Lawmakers dedicate Oversight room to Cummings, unveil plaque

Lawmakers dedicate Oversight room to Cummings, unveil plaque
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Lawmakers on Thursday dedicated the House Oversight and Reform Committee room in honor of the late former Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaryland postpones primary over coronavirus fears Maryland governor: 'Simply not enough supplies' on hand to tackle coronavirus Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges MORE (D-Md.).

“For decades, perhaps centuries, people are going to walk into this room. They're gonna look up as they come in the room and see ‘Elijah Cummings Oversight Committee Room,’ and they will turn to somebody and say, ‘Who was Elijah Cummings?’” House Majority Leader Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerLobbying world Procedural politics: What just happened with the coronavirus bill? DC argues it is shortchanged by coronavirus relief bill MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday during the plaque unveiling.

“And perhaps those who knew him well will say, ‘He was better than us'," he added.

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Congress members honored Cummings as they unveiled the plaque honoring the chairman.

Cummings died in October from health complications. He was 68.

Democrats spoke of their former colleague’s dedication to public service; Hoyer said the longtime civil rights advocate was in public life for “the best of reasons.” 

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“Elijah brought [with] him an experience and experiences that informed his empathy for others,” Hoyer added. 

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said he’d often speak with Cummings about what it means to hold onto their faith. 

“I will always hold onto Elijah Cummings," Clyburn said. "He meant so much to me, he meant so much to my family, he meant so much to the United States House of Representatives and the world.” 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls for investigation into reports of mistreatment of pregnant women in DHS custody Wisconsin highlights why states need a bipartisan plan that doesn't include Democrats federalizing elections Pelosi defends push for mail-in voting: GOP 'afraid' to let people vote MORE (D-Calif.) said Cummings was, and continues to be as he’s “dancing with the angels,” a blessing for the country. 

“As we say 'God bless America,' he really did,” she said.