"For six years, I have advocated for repealing the [un]Affordable Care Act(ACA) and replacing it with real healthcare reform. Obamacare is collapsing across the country - currently 4.7 million people are without an insurer. This failed policy is raising costs for patients and forcing insurers out of the marketplace, which leaves patients and families with nowhere to go.
"As I have said, I have concerns with the bill that was to come up for a vote today. In particular, it does not provide the dollars needed for the Medicaid-funded nursing home beds that many of our seniors rely on. I have expressed these concerns to House leadership and the administration. It is my hope that House and Senate leadership and the administration will work together and bring to the floor the conservative, common-sense healthcare reform that Americans deserve."
“As promised, President Trump’s address tonight was upbeat and presidential. In keeping with comments made during the campaign, he outlined his vision for reviving our economy – including investing in infrastructure and removing regulations that are crushing small businesses and stifling job creation. In just five weeks, working together Congress and President Trump have already cut $2.8 billion by rolling back over-burdensome regulations. The President’s commitment to improving infrastructure offers unique opportunity to build 21st century infrastructure for our district and America.
“The President is right, Obamacare is imploding. We must repeal and replace it with a 21st century healthcare system that provides Americans with the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a price they can afford.
“I was thrilled to see Floridian, Denisha Merriweather, as one of his special guests. Her story is a great example of the power of school choice. It has transformed the lives of countless students in Florida and can transform American education. I couldn’t agree more with President Trump’s comments on the power of education. His support for school choice is great news for every parent who is seeking the financial freedom to send their child to the school that meet their needs.”
Webster Nears $2.5 Million Returned to Taxpayers
Brooksville, FL – A strong advocate for cutting wasteful government spending, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-11) has once again returned significant savings from his office budget. For the sixth year in a row, Rep. Webster has saved taxpayer dollars allotted to run his Congressional office, bringing the cumulative total saved to $2,496,265.15.
Following the presentation of an oversized check in this morning, Webster issued the following statement:
“Over the past six years, I have returned more than 30% of the money appropriated to run my office. Washington operates on the principle that if money is appropriated, it should be spent. During my service in Congress, I have exposed this flawed principle. 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.”
Leading by example again for this past year, Rep. Webster returned more than $450,000 of the taxpayer’s money appropriated to his office.### Read More
Over the past weeks and months, I have met with numerous hospital representatives, healthcare providers and constituents in our communities. Congress’ goal is to ensure there will be a stable transition to a better health care system.
The Affordable Care Act has been everything but affordable and is collapsing across the country, raising costs for patients and forcing insurers out of the marketplace, which leaves patients and families with nowhere to go.
Currently, 4.7 million people are without an insurer, one of three counties only have one option and it is going to get worse. On February 14th, Health Insurance provider Humana announced they would be pulling out of Obamacare markets completely, citing a failing system and massive financial losses. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said on February 15th that the Obamacare Marketplaces are in a “death spiral” and doomed to fail. “It’s not going to get any better; it’s getting worse.”
We must repeal Obamacare and replace it with a 21st century healthcare system. Under our plan, the following protections will not go away. Republicans have never supported the removal of these provisions and have included them in all proposals to date:
Additionally, the plan the House is working on will allow more choices and lower costs including:
I believe we must also restore Medicaid to the original intent of the program – providing health care services to low income children, their caretaker relatives, the blind, and individuals with disabilities.
Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21), with fellow members of the Florida Congressional delegation, introduced the Sand Acquisition, Nourishment and Development (SAND) Act. Earlier this week, Senator Marco Rubio introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
If passed, the SAND Act will repeal archaic law that does not allow communities to buy sand from the Bahamas and other foreign countries to replenish shorelines. For counties like Dade and Broward that have depleted their usable sand offshore, this will alleviate the high price of trucking in sand. It will also mitigate potential legal battles over domestic sand sources between northern and southern Florida counties.
Beach erosion and scarcity of offshore sand has been a longtime critical issue for south Florida. Last session Senator Bill Nelson and Congresswoman Frankel got close to changing the law in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 with a provision that required a study be conducted on the impact of allowing the use of non-domestic sand.
“Replenishing our shorelines protects our jobs, our environment, and our property,” said Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21).
“Thank you for your continued efforts to allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to explore the possibility of using non-domestic sand during federal beach renourishment projects,” said Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. “Further support for this issue will likely offer cost savings to the federal government and Broward County.”
This legislation is a step in the right direction to ensure that Miami-Dade’s beaches remain viable for tourism and beauty while protecting our infrastructure from erosion in a more cost-effective manner,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
“I know the importance of our beautiful beaches to the City of Miami Beach and our whole South Florida community,” said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). “Co-sponsoring the SAND Act is a crucial step toward ensuring that local beach renourishment projects have access to the right sand at the right cost to effectively prevent erosion that threatens homes and businesses. I will continue to work alongside my South Florida congressional delegation colleagues Lois, Carlos, Frederica, Debbie, Brian, Ted, and Charlie to protect and preserve our coasts, South Florida’s natural beauty, and one of our community’s most essential economic engines.”
“It’s time to lift the antiquated federal prohibition on replenishing Florida beaches with foreign sand,” said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). “The current law hurts Florida taxpayers through all the existing long-distance hauling costs involved. Our beaches are not only vital civic treasures for our residents, they’re also a pillar of Florida’s tourism economy. We need to give our local communities more tools to keep our beaches healthy and attractive. The SAND Act will do that.”
“South Florida’s identity is inextricably linked to our world-famous beaches,” said Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22). “They’re the destination for millions of visitors a year and are key to so many small businesses and our local economy. But as climate change leads to worsening beach erosion, we are spending more to maintain these beautiful beaches. This important legislation will help save South Florida money to keep up the quality of our beaches and respond to the growing impact of climate change on our coastline.”
“Florida’s world-renowned beaches are a destination for Floridians and millions of tourists, vital to our state economy and the foundation for many small businesses,” said Congressman Daniel Webster (FL-11). “The SAND Act provides local leaders with needed cost-effective and efficient options for critical beach re-nourishment and sand restoration.”
“Florida’s beaches are its most iconic feature and a vital component of our state’s economy. If we don’t renourish them, they will gradually disappear, which would have a Domino effect on the ecosystem and inland properties. It is our duty to do all that we can to preserve and protect these natural gems,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24).
“This bill will allow South Florida and coastal communities across the country to renourish America’s beaches in the most cost-effective way, while maintaining our pristine shores,” said Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26). “Local governments have been asking Washington to end this ineffective and burdensome policy for some time and I’m confident we can build consensus for this common sense proposal.”
“Pinellas County is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Renourishment projects are vital to protecting our shoreline communities and promoting our tourism industry,” said Congressman Charlie Crist (FL-13). “With climate change fueling beach erosion, these projects are more important than ever. I'm proud to be a part of this bipartisan Florida delegation effort to keep our coasts strong in a more efficient way by introducing the SAND Act.”
“The Treasure Coast's beaches are a big part of what makes our community so special,” said Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18). This bill is critical to give South Florida counties the flexibility to replenish their sand from any source and prevent fighting over our offshore sand, which is needed to sustain Treasure Coast beaches as the crown jewel of our community.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Clermont) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee.
"On the campaign, President Trump promised his Supreme Court nominee would be a jurist who is dedicated to freedom, the rule of law, and to preserving our liberties as enshrined in the Constitution of the United States. He also promised a transparent selection – releasing a list of potential nominees. With the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, one of the names on the list, President Trump has kept those promises."
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Daniel Webster (R-Clermont) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Order Protecting America from Foreign Terrorist Entry.
“President Trump made it clear on the campaign that this was a priority. I am thankful to see President Trump is taking his responsibility to protect our country seriously and putting Americans’ safety first. I agree with the President that prior to issuing visas or refugee admissions, we must ensure our vetting process is thorough. President Obama acted similarly when he paused the processing of Iraqi refugee visas for six months in 2011.
“I look forward to working with President Trump, his administration and my colleagues in Congress to establish clearly defined improvements to our visa issuance and refugee admissions process. I am confident we can protect our homeland while remaining the compassionate nation we are to those who are tired, poor, yearning to breathe free or seeking refuge from persecution.”
Washington, D.C. – This week, the 115th Congress unveiled its committee designations. Representative Daniel Webster, FL-11, was named to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House Committee on Natural Resources, and will continue to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
“I am honored to represent and serve the constituents of Florida District 11 on these committees. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 115th Congress to advance common-sense reforms and principled policies on behalf of Florida’s hardworking taxpayers and families. Continuing to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee provides me the opportunity to advance innovative solutions for increasing connectivity of our nation's infrastructure and transportation systems, balance transportation budgets and eliminate government waste. I’m excited to join these additional committees and look forward to working with my colleagues on policies that will improve opportunities for Floridians, protect our vital natural resources and strengthen America’s position as a world leader in space, science and technology.”
Additionally, the committee chairs released the following statements:
"Congressman Webster is a great addition to the Science Committee. His degree in engineering and his many years of public service speak to his expertise that will be an asset to our team. I look forward to working with him, and I know he will make the 11th District of Florida proud."
Lamar Smith, Chairman of Science and Technology
"Rep. Webster will be a real asset on a range of federal fisheries, coastal and lands issues. We are excited to have him join our team, and I look forward to our work on issues within the Committee's jurisdiction that are important to Florida's 11th and the nation.”
Rob Bishop, Chairman Natural Resources
“We begin the new year with a full legislative agenda, including authorizations of critical programs and much needed FAA reauthorization and reform. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Committee to develop legislation, provide strong oversight of federal infrastructure programs, and advance policies designed to build a 21st century American infrastructure.”
Bill Shuster, Chairman Transportation and Infrastructure
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.
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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.