Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer paid tribute to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, who died early Thursday. Pelosi told reporters in her weekly news briefing that Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal suggested they name their prescription drug bill after the Maryland Democrat.
Prescription drug prices were a focus for Cummings as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. “He just fought to the end,” Pelosi said Thursday. “But that’s the way he was, not only on his personal health, but what he believed in in the Congress of the United States.”