The Latest: Congressional leaders pay tribute to Cummings
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on services for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (all times local):
Congressional leaders are paying tribute in the Capitol to late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is lying in state in Statuary Hall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH’-see) on Thursday called Cummings the “North Star” for House Democrats and said, “Elijah was truly a master of the House.” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said, “Our country has lost a giant.”
Cummings died last week at age 68 of complications from long-standing health issues. A sharecropper’s son, Cummings rose to become a civil rights champion, a committee chairman and a leader of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
As a tribute to Cummings, no votes are scheduled Thursday in the House.
A wake and funeral are planned Friday in Baltimore.
The late Rep. Elijah Cummings is being remembered by congressional leaders and colleagues at the Capitol, where the Maryland Democrat is lying in state.
Members of Cummings’ family were joined by lawmakers on Thursday as they looked on from the East Front Plaza when the hearse carrying Cummings’ casket arrived at the Capitol and was carried up the building’s steps.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other congressional leaders planned to speak at the arrival ceremony.
The public was to have the chance to pay respects to Cummings later Thursday in Statuary Hall.
Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, died Oct. 17 after complications from long-standing health problems. A wake and funeral are planned Friday in Baltimore.
A sharecropper’s son, Cummings rose to become a civil rights champion and a leader of an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.