Congressman Cummings In the 7th District

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Congressman Cummings in Maryland’s 7th District

Working for Students and Families

 

Congressman Cummings with students from Maryland’s 7th Congressional District he nominated to U.S. Service Academies.


Every year, I am proud to nominate extraordinary students from Maryland’s 7th Congressional District to U.S. Service Academies. On February 16, 2019, I nominated my most recent class of 29 students from the District. The nominees represented each area of my Congressional District; and each nominee demonstrated academic aptitude, physical fitness, service to their community, and strong moral character.

If you are interested in attending a Service Academy, please click here or call my office at (410)-719-8777. 

 

Congressman Cummings hosts his 22nd annual How to Pay for College Seminar. 

Every year, I host a How to Pay for College Seminar where high school students and their parents are invited to learn about the educational opportunities and financial assistance available to enable students to attain a college education. Last year, at my 22nd seminar, attendees learned about college academic programs, federal and state financial aid programs, private scholarships, SAT preparation, and the college admissions process. Representatives from community and state colleges, public and private universities, and scholarship organizations were on hand to answer questions.

If you missed last year’s event, but are looking for information about how to pay for college or are interested in attending this year’s event, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199. Or, you can review my scholarship guide

 

 

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

On July 29, 2019, I met with students in the University of Maryland Baltimore Summer Bioscience Internship Program and the YouthWorks Program. Upon my urging in 2008, 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.

I have worked closely with Baltimore City officials to ensure that our youth have summer jobs through the YouthWorks program and other programs.  YouthWorks fellows earn pay while getting firsthand experience working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors during the summer. I also helped secure more than $1.1 million in funding for the Mayor’s Office of Employment for the YouthWorks Program. Over the years we have helped 8,000 people get jobs in YouthWorks.

 

Max Hollis and Jeff Yang demonstrate their winning app to Congressman Cummings. 

On December 17, 2018, I named Mr. Max Hollis and Mr. Jeff Yang as the winners of the 2018 Congressional App Challenge for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. The application created by Mr. Hollis and Mr. Yang, both freshmen at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville at the time, informs people of the atmospheric conditions in their communities to increase public awareness about the impact of pollution. The App Challenge occurs every year, is open to middle and high school students, and is designed to promote innovation and engagement in coding, computer science, and STEM.

If you are interested in participating in the App Challenge, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199 or click here.

 

Ms. Katherine Yi (center), the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for the 7th Congressional District of Maryland.

Each spring, I am amazed by the artistic talent in my District during the Congressional Art Competition.  Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and sponsored by the Congressional Institute, the Congressional Art Competition recognizes and encourages artistic talent across the nation. To participate, high school students from the 7th District submit entries to my office where we select a winning entry, which is then displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

In May of 2019, I announced that Ms. Katherine Yi, a Senior at Mt. Hebron High School in Howard County, won this year’s competition for the 7th District with her painting entitled “For You, For Me, For Trayvon.”

If you are interested in participating in the Art Competition, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199 or click here.

 

Click here to watch Congressman Cummings deliver the Commencement Address at Morgan State University’s 143rd Spring Commencement.

On May 18, 2019, I delivered the Commencement Address at Morgan State University’s 143rd Spring Commencement Ceremony to a graduating class of more than 700 students. I am a member of the Morgan State University Board of Regents, the school’s governing body.

 

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

 

Congressman Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren listen to community members discuss the opioid epidemic at Health Care for the Homeless.

On July 27, 2018, I welcomed Senator Elizabeth Warren to Baltimore for an event at Health Care for the Homeless to discuss the CARE Act – legislation we introduced together to address our nation’s opioid crisis. 

The CARE Act, which is modeled on the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, would address the opioid crisis by providing stable and sustained funding totaling $10 billion per year for 10 years to states and local communities to expand access to treatment.  It would also help eliminate barriers that impede access to evidence-based care.

During our event, Senator Warren and I heard from leading experts drawn from organizations around Baltimore, officials with several Baltimore agencies, and individuals who are in recovery about current efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Baltimore as well as the urgent need for additional resources to ensure that local residents can access the treatment and wrap-around services they need to overcome addiction.

 

Getting Federal Funds for Projects in the District

 

Congressman 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, 2019, I 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 10 largest grants ever awarded 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 to modernize this critical piece of infrastructure.

 

Congressman Cummings addresses the crowd gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Fayette Street Outreach Center.

On April 25, 2019, I spoke at the grand opening of the Fayette Street Outreach Center. The center has been a dream within the Fayette Street community for over 20 years, and I secured $100,000 to support its construction. Among other things, the Outreach Center provides computer and coding classes for youth and adults, offers GED and job development programs, provides the community with a nutritional enhancement program through their garden, and hosts monthly community meetings. This center would not have been possible without Edna Manns-Lake, Timothy Bridges, Sterling Bunson, and all the faithful, empowered people in the community who transformed their dream into their mission and made this center a reality.

 

Helping Constituents Keep Their Homes

From 2008 to 2013, during the nation’s foreclosure crisis, I convened nine workshops that enabled residents from across Maryland to meet with their mortgage companies and loan servicing companies to seek assistance with their mortgages.  Assistance was available during the workshops from HUD-approved housing counselors and pro bono attorneys.  An average of 1,000 homeowners attended each workshop.

If you are experiencing a challenge with your mortgage or need assistance contacting your loan servicer, please call my office at 410-685-9199.

 

Furthering Economic Opportunities

 

Congressman Cummings speaks at his annual job fair.

Every year, I host a Job Fair that enables my constituents to meet with nearly 100 employers to discuss job opportunities. In 2019, I hosted my 22nd Job fair. At the fair, attendees participate in workshops to learn how navigate the employment process.  These workshops cover a variety of topics including reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals, resolving child support cases, gaining federal employment, and starting a business.  “Resume Doctors” also attend the fair to provide in-person resume writing assistance and critique.  

If you missed last year’s event but are looking for information about employment or are interested in attending this year’s event, please contact my office at (410) 685-9199. 

 

Congressman Cummings speaks at the Opportunity Zones Forum he co-hosted with the City of Baltimore.

On February 19, 2019, I hosted an Opportunity Zones Forum where community members in attendance learned how to best leverage Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to provide tax incentives for investment in businesses and real estate located in underserved areas. Currently, there are 42 Census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones in Baltimore City and 10 in Baltimore County. These investments can create thousands of jobs, eliminate blight, attract visitors from neighboring communities, and encourage more affordable housing.

If you missed the event and are interested in learning about Opportunity Zones, you can call my office at (410)-685-9199 to find out more. I encourage everyone to take full advantage of every opportunity available to them.

 

Congressman Cummings speaks at a press conference after hosting an anti-violence event.

On January 19, 2019, I joined officials from the City of Baltimore to host “CONNECT: An Anti-Violence Discussion & Resource Fair.” The event began with a roundtable discussion during which 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 reentry, mental health and substance use disorder treatment, energy assistance, and other services.

 

Working to Make the District Healthier

Congressman Cummings speaking at a press conference in Catonsville, MD to release a Committee Staff Report on the prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and the uninsured in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District.

On April 24, 2019, at a press conference in Catonsville, I released a Committee Staff Report on the prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and the uninsured in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. The report found that:

  • There are approximately 42,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • In Maryland’s 7th District, the 50 most popular brand-name diabetes medications cost the Medicare program and beneficiaries nearly $21 million in 2016.
  • For seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland’s 7th District, the cost of a widely-used insulin drug would be 92 percent lower at Australian prices, 88 percent lower at UK prices, and 87 percent lower at Canadian prices.
  • There are 39,000 uninsured residents in Maryland’s 7th District who may bear the entire burden of their high prescription drug prices.
  • For a one-month supply of a certain brand of insulin, uninsured patients in Maryland’s 7th District pay 23 times as much as patients in Australia, 16 times as much as patients in the United Kingdom, and 14 times as much as patients in Canada.

I introduced the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act, to allow the federal government to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D. And as Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, I launched an investigation to determine why drug companies—including insulin makers—are increasing prices so dramatically and what they are doing with the proceeds from sales of the drug.

 

Congressman Cummings at an open enrollment press conference.

On October 31, 2018, I hosted an event with members of the Maryland Congressional delegation and local healthcare community leaders to explain how Marylanders can sign up for health insurance on the exchanges. 

 

Please note that this is not a complete list of my events and activities in the 7th District.

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