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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is calling on Florida mayors not to lower their flags in honor of the late talk radio pioneer Rush Limbaugh, a move which would be in defiance of an order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

“Rush Limbaugh spent his career normalizing and popularizing hatred and bigotry against people of color, immigrants, women, and the LGBTQ+ community.

He built a brand around disgusting insults, bolstering rape culture, spewing lies about the AIDS crisis, and nonstop bullying,” Wasserman Schultz wrote in a letter to local mayors.

The Florida Democrat congresswoman added:

The targets of his attacks often received death threats from his sycophantic fan base. To the end, he stoked the environment that led to an insurrectionist attack on our Capitol, and dismissed calls to end such violence. American political discourse is in a dangerous state. Our country is the most divided it has been since the Civil War. As we work to heal the nation, we cannot elevate a person credited for fostering our divisions and emboldening the worst tendencies of human nature.

On Friday, DeSantis said Florida will fly its flags at half-staff when Limbaugh’s body is laid to rest.

“There’s not much that needs to be said, the guy was an absolute legend,” the governor stated. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.”

Funeral plans for Limbaugh have not been made public as of Tuesday.

Limbaugh passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 70 following a battle with advanced lung cancer, his wife Kathryn Limbaugh announced at the beginning of that day’s radio show.

Limbaugh, host of The Rush Limbaugh Show for 32 years, had been battling Stage 4 lung cancer since January 2020. Just days after announcing his diagnosis, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump during the State of the Union on February 4, 2020.

Wasserman Schultz isn’t the only Florida Democrat against honoring Limbaugh.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) announced Monday that she will request state offices under her direction to ignore DeSantis’s order to lower flags to honor the radio talk host.

“Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” Fried said in a statement obtained by WFLA. “Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the Governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.”

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The US Lower House approved a rescue package for US $ 1.9 trillion

February 27, 2021 7:29 AM | With information from EFE

15 minutes. The House of Representatives of the United States (USA) approved this Saturday at dawn a new rescue to face the economic devastation caused by the pandemic for a value of 1.9 trillion dollars.

The bill was approved with 219 votes in favor – all Democrats – and 212 against – the Republicans as a bloc plus two Democrats – minutes later at 02:00 on Saturday (07:00 GMT).

With the support of the Lower House, the bill now goes to the Senate, which must approve it. In case there is any change, both chambers negotiate a joint version.

This is the first major legislative project promoted by the Government of Joe Biden, which maintains that it is time to approve a large expenditure to get out of the crisis.

The most striking measure of the bailout approved by the Lower House are the new direct payments to taxpayers of $ 1,400.

In addition, the plan includes a $ 350 billion bailout for state and local governments; 20,000 million dollars for a national vaccination plan and another 50,000 for the test system.

It also extends unemployment benefits until August, the current funds of which expire on March 14. This is the deadline set by the White House and the Democrats in both houses to have the project finalized.

In addition to all this, the rescue includes funds for airlines, local transport systems and the rail network, also for food programs, rental aid or financing for the reopening of schools.

Frictions among Democrats

One of the main sticking points among Democrats is the inclusion in the bill of a raise in the federal minimum wage. The amount would go from the current $ 7.25 to $ 15 an hour.

This Thursday the legal services of the Senate reported that the rise cannot be approved with a simple majority of 50 votes as they intended. They need 60, an unlikely figure to reach.

Democratic leaders continue to study how to approve the salary increase, one of the electoral promises of Biden.

This economic bailout of Biden, if finally approved, would join the 900,000 million dollars that Congress promoted in December and the 2.2 trillion dollars, the largest in US history, last March.

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