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May 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2019) – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) and Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced the Promoting Reentry through Education in Prisons (PREP) Act.  The legislation would ease the barriers to reentry by ensuring incarcerated individuals receive the educational opportunities they need to successfully reenter their communities upon release from federal prison.  Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC (May 7, 2019) - Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Representative John Katko (R-NY), and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the authors of the Harriet Tubman Tribute Act of 2019, issued the following statement:

April 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2019) – This week, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), in recognition of Second Chance Month, introduced legislation to ease the barriers to re-entry for formerly incarcerated individuals.  The bicameral New Pathways Act provides more specific guidance for the Bureau of Prison to help individuals obtain federal identification documents upon release from prison, such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, Social Security card, photo ID or work authorization form.

March 14, 2019 In The News

Rep. Elijah Cummings said Thursday that he has “very serious questions” about whether U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was truthful in explaining how the Trump administration came to develop a census question about citizenship status.

February 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7) and U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today reintroduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, bipartisan legislation that directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place the likeness of Harriet Tubman on $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020.

February 7, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings delivered a fiery speech Wednesday in which he shared a promise his 92-year-old mother asked from him on her death bed a year ago.

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC (February 5, 2019)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, President Trump tried to strike a reconciliatory note that has not been supported by his actions.  He called on Democrats and Republicans to work together in a bipartisan manner, but over the past two years, he has sown division and demanded that he get exactly what he wants.

January 21, 2019 Press Release


Baltimore, MD (January 21, 2019) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement honoring the legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:  

“Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We remember the man whose calling led him to tirelessly promote political, economic, and social justice for all Americans.

November 29, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (November 29, 2018)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement in response to a report announcing the results of a review of Maryland’s election systems:

October 3, 2018 In The News

The congressman who could become President Donald Trump’s recurring political nightmare has photos on his office walls of himself with anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, pathbreaking boxer Muhammad Ali and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King.

Each were fighters of a sort, and Rep. Elijah Cummings says he is, too. The Baltimore Democrat’s battles usually involve pushing back as best he can on Trump administration policies and practices.