CAPITOL HILL – Deputy Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Will be in the state this Thursday before his funeral in Baltimore in the Capitol's Statue Hall, officials said.
Legislators of both parties will deliver a speech on Thursday morning in remembrance of the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee at an inaugural ceremony at Statuary Hall, which will include speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., The House Majority Leader , Steny Hoyer, D-Md., The Senate Majority Leader, belongs to Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., And Rep. Mark Meadows, RN.C.
In addition, a public tour of Morgan State University in Baltimore is scheduled for this Wednesday. The congressman was a member of the University's Board of Regents.
Cummings, a longtime congressman, civil rights activist and frequent opponent of President Trump, died last Thursday at the age of 68 years after complications from years of health problems.
The Concept The Capitol Rotunda, located in the middle of the US Capitol and controlled by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, is new to Congress. This was the case with the late Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. and President George HW Bush in 201
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Both the House and the Senate have held various memorial sites for the fallen over the years. The late Senator Robert Byrd, DW.Va., laid down "in peace" in 2010 in a coffin decorated with flags in the Senate chamber. The corpse of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, DN.J., also lay down "quietly" in the Senate after his death in 2013.
Granted, over the years, the House has held various commemorative events for former members in the Statuary Hall carried out. Recent speakers include former House Speaker Tom Foley, D-Wash., In 2013, former Representative Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, in 2016, the House's former House Minority Leader, Bob Michel, R-Ill., In 2017 and former Representative Louise Slaughter, DN.Y., the following year.
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However, it's a bit different to bring a coffin to the Statuary Hall for a service. The next modern models seemed to be what the Senate did with Byrd and Lautenberg. Although Cummings is said to be "in the state," his coffin will not be in the rotunda or in the chamber of the house, officials said. For the use of the rotunda of the Capitol, the House of Representatives and the Senate should take a joint decision. However, since this service is to take place in a place controlled by the House of Representatives, only the House of Representatives must approve the use of the Statue Hall. Pelosi, however, has opted for the term "lie in the state" for Cummings.
The Senate passed a joint resolution on Monday to use the Catafalque for Cummings service at Statuary Hall. The Katafalk is a wooden platform that was first used in the Capitol when President Lincoln was in the state with his coffin on it. The catafalque has since been used for most "state funerals".
Mike Arroyo of Fox News contributed to this report.