Cummings Gets Oil Spill Flyover
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore and two other members of Congress are scheduled for a helicopter flyover today of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now the largest in U.S. history.
Cummings will be accompanied by fellow Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown of Florida and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, according to an aide on the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee, which he chairs.
After the aerial tour of the Deepwater Horizon blowout site and related environmental damage from the continuing spill, the lawmakers are to receive briefings from senior coast guard officials at the unified command center in Robert, Louisiana, according to Cummings' office.
The full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee conducted a hearing on the oil spill on May 19 and further hearings are planned, though no dates have been announced.