Politics: Rep. Elijah Cummings to lie in state at the Capitol

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings

  Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Congressional Democrats and Republicans are taking to social media to share their condolences.Congressman Elijah Cummings speaks at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore on Aug. 3. Cummings had invited President Donald Trump and other Americans to Baltimore, taking the high road after a barrage of presidential tweets disparaging the black-majority city and its long-serving Democratic congressman.

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Update: The flag-draped casket of Elijah Cummings arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday morning. Members of Congress and the public will honor the late congressman, who will lie in state at the Capitol. 

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Members of Congress and the public joined together Thursday to honor Rep. Elijah Cummings as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol.

The widely-respected congressman and civil rights leader is the first African American lawmaker to lie in state. Two other African-Americans — Rosa Parks and Jacob Chestnut, Jr. — have lain in honor, a tribute afforded to private citizens, according to records from the House's archive

Cummings died last week due to complications from health challenges.

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Cummings' casket and his family are expected to arrive at the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. Congressional leaders will make remarks, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Cummings' family members and political dignitaries will speak at his funeral Friday at the New Psalmist Baptist Church in his hometown of Baltimore. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are scheduled to speak at the funeral, followed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pelosi.


Mourners pay respects to Cummings during wake before funeral .
he body of congressman and civil rights champion Elijah Cummings returned Friday to the church where he worshipped in his beloved Baltimore for a final farewell. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among the scheduled speakers for the funeral Friday at New Psalmist Baptist Church, where Cummings worshipped for nearly four decades. His bishop, Walter S. Thomas Jr., will deliver the eulogy.Cummings' flag-draped casket arrived at the church shortly after 6 a.m.

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