Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing
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Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenFeds looking at communications between lawmakers, Capitol rioters: report Missouri man indicted for allegedly threatening two congressmen Tim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot MORE (D-Tenn.) held a moment of silence at a House hearing Thursday in honor of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBottom line House Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump voters and progressives have a lot in common — and Biden can unite them MORE (Md.), who died at the age of 68 earlier in the day.

“Elijah Cummings was a defender of the Constitution, a man of great knowledge, wisdom and grace. He exhibited that in all of his work in Congress, particularly as Chairman of the Oversight Committee,” said Cohen, who leads the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle reflected on their interactions with Cummings, who was chairman of the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee.

“While he and I rarely agreed on matters of public policy, I just want to say that I always found him personally to be a man of great sincerity and decency and integrity,” said Rep. Mike JohnsonJames (Mike) Michael JohnsonCassidy defends vote to proceed with Trump trial after GOP backlash Cassidy calls Trump attorneys 'disorganized' after surprise vote House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE (La.), the top Republican on the subcommittee.

The moment of silence came during a hearing titled “Legislative Proposals to Strengthen the Voting Rights Act.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Jim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' MORE (D-N.Y.) said it was “fitting” to honor Cummings at the hearing, given the Maryland Democrat’s involvement with the issue over the years.

“He served his constituents, his country, and the causes he believed in with passion and with grace,” Nadler said. “It is fitting that we are considering voting rights today, as Elijah was a champion of equality and civil rights for all those in society.”

Cummings died Thursday morning from health complications.