The environment is of enormous importance to the people of Maryland, particularly the amazing Chesapeake Bay. The climate crisis has enormous implications for the health, safety, and well-being of Maryland citizens, as well as people across the country and the world, and far too often, those most affected by climate change are the most vulnerable members of our community. From natural disasters to national security, a changing climate means we are facing new and challenging issues that require us to come together and implement federal, state, and local policies that create swift change.

This Congress, House leadership introduced, and I have cosponsored, the Climate Action Now Act, a bill that would keep federal funds from going to any action regarding withdrawal of the U.S.-Paris Agreement. It also requires the President to create a plan for the United States to meet the pollution reduction goals submitted to the world in 2015.

I also support the Green New Deal, which is the type of bold commitment we must make to ensure that our health, environment, and national security are protected from the devastating effects of climate change.  We must protect the communities and people that are already being affected, as well as future generations yet unborn who are relying on us to work together to overcome the challenges before us. That is why I have begun work through the Committee on Oversight and Reform to examine climate change, including recently holding a hearing on climate change and its implications for national security, as well as a subcommittee hearing regarding climate change’s history and reasons for Congress’s lack of action.

In addition, I have worked hard to introduce and support policies and programs to preserve the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay is one of Maryland’s most precious natural resources, and of great importance to people who live and work on the Bay. While much progress has been made, we must continue to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the Bay and protect the wildlife that call the Bay home. That is why I am a member of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus and have cosponsored bills such as the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act.  In addition, I recently signed several letters promoting funding for various programs that support work regarding the Bay, in addition to letters supporting the Endangered Species Act and the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program, among other programs.

Communities across Maryland and the country are relying on Congress, as well as state and local lawmakers, to come together and tackle these big challenges.  We must act, not just for our sake, but for the sake of generations yet unborn.  We owe it to these generations to act with courage.

More on Environment

October 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (October 8, 2019) - Today, Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD-07), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-16), Fred Upton (R-MI-06), and Pete King (R-NY-02),  all members of the House Asthma and Allergy Caucus, introduced the Family Asthma Act, legislation that would expand federal, state, and local efforts to improve care for individuals with asthma.  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) intends to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

September 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 26, 2019) -- Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes announced $9.7 million in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore.  The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allow Baltimore to work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing.

August 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) announced $2,822,789 in federal funding for an innovative environmental workforce training program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The funding, provided through the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program, invests in the next generation of scientists by implementing a thesis-master’s program focusing on Chesapeake Bay’s socio-ecological challenges.

August 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $898,750 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore, Maryland. The funding, awarded through the U.S.

August 16, 2019 Page

In the November 2018 election, the American people demanded that their representatives in Washington fight for them and for what affects their lives on a day-to-day basis.  They entrusted us to draft and pass legislation to do such vital things as protecting their healthcare, lowering their drug prices, guarding their right to vote, and making government accountable to them. Leaders in the House have introduced important legislation on these issues and more.

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.

August 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Maryland congressional delegation today praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for issuing a disaster declaration for the devastating storm and flooding that hit Ellicott City, broader Howard County, and Baltimore County in late May. The request for a disaster declaration for Baltimore City for the same storm is still pending.

July 19, 2016 Press Release

Baltimore, MD (July 19, 2016) – Today, Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (both D-MD) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawling announced a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Maryland Clean Energy Center and the City of Baltimore to increase access to solar energy for low-income households. 

August 18, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2015)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) lauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it has awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant to the City of Baltimore’s Sustainability Office to help revitalize properties.
October 20, 2009 Press Release

October 20, 2009  


Cummings Introduces Bill To Clean Chesapeake Bay
 HR 3852 creates new pollutant control and accountability program to aid in Bay restoration.