Oversight & Investigations
The Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
The Commerce Department announced in March 2018 that they will include a question on the 2020 Census asking all respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. The move was almost uniformly opposed by Democrats. Cummings is the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform which will be investigating the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
Family Separation at the Southern Border
Documentation suggests that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen lied to Congress while under oath about whether the separation of refugee families on the southern border was a formal policy of the Department of Homeland Security. Cummings is the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform which will be investigating both the policy itself and Secretary Nielsen's possible perjury.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Cummings.
Cummings is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cummings has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Mar 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Elijah Cummings sits on the following committees:
Cummings was the primary sponsor of 19 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2229 (115th): All Circuit Review Act
- H.R. 3031 (115th): TSP Modernization Act of 2017
- H.R. 5920 (114th): Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Act
- H.R. 1233 (113th): Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014
- H.R. 4197 (113th): All Circuit Review Extension Act
- H.R. 4152 (112th): Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012
- H.R. 5773 (111th): To designate the Federal building located at 6401 Security Boulevard in Baltimore, Maryland, commonly known as the Social Security Administration Operations Building, as the “Robert M. Ball ...
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cummings sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Cummings’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 207: Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on Oversight and Reform in ...
- H.R. 1582: Electronic Message Preservation Act
- H.R. 1316: Federal Labor-Management Partnership Act of 2019
- H.R. 1235: MSPB Temporary Term Extension Act
- H.R. 1075: FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019
- H.R. 1076: Fair Chance Act
- H.R. 1063: Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2019
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H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Sep 26, 2018. Passed 361/61.
H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, which is an increase of $17.1 billion above FY18 levels, and $68.1 billion ...
H.R. 3911: Risk-Based Credit Examination Act
Nov 7, 2017. Passed 389/32.
H.R. 3911 amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) to make risk-based the annual reporting requirements of the Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs). Specifically, the legislation reduces the disproportionate burden the current reporting requirements impose on small NRSROs while still maintaining the ...
H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
H.R. 1695: Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017
Apr 26, 2017. Passed 378/48.
This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would ...
H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Feb 16, 2017. Passed 230/188.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Passed 293/132.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...
H.Res. 317 (111th): Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and ...
Sep 15, 2009. Passed 312/108.
From Apr 1996 to Mar 2019, Cummings missed 793 of 15,156 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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