Goodwill Gesture: Cummings Hosts Chaffetz In Baltimore

Calling for “a new era of bipartisanship,” liberal Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings welcomes Rep. Jason Chaffetz Monday for a tour of the city of Baltimore. Cummings will visit Chaffetz’s district in Utah later this year.

Reports The Baltimore Sun:

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will host a top Republican from the House Oversight Committee in Baltimore today, but it won’t be the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.

Calling for a “new era of bipartisanship,” Cummings will tour Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah around the city, including for a meeting at the Center for Urban Families and the Sandtown Winchester Senior Center.

Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the contentious committee, has had a famously rocky relationship with its chairman, Issa. And Chaffetz is one of a handful of Republicans hoping to succeed Issa when his term on the committee runs out at the end of the year.

Cummings will visit Chaffetz’s district later this year, an aide said.

“I’m looking forward to a new era of bipartisan cooperation on issues of critical importance to our nation,” Cummings said in a statement. “Each of us was elected to be the voice of our constituents in Congress and we must work together to make sure that our constituents’ needs are addressed and our country moves towards a more perfect union.”