Representative Daniel Webster's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (FL) - District 11, Republican
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Daniel Webster has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
  • "As affirmed in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life is our first right. Daniel Webster would support legislation that the Constitutional protections of life and liberty extend to the unborn." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.36 "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" (

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  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Daniel Webster, pledge to the taxpayers of the 10th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (
  • "The answer to economic challenges is not to take more dollars from the hard-working people of Florida." (

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  • "Increased penalties on re-offenders as a deterrent to keep individuals from returning to a life of crime" (

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  • "Daniel Webster supports cutting spending, balancing the budget, and implementing a line item veto." (
  • "May's unemployment numbers illustrate how the tax-and-spend policies of Washington have failed many struggling Central Floridians and small business owners. While politicians claimed that spending trillions of dollars would stimulate the economy, the reality behind the rhetoric is setting in, and American families are suffering the pain." (
  • "Our Florida economy runs on transportation. In Central Florida, we had more than 60 million visitors last year, including many who traveled to visit our world class tourism destinations. As a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I worked to include policies that would advance our local transportation priorities, guaranteeing an additional $800 million to meet Florida's transportation needs, without raising taxes." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (

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  • "There are many in Washington who believe that we must tax our way to a better government. I disagree. We cannot tax our way to prosperity, and we cannot continue to place heavy burdens on hardworking Americans without consequences." (
  • Voted in favor H.R.37 "Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act" (
  • "Daniel Webster supports cutting spending, balancing the budget, and implementing a line item veto." (

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  • "Stronger accountability and higher standards, along with necessary reforms to No Child Left Behind, are key to keeping the focus where it should be – on the success of the student." (

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  • "This week, the House passed a bill I cosponsored -- the Northern Route Approval Act -- which leads where the president has wavered and finally approves the Northern Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3 "Keystone XL Pipeline Act" (

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  • "During these times of economic hardship, we should be investing in all types of energy advancement. This will enable us to alleviate our energy dependence, and will also help create jobs and keep energy costs low for American families. This is why I support an all-of-the-above approach to our nation's energy needs. By investing in different types of energy, we bring our country much closer to energy independence." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2028 "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016" (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" (
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Daniel Webster, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Florida and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" (

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  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.1098 "Prohibits District of Columbia from Implementing Certain Firearm Laws" (
  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association (
  • "Daniel Webster believes in the individual, Constitutional right to keep and bear arms and will strongly oppose any attempt to curtail, tax, or impede the free and robust exercise of that right." (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.596 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.45 "Repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010" (
  • "Daniel Webster would work to de-fund and repeal the Obama health care plan." (

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • "Fixing illegal immigration starts by securing our borders and strengthening existing penalties for people entering the country illegally." (
  • "The greatness of America is based on the American dream-- liberty and opportunity, a dream that is made possible by the laws of the land. Condoning illegal immigration through amnesty or allowing it through passive enforcement destroys the very values that attract immigrants to our nation." (

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  • "Marriage is the sacred union between a man and a woman." (
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign (

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  • "ISIS must be destroyed. They are barbarians with no conscience and are a very real threat to America and her interests at home and abroad." (

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  • "Our budget also strengthens and secures Medicare and Social Security services for seniors. To be clear, the budget we passed does not change Medicare or Social Security at all for seniors in or near retirement. Rather, it strengthens these programs to ensure they are still around for future generations." (


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Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?

XReducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
XPermitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
XRepealing luxury taxes on limited items.
XProviding a temporary investment tax credit.

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.

Keep Spending The SameHealth Care
Keep Spending The SameUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Increase SpendingEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Keep Spending The SameDrugs

If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?

XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.

Stimulate growth.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?

SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
OpposeMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.

Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?

Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
XRequiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.

Make America competitive.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?

SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?

Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.

See answer to top priorities.

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?

XIncreased federal funding.
XIncreased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"

XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
XProvide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.

What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?

Strongly OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Don't KnowAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.

Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.

OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
SupportFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
OpposeWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.

Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?

SupportExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
A ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
SupportA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?

a. What will you do about each priority?

1. The skyrocketing cost of health care is perhaps the most critical problem facing this nation. The cost of our health care in America per person is basically double that of other industrialized nations Americans and American companies are finding it too expensive to purchase medical health care insurance for their families and employees, and the high cost is substantially undermining the competitive position of our nation in the global markets -- which is causing us to lose jobs. In order to reduce the sky-rocketing costs and make high quality, affordable health care accessible to all Americans, health care reform on a national basis is necessary. Health care reform must focus on the cost and should include four basic elements: Preventive Health Care, Insurance Reform, Tort Reform and Cost Containment....These reforms will save money. Reform Congress - saves money.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

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