Representative Daniel Webster's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Daniel Webster
Current Office: U.S. House - District 10, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 10
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sandy; 6 Children: David, Brent, Jordan, Elizabeth, John, Victoria
Birth Date: 04/27/1949
Birth Place: Charleston, WV
Home City: Orlando, FL
Religion: Baptist
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Daniel Webster refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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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  • Daniel Webster. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Daniel Webster voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. 8 July 2011. "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. Dan would oppose any use of public revenues to promote or perform abortions or to support organizations that promote or perform abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Daniel Webster voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Abortion should be illegal in all circumstances."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Oppose" for: "Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Federally funded abortions should be permitted."
  • Orlando Sentinel: Dan Webster: From Afghanistan to Limbaugh. 28 March 2012. Responded "I like a combination of all of them. I will be supporting the nominee, whoever that will be. ¦ I think Newt Gingrich is a very smart guy " he probably understands issues as well as anyone. Mitt Romney is a very principled person, especially when it comes to fiscal matters. Rick Santorum would probably match up more with my own philosophical beliefs on social issues. Life issues would be the key. It's not some secret that I am pro-life." to the question: "Why haven't you endorsed any of the Republican presidential candidates?" (articles.orlandosentinel.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Daniel Webster voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Orlando Sentinel: Dan Webster: From Afghanistan to Limbaugh. 28 March 2012. Responded "I do ... I believe Afghanistan, from the factions to the current leadership, have made it pretty plain they don't want us there. Unless there's some huge national security item that I don't understand or see...it's time to go." to the question: "Do you think the United States should be thinking about speeding up the 2014 timetable for withdrawing U.S. Troops?" (articles.orlandosentinel.com)

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  • Daniel Webster. Webster Applauds Legislation that Encourages Washington to "Do More with Less". 1 February 2012. "Since Central Floridians granted me the privilege of serving them in Congress, I have fought to change the way business is done and to finally show real respect on behalf of hardworking taxpayers [¦] Today, we are voting on two important initiatives that help strengthen this belief. The first, H.R. 3835, takes the advice of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles) and extends the freeze on federal worker pay for one more year, saving over $26 billion. Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis showing federal workers are compensated at a rate 16 percent higher than private sector employees [¦] As American families continue to cut their budgets in order to make ends meet, Washington must do the same." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Daniel Webster voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental defense spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Stimulate growth."
  • Daniel Webster. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Daniel Webster voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Webster Supports National Defense Bill Providing Pay, Funding and Authorities for America's Armed Forces. 18 May 2012. "This bipartisan measure will provide our men and women in uniform with the tools, support and financial resources necessary to continue to provide for the common defense of our nation in an increasingly dangerous world. Supporting our troops should be a bipartisan ideal. I am pleased that today the House of Representatives laid differences aside to pass this critical funding bill, which begins to restore fiscal sanity to our defense budget given the threats America faces," said Webster." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster signed Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge. "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." (s3.amazonaws.com)
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for all citizens."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise corporate taxes."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. The Webster Wire - A New Direction. 19 February 2012. "Three years ago to the week, the President passed his so-called "stimulus" plan that carried a hefty trillion dollar price tag, including interest, with the promise to save or create 3.5 million jobs. While the promise of jobs certainly hasn't been kept, hardworking Americans continue to pay for the lavish sticker price. What have we received in return since its passage? The loss of 1.1 million jobs, a debt increase of nearly $5 trillion, and a poverty level at an all-time high [¦] I strongly believe we can revitalize America's economy and restore financial freedom to families and individuals. But, we need a new direction; one that doesn't bank on failed tax-and-spend policies." (webster.house.gov)
  • Daniel Webster. Webster Statement on Unemployment Numbers. 3 June 2011. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Webster Statement on The Path to Prosperity. 20 March 2012. "The Path to Prosperity is not about politics, it's about real solutions that spur job growth by cutting federal spending and injecting accountability into a government system that has been plagued with power and not exercised with principle." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Reduce governmental domestic spending." If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt? Other or expanded principles: "Stimulate growth."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose? Federal investment in America's infrastructure."
  • Daniel Webster. RepWebster. 3 June 2011. "Statement on May unemployment numbers: We must remove job-hindering regulations and stop overspending to create jobs." (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. RepWebster. 8 July 2011. "Unemployment rises to 9.2%. We need to nix the runaway regs and burdensome tax hikes that squelch job creation" (twitter.com)
  • Daniel Webster. Webster Statement on Unemployment Numbers. 3 June 2011. "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. A real recovery - one that gives incentives to job creators and small business owners - will put Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Webster Supports 2012 Budget that Changes the Culture in Washington. 15 April 2011. "A blueprint like Congressman Paul Ryan's that keeps taxes low to foster job growth, saves Medicare, and reduces spending for future generations consists of principled proposals that I support." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 8 July 2011. "Daniel Webster knows first-hand that Congress must get out of the way of Florida's employers and let them do what they do best -- create jobs, grow and further economic growth. Congress should focus on limiting taxes, reducing debt and minimizing regulation to strengthen the economy and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Webster Introduces the ONE Act to Cut National Unemployment in Half. 16 December 2011. "The ONE Act, an idea generated directly from my discussions in Central Florida, will provide small business owners the tools and incentives necessary to revitalize our stagnant economy and jumpstart overdue job creation [¦] The ONE Act is also simple, and it's paid for. We provide job creators with responsible tax relief as they hire one new employee, and remove roadblocks to small business growth while putting unemployed Americans back to work [¦] Specifically, the One New Employee (One) Act:-Provides a tax credit of $5,000 per year for up to 5 years for a small business that invests in a new employee; -Ensures the new employee must be hired on a full time basis and must move completely off of unemployment benefits -Pays for the credit by using the new tax revenues generated from income of the new hire as well as the savings from the new hire being removed from unemployment benefits." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? Increased national testing."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support? National curricula and standards."

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  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Strongly Oppose" for: "Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration."
  • Daniel Webster. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Daniel Webster voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Twitter: RepWebster. 10 June 2011. "1st post-moratorium deepwater oil expl yields 700M barrels. Lets put Americans to work safely developing #AmericanEnergy to lower gas prices" (twitter.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Daniel Webster voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Daniel Webster. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 1 August 2012. "During my 28 years with the Florida Legislature, I consistently earned an "A+" rating with the NRA, and am a lifetime supporter of Second Amendment Rights. I believe 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." (votesmart.org)
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Support" for: "A mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun."
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Daniel Webster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "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."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "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? No reform necessary at this time."
  • Daniel Webster. Project Vote Smart: 1992 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "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."
  • Daniel Webster. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Daniel Webster voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Daniel Webster. Issue Position: Immigration. 8 July 2011. "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 [¦] Fixing illegal immigration starts by securing our borders and strengthening existing penalties for people entering the country illegally." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • James A. Smith Sr. Florida Baptist Witness: Florida Marriage Amendment Wins 62 Percent Support. 5 November 2008. "Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, told Florida Baptist Witness the marriage amendment effort was "one of the best grassroots campaigns that has ever been run in the state of Florida. Outspent 3-1, and yet the citizens spoke. It wasn't one judge as it was in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts in a 4-3 decision, taking down the right of citizens to define marriage as one man and one woman [¦] "I just think that this is again a tribute to the fact that truth prevails [¦] It was the most important issue on the ballot in Florida, by far" (www.gofbw.com)

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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.
Other

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.
XOther

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.
Other

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.
XOther

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.
XOther

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.
Other

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.
Other

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.
Other

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?