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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...
    SUNRISE (CBSMiami) — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) is the latest Florida lawmaker to fight back against Governor Ron DeSantis’s plan to order state flags be flown at half-staff to honor the passing of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Wasserman Schultz wrote to local mayors in her district, including Weston, Davie, Pembroke Pines, and Aventura, to urge them to ignore DeSantis’s order. READ MORE: Miami-Dade Man Responds Quickly To Beware The Jews Graffiti On Fence Hours after the death of Rush Limbaugh last week, DeSantis said he would order the flags in his state be lowered to half-staff once funeral arrangements are announced. “There’s not much that needs to be said. The guy was an absolute legend,” DeSantis explained. “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.” Well that’s a matter of debate. While there’s no question that Limbaugh is an icon for many conservatives,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – South Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans to introduce a resolution that would strip controversial GOP freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House committee assignments, upon passage. Greene remains under fire for newly resurfaced incendiary comments, ranging from supporting violent threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to spreading baseless claims about school shootings, including the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland. A number of Democratic House members are calling for Greene to be removed from Congress, censured or face other punishment since a number of inflammatory past comments have come to light. CNN reported that the freshman congresswoman from Georgia repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019, according to a CNN KFile review of hundreds of posts and comments from her Facebook page. In the days after CNN’s reporting, other past comments and actions from recent years resurfaced, including...
    Jim DeFede and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz discussed the divisive events surrounding Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right conspiracy theorist, among other things.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Carlos Gimenez are two members of South Florida’s congressional delegation who will watch the Joe Biden inauguration in person. CBS4 spoke to both members of Congress on Monday, before they left, about the security concerns that exist. Now that they are in D.C., they shared with CBS4’s Hank Tester the massive security presence they are seeing first hand. “The Capitol complex is essentially a ghost town. The staff are on maximum telework because of COVID-19,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. “And because of challenges of getting in, very fewer staffers here today.” But it’s no ghost town outside the Capitol and the Congressional office complexes. National Guard troops and Capitol police patrol the grounds, which have been secured with concertina wire and 8-foot fences. Members of Congress have been alerted. “We are given specific precautions. We are being told what we need to look...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – This year’s presidential inauguration will be like no other and for all the wrong reasons. This year’s event will be held with a lot fewer people and not because of the coronavirus, but because of the storming of the nation’s Capitol on January 6th Newly-elected Congressman and former Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Gimenez said, “I feel safe, I feel safe. I condemn the action that happened on January 6th. Each and every one of those thugs and rioters should be identified and if found guilty, they should go to jail.” For Gimenez showing up at what is hoped to be a peaceful transition sends a signal. “I think it is important that we have a sign, a symbol for us that we respect the office and I will always respect the office,” said Gimenez. “I want to go up and demonstrate that it is safe. I have...
    BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Congressional lawmakers, including some from South Florida, were forced to shelter in place for hours. And when it was finally over, many were left stunned and emotional by what they saw. “So many times yesterday, Ted, I was overcome by emotions.  Even talking about it now… how could this happen here?” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. An obviously rattled Wasserman Schultz recounted the Capitol ambush Wednesday. “I’ve heard stories like this from so many friends and neighbors who watched things like this happen in the countries they fled,” she said. “We’re supposed the be the example. We’re the beacon and there was a shroud thrown over our beacon yesterday.” Wasserman Schultz was in lockdown in her office while everything played out around her. She watched on TV as rioters breached the Capitol, running through the halls and into the chambers.  Just outside her window, lots of police...
    BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Congressional lawmakers, including some from South Florida, were forced to shelter in place for hours. And when it was finally over, many were left stunned and emotional by what they saw. “So many times yesterday, Ted, I was overcome by emotions.  Even talking about it now… how could this happen here?” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said. An obviously rattled Wasserman Schultz recounted the Capitol ambush Wednesday. “I’ve heard stories like this from so many friends and neighbors who watched things like this happen in the countries they fled,” she said. “We’re supposed the be the example. We’re the beacon and there was a shroud thrown over our beacon yesterday.” Wasserman Schultz was in lockdown in her office while everything played out around her. She watched on TV as rioters breached the Capitol, running through the halls and into the chambers.  Just outside her window, lots of police...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is speaking out over the investigation into a fired state COVID-19 analyst. In a statement, the congresswoman calls for an investigation into the raid of Rebekah Jones’ home. Wasserman Schultz also says her office is exploring various options to investigate at the federal level. The congresswoman released the following statement on Wednesday: “Gov. DeSantis’ mishandling of the coronavirus in Florida has made him a global laughingstock and has caused so much needless suffering and death in our state. Now, beyond just deadly incompetence, it appears that he has chosen to abuse Florida’s law enforcement and judicial systems to persecute Rebekah Jones, a scientist who dared to critique his oft-maligned and suspect COVID-19 data. Given the timid complicity and lack of oversight from the Republican-controlled Legislature, the governor’s abuse of power must be investigated immediately by Florida’s relevant inspectors general. My office...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has lost her bid to head one of the most important committees in Congress. Wasserman Schultz was looking to lead the House Appropriations Committee but the position went to Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. The House Democratic Caucus voted 148-79 in favor of DeLauro, who was viewed as the favorite. She will oversee more than one trillion dollars in spending. Wasserman Schultz issued a statement congratulating DeLauro and vowed to work closely with her on issues such as climate change and confronting systemic racism.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won another term in office by beating her closest opponent Tuesday night, Republican Carla Spalding to keep her 23rd Congressional District seat. The congresswoman, who received 59 percent of the vote, is in her eighth term representing southern and western Broward and northeast Miami-Dade County, is no stranger to being an appropriator. She’s been gone for 11 of her 15 years in Congress and currently serves as the Chairwoman of the subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Wasserman Schultz was running to become the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, when the current committee Chairwoman, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, retires next year. The committee is responsible for the money that runs the government and covers a range of federal agencies and programs that affect the nation and Florida, including Everglades restoration; ports, roads and bridges; climate change;...
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was denied access to two U.S. Postal Service mail sorting facilities Friday, saying she had arranged a tour amid questions regarding mail-in ballot efficiency as the presidential election looms. The congresswoman was barred entry into both Opa-locka and Northwest Miami-Dade facilities by police tape blocking the entrances, along with security guards, according to a local news outlet that was on the scene for the scheduled 4 a.m. tour. Wasserman Schultz said she received warnings and pictures from union members that claimed stacks of mail were just sitting in the facilities, with some dating back to at least July 23. “This is an outrage, an absolute outrage,” Wasserman Schultz told NBC 6. “If they think they are going to throw a bed sheet over what’s going on behind these doors, they are mistaken.” TRUMP URGES VOTERS TO CHECK MAIL-IN BALLOTS COUNTED AT POLLS AFTER SAYING THEY SHOULD...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz was denied entry into two South Florida postal processing facilities on Friday. When the congresswoman attempted to tour the sites in Opa-locka and Miami, she was not allowed in because she had failed to get permission to access them in advance. Wasserman Schultz said she decided to try and tour them after receiving pictures of mail sitting in both facilities, some showing delivery dates in July. She claims the new Postmaster General has put up obstacles that prevented her from touring the sites. “I sit on the committee that has jurisdiction over the Postal Service. Now they are not allowing a member of Congress to get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on so I can get to the bottom of this,” she said. Managers at facilities gave the representative contact information for the person she needs...
    A police report was filed on Monday against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) for allegedly shoving a minor. The incident involving the eight-term congresswoman allegedly occurred over the weekend and was catalogued in a TikTok video by 16-year-old climate activist Martina Velasquez. “I want to tell y’all about my experience with Debbie yesterday,” Velasquez says in the clip that went viral late Sunday evening. “I’m not only a child at the age of 16, but I’m also a constituent and an activist–and in very specific, a climate activist. When I was handing out palm cards to voters and explaining how Debbie was not endorsed by any climate activists other than the Sierra Club–which is historically racist. She ended up shoving me more than one and calling me a liar to my face. This is my congresswoman.” Law&Crime has confirmed that a police report was filed–though Velasquez apparently “declined prosecution at...
    Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced a plan Monday to create a new spending advisory panel on equity, justice, and diversity, which she will implement if elected as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee next year. "The panel would comprehensively review federal programs and the president’s budget requests to identify ongoing inequities in communities of color and historically marginalized communities," said Wasserman Schultz in a letter to fellow members of the House Appropriations Committee. She added that the panel, which would be called the "House Appropriations Committee Advisory Panel on Equity and Justice," would look for new opportunities in the 12 annual appropriations bills to direct resources toward communities that have suffered historical inequities and injustices. She proposed these reforms against the backdrop of demonstrations nationwide against police brutality and racial injustices. The Florida representative and former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said House appropriators had "a rare window"...
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