HONORING CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 166
(House of Representatives - October 21, 2019)

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  (Mr. RUPPERSBERGER asked and was given permission to address the 
House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. RUPPERSBERGER. Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor of a good 
friend, patriot, and one of the most principled, passionate men I have 
ever known; that is Elijah Cummings.
  Elijah Cummings was an individual who has done so much for his 
community, has done so much for his country and his state. I had the 
honor of serving with Elijah Cummings for over 25 years. We also went 
to the same high school, City College.
  Congressman Cummings received attention on the national stage as 
chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and as such he 
was fighting for our democracy every single day, signing subpoenas in 
the hours before his death. He spoke truth to power and was taking on 
what many of us see as dangerous threats to our system of government, 
divided by our forefathers into three equal branches.
  But even as he commanded a gavel as chairman, he never stopped 
fighting for Baltimore and the little guy. Chairman Cummings can rest 
easy knowing that he did everything he could in his time to restore the 
principles of our democracy and equality.
  His passing is a tremendous loss to me personally, the city of 
Baltimore, our State, and our country. My heart goes out to his family 
and friends and staff during this time of grief.