On Thursday, 43 Congressmen, led by Representative Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., introduced a three-page resolution in the House of Representatives honoring the life and legacy of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who died on Wednesday at the age of 70.
For over a year, Limbaugh battled with stage IV lung cancer, simultaneously undergoing treatment while continuing to produce his radio show, “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”
“Rush Limbaugh’s importance to the conservative movement cannot be overstated,” Rep. Lamborn said in a statement on the proposal. “This is why I introduced a resolution highlighting his numerous achievements and his remarkable life. Liberals often criticized his jests and words with anger and without acknowledging his free speech rights. Rush Limbaugh was a patriot, and his voice will truly be missed. His legacy will not be forgotten.”
The legislation commends Limbaugh’s “devotion to our country,” noting that the radio icon was “a pioneer in conservative talk radio… [which reached] over 27 million people on a weekly basis.”
“Rush Limbaugh has been a thought leader in the conservative movement for decades and, in a 1992 letter, former President Ronald Reagan thanked him ‘for all you’re doing to promote Republican and conservative principles…’ after the historic 1994 midterm elections, in which the Republican Party took control of the United States Congress, the freshman Republican class awarded him an honorary membership in their caucus, believing he had a role in their success,” the resolution notes.
It also states that Limbaugh “helped raise and personally donate millions of dollars to charitable organizations… [and] was enshrined in the Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.”
The resolution concludes that the House of Representatives:
- “Honors the life and legacy of Rush Limbaugh.”
- “Commends Rush Limbaugh for inspiring millions of radio listeners and for his devotion to our country.”
With a 221-211 Democrat majority in the House of Representatives, the resolution faces little chance of becoming the formal position of the House.
However, only a select minority of people live a remarkable enough life to have over three dozen Congressmen propose to honor them upon their death. Rush Limbaugh was one of them.
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