Elijah Cummings Returns to the Hill
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) returned to Capitol Hill this week, after a three-month absence while recovering from an infection in his left knee caused by a ruptured cyst and gout. The 67-year-old was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in December and underwent two surgeries and intensive physical therapy. He has dropped a few pounds and is riding a scooter to get around for now. “I am excited to be back at work, and I am fueled by the outpouring of support I have received from my constituents and colleagues,” he said through a spokeswoman Thursday. “Now more than ever, we must defend our values and our democracy, and I am eager to continue this critical fight.” Beat DC readers may not have realized the Congressman’s absence. Though Cummings was not physically on the Hill, his staff continued to pressure the GOP-controlled House for oversight on Donald Trump. In February, Cummings filed paperwork to seek a 13th term in Congress. More here.