March Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you updates from the past month, as well as reminders of upcoming events and deadlines.

Sincerely,
 
Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress

Upcoming Events

22nd Annual Job Fair

On Monday, April 1, 2019, from 9:00 AM until 2:00, PM I will host my 22nd annual Job Fair at Hill Field House at Morgan State University.

More than 90 employers with job openings will participate to discuss job opportunities and give honest candidate evaluations. Attendees can participate in workshops to help navigate the employment process. These workshops will cover a variety of topics including ex-offender re-entry, resolving child support cases, gaining federal employment, and starting a business. “Resume Doctors” will be on site to provide resume writing assistance and critique. A list of participating employers and the Job Fair agenda can also be found here.

Attendees should come dressed in appropriate, professional attire and have multiple copies of their resumes. Information on how to best get to the event can be found here.


Visiting the Catonsville Senior Center

I will be visiting the Catonsville Senior Center on April 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, to provide a legislative update and talk to seniors about what matters to them. I will be joined by a representative from the Federal Trade Commission who will discuss the various ways seniors can combat fraud. The Senior Center is located at 501 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, Maryland.  

If you have any questions, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199.

In the District

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, participants in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and program partners pose for a picture after the roundtable discussion.

On March 20, I had the pleasure of participating in a roundtable discussion at Morgan State University with many participants of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help small business owners and entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital, and business support services. To hear these owners of Baltimore-area small businesses talk about their growth resulting from their participation in this phenomenal program brought tremendous joy to my heart.

Tax Season Update

Tax season is upon us! I urge you to make use of the beneficial tax credits and deductions available. 

One particular tax credit I would like to highlight is the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. The EITC is a benefit for working people with low-to-moderate income. In 2018, the EITC helped more than 338,000 Marylanders earn on average $2,356 in tax credits.

You can learn more about the EITC by visiting the Internal Revenue Service’s website. The IRS’s website also lists ways in which residents can get free tax preparation help and file for free, learn about the various credits and deductions and their requirements, and offers a portal for getting all of your tax-related questions answered.

If you need assistance filing your taxes, the CASH Campaign of Maryland may be able to help. The CASH Campaign offers free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income working families and individuals across Maryland, helping people leverage tax credits to keep money in their pockets. During the 2017-2018 tax year, the CASH Campaign of Maryland helped more than 10,000 Baltimore households receive over $16,800,000 in federal and state tax refunds and tax credits.

This free assistance is open to individuals who earned less than $55,000 in 2018. To find out more visit their website or call (410) 528-8006.

Filing your taxes may seem overwhelming, but there are many ways in which you can make the most out of this necessity, and I implore each of you to take the time to find out more. I know firsthand how hard residents in my District work and I believe everyone should be afforded the opportunity to grow their wealth in every way possible. Don’t forget, taxes are due Monday, April 15!

Legislative Update

Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act

Earlier this week, I was joined by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and  Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes in introducing the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act. Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman, died of cervical cancer in 1951. During her cancer treatment, doctors took samples of her tumor, and from this the HeLa cell line was created. Without her or her family’s knowledge, her cells were used in medical research and helped lead to some of medicine’s most important breakthroughs, including the development of the polio vaccine, along with treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS, leukemia and Parkinson’s disease.

Lacks and her cells changed the world. However, while the cell line became famous, the woman who provided it was not recognized—a disparity that is wrong, and sadly affects far too many women of color. That is why I have introduced legislation directing the Government Accountability Office to publish a report on the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented communities to participate in federally-funded cancer clinical trials. Armed with this information, we can continue to advance research and cancer care in a way that is inclusive of all individuals.

 

Net Price Calculator Improvement Act

This month, I also introduced the Net Price Calculator Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to increase the transparency of college costs by improving existing calculators used by students and their families to estimate the costs of attending college. For millions of students each year, the decision of which college or university to attend and how to pay for it is one of the most important of their lives. This decision, especially for first-generation and low-income students, is made far too often without a clear understanding of how much their education is going to cost. The Net Price Calculator Improvement Act will increase the transparency of college costs, and provide students and their families with more information to estimate how much they need to borrow, earn, or save to create the best educational outcomes.

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