Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Webster: House Passes Key Mental Health Reform

2016/11/30

Washington, D.C. – Representative Daniel Webster, FL-10, issued the following statement today after voting for the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34).

“Reforming our mental health system has been a priority of mine since being elected to Congress. For too long it has been a prime example of the failed status quo in Washington, D.C.  Washington has operated under a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach that minimizes local and community knowledge while relying on federal mandates and regulation. It should be deferring to state and local governments and to mental health providers to more effectively address mental illness in the community.

"We must assist those battling mental and substance abuse illnesses and to promote better health for all Americans. This bill makes important strides forward by investing in research and training and empowering states and community based services to better serve those struggling. Today's bill is the culmination of many years of hard work and I am thrilled to see it achieve final passage."

Key provisions of The Cures Acts includes:

  • Enhances sharing of clinical trial data, which improves coordination on research for illnesses such as Lyme disease.
  • Streamlines and modernizes the FDA’s drug review.
  • Grants states additional flexibility to use Community Mental Health Services block grant funding.
  • Supports programs to recognize and treat mentally ill in our justice system with community-based services.

Webster was a prime co-sponsor and supporter of HR 6 and the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act, both are included in the 21st Century Cures Act.

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Audubon Florida Names Webster a Champion of the Everglades

2016/10/31

The below was released by Audubon Florida.

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2016
Contact: Sean Cooley, Communications Manager, 850-999-1030, scooley@audubon.org 
Twitter: @AudubonFL

 

Congressman Webster Recognized for Everglades Efforts

Audubon Florida names Congressman Webster as a Champion of the Everglades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster (FL-10) was presented with Audubon Florida’s Champion of the Everglades award this weekend for his leadership in Everglades conservation. Audubon Florida presented this award at the annual Audubon Assembly in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. The sold out Audubon Assembly is Florida’s signature conservation event and brought together more than 300 of Florida’s conservation leaders.

Audubon Florida presents the Champion of the Everglades award each year to a person who has gone above and beyond to protect South Florida’s water and wildlife. Previous award recipients include Nathaniel Reed, Senator Bob Graham and Governor Jeb Bush. The award is reserved for those with a demonstrated high level of commitment to protecting the Everglades. 

This year’s award went to Congressman Webster for his leadership in getting Everglades restoration legislation passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Julie Hill-Gabriel, Audubon Florida Deputy Director for Policy said, “Congressman Webster has shown extraordinary leadership on behalf of the Everglades. He has galvanized support in the U.S. Congress for policies that advance restoration projects and improve regional water resources. Congressman Webster is a true unspoken hero, and we are proud to name him this year’s Champion of the Everglades.”  

Through his senior position on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Webster helped usher through two Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA) since 2014, which have paved the way for the Central Everglades Planning Project, Broward County Water Preserve Areas, Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands, C-43 West Basin Caloosahatchee Reservoir and the C-111 Spreader Canal. 

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Webster: Water Bill Protects and Invests in Florida’s Natural Resources

2016/09/28

Washington, D.C. – Representative Daniel Webster, FL-10, issued the following statement today after voting in support of H.R. 5303, Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016.


“Throughout my public service, I have advocated for policies that support local projects and find solutions that preserve and protect Florida’s precious natural resources, while balancing the needs of our growing economy.

 

“The legislation passed today provides approval for the widening and deepening of Port Everglades, the culmination of a 20-year effort to prepare the port to receive larger cruise and container ships.  Also included in this legislation is support for a suite of projects to further restore Central and Western Everglades and address the algae proliferation in South Florida. In addition, the bill authorizes a comprehensive southeast coastal resilience study designed to help communities better understand and prepare for future flood and storm risks.

 

“I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to develop a Conference Report that invests in infrastructure, supports our critical water resources and protects our country’s natural resources.”

 

Webster currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. For more information on WRDA 2016 visit http://webster.house.gov/legislation/water-resources-development-act-of-2016.htm


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Webster receives Friend of AMAC award

2016/09/23

September 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Last night, the 1.4 million member seniors’ organization, The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), hosted its 4th Annual AMAC Award Reception.  With over 200 people cramming the Budget Committee Hearing room, Dan Weber, the president and founder of AMAC, was pleased to honor Congressman Daniel Webster, FL-10, a tried and true problem-solver and leader for his fight for seniors and veterans.

“Congressman Webster has been a strong supporter of AMAC and of the seniors in Florida,” said Weber. “Few Members of Congress are as committed to seniors and protecting their hard-earned benefits as Mr. Webster.  As a man who understands fiscal issues more than most in Washington, Mr. Webster is fighting every day to make sure Social Security remains solvent and that the government, like its citizens, lives within its means.”

“We must care for our senior citizens and their financial security by ensuring the U.S. government prioritizes its spending to meet its most important obligations,” said Congressman Webster.  “AMAC is a strong voice for safeguarding seniors through their advocacy for lower taxes, less government intrusion and increased accountability. I am honored to receive this award.”

 AMAC is proud to recognize Congressman Webster for the work he does on Capitol Hill to protect Social Security and stand up to runaway government spending.  Seniors know they have an ally in Congressman Webster who will offer real-time solutions to real-life problems.

ABOUT AMAC:

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.

 

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Webster Surpasses $2 Million Return

2016/01/21

(Winter Garden, FL) – Unveiling a ceremonial check, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) has once again cut wasteful spending from his Congressional budget. Announcing his fifth year of providing responsible savings to American taxpayers, Rep. Webster issued the following statement:

“Washington operates on the principle that if money is appropriated, it should be spent. During my service in Congress, I have striven to expose this flawed mindset. Over the past five years, I have returned over 30% of the money allocated to run my Congressional office, surpassing a cumulative amount of $2 million.

“We must get serious about fixing our spending problem in Washington, and I encourage every office, agency, and bureau to follow this pattern of removing waste without cutting services.”

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Representative Daniel Webster has been a strong advocate for cutting wasteful government spending. Leading by example, Rep. Webster has once again returned over 30% of the taxpayer dollars appropriated to his office, unveiling a ceremonial check in the amount of $384,256.64. Rep. Webster has continued this pattern since he was elected in 2010, and has saved American taxpayers a cumulative total of $2,026,839.16. If each Member of Congress had followed this example, the House and Senate alone could have saved over $1.5 billion during the last five years.

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Five Years & Counting: Webster Voluntarily Rolls Back Salary

2016/01/12

(Washington, DC) – For the fifth time since his election to Congress, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) has voluntarily rolled back a portion of his salary. Today, upon delivering a check at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Rep. Webster issued the following statement:

“For the past five years, I have voluntarily returned a portion of my salary to American taxpayers. Washington spends too much, and I realize that taking responsibility and leading by example is a critical step toward achieving financial responsibility.

“Washington can do more with less. It is time to implement this principle and be fiscally responsible with taxpayer resources.”

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In 2010, Representative Daniel Webster advocated for rolling back the salary of Members of Congress to 2008 levels. Although no legislative action was taken at that time, Rep. Webster has consistently returned the difference in his salary. Representative Webster is committed to setting an example that Congress should get serious about getting our fiscal house in order. 

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Webster Votes to Restore Healthcare Freedom

2016/01/06

“The American people have consistently rejected Obamacare, and constituents across Central Florida have repeatedly expressed concern and frustration with the system. Healthcare should provide the care you need from the doctor you choose, at a price you can afford. Rather than meeting these qualifications, Obamacare has been a mess.

“Today, I voted for legislation that will dismantle Obamacare, reduce the deficit, and ensure our tax dollars are more appropriately applied to meet the needs and values of the American public. The President must be confronted with the realities of the current system and be willing to do what is best for American families, businesses, and individuals.”


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Webster Supports 5 Year Transportation Reauthorization

2015/12/03

(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement today after voting in support of the conference report for H.R. 22, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act:

“Our Florida economy runs on transportation. In Central Florida, we had more than 60 million visitors last year, including many who traveled to visit our world class tourism destinations. As a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I worked to include policies that would advance our local transportation priorities, guaranteeing an additional $800 million to meet Florida’s transportation needs, without raising taxes.

“The legislation passed today also provides greater coordination of transportation programs for disadvantaged individuals. Reforming the transportation disadvantaged program has been a focus of mine since being elected to Congress, and will result in more efficient quality service, and cost-effective transportation options.”


“Congressman Webster’s leadership to re-energize the Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility through several provisions in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will strengthen collaboration among local and federal agencies and, ultimately, provide more effective, coordinated, and seamless mobility services for urban, rural, and suburban communities across the country,” said APTA President Michael Melaniphy.

“This Conference Report provides a responsible plan that authorizes surface transportation programs for the next five years and provides more certainty and clarity to federal projects in our local areas. I was pleased to vote for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and support its measures to fund our critical transportation infrastructure.”

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Webster Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood and Support Women’s Health Services

2015/09/18

(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement today after voting in support of H. R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015:

“A series of horrifying video footage has recently emerged that appears to indicate Planned Parenthood has been participating in the heinous and illegal transfer of aborted body parts for profit. While these reports have brought into question the legality of Planned Parenthood’s procedures, the videos have also exposed the brutality of the abortion process and highlighted the humanity of unborn children.

“House committees have initiated an investigation into Planned Parenthood on the alleged harvest of aborted babies’ body parts. Meanwhile, I voted today to suspend all federal taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and redirect these allocated funds to other Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide quality services for women’s health.”


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Webster Reinforces Sanctions on an Untrustworthy Iran

2015/09/11

(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement today after voting in support of H. R. 3460, To suspend until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran:

“Central to the unrest in the Middle East, Iran looms as a volatile country with a heinous record of human rights violations. The Iranian government is a threat to democracy with their support of radical militant groups, and is an economic fuel to terrorist organizations across the region.

“The core issue is this: Iran cannot be trusted. Time and again, they have proven their hostility toward the United States, our allies, and the cause of freedom.

“Today, I voted for legislation that prohibits the President from suspending or limiting the sanctions that Congress has strategically placed on Iran, and restricts the White House from removing the dangerous foreign terrorists listed within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna. I do not support the proposed nuclear deal with Iran and will continue to call for stronger oversight regarding Iran’s ultimate goal to achieve a nuclear weapon.”


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Contact Information

1039 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2176
Fax 202-225-0999
webster.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Transportation and Infrastructure

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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Jeff Miller

FLORIDA's 1st DISTRICT

Ted Yoho

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Ander Crenshaw

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Ron DeSantis

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John Mica

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Bill Posey

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Rich Nugent

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David Jolly

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