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July Newsletter

Keep up with my work from the past month.

In the District

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Rep. Cummings speaks to health care professionals at the Druid Clinic
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Rep. Cummings speaks about the importance of Title X Funding

July 23, I was joined by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, as well as Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen and Mayor Catherine Pugh, at a press conference outlining the harm of potential Title X funding cuts due to the new “gag” rule.

The changes made by this proposed rule would greatly impede women’s access to family planning resources and ensure that low-income women have fewer health care providers to rely upon for comprehensive, quality reproductive care. The Trump Administration is trying to insert itself into one of the most intimate conversations between a patient and health care provider.  This is just another example of the Republican obsession with closing Planned Parenthood, and the Trump Administration’s all-out assault on health care.

Click here to see how the Maryland delegation is fighting against the Gag Rule.

 

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Rep. Cummings listens to community members about the opioid epidemic at Healthcare for the Homeless
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Rep. Cummings with roundtable participants

July 27, Senator Elizabeth Warren and I held a roundtable with Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes, Baltimore officials, health professionals, and community representatives to discuss the challenges they face in combating the opioid epidemic and the urgent need for new resources to expand treatment.  

Today we heard first-hand how the opioid epidemic is ravaging Baltimore and the nation, and how additional funding is urgently needed to expand access to treatment. This crisis does not discriminate based on politics. It affects red states, blue states, and purple states.  It affects rich families, poor families, and everyone in between – and people are dying across nation.  The bill I introduced with Senator Warren—the CARE Act—is the comprehensive approach we need to address this emergency and provide the resources we need to those who have this disease.

 Click here to read more about the CARE Act.  

Perkins Homes

During a presentation last year to officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, I made the argument for additional funds for affordable housing. I knew that the 7th District relied on grants from initiatives like President Obama's "Choice Neighborhoods" program.  The Trump Administration wanted to slash those funds, but Congress decided to increase funding for this program.

On July 19, HUD announced a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to Baltimore that should help to transform the distressed Perkins Homes public housing project and its surrounding area into a mixed-income neighborhood of choice, both for current residents and new ones. 

Read more about what I am doing for affordable housing.

Passing Legislation

On July 9, my legislation, the All Circuit Review Act, was signed into law. This law will help federal government employees who face punishment for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing such as health or safety violations or wasteful spending. The new law will allow these employees to file appeals in a court near where they work or where they live.  This will allow whistleblowers to have a more fair chance of making their case because it will mean judges from all over the country can consider appeals rather than only judges in Washington, D.C.

RESOURCES FOR YOU

REMINDERS

  • STUDENTS
    • Submit your entries for this year's Congressional App Challenge by October 15, 2018
    • Apply to intern in my Capitol Hill office 
  • Service Academy applications are due November 2, 2018 by August 17, 2018
  • Check your eligibility for temporary expanded public service loan forgiveness
  • FEMA will do a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert System on September 20 or October 3.