Press Releases

Sep 29, 2015

Cummings, Beyer, Wittman Introduce Legislation to Protect Federal Employees from Shutdown

Issues: Labor

Washington, D.C. (September 29, 2015) – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) joined Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) to introduce H.R. 3635, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, which would secure retroactive pay for all federal employees during a federal government shutdown, regardless of furlough status. Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) is the lead Republican cosponsor.

Sep 25, 2015

Cummings, Mikulski Lead Delegation Letter Calling on U.S. Department of housing and Urban Development to Immediately Restore Rental Assistance for Families in Howard County and Balitmore Region

Issues: Housing

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Elijah E. Cummings joined U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) in sending a letter to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro calling on the agency to immediately restore housing rental assistance for families in Howard and Baltimore Counties, particularly Columbia, as well as the City of Baltimore under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. The proposed change in policy from HUD is included as part of the agencies’ annual fair market rent update.

Sep 24, 2015

Cummings Statement on Pope Francis’ Address to Congress

Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2015)— Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement on Pope Francis’ historic address to the Joint Meeting of Congress:

Sep 24, 2015

Cummings, Mikulski, Cardin Announce More Than $1 Million in Federal Funds to Help Cover Costs of Baltimore Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2015) – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (all D-MD) announced that $1,011,443 in federal grant funding has been awarded to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to help defray increased police overtime costs surrounding the civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Federal funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (BJAG) program.

Sep 21, 2015

Green Street Academy Celebrates Grand Opening

Issues: Education

Baltimore, MD (September 21, 2015)— Today, Green Street Academy, a 6-12th grade charter school housed in the formerly-vacant Gwynns Falls Junior High School(GFJHS) celebrated its Grand Opening. Cummings, an alumnus of GFJHS, delivered the keynote address.

Sep 16, 2015

Cummings, Beyer, Ellison Celebrate National Voter Registration Month with New Bill

Issues: Civil Rights

September 15, 2015 (Washington, DC) – Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) today joined Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) to celebrated National Voter Registration Month today by introducing the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act. Beyer’s legislation would allow young Americans over the age of sixteen to pre-register to vote, streamlining the voting process once they turn eighteen.

Sep 11, 2015

Cummings Statement on Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Washington, D.C. (September 11, 2015)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement on Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s announcement that she will not seek re-election:

Sep 10, 2015

Booker, Cummings, Johnson, Issa, Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Give Formerly Incarcerated a Fair Chance at Federal Employment

Issues: Economy, Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Members of Congress led by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the Senate and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Darrell Issa (R-CA), in the House of Representatives, introduced the Fair Chance Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would give formerly incarcerated people a fairer chance at securing employment by prohibiting federal contractors and federal agencies from asking about the criminal history of a job applicant until an applicant receives a conditional offer of employment.

Sep 10, 2015

Sanders, Cummings Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Lower Soaring Drug Prices

Issues: Healthcare

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) today introduced legislation to address skyrocketing increases in prescription drug prices.

Sep 9, 2015

Members Introduce Bipartisan House Bill to Combat Gun Trafficking

Issues: Gun Control

Washington, DC (September 9, 2015)—Today, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York), Patrick Meehan (R-Pennsylvania), Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), Peter T. King (R- New York), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania), Robin Kelly (D-Illinois), Dan Donovan (R- New York), and Tammy Duckworth (D- Illinois) are re-introducing a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and impose stronger penalties for “straw purchasers” who buy guns for convicted felons and others who are prohibited from buying guns on their own.