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ENG: Elijah Eugene Cummings (born January 18, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 7th congressional district, serving since 1996. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes just over half of Baltimore City, as well as most of Howard County. He previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates. Early life, education and career Cummings was born in Baltimore and graduated with honors from Baltimore City College in 1969. He later attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he served in student government as sophomore class president, Student Government treasurer and later Student Government President. He became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Cummings attended law ...
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Issa hammers Cummings for using Abramoff

Top House oversight committee Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to attack former lobbyist Jack Abramoff — again — in a Congressional hearing. While admitting Abramoff successfully completed his “three-and-a-half year sentence” in prison, and pointing out that the House oversight committee has, for years, “worked in a bipartisan manner to investigate the illegal activities of Mr. Abramoff and his associates, as well as the implications of his actions on the transparent and effective operation of our government,” Cummings wants to again dredge up the matter ...

Elijah Cummings, the Homeowner Crusader

For President Barack Obama, fixing the collapsed housing market may be a part of political calculus, a key factor in winning a second term. For Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the fight to keep people in their homes and out of foreclosure is a personal mission. “I feel it just sitting here and talking to you — it’s emotion,” Cummings told POLITICO in an interview last week. “When I walk out of my door every morning, five of 15 homes on the other side of the street are in foreclosure. … I see the devastation it brings on people every day.” And ...

Elijah Cummings: Obama Needs To 'Fight Harder'

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), responding to the high unemployment rates in the black community, said that African-Americans feel President Barack Obama "needs to fight, and fight harder." “We are totally frustrated, and people need to know that the president feels their pain,” Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN's Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” Sunday. “Almost every African-American person I spoke to said he needs to fight, and fight harder,” Cummings said. Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted Obama for ...

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Cummings Statement on Thanksgiving Holiday
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 23, 2016)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement to commemorate Thanksgiving: “The Thanksgiving holiday allows us to reflect on the things that matter most. The holiday season draws us closer to family and friends as we share a Thanksgiving meal and give thanks for the blessings in our lives.  “Today, I thank my neighbors in the 7th district of Maryland for granting me the honor of representing them; I am honored to have their trust.” “As we give thanks for our blessings in life, it is imperative that we think of others—those who are displaced and recovering from economic hardships, veterans still seeking work, and the children who will shape our future.  We must always extend our support to those who are too often unheard.”
Cummings Commemorates 2016 Holiday Season
Washington, D.C. (Dec. 23, 2016) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement commemorating the 2016 holiday season: “In the coming days, millions of American families will come together to celebrate the holiday season and the end of another calendar year.  I am grateful to have spent another year serving my constituents in Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District.  “2016 was a difficult year for our nation. There have been more than 1,000 bias-related incidents in the weeks following the election, and many Americans are uncertain about the future.  In the face of these trials, I am reminded of the great progress our nation has made in my lifetime, and I promise to continue fighting to protect that progress. “I wish every American a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.  Let us all come together to create a more fair, more just society for generations yet unborn.”  
Cummings Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional App Challenge
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 28, 2016) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) announced the winners of his 2016 Congressional App Challenge, Mr. Will Cervi, Ms. Priyanka Kargupta and Mr. Rees Draminski, all students at Mount Hebron High School.  The students won for creating an app called Foodspin, which allows users to locate local restaurants. “I look forward to hosting the Congressional App Challenge every year because it inspires many students my district to be creative and build an application on the platform of their choice,” Cummings said.  “I was very impressed by Priyanka, Rees and Will’s demonstration video.  I look forward to seeing the great careers they will undoubtedly have.”   The contest was open to high school students in the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding and computer science.  Students competed against their peers by creating an application or “app,” for mobile, tablet
Baltimore Congressional Delegation Inquires on Status of Consent Decree
Washington, D.C. (Nov. 22, 2016) — U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) sent a letter yesterday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh to inquire on the status of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Baltimore’s consent decree negotiations. The Members wrote, “We appreciate that it is no small task to ensure the decree fully addresses the DOJ recommendations and includes workable implementation steps.  However, we are hearing growing concern from the community about the status of and delay in drafting the decree.  We share those concerns.  It is absolutely imperative that decisive, steady, urgent progress toward crafting a meaningful consent decree be made a top priority by all involved.”  Following the release of the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s report on the “pattern or pract

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