July 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

During periods of extreme heat, the Baltimore City Health Department declares a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert. During Code Red days the city opens cooling centers, you can get information about heat advisories and find a cooling center by calling 311 in Baltimore City or by visiting the Health Department’s website. Howard County, Baltimore County and other counties across Maryland also open up cooling centers during days with extreme heat, to find a list of cooling centers near you call 211 or click here.

During days with extreme heat, the Health Department recommends that you:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Reduce outside activities and stay inside in air-conditioned locations
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, even for short periods
  • Check on older, sick, or frail neighbors who may need help responding to the heat

You should also watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Their symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Hot, dry, flushed skin or cool and clammy skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea

If any of these symptoms occur, you should call 911 immediately.

In the District

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings with participants in the University of Maryland Baltimore Summer Bioscience Internship Program and the Youthworks Program.

Earlier this week, I had an amazing time meeting with students of the University of Maryland Baltimore Summer Bioscience Internship Program and the Youthworks Program. Upon my urging 11 years ago, the University of Maryland Baltimore started the Internship Program to give students in my district hands-on experience in the health and science fields. Because of this program, high school and undergraduate students are working in research labs, Shock Trauma, and several other units at the University of Maryland Medical Center, learning invaluable lessons and earning pay. The hard work and dedication of these energized young people fuel me.  

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings joins Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman John Sarbanes to announce $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel expansion project.

On July 23, the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel expansion. The project, which aims to improve freight movement out of the Port of Baltimore, is central to the success of the region's economy. This is one of the top 10 largest projects ever funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grant program. The project has been a priority for me and the entire delegation for many years, and despite the many challenges we have faced, we have worked closely with the State of Maryland and CSX to support an effective public-private partnership that will be able to modernize this critical piece of infrastructure.

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings speaks to representatives from Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore at the launch of the NeighborhoodLIFT program in Baltimore.

On July 19, I had the pleasure of speaking to representatives from Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore before they launched the NeighborhoodLIFT program in Baltimore. The program provides $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.

In Washington

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Congressman Elijah E. Cummings joins Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman Jamie Raskin to award the Congressional Badge of Bravery to United States Capitol Police Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey.

On July 16, I had the immense honor to award the Congressional Badge of Bravery to United States Capitol Police Special Agents Crystal Griner, a constituent of mine from Gwynn Oak, and David Bailey of Silver Spring for their heroic actions during the shooting at a Congressional baseball game practice in 2017. Their quick actions and bravery saved lives that day.

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Congressman Cummings questions the National Transportation Safety Board about Bus Safety. Click here to watch the question line.

Last week, I participated in a Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing “Examining the Federal Role in Improving School Bus Safety.” At the hearing, I asked Dr. Kristin Poland, the Deputy Director of the Office of Highway Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), questions about NTSB’s report and recommendations regarding a November 1, 2016 school bus accident in Baltimore in which six people were killed. We have to ensure that this cannot happen again.

Community Spotlight 

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Ms. Gloria Cai of Howard County was selected to be part of the 2019 National Youth Orchestra.

Earlier this month, I was delighted to learn that Ms. Gloria Cai of Howard County was named to be a part of the 2019 National Youth Orchestra program this summer. Ms. Cai will tour internationally with the orchestra to promote intercultural dialogue through music by playing her cello. The recognition of Ms. Cai’s talent is inspiring, and I expect that she will create great work in the future.

Legislative Update

The Safeguarding Student Veterans Act:
On July 26,  Congressman Ted Yoho (FL-03) and I introduced the Safeguarding Student Veterans Act to protect student veterans using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In recent years, we have seen a wave of abrupt closures of colleges in Maryland and around the country, particularly those operating for-profit. These sudden closings have disproportionately impacted student veterans, leaving these student veterans bearing a major burden and asking ‘what’s next?’ The Safeguarding Student Veterans Act increases coordination between the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to empower veterans to make the best decision when choosing their school. Our veterans have served our country, and we must honor the sacrifices they made as they transition back into civilian life and seek to better themselves through education.

The Opportunity Zone Lead Remediation Impact Act of 2019
This month, I also introduced the Opportunity Zone Lead Remediation Impact Act of 2019 with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib to eradicate lead poisoning in Census tracks designated as Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to provide tax incentives for investment in underserved areas and brought a wonderful chance for many disinvested communities to receive the economic support needed to lift their poorest residents out of poverty and into the middle class. However, the program did not provide any guidelines to ensure investments made within Opportunity Zones provided for better health outcomes for their residents.  This legislation changes that and would ensure a positive impact on the overall health of residents by eradicating lead poisoning in Opportunity Zones.

 
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