Remembering Chairman Cummings

Oct 21, 2019

Dear Friend,

As you know, we lost a giant of the US Congress yesterday – Chairman Elijah E. Cummings. Our nation has lost a true leader and pioneer, and I have lost a dear friend and mentor. 

In this day and age with our politics plagued by coarseness and personal attacks, Elijah represented grace, dignity and empathy under the most trying of circumstances. He was at his best when others were at their worst.

He leaves behind an enduring legacy: his fight for fairness, justice, and equality. His work, wisdom and integrity should be an inspiration to us all. 

My heart is with his family, his friends, the people of Maryland, and all those who mourn this great loss.

But, as the Chairman would want, our work in Congress continues.

Yesterday afternoon I joined with a coalition of members led by Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) to introduce the Support UNFPA Funding Act of 2019. The years of false attacks against UNFPA and its humanitarian work around the world must come to an end. For the past three years in a row, the Trump Administration has unjustifiably withheld U.S. government funding from UNFPA. We are calling on Congress to fully restore funding for UNFPA’s lifesaving work.

UNFPA delivers reproductive and maternal health care for women and girls who are innocent victims of war, political instability or natural disasters. It fights against child marriage, female genital mutilation, obstetric fistula, and other injustices that threaten women’s lives and limit their potential. Millions of women and girls around the world are counting on the services and care that UNFPA provides, and it deserves US support.

As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.

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I’ll leave you today with a thought from Chairman Cummings that motivates me every day, “Children are the living messengers we send to the future, a future we will never see.”



Carolyn B. Maloney 

Member of Congress