January Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you updates from the past month.

Sincerely,
 
Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress

Swearing In 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Left) Swears In Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (Right) who is Joined by his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (Center). 

On January 3, I was honored to take the oath of office for the 116th Congress. I am humbled to have been chosen to continue to serve and empower the constituents of Maryland’s 7th district and our communities. I am also grateful to have been selected by my colleagues to serve as Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the primary investigative body of Congress. As Chairman, my priority will be to restore rigorous, responsible, and fact-based oversight while focusing on the issues that affect the American people every single day.

 

In the District

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Speaks at Press Conference After Hosting an Anti-Violence Event. Congressman Cummings was Joined by Dr. Andrey Bundley, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Mr. James Green, and Acting Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle (From Left to Right).

On January 19, Baltimore Mayor Pugh, Dr. Andre Bundley the Director of the Mayor’s Office of African American Male Engagement, and I hosted CONNECT: An Anti-Violence Discussion & Resource Fair. The event began with a roundtable discussion facilitated by Mr. James Green of the Mayor’s Office of African American Male Engagement where we talked with young African American men and community advocates about building a safer city in which to live. After the conversation, there was a community resource fair with resource providers offering assistance with employment, expungement and re-entry, mental health and substance abuse treatment, energy assistance, and other services.

On the federal level, I am working with my colleagues in Congress on an aggressive plan to provide resources to help dismantle the culture of violence and drugs in our cities and to give returning citizens the tools they need to succeed.

  • I plan to reintroduce the CARE Act, which is comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid epidemic.

  • I will be reintroducing my Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act, which would provide grants to help law enforcement provide services and protections to witnesses to crime.

  • And, I will also reintroduce the REDEEM Act and the Fair Chance Act. These bills would help reduce recidivism among both children and adults, and ensure the formerly incarcerated and people with records have a fair chance at gaining employment. 

I look forward to continuing to work with the Mayor, Dr. Bundley, and the Mayor’s office of African American Male Engagement as we seek to create a safer city. We intend to collaborate with organizations and members of the community to further develop sustainable initiatives to help African American males achieve their God-given destinies and resolve their problems without violence.

 

 

 

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings speaks about H.R. 1, the “For the People” Act at a Town Hall.

On January 5, I spoke at a town hall sponsored by Indivisible Baltimore on H.R. 1, the “For the People” Act. The legislation that House Democrats introduced at the beginning of the month will:

  • Make it easier, not harder, to vote: by implementing automatic voter registration, requiring early voting and vote by mail, committing Congress to reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, and ensuring the integrity of our elections by modernizing and strengthening our voting systems and ending partisan redistricting.

  • Reform big money politics: by requiring all political organizations to disclose large donors, updating political advertisement laws for the digital age, establishing a public matching system for citizen-owned elections, and revamping the Federal Election Commission to ensure there’s a cop on the campaign finance beat.

  • Strengthen ethics laws: to ensure that public officials work in the public interest, extending conflict of interest laws to the President and Vice President, requiring the release of their tax returns, closing loopholes that allow former members of Congress to avoid cooling-off periods for lobbying, breaking the revolving door between industry and the federal government, and establishing a code of conduct for the Supreme Court.

At the town hall, I heard from our neighbors about why these reforms are so essential. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass H.R. 1 to ensure that the voices of the people are heard in Washington. 

I welcome the opportunity to hear from my constituents about legislation you want me to support. If you should ever wish to share your opinion with me, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling my office at (202) 225-4741.

 

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings with the Howard County Leadership of the Future Business Leaders of America.

Earlier this month, I spoke with high school students from across Howard Country at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Region 5 Leadership Conference. As I looked around the auditorium, I saw the power that organizations like FBLA have on our nation’s youth. FBLA develops students to become community-minded business leaders by providing examples of accomplished professionals, fostering healthy competition, and developing selflessness through community service. I have often said that our children are the living messages that we send to a future we will never see, and I am excited for what the future holds for each of the students who have invested in themselves through participating in the FBLA.

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