Congressman Daniel Webster 4/29/2024

The Webster Wire

Listening to Floridians

Dear Friends:

Dear Friends:

 

It was great to be back in the district last week meeting with constituent small business owners and community leaders.

I toured RIEGL USA’s headquarters, located in Winter Garden. RIEGL is an international leader in providing technology in airborne, mobile, terrestrial, industrial, and unmanned laser scanning solutions. During my visit, I learned how RIEGL technology is being used in our nation’s infrastructure, topography, and riverine systems. As a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources; and Science, Space and Technology, I remain committed in supporting cutting edge solutions for our Nation. Thank you to President, Johannes Riegl, Jr., and Senior Vice President James Van Rens for having me tour your facility!

I had the opportunity to meet with Gary Boyer, President, and Founder of Boyer Building Corporation; David Plyler, Vice President of Construction and Mark Schmidt, Business Development Manager. Boyer Building Corp. is a full-service general contracting firm that specializes in design build new construction, renovations, general cleaning, and maintenance throughout the Central Florida region.

It was great to visit the West Orange Chamber Thursday morning networking group at the Dr. Phillips YMCA. I got to hear from chamber members about their various career fields as well as give a legislative update on what I’ve been working on in Washington. Thank you, Stephen Lewis, President, and CEO of West Orange Chamber, Jim Zeitschel Jr., Business Development Officer, Chris Demetriou, Executive Director of the Dr. Phillips YMCA, and members for having me!

I also stopped by Dr. Phillips Ace Hardware and met with Owner Bray McMillan, and General Manager Mike Ragone. McMillan Bros. passion’s for doing household repairs and yard maintenance led to their family venture into the small business hardware industry in 2003. It was good to see their store and hear about their other locations in College Park and Rt. 46 Sanford. It was also great to hear about another new location coming August 2024. Congratulations!

Recently in Washington, I spent time with members of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting and promoting the work of Florida’s cattlemen as they produce and market their products. We discussed the importance of the Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Bank, animal disease traceability, and the U.S. Beef Checkoff program. We also discussed the vast issue of government overreach as Biden’s Department of Interior encroaches on America’s farmers and ranchers by restricting what they can do on their land. Farmers and ranchers all over the country grow and raise the food that ends up on kitchen tables around the world and I am committed to ensuring that the best decisions are made as it relates to our agriculturalists.

I also met with Dr. Stacy Strickland, UF/IFAS Extension Director for Osceola County, and Dr. Shannon Horrillo, UF/IFAS Associate Dean for Extension – Families, Youth and Communities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at the University of Florida is a network of leaders, researchers, and professors dedicated to advancing the agriculture industry within the state of Florida. We spoke about the importance of youth agriculture programs, such as 4-H, and the key role they play in growing our next generation of farmers and ranchers. Agriculture is one of the three pillars of Florida’s economy, and I am committed to protecting it.

That week, I also met the newly selected Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for U.S. Sugar, Eric Edwards. I knew Eric’s predecessor, Robert Coker, since when I served in the Florida Legislature and worked to pass several pieces of legislation that improved water conservation, began Everglades conservation, learned about Florida’s sugarcane industry, and more. I wish Robert a Happy Retirement and commend him on a job well done! I will continue being a voice for the agriculture industry to ensure it has the resources it needs to thrive and sustain America’s growing population.

Members of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), a professional organization of trial attorneys stopped by to discuss H.R.4120, the Protecting Older Americans Act of 2023, which addresses the forced arbitration of disputes involving age discrimination. Protecting older Americans has long been a priority of mine and I am committed to delivering on the promises we have made to our seniors by ensuring they have the care and access to resources that they deserve.

I also met with Dr. Katie Hohman DPT, CLT, CEO of Hohman Rehab of Central Florida, who was in Washington representing the American Physical Therapy Association. We discussed her experience as a physical therapist, as well issues impacting the physical therapy profession as a private practice owner. Thank Dr. Katie for your commitment to assisting patients throughout our community.

I met with representatives of Sea & Shoreline to get an update on the Lake Apopka Shoreline Restoration Project they are working on in partnership with the City of Winter Garden. This project consists of conducting channel dredging and near shore habitat dredging in the vicinity of Newton Park, in order to provide water quality benefits and improved boat navigation to Lake Apopka. I look forward to seeing the results of this much needed restoration project!

Protecting Life on College Campuses 

As the Biden Administration strips away commonsense regulations on chemical abortion, I am fighting the mandates on college campuses by cosponsoring H.R. 435, the Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2023. As of January 2023, California’s state law requires all public universities to provide chemical abortion pills to their students without exception, outside of medical oversight and care. This radical pill was introduced in 2000, and has caused dozens of deaths and thousands of severe and life-threatening medical complications to women and girls.

The Protecting Life on College Campus Act would prohibit the use of Federal funds to an institution of higher education that hosts or is affiliated with a student-based service site that provides abortion drugs or abortions to students of the institution or to employees of the institution or site. An institution of higher educations that hosts or is affiliated with a site must, to remain eligible for federal funds, must annually certify that the site does not provide abortion drugs or abortions to students or employees of the institution. I stand for life and oppose any use of taxpayer dollars to promote or perform abortions or to support organizations that participate in such activities. I encourage you to fight for life, and I will continue to do the same in Congress.

Seeing and Serving You

 

Pam Jones, my Community Relations Representative in Lake County, attended the City of Groveland and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) celebration for the advancement of the State Road 50/33 Realignment Project. She joined Mayor Evelyn Wilson and the City Council, City Manager Mike Hein, FDOT State Secretary John Tyler, Lake County Board of County Commissioners with Kirby Smith and Doug Shields, State Senator Dennis Baxley, State Representatives Kieth Truenow and Taylor Yarkosky. Beginning in 2026, State Road 50 will be realigned North and will reduce heavy truck traffic from downtown Groveland. I look forward to seeing how this project will revitalize the community and enhance improved safety, livability, and mobility.

Pam Jones also attended the Housing and Hunger Solutions Luncheon with Find Feed Restore and the Neighborhood Center of South Lake. Event partners included Lake-Sumter Habitat for Humanity, New Beginnings, Lake County Help Me Grow, and Early Learning Coalition of Lake County. This event was focused on addressing housing and food insecurity by being a collaborative event aimed at finding solutions to these pressing issues in Lake County. Thank you to all involved for highlighting this important issue.

 

Cindy Brown, my Community Relations Representative recently attended the Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit 5 Advisory Board, Annual Conference, Exploring Youth Safety and Services in School and the Community. Under the leadership of Delrita Meisner, Chair, and Rozanne Grady, Vice Chair, the conference featured safety presentations from Florida Department of Education, Lake and Marion County Public Schools, and U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida. Hundreds of educators, safety partners, community leaders, and partners attended, and over 30 exhibitors from around the region participated at the Community Resources Fair held during the conference. Thank you, Delrita, Rozanne, and all the excellent presenters for providing an informative and productive conference.  

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Your servant,

Daniel Webster
Member of Congress

Constituent Corner

A constituent from Lake County contacted our office after fruitless efforts to obtain a resolution from the Post Office after their community cluster box that serves the area was damaged. Our office submitted an inquiry to the U.S. Postal Service who installed a new unit within the week.

Constituent services is a critical element of our congressional office. The federal government is a massive operation, and my office is available if you ever need assistance in navigating the bureaucracy or cutting through red tape. We are here to serve you.

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Anti-Israel protests have broken out at universities across the country, with many Jewish students receiving threats against their safety.

 

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