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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.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 12, 2017) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-MD) in issuing the following statement after Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the finalization of a consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and Baltimore City Police Department:

November 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 22, 2016) — U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) sent a letter yesterday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh to inquire on the status of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Baltimore’s consent decree negotiations.

October 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (October 3, 2016)—Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), a founding Member of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, delivered the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) Message to America on the importance of voting rights in the United States.

September 1, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 1, 2016)— Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) received a briefing from Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on the Department’s aerial surveillance program.  Last week, following reports of the previously-unknown program, Cummings requested a briefing from Commissioner Davis.  The Congressman issued the following statement after the briefing: 

August 16, 2016 In The News

Anyone who has lived in Baltimore for decades, as I have, was not shocked to learn that the sacred trust between the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) and the people of Baltimore is desperately in need of repair.
The Department of Justice's (DOJ) report on its "pattern or practice" investigation of BPD details repeated violations of the constitutional rights of countless Baltimore residents, especially African Americans. Reading the accounts should infuriate us all.

August 10, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 10, 2016) — Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a report on its “pattern or practice” investigation into allegations of brutality and misconduct by the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD). Following the death of Mr. Freddie Gray in April of last year, Congressman Elijah E.