Haaland Makes Space for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Successor on Oversight Committee

May 8, 2020
Press Release

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland announced she will be making space on the House Oversight Committee for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ successor, Rep. Kweisi Mfume. Haaland was given a special allowance to serve on a third committee when a vacancy became available on the U.S. House Oversight Committee after U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings passed away.
“During this pandemic oversight is needed now more than ever, and I’m pleased to make room for a staunch civil rights activist who has had a long career speaking truth to power. I will never stop fighting for equal rights or holding this administration accountable, and will continue to do that through the leadership positions I hold on the House Natural Resources Committee, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Majority Leader’s Taskforce on Poverty and Opportunity, the Equality Caucus, and House Armed Services Committee,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.
During her tenure on the committee Haaland served on the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee. Haaland went toe-to-toe with Trump Administration officials to advocate for voting rights, immigrant rights, Census, and equality for everyone. She fought to ensure hard-to-count communities were given appropriate attention in the Census count, questioned officials about the role racial rhetoric is playing in hate crimes against immigrants, and worked to ensure LGBTQ+ families were treated equally under the law. At her final public hearing, Haaland questioned CDC Director Redfield’s failure to ensure that the CDC informed state governments, including New Mexico, of at risk constituents spreading COVID-19 and emphasized the importance of testing, which the Trump Administration still lags behind in two months later.
“Congresswoman Haaland has been a fierce advocate for her constituents and a powerful voice for marginalized communities, and she has fought relentlessly to hold this Administration accountable for its actions,” said Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney.  “I have no doubt that she will continue to fight for dignity, respect, and equality in all that she will do.  I deeply thank her for serving on our Committee, and I know we will continue working together on a number of projects she is spearheading.”
“Congresswoman Deb Haaland brings a depth of compassion and humanity to her work that regularly brings people to tears,” said Rep. Raskin. “At a time when the malice and incompetence of government is giving politicians a bad name, Deb Haaland reminds everyone of what public service is all about. We’ll miss her on the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Oversight Subcommittee.”