Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has introduced a Resolution to honor “the life and legacy” of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who passed away Feb. 17 from stage 4 lung cancer.
H.Res.133 “Honoring the life and legacy of Rush Limbaugh and commending Rush Limbaugh for inspiring millions of radio listeners and for his devotion to our country” was presented to the 117th Congress on Thursday, Feb 18.
The Resolution begins with acknowledging that former President Trump awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom as the first of a dozen reasons why the talk radio trailblazer deserves Congressional recognition.
Lamborn writes of Limbaugh’s role as a “pioneer in conservative radio” who spread “conservative messages to millions of listeners.” The Proclamation notes that the nationally-syndicated Rush Limbaugh show “has been the number-one commercial talk radio program since its premier in 1988, reaching over 27 million people on a weekly basis.”
Also among the highlights in H.Res.133: President Ronald Reagan thanking Limbaugh in a 1992 letter; Limbaugh being awarded an honorary membership in the freshman Republican class caucus after the historic 1994 midterm elections; being a two-time New York Times bestselling author; inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and the NAB Hall of Fame; being a five-time winner of the NAB Marconi Award; and being named among Barbra Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People in 2008 and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009.
“Whereas Rush Limbaugh passed away on February 17, 2021, and it is fitting that the House of Representatives recognize him for his career and contributions to radio broadcasting and the conservative movement: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—(1) honors the life and legacy of Rush Limbaugh; and (2) commends Rush Limbaugh for inspiring millions of radio listeners and for his devotion to our country,” Lamborn concluded.
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said flags will soon be lowered to half-staff in the Sunshine State for the radio host and Florida resident. During a press conference on Friday, DeSantis said flags in Florida would be lowered for Limbaugh once funeral arrangements were made, according to ClickOrlando.
“I know they’re still figuring out the arrangements but what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of internment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” the governor said.