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Politics House leaders offer tributes from floor to Elijah Cummings

23:55  17 october  2019
23:55  17 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

US Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore has died

  US Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore has died BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. A sharecropper's son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore as well as more well-to-do suburbs.

Top lawmakers from both parties paid tribute on the House floor Thursday to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a longtime lawmaker respected by members of both parties whose death was announced earlier in the day.

House Oversight and Reform chairman Elijah Cummings , speaks during a press conference following a House vote to authorize lawsuits to enforce subpoenas Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and scores of others from both sides of the political aisle paid

Top lawmakers from both parties paid tribute on the House floor Thursday to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), a longtime lawmaker respected by members of both parties whose death was announced earlier in the day.

Elijah Cummings wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: House leaders offer tributes from floor to Elijah Cummings© Greg Nash House leaders offer tributes from floor to Elijah Cummings

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who served in the Maryland delegation with Cummings for more than two decades, praised Cummings for his work on civil rights and his legislative accomplishments.

"Today, my colleagues is a sad day. It is a sad day for us, it's a sad day for this institution and it is a sad day for America. We have lost a wonderful human being - a wonderful human being, a good and decent human being," he said.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings

  Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Congressional Democrats and Republicans are taking to social media to share their condolences.Congressman Elijah Cummings speaks at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore on Aug. 3. Cummings had invited President Donald Trump and other Americans to Baltimore, taking the high road after a barrage of presidential tweets disparaging the black-majority city and its long-serving Democratic congressman.

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" Elijah Cummings was a courageous leader and trailblazer for our nation, and a true friend and mentor to Carolyn Maloney of New York will take over as the acting chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee following the Like Cummings , Maloney has served for more than two decades House .

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lauded Cummings' character, lauding him for his composure, dedication to working for his district and fighting for "equality and fairness."

"No matter how rough and tumble things would be, he would always just calm the waters, reach out across the aisle or across the issue, across the Capitol, down Pennsylvania Avenue," said Pelosi, whose political roots are from the city of Baltimore, parts of which Cummings represented in Congress. "I know that the people of Baltimore, Congress, and America has lost a voice."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the top Republican in the House, said Cummings was a "respected adversary, because he was tough."

"He had such a presence on this side of the aisle and impression that when we would sit inside our Steering Committee, and maybe I'm breaking the rule, we are never supposed to talk about what we say in there, whenever we'd select a chair or ranking member, this is the one committee we weighed who we went against," McCarthy said.

"And every time we spoke of selecting an individual that can rise to the occasion, to be in debate with him, we'd look for somebody that's strong. And every time someone was selected, they'd come back to be a very best friend of Elijah Cummings."

Mitch McConnell snubbed by Elijah Cummings' pallbearer in handshake line at U.S. Capitol ceremony .
A pallbearer appeared to refuse to shake Mitch McConnell's hand as Rep. Elijah Cummings was lying in state at the Capitol.A video posted to Twitter captures the pallbearer walking down a line and shaking the hands of several lawmakers before ignoring an outstretched McConnell's hand.

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