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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

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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.

Funeral services set for US Rep. Elijah Cummings

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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."

Trump recognizes Cummings during address at historically black college .
President Trump offered his "warmest respects" to the family and friends of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Friday as lawmakers and multiple former presidents and political figures paid tribute to the longtime Baltimore-area congressman.During a speech at a historically black college in Columbia, S.C., Trump recognized the Maryland congressman for his passion, recalling an Oval Office meeting during which he and the Democratic lawmaker discussed lowering prescription drug prices. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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