Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Webster Celebrates Independence Day

2015/07/04

(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement today in celebration of Independence Day:

“In declaring independence, our American forefathers dissolved burdensome ties of injustice and invoked the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God to secure our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

“Today, we celebrate the 4th of July with family cookouts and community fireworks, but we must never forget the price of freedom. In support of this Declaration of Independence, with a firm reliance on Divine Providence, men and women throughout our history have pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. Liberty calls on each generation to recommit to this pledge and follow in their steps.”

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Remembering Those Who Served

2015/05/25

(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued this statement today on the observance of Memorial Day:

“As we observe Memorial Day, our hearts are filled with gratitude to the brave men and women who have served our great country and sacrificed to preserve our freedom. For nearly 240 years, the United States military has protected us from our enemies and those who seek to harm the cause of liberty. Today, we remember those who have given the last full measure of devotion and have displayed the essence of America, which is the spirit of a proud and courageous people who love freedom.”

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ICYMI: Wekiva Parkway Approved for Federal TIFIA Loan

2015/03/12

CO​NTACT: Michelle Maikisch
407-690-5000
MMaikisch@CFXway.com

WEKIVA PARKWAY APPROVED FOR FEDERAL TIFIA LOAN

Construction Schedule To Significantly Accelerate


(ORLANDO, FL) – The Central Florida Expressway Authority today announced that its portions of the Wekiva Parkway project, which will complete the beltway around Metro-Orlando, have been approved for a federal loan under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Program. This additional funding resource will allow CFX to move up the schedule of construction by as much as 18 months. It could also potentially save over $260 million in bond interest payments.

"This TIFIA loan is an excellent example of federal dollars being put to work as a wise investment in a locally-identified project,” Congressman Daniel Webster said. “Providing a benefit to both the federal government and our local community, this loan will go a long way towards advancing the completion of the Wekiva Parkway, which is the final segment of the beltway that I have been advocating for since the early 1980s.”

CFX’s sections of the Wekiva Parkway are currently scheduled to be complete in 2019. With this additional funding resource, construction could be complete in early 2018.

“When it’s done, Wekiva Parkway is going to be great for this community,” said Welton Cadwell, Central Florida Expressway Authority chairman. “Not only will it complete the beltway around our area, but it will connect Lake, Orange and Seminole counties like never before.”

Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429) will connect to SR 417. This estimated $1.6 billion, 25-mile expressway project, will provide travel alternatives and relieve US 441, SR 46 and other area roads of traffic congestion resulting from growth and travel between Orange, Lake and Seminole Counties.

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005.

Because “roads don’t stop at county lines,” the regional Central Florida Expressway Authority’s jurisdiction includes Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. CFX is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of a 109-mile limited-access expressway system. It may also acquire, construct and equip rapid transit, trams and fixed guideways within its rights-of-way. CFX’s system includes SR 408 (Spessard Holland East-West Expressway), SR 528 (Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway), SR 417 (Central Florida GreeneWay), SR 429 (Daniel Webster Western Beltway), SR 414 (John Land Apopka Expressway) and State Road 451.
 

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Webster Votes to Fund DHS, Continue Effort to Rein In Presidential Overreach on Immigration

2015/02/27

(Washington, DC) – Today, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 33 as amended by the Senate, legislation to extend the continuing FY2015 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the current annual rate through March 6, 2015, and prevent a shutdown of DHS when funding expires tonight at midnight:

“Over six weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that fully funded the Department of Homeland Security while simultaneously reining in the President’s egregious executive overreach on immigration. Until today, as we sit on the precipice of DHS funding lapsing, the Senate was unable to act.

“While I am disappointed that Senate Democrats obstructed this process in an effort to shield the President’s immigration overreach from debate, I am pleased they finally relented in at least allowing DHS to be funded at the eleventh hour.

“As regular order dictates, both chambers should now go to conference to reconcile the differences between these two positions. The House has passed a short term funding measure to ensure that our national security efforts will remain fully funded and operational while these negotiations take place.

“The Senate should immediately appoint conferees and begin negotiations with respect for the Constitution’s clearly defined separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.”

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ICYMI: VAe Opens Veterans' Skills Training Facility in Orlando

2015/02/20

VAe
Veterans Assembled electronics, LLC


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 20, 2015 
FROM: Samuel Watson, VAe Public Affairs, 202-297-6273 

VAe opens veterans’ skills training facility in Orlando


(Orlando, FL) Today, Veterans Assembled electronics LLC opened its third training center for service-disabled veterans (SDV), located on Hoffner Avenue in Orlando, Florida.

VAe’s training is different from other training organizations. Following a five month STRAC (Skills TRaining And Certification) immersion program, VAe works with each veteran to craft a resume and prepare for job interviews, and works directly with an employer to get the veteran placed.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, VAe’s CEO John Shepard said, “Our focus is to solve veterans’ unemployment, homelessness, and societal problems by giving them a fresh start in meaningful and productive jobs.” He added, “The training and job placement we do is in response to the growing demand for electronics technicians in Florida and the high unemployment rate among veterans.”

Also in attendance was Congressman Daniel Webster (FL-10), who said, “VAe’s training facility provides a unique opportunity for service-disabled veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. I am glad to welcome VAe to Orlando as they offer valuable employment services to these local heroes.”

Mr. Shepard added, “We are excited to expand our program to Orlando and appreciate the local support of Congressional leaders and the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

VAe Contacts:
Samuel Watson, Director, Washington Office, samuelwatson3@verizon.net, M: 202-297-6273.
John Shepard, CEO, Veterans Assembled electronics, jshep@vaellc.com, M: 401-619-2162. 

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Congressman Webster Recognized for Support of National Service

2015/02/10

WASHINGTON – Volunteer Florida and City Year Orlando joined Voices for National Service to recognize Congressman Daniel Webster for his strong support of national service today. Congressman Webster was formally presented with the Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award at the 12th Annual Friends of National Service Awards in Washington, D.C.

“It is an honor to receive this award and to continue to work with dedicated and talented Floridians in my district and across Florida,” said Congressman Webster. “Volunteers and members of the national service community meet critical needs in our community day after day, and I am honored to support their efforts.”

Congressman Webster joined a bipartisan group of advocates being honored, including Governors Terry Brandstad (R-IA) and Rick Snyder (R-MI), Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul, Jonathan Lavine of Bain Capital, and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.

Chester W. Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida, said, “Volunteer Florida is proud to join City Year Orlando in nominating Congressman Webster for this prestigious award. Congressman Webster is a true public servant, and we are grateful for his support of national service and volunteerism in Florida and across the nation.”

"As a two-time AmeriCorps alum, I have seen how national service can transform communities and the individuals who serve,” remarked Jordan C. Plante, Vice President & Executive Director for City Year Orlando. “I’m so grateful for Congressman Webster’s support and his advocacy for national service as a way for Americans to give back, address real challenges, and make a lasting impact.”

Voices for National Service President AnnMaura Connolly said, “Congressman Webster is an outstanding champion for national service. We are deeply grateful to him for his strong and public support of national service programs in Orlando and throughout the country, and we are honored to recognize his leadership with this award.”

Honorees were selected based on recognition and support for national service as a solution to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. Each award winner has helped to raise public awareness of national service and elevate national service as a legislative priority.

Volunteer Florida administers $24.6 million in high-impact national service programs throughout Florida, putting AmeriCorps members to work in direct service to Florida’s students, veterans, and job-seekers. Funding supports 33 AmeriCorps programs in Florida.

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed. In 26 communities across the United States, this innovative public-private partnership unites teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. AmeriCorps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.

Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages have the opportunity to serve and volunteer in their community. Founded in 2003, Voices for National Service has built strong bipartisan support among our nation's leaders and helped position national service as a viable policy solution to tackle unmet needs, expand opportunity, and leverage human capital.

The event was hosted by Voices for National Service and sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, CSX, Bain Capital, Sankaty Advisors, and The Corps Network.

Click here to see the full list of award winners and details regarding the event. 

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Webster Delivers Annual Office Budget Savings to Taxpayers

2015/01/29

(Winter Garden, FL) – Fresh off another year of rolling back his personal salary to the 2008 level, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) has once again returned significant savings from his office budget and led by example in cutting wasteful spending in Washington. For the fourth year in a row, Rep. Webster has saved over 30% of the taxpayer dollars allotted to run his Congressional office. Following the presentation of an oversized check in front of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce this morning, he issued the following statement:

“During my service to Central Florida in Congress, I have been a strong advocate for identifying and cutting waste. I believe in leading by example and getting my own house in order, including voluntarily reducing the money appropriated to my office every year.

“Many of the changes and reforms I have implemented include simple business practices, yet these savings represent what could happen if every government agency and bureaucracy began simply looking for ways to cut waste.

“This week, I also introduced H.R. 579, The To Help Reduce Inefficient Government Tendencies (THRIFT) Act of 2015. If enacted, this bill would provide an incentive to federal departments and agencies that evaluate their own spending and identify measures that reduce costs and improve efficiency.

“If every area of the federal government began intentionally cutting waste, we could get a lot closer to balancing our budget and trimming the massive burden of debt that will be inherited by our children and grandchildren.”

 

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Media Advisory: Webster Unveils Another Round of Office Budget Savings

2015/01/28

(Winter Garden, FL) – For the past four years, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) has returned significant savings from his office budget and led by example in cutting wasteful spending in Washington. Come see the massive mock check representing the practical steps he is taking with his own office budget and hear about the legislation he introduced this week to further achieve these goals.

 

Please join Representative Daniel Webster

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 

9:00am

Leesburg Partnership

401 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg 34748

 

10:30am

West Orange Chamber of Commerce

12184 West Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787

 

1:00pm

Clermont Fire Department

439 W Highway 50, Clermont, FL 34711

 

2:30pm

Polk Outpost 27

101 Adventure Court, Davenport, FL 33837

 

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T&I Chair Shuster Picks Webster for Influential Subcommittee on Highways & Transit

2015/01/27

(Washington, DC) – During the announcements in today’s U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s 114th Congress organizational meeting, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) was reassigned to the subcommittees on Water Resources and Environment and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Along with these reassignments, Rep. Webster was also added to the influential Highways & Transit Subcommittee for the 114th Congress. Following the organizational meeting, Rep. Webster issued the following statement:  

“Much lies in store for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. I am looking forward to continuing my current work in the Committee, as well as joining the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit as it begins its work on a much anticipated highway bill. Transportation is critical to our economy and job creation in Central Florida, and I will continue to work towards improving our transportation infrastructure while ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.”

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster added the following regarding Webster’s appointment:

“Rep. Webster is a valuable addition to the Subcommittee, which will draw on his engineering background and extensive experience with transportation policy at a critical moment as it develops a bill to reauthorize surface transportation programs.

“The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit produces legislation for the construction and improvement of safe and efficient roads, bridges and transit systems that create thousands of jobs, provide traffic relief, and make American goods and services more affordable locally and more competitive globally.”

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Webster Again Voluntarily Cuts Salary

2015/01/26

 

(Washington, DC) – Each year since his election to Congress, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) has rolled back his salary to the 2008 level. This afternoon, Rep. Webster once again hand delivered a personal check to the U.S. Treasury to help pay down our massive federal debt. After delivering the check, Rep. Webster issued the following statement:  

“Washington needs leaders who mean what they say. If we are serious about getting our fiscal house in order and reforming the process in Washington, it starts with us.

“It’s the principle of the thing. Leadership starts with leading by example. It’s what hardworking families expect of their elected representatives in Washington. If the American people can do more with less, so can we.”

Stay tuned for an announcement later this week about voluntary savings Rep. Webster has made from his Members Representational Allowance (MRA), the taxpayer-funded budget Members are given to run their congressional offices in Washington and in their district.
 

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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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