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:
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.
Congressman Webster Recognized for Everglades Efforts
Audubon Florida names Congressman Webster as a Champion of the Everglades
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.
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
September 23, 2016
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|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.
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.
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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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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