June Newsletter

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you updates and announcements from the 7th District.

Sincerely,

Elijah E. Cummings
Member of Congress

Community Announcements 

Visiting the Jacksonville Senior Center

I will be visiting the Jacksonville Senior Center on Tuesday, July 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, to provide a legislative update and talk to seniors about what matters to them. The Senior Center is located at 3605 Sweet Air Road in Phoenix, Maryland.  

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

Free Summer Meals

Even though school is out for the summer, students can still receive free breakfast and lunch at participating summer meal sites. The meals are provided for anyone 18 and under through the Maryland State Department of Education’s School and Community Nutrition Programs. You can find a summer meal site by visiting http://mdsummermeals.org, texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877, or by calling 211.​

In the District

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings speaks at a press conference launching the NeighborhoodLIFT program in Baltimore.

On June 18, I joined Baltimore Mayor Jack Young and representatives from NeighborWorks America, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, and Wells Fargo to launch the NeighborhoodLIFT program in Baltimore. The program will provide $15,000 down payment assistance grants and face-to-face homeownership counseling for eligible Baltimore homebuyers. You can learn more and find out if you qualify here.

 

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings encourages attendees of a health fair at Mondawmin Mall to get health screenings. 

Earlier this month, I spent the morning at Mondawmin Mall at an event hosted by UnitedHealthcare and Total Healthcare to encourage men and families to get health screenings. It was great to be at such an empowering event. I thank all the organizations who worked so hard to make this event a success. Taking care of your health is of vital importance, and I encourage everyone to schedule a health screening today.  To find out more about check-ups and health screenings, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website here.

In Washington

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings talks with Sgt. Derrick Miller at a Washington event celebrating his parole.

Earlier this month, I had the honor to attend an event welcoming Sgt. Derrick Miller home. Sgt. Miller was convicted in 2011 of killing an Afghan civilian while he was serving in Afghanistan and was sentenced to life in prison. The act occurred under questionable circumstances; however, this matter rests not on his innocence, but rather on whether Sgt. Miller received a disproportionately harsh sentence because he is African American.

In 2015, I wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Army requesting that the Sgt. Miller case be given all reasonable consideration for review. In 2016, I followed up by asking the Acting Secretary of the Army to consider a clemency hearing for Sgt. Miller. In February of this year, I submitted a letter to the Army Clemency and Parole Board on Sgt. Miller’s behalf.

I was pleased to learn that the Parole Board granted Sgt. Miller parole in March, and I was glad to welcome him home in person when he visited the Capitol on June 4.

Community Spotlight 

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The Howard County community celebrating Mr. Saketh Sundar for winning the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Earlier this month, I was delighted to learn that Mr. Saketh Sundar of Howard County won the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee when he correctly spelled the word “bougainvillea." This is a prestigious accomplishment, and Mr. Sundar should be proud of the hard work he put into achieving this milestone. I was truly impressed by his tenacity and triumph during one of the most competitive National Spelling Bees in the competition’s 92-year history. I am confident that part of his success stemmed from his being a four-time champion of the Howard County Library System Spelling Bee.

Casework Spotlight

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Lexington Market in Baltimore. 

Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the primary food provider for many Baltimore residents. That is why I was concerned to learn that some vendors at the market lost their ability to accept Food Stamps, now referred to as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Earlier this month, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes joined me in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking them to investigate the withdrawal of SNAP eligibility for vendors at Lexington Market. Additionally, we requested that USDA complete an assessment of the impact that the withdrawal of retailer eligibility will have on SNAP recipients’ ability to access the food they need in their community.

I welcome the opportunity to assist my constituents. If you should ever need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling my office at (410) 685-9199.

 
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