Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster


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


(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


(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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ICYMI: Webster Recognizes Grant for City Year Orlando


(Winter Garden, FL) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement in support of the grant that the Starbucks Foundation is providing to City Year Orlando:

"Composed of dedicated and dynamic young people, City Year Orlando is making a difference in Central Florida. As the Starbucks Foundation pursues their goal to build up communities and provide opportunities for our youth, they have chosen a worthy partner in City Year. This generous support will assist the City Year Orlando team in their mission to offer individualized, evidence-based interventions that change lives."

City Year is focused on addressing the high school dropout crisis in Orlando and across the country. The Whole School Whole Child intervention model deploys diverse teams of volunteer educators into academically challenged urban schools for a full academic year to support at-risk students. These whole-school supports include: research-driven academic interventions in math and English Language Arts; extended day programming; school climate initiatives that reinforce academic learning; and social-emotional coaching.

For more from the Starbucks Newsroom, click here: How Starbucks Foundation Grants Support Young People in Communities Across the U.S.


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Webster Committed to Finding Cures


(Washington, DC) – Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) issued the following statement today after voting in support of the overwhelmingly bipartisan H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, of which he is also a co-sponsor:

“Each of us has family or friends who suffer from major health issues. It is hard to see a child struggle with a tragic disease or to watch a loved one receive a diagnosis for which there seems to be more questions than answers. Today, I voted in support of the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act in order to find answers.

“This legislation not only focuses and increases funding for the National Institutes of Health, but provides grants to our best and brightest researchers who are most likely to discover cures and promising therapies. The 21st Century Cures Act provides incentives, streamlines research review, modernizes clinical trials, and fosters an innovative approach to treat diseases and medical conditions. America can and must remain the biomedical innovation capital of the world and this bill allocates the resources and removes the bureaucratic hurdles necessary to ensure we do.”


Medical professionals have identified over 10,000 diseases and health conditions, but we only have the cures and treatments for about 500 of them. The NIH estimates that the development of a new drug takes on average 14 years and $2 billion.


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Webster Celebrates Independence Day


(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


(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


CO​NTACT: Michelle Maikisch


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


(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


Veterans Assembled electronics, LLC

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


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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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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