House leaders offer tributes from floor to Elijah Cummings
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.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, myMajority 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.
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.
"Not long ago, I met with Elijah in the Oval Office and I saw the passion he had, with me, for lowering prescription drug prices," Trump said at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum. "We're going to get it done, I'll tell you, we're absolutely going to get it done."
Funeral services set for US Rep. Elijah Cummings
BALTIMORE (AP) — A wake and funeral for U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will be held next week at the church where he worshipped for nearly four decades. New Psalmist Baptist Church spokeswoman Joi Thomas said in an email that services for the Maryland Democrat are scheduled for Oct. 25. She said the wake will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the funeral at 10 a.m. Bishop Walter S. Thomas Jr., the church's pastor, will deliver the eulogy in the 4,000-seat sanctuary.The Baltimore Sun first reported the funeral details.Cummings died Thursday at age 68 due to complications from longstanding health problems.Cummings was the powerful chairman of a U.S.
Trump described Cummings's passion as "rare," and said that with bipartisan support prescription drug prices would be reduced more significantly.
"Prescription prices are coming down," Trump said. "If we could get support on the other side, we'll get those prices so far lower than you wouldn't even believe it."
Trump delivered the remarks after Cummings was honored with a funeral service in Baltimore. Former Presidents Obama and Clinton joined other top Democrats to eulogize Cummings, who died on Oct. 17 at the age of 68.
Trump has offered praise for Cummings following his death, though the president had a decidedly rocky relationship with the Democratic lawmaker until shortly before he died. Cummings chaired the House Oversight and Reform Committee and was a key figure in sprawling congressional investigations into the president and his administration.
Dems pan Trump's 'lynching' tweet ahead of visit to historically black college
Dems pan Trump's 'lynching' tweet ahead of visit to historically black collegeAn organizer for an upcoming presidential justice forum hosted at Benedict College in Columbia, a historically black institution, told POLITICO on Tuesday that the three-day event would continue as planned.
The president lashed out at Cummings over the summer, accusing the top Democrat of neglecting his home district, which includes much of Baltimore. Trump described the majority-African American city as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," remarks that drew accusations of racism.
Trump offered praise for Cummings the day of his death and ordered that flags at the White House and on all U.S. public grounds and military posts be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for his memory and public service.
The president's remarks at the historically black college on Friday came days after he withstood broad criticism for comparing House Democrats' impeachment inquiry to a "lynching."
Trump used his remarks Friday to tout his administration's achievements for African Americans, noting his efforts on criminal justice reform and the record-low unemployment rate among African Americans.
Kamala Harris skipping forum to protest award given to Trump .
White House hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris will skip a forum at Benedict College after the school honored President Trump.Harris was scheduled to speak Saturday at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College, a historically black college. However, she reneged after the school honored Trump on Friday, saying she would not be complicit in "pandering" to the president's record on racial issues.