Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster

FLORIDA's 10th DISTRICT

Webster Introduces THRIFT Act to Cut Waste and Reward Government Efficiency

2014/07/25

(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

2014/07/04

(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

2014/06/20

(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

2014/06/10

(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

2014/05/21

(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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Webster Supports Final Passage of Water Infrastructure Jobs Bill

2014/05/20

(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3080, Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, which passed the House of Representatives by a 412-4 vote today:

“Focused on creating jobs and building our economic investments, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) passed the House of Representatives with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. The WRRDA bill is good for American workers, good for the American economy, and good for Florida.

“Florida’s water resources are a competitive advantage that we must responsibly develop. Investing in our ports, harbors and other water infrastructure will expand our economic footprint, create jobs and help us compete to be the crossroads of international trade for our region. This bill deepens our channels, maintains our ports, partners with our state government, and prepares us for the completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal. The bill will have a positive effect on those who manufacture goods, import or export products, ship containers or aggregates, retail consumer merchandise, or work in any of these industries. The WRRDA bill is an investment our economy that will benefit everyone in the State of Florida.

“I call upon the Senate to take up and pass this legislation without delay, and for the President to sign it into law as soon as it gets to his desk.”


Webster is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where the WRRDA bill originated, and was appointed by Speaker Boehner to be part of the Conference Committee that worked with the Senate to finalize the legislation that passed today.

 

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Webster Supports Victims and Protects Those Most Vulnerable to Human Trafficking

2014/05/19

(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement as the House of Representatives turns their focus this week to legislation that will curb the despicable practice of human trafficking:

“Human trafficking is one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Roughly 20 million children, women, and men are victimized around the world, including many within the United States. This week, the House of Representatives will consider legislation to protect our most vulnerable and shine a harsh spotlight on those who engage in such evil.

“In order to protect these victims, I have co-sponsored several bills, including the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act to protect minors in the foster system from being ensnared by exploiters, and the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act that will eliminate advertising avenues that promote human trafficking. Additional legislation encourages states to treat minors caught in sex trafficking as victims instead of criminals, implements grants programs that will deter human trafficking and support victims of trafficking, and promotes an international notification system of travel by convicted sex offenders.

“As a modern-day form of slavery, human trafficking is a horrendous act that deserves the harshest of punishment. This week, I am looking forward to voting for legislation that will support these victims, protect those who are most vulnerable among us, and will end this heinous crime.”

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Webster Applauds Finalization of Water Infrastructure Bill

2014/05/16

(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement after the bipartisan, bicameral Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was filed:

“The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) will create jobs, spur our economy, streamline and enhance the transparency of the approval process for projects, and protect our environment – all without a single earmark. Due to eliminating unnecessary and outdated projects, the bill actually cuts more than it spends. Investing in our infrastructure boosts trade, increases American competitiveness, and positions our country, and the State of Florida in particular, for economic growth. Of the 34 total projects authorized in this bill, 9 are located in Florida, representing a more than $2 billion investment in growing Florida’s 21st century economy.

“Nearly a third of the United States’ approximately $17 trillion GDP is derived from international trade, with 99% of that passing through our ports. Florida’s port activity already supports 680,000 jobs, and the authorization of projects to enlarge, enhance and modernize these ports in preparation for increased trade opportunity resulting from the widening of the Panama Canal will only further strengthen our state’s economy and create more jobs.

“The WRRDA bill also authorizes needed restoration efforts in the Everglades that will protect the natural habitat and restore historic water flows, while making critical investments to the environmental and economic value of the ‘River of Grass.’

“The bottom line is that this bill is a big win for Florida. It will strengthen our economy, create jobs, and move our country and the State of Florida forward.”

Webster was selected by Chairman Shuster to be part of the Conference Committee that was appointed to work with the Senate to finalize the Conference Report. Learn more about the bill here.

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Webster Supports Expanded Opportunity for Students

2014/05/09

(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued this statement today following his vote in favor of H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act – bipartisan legislation to expand and improve support for charter schools:

“Regardless of your zip code, America should be the land of opportunity, full of endless potential. Regrettably, for those in certain school districts across our nation, a failing local school can write a student’s future before they have the opportunity to determine it through their own effort.

“As schools of choice, charter schools must measure up to the expectations of the toughest critics of our students’ education – their parents. Whether it is offering an escape from an underperforming school or the benefits of a specialized curriculum, the bipartisan Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter School Act will empower parents of students to put their child within reach of the limitless opportunities a good education affords.”


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Webster Announces Congressional Art Competition Winners

2014/04/22

(Winter Garden, FL) – Each spring, U.S. Representative Daniel Webster sponsors a local high school art competition as part of a nationwide program designed to recognize and encourage young artistic talent. The winning artist and a guardian will be flown up to Washington, D.C., and their entry will be prominently displayed in the main walkway from House Office Buildings to the Capitol, the Cannon Tunnel, where it is viewed for an entire year by Members of Congress, staff, and visitors from around the country. The remaining winners will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Webster’s offices in Washington, Winter Garden, Tavares, Clermont, and Winter Haven.

Today, Rep. Webster announced the winners from his district. The grand prize was awarded to Victor Fan from Dr. Phillips High School, and first runner up went to Josiah Bender from Lake Minneola High School. Individual county winners included Jean Bezerra, Lea Warren, and Analiese Majetich for Orange County; and Annabelle Pullen, Vy Mai, and Yazmina Williams for Lake County. Webster went to the high schools today to personally congratulate the winners, and issued the following statement:

“This year, we received an overwhelming amount of quality artwork submitted from our community’s high school students, and celebrated the highest participation rate so far in our annual Congressional Art Competition. The record turnout is a reflection of the emphasis that our Central Florida schools are placing on the arts, and I am pleased to be a part of encouraging the next generation of artistic talent. America is full of natural beauty, and I was honored to encourage our young people to recognize, celebrate, and portray our beautiful country through so many different styles and artistic mediums.

“In addition to recognizing the hard work and talent of these students, I want to extend my personal appreciation to the art class teachers and school administrators who supported this contest and are working to ensure that the next generation of artists are able to flourish and enrich our community.”


The theme for Representative Webster’s 2014 Congressional Art Competition was “The Natural Beauty of America,” based on the patriotic song, “America the Beautiful.” Photos of each entry and the art contest winner presentations can be viewed on Representative Webster’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

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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