Engel Statement on the Passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings

Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:


“Pat and I are heartbroken by the passing of our dear friend, Elijah Cummings. This is a devastating loss for the entire country, at an especially critical time. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Cummings family.


“I worked closely with Chairman Cummings over the years on issues big and small—from conducting much needed oversight as Chairmen, to working to reduce asthma rates in New York and Maryland. I saw firsthand his intelligence, grace, and the deep compassion he had for his constituents and fellow Americans. Elijah was in many ways the moral center for us in Congress. He knew what was right and wasn't afraid to stand up for his principles. Now, it is up to us to honor his life by continuing his passionate fight for justice and truth. We will not let him down.”