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Webster - Clipbook

Webster - Clipbook

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DANIEL WEBSTER (FL-08)
Top Headlines
Democrats blast Webster for non-public meeting [Orlando Sentinel,12/1/11]
Top QuotesTop VideosEditorials
Palm Beach Post: This idea doesn't hold water
In August 2011, the Palm Beach Post criticized the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act saying:“Bashing the Environmental Protection Agency has been a GOP theme since the party took control of theHouse this year. In July, the House approved a bill sponsored by Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, thatwould leave regulation of water quality to the states. Republican members of the Florida delegation, alongwith most state politicians, oppose the EPA's proposed standards for the state's rivers, lakes and streams -even though the Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposed essentially the same standardsin 2009. Given the rhetoric, it's hard to believe that protecting the environment once was a strongly bipartisan issue […] Congress recognized that water and air pollution don't observe state lines, and put thefederal government in charge of stopping both. Reactionary revisionists who want to turn back the clock ignore history and reality.” [Palm Beach Post, editorial,
 9/6/11]
Miami Herald: House attempt to gut EPA’s enforcement of clean-water rules is dangerous
In July 2011, the Miami Herald penned an editorial criticizing legislation in the house to prevent the EPAfrom imposing stricter water quality standards on states.According to the Miami Herald, “Clean water is not a jobs killer — certainly not in Florida, which countson its beaches and natural assets to lure millions of tourists and billions of dollars here. Yet U.S. Reps.John Mica, an Orlando-area Republican, and Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat, have sponsored a bill that seeks to gut the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate water quality, wetlands protection and the removal of mountain tops in coal mining […] Clean water doesn’t have state boundaries. The reason the EPA was created and the Clean Water Act was strengthened in 1972 was theconfusing patchwork of state-by-state water rules that allowed governors and legislatures to curry favor with big industries in their states and permitted uses with disastrous consequences […] The legislation,HB 2018, is being hailed as a “state-federal partnership” that will help states create jobs. This is laughableif it weren’t so frightening […] Make no mistake. This legislation would hamstring the EPA fromoverruling any state’s vague water-quality limits or ensuring dredge permits are feasible even when there
 
is evidence of contamination. Under HB 2018, the misnamed Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act,the EPA could not veto a state’s assessment of a project unless the state agrees. In effect, outdated staterules on water-quality standards, requirements for dumping waste or trash would no longer have to answer to federal oversight […] The GOP-led House, apparently embracing tea-party hysteria about federaloverreach, needs a reality check.” [Miami Herald, editorial,
Bradenton Herald: House bill restricting EPA water rules wrong
In July 2011, the Bradenton Herald wrote an editorial criticizing legislation in the house to prevent theEPA from imposing stricter water quality standards on states.According to the Bradenton Herald, “The U.S. House of Representatives took a wrong turn last week with passage of a measure that would restrict the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing stricter water quality standards on states […]The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, argued that thefederal agency exceeded its authority in the enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Such governmentoverreach would be too costly on public water treatment plants and private polluters, bill supportersmaintain. This is a disservice to Florida’s fragile and polluted waterways -- coming at a time when a toxicgreen slime covered the Caloosahatchee River near Alva. Such disgusting algae blooms, caused bysewage, manure and fertilizer pollution, kill marine life, contaminate drinking water supplies and force beach closures over the public health threat […] While proponents of the congressional measure assertedtougher EPA enforcement would kill jobs, clean water creates and saves jobs. Polluted rivers, lakes and bays kill jobs in the tourism and fishing industries, which, in turn, kills other jobs that depend on incomefrom those two economic powerhouses. The Clean Water Act came about in 1972 because states spurned pollution regulations. [Bradenton Herald,7/22/11]
Budget Issues
Webster Supported Balanced Budget Amendment and Urged Reduced Spending
In November 2011, Webster released a statement on government spending and the balanced budgetamendment.“For too long, unchecked spending in Washington has crippled our nation’s financial security andhindered economic expansion. It is time to make sure Washington starts showing spending restraint, and a balanced budget amendment will hold lawmakers accountable to this critical task. As a member of theBalanced Budget Amendment Task force, I carefully considered initiatives to rein in Washington’sspending problem and determined that H.J. Res 2 is the most effective, simple, and feasible approach.Florida has seen the benefits of constraining spending and it is time the federal government takes notesfrom states that protect taxpayer dollars by spending within their means and responsible families who balance their checkbooks. I encourage passage of this critical amendment to inject much neededaccountability and restraint into Washington.”
[webster.house.gov,11/16/11]
Webster: Earmarks and Congressional Salaries are Minor Steps
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In March 2011, Webster told the Florida Baptist Witness the fiscal crisis in Washington will not be solved by relatively minor steps like ending so-called “earmarks,” ridding the government of waste and fraud,and reducing congressional salaries.“That’s not going to even come close to balancing the budget. … I don’t think you could have all theeconomies of the world behind it and still sustain the kind of borrowing we’re doing. That’s the problem,”he asserted.
[Florida Baptist Witness,4/06/11
 
]
Promised Budget Cuts… Eventually
In February 2011, Webster described spending cuts as using a small rudder to change the direction of anenormous ship. He said, “I’m going to give it all I got. I am also a plodder. I’m going to take days at atime, go step by step, and we’ll get there. It’s just going to take a while. But hang on, because we’returning the rudder.” [Politico,2/23/11]
Orlando Sentinel Defended Vote to Cut COPS
In February 2011, the Orlando Sentinel responded to a DCCC press release criticizing Webster’s vote tocut funding for local police by 26 percent saying he “got elected promising to cut federal spending. Somecuts, such as this one, are far more defensible than others. But his constituents shouldn’t be surprised, or outraged, when he supports a reduction in an area where Washington didn’t belong in the first place.”[Orlando Sentinel,2/25/11]
Zombies Protest Outside Webster’s office
In April 2011, a group of zombies gathered outside Webster’s district office to protest his vote over theRyan budget. According to Fox 34, the group is “upset that Webster's supporting Wisconsin republicanPaul Ryan's budget plan. [The budget] includes deep cuts to social security, Medicare and Medicaid. Thegroup says they dressed as zombies to dramatize their message for Webster.” [Fox Orlando,4/28/11]
Webster Will Not Vote for Clean Debt Ceiling
At a April 2011 town hall meeting, Webster said “I’m just saying I’m not going to vote for a clean debtceiling lift.” [Webster Town Hall, 4/26/11]
Webster A “No” Vote on Debt Ceiling
In May 2011, Daniel Webster voted against raising the debt ceiling saying that "The bipartisan oppositionto an unconditional debt limit vote reflects the seriousness of our debt challenge. At a time when manyfamilies have to do more with less, the president asked Congress to extend its credit limit without anyaccountability and we said, no.”
[Ocala Star-Banner,6/1/11]
 
Bill May Not Alleviate Credit Rating Concerns
In July 2011, Slate’s David Weigel pointed out that Webster’s “Prioritize Spending Act” may not actuallydo much long-term.
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