Quotes by: Dan Webster

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Daniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 11th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Rich Nugent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Bill Young
Succeeded by Val Demings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Alan Grayson
Succeeded by Bill Posey
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 9th district
In office
2002–2008
Preceded by Lee Constantine
Succeeded by Andy Gardiner
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 12th district
In office
1998–2002
Preceded by John Ostalkiewicz
Succeeded by Victor Crist
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
November 19, 1996 – November 17, 1998
Preceded by Peter Wallace
Succeeded by John Thrasher
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 41st district
In office
1982–1998
Preceded by Fran Carlton
Succeeded by Randy Johnson
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 39th district
In office
1980–1982
Preceded by John Mica
Succeeded by Fran Carlton
Personal details
Born Daniel Alan Webster
(1949-04-27) April 27, 1949 (age 67)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sandy Jordan
Children 6
Alma mater Georgia Institute of Technology
Website House website campaign website

You can think of all the things a Congress or a legislature does, and then you kind of overshadow that with the fact that a few people are going to make those decisions.
Dan Webster
When you wait to the last minute, you rush to get things done, and the closer you get to the deadline, the less options you have.
Dan Webster
My expectations are not in any future event. I would rather just be prepared for whatever might take place.
Dan Webster
I was Speaker of the House in Florida, first Republican speaker in 120 years. And I totally dismantled the way this House worked and turned it around to what I believe is right.
Dan Webster
The process for producing public policy in Congress is flawed. The process itself kills policy ideas through the bypassing of the rules and procedural decisions that limit discussion.
Dan Webster
I never talk about my opponent because I don't think it's my right to judge.
Dan Webster
If you push down that pyramid of power and spread out the base, every member gets a chance to file their bill and have it heard and file their amendment and have it heard, as opposed to the system that we have now, which closes out, closes down bills, limits debate, and so forth.
Dan Webster
We're not even supposed to have a break in August if we have not passed the appropriations bills. It's in the House rules.
Dan Webster
Do I like foreign aid? Sometimes, but not every time. Don't like giving money to our enemies, but I love giving money to Israel.
Dan Webster
What really promotes business in this country is liberty, not demand for information.
Dan Webster
Principle says it's not who put forth an idea. It's not the position of the person who put forth an idea; it's not the longevity of the person or the party of the person. That's not what it is at all. In a power system, that's the way it works. But in a principle system, it's what it says.
Dan Webster
You lay out a plan and - say a three-year plan or a two-year plan - and say, 'This is what we can do. We can do the transportation packages, like the highway bill and the water bill, and we can do some of these other areas - a farm bill - whatever it is, we lay out a schedule, and we put that committee to work to do that.'
Dan Webster
I have saved $1,638,580 over my four years. That may not seem like a lot, faced with our deficit, but multiply it by 435 members of the House - and then the senators get three times as much - and you are adding up several millions in savings.
Dan Webster
I have a problem with the way the House is run. I believe that a few people at the top of a pyramid of power have controlled this place for a long time.
Dan Webster
I have one desire: That is to have a principle-based, member-driven Congress. Period. That's what I want.
Dan Webster
Power focuses on self-preservation; principle focuses on making ideas successful.
Dan Webster
If principles don't determine what you are going to pass or do, then power will.
Dan Webster
Parents like options when it comes to their children's education. And they respond to quality.
Dan Webster
We passed a bill in 1997, signed by Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles, which created a pilot program for a novel experiment called Florida Virtual School. The notion of children using a computer for a classroom and reporting to virtual teachers wasn't exactly mainstream thinking in those days.
Dan Webster
Every member of Congress deserves a seat at the table to be involved in the process. I will continue fighting for this to become a reality in Washington, and will be running for speaker of the House.
Dan Webster
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