MIAMI SPRINGS, Fla. – The Miami Springs community is paying tribute to the healthcare heroes who have been working so tirelessly during the pandemic.
Rain-soaked balloons beat against cars in a caravan to celebrate South Florida workers battered by a pandemic-fueled economic storm and caught in a partisan tussle over another stimulus relief package, with Democrats supporting the Heroes Act and Republicans backing the Heals Act.
“I would like them to get together and put a bipartisan bill together like they used to in Washington DC because people are suffering,” said Jeffrey Mitchell, South Florida AFL CIO President.
On this Labor Day, amid a pandemic, it’s been a year where many became familiar with the term ‘essential workers’ to talk about our frontline community members.
“For a long time these workers just did their jobs and nobody really noticed until a pandemic and everybody knew that they needed these people to do their jobs for them to go about their daily lives,” said Mitchell.
Democrat elected officials at Monday’s event included Congresswomen Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez and State Representative Javier Fernandez.
When asked about the two stimulus packages, a spokesperson for Republican Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) told Local 10 News:
“Senator Scott is looking at every option to help individuals and small businesses across the nation that are suffering because of the coronavirus, while also making sure we aren’t bankrupting the country and leaving an unmanageable burden on future generations. The best way to do that is to get our economy re-opened and support businesses by cutting taxes and regulations.”