more affordable health care options that best serve their employees.

“For too many, Obamacare has resulted in cancelled plans, lost doctors or heightened deductibles, premiums or out of pocket costs. Instead of a government overreach, we need health care solutions that deliver the care you need, from the doctor you choose, at a price you can afford.”


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Webster Statement on Anniversary of 9/11


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks:

“Thirteen years ago, the world watched in horror as innocent Americans were targeted by heinous and cowardly acts of terror. None of us who watched those attacks unfold will ever forget where we were that day. We remember those who have fallen, commemorate the bravery of our first responders, and honor those who have sacrificed to continually protect us from threats of those who still wish to do us harm.

“Those who fear freedom chose to use terror as a weapon that mournful day and still seek to even now. So we remain ever vigilant, armed with weapons of might and the eternal hope of freedom, as that is the price of liberty.

“Our great country serves as the shining example to all the world of what can be achieved when ‘liberty and justice for all’ are cherished above all else. May God continue to bless the United States of America.”



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Webster Votes to Secure Southwest Border, Address Humanitarian Crisis


(Washington, DC) – Today, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of legislation to address the ongoing crisis on the border:

“The crisis on the border has been inflamed by the President’s own misguided policies encouraging unlawful immigration. Today’s legislation allows for the States to deploy the National Guard to immediately assist in securing our Southwest border, amends existing law to discourage additional unlawful crossings, provides for additional judges to expedite proceedings necessary to send unaccompanied minors back to their families in their home country and funds emergency care for the children trapped in this humanitarian crisis. In short, this package supplies the critical resources to provide necessary humanitarian aid now and prevent additional, and avoidable, crises in the future.”

The border legislation package amends the 2008 law to ensure all unaccompanied minors receive a prompt hearing; prohibits the Administration from restricting Border Patrol access to federal lands along the Southwest border; prohibits drug dealers from claiming asylum; prohibits any additional executive actions unilaterally suspending enforcement of immigration laws; provides necessary funding to deploy the National Guard to the Southwest border to assist Border Patrol, for additional judges to expedite adjudication cases, strengthen border security efforts, provides for the return of arriving individuals to their home countries, and ensures necessary detention spaces while these individuals are awaiting processing. Funding will be offset through spending reductions and will only cover necessary expenditures through the end of this fiscal year on September 30, 2014.


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Webster Votes to Protect Constitutional Powers


(Washington, DC) – Today, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of H.Res. 676, a resolution providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States:

“Today the House of Representatives authorized the Speaker to enter into litigation against the President for not respecting the constitutional separation of powers put in place by our Founders. These separation of powers were meant to defend liberty from the overreach of a zealous Executive Branch. However, this action is bigger than this President or this Speaker.

“I took no joy in casting this vote, but in bypassing the American people’s elected legislative representatives, the President undermines the very Constitution he is sworn to uphold.”


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Webster Introduces THRIFT Act to Cut Waste and Reward Government Efficiency


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after introducing waste cutting legislation, H.R. 5192, To Help Reduce Inefficient Federal Tendencies (THRIFT) Act:

“Fraud, waste, and abuse are often linked together in discussing Washington’s economic woes. Fraud and abuse are both against the law, but waste is often rewarded. Perverse incentives currently exist that strongly encourage federal agencies to spend every dollar they are appropriated. Reversing that incentive by rewarding efficiency will produce savings to the American taxpayer, improved operation of our federal agencies, and ultimately better services for taxpayers.

“In order to curb this practice of rewarding wasteful government spending, I introduced the To Help Reduce Inefficient Federal Tendencies (THRIFT) Act. The THRIFT Act provides a process for federal departments and agencies to evaluate their own spending and to identify measures that will reduce costs and improve efficiency. Public servants know the intricacies of their operations – including where the fat could be trimmed without limiting services – so the THRIFT Act provides them an actual incentive for blowing the whistle on waste.

“Getting our nation’s fiscal house in order starts with a Congress that is willing to cut waste and live within its means. Families make these tough fiscal decisions every day. It is time for Washington to get serious about doing more with less.”

Webster is committed to leading by example in curbing wasteful government practices in Washington. Over the past three years he has returned over one million dollars from his Congressional office budget and voted repeatedly for a balanced budget. Click here for a summary and more details regarding the THRIFT Act.


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Webster Celebrates Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness


(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement as the United States celebrates 238 years of independence:

“Within the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers based the birth of our country on principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights, granted by our Creator, form the foundation for our freedoms and the heritage that has made us the greatest nation on earth.

“The American story is one of resilience, strength, and grace. As we celebrate Independence Day, we remember the generations of men and women who have endured hardships and struggles to protect our freedom. We honor their memory, hold fast to their principles, and aspire to continue their legacy.”



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Webster Introduces TIFIA 2.0 Act to Boost Infrastructure Investment without Raising Taxes


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after introducing new transportation legislation, H.R. 4925, the TIFIA 2.0 Act:

“America’s transportation and infrastructure system is the backbone of our economy and is a critical element for growth and job creation. By prioritizing investable infrastructure, TIFIA 2.0 will improve access to affordable infrastructure financing for states and local governments, promote innovative public-private partnerships and accelerate delivery of large-scale public transportation projects and the jobs that support them.

“In an era of bloated government spending, wise and calculated investments are crucial. TIFIA 2.0 provides new money to the transportation and infrastructure system that will bolster our economy and expand opportunity for growth and success without raising taxes.”

The TIFIA 2.0 Act improves the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) by transforming it into a sustainable, revolving fund that will continuously grow to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs.

Focusing on funding roads, bridges, tunnels, transit and intermodal projects, TIFIA 2.0 will generate new transportation revenues and attract new investment capital. Projects that reduce risks to taxpayers and have a record of prior prompt repayment of loans are given priority consideration under this legislation.

Leaders from Florida’s transportation community quickly weighed in supporting the measure:

“Everyone understands that the Highway Trust Fund has solvency issues, and it will take ingenuity on multiple fronts to resolve this systematic problem. Ground-breaking projects like the Miami Intermodal Center, I-595, Port of Miami Tunnel and I-4 Ultimate have demonstrated how TIFIA can help advance major projects through public-private partnerships. We applaud Congressman Webster’s efforts with TIFIA 2.0 to bring new money to the table in an innovative way that supports Florida’s plans for infrastructure project delivery,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad.

It is no secret that the Highway Trust Fund will soon be out of money with no long term, sustainable solution in sight. Rep. Webster has long been a leader in new ideas for funding Florida's and our nation's infrastructure needs and TIFIA 2.0 is another innovative approach we welcome and support,” said Florida Transportation Builders’ Association President Bob Burleson.

Click here to read the entire text of the TIFIA 2.0 Act.


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Webster Votes to Enhance Vet Health Care Choices, Hold VA Accountable


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after bipartisan passage of legislation he co-sponsored, the Veteran Access to Care Act, H.R. 4810:

“The VA health care scandal has exposed that it will take time to implement the comprehensive reforms necessary to ensure veterans receive the timely care they have earned. For many veterans waiting for care, time is exactly what they do not have.

“While the VA undergoes systemic changes to its health care delivery and scheduling processes, it is critical that we ensure vets have the access to the care they were promised. The Veteran Access to Care Act does just that by opening another avenue for vets to receive the timely, quality medical care they deserve. Those responsible for this catastrophe will be held accountable, but my primary focus is making this right for veterans who served our country.”

H.R. 4810, the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014, directs the VA to enter into contracts with non-VA health providers for veterans who live more than 40 miles or have waited or will wait longer than the established acceptable wait-times. It also ensures VA managers will not receive bonuses during this reform effort. This legislation realizes the same pro-active, private care alternative Rep. Webster encouraged Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson to immediately implement following his appointment as acting head of the VA.

The House also passed H.R. 2072, the Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act of 2013, earlier this week to require the Inspector General of the VA to identify improvements to VA public health or safety issues that have been recommended but not implemented, and identify the VA managers responsible for instituting these necessary reforms.


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Webster Votes to Hold VA Accountable for Treatment of Veterans


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after his co-sponsorship and vote in favor of H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support 390-33:

“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. As the depth of the scandal at the VA that has led to the untimely deaths of dozens of veterans continues to grow, it is unconscionable and completely unacceptable that the brave men and women who have put on the uniform and so faithfully served our country would be denied the timely, critical care and services we have promised to provide.

“Today, I voted in favor of the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014, which will empower the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to remove underperforming staffers, after providing Congress notification for the purpose of removal.

“Veterans deserve our deepest respect and it is intolerable that the personnel overseeing this charge would be so irresponsible and unsympathetic. It is similarly intolerable that these bad actors cannot be held accountable due to the constraints of current law. This bill relieves the Secretary of those constraints, and the Senate should not delay in sending it to the President for his signature.”



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Daniel Webster, a family man and small-business owner, has dedicated himself to serving the citizens of Central Florida with honor and integrity. For more than three decades, he has fought on behalf of Florida’s hardworking taxpayers and families to advance common-sense reforms and principled policy.

Webster served as the Speaker of the Florida House and Majority Leader in the Senate, working in these leadership roles to shake up the status quo in Florida and pass sweeping reforms that earned him widespread praise from the people of Florida.

From his first day in leadership, Webster worked to reform the way Legislature did business, requiring all proposed laws to meet specific criteria that would determine its effectiveness in benefiting the people of the great state of Florida.

As the first non-lawyer to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee in Florida, Webster led Florida as the only state to pass a constitutional amendment protecting its citizens’ property rights in the aftermath of the landmark Supreme Court case, Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), dealing with the government’s ability to seize private property.

With his engineering background, Webster found transportation issues quite interesting and he was thrilled to serve as Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee in the Florida House representing Central Florida’s unique transportation needs.

Currently, Webster is working on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he applies nearly thirty-two years of transportation experience in Florida to create jobs, improve Florida’s roads and highways, and find ways to save money by eliminating fraud and abuse.Webster’s other committee assignment in Congress is on the influential House Rules Committee where he is fighting to bring more transparency to the process and advance a policy environment based on principle, not power.

Known for many things, Daniel Webster still holds his faith, his family, and his principles as his biggest assets.

Webster is married to the former Sandra Jordan of Orlando, and they have six children: David, Brent, Jordan, Elizabeth, John, and Victoria, and seven grandchildren. Webster is active in his church, First Baptist Church of Central Florida.

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