Congress bids farewell to Cummings, a ‘master of the House’

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Rep. Elijah Cummings
MATTHEW DALY and LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress bid a tearful farewell Thursday to Rep. Elijah Cummings, hailing the son of sharecroppers as a "master of the House" as the Maryland Democrat became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers eulogized Cummings as a mentor and close friend, with a voice that could "shake mountains," in the words of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and a passion for justice and his hometown of Baltimore. "He had a smile that would consume his whole face. But he also had eyes that would pierce through anybody that was standing in his way," said Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, whose bond with the Cummings was among Congress's most surprising friendships. "Perhaps this pla
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