Rep. Rouda Statement on the Passing of Chairman Elijah E. Cummings | Representative Harley Rouda

Rep. Rouda Statement on the Passing of Chairman Elijah E. Cummings

October 17, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48), Chair of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment, issued the following statement after the passing of Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform:

Said Rouda, “It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve under the leadership of Chairman Cummings. His unwavering moral clarity and steadfast faith in his community have made Congress, and our entire country, a more just nation.

My most poignant memory of Chairman Cummings was during a discussion of H.R. 1 - which addresses voting rights. In his incredible voice, he shared with us that his mother, on her deathbed, told him, 'don't ever let them take away our vote again.'

Although he is gone, his words won't fade from my memory. I will fight to ensure that the House Oversight Committee, Congress, and our country upholds his vision of an America where all have a voice.

My thoughts are with Chairman Cummings's family, staff, and constituents.

May he rest in power.”