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May 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – During the height of National Police Week, Team Maryland gathered as a bipartisan delegation Wednesday for a dialogue with federal law enforcement partners based in Maryland, including the newly confirmed U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur. Also joining the meeting were the Maryland Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with Maryland Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer, Maryland’s Director of Homeland Security Peter Landon, and the Director of the [Baltimore] Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice Andrew Vetter.
May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (both D-Md.) have reintroduced legislation that would direct the U.S. Attorney General to award competitive grants to protect witnesses in violent crimes. The Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2018 (S. 2855/H.R. 5834) establishes a program geared to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang related crimes or organized crime. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh have expressed support for this bicameral legislation.
April 4, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2018) – Today Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death.

January 4, 2018 Press Release

Baltimore, MD (January 4, 2018)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to dissolve the administration’s “Election Integrity” Commission:

August 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C (August 3, 2017) – Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) responded forcefully to a letter Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis threatening to reject the city from the Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program, run by the Department of Justice and designed to help cities combat violent crime. 

July 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC (July 14, 2017) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) notified the Maryland Department of Transportation that the DOT has decided to close “without finding” the complaint filed in 2015 alleging that the decision to cancel the Red Line project violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act:

May 22, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2017)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Cooper v Harris.  The decision found that two congressional districts in North Carolina were unconstitutional, because they were designed to dilute the votes of African American residents.

April 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Apr. 4, 2017)— Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions objecting to the request by the U.S. Department of Justice to delay finalizing the consent decree that was agreed to by DOJ and the City of Baltimore to address systemic civil rights violations. The agreement followed an exhaustive federal pattern-and-practice investigation.

March 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 8, 2017)—Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), and 51 House Members sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the Trump Administration to cease its “investigation” into the voter fraud myth and instead investigate the widespread issue of voter suppression.  Cummings hand-delivered the letter to the White House during a meeting today with President Trump.

February 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2017)—Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Mia Love (R-UT), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), John Conyers (D-MI), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the Maintaining dignity and Eliminating unnecessary Restrictive Confinement of Youths Act of 2017 (MERCY Act).  The MERCY Act would prohibit the solitary confinement of juveniles who are tried in the federal system and held in pretrial facilities or juvenile detention facilities, barring some extremely exceptional temporary circumstances.  Sens.