This is my congressman…

Daniel Webster (R. Fl.).  Whether you live in his district or not, please read on. 

Mr. Webster was elected to the House in 2010 as part of the “Tea Party” wave.  In just two years he has returned over $842,000 to the federal government in unspent Congressional office budget.  He has voluntarily reduced his salary to 2008 Congressional levels.  And, were that not enough, he has decided to decline the federal health insurance (subsidized by you, the taxpayer) that he would otherwise get as a member of Congress.

Kudos, Mr. Webster.

I’m wondering though, does your representative do that?

Maybe you should send your representative a link to this post, and ask him or her if they do, or are willing to do the same. 

And if they are not, why aren’t they?


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Lynn on March 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Are you saying a Congressman is an empty suit? Ha, I hope so, mine is too.

    • SoundOffSister on March 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Sorry, Lynn.? The post got published before I added the picture and the substance of the post.? The sequester probably caused that. But, I love the empty suit comment!

  2. ricbee on March 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    He’ll present a bad example to his fellows. Maybe if a few more will follow suit. Who can we get to go 2nd?

  3. stinkfoot on March 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

    A cooperative press and news media could help pressure some into following suit but sadly SOS, your congressman might be the only one willing to take such steps and the propaganda mill MSM is more likely to twist factoids around to smear and discredit him that it is to champion his good example- and unfortunately that will be unquestioningly sucked up by the (willfully) high misinformation voter.

  4. Vizionmusic on March 3, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Our representatives, MURPHY ( Hershey ) and Blumenthal (Bloomers) are in the TOP 3% for totally disease-brained/evil/tunnel-visioned fools. I can not WAIT to get out of this state which I find an ’embarrassment’ to have to say I live in.. Over-TAXED, Over the top on everything LIBERAL, assinine and stupid!

  5. Lynn on March 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

    My Congressman volunteered that he doesn’t take govt. Healthcare at a Town Hall. I found out he gets his healthcare from his wife’s job. Nonetheless, he doesn’t take it. ?I have not asked him about office costs, ….yet. ?I tweet to my Congressman on average twice a day, sometimes more, asking him why he does not vote for cost cutting bills. Friends ask me why? If he responds,it is always a form response. To me, he represents his district, not the president, Pelosi or Reid. It is my job to tell him what I want him to do to represent me. If I don’t do my job, how do I expect he will ever do his?

  6. Dimsdale on March 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I’m from Massachusetts. ?We give ourselves (and you) the blueprint for slimy, grabby hack politicians like Kerry, Frank, Meehan, Liawatha Warren, and the Kennedy crime family. ?Our notable exception was Brown, but we “fixed” that temporary anomaly.
    You gave me yet another reason to consider Florida as a home (as if I needed more)!

  7. JBS on March 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you, SOS, so much for a hearty laugh on an otherwise drab winter’s day. I am envious that you have at least one Representative who actually displays fiscal leadership.
    The conduct that you described is quite unknown here in Corrupticut. While we do have a few altruistic politicians, most only see public service as an opportunity for personal (and their cronies) enrichment. A pay-freeze, roll-back or, Mon Dieu!, refusing pay or benefits would be viewed as insane. Returning unspent money — $800,000 ! — could never happen here. Any dollar coming into the treasury is spent by our representatives 20 or more times over before it even gets to the state coffers. Unspent money is an oxymoron in my state.
    We have a representative who just soared to national prominence. In response to open, public testimony by a 17-year old female intern, our representative made a very crude and lascivious remark. Some of his colleagues at the hearing laughed and guffawed. He has since been stripped of his leadership role. We have a jerk, you have a responsible adult.
    We are saddled with a rapacious governor bent on giving the public’s money to wealthy corporations (undoubtedly for play later),…

    • JBS on March 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      . . . financing unnecessary (the Bus) projects and bribing companies into creating unspecified jobs that won’t happen for years to come. (He is reported to be lobbying for a position with the Obama Regime.)
      Our legislature is determined to outdo New York by making CT into the state with the most stupid, onerous and restrictive gun laws in the nation. Soon, only the criminals will have guns.
      You are lucky.

  8. Gary J on March 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Why aren?t they? not a good question. Too simple. The ones that dole out money especially to put people on the dole are on the dole already so they toss out a little chicken feed to folks to keep themselves far and above any average person.

  9. SeeingRed on March 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Well done, Congressman.

  10. Lynn on March 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

    SOS, this is one representative who should get re-elected, we will have to watch.


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